Wednesday, 5 November 2008

One year

One year
366 days
132 posts

Today is my blog's first birthday..... happy birthday, Pebbledash!

I'm quite surprised to find myself here.....surprised I've lasted a year. I started blogging a year ago completely on impulse, having only recently discovered blogland. I found myself being inspired by other people's creativity, and if I'm honest, I was looking for anything that could distract me from the grief that was engulfing my life. And my blog has done just that, and so much more. This year has flown by, and Pebbledash has motivated me to try all sorts of things that otherwise I probably wouldn't have bothered with, and certainly wouldn't have seen through to conclusion (certainly never imagined I'd be knitting!). I do have a tendency to start a project or idea firing on all cylinders... and then run out of steam. But writing and taking photos has gently nudged me to keep going. I've reacquainted myself with photography again after years of not picking up a camera, and it's a real joy. The writing I struggle with, it doesn't come so easily.

And the unexpected bonus of blogging is connecting with all of you...making friends both real and virtual, being inspired by all your ideas and inspiration, seeing the world through your eyes. Thank you. And thank you too for the lovely comments you leave - I really appreciate each and every one. I am so glad I started Pebbledash, it has enriched my life in more ways than I could ever imagine.

I'm going to host a wee giveaway here...though I have to confess I haven't actually made anything yet. So if you're up for a potential mystery gift, leave me a comment and I'll draw a name at random on sunday evening (9 november).

Now for something else....I was doodling last night with my knitting needles and some mohair-type yarn which I picked up from the charity shop for 5p. I wanted to knit some flowers to use as potential corsages and this is what evolved.


I'm really not sure about these...not even sure if they're my kind of thing. But I can't see the wood for the trees, so please share your thoughts, whatever they may be. I'd appreciate it.
(edited to add: the corsages are little...the smaller one is 3.5cm across, and the larger one is 4cm and both have a brooch bar on the back)

And here's to my second year of blogging - I'm definitely carrying on!

28 comments:

Heart in the country said...

Congratulations on your first anniversay Diana! I wouldn't have guessed that you struggled with the writing, and your pics are always amazing :0)

Pretty corsages, but from the pic we can't see the size....what are you going to fix then with?

Kx

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

One year is really impressive. I've waivered several times and wonder if I'll make it that far.

The little corsages look lovely - almost like little pots or nests. Gorgeous little vessels holding special tiny treasures...

Simone said...

Happy Blog Birthday Diana. I enjoy your blog very much. It is a place where I can escape to when I am looking for calm and tranquility. Your little woolly brooches remind me of something from the sea. A sea urchin on its back perhaps or a fantasy sea creature! They are really pretty.

Karen said...

Hello Diana

I love your blog which I only discovered recently. Its so nice to discover people who enjoy the same things, make and do and appreciate the simple pleasures in life that come our way. Love all your blues and the corsages are lovely with those tiny beads in the centre. Karen.

Sandy said...

Isn't that the truth! My blog experience is similar - just shy of one year myself. Congrats! I love the little flowers. Sew them to the cuff of a hat or mittens. Or attach them to a pin to add or remove from a sweater or jacket. Yes! To the giveaway. I'm considering giving one a try myself. How fun. -Sandy

dottycookie said...

Happy Birthday (sort of!) I'm very glad I've found your little corner of blogland.

I like your corsages very much - I think they would be lovely on a hat - especially now you've said what size they are. I'm thinking a little flapper/cloche style hat would suit them ...

Tilly said...

Happy Blogiversary! Love the corsages, especially the bigger one.

Cocoa and blankets said...

Hi Diana, I love the little flowers how did you make them??? I would make three at a time in different sizes and group them on the corner of bags or bottom hand corner of jumpers they are lovely.
Happy Blog anniversary. I started for similar reasons and I find it a Godsend/tonic - people should do blogs as therapy!
love H
ps I forgot to say how much I like your blog the lovely posts and fab pictures I always look forward to a new post.

The Boisterous Butterfly said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging. I thought you had been doing it much longer, because you sound and look like a pro.

