Tuesday, 9 April 2013

One Year on ....

....from my first post and to celebrate the occasion, I've got a give away. I wanted to give away something that related somehow to my work and I decided that this book on Tray Dyeing by Claire Benn and Lesley Morgan, from Committed to Cloth would be perfect. Not everyone has the space or the equipment to do screen printing but this type of dyeing can be done in any small plastic container. 


Included in the book is a CD, which my earlier copy doesn't include but if their other CDs are anything to go by then this will contain clear instructions to get you started.

I can honestly say that there hasn't been any time during the last year that I felt like stopping blogging, although it does seem to take longer to post than I thought it would. There have only been a couple of times when I wasn't sure where my next post was coming from but more often I have had more than one post planned, if only in my head.

Blogging has sometimes encouraged me to finish a piece of work, so that I can include it in a post. An unexpected benefit has been that writing about a design or a piece of work has sometimes helped me to crystallise my thoughts and arrive at the next steps. I have also 'met' people and found new and inspiring blogs during the last year, which has been another bonus.

But before I leave my anniversary post, I would like to say a very big thank you to those who have encouraged and supported me during my first blogging year. Mentioning and linking to my blog has helped raise awareness of my blog - to those of you who have done that - thank you. I have also been very pleased and encouraged by those people who have left comments, it's good to know you are reading my posts - thank you to you too. Even if you haven't left a comment, thanks for visiting my blog. 

So if you would like a copy of the Tray dyeing book and CD, then leave me a comment on this post. If you have any thoughts on how I could improve my blog let me know. I will close the give away at 10pm on 21st April, when I will randomly select a comment....assuming there's more than one of course!

Here's to the next year!


  1. I can't believe it has been a whole year... but one year on I'm still reading with interest!

  2. Congratulations! I didn't realise when I started following you that you had been blogging less than a year!! I think I found you via Gina's blog!
    I would love to enter your giveaway but I have no suggestions re your blog as I like it just the way it is - keep going!

  3. Happy 1st Birthday ....:-)

    Congratulation Marian one year on..I do log in occasionally and read your blog, and marvel at your creativity.

    I would like to enter your competition...why? Because I need to explore my creative side. I am watching the Sewing Bee at the moment, but still have not made a move to do anything constructive. This would give me the impetus to begin.

  4. By the way Poppy is me:-) Krysia xx

  5. Happy Anniversary!!!! And looking forward to quite a few more posts too. I tend to have a post it note on the desk and write one word prompts through the week to remind me what I have to blog about! Brain like sieve here. :-)

    I will now be popping over to Poppy and Gill to see what they are all about! Love the sharing of ideas.

  6. Happy first Blogversary Marian. I enjoy your blog just as it is too. I still havn't forgotten about finding my sketch of a furrowed field to show you. I just don't know where to start looking for it although I have made a start. If you'd seen my studio you'd know why lol. Enjoy your second year of blogging!
    By the way, you can sometimes increase traffic to your blog if you are on Facebook. You can link the blog to facebook and your 'friends' get to know when you update it. However, you may not want to join the facebook frenzy.


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