Monday, March 2, 2009

My First Blogiversary!

Today, I find myself excited and amazed. A full year of blogging now under my belt. So different from how I felt a year ago (unsure and nervous.) This has been an extraordinary experience. And the world of stitching blogs is an extraordinary place. So many kind, creative, helpful, and generous souls. So many fabulous ideas. And of course, so much incredible stash!

A few numbers to sum up this past year:

161 Posts. Who knew I'd have so much to say???

146 Finishes, broken down thus: 89 cross stitch, 52 knitting, 4 embroidery and 1 crochet. I have never, ever been so productive! And I have all of you to thank...for your interest and encouragement.

171,177 Visitors. From all over the world. That number is just unimaginable to me, but yet it's there in black and white. Wow!

I've been lucky enough to make new friends that I never would have met if it hadn't been for this little 'ol blog.

I sooo appreciate your visits and comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So, without further ado......I've stitched this little set of smalls as my Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

motif taken from the Forget-Me-Not Samper
by Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin
fabric: 32ct lambswool linen
fiber: DMC Variations #4210
pincushion and fob filled with crushed walnut shells

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If you would like to be entered for my Blogiversary Giveaway, please leave a comment on This Post Only and please be sure to include your email address. A winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, March 6th. As always, this is open to everyone. Good Luck and thanks for visiting my little piece of cyberspace!!!

143 comments:

Sadie said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging. May you have many, many more.

Nicole said...

Happy Blogiversary Staci! I'm so glad I've gotten to know you over the past year! You are so talented and I love reading your posts!

Gaynor said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging and what a lot of finishes!
I love blogging, and have met so many diverse people.
I look forward to your next year of blogging!

Linen Stitcher said...

Wow! It sounds like it's been quite a productive year for you. Congrats on reaching this milestone!

Your smalls set is **lovely**!! Please add my name to your drawing list. Thanks!

Margaret said...

Happy blogiversay! Thanks for the drawing -- those are beautiful!

Natalija said...

Happy Blogoversary! I hope you have many many more Blogoversaries :)

stitchsavesnine (at) yahoo (dot) com

Gabi said...

Congrats to your blog anniversary. I really enjoy reading your blog. :)

gabi2111 at gmail dot com

Shari said...

wow, Staci, these are beautiful! Congrats on one year of blogging!!!! I love reading your blog! It is always an inspiration!! Keep up the great work. I would love to be entered in your drawing!
shari-b at embarqmail dot com

Mama Joan said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary. You have a very nice blog.

Kendra said...

Happy 1st Blogoversary! I would love to be considered for the cute little smalls set!

palomino311 at hotmail dot com

Gladys Creativa said...

Congrats! I love your blog, I visit it every day! Thank you so much to you for to share yours knowledges and yours stitch!

Specials regards from Spain,

Mail: gladysol74(at)yahoo(dot)es

Márti said...

Happy first blog birthday. Love your blog, you stitch beautifully.

Thank you!!!

kuruczmartika@gmail.com

Dora said...

Happy First Blogiversary!! I enjoy your blog so much and have found much inspiration from it. Thank you!
I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.
Dora

Brigitte said...

Happy blogoversary, Staci. I love the blogging world, too, and if I had more time I'd love to read twice as many blogs as I do, lol. Your blog is very inspiring!

Julie said...

Happy Blogoversary, may you have many more wonderful things to share with us all.

What a super gift you have made to celebrate.

oldbagpuss(at)msn(dot)com

Nic said...

Happy Blogoversary! You've been incredibly productive, and I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year.

Kathy said...

Happy Blogoversary. I thought you had been blogging longer than a year. You are so good at it. Always very interesting to read your blog.

Beautiful smalls for your giveaway. Reply to my comment and it will be my e-mail address.

Keep up the good work.

Heather said...

I would love to be included
Thanks Heather

Julie S. said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I love coming to your blog for inspiration.

I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Thank you for the chance!

Szecsi said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary!
Beautiful blog!

renata.szecsko at gmail.com

Anne said...

Happy First year Blogiversary Staci! Your work is wonderful and I love your photography of your items as well. How wonderful to have such talent! I will be back to visit another time!

Kim B said...

Congratulations Staci!!! I would LOVE to have anything made by your hands :)

reflections314 (at) gmail (dot) com
*remove the spaces, change the symbols*

Susimac said...

Congratulations Staci, I would love to be entered into your draw.

Hugs

Meghann said...

Happy blogoversary! Please enter me in your drawing.

meghannmarch1980@yahoo.com

Becca said...

Congratulations Staci. This is a great place to meet with other stitchers and learn more about our craft.

