Thursday, 24 May 2012

In the last four years

I've...



...discovered a truly fabulous and talented group of fellow crafters (notebook with vintage linens by Val, quilt by Thriftyhousehold)



...found a place where it's OK to do handmade show and tell



...had a baby, who will be going to school very soon (yikes)



...learnt to use silver clay - and then to enamel it



...grown passionate about photography



...realised that having a jumbly, self seeded, messy-ish garden is a good thing



...swapped workspaces with the Mr



...had a tutorial published...but mostly had a massive amount of FUN.

It's been busy - and wonderful, but the very best thing about blogging is the support, encouragement and particularly the friendship to be found both online and in real life. It's spurred me on, it's quashed self doubt, it's made me laugh, it's provided a window to the outside world on the toughest of days when my little ones were tiny and it's given me confidence I didn't have before. It made me realise that leaving my previous scientific job was a good thing to have done after all. I wanted to find a a way to say thankyou. I thought of an etsy shop discount - not quite right. I had an urge to send a thankyou parcel to every reader - not possible. Instead I made a necklace for each of the four years I've been blogging. They're in the second photo down. The seasidey one has a little silver pebble. The button-ish one has a little silver button. I'll be giving them away in the traditional way (just tell me which one you prefer). Starting a blog is one of the best things I've done. Thankyou so much xxx



(oh and HUGE thanks for all the cake, both real and virtual) x

Many thanks for all the lovely comments. Giveaway now closed.

93 comments:

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

Good gracious, what a generous giveaway. It has been a delight to read your blog, and a pleasure to 'meet' you. Congrats on an impressive four.years. Were I to be lucky enough to win, I would love the key necklace! Laura xx

julie said...

Emma, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you - first through the blog and then in real life. It's been lovely too to see your work evolve and I will be eagerly following all the exciting creative things that will be a part of your future. Congratulations on your anniversary x

Ali said...

That shot of your work-hut is just amazing. Hard to think of a place where it'd be more fun to spend time. And congratulations on the four years of blogging! Am looking forward to Kew enormously.

Down by the sea said...

What an amazing 4 years you have had and what achievements!you have had! Having read blogs for a number of years,I never realised how I have got so much out of a writing a blog too. I started in December and made some good friends through your Making Winter project, so thank you.
If I was lucky enough to win your giveaway it would have to be the seasidey one!
Sarah x

Not So Granny said...

We've enjoyed the ups and ups (and the odd little down) with you. I'm so glad that you got me blogging, my life has changed so profoundly because of your influence.
(I love the 2nd necklace if I were to be lucky enough to win)

The List Writer said...

As well as getting all the wonderful things out of my blog that you get out of yours, I also think one of the best things about blogging is reading other people's - and yours is one of the loveliest! I love all those gorgeous necklaces, but the key one is my favourite.

N x

millefeuilles said...

It is thanks to inspiring people like yourself, Emma that I started my blog almost a year ago. So, three cheers to your leap of faith a few years ago and here's wishing you much joy and success in your beautiful business.

Stephanie

Julie said...

Sounds like it has been a good four years! Blogging is fun isn't it? Very kind of you to do such a lovely give-away. The necklaces are all gorgeous but I especially like the seasidey silver pebble one. Juliex

Criossa said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I am new to blogging but already have made some wonderful friends. If I were to win....honestly I would like to just be surprised by which ever one you sent me. (I am easy to please) They are all so wonderful I would wear any of them with pride.

itsjustperi said...

4 years goes by so fast doesn't it, scarily so but I think in that time you have achieved quite a lot and I love the self seeded garden. My favourite is the shell necklace but they are all beautiful. Lisa x

French Knots said...

Blogging is wonderful isn't it, connecting with like minded people and being inspired by their amazing creativity.....why yes I am talking about you xx

www.daisyley.co.uk said...

Four years - wow - congratulations. I enjoy your blog so much. I think it's perfect - gorgeous photos, informative posts on your work but never ever showing off and a lovely bright feel about it. You've got it just right. Beautiful.

{Love the pebble one} x

Su said...

Congratulations on your 4 years! I love the button necklace and the seasidey one, but if I were to win I'd happily wear any of them as they are all delightful!

Twiggy said...

Thank you Emma, it has been lovely reading about your little pebbles and looking at your beautiful work.
I love the seasidey necklace - so pretty.
Carry on with your good work :)
Twiggy x
PS I can't believe baby pebble is going to school soon - how time flies !!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations on such perseverance amid such changes!

