March 16, 2009

One Year . . .

I can hardly believe that it has been one year since I joined this online blogging community! I have learned so much, been so encouraged as a mom and quilter - thanks to all of you that have enriched my life by being a part of this blog and sharing your lives on your own blogs.

A quick stroll down memory lane, if you will ~

My first post, I was working on a quilt just for me at the time. My favorite, it has primaloft batting (super warm) and it has been under our down comforter all winter!

Here I decided to be real.

My baby
turned 1, and started walking! Lots of family celebrations too.

Finished a respectable number of quilts (here & here too) - I have high hopes for many more this year!

I have made even more friends through swap groups, and virtual bees! So much fun - I am constantly pushed beyond my comfort zone.

You've all shared in the
ups and downs of motherhood with me - allowing me to gush about the beautiful little people in my life.

I have won quite a few giveaways :)

I have been so
thankful to be a part of this community!

On that note I should tell you about the giveaway I have for you. I wish I had one for everyone - but I'm not a machine! One lucky winner will win this bag:The fabric is from Dena Design's Snow Flower Collection - not too girlie but nice and springy! I had fun lining up the center on the stripes and then matching things up as I was sewing it together. My bag has been so fun to use and carry - a great size for everything but not too much!


To win:

~ Leave me a comment - one entry
~ Add me to your reader or follow me - one more entry
~ Post on your blog and link back here - 3 entries
~ Add my button to your blog for the week - 3 entries
I will enlist the help of the random number generator in one weeks time, and announce the winner next Monday!










Copy and paste the html in the box to your blog :)


I know that I have lots more readers than commenters - This would be a great time to meet you, if you haven't introduced yourself yet. Go ahead and tell me something interesting about YOU :) I hope to have a good turn out - please help me spread the word.


Many blessings to you ~
Amy

155 comments:

audreypawdrey said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last several months! I don't know how much of a chance the first person gets but I am going for it! The bag is beautiful!

I am also a reader/subscriber...

Sabra said...

Congratulations on one year in the blog-biz. I am relatively new to the blog world but am finding it more wonderful every day. You have a beautiful family and do beautiful work with your sewing machine.

maria said...

Hi,I found you via the DQS 6. I will add you to my google reader but not sure how to add the button.
Maria x

Sarah Pead said...

I just read your post where you "got real" with your blog. It was so very encouraging. Being a Pastor's wife myself, I know the hardship and heart ache that can come with it. But what's exciting is that God is so bigger than that heart ache and He has the power to pick us up and hold us so close when we feel like giving up. I know I felt like that this past weekend and He showed me that no matter what comes against me, He is for me and has me. I'm so blessed to have met you through this blogging community and pray that God is able to create a beautiful and encouraging friendship through it.

P.S. I'm going to post about your give-away on my blog tomorrow & I've added the sidebar info to my sidebar.

Sarah Pead said...

Oh and I am a follower of your blog as well!

Sara said...

Hi, Amy!
Congrats! I love the bag.
I'm posting my entry here and I also posted a link on my blog (www.itsjustonemore.blogspot.com)
Sara

melissa s. said...

hello! you know me :-) happy blogiversary! it's been so nice getting to know you and watch your creativity evolve over the past year. congrats!

Dana said...

I'm glad that I get to read about your life, you family, your craft and you. Always a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful bag!

Jennie said...

I just found you from the S.T.U.D. group on Flickr! Congrats on 1 year!! ~ Jennie

Rebekah said...

this bag is gorgeous! Congrats on one year of blogging!

jacquie said...

congrats amy! a year does fly by doesn't it. so many big events in your life...so many firsts. you know you're in my reader...giveaway or not. i love coming here...you're always so positive and i find inspiration here. have a wonderful week...i would love the bag, so please try to draw my name!

Jaimie said...

Woo Hoo!!! I'm excited about this giveaway! :) By the way, I have wanted to leave you comments about 5x on different posts the past few weeks, but for some reason my computer kept freezing every single time I tried to publish my comment. I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your posts! :)

Tipper said...

Congrats on the milestone!! I became a follower-don't know why I haven't ever done that before-since I love coming here each week! The bag is sooo pretty-hope I win!!

Artfulife said...

Sign me up! What a super fun giveaway. Congrats on your blog. I always enjoy reading it, & have loved getting to know you over this past year.

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- have fun trying to keep track of all those entries Amy! And Happy Blogiversary!!!

Gezina said...

Happy Blog Anniversary. Only one birthday but many anniversaries. Love following your blog. Enter me in for the bag! It is beautiful. I am using that exact fabric for a quilt. Go figure!!!

Jackie Russell said...

Congratulations! I would love to win the bag. I'm not sure I could keep it away from my DD. I already am a follower of yours.

Sarah said...

Adorable! I would love to win this! I am now following your blog too! :)

Sarah said...

Whoops, looks like I should mention following in a separate email? I am off to add your button to my blog as well! :) Have a great day!

Bekah said...

So...I just started reading your blog and I LOVE your creativity. It's nice catching up in a unique way :) The bag is gorgeous! I can't believe how talented you are! I LOVE sewing too but I am not nearly as gifted am I pretty sure :) Hope you and Joe are great!
Bekah

Bekah said...

So...I just started reading your blog and I LOVE your creativity. It's nice catching up in a unique way :) The bag is gorgeous! I can't believe how talented you are! I LOVE sewing too but I am not nearly as gifted am I pretty sure :) Hope you and Joe are great!
Bekah

Barbie said...

Congratulations! I found you through DQS6 and I've enjoyed all of your comments over there. Now I'm very happy to find your blog too! Please enter me in your giveaway. The bag is gorgeous!

em's scrapbag said...

I have really enjoyed getting to know you. Your blog is great! Congrats on your blogaversary.

amylouwho said...

You know I'm going to enter! I love giveaways and this bag is so cute!

I had fun reading some of your earlier posts, from before I knew about you!

I'm lucky that we got to meet in real life! Long live the blogging amys!

amylouwho said...

oh yes, and I subscribe in google reader!

amylouwho said...

oh yes, AND i posted a button on my sidebar to bring people back here!

Sewz4fun said...

Great handbag! Congrats on your 1 year anniversary.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What a beautiful bag and I just love that fabric combination too.

Congrats on your 1 year. Great milestone!

Marrdy said...

I am so glad I found you. I think from SITS one day!! I love your blog and you have inspired me to give quiliting a try. Found several quilt stores close to me! And that bag will hold my crocheting project nicely!

sewtakeahike said...

happy blog anniversary to you Amy! You are so generous to offer the bag you made! Love the fabrics you used!

sewtakeahike said...

oh, and I subscribed to you in reader last summer, sorry if this messes up your count with me leaving another comment and all!

Lisa said...

Please enter me! The bag is lovely! :-)

Lisa said...

Posted on my blog for 3 entries

#1

Lisa said...

Posted on my blog for 3 entries

Entry #2

Lisa said...

Posted on my blog for 3 entries

Entry #3

amandajean said...

happy one year of blogging!!! and thank you for being such a loyal commenter on my blog. i appreciate that so much!

Lynn said...

Amy, I love that purse, it is so cute! Plus, I love hearing about how you and Joe and the kids are doing!

Janis said...

Congrats Amy! I am so glad you took the step into the world of blogging. I've been following you for some time now and I'm continually inspired by your words and works. You're amazing! xoxo

Millie said...

This bag is just gorgeous. Enter me in your giveaway!

Sheree said...

Congrats!! This bag is so lovely.

Hugs,

Sheree

Digital Misfit said...

Congratulations on your year of blogging! That anniversary will be coming up for me pretty soon, though I didn't really get active until last fall.
Your creations are wonderful - you have such an eye for color and your sewing is impeccable. I admire and envy your skills.

heidig@gmail.com

Digital Misfit said...

