I cant believe one year has passed so quickly.. i remember tentatively beginning this blog...wandering where it was going to take me and i had no idea how amazing the journey was going to be. The biggest gratification is the connections with like-minded, fantastic people...how often have i been writing an email or comment to someone, only to find they were writing to me on the other side of the world at the same time. How often have i been thinking about a certain subject and then it appears on another friends blog. When i watch David Attenborough, i think of Gracia and Louise...the colour turquoise makes me think of Kelly. Green pods make me think of Cally. When i think of ceramics, Paula comes to mind. Books make me think of Shari ...and the list goes on...
Each talented and inspiring person in our community seems to have something special and unique to offer, making my daily visits around the world such a joy..
i have made some wonderful, friends for which i am so so so grateful and am really happy that you are all part of my life. Sometimes i feel so frustrated when i cant meet up over a cup of coffee or breakfast ;) but two of my very good friends, from the very beginning of this blog, are planning a visit here later this year - i cant wait to meet them, although i feel like i have known them for years!!
After living here for over 12 years and using little English...my mother tongue has reclaimed its use - (i still get tongue-tied and find it hard to express myself the way i talk to myself in my head!!)
A collaboration is in the works with a much loved and admired blog friend, a few projects are planned and a return to my drawing journal...
Today its friday 13th which i see as good luck...i want to say thank you so much for all of your visits, comments, emails, messenger chats, swaps, presents and friendships...i look forward to the year ahead xxx
The painting above is from a new series available soon...roots, nourishment, home, place... seems fitting :)

27 Comments:

  1. stephanie s said...
    what a spectacular way to re-claim friday the 13th as your own good luck day. i am so, so glad to have met you, and even more happy to be able to call you my friend. i too, feel like i have known you for ages, and not just a year. i can't tell you how excited i am to finally be able to meet you... crazy. congratulations on your blog birthday, and thank you for being here, you have made my life better for it.
    kelly said...
    i feel very lucky to call you a friend + i hope that we get to meet in the real world one day : )

    i can't even remember how i stumbled upon your blog but i am glad all over that i did...visits to handmaid are one of my daily treats! it's been great to watch you develop creatively over the months + to share experiences. i treasure your artworks which are both in my studio...can't wait to see your new series of paintings.

    happy 1 year blog birthday! you are a very warm + talented person which comes through in all of your posts...here's to year 2! xxx k
    Denise said...
    I know exactly how you feel. It is so nice to read this each day. Have a great FRiday the 13th!! and have another great year
    shari said...
    happy one year julie! i am so glad we are friends. you always provide me with so much inspiration and as i always say, we are soul sisters. :) one day i have a feeling that we will take a walk in the woods together and then stop in a cozy cafe for coffee or tea. love the new piece and the motifs of roots, home. lovely. hugs! shari
    Denise said...
    My picture is a pair of my brother-in-law's cowboy boots.
    Alicia A. said...
    Congrats! Thank you for the inspiration. And thank you for Color Week too.
    cruststation said...
    Happy 1 year blog birthday! Your blog is always so peaceful, beautiful and warm. Thank you for being a friend, I love visiting.x

    I am so looking forward to the fantastic things happening and, how cool for Stephanie & Wendy to be visiting. Celebration is in order!
    camilla engman said...
    Happy one year blog birthday!
    The next one will be just as amazing I'm sure :)
    Alex said...
    Julie, you are most precious and I am glad we met. Thanks for being there.
    syko kajsa said...
    OMG I missed my own Anniversary (I had to go check when I read your post, maybe next year...)! I can relate to everything you write, I had no idea what this was about when I started blogging late March last year. Suddenly I have so many friends out there that understand what living with crafts is all about. What a pieve of fabric can do to you and other important things... I've only just "met" you and I already enjoy your company! Thank you!
    Di said...
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I am only just starting out in this blogging world and am looking forward to more browsing of your blog in the future. I love your painting and the words are very fitting!
    lisa s said...
    so glad you are here julie!

    happy 1 year !! here's to many more -
    and to that meet up for coffee!!
    xo
    wendy said...
    Congratulations on one year you lovely girl. I am the lucky one to have met you. You are a bonus in my life.
    mooi hoor... said...
    One year! congratulations! I just started blogging a month ago - it's exactly like you say: the contact with people one would hardly ever meet otherwise via links undreamed off.

    I actually dropped by to look at the last day of the colourweek (after getting wind of it via Moonstitches). Of course I am hopelessly too late (as allways) but I have posted my colourweek pics on Flickr: all days in one batch.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7596218@N08/sets/72157600074356556/

    Here's to another year of blogging, with just as much fun and inspiration!

    Diana
    suana said...
    Happy first birthday, Julie. I love visiting here, I love your stories, your work, your photographs and this beautiful collage. Wow, delicious colors !
    Lori said...
    ...just want to say that I love your style of art! It has a very natural feel I think.

    Congrats!
    amandajean said...
    congratulations on a year of blogging.

    I love your color week...it's been fun to see each person's take on this.
    AnastasiaC said...
    happy 1yr blogging anniversary...so happy to have found your blog so many months ago (via Jo)!!!
    here's to many more posts, creating sharing and inspiring!
    Maditi said...
    so good to have you in blogland!!!
    cheers to more blog beauty and future ventures :)
    Janet said...
    Oh Happy birthday lovely Julie, If I only read one blog a day its yours, I love your warmth, big heart and honesty.I don't know how we found each other out there but I am sure glad we did. You bring joy! hugs Janet
    amisha said...
    happy one year anniversary my friend!
    i am so so happy to know you... i too wish that i could have a long walk and a cup of tea with you! i treasure my visits to your space, seeing your work every day, the love and generosity and beauty that you bring into the world. *thank you* for all of this... xxoo
    simple me said...
    Thank you Julie for this wonderful supportive year and for being there.
    Congratulations on your 1st year ... I hope we are all here to celebrate many more.
    And one day we are going to get together and have a happy chat over a nice cup of tea :) Hurray!
    jessica said...
    happy one year!!
    Uschi said...
    Hej Julie,
    I'm a bit late, but wanted to tell you, that you are a real anchor in bloggy-sea. It's peaceful over here and I very much love to visit.
    You are one reason that my awareness is back on one theme I was addicted to since my youth:
    Trees!
    Thank you!
    cally said...
    how wonderful, sorry I'm late coming to it, this is me just finally getting time to check out your red post and to thank you for inspiring us all to post for colour week.

    I've discovered several great new blogs thru you.. hence not having enough time to get back here! But a very very happy blogiversary to you.

    I am immensely looking forward to seeing many more posts from you for years to come and hopefully working on something pod-ish in the future when I get to be a maker again!
    mariannealice said...
    happy belated blog birthday!I'm looking forward to another year(and then another!) of your friendship,inspiring work and entertaining writing
    gracia said...
    BELATED CHEERS! Loud, raucous cheers! Bravo, Julie. One whole year of marvellous posts from start to finish. So happy to have 'met' you in Israel. Looking forward to another inspiring year of visual walks, drawings and brilliance.
    see you, g xo

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