Saturday, 6 November 2010

Celebrating Blog Friendships

Come on in! Come on in! You look like you've been celebrating already! Does that mean that you set out at the beginning, at Lizzie's place?

Welcome to my stop on the Celebrating Blog Friendships Blog Hop. D'you know, for once I hardly know where to start? I get a bit lost for words when I think about what this last year has brought. We have a saying round here: we talk about "taking a punt" on something. Well, last year - thanks to Shimelle's class - I took a punt on blogging, and - thanks to all of you - it's been one of the best things I've ever done. Never in a month of scrapbooking Sundays did I imagine that there were so many amazing, talented, wonderful women out there. All ready to share and connect and listen and laugh.


I'm hoping to meet one or two of you in person soon; but even if many of you remain friends across the ocean - well, what friends! Months ago now I wrote a post about a skirt of my mum's, a special one I was hoping to pass on to my daughter. One of you said "Well I hope she knows we'll be checking up on her to see if she looks after it"  and that has stayed with me since. Because it says it all. We're in this for the long haul. And what a lovely thought that is!

But of course there will always be room for one more. The door here is always open and the coffee machine never sleeps. Make yourself at home and wish Blogging For Scrapbookers a Happy Birthday by saying hello. Here's a giveaway to tempt you. It's a little felt hand sewn birthday banner, small enough to wrap around a card and put in the post - just leave a comment and I'll put your name in the draw.


But wait - before you go, don't forget to pick up the letter E


and take it with you. Collect a letter at each stop on the hop, put them in order from Lizzie's onwards, end up at Jo's and have a go at a Grand Prize! Now, with thanks to Lizzie and Jo for their magnificent party planning, I'm sending you on your way. Next stop is Rachel - have a good one! And if you get lost along the way, you can turn round and head back to Lizzie's and she'll put you right.

Blog Friends - A Toast To Many More Years..

45 comments:

JO SOWERBY said...

i'm on that plane the minute my stitches r out, ............well maybe not that minute buti'm rebooking my trip. loving the banner it's so cute. poppy says ruff
Jo xxxx

nancy said...

What an adorable little banner! Love the handstitching.

Melissa said...

What a great banner - thanks for the chance to win. I always enjoy reading your blog.

Lee Currie said...

A toast indeed!! LOVE the banner. As always, enjoyed my visit :)

Lizzie said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Sian! It's been wonderful meeting so many lovely people online. I am so glad I signed up to BFS!
I always look forward to the next Post filled with great stories about life High in the Sky. I always read your posts and I enjoy them so much.

It would be great to meet some blog friends "in real life" one day. I know that Jo has a Plan...

It's been lovely getting to know you. You always make us so welcome.

Amy said...

I found my post for this blog hop the most difficult to write so far - usually things just flow for me and I found putting into words how much I appreciate the women I have met through blogging quite difficult. Thank you Sian for all of the wonderful inspiration and friendship you have shown me, I have appreciated this time with you immensly and I'm looking forward to the 'long haul' as well!

furrypig said...

What a beautiful post Sian, I loved the sentiments you expressed. Thanks xxx

Rachel B said...

Love the little banner Sian and what a great post! I'm finding this blog hop a little emotional! :)

The Scrappy Tree said...

Gorgeous banner, happy birthday bloggers! :)
Gayle xx

Jimjams said...

Well I came here this evening because we became "friends" through UKS and you disappeared to blog land (a year ago it appears!) so I had to come and find you ... well that wasn't just this evening, but you know what I mean! I've loved reading snippets from your life and seeing your creations and am in awe of the blogging community that you are part of ... it's a whole new world! When I saw that you were celebrating I went to where the party started and am following a wonderful chain of blog links - what a happy, talented, enthusiastic bunch of bloggers - great stuff and TFS

Cheryl said...

Hi Sian sorry I'm late, I agree with you all the girls I have met on this hourney of blogg land are amazing and long may it continue. I love your banner so cute x

Nat said...

Hi Sian, nice to meet you! So glad I found your blog tonight - I will definitely be bookmarking and coming back to visit again soon :)
Enjoy the rest of the party!
Nat xx

Miriam said...

Hello Sian, I love visiting you high in the sky! The little banner is beautiful. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my blog. I am a little envious of the BFS community, but 'there's always room for one more' at the start of your post is so welcoming. Thank you x.

jennifer said...

I'll raise a glass to that toast! I'm very glad to have met you through blogland, and would love to meet you in person one day. I agree that it's good to know us bloggers are in it for the long haul!

Here's to many more years of shared stories. Thanks for the chance to win the gorgeous banner too! xx

humel said...

I'm toasting you right back, Sian :-) I hope you know how much your blog friendship means to me, and how much I'm looking forward to meeting you (very soon, I hope!) I started crying as I clicked on the link to your blog because I knew your writing would set me off.... xx

Lesley said...

great banner - so cute

Liberty :) said...

such a cute banner! i've been glad to meet you along the way :)

Deb said...