I am a follower of your blog :)
pop by mine anytime at http://myhidingplaceincyberspace.blogspot.com

Shell said...

as a new quilter I find your blog very fun and informational. Congrats on reaching your first blogaversary!!!

Amy said...

I did it all sista friend :)

Andrea said...

Hi!
I've been reading your blog for just a couple months now, but I'm a regular now! I love reading your posts!

Hope you're having a great week!

Love the bag, I could find lots of neat stuff to fill it!

Rita said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! Many blessings to you too! I'm so blessed to have gotten to know your through your blog and sew connected and seeing your wonderful work! I admire your heart and love for your family and in everything you make! I'm inspired to make more things and start my own etsy shop one day! And yes, you are always incredibly lucky in winning giveaways!! Congrats and best wishes to many more good things to come! (And you're on my google reader and linked from my blog too! <3)

Whimsical Creations said...

Congrats on 1 year!! That is a beautiful bag!!

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

Subscribed via google reader

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I added your pretty button on my blog.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

I added your button #2

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i added your button #3

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

farmsteadlady said...

I found you via another blog, lovely bag and love your blog. My hubby is bi-vocational and started via a church plant a little over a year ago, so I look forward to reading more.

I am off to add you to my Bloglines and tweet about this nice bag.

Peace and Blessings,

Kiva

jmbmommy said...

Happy blog birthday!! You are a blessed woman.

Amy said...

Congrats on one year! It's been fun getting to know you through your blog and A Notion or two, I am in awe of your quilting talent! Cute bag too!

Trish said...

Congrats! Very cool blog. It's fun to read. I love this bag! What a great giveaway!

Ms. Mini said...

such a cute bag . . . the fabric choices are lovely.

kristina said...

congrats lady! CUTE purse, pick me!!!!! You're on my blog too, but I am having trouble with the button, yikes:) I bought this pattern, great for spring, awesome giveaway!

Fiona said...

What a gorgeous Bag - Happy Anniversary

Elise said...

love it, Babe! prayers and hugs, Mom

Kate/Massachusetts said...

Happy blogiversary! Mel sent me! I don't have a blog...yet! Your bag is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to enter!

dfuller55 at verizon dot net

Amy said...

I can't keep up with you! I don't check my reader for two days and you've got 4 new posts! Happy anniversary. I'm glad we've met and I've enjoyed your blog. Here's to another great year.

Dayna said...

Love the bag! You did a great job centering those stripes! I follow you on my Google Reader!

FROG PRINCESS said...

WOW! THAT BAG IS GREAT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME VISITING YOUR BLOG AND I AM LIKING IT! CONGRATS ON THE ONE YEAR MARK.

Carla said...

How pretty that is! I'd love to win it. I'm also following.

Sherri said...

I enjoy your blog and have noticed that you leave comments on a lot of the blogs I read as well! Happy one year...and the bag is absolutely gorgeous!

Country Color Creations said...

such a pretty purse. I love it. The fabrics look beautiful. Thanks Theresa Hill
dthill@embarqmail.com

Anya said...

Lovely giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

Terri Y said...

I follow your blog daily. I am a crafter/teacher who is just starting her venture in quilting this past year. Have completed several tops.... now my challenge is to take it to the next level and complete the quilting (machine) and binding on my own. Your blog gives me alot of inspiration! Thanks for the time and effort you put forth. I'll be watching! :)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely bag. I just stumbled over fromm Sarah Pead's blog. I couldn't tell where I first found her several months ago, through a string of blogs I'm sure. I love reading about all the wonderful crafting & quilting going on. I just wish I had the time to do some too.... Congrats on your one year anni!!
Susan from: susansbarn@yahoo.com

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi,
Just found your blog from a link on Mel's Own Place. I'm glad I found your blog...it's wonderful. Thanks so much for the chance to win this great bag. Happy Anniversary!
~Karen~

free indeed said...

That's a lovely purse and perfect for spring! I have a daughter that has a thing for purse chicness...this will be a belated bday gift for her if I win.

free indeed said...

Congrats on making it to a year! You must be getting pretty comfortable with the way things work in blog land. I have just added you to my reader.

Dawn said...

Your bag is beautiful!! Congrats on the big One Year of Blog!

CABean03 said...

Amy- I NEED this bag! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and it's perfect for me so I will try to comply with all the possible ways I can enter. :) Just wanted to let you know how great I think the bag is. :)

Elin Synnøve said...

Congratulation with your blog anniversary :-)
The bag is really great. I have placed a button on my sidebar for your giveaway.
Hi from Elin Synnøve in Norway

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Fabulous bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

shelia said...

count me in! congradulations on your one year :)

The Bee Hive said...

Ooh, I would love that cute bag, nice work! I'm a fellow VU alumn myself!

Julia said...

I would love this bag! I have such an ugly one right now that this one would be just the thing! Also I have a giveaway you might want to sign up for too! It's at the Apron Goddesses site if you click my profile. :)

mellyandrosie said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! And what a stunning bad - simple lovely!!! I hope the second bloggy year will be as good as the first =] Melly

Whimsical Creations said...

#1 Blogged here

http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-thursday_19.html

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

#2 Blogged here

http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-thursday_19.html

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

#3 Blogged here

http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com/2009/03/giveaway-thursday_19.html

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

randi said...

I'm in!

Congrats on one year! Your blog is lovely and inspiring. I love to visit here! :)

Beth said...

Congrats! Love the bag! So cute!
Thanks
~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

B said...

Bravo on you giving this away! So thrilled!

creativegals said...

Sounds like you have had an amazing year! I found you on Whimsical Creations. The bag is just beautiful!

Carolynn said...

I would love to win this beautiful piece of handiwork! I'm hosting a Giveaway over at my place, too. Today is the deadline for entry, so swing by and partake of the fun!

Lynn Osborne said...

Congratulations on the blogiversary! Thanks for the chance to win. I love this bag!

Rachel said...

Hello! I just love that bag! It is super cute! BTW I am now following and I put your button on my blog.
http://creativeborders.blogspot.com

Thanks so much! I look forward to reading more posts :-)

Lisa said...

Congratulations on one year.
Cute bag.
Great blog, you have a beautiful family and your heart shows through in your posted story.

Jana said...

Congrats on blogging for a year! Love the bag!

Rebecca said...

Happy Blogaversary! You have a fantastic blog! If you would like you are more than welcome to check out my blog with your super cute box on it :) www.mybarefoot.blogspot.com
The most interesting thing about me is that I work for an amazing Children's Publisher! Barefoot Books!

wildcardquilts said...

Happy blogiversary, Amy! I am so thrilled for your success--and I know success will only keep coming to you!

trish said...

Doesn't one year go by so fast?! I love reading about your crafty things, since I'm not very crafy. I picked up knitting and crocheting in the past year, but I don't have near as much time for them as I would like.

Karen and Shane said...

Great bag! I love it! (I found you via the Old Red Barn Co!)

Ceridwen said...

Congrats on your blogoversarry!

Cheryl said...

This is a great bag. I love bags. I will add the button to my site and also follow you.

Kelly O. said...

Hi there,
I'm Kelly and I too am a Christian. I have read your blog off and on for the past several months and find your faith and resilliance so inspiring!
Keep up the good work! Something interesting about me? Before I chose to "retire" and become a stay at home mommy I was a wedding planner--yes! just like the movie!
Have a happy day and thanks for the chance to win!
Kelly O.
skotten at distributel dot net

hennchix said...

I just found you today, and I so love that bag! I am a total bag addict-it drives my hubs crazy. I posted about you on my blog, signed as a follower, but I'm confused about which button I need to add to the blog. I am adding you as a blog I follow.

lanakae said...

