Thursday, 16 January 2014

My 2nd Blogaversary


Yes, two years ago today I started this blog. It began as a record of textile makes a friend and I were preparing for craft fairs. As it happens, that particular venture didn't come to fruition, but I found I was enjoying taking photographs and writing a bit about this and that. So although the blog changed in content over time, I'm still enjoying putting my posts together and keeping in touch with other bloggers, and those of you who so kindly and regularly leave a comment.

With better techno skills I might have made a better job of organising this post into a nice chronological story, but I'm afraid despite spending hours trying upload from various sources the photographs are all higgledy-piggledy. But I hope you get the drift. Here then are some high-spots in the last two years of Textile Treasury. First up, some photos, including the one above, taken in June 2012 when our son Kit and his family came home from New Zealand for a long holiday. We all squeezed into our cottage, and the weather was dreadful most of the time, but we had some fun. You can find the relevant posts in the archive.


Krissie's 40th birthday party held at our local because there were so many of us! Dylan and Fraser.


                                               Beccie, Krissie and Kit THe Birthday.




January February 2013 - Jim and I flew out of a snow-bound Britain to sun-soaked New Zealand. This was our trip to Hobbiton, a scorcher of a day with some wonderful photographs to remember it by.


JIm and I on a day out with Kit and Krissie to a wonderful winery. Great scenery and lovely meal.


The day we all went ot the Sky Tower in Auckland. Standing on the glass floor was a challenge!


While we were there I made some small repairs to the Bible Quilt I had made for Dylan about five years earlier. Well loved and well worn!


Back home again, finishing off the quilt I made for Krissie.


One of the cushions I made with the vintage Sufolk Puffs purchased from A Mermaid's Tale.


A seaside cushion made, and sold. The craft fairs didn't work out but somehow things manage to get themselves sold!


Another cushion, made with vintage and re-purposed fabrics. I'm rather pleased with this one.


And who can forget the ongoing story of the Wild Garlic! I picked it, I wrote about it, I cooked with it, I froze it, and by gum we certainly ate a lot of it! Again, stories in the archive if you like.


 The Ouse Washes Molly Dancers - Musical Branch! This was taken up at Ely Cathedral just before the massed sides Processional through the City .


Stopping to dance in Ely. It was a very hot day and there was much more to come!



Very late one night at the Burwell Bash, just managing to keep up with the session. This is my annual music fix. More stories and incriminating pictures archived!

 On our way out to dinner for Jane's birthday, during the Burwell Bash 2013


Oh! Back to Ely, this is the Ouse Washes up at the Ely Festival site. In the middle of a field in temperatures of around 34 centigrade!


 A well deserved breather at Ely.


Ouse Washes at Welbourne Festival. Much cooler and wetter than Ely!


This was Folk at The Forge, hosted by the Harmonious Blacksmith Nigel - a great time was had by all!


My first forays into lino- printing, following a workshop by Amanda Colville. You can read about it - yes, you guessed it, in the ARCHIVE!


OH! Slipped back twelve months to a collection of items I made for the craft fair.


Here is the original "One Bird upon a Hill beneath a Star. I've now made and sold three of these, but this is my favourite still.


A spate of furniture painting! I painted them OUTSIDE, by the way, just photographed them here as it began to rain. Eventually I will finish the other chairs!


There was much bread making over the past two years, plain strong bread flour, spelt and rye, sour-dough, wholemeal, you name it, I baked it!


This spice corner of my kitchen references the Great Clear Out and Re-Organisation which took place in 2012. This extended to freezer sorting and recording, and menu planning posts and frugal food posts ....... habits which astoundingly have lasted into 2014!


Wild Garlic Pesto!


Wild Garlic Oil. I still have wild garlic butter in the freezer! It won't be too long before I start picking fresh supplies!

Lots of music making, dancing, festival going, family gathering, garden-photographing, textile viewing, caravanning, quilt making, bangle making, felt loving, friends gathering, food enjoying, and of course - BLOGGING! Sorry the photos aren't in order, and are woefully short of the whole story, but I hope you've enjoyed the memories. Two years isn't all that long in blogging circles, but it's been long enough to find some really good blogs which I enjoy regularly keeping in touch with, and some super bloggers, some of whom I have made friends with. Sorry, blogging does not confer upon you the inability to end a sentence with a preposition!

So however this blog evolves, I do hope those of you who have stuck it out so far will stick around for what's to come - I couldn't do it without you!

