I've now been blogging for exactly ten years, wow! That's quite a milestone, isn't it? It may even make mine one of the longest running embroidery blogs, although I know it's nowhere near the biggest. My main claim to fame is that I've been going for almost a year longer than Needle'n Thread!!=) It's worth marking the occasion, I felt, so I decided to create a series of review posts sharing what projects I featured on blog over that year, what else was going on at the time and any other blogging activity, as I have a few other blogs which I play with here and there.
If you look back through the Sew in Love archives for the very first post from 26 June 2005, you won't find it, because I had a bit of a clear out of 'clutter' posts about seven years ago. I do remember that it was written two days before the surviving first post, had no photos and was just welcoming any readers to where I planned to document my unfinished projects, both textile related and others.
This was taken from a photo in one of the Country Bumpkin books ('Embroiderer's Handbook', although it's a project in 'The A_Z of Crewel Embroidery' I believe), and was made into a little cushion for friends' wedding gift.
I didn't actually get it framed until last summer, as some of you might remember, but that's for the 'Year 9' post!!!
BTW, sorry about the size of these photos. They were from the days when you couldn't put decent sized shots on Blogger and so all those I sorted for upload here were made about the size they would appear. I'm actually using slightly larger ones here from my computer files.
In those days, I did all my sewing up by hand and it was, I think, 2011 before I ventured to use the machine for it.
This photo is from a year or so later when I picked it back up again, but this is how it got left back in mid-November '05.
I also posted about a few stitch and craft shows I'd been to and showcased the stash I'd bought both there and a few mail order hauls. =)
There were two other major events in our lives that year. One was my doing a successful treatment programme for CFS/ME and enjoying my first dance in years at Chinese friends' wedding. This is my old chum, Caleb, with me and me still sporting the hair fringe that I grew out the next year.
The other was the renovation of our home. We used to live in social housing and the Council had decided to do new bathrooms and kitchens as well as a complete re-wire in each flat. It took several months to get back to where we wanted to be. Months? Years really, as it 2008 before we'd got the whole lot done. We had to move out during the initial few weeks of work as it was just terrible, with the whole place in turmoil! How other residents managed to stay in their flats, I can't imagine. We moved in to mum's for the duration and came back every day to work on the place.
Those are the highlights of my first year of blogging. A few nice projects, terrible wiring jokes and poorly formatted posts given the limited capabilities of free blogging platforms in those days. Is there anyone still around who remembers reading any of these things on Sew in Love? Any long-term readers?
Year 2 coming up tomorrow.... In the meantime, what nicer way to celebrate my tenth blogoversary than to find myself featured in today's Embroidery News newsletter from the 'Inspirations' magazine team? ♥
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015