Thursday, July 16, 2009

300th post... with thanks (and a giveaway).


Last night I was lucky enough to have been invited to a wonderful blogmeet organised by Lara. Great Thai food and warm conversation with like-minded souls and friends. I gabbled on about how wonderful blogging has been for me - the connections and friendships forged with wonderful people around the world - and very much in my own hometown (and it seems, particularly in the Northern suburbs of my home town!). I meant every word of it.

And so... on my 300th post (!!) I'd like to thank you for reading, for commenting, and for making me feel like what I do is worthwhile. I'd also like to thank you for your creativity and the inspiration you share with us all. The generosity of the craft-blogging community never ceases to astound me - and it warms my heart.

... and of course you want to know what the giveaway is.

I've mentioned secret patterns, mad deadline-bound writing, half-finished projects. This is one of them.... nearly finished. The finished Spec Case kit should be ready within two weeks.

If you'd like to win a kit hot off the press, leave a comment here with a short introduction to what your blog is about... sewing, crochet, family, food etc. Think of it as an opportunity to connect with a few more bloggers - introduce yourself to new friends at a virtual blogmeet! If you don't have a blog, you can write about the types of things you like to read about on blogs.

I'll random-number thingamy it when the kit is finished and ready for sale.

126 comments:

Megs said...

Hi Nikki! Congrats on your 300th post. I myself am a real newbie at blogging, but I absolutely love it and my blog following list is getting longer and longer everyday - how will I fit time to do anything else!! But I find it all so inspirational and want to try everything I see. My blog is about me and my family and my crafting - which currently consists of my "Womb with a View" Baby Cocoons, but I am about to start some quilting and button making which I am very excited about. I would love to connect with others like you have been lucky enough to do, I have recently moved to Adelaide and feel a bit isolated down here so I am hoping there are some Adelaidian Bloggers out there! Anyway, great job again and come visit my blog!
Megs x

Brooke said...

I blog a bit about garment sewing, a bit about quilting, a bit about vintage shoes, a bit about swing dancing, and a bit about my cats. Whatever I happen to be doing that day. :-)

RosaMaría said...

wow!! Congrats for the 300th post!! i'm from México and i'n new in blogland, but my blog is about a bit of my life: family, my dogs, quilting, cooking and sewing (i'm new in quilting and sewing too!). I love your blog and the things you do! thanks for sharing!!!

~k said...

WOW 300 posts!!! I don't have a blog but I do love reading about other people's processes and about their work-life balance, it keeps me motivated to create and also keeps my life in perspective. Thanks for letting us all in to see a bit of your world! :)

Debbie Pearson said...

Hi Nikki. I'm Debbie from Kansas. I love sewing, gardening and photography. Heck I just love to create no matter what the medium. You can see lots of my garden photography at http://www.debpearson.blogs.com and about sewing and crafts at http://www.creativechics.com/cchicsblog. I love the little purse and so hope I win. Thank you for always sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!

tiffany said...

What an adorable case!

My blog is about me living my most happy life and trying to help other people live their most happy lives too. For me, it involves a lot of laughing, cooking, crafting and loving!

Heather said...

I LOVE craft blogs, I get so many ideas and learn so much from them. I do have my own blog now, finally, but for now it's more of a family journal than a craft blog but I'm thinking about starting one of those too...

Lynn Osborne said...

Congratulations on the blogoversary! I don't have a blog but follow LOTS that are mostly about sewing, quilting, and projects of all sorts.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Just Susan said...

Hi Nikki,
Congrats! My blog is a sort of diary of the things I make, plus a little look into all the things in my life which bring me joy and contentment. The fact that I haven't posted for a while does not mean I haven't made anything or had any joy, just that I have been really busy with those things and any spare time was spent lurking. ~Susan

Harley Dee said...

