Happy 1 Year Blogiversary! And Fabric Giveaway!

by ilene on February 2, 2012 · 104 comments

in blog stuff, Uncategorized

Guess what? I started this blog exactly one year ago today!  (Here is my first ever blog post!)  I started this site (on the night of one of New England’s biggest snowstorms) as a way to chronicle all my projects for my family and friends.  I had no idea where this journalistic journey would take me but 189 posts later, I’m so glad I did it!  I’ve made new friends along the way, had opportunities to guest post for some great sites, and saw readership grow to a number I never anticipated but the best benefit is that this site has reignited my passion to keep creating.  Everyday, I am challenged to try new things so that I can share the results with you all!

I’m also really thankful to all of you who read this blog and encourage me along the way!  Thanks for sticking with me and reading through all my attempts, adventures and asides!   I’m flabbergasted why anyone would think any of this is worthy of reading so thank you!!  I thought I’d kick off the 2nd year of blogging with a fabric giveaway! I’m giving away some of the cute Japanese fabrics I bought last week:

How cute are the hot air balloons?

To enter the giveaway, just comment below with your name and email!   The giveaway closes Wednesday, February 8th at midnight PST.  I’ll announce one random winner the next day!  Good luck!!

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1 caroline February 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Love your blog. I was introduced to it via our mutual friends and I know your sis too and went on a trip with her and other friends to hawaii a few years ago. Now I religiously follow your blog. Love it 🙂

2 Jacqueline Mukweto February 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Congrats on your first year you have done an incredible job! Thanks for the fabric fun. Mukweto at gmail dot com

3 Jen February 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

One year done well! Though I’ve only recently discovered your blog, I am at home here as though I’d been enjoying it from it’s beginning. Wishing us the pleasure of your shared talents and interests for years to come.

4 geekstitching February 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I’ve enjoyed following your blog for the last few months! Can’t wait to read more!

xoxo Kim


5 Kristena February 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Happy 1 year blogiversary!

6 Stacie February 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I love reading your blog!!

7 Jennifer McCaffrey February 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Happy bloggaversary! Those fabrics are so cute! my email is myownroad(at)yahoo(dot)com

8 richardsonshine February 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

happy blogiversary!! what darling fabric – my son would LOVE a tie or shorts made from those…

9 Andi Burks February 2, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I just found your blog last week and I am trying hard to catch up! I love your projects! Keep ’em coming!

10 Erin February 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Cute fabric! Happy blogaversary!

11 Erin February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

erinjoyrn at gmail dot com

12 I'm Feelin' Crafty February 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Happy Birthday!! I’ve had a good time reading your blog. And thos efabrics are adorable!

13 Monica February 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Love your blog! I’ve recently decided to give it a go with my first quilt after my mother-in-law gave me her sewing machine. So I would love to win some adorable fabric!

14 Lizzy February 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I love your blog and look forward to reading all your posts about food/crafty things every day! 🙂

15 Phyllis February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Happy Blogiversary~ Love everything you do – so creative! Keep it up Ilene!!!!

16 Lisa Johnson February 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I read all about your shopping for fabric amd think it is so nice of you to share. I have to laugh you did not offer one of your KitKats.. Happy Anniversary! Pick me, pick me comlisajohnson@gmail.com

17 ilene February 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm

hahaha that is true!! i am keeping the kitkats all to myself!!! 🙂

18 JenO February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

great fabric! so cute! and HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! 🙂 love your tutorials! keep up the great posts!

Jen O
hippofairy (at) hotmail (dot) com

19 jwfong February 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

congratulations! the fabrics are so cute, I like the striped one a lot!

20 jakennicksmomma February 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy your tutorials and ideas. Looking forward to all the Frugal February posts. My email is: kathleen_e_gonzalez (at) yahoo.com

21 Andrea February 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

happy blogiversary! yay! hope we can make it out to the west coast sometime soon so the boys can play vball and we can (finally) sew together!

22 Lien February 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Congrats on the anniversary!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative ideas!

23 Heather February 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Wow, congratulations!

24 Phoebe February 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Happy Blogiversary!! Your blog is one of my favorites that I like to read. You are so creative, and I love your detailed tutorials.

25 am12pm February 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I recently became a follower and have loved reading your blog!!
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

26 Olive February 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Congratulations on a full year of awesome and fun blogs!!!

