one year ago today …

… I began my adventures in blogland with a very nervous first post from my sewing room.

To tell you the truth, I was not at all convinced that anyone would be the slightest bit interested in my ‘wee bits o’ nonsense’ (aka sewing projects).  But I was amazed how quickly I was made to feel welcome in the blogging community with lovely comments and words of encouragement.  Bloglanders are such a friendly bunch 🙂

Looking back over my blog I realize that I have created a colourful little journal of my life in stitches!  I didn’t think about that aspect of blogging when I started out, so it’s an unexpected and happy bonus!

Hexy flower side view

One year on and I would like to thank you all for reading my words, looking at my pictures, checking out my tutorials and for all your wonderful encouragement and amazingly generous comments! I can’t tell you how much you brighten my day by taking time out of your busy lives to share your thoughts with me!  It is particularly heart warming when someone tells me that they have been inspired by something they have seen on my blog! And I have to pinch myself when I see a Sewing Room Secrets project on Pinterest!  That still freaks me out every time! (in a good way!!)

I have picked out 12 of my favourite makes and posts from the past 12 months and hope you will humour me as I take a little trip down memory lane…

Little hexie needle caddy

Little hexie needle caddyIt’s a giveaway!

Etsy Collage

A treasury of applique


Hexagons for Harriet

Harriet before applique



Zakka Style

fabric boxes11

Zakka inspired gift set


‘Morning Star’ … a journey of a thousand stitches

Morning star 20

How to make a Suffolk Puff


Time to just be me

My glasses case

Catching up …

Crafty Creatures

On white

Chocolate Tiffin Recipe


Thank you for your company this past year … having you along for the journey has really been a blessing 


*Edited: I will be taking a step back from blogging for a while, as I will not be able to devote as much time to it in the coming months, due to other demands in my life right now. I will still be ‘around’, working on my Love Entwined quilt and drafting several new patterns for my Etsy shop, but unfortunately blogging will have to take a back seat for now.  I will try to pop back from time to time with updates when I can, but for now I bid you all a fond farewell and happy stitching!  Love & hugs, Natalie xx


20 thoughts on “one year ago today …

  1. A lovely round up Natalie. I hope that all is well? I shall miss your blog posts, but please do not feel guilty!! I look forward to the snippets of your quilt and I shall keep checking your facebook page. My very best wishes, Sarah xo

  2. Hi Natalie. You always seem to write so easily but is it really? or do you sit for ages, scribbling things down, then erasing them to start again? I’ve loved reading your blog and will miss you but life does get in the way. I can’t do much of anything right now, too many demands which would make me feel guilty if I didn’t devote my time to them. Guilt? am sure it’s a female thing. Anyway, love looking at your twelve favs, all so beautiful and inspiring. Take care until the next blog edition. xx

  3. Your work is just beautiful Natalie and it’s been such a treat to visit you over the last year…..Hoping you will be back with us soon…you will be missed!
    Susan x

  4. Oh golly, I only just found you yesterday and now you are going on holiday. Too sad!
    Have a nice break, I look forward to your return.
    Best wishes
    New Zealand

  5. I will miss you and your lovely work. I love looking at all the items you make. Enjoy your time away from the blog, please return. Spokane, Washington, USA

  6. Hi Natalie! I started my blog about three months after you. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog and seeing all the lovely things you’ve made. Seeing your twelve favourites really was a stroll down a very pretty memory lane. I’m a follower so when you are able to post again I will be waiting! Thanks for all the lovely posts!

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. I love to hear what you have to say - it really does brighten my day! Natalie x

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