Congrats on 300 posts!! :) My blog is a big 'ol mish mash, because I do so much. So there's a little bit of sewing, some baking, scrapbooking every now and then, and lots of LOLcats :)

méri said...

Hi Nikki!
Congratulations for the 300th post!
I live in Porto, Portugal. I'm grandmother (=avó in Portuguese) of the two most beautiful little girls in the world :) (yours is the third :))
My blog is about all kind of things I make with needles and threads. Sometimes I write about daily life!
And I write in (bad) English too!
Take a look - hope you understand my English...

Nanoo Designs said...

I recently starting reading your blog and enjoy it very much. I am a children's clothing pattern designer and blog mainly about what I'm sewing, my business, customer creations and a few other things that interest me. It's been fun meeting so many through blogs and email. Congratulations on your 300th post.

Sarah said...

My blog is mostly about my son & it's a shameless excuse for posting pictures of him every chance I get. Lately it's turning into more of my crafting blog - lots of my recent projects.

Esther said...

300 posts!! wonderful and the glasses case is fantastic. I actually have several blogs, one is mainly crafts, such as sewing a bit of miniature making as well as photos and digital scrapbooking. Then I have one for all my gluten free cooking and the third as a record of how our allotment (rented veg garden) is going.

Pinktulip said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! I recently celebrated my 100th post, so still a way to go for me! I want to thank you for posting so often, and interestingly, on your blog. I read your blog almost daily and especially enjoy your outings with the wee girl, your last-minute clothes sewing and best of all, I love reading about your blogger dinners, lunches and weekends away. I feel rather alone here in South Africa with no blogger friends that sew. I recently met two ladies from Cape Town that blog, but they knit and crochet only. Oh yes, I am supposed to talk about my blog! My blog is http://pinktulipza.blogspot.com and I blog about my sewing and other crafty adventures. My first love is sewing handbags, which is how I found you and ordered some of your patterns. I also dabble in crochet and felting a bit - bags again! I do sew clothes, blankets, cushions and whatever else takes my fancy to avoid hitting 500 handbags! (Where will I keep them?!) I also read Lara's blog regularly and wish I could be when you ladies meet. Maybe one day...In the meantime I "visit" you as often as I can and feel I "know" you. (I am not a stalker!) Here's to the next 100 posts on YouSewGirl!

karin said...

300 posts. Wow. Congratulations! I started a blog a little while ago and 300 seems like a long time from now for me. On the other hand, I find that blogging can get rather addicting, especially with all those wonderful blogpeople in the world. I love reading and writing about sewing, crafting in general, family-life and beautiful photography.

I hope you'll ad another 300 posts and more to your wonderful blog!

asimplestitch said...

Love the case! And congrats on 300 posts. I started a blog a while ago, and then sort of let it slide, and then started a new one, about all things sewing, some things life, and whatever else seems to occupy me at any given moment (though it's mostly sewing!).

Tina ♥ said...

Hi there, congrats on 300 posts! Just discovered your blog and it's lovely! I blog about home life, knitting and anything else that springs to mind!

love, Tina xx

freda marie said...

Hi Nikki,

Your blog is so informative, inspiring and a hi-lite of the day. I love the items you make. My blog site is about sewing, embroidery, and reflections on life. I love writing and gardening also and look for opportunities to share those elements. Blog site is www.creativechics.com/fredamarie/ would love to have you drop by. Love the new eye shades pouch!

Alissa said...

Congrats on 300 posts! I don't have a blog, but I love reading sewing blogs. I enjoy reading about people's projects they're working on, things that will help a newbie avoid mistakes or stay inspired to stick with it through the challenges as I learn. Tutorials are always very helpful too!

Kristin L said...

Aloha, I'm Kristin in Hawai'i (though I am formerly of Germany and originally from California). My blog bounces between my journey as an artist, my love for crafting, and a healthy dose of travelogue. I have a Mailleau designed bag pattern that taunts me every day I don't get started on it. In the mean time, congrats on your 300th post and keep up the beautiful work!

