Thursday, January 3, 2008

One year bloggin'


It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I started this blog. I had been a major blog lurker for quite a while, and decided that I needed to start my own. I had no idea of how to blog... I just knew that I really wanted to.

I was super pregnant at this time last year. waiting for the arrival of my Littlest One. I had left my job (a job that I loved) to become a stay-at-home mom, months earlier. I was thrilled to be able to stay home with my girls, but I really began to miss the interaction with other creative adults.

At the same time, Speckled Egg was growing. I had started selling embellishments and crafty goodies on Ebay years ago. In the summer of 2006, I switched over to my own website. The move was great for me, but I wanted to be able to interact more with my customers than a website really allows. I think of my favorite local shops, where the owners know your name and love to chat away with you. I wanted to be able to do that as well.

Starting a blog seemed like the perfect way to network and interact with other artsy women. So I did it... and I am sooooo happy that I did! I have met tons of amazing people and really enjoy this community of sharing. I think the best part of this year was being at Silver Bella and actually getting to spend time in person with so many of you. It felt like it was a weekend away with friends that I'd known forever.

I want to thank all of you for this wonderful year. I love reading your comments and emails, and visiting your blogs, and playing in swaps with you. I thank you for making Speckled Egg a growing success. And, most importantly, I thank you for your friendship...

As my Little One would say, "NO MORE MUSHY STUFF"!!! So now for the fun part.... leave me a note on this post, by Saturday at midnight (my official blogiversary) to win a Valentine's Day treat!!!

45 comments:

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Happy Blogversary! :)

VAL said...

I've just discovered blogging in the last year..Am afraid I'm just a lurker as I haven't attempted making one yet..Really enjoy each of your post ..Good luck on year #2..Val

CalicoDaisy said...

You have great ideas and very pretty embellishments on your work. I found your blog through someone else's blog and have been checking back since. -- Michele http://calicodaisy.blogspot.com/

Christine Edwards said...

Happy Bloggerversary! I've been a lurker myself this past year, and am just now starting to branch out into the world of blogging. Mmm, we'll see where it leads. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

A Thing for Roses said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm sorry I missed out on your swap. Sounds like bunches of fun. Can't wait to see the results though. Love your blog. Stop by sometime for a visit.

Lisa

Sarah said...

Happy One Year! I anxiously await your post! I love the other ladies comment about being a "lurker"! Too funny! Congratulations and Happy Future Blogging!
Sarah
trinket133@tx.rr.com

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Congrats on one year! It goes by quickly...epecially when you have so much going on at all times!
*Heidi*

Jessica said...

Happy anniversary! Looking forward to what you will post this year!

Elizabeth said...

I love reading your blog.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

craftyhala said...

happy Blogiversary. I've enjoyed your blog for a very long time now. I look forward to many more posts.

Scrappy Jessi said...

ahh your so cute!!!
congrats on your blogaversary!!!
good move staying home. im glad we all got to meet you.
happy new years too.
jessi nagy

Jennifer said...

Congratulations!!! Can't wait for my blogversary! If there happen to be any openings for your swap I would LOVE to be in...I am a tagaholic!!!!!

Maija said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm glad you are here!

Sarah and Jack said...

Welcome to year two. :-)

Sugar Bear said...

Happy Blogversary! I raise my glass to you and another wonderful year!
Karla

Whimsy Pink said...

wow! happy blogging! And I can't wait to send my tags in for the swap! Your blog is simply lovely!I hope I win!

Sandra Evertson said...

Woo! Hoo!
Happy New Year to you and Cheers to 1 year!
Sandra Evertson

T=ME said...

Congrats and thank you for all the special swaps you are kind enough to host! Wishing you another great year! Terri

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary! I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog.

-Amy

http://craftingbycandlelight.blogspot.com

melissa said...

I have really enjoyed visiting your blog in these last months. It was great to get to meet you at Silver Bella, and I was so happy to be able to purchase some of your goodies at Vendor Night. I am so thrilled to be participating in your tag swap!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Melissa

RobinBirdsNest said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to another year of your great blog and being inspired by your creativity!!
rockinrobin224@yahoo.com

Vintage Tea said...

Happy one year!

