Monday, 8 April 2013

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

Happy 2nd Blogaversary to me!

I couldn't find a photo of me and my cake, but this is my 2nd Birthday present, my trike.  Each one of those wheels was a different bright colour.  I hadn't forgotten my skirt either, this was the height of the swinging 60s and skirts really were that short!

While I think of it - Happy Birthday to Calamity Jr and Susan Yellow Flower Meadow too.

Some Blogaversary stats:

2 years,
217 posts,
84,730 page views

Back when I started this blog I was stitching Mirabilia's Bluebeard's Mermaid and the Dark Alphabet from A Note of Friendship.  A year later my Mermaid was finished and framed, the Dark Alphabet was close to completion too.  So far so good!  My only other WIP from the beginning of the blog is noofficially a UFO, an Art Nouveau Head stitched on aida.

My WIPS from one year ago are slightly more embarassing, Green Goddess and My Lovely Sewing Tools are still unfinished, but on the "13 in '13" list for this year.

So, my questions for my Blogaversary Giveaway are - 

What were you stitching on last Easter?  
And is it finished yet?  A WIP or a UFO?

Obviously if you have a blog this is an easy one to look up, but don't worry if you don't have one.  Just have a think back to last Easter, or look at your photos from then and see what you can work out.  After all, if you don't have proof, it's not like I can say "you made that up!"  This is just for fun LOL.

winner will be picked next Sunday 14th April and they will get a small something.  Not the Small Boy, you can't post livestock as I'm always telling the Large Boy when he suggests it!

The other big announcement, the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop winner will be coming later this week!  I'm too old for too much excitement in one post LOL.  Besides, I'm giving you until midnight BST to enter the competition, this is your final chance.

Finally, Sunday was Finishing Day again.  Funny how Sundays often seem just right for a little sewing.  I found the backing fabric for the March JB cat and make him into a little ornie, and to sit next to him, the April cat.  Although Easter was in March this year, it is more often in April so I went for a Chocolate Cat!



And all four together:


Vicki said...

Happy Blogaversary! Your cats are so cute!

Julie and Becky said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary, Jo!


Parsley said...

Happy blogaversary!

Last year at this time, I was stitching workbaskets cat and mouse. The cat is finished but I have yet to finish the mouse. lol

Kate said...

Happy Blogiversary. Your cats are delightful!

Linda said...

Happy Blogoversary Jo. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Easter Sunday I would have been working on one of the borders for Boo Club. I am still working on it so it is a WIP.
Love your little finished kitty ornaments.


Lelia said...

Last Easter was stitching some Homespun Elegance pieces, and no, they are not all finished (yet) One more to stitch.

Susan said...

Very cute finishes! The charms are perfect. Thank you for the birthday wishes! Well, last April I showed 6 things on my blog and four of them are finished. The other 2 are not even in my current rotation but are still on my WIP list so will eventually have their chance in the rotation.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Happy Blogaversary Jo and you were a cute little girl :) hmmm what was i working on last easter? Blackberry welcome by sweetheart tree - finished - Quaker diamonds by Rosewood Manor - im calling it a wip even though its been a year since i last touched it, lol!

Rachel said...

Love the kitties! Last Easter I was stitching on a Boyd's Bear Firefighter. I will confess, it was started when my small boy was a small boy. He is 18 now. It is still not complete. Some day...LOL

Rachel said...

Darn it, I meant to add Happy Blogaversary and I am so glad you have one, because *I* love it!

Annie said...

Happy blogoversary! Last year at this time I was stitching Joan Elliot's Summer Fairy, my very first Joan Elliot. I did finish her, but she is patiently waiting to be framed while I stitch up the other fairies in the series. Hopefully by this time next year!

sharine said...

Happy Blogaversary! Such a sweet photo of you:)

Annette-California said...

Happy 2nd year Blogaversary to you!
Wow love the photo of you on your tricycle. Darling. I have photographed what I stitched for this last Easter. Just finished it 2 days ago:) Your monthly cat's are so very cute. I love how you are stitching them and adding the charms.
love Annette

Nic said...

Happy blogaversary Jo - and I love the picture of 2 year old you with her new trike :-)

Looking back on my blog in April last year I was stitching on Rules for Life which is currently a UFO, Sleeping Beauty's Castle which is a WIP and a baby sampler which I have finished :-) 1 out of 3 isn't too bad - but that's only the projects I talked about in April!!

xstitchatoz said...

Happy Blogaversary!
What a great idea! I looked up this time last year on my blog: apparently, I was furiously knitting wee animals for friends` kids at the time, plus made a Mr. Bean-style teddy for my son`s Easter surprise. The only stitching I could find around that time was a small(ish) label for a scrapbook I made for my Gran`s birthday.
I love your ornies, I think they look gorgeous and the charms are perfect for each month. Can`t wait to see the next ones! xx

Shebafudge said...

Happy blogoversary to you Jo!!

Last Easter(ish) time I was finishing off Garden Shed and getting it framed. Wow, I didn't realise it had been a year! I still smile every time I was past it.

Here's to many more years of enjoying your blog :)

Preeti said...

Happy blogaversary, Jo! You look so sweet in the photo :) those cats, all lined up, are looking very nice!
Pls do count me in your giveaway . Last year, around this time, I started working on sofa covers . I completed stitching on one at that time and four are still in WIP status. I must start the remaining ones soon.

Musicwoman said...

Happy anniversary, Jo. Last Easter I did 3 little ornaments. They are all finished and this year I did so many more than the last year. I do enjoy finishing some of them after easter.
Have a nice day

Julie said...