Chloe Patricia said...

Hello Nikki,
Congratulations on the 300th post! My name is Chloe Patricia from Japan and I have started reading your blog recently. I find it very inspiring.
I am a Japanese silk stitched thimble maker and half of my blog is about the thimbles. I also post a few tutorials on making these silk beauties, too.
Virtual blogmeet is a great idea. I am going to visit everyone's blog now. Have a good day. Chloe Patricia

Joyce in NC said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! I don't have a blog, but I love reading sewing and craft blogs. I read the blogs daily. I use the blogs for new items, sewing techniques, inspiration, and information. Your tutorials are great.

gret said...

Congratulations Nikki. I enjoy reading your blog and your helpful tips. I have a blog about crafty things - sewing mainly and anything beautiful. Thanks for a very generous giveaway!

Handmade said...

Hi Nikki - Happy 300th - you don't look a bit over 280! Thankyou for your blog - my absolute favourite - thankyou for blogging frequently - don't know how you do it! Thankyou for sharing hints and tips, thanks for making fab bag patterns.

I am relatively new to blogging - I blog about sewing - whatever I'm sewing at that point in time. I teach sewing both in a high school and in my home based studio - and I just so happen to stock and teach Nicole's Patterns! I read blogs from all over the world - I'm not aware of other sewing bloggers in my area (Newcastle, NSW, Australia) but if you're out there let me know. I think that the sharing component on blogging is very powerful - I wonder if the "industry" is aware of the power of sewing blogs - especially the commercial pattern makers...? Great stuff! Cool spec case!

bubbachenille said...

Hello Nikki, Congrats on your 300th posts, what an achievement!

I have just passed 100 myself and it's been a real learning curve and alot of fun! I make things from pre loved chenille bedspreads including childrens clothes and heat packs and I go to some selected markets.
I absolutelt love your purses and bags.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Whooo hoooo! 300 posts!!! You prolific gal you! Congrats. Love the new pattern. Just what I need for my girly goggles that I wear every day.

My blog - Silly Gilly - is full of lots of sewing, cooking, family life, op shopping and vintage finds. I also post there about the new items that I have in my store, Silly Gilly. But of course Nikki, you knew all that! Hi to anyone who hasn't read my blog yet. Come on over!!

jojoebi said...

I could have done with the clases case cover last Christmas, that is what my mom 'ordered' having never made one before, I kinda bodged it along :o)

My blog is a mix of my sewing/crafting, my son and our Montessori journey and random posts about living in Japan.

I have enjoyed your blog for a good while now, keep it up :o)

Lauren said...

I love seeing photos of inspirational projects, be they purses, quilts, kids' clothes, whatever. Unfortunately, I'm a looker rather than a doer, but have a huge collection of fabrics, kits etc for one day. Your blog is one I check daily - and I have one of your purse kits waiting to be made up. Maybe today...?

Yana said...

Congratulations on the 300th post! New creation looks lovely.

I love reading blogs about all things craft and creative spaces. I mostly blog about things I make, inspiring things from the internet, and anything else I feel like blogging about. :)

sewfunky said...

Congratulations on 300 posts! I've no idea how many posts I've made on mine... may have to take a lookie see!

My blog is all about craft, my family, things I love, knitting, sewing etc. I've been blogging for around 18 months and thoroughly enjoy it.

D.

Vireya said...

Congratulations, Nikki.

I'm part of a team blog from the northern suburbs of that very same home town. The blog is about quilters at the Sussex Neighbourhood House in Coburg. I do a report each time we meet (2 or 3 times a month), plus there are occasional extra posts by me or one of the other team members about something related to quilting at the house.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Congrats on 300 posts Nikki! we always love to stop by to see what you have been up to and what is hip and happening in bag design!

I colloborate on a blog with my 12 year old daughter where we share our sewing, crafting, and baking adventures!