My dear Sian ~ I have so enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs. I love your eloquently written posts, your fabulous scrapbook layouts, and your adorable knitted projects. It's always a pleasure to visit here, and I wish you much happiness in the upcoming year of blogging!!! All the best to you, my friend! xo

Karen said...

Visiting you high in the sky is one of my great pleasures. I've learned so much here, and I am always taken by your beautiful and thoughtful writing. (I actually have a few "copied and saved.") I'll be back to catch up with what I've missed while I've been away.

Enjoy the Ride Today! said...

Hi Sian... what a cute, cute,cute banner! You are so talented and I'm so glad we've "met" over the past year. Hugs!

Miss Smith said...

Gorgeous banner, count me in! I love the button detail too!

melissa said...

That banner is gorgeous Sian. Your blog looks fabulous.

Amanda said...

I love the banner! Your felt "T" threw me off! I thought it was the secret letter! LOL

cate said...

It was such a hard post to write, wasn't it? It took me hours to figure out what I wanted to say, but the words didn't flow comfortably until I really needed to crawl into bed with a tired bubba, then it all fell into place.

That's a very cute banner, I really must have a go at making a little bunting, for Christmas, I think!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Sian,
What a lovely banner! I've told you before but want to reiterate how much I love coming to your blog. You are such a great writer. I love all the stories you tell of your life - both the stories of your life now and also the ones reaching back into your family history. And all the lovely detailed layouts you share.
But mostly, I love how I feel like I know you and can't wait to come visit Northern Ireland some day.
Or you can come here to San Francisco!
Rinda

Amy said...

I love your blog! This blog hop is so fun as I'm discovering some great new blogs to subscribe to! I'll be back to read more!

Xnomads said...

Love your banner. Adorable! Your blog is always so creative and fun.

scrappysue said...

Such a cute banner: I am really enjoying the blog hop. Will be back later to really mooch properly!

scrappyjacky said...

Yours is one of my favourite blogs,Sian....I always know when I see you pop up in google reader that there will be something interesting to see and read...you are such a talented writer....and truly feel a friend.

sharyncarlson said...

I'm toasting you back! Such a lovely post. I do so enjoy my visits and getting to know you through our blogs!

Carmen said...

I'm glad I happened on your blog and can't believe you've only been blogging a year :)

I agree with you about the friendships made through Blogland.

*Cheers*

S said...

Oh Sian, I not only love visiting your blog, I love that you visit mine, and even more than that I love that some of your blog friends are my blog friends - yours is a gathering place of nifty, crafty gals that you bring together. Many thanks for that.

lou said...

Hi Sian! I have seen you in Shimelle's classes but somehow never happened upon your blog!? How great is today that I found it. : ) The bunting is gorgeous and I look forward to seeing many more posts from your blog once i get a google reader or siomilar set up to keep up!!!

Lisa said...

So many great blogs on this blog hop that I hadn't seen before - adding to my bookmarks! I'll be back.

debs14 said...

I feel as if I know you so well, and when I visit your blog, it's almost like going to visit a good friend who makes you a cup of coffee, gets out the chocolate hob nobs and tells you all the latest news. You have such a way with words and I share your sense of humour. And quite apart from meeting you, it's been wonderful to meet the rest of the family (and that includes Horsey of course!)

Louise said...

i only found you recently and you have such a lovely way with words that i love reading your blog. There's always something to inspire too x

Tracy said...

I love your blog and the title too! Have enjoyed this bloghop so much, seeing some old and new blogs.

Cal said...

I love your blog Sian. Its one of my favourite ones to read. Thanks for everything x

alexa said...

Sorry to have missed the blog hop, and yes, I am arriving late (what kind of guest is that!) - just to say a huge thank-you for all the inspiring and wonderful blog posts I have enjoyed at least three times a week. Love to come here, even if I've missed all the fun! :)

Cheri said...

Cheers to you Sian! You know I love your blog posts and always look forward to hearing from you!

Denise said...

Lovely little banner - I'm really sorry to have missed the blog hop and it's made me quite emotional reading all the lovely posts xx

scrapchick said...

How fun! My friend Maya took part in this as well - I was in that class & totally missed there was to be a hop! Sweet post!

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm bringing up the rear! Looks like an amazing time was had by all at the party...just sorry that I couldn't join in! That felt banner is so sweet & I've enjoyed playing catch up with your posts...especially the 'Death on a Bench' one...perfect!! Loved it!!

Rhona said...

I know I'm late getting to read the blog hop but I've loved catching up with everyone. I'm so glad I found your blog and love coming to visit. Whether it's one of your stories, something creative or just general chat, I know I'll leave feeling happy to have visited. Looking forward to the long haul with you :) xx

Ruth said...

I've finally found the time to catch up properly with your blog; I'm sorry to have missed the Blog Party, but I do agree with all the sentiments expressed. I love visiting your blog, and thinking about The Accountant whistling and the Small One rewriting her Christmas list, no doubt for the umpteenth time and checking out your fabulous scrapping and crafting skills! I could go on, but I think you get the idea! x

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