Friday, 26 August 2016

3 Year Blogiversary

It's Sum of their Stories' 3 year Blogiversary this week!
doodled number 3

Sometimes I feel "Wow, where has the time gone" & other times that I've been doing this forever! One thing is for certain, I still only know a tiny a fraction of all the things you can learn about blogging. 
It's hard to know how to celebrate a Blogiversary, different people do all sorts of different things. I know a giveaway is popular, lists - what you've learnt, advice for newbies, fascinating facts etc - are also lots of fun. I read a brilliant post from Pam at Threading My Way just the other day talking about her 5 years of experience with her blog and how things have changed.

During this last year I added something new to my long list of creative pastimes - hand-lettering.

I don't really have time for another hobby but it was all the fault of the lovely & super talented Dawn from By Dawn Nicole! This time last year we were both guest contributors over on The Pinning Mama and Dawn had started her Art & Hand-lettering Class on Facebook. If you fancy having a go this is such a great place to start. Dawn has free downloadable practice sheets, freebies by email every month if you sign up, advice on what supplies you might want to try and loads more. There are a couple of Facebook and Instagram Daily Prompt Challenges each month and a really lovely supportive bunch of participants of all different levels. I've dabbled in the Monthly prompts a couple of times but haven't actually managed every day yet...
number 3 in many fonts

I had an interest in hand lettering years ago, I had this book back in the late 90's. 

It's been so much fun to revive my interest and attempt some once again. The styles have changed a bit now and there is so much inspiration around - I'm looking at you Instagram!
One of the best things about it is you can start with stationery you already have and then build up to fancy pens and the like later. 
I don't share much here because I don't think I'm very good (yet) and don't practice everyday either, even though I know that's the way to improve.
doodled number 3

Another first this past year was my invite to the Bloggers Breakfast at the CHSI In Stitches Show. It was great to meet some lovely fellow bloggers and see all the new innovations in the crafting world.

I participated in Me Made May for the first time this year too. It's a pledge to wear things you've made and share on Instagram.
You set your own pledge so it can be as much or as little as you want. I pledged to wear everything "me made" that I still have and I almost managed it. The weather wasn't playing ball though and a couple of summer dresses just never made it. The whole thing was so inspiring and I found a whole load of amazing sewists to follow for year round motivation. The only downside is taking all those photos of yourself in the garden feeling just a little bit silly. 

Thanks for visiting, I hope your last 12 months was filled with as much time for being creative as you would have liked. Here's hoping for the same in the next 12!
I'll be sharing over at these Link Parties
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

15 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary, Julie! You are one talented lady and had it even back in the 90's! Why does that seem like it was yesterday? Cheers for many more years of successful blogging!

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    1. Thanks Kathy, that's so lovely.
      I'm one of those people who still says "about 10 years ago" when I mean the 90's!

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  2. I used to do a lot of hand lettering when I was in the thick of scrapbooking but haven't done any for ages unless I am adding a greeting to a card. I am glad we met at CHSI and that I have found your blog. We are so alike in that we just like to make stuff - anything! Keep crafting and blogging. Jo x

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    1. Thank you Jo, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you IRL too. I love the way you seem to enjoy all the crafts there are out there too!

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  3. How wonderful to meet other bloggers in real life - people who understand why you do what you do. Maybe one day I'll get to experience that. Ha, ha... I totally get how you feel while being photographed. Thanks heaps for the mention and link back.

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    1. My pleasure Pam, I loved reading what you wrote the other day.
      Meeting fellow bloggers is lovely, I understand why people go to conferences and whatnot. Sadly I think you may be too far away from me for us to ever met in real life, I guess you never know, but I love the internet for allowing me to read what you are up to!

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  4. Congratulations on your three years. I enjoy your blog. I had that same book - I may still have it but certainly couldn't find it if I had to. I didn't really get very far. Thanks so much for all the info you shared today. Maybe I can get into it this try. Beat Wishes for many more years of successful blogging.

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    1. Thanks McStamper, I found the book when we moved last year, just as I was getting bitten by the handlettering bug. It's fun to see how the fashions have changed.
      I really recommend the By Dawn Nicole group & classes, lots of resources and like minding folks just having a go and sharing how they are getting on. All very supportive and non-judgemental.

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  5. Congratulations on three years! I enjoy following you and I appreciate all the hard work it takes to put out a blog. I enjoy your doodles, especially the Real not perfect one in this blog entry! So true.

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    1. Thank you Laura. It's been hard work but loads of fun too. (and made dinner either burnt or late more times than I like to think about!)

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  6. Congrats :) Have a great journey. Wish you lots of success!

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    1. Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by :-)

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  7. I have that book and never opened since I bought it, hmmm do I have time for another craft?

    Congratulations on your 3 year blooaversary

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  8. Happy Blogiversary! I love the lettering - as a doodler, I'll need to have a look into some lettering on instagram - much better than drawing yet another set of flowers in a meeting! xx

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  9. Happy Blogiversary, I'd love to be able to do lettering but I'm not very confident.

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