Melanie said...

Congratulations on 300 Nikki! It was a wonderful dinner the other night. (Mmmm, Thai food...!) I'm still dancing over the fact that the babe slept so well for me :)
My blog is sugarlemon, and it's so-called because I decided it was not just a stitching/craft blog, but more of an *everything* blog. I can't keep focused on one thing, and my blog reflects that - it's life/kids/craft, some sweet, some sour. I am a terribly infrequent blogger though; I admire those of you who manage to write interesting posts on a more regular basis.

v8grrl said...

Yo Nikki...your so your so fine you blow my mind hey Nikki...(like you haven't heard that before)

anyways, My blog "Two Smart Girls One Fab Post" is a blog I started to secretly write all my fears and triumphs down so as not to bother friends and family was my non stop diatribes...it talks about my career change at 38, or lack of career, going back to school to be a nurse...starting from the bottom up...all the funny stuff I encounter on the way, family juggling, schedule changes, sewing, knitting and everything I can fit in in between...

I have discovered that people relate...
moms relate...men relate...I'm not perfect...I'm real

xox
v8grrl

Marg M said...

I love reading blogs and seeing whats new out there in blogland. Great glasses case and i love your bags

Columbia Lily said...

Hey there Nikki!! I blog about sewing...lots of bags and such. I also like photography, although I try to stay focused on the crafty stuff. Love your work!!

http://columbialily.blogspot.com

Sew4Fun said...

Love the glasses case! I was only thinking yesterday how I need one and here you are with a pattern. Great idea and congrats on the 300the post! //Belinda

Fiona @ Feebeez said...

Hi Nikki,

I discovered your blog when I was searching for Aussie handbag-making supplies and I've been hooked ever since.

I'm quite new to the blogging world. My blog started late last year and I've found so many sources of inspiration since I began. My blog is mostly about my sewing/crafting. I make handbags, clothes, am just starting to do quilting, and bobbin lace (which I need to do more of very soon!)

Congratulations on your 300th post. Your blog keeps me coming back for more.

Fiona

Tania said...

Whoa Mrs! Three hundred you say? That so calls for a celebratory soiree out involving an exotic drink (and a Diet Coke just isn't quite cutting it for me). Well done indeedy. Looking forward to the next three hundred (exhausted just thinking about it?!).

Myrtle and Eunice is a bloglet about the recent discovery of my inner craft and wheedling it in around the anklebiters, the Mr, the real work and the ever-growing, Everest-like mountain of dirty washing. Siggh.

rachelmp said...

Congratulations Nikki! My blog is just about the little things. The happiness in my childrens achievements and my moments of craftiness or a photo or catch up that lights up my day

Lizzie said...

Hi Nikki, I've been reading your blog for a while now, always something interesting to look at. I have two blogs, 'A House in the Country' is about my life, quilting, sewing, grandchildren and anything else I want to ramble on about really. The second 'The Cook' is about my kitchen happenings, cooking, grandchildren cooking (they cook, I don't cook them LOL) and some recipes. That's it really, I love blogging, it's opened up a whole new world of people, places and things.

I love your purses and this new one is lovely, keeping my fingers crossed for this one,
lizzie
XXX

Karen said...

Congrats Nikki - 300 posts - that's amazing.
My blog is my, sometimes random, ramblings about sewing (mostly kids clothing), fabric obsession, sometimes thoughts on being a stay-at-home mum to three small kids (3yo twins and an almost 1yo), as well as bits and pieces about our family life.
That pattern is gorgeous, thanks for the chance to win it.

Katy said...

Happy Birthday to you!!

My blog is about creating - sewing mostly, screenprinting, some crocheting, some drawing... and at the moment alot about my new machine - the Yudu!!

lolliegirl said...

Hi Nikki,

My (poor neglected) blog is mostly sewing related with a few bits of kids/family life thrown in there every now and then.