Pink Milk said...

Can I just say, that photo of your teeny little girl on the mahoosive gate is one of the most charming I've seen - it's a total heartstring tugger. Do please consider framing it?

Many congrats on your four years. Blogging is a funny old business - it gets under your skin doesn't it?

I should love to go into your hat please - if I had to choose I think perhaps the seaside necklace. It's so pretty.

Your blog is a joy so I selfishly hope you continue for at least another four years ...

Heather x

pebbledash said...

Well done, Emma! It's always a treat to drop by here....and it's been lovely seeing your ork evolve. I love the little pebble necklace (not surprising really!)
Diana
xox

Sue said...

What a lovely lovely post even without the wonderful giveaway. Such beautiful pictures. I'm learning to love my jumbly self-seeded garden too.

My favourite necklace is the seasidey one with the silver pebble.

Thankyou for your inspiring blog Emma.

Sue x

Amanda said...

Hello Emma
I'm a newish follower and I am back again. You blog is gorgeous,so bright. I have never heard of silver clay before but those are some really nice and original makes you have there. Your gardens great too ...wild definitely wild.

Amanda :-)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

It's always a pleasure to drop into your world Emma. :)
Congrats on your anniversary.
And if I was so fortunate to win one of your beautiful necklaces, I would so love the second one.
Have a lovely weekend,
Vivienne x

Amanda said...

Oh dear Emma I forgot
Please count me in for your giveaway and I'd really like either ne of your necklaces they are both beautiful

Amanda :-)

Gina said...

Happy forth blogging birthday Emma. It's always a pleasure to visit here. The necklace with the key is so precious!

alice c said...

I am so proud of all my blogging friends and everything that they have achieved over the years. Between us we have created a community that supports and encourages. You have been central to that with your Make Winter challenges and your inspirational creativity. Your effervescent personality makes your blog a happy place to be but you are not afraid to be honest too - we love you for it and are so grateful that you find the time to share it all with us.

quinn said...

Through your blog posts I feel that I've had glimpses of your evolution as an artist, and it's been a pleasure to be along for a bit of the journey. Congrats on your 4-year blogiversary! And while all four necklaces have that special, silverpebble charm, my favorite is the one with a silver pebble :)

tess said...

happy bloggy birthday Emma, your cake looks delicious! has to be the silverpebble that's my fave... hope there'll soon be some like that in my fave gallery!!!! see you at Kew x

nimble fingers and steady eyebrows said...

Four years is amazing. Congratulations to you. I always enjoying popping over here and seeing the lovely things you make as well as a sneaky peep into your life. I am still kicking myself for not buying that beautiful sewing necklace you made. Too slow! I love the buttons necklace what a fab giveaway. - Annie

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Emma, I can't imagine you would be so generous to gift one of your lovely pieces of jewelry. You really have had a fun, interesting, productive and mommy four years. All your dedication has proved to be so worthwhile! Especially your sweet little girl!
If I would be lucky enough to win, I would LOVE the button necklace.....I love buttons!
Thank you for this opportunity, so much fun to be a part of! xoRobin❤

Penny said...

Congratulations on all you have achieved over four years, I love following your blog.
Should I be chosen I love the first necklace,

Penelope said...

Hi Emma
I love a self seeded garden, I think it's more natural and less contained, like a meadow of beautiful flowers. This is an incredibly generous give away and if I was to be fortunate to win I would love the silver pebble necklace. Your work is stunning and I do hope you carry on with all your beautiful posts xox Penelope

pushkasmarbles said...

Your blog has been an inspiration.. Thanks for the slice of virtual cake and I wish you well in all you do! As I am a "Keys" by name the key necklace would be delightful if I win. Ruth

by Teresa said...

Emma, I love your blog because I can so relate to the things you do. If I win I would like either the button or seaside one. I think I need to do a giveaway soon. I think I'll do a watercolor for it.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betty said...

This is a lovely post. Congratulations on all your achievements, especially the jewellery making - I would love to win your beautiful necklace with the silver pebble and seashell. You may not realise that your success and progress is motivational, evidenced by your large following! so you are spreading good karma - thanks! Here's to the next 4 years (virtual glass of champagne). Betty

kristina said...