27 nicoleigh February 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Well I’m glad you started this blog! It’s been a fun one to read. 🙂

28 Brie February 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Bah! I have so many February projects for you!! 🙂

29 mcemilywrites February 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Happy blogiversary! Your site has reignited my passion to keep creating, too! mcemilywrites (at) gmail (dot) com.

30 alex m February 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Happy blogiversary! Love the projects

31 cravesadventure February 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Happy Anniversary! I love following and reading along – thanks!

32 Natty February 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I win!

33 Kimberly February 2, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I love your blog and I’ve made several of your recipes. I really look forward to your new posts. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas, and happy blogiversary!

34 Hilla February 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

congrads and happy blogiversary….i follow you everywhere I am practicly a stoker 🙂

35 Sue Niven February 3, 2012 at 12:57 am

Congratulations, happy blogiversary. I love your projects. The blog is a lovely way to share the joy of life.

36 Samantha Swope February 3, 2012 at 1:35 am

SO cute!

Samantha Swope

37 Allison Page February 3, 2012 at 2:12 am

If not for you, I wouldn’t know the freezer paper technique or how to make kale semi-appetizing! Happy 1st Birthday!!

38 Joy February 3, 2012 at 6:10 am

Congratulations, Ilene, and thank you for sharing your creativity with us. We miss you but know you’ll cheer the Pats!

39 Colleen February 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

Congrats on a year! It’s great to see what you’re up to even though you’re no longer in the area.

40 Emily February 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

Happy Blogiversary!!!

41 Sohyun Han February 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

Congrats on your blogiversary!! I love reading your blog and I LOVE your enthusiasm for everything! keep up the great work. sohyunhan@gmail.com

42 Wendy Turley February 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

Love FABRICS… bit of a hoarder when it comes to them.

43 april February 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

Just started reading your blog recently but love it! You have great ideas and it inspires me to do more creative things! 🙂

44 nyshee@gmail.com February 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

I enjoy reading your blog! nyshee@gmail.com

45 Fiona February 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

fionawu2323@yahoo.com, I was going to get married on a hot air balloon this year, but on my wedding day, the weather turned against me and I couldn’t go on my balloon ride……Although my “plan B” still worked out very well, I still love the idea of hot air balloon romance. It would be so cool if I get picked as anything with hot air balloon has special meaning to me. **cross fingers**

46 Jess February 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

Congrats on a year anniversary! Would love some new fabric for pinned projects. Thanks! mfrapp_83 (at) yahoo (dot) com

47 Anonymous February 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

Love your blog posts. I am trying to figure out Pinterest so I can pin you to it! Your projects deserve to be shared by the “Pinning” fans at http://www.pinterest.com !

48 angela February 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

looove your blog! congrats!!! angchoi@gmail.com

49 lynscot@earthlink.net February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

happy year long blogging! thanks for the inspiration!

50 Syd February 3, 2012 at 11:15 am

Happy blogiversary and thanks for the contest -those patterns are so cute!

51 Elizabeth R February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

Congrats on the milestone!

52 Shannon Campos February 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

congratulations on the milestone, may there be many more of them 🙂 my name is shannon and i am new to your blog 🙂

53 April February 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! How exciting!

54 Margaret February 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Stumbled on your blog awhile back and I’m in love! Happy 1 year Blogiversary & I hope you have many more!!

55 nicole February 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Congrats on your 1 year! What a great milestone, and hope for many more! 🙂

56 Heather February 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Happy Blogiversary!! Thanks for taking time to write!

57 Beata February 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

thanks for blogging :-). your posts make me smile….

58 Gigi February 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Thanks for all the posts! They have encouraged me to be more adventurous in everyday life and to seek new hobbies. : ) keep them coming, please!

59 Céline Richard February 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for this giveway! I love those cute japanese fabrics!

60 dateeter February 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

happy blogaversary! so glad you’ve been sharing. I sincerely appreciate the medium of a blog for staying in touch. all the best for another fun year of projects. take care, denise

61 Jen February 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Happy anniversary! I’m hooked! 🙂

-Jen (the one married to a twin)

62 ashley February 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Love love love love love your blog! And you are super nice too!! Cant wait for another year of your craftiness!

