Monday, August 24, 2015

Sewing with Rascal is 1 year old today!



It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since my first blog post on August 24th, 2014.  The 1 year milestone made me ponder and reflect, what was I thinking, why did I ever start a blog, why do I continue with it, and most importantly - why didn’t someone stop me? 

Why’d I start the Sewing with Rascal blog?

Not to sell anything, I have a full time job totally unrelated to sewing.   The simple answer is because I wanted to get my clothespin bag pattern on Moda Bakeshop.  Moda prefers a website they can review your ability to write and photograph sewing projects before they will consider your submission.  

The real reason is because I wanted to share ideas and enthusiasm about a hobby for which I am passionate.   I had enjoyed quilting for many years then a group of sewing friends invited me to a sewing retreat at Whistlestop.   The retreat was a tote bag class taught by Sue Jones.  Sue had such an enthusiasm for sewing and taught me new sewing techniques unrelated to quilting.   I began making all kinds of totes, bags, purses, wall hangings, pin cushions, you name it and thus, eventually, the clothespin bag.  bags_and_hagsThe tote bag retreat is where I started calling our little group Bags and Hags (I’m the only one that thinks it’s funny)

Why do I continue with the blog?

Sewing is more enjoyable when you have friends to share your ideas and projects with (thank you Bags and Hags!)  Those friends also include the internet community of sewers (um, is that the right word ? ).  It is also family/friends that enjoy reading about sewing even though they don’t personally sew.  People seem to enjoy reading the blog and this requires new projects on a regular basis.  Mostly keeping up the pace is fun, but sometimes it is daunting. I enjoy receiving feedback from readers and it makes the hard work worth it.  Thank you to everyone that sends me comments and suggestions!

Additionally, Sewing with Rascal is a creative outlet for me.  I get to use skills from work (I am in the computing technology field) in a creative way and I also gained a new creative outlet in photo taking.  I learned to take photos for the blog, something I had never done.   I’m sure my photos aren’t technically correct, but I try to make them aesthetically pleasing.

Here are my favorite posts from the 1st year:  
Clicking on picture will take you to the  to the post.


Nana’s Quilt
Geff’s Honey
Moda Clothespin Bag

  I would love to hear what is your favorite(s) !

Blogiversary Giveaway 

I’ve decided to have a giveaway in celebration of my 1st blogiversary!   The winner will be a randomly chosen reader of Sewing with Rascal.  

Here’s how to be entered for the giveaway :

– if you already signed up to receive emails on the blog, then you are already entered!  No further action required.
- or subscribe to Sewing with Rascal emails before Sunday Aug 30, 2015 ( Sign up to receive emails on the right top of blog )
- or send an email to [email protected]  before Sunday Aug 30, 2015 and tell me how you follow Sewing with Rascal.  For instance, via Bloglovin or other blog subscription services or just checking the blog manually etc  

What is the giveaway? you ask..  a gift certificate and a few surprises from As Seen on Sewing with Rascal

Good Luck! and Sew On.



Quiltsmiles said...

Congratulations Rascal! I already follow you but wanted to say have a happy day. Can't believe it's only been a year.

Natureluvr57 said...

Happy Anniversary! I loved your blogs on honey and would love to order one bottle someday. I think they are the cutest bottles. I made a clothespin bag also but not like yours. I hand embroidered a design. I love all the inspiration. Looking forward to the next year.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary to an awesome blogger, quilter and person with many talents! Love all your blogs! Keep 'em coming!

Danette said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary! I have sewn your clothespin bag. I gave it to my mother for Mother's Day. She loves it!

Danette said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary! I have sewn your clothespin bag. I gave it to my mother for Mother's Day. She loves it!