Thank you for sharing with all of us! It's been so lovely to meet you first through the blog and then in person. Congratulations on four years of blogging! K x

Julie said...

Four years already? I can't believe it! Your blog has been a delight with news of your (not so) tinies and your lovely garden not to mention your beautiful jewellery. It was lovely to meet you that day in Ely too. The necklaces are all beautiful so Iwould leave the choice to you. I hope your little one enjoys school when the time comes :-) Happy Blogging!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on four years, that's quite impressive! I only recently found your blog and went through all the posts - it's so inspiring! I'm itching to try silver clay now! If I were lucky enough to win I'd love the 2nd necklace across!

styleever said...

Congratulations on your 4 years!!!!
I love the button necklace and the seasidey necklace.......

Very Nice Blog!!!1

Designer Jewellery for Girls

Emma said...

I love your blog so much. You are truly talented! I hope that in 4 years time I'm as happy as you are and made the right decision about my crafts.
I would love the button one if I won. X

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a fabulous giveaway. And four years, congratulations! May the next four be as rewarding x

I know just what you mean about the way the world opens up when you start blogging. I have made so many new friends, a handful of whom I've met and am getting to know in person, since starting knitsofacto just over a year ago. And my virtual acquaintance is now huge and enriches my life daily. So thank you for sharing slices of your life ... you live in a part of the country I long to relocate to (is that Dunwich in your beach photo, those boats look familiar) ... the Fens and then the Suffolk Coast have to be among my favourite places on this planet.

Buttonish for me please, were I to be lucky enough to win :D

dragonfly said...

Emma, what more can I say that we haven't said already? I'm so glad you blog and I'm so glad to know you in real life too. Here's to many more years of blogging, creativity and friendship.
Oh, and I dream of a messy self-seeded garden.

Rachelle said...

What a lovely idea. I hadn't realised that you came from a science background. Congratulations on the four years. My little one is off to school in september too.

harmony and rosie said...

Four years, wow you have come such a long way and achieved so much. Congrats to you!!
What a lovely giveaway, I love the two middle ones the best, but they are all beautiful.
Happy weekend
Kate xox

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful post, Emma. I have loved seeing your lovely work evolve too, and enjoy wearing your jewelry. Your giveaway is delightful...if I were lucky enough to win I would choose the buttons necklace.....I have rather a craze on your button necklaces now!
Congratulations on your four years blogging...what a lot you have achieved in that time.
Helen x

Magic Cochin said...

Happy four years of blogging!!!

What an adventure :-)


And it's been lovely to share along the way... especially the wildflower geekery!

Celia
xx

I love the buttons the best.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary - the window you offer into your world is charming and refreshing - always a pleasure to read! If I were lucky enough any of your necklaces would be a pleasure to wear!
penny

Iz said...

Congratulations! Your little silver necklaces are all beautiful, but I think my favourite would be the seaside one...If you think the first years go quickly...I can't believe my Girl is going to Big School in September!

Anonymous said...

Happy Four Years. They are both beautiful but the 'seasidey' one is so sweet. Helen

Dinki Dots said...

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! Your necklaces are all so pretty, it's been hard choosing... but if I were to win I'd go for the 2nd necklace I think.

Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize!
Maria x

Nikki Pierce said...

I love the button necklace! Love your blog, you are so talented!

bw
Nikki P

Alix said...

I've only recently stumbled across your blog and I have to say that I have found it simply beautiful! You are clearly very talented at the photography and the silver jewellery making but also at writing - I love reading it!

Congratulations on four years and here's to four more please....!

zephyr said...

Oh, Happy, Happy...that's what your blog gives (sorry if that's too sappy.)
thank you for all you share.

Menopausalmusing said...

Four years! Wow! I have loved watching your littlies grow and of course loved seeing your garden - my kind of garden. Your necklaces are all lovely, but my favourite is the one with the key.

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Blogiversary Sweet Emma! I do so love those buttons!

Sewing In CT said...

How sweet! you are a lovely and talented person. They are all beautiful! I like the 2nd one with the sparkly bits.

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Happy Anniversary! Your jewelery is so lovely, and so is your blog. What a lovely journal of the past four years of your life! Thanks for sharing.

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Such a beautiful blog! I have just discovered you via Helen Phillips. I think I'm your newest follower. I've only just started blogging and I love it, such a lovely community! I would love to enter your gorgeous giveaway if I could, the key necklace is stunning!
Victoria xx

Teje said...