The glasses case looks great! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

Fer said...

Woohoo, 300 posts!! Well done, it's been such a treat reading your blog too.

I started my blog as a record of my bag making but has since become a journal sewing, knitting, and now the growth of my little family.

You're right, the blogging community is a wonderful place, with so many people to meet and friends to make. I feel very privileged to be a small part of it.

Keep up the great work!

Danielle said...

Hi Nikki-

congrats on your 300th post! That's awesome. I just started my blog this year- it's about quilting, sewing, knitting, whatever I'm working on at the moment. A few snippets of family thrown in for good measure. I am in awe of the crafty blogging community, so inspiring and encouraging. I love being a part of it.

Danielle

Liam's Mummy said...

Hi Nikki, Congratulations on your 300th post. I can't believe its been 300 posts, you know I have read them ALL? I originally started my blog so I could have a record of my sewing. It has ended up being so much more than that. I really had no idea how wonderful and generous people are with their praise, encouragement, free tutorials and giveaways. After subscribing to many blogs I find myself bursting with inspiration to do many things that I had never dreamed of before! Every sewist should have a blog.

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Hi Nikki, Congratulations on your 300th post!- Your bags designs and kits are just ace. I was looking at them yesterday thinking about Christmas gifts for the girls.. My blog "Pippiwillow" is mostly sewing -specifically with felt, needle felting etc. I prefer to work with natural fibres when creating things for kids and babes to play with, that said I am 'making friends' with my sewing machine and thinking about making my own "Nicole Mallalieu" bag. I am also new to blog land and find it simply amazing, encouraging and inspirational. Peta xo

Gina said...

Congratulations and thanks to YOU for your generous spirit in sharing tips and tutorials, as well as making great, well-thought-through patterns. This virtual blogmeet idea is fun too...
clutterpunk is my creative show-and-tell space, a place to document and workshop and celebrate all the new crafty things I'm trying. It's also about my passion for sustainable, creative living - and embracing the chaos of life at home with small children!
Keep up your awesome work Nikki, xx.

Kylie said...

Congratulations on 300 posts Nikki and I am sure that everyone would be patient enough to wait the two weeks until completion!

My blog is about knitting, sewing and a little about family for good measure.

Cath from chunkychooky said...

well done on the 300 posts- thats great!
my blog is about sewing mainly- well that was the idea orgianlly but i treat it at times like a column in a newspaper where I can write about whatever... a bit of a rant, a giggle etc have a look if you like....
http://chunkychooky.blogspot.com/

The Handmaden said...

300 post already?! You're doing better than me.
My blog is about sewing, homeschooling, stuff I make, my family and life in general. I have just posted pics of our new baby, born on Monday!

KathyB said...

Happy 300th Nikki. Luv your ideas and tutes. The new Spec Case looks fab, as does all your patterns and kits.
Cheers Kathy

Robyn said...

Great offer! Thank you for doing this.

My blog is about sewing, knitting, quilting and life in general. I love the chance to share my crafting with others.

Beetlehouse Designs said...

WOW - what a milestone. Congratulations on your 300th post. I'm a sewer myself and a painter, but probably most importantly a Mum which always comes first. So....My blog is about sewing, painting and the joys of my little one's. Thank you for having such a great giveaway.

Micky - Handmade Expo said...

Hi Nikki,

First of all CONGRATS! I have been following your blog for a while and love it... Lets start with saying that I love Handmade... so that is my blog - I follow "Handmadies", do interviews with them, keep you up to date about my handmade purchases etc. If only I was "creative" in a craft way but I think I am creative in helping others be creative with words...

Thanks for the great giveaway - I am looking forward to my 100th post... LOL - not even close to 300.

Micky
xxoo

Tinniegirl said...

I love the glasses case. Can't wait to make some of those. Congrats on 300 posts. I agree with all your thoughts about how wonderful blogging is and how much it has connected me to so many great people.

