This is not the original reason why I started to blog but this has now surpassed all previous reasons why I started up this online diary.
When I started out I had no comprehension of the friends I would make, the amount I would learn from others, the inspiration I would gain, the exponential growth of my ‘to do’ list and the opportunities that would arise.
Roll back to February 2013. After some encouraging feedback of gifts I had made for friends I decided to book some stalls at local craft fairs over the summer. I also set up my Folksy shop. Skip to Easter 2013 and I enquired of a friend how to blog with a view to reach more sales. Work was going through some turbulent times and crafting and blogging really helped to take my mind off things.
Over the course of the summer, and through some disastrous sales at fairs, I started to develop more regular contact with those whose blogs I read and in turn who took the time to comment on my posts. – You know who you are!
You inspired me and led me down all sorts of alleys to work on my skills.
My first CAL blanket
and my first knitted jumper.
I took part in my first ATC (artistic trading card) swap
I replaced some ugly things around my house with lovely versions
I made many, many Christmas orders
And I crocheted and crocheted and crocheted
Others, who shall remain under wraps for a couple of weeks more, have even contributed to my wedding preparations!
Jump to early 2014 I was approached by Minerva Crafts to blog crafty posts for them and more recently by White Tree Fabrics.
Well this past weekend another first happened……….
I actually got to meet some fellow bloggers IN THE FLESH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Minerva crafts, in order to thank their 32 bloggers for their time and creations, put on an event for us and their customers. And what a day, and night, it was.
I picked up a fellow blogger, Louise of Sew-Sensational, on the way to the Minerva shop/giant warehouse in Darwen near Blackburn. Thankfully she was truly lovely, as I had thought, and didn’t turn out to be the mass murderer my daughter thought she might be (we were sharing a room that night).
We arrived to a busy busy day.
Look, here I am in the brochure!
We listened to guest speakers
Took part in workshops
And trawled the aisles
And meanwhile talked, and talked and talked to those we had only known through blogs, twitter and Minerva.
To cap it all off, in the evening Minerva took all us bloggers out for a fabulous meal
Almost 24hrs spent in the company of folks we had not met in person before and never, ever running out of things to talk about!!!!
I came away absolutely buzzing. (and with some yarn and some fabric!!!)
Who would have thought of the richness that has been added to my life through blogging.
Now I just want to meet you ALL!!!!!
Love, Lucie xx