Monday, September 11, 2006

Thinking back, and ahead

It's been over a year since I started this blog, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate a bit. We can use a bit of fun, can't we? I'm often terrible about replying, but I want to thank you all for interacting with me via your comments and emails. It's been so enjoyable to participate with you in this creative online community. I wish I could give you each a gift, so here's how we'll commemorate the occasion:


Leave me a comment with your name, and in a couple of days Kiddo and I will put everyone's names into her summer hat and randomly select two people. Then we'll send each of those two winners one of these little ribbon cosmetic bags, just for the fun of it.

By the way, you're all either too polite or you're as distracted as I seem to be lately.

We entertained some friends last weekend, and as I was setting the table with the embroidered napkins I realized that I reversed the placement of the spoon and knife on my embroidery. I'm not going to fix them, so it'll be our little secret, ok? Apparently when I'm on vacation, I'm really on vacation.

59 comments:

  1. i thought it was charming that you got them reversed, although check back with your daughter in 25 years to see if she knows if the spoon goes on the outside... this may be a pivotal learning (or unlearning) experience for her....

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  2. Beautiful words and work. Count me in.

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  3. I have been reading your blog for the last several months, and I think this is the first time I've commented. I'm Jen from MonkeyKnits. Your bags are lovely, and the photographs are too! Keep up the good work -- the world needs more beauty!

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  4. sending a warm embrace to all who mourn today. any day. cherish your little one and every shiny day you enjoy with her as i do with our duo each and every day as the sun rises to greet us once again. adore your blog and that big apple you are lucky enough to call home.

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  6. Whoops! Sorry, posted a half-written comment accidentally.
    What i was saying was... that my brain must have been on holiday, too (oh obviously!) because I didn't even notice the teensy placemat faux pas.
    In Australia we are all thinking of you today. None of us will ever forget that day.

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  7. So, I did notice the spoon, but I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want you to think i was sitting back, smugly, laughing or something. I guess I probably should have said something, but then you don't really know me and I didn't want you to be like, who does she think she is? Anyway, my name is Robyn and congratulations on he blogiversary. Mine is coming up shortly, as well. I did want to say that I made one of those market bags with your modifications and a few of my own. You can see on my latest post. Okay, take care!

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  8. Adorable bags! I will never forget that day either. Somehow today hurt more than before -- five years maybe? Your bags are like sweet pieces of cheer on this sad day.
    --Gina

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  9. Ah, the last post by Robyn is really supposed to be linked to www.knitmesomethingood.blogspot.com. Sorry about that.

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  10. Meredith10:47 PM

    Your bright cheery bags really made me smile after reading memories and accounts of that fateful fall day. Thanks for the upbeat look

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  11. It has indeed been a sad day. Just thinking about everything this morning seemed to deflate my whole day. On an unrelated note though, I just found your blog a few months ago and have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for sharing your wonderful sewing with us!

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  12. hey there.... this date is kind of a weird one, huh?

    but i'm glad that it's also a positive anniversary for YOU! yippee!!

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  13. Lynda Campbell11:34 PM

    First time to comment for me! I love those bags, adorable! Love your blog!

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  14. Perhaps you should make some "tutorial" napkins. to my mother's chagrin, I can never get it straight which utensil goes where. Thanks for posting such a bright blog on a sad remembrance of a day.

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  15. I didn't learn utensil placement, we didn't even use knives when I was a kid (raised by vegetarian hippies) so it's lost on me! You always do lovely work. May I have my name in the hat? Thanks!

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  16. Karen1:47 AM

    You have such a wonderful way of expressing yourself and sharing so many lovely things on your site. Thank you for the many inspirations and smiles.

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  17. Sorry, I never noticed the reversed place settings. If you hadn't told us I would never have known but don't worry the secret's safe ;)

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  18. Always inspired by you - never been brave enough to comment before though!

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  19. Hi, I'm a lurker from the UK. I love to read your blog as NY is one of my favourite places. As you share the same crafting interests it keeps my memories of previous visits to your lovely city alive and vibrant in my mind. Thank you.

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  20. And here I was thinking you were suggesting a little funny business between the dish and the spoon. I thought I heard they ran away together, but don't quote me on that. xo, Cristina

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  21. Kristy6:13 AM

    I love the placemats whatever!Those little ribbon bags are such fun!

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  22. Melinda8:30 AM

    ...actually, it was my kids who noticed the "atypical placement of utensils" (gee, they have been paying attention to my ranting and raving...)very cute towels none the less. I've been lurking for a loooong while, love your site. And let me just say, here on your site, all you women(and men) who blog are simply amazing and I can't imagine that you have ANY spare time soooooo don't even feel like you must respond in any way to this comment (I'm not implying that this comment is even worthy of response, just that I have noticed the "I'm-an-awful-blogger-because-I-don't-have-time-to-contact-everyone-who-comments-on-my-site" angst, and I don't want anyone to feel obligated on my account. I visit your site and many others to add inspiration,creativity and random beauty to my world and I don't expect anything else from any of you talented,gracious, busy folks.
    Thanks for everything!