I started as a lurker before I took the plunge and started my blog a few months ago! I'm still finding my feet but loving it all the same!

I'm having a small giveaway over at my blog if you'd like to visit.

Best Wishes

Victoria

Amy said...

Congratulations on your 1 year blogaversary! Been a lurker myself, but have no idea how to branch into the world of blogging! Maybe someone will host a tutorial on that! Looking forward to your next year! Best wishes!...Amy

Bejeweled said...

Happy One Year Blogiversary!! So glad you did start your blog! I have really enjoyed reading all your posts this past year and seeing all your beautiful creations. Hoping year 2 is even more fabulous for you!!

Michele said...

Your swaps have been so inspiring for me...they are where I really began to jump into this world with gusto. Congrats...looking forward to another great year of sweet posts from Speckled Egg-land. Thanks so much for who you are!
Michele :)

ArtsyMama said...

Congrats on your one year blog anniversary. Woohoo!!! Love all your inspiration.
Cheers
Kari

Caleen said...

Happy Blogversary!! I am going on one year also and It has been so fun.. I have enjoyed your ideas,
art and posts.. Congrats! and good luck in the new year!!

kathy said...

Just started bloggin in November -- not totally computer savvy , but am getting along -- still learning -- Happy Anniversary !!!!-- I am so sorry I missed your tag -- swap I really am a tagaholic . Love being creative --- you guys are great
Blessings Kathy

Anonymous said...

blogging is really something else...it is hard to believe how new it is and yet such a part of my daily life. Congrads on a year! smiles, andra

Lori said...

Heather, Happy Blogiversary!!! I felt the same way when I started my blog...I am so glad that I did, the connections with my blogland friends has been such a blessing to me:)

LaurieStar said...

Awww.... what a nice post. I thought you had been blogging for much longer than that. I'm glad you chose to blog or I wouldn't have been able to join in your swaps, etc. I love it for the same reasons, as I am a SAHM too! Keep up the great work and inspiration!

Janice said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Here's too many more!!!

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! I love how blogs connect you with people that share your passions.

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Heather!!! Happy Anniversary!!! Thank you for the year full of smiles and inspiration! You, and Speckled Egg, rock! xo-Mel

Ottilias Veranda said...

Happy Bloggerversary! It´s the first time for me to leave a comment here and I happend to stumble in at your anniversary!
I´ve just recently started myself. Hope it will be a good 2:nd year!

Liisa

Monica said...

congrats on your blogaversary!
You have a beautiful blog and are so talented thanks for sharing with us!

barbara burkard said...

been a YEAR ALREADY!!!??? oh i sooo remember last year when you were "waiting" and shannon was "waiting" and it was such a rush just knowing how lives were changing...getting to know you sooo much better has been such a blessing...AND WE HAVE NEVER MET ya know face to face!!! GOODNESS...my mornings are just missing something without my cappucino and your IM'S...lol...big hugz and plug me in for your sweet treat giveaway!
hugz

Dragonlady said...

Congrats on your 1 year blogaversary.....I enjoy your blog and loved being in one of your swaps..
Brenda

brenda bliss said...

Heather,
I love your blog--the pics, the thoughts...so glad I found you!
Bliss happens,
brenda bliss

barbara burkard said...

AIN'T IT MIDNIGHT YET? HEE HEE

Anonymous said...

Oh my...there is a name for people like me...A lurker? I prefer Lurker Bella. Thanks for sharing your creative life with me. I am glad that you sell your wonderful trinkets too. Take care. Heidi from Club Little House.

Little Pink Studio said...

Midnight my time or yours? :0)
Congrats Heather!! I am so happy to have been able to get to "know" you better this year, and your blog is always fun and inspiring!
Much love,
Cerri xoxo

Janae said...

I love the part about being a lurker!! I found blogging through a friend and just set up a typepad account - it's so fun! All you ladies are so dang crafty!! I look forward to your second year! Stop by my blog sometime http://mx2mommy.typepad.com/.

Jennifer Paganelli said...

all the best to speckled egg...see what a ditz I am forgot I won that wonderful gift from you!!!! Love getting to know you, having the ability to meet you and visiting whenever I like...All the best in 2008 and much success..Jennifer

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Congratulations on your anniversery, Heather!