That bag is sooooooo Fabulous!! Love your blog ~ and Congrats on your one year!

Laurie said...

Love your blog. It never fails to inspire and uplift. I love the beauty always protrayed. The bag is beautiful.

I am also a follower

Donna said...

This bag is georgous! Thanks for the chance to win and congratulations!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The bag is lovely and the fabric is lovely. And so are you!!! Happy anniversary.

mommymae said...

i'm already a subscriber!

mommymae said...

this bag is adorable and your blocks for a notion or 2 are dynamite. i can't wait for may (my month!)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your blog. You have made a couple of cute bags with that pattern and am excited that you are giving one away!

janil said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm new hear, I'm from Spain and I love this bag!!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Beth said...

thanks for the comment! I've added your button on my blog!
~Beth
bethanyev@gmail.com
http://joeandbethany.blogspot.com

Life'sJourney said...

What a wonderful giveaway!! I have added your button to my blog... Thanks so much and happy one year anniversary!!
~Rachel

minishoes said...

What a lovely giveaway! You do beautiful work! happy anniversary. thanks jacquecurl@gmail.com

minishoes said...

i follow jacquecurl@gmail.com

Stathis Five said...

Love the bag. Could never make this. Way cute. Posted you on my blog. at www.stathis5.blogspot.com
So come on over and take a look.

One of us Dragonfryes said...

Hi! Your bag is very pretty! Please enter me in your giveaway.

I am now a follower of your blog

I put your button on my blog sidebar

I also posted about your gveaway on my blog here

http://dragonfryemeadow.blogspot.com/2009/03/park-city-girl-giveaway.html

Stephanie D. said...

Cute bag! Looks very roomy!

And congratulations on your one-year blogiversary! It's amazing how quickly it goes, isn't it?

sweetbabies00 said...

I ran across your blog from Quilt Dad. I have enjoyed reading it. Congratuations on one year. Time does fly.
Angie
Texas

LucyH said...

Very cute. Just happened to find this blog from another.
Lucy
aaronandlucyhansen.blogspot.com

Lene said...

Cute bag. I found you from Dana at Old Red Barn.

So here is my comment, I am now a follower, I put a post on my blog and the button is up on my blog.

Woohoo...I hope I win!

Melissa said...

What beautiful fabric! A great bag, indeed.

Dolores said...

What a lovely giveaway. Congratulations on your blogaversary.

Brandon or Michelle said...

Hey, came over from old red barn...I love the bag! I have just begun the fun of making bags and I LOVE DOING IT!
hmmm...something interesting about me...I never knew I liked to sew until I became pregnant with a little girl and wanted to make her a quilt. WHAT A WORLD I JUMPED INTO! Now it's my favorite part of the day.
thanks, I'll add you to my reader too.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I love the bag and would love to win it!

Treasuresofjoy said...

I am following your blog!

Christy said...

Happy blogversary Amy! Wishing you another year of crafty bliss!

((hugs))

Anonymous said...

just checking

Janiece said...

I am visiting from LENE's at
embracethechaos-lene.blogspot.com
Your bag is really cute!
Congrats on you one year!

Shauna said...

Hi! I am Shauna :) Nice to meet you! What a great blog you have here! Please count me in on this contest! I l♥ve bags!

sydlovesfrisbee said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary! Amy

Karen said...

Well, ended up here from Old Red Barn Co. Wow! now I have to spend the next hour or so, going through all your posts. I am impressed so far. I am basically new to the blogging thing and hope to do a givewawy of my own someday. Thanks for the inspiration!

shindylahoe said...

happy one year blogging birthday! what a cute bag! I would love to win!
shindylahoe at hotmail dot com

shindylahoe said...

I subscribe via RSS feed!
shindylahoe at hotmaildot com

Deb in AZ said...

Getting ready to start my blog, enjoy yours and congrats on a year!Lovely bag, hope to win it for my sis.

helensjourney said...

