I just wanted to tell you thanks. Thanks for coming to my little space in the blogosphere. Thanks for the comments, the following, the emails, just for clicking over. I know there are, quite literally, millions of other options for you and it means a lot that you spend a little bit of your time with me. There are so many blogs and sites that I also love to visit. Some I comment on, but very rarely. Mostly I’m a lurker. In fact, there are many of you, my followers or those who have somehow linked to me on your margins or in your sites, that I end up lurking on and following along with. So thanks for that, too, letting me see little glimpses of who you are and what you’re doing. You are so amazing. There have been blogs that I have laughed out loud and often cried reading the things you’ve gone through, are going through. I’m constantly humbled that people as awesome as you are find me interesting or worthwhile. Just thank you.
I really love the craft blog world. I have computer files bursting at their virtual seams with ideas I’ve found online. I’m all about sharing inspiration and ideas. I’ve had a couple people ask me why I just share my stuff, and don’t charge or something. Honestly, first off, I don’t think my stuff is worth paying for. But mostly, I get so excited when I come up with an idea, I want others to have fun with it, too. I love seeing what others do with ideas I’ve shared on this blog.
This past week, two of you readers made your own versions of the Josie Jacket. I can’t tell you how stinking excited I was to see that my patterns actually worked for people other than me! And I love the individual ideas both of these ladies used to make the jackets uniquely theirs.
Amy of Pens and Needles made this jacket for her daughter.
Her husband picked out and purchased the fabric all on his own! See how she used contrasting fabric at the waist, cuffs and collar? I want to do that next time. And the matching headband! Plus that baby? Adorable. But as sweet as the jacket is, you have got to see Amy’s drawings. When I clicked over to her Etsy shop, just out of curiosity, I gasped. How do people have talent like this? Go look, trust me.
And then there’s Ashley of Sassafrass Style. She made the jacket with a fun contrasting waist, too.
I think omitting the collars with the pinstripe fabric was a perfect choice. And then the big pink buttons?! Ashley made the jacket, along with a whole slew of other things, to be donated for auction benefiting a local woman with cancer. Seriously? How do people like you all even find me? Humbled.
You all may be sick of seeing my silk screening projects, but I seriously can’t get over how fun this trick is!
See what an awesome thing craft blogging is? I never would have made this sweet little outfit without the free sharing of all these wonderful ideas, blogs and the people behind them.
I also made another teddy bear blanket this week for a neighbor’s baby, you can find the PDF and tutorial here.
I used some left over furry fleece from the werewolf costume on one side, and a sweet David’s Textiles flannel on the other. I really love how it looks like a bear-skin rug on the fleece side. I kind of really want to just keep it. But in the spirit of things, I suppose I should give it away to it’s intended recipient.
Anyway, it’s sappy and cheesy, but I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciate you. Thanks for coming here, thanks for sharing your ideas on your own blogs and websites, thanks for letting me know when you’ve used one of my shared ideas.
I think that blogging is this generation’s "front porch". For a number of reasons (safety, moms having to work, more demands on our time, life being less simple), that phenomenon and the sense of community it created are gone. I get that "community" feeling from blogging.
It sums up my feelings on why I blog and read blogs, as well. I just really like the neighbors.