Wednesday, June 10, 2015

10 Years

This month marks the 10th year that I have been blogging.
I started way back in 2005 because I wanted to know if I could still think.
I wrote for about two years before someone
who wasn't a family member commented on it.

When I first started, my writing was terrible
and the photos once I worked out how to put them in
were also terrible. Terrible, terrible.

It was erratic and it was frankly, boring to read.
But after a while, it became a habit and then it became necessary.

After a while the whole crafty blog explosion happened,
and I wrote about the things I made for a long time 
(and took terrible photos)
but my every day life is kind of filled with drama
and after a while more and more of that seeped into my writing.

I've written about the pain of parenting a child who struggles with mental health,
I've written about parenting teenagers (and loving them even though
they were busy breaking my heart)

I've written lots and lots about living through the thousands of earthquakes 
that Christchurch has had in the last almost five years.

And as I have written, I've gotten a lot better at writing.
I have (thankfully) got a lot better at taking photos.

And I've got a lot better at reflecting and writing honestly about my life.
I try really hard to write transparently here,
so that if you meet me, you'll find I'm the same as my writing.

I like that I put into words how I feel
and thereby give words to others experiencing the same thing.

Thank you all of you who have commented,
encouraged and become my friends over the years.
It's been great. Let's keep doing it!

PS, I'm turning the comments back on today
Thank you for allowing me space on here for a bit
but I'm looking forward to hearing from you all again.


  1. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging. I found your blog a few years ago, certainly before the February Earthquake and have followed you ever since. I admire the way you have tackled and come through each of the curved balls life has thrown at you. Keep up the good work. Hope you are finding a little time to quilt as this is good for the soul too.

  2. we are still all out here plodding on with our mundane lives , thankyou for letting us back in

  3. Congratulations! Nice to be able to comment again :-) I like some of your panto quilting patterns, where do you purchase yours from?

  4. Congrats on 10 years of blogging!

  5. Hi Deb, this is the first time I've ever commented on a blog. And I follow nearly 50. I have only been following yours for a short while as this craft is very new to me. I love it that you're local. Of ALL the blogs I read (they are all quilty), YOURS is the one I wait for. Yours is the one I read first. Keep doing what you do and writing what you write because it resonates with me, and I'm sure with so many others x

  6. Congrats Deb - that is definitely an achievement! And great that you are getting what you need from this space. Thinking of you and sending big hugs - you are an inspiration on many levels xxx

  7. I admire you when you honestly write about your fears and your problems. I admire you when you write about being a mother and struggle sometimes with love and anger. I admire you because you started to study in the few hours that are left. I admire you Deb.......
    Love from baukje in France

  8. Congratulations Deb, I've been following your blog for several years now. You inspire me with your courage, honesty, kindness, generosity and good will. You lead by example. Your children are so fortunate to have you as their Mom. Thank you for sharing your journey with us - we are all enriched by your words. Hugs!

  9. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging as this is quite an accomplishment. I am reading your blog because of Martingale's notes and I LOVE the quilts you have made with these designs, they are so completely different from John's. I love flowery fabric so this gives me impetus to do one this way!! I so appreciate what you have wrote as to your transparency of your life as it is a risk letting people in that you do not know and numerous bloggers have had very bad experiences from this that they stopped blogging. Thank you for your courage. Your life does sound terribly busy so I can appreciate the value you place on your sewing time. Yes, as Pat said above, Hugs to you and be well!

  10. I sat one afternoon and read your entire blog. I was hooked and have anxiously waited for you to write more. It's been a wonderful jouney and you are doing fine. I like and admire your honesty and especially your generous heart. BRAVO!

  11. Deb, you have been an inspiration to me as a Christchurch survivor. Your thoughts have captured my own regularly as have your relationships. You just say them better! So good to comment again. Thank you for writing about Meetups. Been having a lot of fun!

  12. Congratulations on 10 years. Your posts are always so honest, so revealing and at times thought provoking. Looking forward to the next 10 years.

  13. congrats , that i a long time to blog

  14. Happy bloggiversary, I've been reading along of late. Have a great weekend!!

  15. Deb,
    You are strong and inspiring, transparent and real. You're a gifted writer, quilter, mother and maybe even photographer! Be proud because of the people you've inspired and blessed with your life's story. Thanks for your inspired blog. Praying for continued success. Laurie

  16. Yay for ten years, and yay for turning the comments back on! Your blog IS like you - wonderful x

  17. Yay for ten years, and yay for turning the comments back on! Your blog IS like you - wonderful x

  18. Thanks for sharing Deb :) I can honestly say your blog is the only one that I read religiously. I look forward to the next one every time I read!!! Thanks for keeping it real & letting us in :) xxxxx

  19. Congratulations Deb - I love your blog, especially for its honesty.

  20. Congratulations on 10 years. I love your quilts and your words. I found quilting as a craft because of you and I learned saying "No I can't help" is sometimes a better way to help someone than doing something for them!.

  21. 10 years! and 10 years to look back on as you have journeyed. I like that you have blogged with courage, generosity, wisdom, empathy, honesty and kindness and I think your ability to combine those traits is what makes your blog such a gift to others. xx Love you

  22. Thank you for sharing your life with us, Deb, the ups, the downs, the honesty with which you express yourself. And happy tenth blogiversary!
    One day I will finish the Dresden Plate ORBC quiltalong quilt - once in a while I find the part done blocks. I have a lot more time available to me now so maybe I'll get something done at last!

  23. i, for one, am so glad that you began blogging. otherwise i would never have had the pleasure of "meeting" you and getting to know you and learning about you from this sweet, honest and beautiful blog.....three words i am certain i would honestly be able to say about you should i ever have the out of this world pleasure of meeting you in person.

  24. Wow ten years!! I'm so happy to have met you and in turn found your blog. It is a big favourite, and I can always hear you when I read your blog, it so lovely to have your voice read it for me.....a bit like a movie overvoice! hehe :) xxx


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