My blog is an ever evolving telling of my creative story.

Marty said...

Congratulation, Nikki! My blog is a mix, even though it's mrsclaussews, it's about my life. Of course that includes sewing, but also knitting, crochet, travel, grandchildren, cooking, oh my! I'm thinking of starting a second blog totally dedicated to my food allergies and cooking for them. Maybe I can help someone else with multiple allergies. And maybe I can get ideas from others.

Little Munchkins said...

Great giveaway! My blog is mainly about sewing with a bit about my kids thrown in at times.

truj said...

Congrats Nikki - What do I do??? I have been hand-sewing lately but am trying (with not much success) to find more time to reconnect with my machine. I have been slowly purchasing various things and visiting clever people's blogs with the hope of inspiration.

Cathy said...

Nikki, I have always loved reading your blog - congrats on 300!! thanks for all your fantastic tips and tutorials - I totally agree about this whole blogging community.

Loved having dinner and catching up with you the other night - it was a great night.

see you in sydney!

Tia (VintageGrrl) said...

Hey Nikki! I love your designs and can't wait to get my sewing area organised enough to make some of them! (A girl can never have too many accessories).

My blog is Http://i-am.vintagegrrl.net Just a little vanity blog about things I do, including crafts, my family and other things I'm into (like technology).

Will see you at the Sydney Show!

Tia

craftygirlwithruffle said...

I love it Nikki. Great photo.

esther (it means star) said...

Hi Nikki, congrats on your 300th. My blog is only a new one - started this year. I am now pretty addicted to blogging. I love seeing other peoples passions in their blog. My blog is a little bit of everything at the moment. I love art and craft and will give just about everything a go. (Though I cant warm to Folk Art - sorry). Please check out my blog at daleystar.blogspot.com

Leonie Guld said...

Hi Nikki, thanks for the freebie, my blog is about life. My life, my work, creations, family, home, the lot. It is honest and simple. It will make you laugh but sometimes tears will rise in your eyes that just need to fall. Its a real blog, its my own truth, just that and not much more.

Tozz said...

Hi and congrats on 300 posts!! Well done and I love your blog. My blog is mostly to feature what I love most and that is sewing. I love stitcheries, patchwork, quilting, designing and keeping in touch with everyone around the world. I love all craft things and find my life is pretty boring with out it. Thanks for letting me enter your gorgeous giveaway and I love the glasses case. Your designs are just stunning and I love looking at your blog :)

Sandy Gray said...

Congrats on 300! I have a patchwork shop in a remote area of Queensland and started my blog to keep in touch with my even more remote customers. They tell me often how much they enjoy it. It is very unsophisticated, contains photos of new fabrics, new patterns (including yours!)a few recipes and family. I have gained so much from reading other crafty blogs - cannot imagine life without them!

CurlyPops said...

Yippee and congratulation on reaching such a fabulous milestone. Love the glasses case - can't wait for it to be ready so I can make a super spunky case for my Orotons!

Dawn said...

Oh me, me, me please I love all your patterns and I need this one I do pick me. I love all creative bogs and read far too many!!!! hugs Dawn

QuiltingFitzy said...

My blog has gone cold..BUT..my daughter just deployed for the war and I plan to keep her entertained. I spend SO much reading other blogs, and none on my own.

Blogs have taught me that there are gazillons of like-minded people out there, and this is an easy way to connect..and adore..and be inspired by.

amummy said...

Congratulations on 300 posts.

I blog about Sewing stuff, and I also have a couple of parenting articles. One day I plan on blogging about my other crafts too.
http;//amummy.myhabari.net

Nikki Cardigan said...

300 posts... really? Wow. Did it creep up on you like turning 30 did on me..!!! Congratulations Nikki and thankyou for all the knowledge, ideas, tutorials and time you give in your blog. Lucky us!

