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Taking Time Out to Say Thank You
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 05/30/2013 - 19:18
Don't you love these sweet little Danish woven hearts - made just especially to introduce a little break in "regular programming" - a time set aside to recognize and appreciate bloggers, and others I have met on line, who have enriched and informed my crafty life during the past year.
(The little hearts BTW were made using paper designed by Mel Stampz and can be downloaded here: http://melstampz.blogspot.ca/2013/02/love-graphics-free-printabledigital.html)
In the past, this special time to say "thank you" has happened in February - around Valentines Day! But last year my body made it painfully clear to me that I can not bake and deliver 2500 cookies AND at the same time write blog posts every day - especially heartfelt blog posts about people I appreciate.
It was quite a shock to find out I am not superwoman after all! It took almost a month to recover. So this year - a little smarter and wiser - I have moved this series to June and am changing the format a bit. Short and sweet!
Being a part of the crafty online community - mostly in the blogisphere and on Flickr - has been satisfying, exciting, inspiring, nurturing and has brought me into contact with lovely, talented, generous women across the continent and throughout the world whom I would otherwise never have met.
I will admit - I deeply miss the on line crafty community as it was when I joined it almost 5 years ago. So much has changed in such a short time hasn't it? But I suppose, like everything digital, it was destined to evolve - at the speed of light!
"Sigh" or "Aargh" - take your pick!
And yet, what is amazing to me is that most all of the lovely people I met during my first year as a blogger have remained a part of what I like to refer to as my "crafty family". Of course those initial relationships have changed too - some of the first bloggers I met I now consider good friends, some have even been adopted as daughters, and some who have given up blogging or are only blogging intermittently still keep in touch. Sadly, a few have completely disappeared from the blogisphere.
Each new year, a few more special people find their way to my blog or I to theirs and through their friendship and willingness to share their own creative genius have become very important members of my "crafty family".
And thanks to bloggers willing to share their knowledge and skills, I have learned to knit, crochet amigurumi and Tunisian style, wet felt, needle felt, expand my knowledge of embroidery stitches, make soft toys, make simple figures from freah corn husks and discover the crafty possibilities of cereal box cardboard! There's more - but this is enough for now!!!
And so, although I am hopeful that the content I share here on Gingerbreadsnowflakes gives back to this lovely community from which I have gained so much , it is important to me to take the time to say thank you - especially to those who have enriched both my personal and on line craft experience during this past year.
And over the next 10 days, beginning tomorrow, I will be doing exactly that - saying thank you and sharing a creative and generous group of individuals who devote a significant part of their treasure of time to increasing our knowledge and inspiring our creative muses.