Happy 2nd Birthday, Blog!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Blog!

It’s my blog’s birthday!  I thank you all for reading and commenting, and many thanks for trying out my patterns and drafts.

I’ve been feeding this blog weekly for the past two years, usually on Mondays but sometimes it’s Tuesdays and occasionally Sundays.  I enjoy it; it’s like writing a little magazine article every week.

I found blogging a definite learning curve at the start but I’ve gotten quicker and more familiar with it.  I was worried that I wouldn’t have anything to write about but so far ideas have come along.

Here are some things I’ve learnt over the past two years:

  • Most computer-y questions can be answered by digging around on Google.


  • An easy approach to a blog post is to take some photos and then write about them.  I try and remember this if I fear getting stuck.


  • I like dot points!


  • Of the many photos taken to produce a good one, often the best one is either the first or last taken.  Who knows why this is?  Me-Made-May last year improved my photography.  I still find photographing myself difficult, but some make up, a smile and a good posture go a long way.


  • Interesting: didn’t realise how thin I was until I saw photos of myself (I don’t feel thin by the way, I just feel like me).  In particular photos of my hands look very thin and bony, but only in photos not in the flesh.  Weird, isn’t it?  I also didn’t realise how good/bad some clothes looked on me until I saw photographs, but I never noticed in the mirror.


  • The best writing “exercise” (so I’ve found) is keeping a daily paper-and-pen diary.  With daily writing practice I find it easier to get in the Zone when I want to write.  I write half an A4 page a night before I go to bed, just about the day’s activities.  These diaries are insanely boring to read; a typical days entry lists the chores I’ve done, notes on the weather and how tired I feel by the end of the day.  However, it’s the process that’s important.


In new news, I am now able to post photos to Instagram (not an easy thing for a non-mobile phone owner).  Take a look here.



  1. Chiggy Schiller on February 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations for the 2nd birthday of your blog! I should take a leaf out of your book how to prepare your posting and improve my writing skills. Your photographic skill is wonderful and I am looking forward to reading your coming blogs!


    • lizhaywood on February 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      High praise and kind words from someone whose work I very much admire! Many thanks Chiggy.

  2. Viv Lamshed on February 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Well done Liz. I check your blog regularly. I feel like a mother hen. I see how your creativity has progressed from the serious little girl dressing Barbie dolls in all types of fabric and tissue paper to the lovely young woman so determined to share your knowledge and love of textiles

    • lizhaywood on February 26, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Viv, your interest and encouragement over the years has a special place in my memory.

  3. Lisa Koo on February 26, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Great blog, Liz! I enjoy seeing what you’re up to. I like your sense of humour, too!

    • lizhaywood on February 27, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Cheers, Lisa!

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