Nancy said...

What a generous gift and so beautifully stitched! Yes, please enter my name in your drawing.

Dovilė said...

Happy Blogiversary Staci! please enter me to the drawing too:)

Jucus said...

I would like only to congratulation for your blogoversary!

mary said...

Happy Blogoversary! I just started my own blog and your post inspires me! I love viewing your blog and wish you many more posts.

Mary

Irene said...

Congratulataions ! I love reading your blog and seeing all the lovely finishes you do.

Anna van Schurman said...

Happy Blogiversary! I've enjoyed learning more about you this past year. annavsxsATgmailDOTcom. And if I don't answer right away it's because I am on vacation, not because I'm ungrateful. (Is that too presumptuous?)

Paula C. said...

Happy Blogiversary, Staci! YOu must have started just before I did because mine is coming up soon. I need to decide what to do for my give-away. Please add me to the drawing for yours. Beautiful work!!!
thecrossens @ comcast.net (remove spaces)

Loreta said...

Happy Blogoversary Staci!
Please enter me into your draw:)

drea_dear said...

Happy blogiversary! What an accomplishment, and how dare you steal my idea!!! LOL Maybe people will forget by September.

Please enter me!

andreaholme at clearwire dot net

Tina Grace said...

Dear Staci,

Happy Blogiversary! I SO enjoy reading you blog. Thank you and I hope you have many more years of needlework and sharing your work through blogging. Please enter me into the drawing (gracet@slu.edu).

Tina

Grenae said...

Congratulations on your 1st blogiversary. What an accomplishment. Your work is lovely and I appreciate the offer to enter your drawing. Keep blogging and stitching. Grenae

hpsys4(at)aol(dot)com

Michele B. said...

Hi Staci,

It was a happy day when you took the plunge into blogging. Thanks for sharing your work and your life with me!

Michele (mstitches(at)comcast.net)

Angela said...

Congratulations Staci! I have been following your work for almost a year now ( I started my blog shortly after yours), your finishes inspire me to try new things :) I'd love to be entered into your draw! Many thanks,

apxstitch at gmail.com

valerie said...

Happy Bloggiversary Staci!! One year sure goes by really fast! I love the smalls you stitched up...please include me in your drawing. Thanks!

Erynne said...

Happy Blogaversary Staci!
For some reason I thought you've been on the blog scene longer than one year. Maybe because it's so jam packed in here with cool stuffs, lol.
Throw my name in the hat too....dems purdy! :o)

Erynne

Michele B. said...

P.S. I tagged you on my blog.

Daffycat said...

Happy blogoversary, Staci! Aww, you started your blog on my birthday!

I love the wonderful smalls you have created...enter me, please!

Julianne said...

Staci,

Congratulations on your first anniversary of your blog. You really have a lovely blog and it is a treat to read and see a post from you.

The stitcher's smalls are just lovely and thank you very much for the chance to win them. I would treasure them.

Jean said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I also thought you had blogged for much longer!

Staci - you are so many people's "favorite"!! You are encouraging to everyone and humble and talented. Everything you do is lovely and darn near perfect in every sense. You were one of the first people to comment on my blog, and you gave me such support which meant the world to me! As a matter of fact, I started my blog so I could be in your PIF!! Many thanks for all your support and for being a bright spot in my day!

I'd absolutely love to win your drawing. I just said yesterday that I needed a pin cushion by my sewing machine! Pins are rolling all over the place!! proudmom3jw@gmail.com

Hugs to you!
Jean

Jill said...

Congrats on your blogoversary! WOW! Already a year. Thanks for all your great comments you leave on my blog. Please enter me in your drawing.

Annemarie said...

Happy blogiversary, Staci! Has it really only been a year? It seems as if you have been living in Blogland for as long as I can remember! That *you* for delighting us with your wonderful, creative, inspiring posts and pictures!
And of course I would love to have a chance of winning that set. I can't believe you're giving it all away!

amcdevries@gmail.com

Natasha said...

Happy 1 year! The blogging world is pretty cool.

I would love to be entered. Such wonderful stitching.
Thank You
Natasha
gbsgurl27@aol.com

Kristin said...

Happy Blogaversary. I have been enjoying reading as a quiet lurker. Beautiful work you do!

Aprilblue said...

Happy Blogaversary Staci !
En route pour le 2ème ;-)))
Amicalement

Lee said...

Congratulations Staci and I would love a chance to win these gorgeously stitched and finished pieces. I'll have my fingers crossed until March 6!

Diane said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary!

I would love a chance to win the smalls! Thanks!

Carol R said...