The corsages are very nice. Have you thought about making a grouping of two or three of them together. That's something I would wear. I wonder if you could make them as faux buttons on a garment like a sweater. And that just reminds ma of a job I have to do.

Anyway, good for you for blogging for a year. You keep going, you're lotss of fun to read.

alice c said...

I am so glad to have found you - through your writing and photography I feel as though I have a tiny toe hold in Penzance. Good luck for the next year.

kristina said...

Happy blog birthday! I so much look forward to your posts and am so glad you'll be keeping it up. And most of all I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to actually meet you and share adventures!

No one would ever guess you struggle with the writing, as you're so adept at finding just the right words (just as you are in person).

And I love the little corsages. To be honest yours appeal to me much more than the rather showy ones I've seen in books and at workshops. I love the elegant simplicity of the design (and of course the color). K x

Gina said...

Happy birthday - I love these little corsages, very cute!

Ali said...

Oh happy blog birthday - thery truly are a source of much joy. Here's to another year of yours.

And I adore the tinier of the two - the beads are perfect.

this is my patch said...

Congratulations Diana, I love your blog, one of my favourites. I like the fact you have great photos and your posts are so easy to read. I hope for lots more from you. You are so clever to doodle with knitting needles, I wish I could do that! x

Anonymous said...

Happy blogthday!
Love reading your blog and am still contemplating beginning my own. might be a wnile yet though. Those little corsages are truely lovely.

billie

Frogdancer said...

Now it's your turn! Congratulations! (You and your knitting sound like me and my quilting. I never would have started if it wasn't for the blogging.)

Pipany said...

Hello Diana. I really love those flowers and would group them on a hat which you could knit for me as a good friend!!! Seriously, they are lovely and could be used for a number of things. I would never have known you struggle with the writing either as it flows so well when I read it. Glad you will keep going. xxx

driftwood said...

happy anniversary Diana, looking forward to another year of your lovely posts and photos.
the little flowers are so cute, and I like everyones idea of grouping them together, but you could also layer them, put one little one inside a bigger one to make layers of "petals".

Meadowlark Days said...

Happy blogging birthday! What sweet wee flowers.

butlersabroad said...

Ah, what a lovely blog I have found, and in my ancestral county no less. I've been loving your posts Diana, and have read through a few of your older ones too. Love the content, the crafts and the photography, congrats on the anniversary too.

Brenda

JuliaB said...

Happy Birthday! Your blog and your photography and your writing is all wonderful, and so are those little corsages, though not my thing either, the little one is particuarly sweet. I'm thinking delicate beady 'petals', but I can't explain properly .. a few sparkly beads strung onto an almost transparent wire so they look like they are floating around the centre ..? x

shirley said...

Happy Bithday Diana
Being new to the area I have found your blog a constant source of inspiration - on several occasions I have visited areas you have mentioned. Hope we do eventually meet up, probably at a car boot sale!

suzanne said...

Diana! Happy Blogiversary! I for one am very glad that you took up blogging - as a previous commenter said - I look forward to my visits to your blog which is a little haven of peace and calm...and all things blue! Your photographs are always lovely and your writing is natural and engaging. Here's to another year of Pebbledashx
PS The brooches are gorgeous little nests!

Little Terraced House said...

Happy first year ! I've been reading your blog for about, oh blimey just worked it out - its nealy 10 months, doesnt time fly when you are having fun??? Carry on please !
Best wishes Babs x

caireen said...

24 comments! oh my god - Congratulations Diana, you are on a roll. The corsages are v cute - I can imagine them pinned on a winter hat, either singly or in clusters. May the next year bring you even more creativity and joy. Caireen x

Sally Anne said...

Happy blog birthday Pebbledash !
I too with Caireen wish you another year full of inspiration, creativity and joy.
I have found more awareness and happiness in the things I see around me each day and I know that this is because of the blog.
I enjoy your posts very much.
xxx

Nicole said...

Congratulations!Love your blog!

Nicole

the flour loft said...

Happy Blogiversary.. what can i say... so pleased you started blogging and even more pleased to be able to call you my friend.x
lots of love
Ginny xx
p.s. thought i would add my wishes here too for prosperity!