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  23. what lovely bags! they lured me out of lurking!

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  24. Beautiful bags! Count me in! :)

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  25. Ok, I will delurk. I found your blog with the gorgeous scalloped skirt, which is still in my mind waiting to be made!

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  26. Throwing my name in the hat too.

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  27. those are darling! I love your blog. :)

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  28. I didn't even notice the utensil reversal! I just adore those ribbon bags! Count me in!

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  29. enjoy reading about you & kiddo's adventures.

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  30. Your creations and thoughts are lovely. Happy blogiversary!

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  31. Mary Ellen1:50 PM

    As a fellow New Yorker, I could really use some brightening on this tough day/week.

    Mary-Ellen

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  32. hi, i've been reading for awhile too! I'm actually using your scallopped edge and waistband tutorial to make my skirt. you make such lovely stuff and the photographs are lovely.

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  33. Oh boy, I hope I haven't missed out. I love your work and your blog!

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  34. I love your blog, and your embroidery (I hadn't noticed they were reversed either!) I am definitely planning to follow your lead.

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  35. oooh.

    happy anniversary.

    please count me in your drawing.

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  36. I thought I was lacking in knowledge and that your reversal was actually correct in Latvia or some such place. Which shows how much I respect this blog! Thanks and happy 1 year anniversary! Shannon (knittingchick)

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  37. Happy 1-year anniversary! I love reading your blog.

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  38. Andrea B.9:00 PM

    I love your blog. You are so talented and I enjoy reading about your adventures with your daughter.
    My 11-month-old son loves the photos that you take.
    Happy One Blog-Year Anniversay!

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  39. as a fellow new yorker, i am thinking of you. we all had a tough day and weeks and months after.

    I love to read your blog- I miss living in NYC proper dearly and it makes me feel like I am there again.

    hope to see you and kiddo soon. in the city or the burbs.

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  40. Michele10:03 PM

    I found your blog through Purl not long ago (love Purl!) and enjoy it so much. You make beautiful things!

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  41. Happy blog birthday - those bags are gorgeous!

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  42. happy (belated) blogversary! (i don't know about you, but i'm always amused by the belated birthday wishes cards at hallmark...) i can't remember when i first started reading your blog (mush brain - it's still super hot in so-cal), but i think i found you out while browsing sewing related blogs. and i'm glad i did!

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  43. ooooh, they're soooo pretty!

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  44. I love your blog! It's so inspiring!

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  45. Hi Liesl, Thank you for your kind E-Mail. I was very excited to hear about your new business venture. Love the ribbon purses, count me in
    Thanks

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  46. You know those people, the ones who seem to do and say and be the person you secretly wish you could be? Well, every few days I feel that way when I catch up on your blog. I found you when I clicked a link on the Purlsoho site, expecting to see a corporate photography site I found YOU - what a great find! Thanks for all the great ideas, thoughts, and anecdotes...They are often a bright and shiny spot in my day :)

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  47. I have been reading your blog for quite some time now. As someone who is just a newbie at both blogs and crafting, i am always a bit shy to comment on these inspiring blogs. So, thank you for the invite and always so lovely to read your blog.

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  48. Sending warm thoughts for all those that experienced the loss of September 11!

    And on the lighter side, I just began reading your blog, and love it and need to scallop edge something! You're inspiring me to make something without a simple elastic wasteband!

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  49. oh please add me if not too late
    thanks sunshine
    http://sunshinescreations.blogspot.com/

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  50. oh please add me if not too late
    thanks sunshine
    http://sunshinescreations.blogspot.com/

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  51. i just said to myself during this morning's make-up application, "ew, i really need a new cosmetic bag". no kidding! and yours are so pretty!! keeping my fingers crossed...thanks for making this sweet offer...cheers...tg

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  52. Count me in Liesl! I'm so glad you've done this -- I love keeping in touch with you anyway I can! Get well soon! Love, me

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  53. I thought you must have reversed them on purpose... my husband insists that's how they go. either way, I think they are awesome.

    Congrats on your first anniversary.

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  54. I didn't notice that you reversed your silverware as well. I guess that's not suprising as I need my cookbook to tell me which side the forks go on when I set a table!

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  55. stephanie stuart3:26 PM

    I truly enjoy reading your blog and sharing in your and Little's crafts and adventures! I think this celebration idea is so fun!!

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  56. i love your site and you are an inspiration. count me in!

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  57. Marcia5:42 PM

    I love your little bags! Wonderful creative blog....thanks.
    Marcia

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  58. I enjoy visiting your blog and I do since months ago...these bags are great. Love colors! Love words!

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  59. I think everyone in the whole world is sick right now, including me and my kiddos :)
    I love your blog, you give so much inspiration!

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