Happy Blogoversary Staci. There I was admiring the beautiful redwork and then realized it up for a draw. So ... please enter me as I am sure they would look beautiful in my cabinet of smalls!

Ellen S said...

Please add my name!! These are wonderful!!!

Ellen S

Margaret said...

Hi Staci, congratulations. Fancy it being only one year - your blog is so amazing and professional I thought you must have been at this for years. You have been such an inspiration to me and I so enjoy reading your blog. Please put me in the drawer for your wonderful gift.

Lisa said...

WOW congrats to you! I have always followed your blog since when I started blogging which will be a year in a couple of months. Love your work!
LISA V
lisavv2675 at hotmail dot com

Tracey H. said...

Congrats Staci! Hope you had a happy day :^) I so look forward to checking in daily to your blog to see what's new. I'm so glad Jody told me about it. What talent you have! I would love for the chance to be entered in your draw. Thank-you.:^)
Tracey H.
peh@xcelco.on.ca

Ellen said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging. Love your redworks and would like to be in the giveaway draw.

Happy Blogging!

Casa Pearl said...

Happy blog-iversary! You had a very accomplished year and I'm sure your second will be just as wonderful.

Joanie said...

Happy Blog-iversary! I frequent your blog a lot and always am inspired by your stitching!

Joanie
j24d29@stny.rr.com

katica said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I'm very glad I found your blog as I really enjoy coming and seeing your new posts

Please enter me in your draw, it is a beautiful and generous gift and the person who recives it will be lucky indeed!
Kati
katica_hu@yahoo.com

Kat said...

Congratulations! I have enjoyed looking at your beautiful work! Please enter me in your drawing!

Theresa said...

Congratulations!!!!! I think your work are fabulous and admire them very much!!!!! Thank you so much for all the good stuff you share on your blog, and keep them coming!!!!

I would love to enter the giveaway and try my luck~~

paiheng23@gmail.com

Crazee4books said...

Hi Staci,

Happy Anniversary!! And special
congratulations for such a
successful entry into the blogging
world. It didn't take long for your blog to catch on and attract large crowds of visitors. And no wonder.

Your stitching and
finishing skills have inspired
and delighted all of us who visit
you every chance we get. Your
knitting, embroidery and crochet
projects are watched with keen
interest and (if we're being
truthful here) a touch of envy
at the ease with which you do
everything, and make it look so
good.

Your generosity and
kindness is greatly appreciated
and your giveaways are awaited
with eager anticipation and
longing.

May you have many, many more years
of blogging, because great as the
pleasure may be that you get from
blogging, we (your loyal and
loving friends and visitors) are
the ones who are really lucky to
know you.

Cheers!!

Melissa said...

Congratulations, Staci! You are one awesome creative and busy woman! I have enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your blog.

elugo said...

Congrats, Staci! Love reading your blog. Please include me in the drawing.

elugo@juno.com

doris said...

Oh, Staci, happy, happy blogiversary! Only a year. I figured you'd been at it for ages. I absolutely love to see your finishes (especially all those socks), but now I'm stunned to know the true number! You're an incredible woman. Congrats again on so many successes.

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DebbieSFL said...

Staci, your work is always so lovely and congrats on one year. I would love to be included in your drawing

beestitchin1 at yahoo dot com

Anne said...

Congratulations on your anniversary Staci! I love visiting your blog. :) Please include my name is your wonderful giveaway. Thank you and I look forward to another great year of your blog! :)

Anne
eahvid@hotmail.com

Robin said...

I am so glad I've gotten to "know" you thru your blog. I think we all feel the same; that we've all made tremendous friendships we otherwise wouldn't have if not for the internet. congrats on your 1 yr anniversary; Keep up the great work. I love reading all about it!
Robin P/al
klpich@aol.com

Mary in AR said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Your blog is one of the first I check every morning. I really enjoy reading about your projects.

Thanks for having such an enjoyable blog.
Mary In Ar
btmuffin90 at att dot net

Carolyn said...

Oh Miss Staci, what beautiful gifts!! Happy Blogoversary! I'm still amazed that it's only been a year. I totally agree with you about the friends we meet through our blogs. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have gotten to know you, my friend. PLEASE enter me in your wonderful drawing. They are all just lovely, as always!

Hugs,
Carolyn :)

singlerose4u@hotmail.com

Becky K in OK said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. Please include me in your draw.
bkirk1029@sbcglobal.net

Joei said...

Happy blogiversary Staci!!!!
Many more finishes, stash and friends. Cheers!!

Michele said...

Happy 1st Blogiversary Staci! I love your blog :) I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Xangles said...