26 comments:

  1. Here's to the next two years then!

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  2. Happy Bloggerversary! Enjoyed this post ,colourful!

    Sandie xxx

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    1. HI Sandie, thanks for popping over and commenting. I've tried to 'bloglovin' ' your blog but not sure if it worked!

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  3. Congratulations on your blog's second anniversary! I love looking at your very varied photos. Very lovely family, very lovely creations. As they say here in the midwest when you stop to ask for directions "Keep going, keep going, keep going..." (That was before GPS.)

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    1. Hello Andrea, thank you, the post isn't quite how I intended it top be but there we are....I just kept going!

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  4. Excellent look back - I'll still be with you and your blog where-ever it might go. I find you and it inspirational:)

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    1. Gosh, Dc! Praise indeed! And likewise, I might say. Lx

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    1. Thanks Gill, you were one of my first readers and I was reading yours long before I put a toe into the blogging pond! Lx

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  6. Happy blogaversary, Lynne! And what a productive two years it's been, judging by your photos. I notice my fizz'og in the Burwell session pic - the expression on our faces is worthy of a caption, I reckon! But my brain's not on top form at the mo...

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    1. Ah, Jayne, what can I say! My textile stuff is nowhere near as creative as your poetry but we must keep on keepin' on! Yes, I should go through those photos and put some really good captions on. I remember the sheer exhaustion of that week very well! And the fun and laughter and MUSIC!!! Lx

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  7. Gosh two years.....you've packed such a lot in! Happy Bloggy birthday, he's to another 2....or 3....or 4....... :) x

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    1. Hi Ada! Yes, I'm sure we will both be bloggin' on for some time to come. Thanks for coming over!Lxx

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  8. what a smashing post and loads of great photos. I could never have stood on that glass! I loved it all especially the photo of you ready to go out for Janes birthday, you looks so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Kath, that is a lovely thing to say - not being very photogenic I treasure the odd snap which doesn't make me look gigantic! The glass floor was a challenge, it must be said - I am such a wimp! Lx

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  9. Good Morning Lynne, and Happy Blogaversary!
    Time flies when you're having fun. I love the walk down memory lane and I'm so delighted that you included a close up with your gorgeous hat. I know that I have said it before, but I love that hat. Your talent with a needle and thread blow my mind. Those cushions are absolutely out-standing. Bravo for two years of wonderful posts; I'll be around for the next two. That is if the Good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise.
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Thank you Connie, yes, it's amazing isn't it? Two years my goodness! Of all the things I have made that hat still comes near to top of the list. I love that expression too ....Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise - I've heard it several times before, and at the moment here in the UK it is particularly apposite, though fortunately not near us. Lxx

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  10. congratulations!!!!!!! when we were in auckland i completely chickened out of going up the sky tower so well done to you - we were in wellington last february for the birth of our first grandaughter - we left the uk with snow on the ground and arrived back a month later to a gloriously sunny day!!!!! i love your felt appliqued top hat!!!!! long may your blog continue i love seeing what you've been up to xxxxx

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    1. Ha, Lynne, we came back while the snow was still on the ground! A bit earlier than you. So yours are in Wellington - I hope to be visitng there next January on our way to South Island - where we haven't been yet. And thank you for your lovely comment. Lxx

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  11. Love the look of that wild garlic pesto but I would not know where to find wild garlic . I do all kind of chutneys
    Love the photo's you are showing

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    1. Hi thanks for popping over and leaving your comment, I've checked out your blog and clicked the 'follow' but I'd love to know who I'm addressing!
      The Wild Garlic story is several posts long last late spring - it became quite a talking point!

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  12. Hi, Lynne! What a fabulous photographs! Great pictures of you, Lynne :0) and your gorgeous Family. And I do love your beautiful quilts and lovely painted chairs :0) All these festivals, events and music performance look fantastic! Congratulations on your second blog anniversary and well done to you, dear Lynne! Thank you for sharing with us all these beautiful, sweet and lovely moments with us. With a delay we all wish you a blessed 2014 year and more great stories to share!
    Kisses and hugs from cold Moscow (-13 dgr C)
    Natasha & kids

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    1. My dear Natalia, how lovely to hear from you again! I had missed your posts because of the yahoo upheaval. I trust you and your family are well, you will all be well accustomed to the cold I expect! Yes, it was a busy couple of years, looking back, I hope we go on to have many more happy blog posts. Lxx

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  13. Happy blogaversary Lynne, I love reading your posts and look forward to many more!

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    1. Hi Jay, thank you, and likewise! Lx

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