63 EFM February 4, 2012 at 9:05 am

Wow- I thought you had been blogging for a lot longer since you seem like such a natural “blogger”! Congrats and I LOVE your site (as I’ve told you many times!). Fingers crossed I get that fabric- already have a few ideas of things to make for my daughter!

Keep all that great blogging up!

From your West Coast follower- EFM

64 Lee Ann February 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love the fabrics!!

65 Dawnica February 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love all your projects, and recipes!!! You are a great inspiration!

66 M February 4, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Happy blogging! Thanks for sharing!

67 Kristen February 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

i absolutely love your blog!! 🙂

68 Yvonne February 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Loove those fabrics!!! Soooo cute!!! Crossing my fingers!! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!!

69 Chrissy February 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

I just found your blog, and love the latest post about the fabrics. Ive been wanting to do some projects around the house and havent got around to them

70 iamlilymunster@gmail.com February 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

Such beautiful fabrics! Congratulations on your big 1 year blogiversary. Hopefully there will be many more to come!!

71 Sherri February 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

The fabric is very cute indeed!

72 carrie e. February 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Happy Blogaversary! I’m sure you’ll have many more!

73 Donna February 5, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Love the fabrics (esp. the polka dot ones from the previous post with your full loot!). Happy blogiversary! 🙂

74 Kaley Badger February 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Ohhh super cute! Happy 1 Year Blogiversary! Hope it was everything you expected!

75 Alina Rodgers February 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Thank you for the generous giveaway. I always love Japanese fabric, and those hot air balloons are just too cute! Thank you for the chance.

76 caroline tran February 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

omg the hot air balloons! i want! i’ll fill in my email in the form for you.

77 ahouseinribatejo February 6, 2012 at 5:19 am

Congrats and thank you for the giveaway! I love Japanese fabric 🙂
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

78 ira February 6, 2012 at 5:19 am

congrats for your blogiversary 😀 what a cute fabric. i wish i win it 😀

79 ruthhill74 February 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

Congratulations for your blogoversary!

80 cmkeeney February 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love those marshmallow conversation “hearts”, we will be doing those this next week. Too Cute! Happy Blogoversery!

81 Gwen Windham February 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

Congrats on your first year!! 🙂 Thank you for the fun giveaway!! CUTE fabric!! 🙂

82 jean noh February 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Vinyl fabric? Perfect to redo the cloth cushions on our dining rm chairs! Can’t wait to see what u do with all that fabric!

83 Rhonda H. February 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Those ARE cute fabrics; thanks for the chance to enter.

84 kaceytorres February 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary with such a beautiful blog!

85 DistractedDebra@gmail.com February 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Happy Blogiversary. These are great! Distracteddebra @gmail.com

86 Erick February 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Yay for 1 year! We miss you two!

87 Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I love your posts! Happy Anniversary! Tracy froggin02@mchsi.com

88 Anonymous February 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

hihi 🙂 happy anniversary! miss you and your crafts 🙂 come visit Boston soon!

89 Anna February 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

(oops, was posted as anonymous, but want to be entered in the giveaway ;))
hihi 🙂 happy anniversary! miss you and your crafts 🙂 come visit Boston soon!

90 sinem February 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Congrats and wish you many many more anniversaries !!

91 Cissy February 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

Great fabric. Thanks for the gift for us!

92 Libby February 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The fabric is cute. Happy Blogiversary!

93 Alicia February 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Love your blog! Happy anniversary and thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

94 cait February 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

yeay!! so fun! probably doing the heart garland tonight 🙂 thanks for being creative!!

95 gina February 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Thanks for posting such inspiring ideas and helpful tutorials! And thanks, too, for the chance to win such fun fabrics. Wishing you another great year of blogging and creating!

96 Leah Nubla February 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Oh my gosh! How adorable! These fabrics were made for me!!!! Hahaha

97 Solducky February 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

I am envisioning a lovely lap quilt or twirl skirt with that!
soluckyducky atgmail dot com

98 tina February 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Thank you for the generous give away! I love reading your blog, so fun! My sister name is Ilene too!

99 Bonnie February 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

You’re so creative! Love your wonderful fabrics! Thanks for sharing your brain-ful of creations with us!

100 Noreen February 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Happy first year! This is my first visit, but I will be back!

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