…and start a blog.
Here’s what a wrote lo those many years ago:
“This summer I discovered the… mom-blog world. Or at least a fun little fraction of it. And it was amazing to discover other people like me!! Other moms who are home with busy little kids who still find time to quilt and sew! It was like when Dorothy walks out of her little black and white Kansas cabin into the technicolor land of Oz. I was so inspired by so many other women! When my husband came home, I told him I felt like I’d found a ton of new friends. So I’m taking the plunge and starting my own…”
I still remember saying that to my husband about feeling like I’d found a bunch of new friends, and he looked at me, a little worried about my mental health. And my “imaginary” friends. lol.
And as I look back at what has happened and evolved over those 7 years, I’m a little blown away. (Not only by how much my life has changed since then – we live in a different house, my kids are a lot bigger and I now have a lot less hair and step on a lot fewer toy cars. And, embarrassingly, I probably have a lot more fabric. *cringe* But I’m working on that!)
I am also blown away by how many opportunities and connections have come into my life that never would have happened if I hadn’t just jumped in. As I look back at those early blog posts, it was all SO far from perfect, a little scattered and random, my photography was pretty pathetic, and I was still trying to find my voice.
But I’m SO GLAD I DID IT.
The best part of this whole adventure is the real-life connections and friends I’ve made along the way – that I never would have met if I hadn’t tried something scary. Those imaginary friends have become real-life friends!
(Here are a few images from when I was working on some of those earliest tutorials…)
So a few great lessons here:
- When facing something outside your comfort zone: Just jump in. Do it. Plug your nose and close your eyes if you have to, but jump!
- Done is better than perfect. Don’t wait until you’ve got it all figured out. Give yourself room to grow along the way.
And most of all, I wouldn’t be here without you nice people who stop by to visit. I’m especially thankful to those who leave such kind and encouraging comments when you have a minute. (I know life is busy!)
So to celebrate, I thought would be fun to giveaway a whole bunch of stuff, including giveaways of some of my very favorite things from generous sponsors and 7 curated bundles and goodies from me. A huge thank you to my generous sponsors for making this happen!! Here are the goods:
An Ebook of your choice from Martingale/That Patchwork Place.
From Aurifil this collection of Pat Sloan’s Perfect Box of Neutrals – 12 spools of 50 wt thread. My favorite kind!
From Quilty Box – a September gift box full of goodies including Erin Cox’s Sweet Tweets book, a Cotton+Steel Picnic charm pack, two spools of Konfetti Wonderfil Threads, and a Sugar’n Cream yarn in Robin’s Egg.
From the Fat Quarter Shop 7 Prizes (how fun is that?) including a Fat Quarter Style book, a Precut Primer book, a Quilted Living Book, Macarron Patchwork Set/Aurfil thread collection, Biscotti Finishing Set/Aurfil floss collection, Alphabitties, and a Jolly Bar precut collection.
I’ll also be putting together 7 packages of goodies from this pile of loot.
To enter to win these prizes, leave a comment on this post. And if you like, tell me something you’d love to see on this blog in the future. Winners will be selected randomly from comments on this post, as well as blog posts over the previous month. Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 13 at midnight MST.
Finally, one more thank you for the support and encouragement you’ve generously shown me over the past 7 years. For visiting this blog, or buying a pattern, or supporting my sponsors, I truly thank you. (or for voting for me in the Bloglovin’ awards earlier last month. I did not win, but the kind support from so many of you, meant so much. Heck, just to be nominated in the first place, was pretty cool!)
As an added thank you, all of my PDF patterns in my pattern shop are 50% off for the next 7 days with code 7YEARS at check out.
Thank you, thank you. Sending love and well-wishes and happy quilting vibes to all of you. xoxoxo
POST EDIT: Giveaway closed. I apologize for the delay announcing winners. We had a broken collar-bone at our house right before Fall Break from school. Winners will be announced Wednesday, Oct 21. Thanks for your patience!
Riley Blake Bundle: Melissa
Olfa Cutting mat and Rotary Cutter:
Fat Quarter Shop bundle: