Friday, December 19, 2008

It's Amazing...

I haven't been at work this week...have been home sick...and just yesterday started to feel like myself. I have spent a lot of time on the internet browsing ~ something I don't really get the chance to do during my normal overly busy days...especially since I discovered "following" on Blogger.

Before "following" I would have to surf through all the blogs I had saved to my favorites folder to check on what was happening with other bloggers...for some reason I just couldn't make bloglines work...another sad story...*LOL*. And I think because I actually visited more blogs, I read more of what was out there...

Now that I follow, I read whatever comes up as new posts and call it a day. But since Wednesday, when I finally started to feel semi-normal again, I've been surfing the internet and I've found quite a few new blogs. From all of this surfing, I've come away realizing something..."Sewing is not dead!" There are quite a few quilters and sewists out there toiling away making amazing items.

So I would like to encourage all of you new bloggers to keep it up! Keep showing your pictures...keep talking about your craft...keep posting tutorials...even if the comments seem relatively low, it doesn't mean that people aren't visiting! But most importantly keep updating your blogrolls...I have moved from blog to blog just from blogrolls! And have had a wonderful adventure seeing what others are sewing, quilting and making for Christmas! So, thank you, thank you very much for providing entertainment and inspiration to a bedridden soul!

BTW, Christmas sewing what's that! *LOL* Ummm, online shopping and QVC have just about filled out the last of the Christmas gifts...oh and I will be making a trip to ToysRus on Monday (when I'm released from house arrest!) to finish up the last of the Christmas gifting!!!

Thanks...thanks again so much to all the bloggers out there quilting and sewing, who take the time to put your thoughts down, share your pictures and dream your ARE NOT alone!

So today's "Question of the Day" is ~ "What new sewing/quilting/crafting blog have you recently discovered?" You know a blog that isn't on everyone's blogroll - something or someone who has just started blogging! And what about the blog's content, makes you want to continue to visit it? Please share the link, so that we all can go and visit the site too!

I have a new favorite that I will share with everyone talk to me people! Remember I'm housebound and waiting for new adventures!!! *LOL*


    I found this one just last week I think. Beautiful and creative inspirations.
    Hope that you're feeling better. I've been laid up this week to and boy is it boring!

  2. Oh, I know what you mean about the blogrolls. The first sewing blog I stumbled on to was Erin's at ADAD - and then yours, Carolyn, was one of the next ones I found, and now I read everything you write. Also Sommerset's and Debbie Cook's - and then from you all I also found Pattern Review and Stitcher's Guild. You all have taught me soooooo much and given me so much inspiration.

    Since those first days several months ago when I discovered that there were sewing blogs, I have read and learned from a plethora of amazing sewists. (I love that word, "plethora"!) My sewing has developed more in the last 6 months than it has in the last 30 years. You ladies (and a few men too!) are just great!!

  3. I know what you mean! I started following a couple blogs and then it seems to have exploded! The first thing I do in the morning is to read my blog list! And I have found some amazing resources by reading them! I don't know if I could even narrow my favorites down to less than 10! Good luck trying to read all these great blogs!

  4. I received a digital camera on my birthday and that's when I started my blog http:\\ I had not sewed for several years and I credit all the sewing blogs with renewing my desire to sew again and since then I've been on a roll. I hope that you will visit my blog and leave a comment.

  5. I hope you are feeling better really soon, I have not been blog hoping that much so I don't have any unknown blogs to share

  6. Dear Carolyn:

    I think there's something going around, because just yesterday I began to feel the effects of this nasty cold that I have. Which totally throws off my plans to keep organizing my sewing area. But, I need to gather up the strength, it's looking pretty and I feel proud.

    Well, regarding your post I'm happy that you found my blog and dropped a comment sometime back. I've been a fan of your work for quite some time and it felt nice to know you got a chance to drop by. So I definetly appreciate that.

    For me, I blog because I like it. I'm not concerned with having high numbers of comments, because those that I have received have been from people with whom I've developed friendships. It's something I wasn't expecting when I started blogging, to make friends from all over, but I have. And it's awesome.

    I do welcome comments from whomever wants to share something with me, I appreciate the fact that people take time to visit my little space. :):):) It definetly makes my day. But if they just drop by, that's awesome to me too. As long as they get something out of my blog, I'm ok with that.