Happy Blogiversary, Staci. I'd loove to go in the draw for your set of smalls. Lovely stitching! In case I win... my email is pasomani at hotmail dot com.

Cheers,
Pokua

Nina said...

Hello Staci,


Happy Blogoversary!!
I'd like to get a chance for wining, please enter me :)

Thank you!

Hugs from Hungary,

Nina
ninocska @ gmail.com (no spaces)

Jeanie said...

Congratulations and Happy 1st Blogiversary Staci ! I'm gald I 'stumbled' onto your blog while searching for a floss tag tutorial :)
Cheers !
nur_april@yahoo.com.sg

Cindy F. said...

Happy Blogaversary girl!! and Congrats:) Your smalls are gorgeous! Thanks for this exciting chance...cause I'd love to enter:)

Sheila said...

Happy First Anniversary...and thank you for sharing all your fabulous stitching with us.

I´m another one who would love to be entered into your draw for those beautiful smalls :)

shakatak66 said...

Even though I haven't been commenting of late, I always love to catch up on your blog :) It seems so much longer that you've been blogging for, you've been such a big part of the online community. If it's OK I'd love to go into the draw :)

Solstitches said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. It's always a pleasure to visit here and to see what you've been making.
I'd love to be in with the chance to win the lovely set you've made for the giveaway.

Margaret

Annemiek said...

I love visiting your blog Staci, you're the one who got me inspired to make floss tags :). Hopefully next blogging year will just be as successful.Please count me in for the give away, it's gorgeous. And it's Mary Gary, what more does one need to say LOL.

Lindsay said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging.
Put me in the hat please purplepdsathotmail.dom

litlaskvis said...

Happy Bloggaversary!
I would love to be included in your draw for this gorgeous set of smalls!
litlaskvis @ yahoo.co.uk

PamO said...

I'd like to be included in your drawing. Your blog is so nice to visit. Your work is always beautiful.
Here's to another productive year!
Pam
pgormsby@aol.com

Tammy said...

Found your blog on Blues Jean Primitives. Please enter me in your drawing. I am off to read more. Adding you to my blog roll. Have a great day.

eli said...

Congratulations on the first anniversary and congratulations to the wonderful creative blog. I hope to be lucky and win. Elina from Slovakia

email: andiko@szm.sk

Lillie said...

Congrads and Happy blogiversary!
You've started the craze for the floss tag and thank you for sharing your creativity. Please enter me for the draw. TQ

xstitch.nl said...

Don't forget those four wonderful tutorials you so kindly shared with us!!
Congratulations on your Blogiversary, Staci! I hope there will be many many more to come! Please sign me up for that SWEET SWEET giveaway!!! They entire set looks sooo pretty!!

Anonymous said...

What a great I have enjoyed the ride. You too have encouraged me to stitch more with your genorus ideas. Keep blogging and stitching.
Cathy cgd4603@msn.com.

mollycaff said...

Many congratulations on your Blogiversary!! Sandra
mollycaff@ntlworld.com

Sally said...

Happy First Blogoversary Staci! Here's to many more:)

What a beautiful set of smalls. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you:) My email is stitchyangel@gmail.com

Sherry said...

Happy Blogiversary, Staci! I have enjoyed your blog and feel I have made a special friend! I look forward to another year of reading your blog!

yes, please enter name for your lovely stitches! How sweet of you to do this!

Cam said...
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Cam said...

Congrats on your first blogiversary! It's a great community, isn't it?

Cam ;-)

Cheryl said...

I would love to be in your drawing. Thanks for all the instructions that you post on your blog. I have passed you link on to other friends of mine looking for tutorials.

Cheryl
c_hallmark2000@yahoo.com

Ayla said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging. What a beautiful set of smalls. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you:) My email is ecsedinejudit@t-online.hu

Hugs, Ayla
(Hungary)

Edige said...

Happy Birthday to your blog! I read your blog but never live a comment since now...

Edith from Hungary

edige08 @ gmail.com

Lynn said...

Congrats on a wonderful and productive year. You give me courage to continue on. Please enter me in your drawing.

Melus said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging!
Beautiful Giveaway!:)

Melus19@gmail.com

Craft-i-leigh said...

In 1 year?!?! Geez, good for you! I had better get practicing. I am new to the world of stitching and have been browsing various blogs to try and gain some knowledge and get some tips / ideas. I originally started with a stamped, then counted “kits”. I’m working on my 2nd chart and have noticed some big differences in floss types and quality.
My Cross Stitch Mentor has told me that I’m ready to graduate from Aida, but I really like Aida. Maybe it’s just beginner’s comfort???
If you would answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

Rima said...

Congratulations for your first blog anniversary!
Keep blogging, stitching and showing us your wonderful works!

