Sunday 7 November 2010

celebrating blog friendship

Thanks for dropping by from Nancy's blog!

For Friendship

Just about a year ago Shimelle held a class called "blogging for scrapbookers". In my usual class-loving, procrastinating fashion, I signed up, ran with it for awhile, then let it fall by the wayside, keeping up with the reading of prompts but not much else (kind of like how I am currently keeping up with "true stories")

I learnt how to use Google Reader (but haven't mastered the fine art of "keeping up" with posts, or how not to get sucked in by clicking links, or how to avoid using blog reading as a time waster, so don't ask me for any pointers), and multi tabs in one window.

I shared my intentions, and the view out my kitchen window, baked cookies, learnt about linking back and revisiting old posts, and sharing similar posts consistently. But most of all, dear readers, I shared your worlds. I learnt that Mel speaks Melsh, and bakes like I do; Sian crafts from high in the sky, and even accountants have man-caves; that Amy is a stay-at-home-mum with young kids; that Deb plans the most amazing parties; and Deb makes ironing sound worthwhile.

That doesn't cover everybody that I've met, or the things that I've learnt. When I've had a long day with the kids I know that somewhere in my reader I'll find a post that makes me smile, or think, or say "yep, that happens to me, too", and then I'm not alone anymore.

Now, before I get any more maudlin, I need to tell you that the letter you need is
 Make sure you write that down, and keep it in a safe place. When you've visited all the blogs, you'll have a sentence that you need to EMAIL to Jo - - she will have more information about the prize when you reach her blog at the end.

Now you're heading off to visit Cal in a bramble patch in Worcestershire. Here is the full list of blogs, in case you get lost along the way.

Lizzie Made
Jennifer's Jumbles
I speak Melsh
Over at our place
Creating paper dreams
Gallo Organico
Liberty Cottage
Scrapbooking + other adventures
Chatty Crafty Arty pig
paper view
life behind the purple door <--- you are here!
Clearing the brambles
From high in the sky
Rachel B's world
Sunlight & Simplicity
Curiouser & Curiouser
Enjoy the ride today
Embrace Life
Living Artfully
Paper Turtle
Abstracts mixed with Extracts
Snaps and Snippets
The Scrappy Jedi
Basement Chronicles
Random Reflections
Daily Life - Bits & Pieces
Deb's World
Curly Scrapbooker


  1. Love your blog theme, with the doorknobs & all the purple... so cute!

  2. Great post - I love your honesty and will be back to check out some of the links to things you've learned.

  3. Cate - I always enjoy coming here, I hope you know how much! I've found some of my favourite other net stuff through links you've provided. And I still have your magazines in my special to keep pile! It's been a pleasure getting to know you over the past year - I hope we have many more years of happy blogging ahead of us x

  4. Great song! It was time we had a bit of music.

    It sounds as if you have got loads from blogging - just as I have.

    And I love the photo of your children, with the big frame, at the top of your blog - it's fab!

  5. So good getting to know you :) We've all learned a ton and it has been so much fun!

  6. Cate it has been a wonderful year of getting to know one another from all parts of the world! Like Sian, I love the links you find to share with us all - let's keep it up in the year ahead :-)

  7. OOh I love the look of your blog and definitely need to come back and read previous posts thanks for sharing xxx

  8. It's good to know that someone else besides me doesn't always keep up with the prompts but loves them nonetheless :)
    Gayle xx

  9. It may have been a year since the class, but I still haven't worked out google reader yet either. I keep trying to use it, then giving up. I like visiting blog home pages too much, so I can see great blog headers like yours!

    Great partying with you! x

  10. Hi there! I loved your post & the song you added is awesome!
    Nat :)

  11. I need another tissue - beautiful post, your words really touched me xx

  12. Hi Cate ~ It has been such a pleasure to get to know you through our blogs!!! I'm so glad our blog-paths crossed. :o) Here's wishing many more wonderful blog posts!!! xo

  13. Oh my goodness... that's a song I haven't heard in AGES! Thanks for the memory... wow! Random images from my teen years are flooding back to me as I listen to it! :)
    Nice to have "met" you along this hop and I will be back!! :)

  14. I have to agree that reading blogs at the end of the day (or the beginning) is a great way to relax and connect with some absolutely wonderful people.

  15. Great post - I really like the header of your blog: a great idea for a photo shoot. I really want to try it!

  16. thanks for the music! what is a party without music?? :)

  17. I love the purple font and your post! It's amazing how reading what someone types you can see in your head! Your post did that! It was almost like reading a book, a synopsis of what you've done this past year on your blog!

  18. What a beautiful picture! Fun to stop by with the blog hop!

  19. What a fun post! : )

  20. Great post, love the header of your blog, adorable!

  21. More party music - love it. Isn't it fun that we can share not only words but sound and pictures as well with our blog friends.

  22. I was wondering when we would get the opportunity to kick off our shoes and get dancing!
    Love your blog, it's been great discovering it!

  23. Loved this post, I am really enjoying this hop

  24. This is the first time I've read your blog. Not sure how I've missed it :0( I'm a subscriber now though so look forward to reading

  25. Congratulations, Cate - you won a prize on my blog! Please email me at ispeakmelsh (at) hotmail (dot) com so I can get your details xx


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