    I've found some really neat blogs when I'm just browsing around, gosh I didn't realize there were that many, lol. But it's cool to see others get inspired by the art that is sewing and are open to let us in to their world to see it.

    Craft gossip is one of my favorites so I encourage you to check it out when you can.

    I hope you get 100% better soon. I also hope you know that I love your work and I'll keep cheering you on. :):):):)


  7. I do hope you're feeling better! The snow, of course, isn't helping you get out and about. It has really been snowing here since about 1p, and is still coming down! I guess we'll get more than the 5" predicted.

    I can answer what makes me want to continue visting people's blogs. I like interesting dialogue and interesting projects that are meaningful to the maker. It might be as simple as a skirt or might be as complex as Allison's work (, but I'm interested in the story behind the piece. Why did they chose to make it, style choice, color choice, etc. I find the stories behind the garments fascinating. I like seeing people succeed at what they're attempting and seeing them learn new things. Giving encouragement and helpful comments is one way to make sure our craft continues on!

  8. I was surfing the net one day looking for instructions on how to sew a coat. My goal was to sew a coat this year. I came across your blog site and boy, was I hooked. I think that was in october of this year. I really did not known there were so many sewers out there sharing their craft. I might even create a blog of mine own some day. Carolyn, I just love your blog and I check it out most days to see what you are up to. There is a blog called wardrobe revival that I'm following now. I have several blog sites that I'm following and of course most of them were linked from your blog roll. I just loving this. Oh by the way I glad you are feeling better.

  9. This is by no means a new blog for me, but Glass of Fashion ( is one that you don't see too often- she comes up with fantastic illustrations and pre-raphaelite inspirations, along with beautiful yarnwork. I don't knit, but I love looking at her stuff :)

    Happy surfing :) I'm home with sick kids, so I feel your pain.

  10. Girl, you HAVE to try Google Reader. You can subscribe to as many blogs as you want and just open the reader for instant access to all the updates.

    Glad you're feeling better. :-)

  11. I love to blog hop from one blog to another. That is how I find new blogs to read. The sewing world is soooo connected. It's fabulous. I use Google reader as well. I honestly couldn't tell you how I even set it up but it is a great little tool. I love all the sewing blogs but there are some visually amazing embroidery blogs out there, particularly those from Australia. I fine them very inspirational.

  12. Just came back to add one of the blogs from Oz, , She is very inspirational and very creative.

  13. You know, I think it is good to recognize others, some of yours that have lots of exposure are so inspirational and instructional, but there are some out there with innovative and creative ideas that you just stumble upon. A new favorite is luv 2 sew 4 fun. She did a cute toddler endless combo on PR, which is how I found it. It gave me some direction for spring/summer sewing for the girls. I love when other sewers browse and comment. When you browse, please leave comments or suggestions, I welcome it.

  14. You're right. It seems there are billions and billions of blogs. I wish I had time to read them all. My newest discovery is

  15. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but blogger won't let me "follow" it. Blogger keeps saying that there's no feed line.
    Am I not doing something??

    I've just found PiperSydney's Closet - she sews beautiful clothing for her daughter (and others). I visit her site for inspiration.

  16. Hey feel better and I agree, blogging and sewing are such fun.

  17. I'm so glad you asked this question. I recently started my blog back up and have been following yours for quite some time.

  18. Sending Get Well Soon Wishes.

    This blog is not new to me, but offers another insight into another craft and I enjoy it

  19. I like, who has been blogging since June. Kathleen has written some posts that stop me in my tracks and really make me think about the topic she's chosen. Plus I love the vintage stuff she shares.

  20. Hope you will feel well soon!
    My new find is, found through PR I believe.

    I use google reader to follow the blogs, and it's certainly helpful. It can be overwhelming too, when you haven't opened the reader for two days and it tells you there are over 40 new posts! There are days that I just skim the new posts, and don't read properly. And as you only see the main body of the post, I hardly notice new bloggers. Good initiative!
    And of course I have my favorites, and you know you are among them.
    Thanks for sharing and hope to see al lot of new projects in the new year.

  21. Oh, and I just see that Birgitte is not on your bloglist and hasn't been mentioned in the comments:

    I love her creations.

  22. Thank you for your words of encouragement about blogging and posting pictures and tutorials. That really helps!

  23. I recently found this one when reading a NYT article on Christmas cookies! For December, she's been on a baked goods tangent, but past posts are more style, DIY, and design oriented. What an unexpected surprise!


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