Sandy said...

Staci,
Congrats! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Sandy
sandyxstitcher@gmail.com

DonnaTN said...

Congratulations on your first blogoversay. May you have many more. Please include me in your give away. The pieces look stunning.
ladybug8@bellsouth.net

Gyula said...

I'm here! I don't speak englisch sorry...:S

Szilda said...

I was Gyula :)

lynda said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging! I always enjoy my visits here. Please add my name to your drawing. Thanks!
lynda (lyndamarie.a@gmail.com)

Cherry said...

Dear Staci,

Congratulations on the first anniversary and congratulations your wonderful, creative blog.

hugs
Cherry from Hungary

cherrya@mailbox.hu

Mayté said...

Happy blog anniversary!! I have enjoyed reading and seeing your blog grow.

Redwitch said...

Ok I have to make it 111 comments!

Happy Blogiversary Staci :)

Congrats on accomplishing so much!

Jennifer said...

I love the pincushions and especially the one attached to the scissors! My email address is jnmkirby@yahoo.com

Karoline said...

Happy Blogiversary Staci

mainely stitching said...

Oh my heavens, what a list of well-wishers! I would love to be included. And congratulations! :D

Heather's Stitches said...

YAY, Please enter me into your give-away, those are so Adorable!

Heather
sweetcountryangel2003@yahoo.com

Cole said...

Wow, so many projects!! Truly inspiring!

I would love to be entered into your giveaway - thanks for the chance!

Nicole
nicolespence22 AT hotmail DOT com

pj said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! One year of fun! YOu do a great job and are so creative and inspiring. I love reading your ideas and seeing the pics of your finishes. Would love to win too! pj

samplerlover said...

Hi Staci,
Congratulations on your 1st year of blogging. I also have met some wonderful ladies from all over the world. It is quite amazing.
You have done some wonderful work = Sandra.

Melody said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging.

Please enter my name along with the others for your wonderful drawing!

Gayle said...

Staci - Congrats on your milestone! We're actually the real winners from you blogging because you've been so steadfast and reliable at posting on a regular basis - lots of bloggers give up and leave us hanging! Way to go!
Gayle
dyeing2hook@msn.com

Ginny said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging! You almost had one finish for every blog post; that is impressive!

Please enter me in your drawing.

crafter (dot) ginny (at) gmail (dot) com

karen said...

Happy Blogoversary! i love reading your blog and seeing all the new things you come up with!

please enter me in your wonderful drawing as well.

hugs!

norcsella said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary. You have a very nice blog.

norcsella@gmail.com

Kryx said...

Happy blogoversary. :) I like your blog and please enter me in your drawing. :)

Hugs from Hungary,
Kryx

Rachel said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging!

Please enter me in your drawing. Rachel at intuitionfaery@aol.com

I read your next post and I think that bread looks yummy!

csicsóné said...

Happy Blogversary Staci!
Beautiful blog!

meli.erdos@gmail.com

Sharon said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Staci! Your blog is really quite terrific!

Lvica said...

Happy birthday to your blog! :)
Vica
lengrevica@gmail.com

Tammy said...

How did I miss this? Happy Blogoversary!! And of course, enter me! :)

Snip said...

What a beautiful giveaway! Please enter me. Love your blog!
kalan108 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

UPON A HILL said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!! Wonderful stitching. Please enter me in.

Heather said...

You are awesome, I am so glad you are blogging and thanks for the inspirational posts, you keep me motivated!

Cila said...

Oh, They are beautiful!

Diana said...

Such a pretty fob,pincushion and floss ring! Please enter me in your giveaway.

diana.h@comcast.net

tkdquintmom said...

What the heck, throw me in and congrats!

kathy said...

please include me in your drawing, thanks Kathy

Pike said...

Happy blogoversary - and please, count me in, those are lovely!

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog and great idea on the laundry soap. :)
Dorothy
dmorton001@indy.rr.com

Kimmie said...

Goodness Gracious, I hit send and forgot to add my email. My apologies.

It is...kimmarie106 at roadrunner dot com

Kimmie
Whispering*Prims

Robin said...

I so enjoy your blog and you have taught me alot, Happy Bloganniversary and thank you

Lei B. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Your blog is just wonderful and is truly a joy to read. Enter me please if it is not too late. Thanks! lcbrown37@yahoo.com

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

Congrats! Hope it's not too late to be entered. . .

Sarah
sarah@thepaisleystudio.com

mariah said...

Happy blogoversary - and please, count me in, those are lovely!
Beautiful blog!
hugs from Hungary,!
herlettm@gmail.com