Hi Emma! I'm so happy that Helen told about you and I found you again (I don't know how I have 'lost' your blog)! I love your jewelries with buttons! Thank you so much for sharing - if i would be lucky one to win, after difficult choise I would love to get seaside necklace! Now I'm on my way to read all your posts i have missed and visit your etsy shop!
xxx Teje

Gill said...

Congratulations Emma!
Count me in to your fabulous giveaway please! I love the middle 2 necklaces best!

farfromharmfarm said...

what a generous giveaway. congratulations on a great 4 years. i was so happy to find you for making winter, what a difference that made! your garden is gorgeous, as is your work space. if i was lucky enough to win one of your pieces i'd probably choose the seaside stone piece. that seems very special to me.

Lisa said...

Ive just found your blog & it will definitely be one that I will continue to visit. Your work is beautiful & so are your photos. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! I would be extremely happy with any of the necklaces, they are all beautiful.xx

Jo said...

I love your blog and such a generous giveaway is just the cherry on top! If I were to win, I'd LOVE the key necklace! Jo x

Alessandra said...

All beautiful!!! It's the first time I visit you and I really liked it!! As a geologist, I think the best necklace is the third one, because of Mother Nature gifts!!!
thank you, xxxx Alessandra

Catherine said...

What a generous giveaway! Congratulations on four years blogging. I'd feel honoured to receive any of your beautiful necklaces, but my favourite has to be the beachy one with the silver pebble :)

DianeM said...

Good Morning :) Please enter me for a chance to win one of your gorgeous necklaces - how sweet & generous of you :) If I were to win I would chose the seaside inspired necklace in remembrance of my family's trips to Cape Cod Massachusetts. I am fairly new to your blog & am enjoying looking through all your older posts & pics. I love the latest pic of your cute dd on the fence - so sweet :)
You make amazing projects!
Smiles, DianeM

Attic24 said...

Emma, your work is exquisite, completely captivating in it's simplicity and charm. I LOVE everything you do. How naughty of you to force us to choose a favourite, extremely difficult!
If I were pushed hard, I would choose the ultra sweet seaside necklace with the beautiful silver pebble, cos I am a coast-girl through and through. But oh the buttons.....nope, it'll have to be the seaside.
I would be over the moon to be entered into your giveaway, and i echo so many of your thoughts re blogging for four years. How wonderful it all is, and how lucky we are to be a part of it.
Much love
Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amanda said...

I've just discovered your lovely blog! My fav necklace has to be the one with a silver pebble on it - I love everything to do with the seaside!

Locket Pocket said...

Well Emma, you already know how delighted I am to have you as a bloggy and a real-life friend and your posts are always inspiring or amusing (thinking of the fossilised snake here) or thought provoking and I love them and you! And I also seriously love that top photo of Val's gorgeous notebook and Thrifty's quilt - beautiful! Locket xxx

Barbie said...

I really enjoy your blog and seeing your photos and hope very much to be able to attend one of your workshops before too long. If lucky enough to win then all four necklaces are lovely but the second one with the pearls and little stones contains all my favourite colours. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration, Barbie

Adele said...

I thoroughly enjoy your blog and your jewellery is both delicate and delightful: I would love the seaside one please if chosen. Here's to another 4 years.

Sue Johnson said...

I have just recently discovered your blog and it is lovely. Congratulations. Sue J., Victoria, Australia.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Emma,
I have just found your blog after reading Helen's post. Your work is really lovely. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging....this is such a happy and inspiring post to read and beautiful photos too!
I would love to be included in your very generous Giveaway...all your necklaces are beautiful. If I was lucky enough to win (and had to choose!) could it be the silver pebble necklace?
Hope you are having a lovely week,
Susan x

The Foggy Knitter said...

Can I just say that I love your garden, that's just the sort of garden I want to have myself one day, happy blogaversary.

Rachel said...

By the way - there's an award waiting for you over at my blog!

Kay said...

Congratulations!! I don't have a blog myself, but I do love to read other people's blogs. I find looking at others is so inspiring.I hav ealso found lots of things I would love to try. The photo of your little girl is beautiful, they grow up so quickly, a cliche I know but still true. I would be happy with any of your necklaces, but my favourite is the 2nd one along.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Andrea said...

