Friday, July 16, 2010

Happy Blogiversary to me - and a giveaway for you coming on Monday!

Well, my 2 year blogiversary came and went and I was so busy that I missed it. I can honestly not believe that it's been 2 years! Here's link to my very, very first blog entry. Crazy, eh?

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that this is where I would be! Thank you so much for coming along on this journey with me and for all of your support and encouragement along the way. I really have made some wonderful new friends in this big old blog land! xoxo

For those of you who may have just recently joined me, here's some quick bullet points:
-Was living in Brooklyn and working at a big Ad Agency as an account person going to a bajillion meetings and practically living on an airplane
-Really wanted to make some changes
-Decided to leave my job (way scary) and simplify my life
-Wanted to figure out a way to build a business where I could let my creativity grow
and get off the corporate hamster wheel
-Moved back to Austin (after a cross country drive with the dog and the cat)
-Started designing fabric and focusing on surface design
-Started my Etsy Store
-Tufted Tweets and Urban Circus were licensed by Robert Kaufman
-And now I'm focused on more fabric design and on getting my patterns licensed by manufacturers in other industries

I'm just so happy to be where I am now and can hardly imagine what the next 2 years might bring! I don't think I succeed in simplifying my life, but still a hugely happy camper! :) Must continue to work on that simplification though!

So, in honor of my 2 year blogiversary, let's do another giveaway! Come back on Monday and I'll post all the details.

In the meantime, I've started working on some pillows for my couch. They're still work in progress but I'm really happy with the way they're turning out. (Not the greatest photo but you get the idea...)


After my first try at hexies (and I do love my little Zoe footstool!) and the discovery that I don't care for the hand piecing, I decided this time to try sewing them directly to a backing. Liked this MUCH better. Upon close inspection, you can see some small gaps between a few of the hexies but who's looking, right!? I'm thinking chocolate brown piping and simple chocolate brown envelope back...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. And make sure you come back on Monday for the giveaway!

28 comments:

Amber H. said...

I love the pillows! And yeah who's looking? They look fantastic.

Oh and congrats on two years! Funnily enough, today is my 5th wedding anniversary!

Poppyprint said...

Congratulations on your success - we are all the more fortunate for your life-changing decision! I look forward to more of your designs....

tong said...

Yay, happy 2 years and congratulations on your success!!

sy said...

happy blogiversary :D

Linda said...

Congrats! If you can get the simplification thing down, please share. I've been working on it my whole life! I even moved to Amish country and there is NOTHING simple about that.

Jewel said...

Cpngratulations for living your dream! I can imagine how fulfilling it is to be able to do what you love and get paid for it. I hope that the next two years are as wonderful and inspired as the last two.

needlefood said...

Always so inspirational when someone makes huge changes and gets happy :) Congratulations!

Jeannette said...

Love your designs! What a nice story and I hope your next two years is great!

AllieKatMom said...

Happy Blogiversary crazy to see where life takes you in just two years!!! P.S we are glad you quit your job to make fabric for us. Now how about some fabric with little sewing machines, thread and scissors on them. That would make my day! Only dont forget who gave you the idea :)

mascanlon said...

Amazing, I love hearing stories from women who cahnge their lives with love, creativity and determination. Congratulations, and I just the fabric I got from you this week, waiting for the whole urban circus line anxiously but I have Tufted Tweets in piles to keep me company while I wait.

Barb in Mi said...

Just read your 1st blog post: what a gutsy move- And what a success story 2 years later! Congrats and many more creative & happy years!

Paige said...

I'm so in love with the orange in Urban Circus! Must. have. some.

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

Goodness me! A lot has happened in 2 years! Congrats on the 2 year blogaversary :)

Leslie said...

these pillows are great. i just finished a table runner that i quilted with that style of quilting. it looks great with the hexagons

9patchnurse said...

Just found your blog and oh my gosh! I love your fabrics! I will be back soon.

upstateLisa said...

Happy Blogiversary! what a great story! wishing you lots of success in your next 2 years!

Monica said...

I LOVE these pillows! and I am in love with hexagons lately. What do you use to make your hexagons (and where did you buy it if you don't mind sharing?)?

Keren Gillan said...

wow ,were so happy to read this post , because i'm the one who joind recently , your 2 years storry seams so magical would love to write you more about my life im kind at the point that you started 2 years ago ,,,hope to have tthe power and stringth you are insperation !!!
thank you for that .

angela said...

It's so inspiring to look back over your two years. Congratulations on taking that step to do what you love!

Peach Rainbow said...

Congratulations!
And thank you for sharing your inspirational story.......... WOW!

Bree said...

Good on you! I'm so proud, been following you since the beginning. I'm having a wine for you as we speak!

Nancy C said...

love your designs...can't wait to see what you do next. Congrats!

Renate said...

Happy blog-i-versary! Since I have found your blog, I have totally enjoyed it. Someday I hope to win some of your fabulous fabrics!

SewLindaAnn said...

Just wanted to thank you for sharing the inspiration of following your dreams. I'm not corporate anymore, but thinking about making changes and being more fulfilled daily. Stories like yours make it easier to leap.

meli B said...

Hi Laurie, Its Monday in Australia, I'll have to come back tomorrow. Anyway I just wanted to say congratulations on your fabulous new designs.They haven't landed here yet but I can see them on some of the web sites I shop from. I just have to wait for my husband to look the other way........

momto2wasd said...

It's amazing how things can sometimes work out so well. Taking the leap can be pretty scary, though!

anne said...

Awesome achievement 2 years of blog posts, not so easy I have found. Enjoy and thank you for sharing.

Jennie Salinda/Copper Canine said...

Congrats and keep them coming! Not too many are motivated enough to keep up with their blogs for that length of time and keep it interesting. Great job.