Happy Blogoversary Jo.
The cats looks super all together like that, well done.

According to the blog, last Easter, i'd stitched a Christmas ornament, a birthday card for my SIL's mum, and Shores was the biggie on the frame. Yes, it's still there but almost complete now i am on Block 11. I also had LHN The Rain Fell on the frame and that now sits in my 'to finish off' drawer.

Ranae said...

Happy blogoversary! Jo
Love the cats in the different colors
I stitched Prairie Schooler bunnies and yes they did get finished
Oh yeah, love the pic of you, your so adorable

Lesley said...

Happy Blogversary Jo:)

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Happy Blogoversary, Jo! At Eastertime last year I was in the middle of Alessandra Adelaide's CT13 cross stitch design and Needle Delights Originals' Rainforest Revisited canvaswork piece. I'm happy to say that both are finished and framed.

Giovanna said...

Wow, is it two years already? Congrats, and doesn't time just fly. As always, I had lots of projects on the go last Easter - I'd just picked up the Marjorie Massey mono on checked linen, which I finished at the end of the year; BBD's Midnight Watch got finished too in 2012; and so did Madame Chantilly's Polka Dot Matrioskas. Châtelaine's Spring Knotgarden, on the other hand, is being very much neglected...

ChrisG said...

Oh what a sweet pic of a sweet little girl! Happy blogosvary or whatever it is!

Emma/Itzy said...

This time last year I was frantically stitching away on a wedding gift for my two friends, they were away in Florida for the wedding. I could not make it due to money restrictions at the time so instead was sat in Scotland at the in laws desperately trying to get it only ended up been 2 months late!

Happy blogoversary! :)

cucki said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary..a very happy one :)
hugs x

cheryl said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love the photo of you with your trike! Too precious. Last Easter I was stitching on my Peace Ornament, which I finished & my linen bunny sampler, which is still a WIP.
Hope you are having a happy day!

Ellen said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary!

I think I was stitching March Hares last Easter. The design was from a UK magazine!

Love your cats, they are cute!


Lindsay said...

Happy Blogaversary

Last Easter I worked on 4 Seasons Sampler on Good Friday which is now finished. I finished off a beaded sunflower panel and ended Easter weekend with a finish on Scary Book which was my weekend project at the time.

Christine said...

Happy Blogoversary! Those cats look wonderful all together.
I checked back, this time last year I was stitching a Year of the Dragon ornament for Nim

Jan said...

Woo hoo! What an achievement over the 2 years. I thoroughly love your blog. Love the cute photo of you too. The question is easy. I was stitching on my Marjolein Bastin English sampler which is now finished but not framed (naughty me!).

Shirlee said...

Happy Anniversary! Last Eastertime I was stitching a little ditty called Spring Bunnies, a design by Deb at Pilgrims & Pioneers Stitches. I stitched this, in fact, for your Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop! Needless to say, it is finished : )

Anonymous said...


I found you through Parsley.
Happy blogeversay and I love that photo.
Your stitching is lovely and your monthly cat finishes are so very sweet.

Karoline said...

Happy Blogiversary :)

Last Easter I was stitching on my Scottish Sampler & Anniversary Roses, neither of which are finished :/

Your cat pillows are lovely

geeky Heather said...

Happy blogiversary!! I can tell you without looking that whatever I was stitching last Easter isn't finished, LOL!! Oh wait...I actually DID finish Random Thoughts. Hmmm, that doesn't sound like me, does it?? After checking with the blog, it appears I was also stitching Les Rubans, which is DEFINITELY not finished. Looks like I also started a sweater the next weekend (still not done), even though I already had one on the needles (still not done)...yeah. That sounds more like me!

I love the monthly cats!

Angela CG said...

I just love the little charms on your cats. I have to say that I don't think I was even stitching last Easter. I was making loops in yarn though. Congrats on 2 years.

Astrids dragon said...

Really, I'm supposed to remember last year? I can barely remember last week! I think it was my Trick or Treat Fairy and I just confirmed it - how sad! I'm so close to being done...

Happy Blogoversary, woo hoo! I love your cats, the colours and charms are just perfect.

Heather Cartwright said...

Happy Blogaversary! :) Last Easter I was stitching Richard Armitage - and finished him around this time, too!

Lovely cats, too!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Jo, Great question and I looked up my post from last Easter and oh my goodness, I was stitching Cinderella and guess what? She is still a WIP! lol!

Love your cats done in the different colours for each month - now that has given me yet another idea for something new to start as I have that pattern. lol!

Love to you and yours,

hugs, Kaye

lynda said...

Happy blogoversary! Last year around Easter I was working on one smalls and ask a design called Traditional Sampler which was a design from one of my yahoo groups. And yes! I did knish it! It's still not framed, but ....Anyway, I'd love a chance in your giveaway ! thanks!

Fiona said...

Happy blogaversary. Your cats look amazing. Last Easter I was stitching on an exchange piece which was BBD Breath of Spring, I think.

Anna van Schurman said...

This time last year I was stitching Star Light, Star Bright. Still stitching on it. Really close now. Happy Blogiversary!

Vickie said...

Hi Jo! I finally remembered to come back to this post and comment. (I read it while at the library.)
I was stitching Rejoice by Plum Street Samplers. I am happy to say I finished it off as well. ;)
So Happy Blogoversary!

Anne said...

Happy Blogoversary Jo!! Sorry I missed it but I'm wishing you the best in the next year to come. Love me some stats!! I'm sure the winners will love whatever you put together. I still cherish my little purple peacock :D