Congratulations on blogging for 4 years, I am inspired by your creations and really want to make something myself. I would love to be lucky enough to win the seasidey necklace.
Andrea x

crafts@home said...

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging, What a wonderfully generous giveaway to celebrate. I would love the key necklace myself, although I have spent a few days deciding, as they are all so wonderful :)
Sue Xxx

Mia said...

Congratulations!

I just found my way to here via Helen Phillips, and I have a pleasure to dig into your four wonderful years now as I'm new! It looks beautiful here, I'm off to see more of your posts now...

Have a wonderful week and many happy greetings from Finland!

Yours,
Mia

Linda said...

Just found your blog via Helen Phillips. Your Giveaway looks fabulous. All the necklaces are so pretty but if I was lucky enough to win the second one from the left is my real Favourite. Keep up the excellent work.
Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com

Poshyarns said...

Happy Blogaversary, four years is such an achievement, I have loved seeing your posts pop into my Reader and completely agree with you enthusiasm for all that blogging can bring to life.

sarah said...

I am new to your blog, but am lifted by reading it. Thanks. If lucky enough, the seasie necklace would be my choice, bbeautifullll.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I just found your blog via Rachel's - I'll definitely stick around for the next four years :)

Lululoves said...

Congratulations on your achievements during the last 4 years, I've only been blogging a year but already I've found it's added to my life in so many ways.

I hope the following years will be just as lovely for you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Key necklace :) Emma x

SuesRealKitchen said...

Lovely jewellery, beautiful and sensitive. Same goes for your writing. As I said in my tweet t'other day, your comments really touched a chord. I would treasure any of the necklaces...really my sort of thing, I don't gravitate towards big and bold, have always gone for delicate pieces. Your work will definitely be on my birthday wish list! Congratulations on 4 years. x Sue Riley

just Jo said...

Congratulations on your blog and your business!
I love the seaside necklace...

Here's to the next 4 years!

Best wishes.

addiebabe said...

Only recently met you on twitter through fellow knitters, but it's really a pleasure! love your jewellry and your garden!

Congratulations on reaching your gour year anniversary and wishing you many more to come!

Addie x

Cottage Garden said...

Emma, its been an absolute joy sharing your creative journey with you. I hope to see you at your Open Studio in July and of course if I'm lucky enough to win, my favourite necklace is the seasidey piece - to remind me of when we met at a craft fair in Norfolk a couple of years back.

Jeanne
xx

Jackie said...

Emma I'm really not here to win the giveawy so don't enter as I already have a gorgeous piece of yours an dit wouldn't be fair. However I do want to say many congratulations on four years of your delightful blog. I too have relished the real and virtual cake and your garden is my dream. (My seeds are selfish and won't chuck themselves around if they do they huff and shrivel) I have also relished the friendship.
Much love
x

Calico Kate said...

Well I just have to come on here and have a squeeeaaakk!!! Just seen you in this months Country Living Mag! What a way to celebrate four lovely years of blogging. Quite coincidentally I had spent a lovely half an hour reading and catching up with you doings (and to see if there was any sign of Mrs TH) just yesterday although I hadn't wanted to leave a message as I thought it might look like I was only doing so because of the giveaway. I have been 'away' being caught up in house renovating and then moving in to it then a trip to hospital leaving me decidedly grumpy and not much like socialising. But I did want to say that a. your blog is lovely, a joy to read and has been since your wordpress days, and b. how excited I was to see you in CL as being someone I 'know', absolutely brilliant! Well done and keep on at it and blogging about it!
CKx

Down by the sea said...

Emma,
I have just received my Country Living Magazine in the post and I have seen the wonderful article about you. I did wonder when you mentioned that someone had been around to visit your shed whether it could have been Country Living magazine.
Congratulations!
Sarah

Toffeeapple said...

Just reading about you in Country Living, so excited! It all looks marvellous!

galant said...

Just seen the piece about you in the latest Country Living - it's a super feature, very well done to all concerned!
Margaret P

Clare from Leeds said...

Oh, I really love your button. It reminds me of my Granny's button box that I used to play with when we visited. And my Grandpa, who, during hard times in the 30s/40s, worked as a button salesman, even making his own geometric designs (and I've still got some of them.
Congratulations on all your achievements - we often don't realise exactly what we've done till you put it together like that.

Poppy said...

Congratulations on 4 years blogging! And thank you to you for your lovely posts.
Stunning pictures!
Lou xxx

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