Monday, September 21, 2009

A Thank You and At it Again....

My late post today is due to the fact that my computer monitor bit the dust this weekend. I have my trusty little Netbook, but looking at the screen for any amount of time is a definite eye strain, so I had to wait until this afternoon so I could post from my work computer!

I realized this morning that today marks my first year of blogging! I wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has stayed with me this first year. This experience is unlike anything I had imagined. I've not only been inspired beyond belief from all the gifted quilters in blogland, but I've also made some true and lasting friendships! Thank you - everyone!

I've been testing bags again. This time for Linda of All Stitched Up. Her latest creation is the Kakadu bag, which is named after one of Australia's national parks. I decided to go out of the box on my fabric selection this time! My friend Carol whose embroidered jeans I showed you a while back helped me with the selection. I used Andalucia by Patty Young for Michael Miller fabrics.
Remember the bag, Sugar Baby, below that I tested for Stephanie? It's a very small bag that I thought would be perfect for my next door neighbor's granddaugther, Malia, who is really into purses!
In Saturday's mail was a cute little Hello Kitty letter. I didn't recognize who it was from until I opened the envelope. It was the most adorable thank-you card from Malia!
She even drew a picture for me on the back!
I spent some time working on my hourglass blocks this weekend. Hopefully by next weekend I'll be able to show you some good progress on the quilt!

25 comments:

Gran said...

Hi

Great looking purses. You do good work!
Congratulation on your one year anniversary. I have enjoyed reading your blog and the adventures of Mr. Squash and you. Well done!

Quilt Hollow said...

Now that little thank you is just darned sweet! Congrats on one year! Keep blogging..I enjoy visiting!!

Purple and Paisley said...

omg, could that thank you note be any cuter?

love the purses! ☺

Sherri said...

I love both bags! And congrats on one year...isn't blogging wonderful? I share the same feelings that you mentioned on how wonderful it is...a whole community of people to go to for ideas, inspiration, and quilty/sewy/crafty advice! Have a great day!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Candace your purses you've been busy on are so cute. The little thank you note is so special and you know she loved her purse.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Happy 100th posting...I enjoy reading your blog very much. Cute purses and even cuter letter..love how kids usually need to draw a picture for us...sweet..
Louise

Carrie P. said...

I just left Linda's blog and saw your version of her bag. I love it.
I love seeing that thank you note from Malia. So sweet.

Stephanie D. said...

What a sweet thank you note! And how wonderful that she is being taught that courtesy.

That's great fabric in the new bag. It wouldn't have been my first choice, either, though that's only because it's out of my comfort zone, too. But it was a perfect choice.

Congratulations on your blogiversary

onlymehere said...

I love the bags and that thank you note is priceless! Congrats on your anniversary. One year in blogland goes fast doesn't it?!

Ulla said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary of blogging! Your new bag looks great, the button matches the flowery fabric perfectly. You have a very well-behaved, purse-loving little neighbour. She even used her lovely Hello Kitty paper for teh thank you letter.

Stephanie said...

Love the fabrics you used for Linda's new bag. I LOVE Hello Kitty. What a sweet thank you. Worthy of refrigerator art!

Libby said...

Those little thank you do make all the difference *s*

Congrats on your bloggiversary - time sure flies when your having fun!

Rannyjean said...

Candace:
Your work is amazing and the colors and the purse is simply fabulous! How wonderful that the little neighbor girl sent a thank you...so rare today in adults. Congrats on the one year mark! I want to let you know I am having a giveaway for a lighted needle threader over at my place: http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com/2009/09/fabric-and-notion-giveaway.html

Jean

Kaaren said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging. Isn't it amazing how much smaller the world has become?

What a great interpretation for Linda's bag design.

Sweet not from your neighbor's daughter. Makes the giving that much more pleasurable.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It has been wonderful getting to know you. I'm so glad we both blog.

Jackie said...

The purses are, of course, adorable! I love the thank you note! Handwritten notes seem to be a thing of the past these days!

Kim said...

It was your fly fishing that snagged me on to your blog, lol! I've enjoyed following your story and getting to know you.

Nadine said...

I'm lovin' the bags. I have to whip up one for soon-to-be-2 Callie so I'm right there with ya sista! You've been very busy. Go Girl, Go!

Melanie said...

What a lovely thank you letter. I sympathise- computers are a necessary pain sent to try us.

Lovely bags. I do like Stephanie's designs.

Linda said...

Congratulations on your blog birthday. I just adore the fabrics you chose for the Kakadu bag. How sweet of the little girl, the notes a keeper for sure.

jacquie said...

candace,
congrats on a year! a big milestone. so glad that we have connected through this bloggy universe! such a cute bag...love that andalucia fabric!

Corrie said...

Hi Candace, i love the quilt in your blog header. Fun reading...great vintage poster, great purses. Very cool. Have a terrific day.

*karendianne. said...

Isn't that sweet and such a happy drawing did. And gosh, Happy One Year. I know it's been a true treasure to have you walk into my life, Candace. For real! (Sophie is merely icing on the cake.)

*karendianne. said...

No wait. Sophie isn't merely... she's totally icing on the cake. She is the cake!

pratima said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary!!
Your bags are so beautiful!
The thank you note is very sweet :)