What a cute bag and great blog.
I've added you to my google reader.

stitchernow said...

Love the bag (I also like your Flutterby quilt!)

GravityAnn said...

Lovely purse! I live in Park City and like to quilt, so we have common interests. I love your things and a big Happy Blog Anniversary to you. I keep thinking I will pay attention to my blog, but then I don't. FYI, there is a quilt fest in May in Salt Lake - HMQS. I lived here over 4 years and only just came across it last year. I loved every moment. Even if you don't attend a class, quilt artists do trunk shows and there are so many quilts and displays. It is worth the trip down from our mountain top. I have never been so inspired. Anyhoo, nice to find another quilter in my neck of the woods.

Chantie said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog (something I seem to do a lot at 2 a.m.!) and it's so much fun--also, I love your playlist! I look forward to seeing all you're doing in the future. Thanks for the entry! Chantie (in St. George, Utah)

Kathleen W. said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I've been doing this just over a year, and also have a one year old, so I can relate. It is great getting to know all kinds of moms and crafters in the blogosphere.

SharonAnne said...

Girl, I just love your music choices! I'm new here, but have bookmarked you. Love the bag...thanks for the giveaway!
sharonanne56[at]yahoo[dot]com

Brooke said...

What a wonderful blog you have! I have seen you around...Sweet Dana sent me here! YAY!
I just started quilting about a year ago and loving every bit of it. Right now I'm in the middle of making a quilt for my sweet little nephew.
Thank you so much for the chance hun!

Have a lovely day!
~Brooke

Brooke said...

I follow you now! YAY!

Thank you

Brooke said...

I added your button!

Not sure if I'm too leave 3 comments for it.Hope I'm doing it right!
Thank you so much!

Brooke said...

I added your button!
Comment# 2

Thank you!

Brooke said...

I added your button!
comment # 3

Thank you so much!

janette said...

loving the beauty of that bag...i'm so impressed. I'm new to the sewing machine world...i aspire to this! :)
p.s.I linked to you too!

janette said...

oh...i linked to you at blog.friesenfam.net

Ronnie said...

Happy Anniversary! The purse so is sweet. Great job.
I'm new, saw you commenting on Vintage Sister! And now I'm a Follower!

Super Fun Mama said...

Hi, coming over from UBP. I'm trying to visit all the blogs. Right now, if I visit 149 per day in the next 7 days I'll make it. I'm hoping for long nap times for the next 7 days! Anyway, it is really nice to meet you and your blog. I have a toddler learning blog myself where we do a lot of learning activities and have fun. Blogs are my favorite way to spend time. They've totally replaced magazines for me. So nice to meet you! Have a magical day!

Andrea said...

Amy, congrats on one year of blogging! Hooray!!!!

Momma J said...

Lovely - I would love the win!

Marianne
mommajdesigns(at)gmail(dot) com
www.jewelrybymommaj.etsy.com
www.crochetbymommaj.etsy.com
www.crochetbymommaj.blogspot.com

cabadov said...

Hi Amy. I came across your blog visiting the UBP list (this is my first time - doesn't that sound a little cliche). I love music choices and you do some amazing work. Thanks for sharing

another amy said...

Congrats, Amy! (And I love the bag by the way.) I have so enjoyed getting to know you - even though you only live "over the mountain" from me. :) One day we'll have to do it in person!

another amy said...

Also, I am now an official follower. And you are the first person I officially 'followed'!

Angie said...

Wow, just found your blog! I am a follower now, and posted the giveaway and button on my side bar on my blog. Keep up the great work! Thanks for the giveaway!
blessings,angie

Michelle said...

What a fun bag! I found your blog from my sis-in-law's blog. I'm going to add your blog as one of the places that I follow. Happy Anniversary and keep crafting!

Cassie said...

Happy blog birthday, Amy. LOVE the purse. Maybe, just maybe, it will be my lucky day.

Happy Day,
Cassie