My Black Cardigan started as a place to share my crafty stuff with other crafty people. It has become a porthole to me finding inspiration, ideas and great new friends.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on 300! :D My blog is primarily about sewing, but I throw a good bit of crocheting, tatting, and other crafty goodness in there as well! :D

millymollymandy loves to quilt said...

Hi Nikki,
congratulations on reaching 300 posts !
Love seeing what you have been up to- I check in almost daily.

My humble blog http://millymollymandylovestoquilt.blogspot.com/ is a mixture of sewing, vintage goodies and family moments.
Keep up the fabulous patterns.

xPeta x

knitandputt said...

Hi, I don't have a blog, but I lilke to read them. It is wonderful to see all the creativity out in blog land. Congrats on the 300 post, that's a lot of thing to say!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are preetty good a blogging,,,300 psots! and lots of giveways and lots of photos. I'm glad you are loving it.

My Colour Du Jour blog is about...not much at the moment. But when I do blog, I like to share what I've been sewing, cooking, a little papercrafting and family life.

My favorite blogs are ones about small children and babies with sewing/design with great big pictures like yours,,, and thornberry, anna marie horner,,,, portabellapixie, paula young, my charming kids,,,

I would love the spec's case. (must be an English--UK-- term.

sukes7 said...

Big congratulations on your 300th comment!! I am a relative newbie to the blogging world and I am loving it. I have learned so much over the past few months. I am 50 this year and although I have always loved crafting I always told myself I could never learn to sew. Well a few months ago my hubby bought me a sewing machine for our 30th wedding anniversary and within a few short days I was addicted lol. I am making lots of bags and lots of baby shoes. I would love to win your prize so I could see how an expert does it and try to learn some tips lol luv sue x

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Nikki, wow, you sure have lots going on! thanks for having the giveaway and Congratulations on your 300th post and here's to many more to come! So,let's see, sewtakeahike is about sewing, the outdoors, crochet, baking, and more recently quilting. Oh and I like to document things with tutorials. I think that pretty much sums it up!

Tanya said...

HI Nikki,
Hmm, I don't have a blog but am thinking it nearly might be time! I do sense the solidarity of you crafty blogging lot, which is pretty heart warming and brings hope I reckon- the generous bits of life. I live in an isolated location so feel some connection to like minded individuals by reading blogs. Blogs give me inspiration to go and do rather than just think about, also nice to hear bits of the life behind the designer/ sewer- not necessarily loads of details but the spirit of it all.
Best wishes and thanks for making bag making accessible.

Jenni said...

Congratulations Nikki! Mummydaughtertime is mainly about sewing vintage and current patterns, and my daughter is learning to sew as well as cook.

Kate/Massachusetts said...

I found your blog through Thornberry and am so impressed with it! I love all the tutorials you have done and your project photos are very inspirational! I don't have a blog...I'm too busy reading others'! lol Thanks for the chance to enter your contest! I live in the US.

dfuller55 at verizon dot net

Curry said...

Hi and congratulations! Your blog is new to me, but I'm looking forward to browsing.

My blog is about the things I make(sew, knit, cook), the things I see, a little about where I live right now (India). It's a very new blog, and I'm just going to go where ever it takes me, really!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Janie said...

I'm addicted to arts and craft blogs of many type - bag making obviously LOL, paper cutting, sewing, kids crafts and just about anything pretty. I love being inspired by the work of others and picking up tips and tricks from the tutorials to use within my own products.

I've been making gifts for family and friends for the first time in ages and I'm really loving being creative again.

Some other blogs I love make me laugh, like Cake Wrecks, or show me a life different to my own like Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.

I always look forward to your posts Nicole and looking at the great examples of things made with your patterns. Oh and getting exciting over new patterns coming ;-)

Debbie said...

I just broke my glasses case on the weekend....so if I don't win the kit, I will certainly be buying the pattern.

sewjourn said...

Congrats Nikki - 300 is a GOOD effort! Love the sunnies case.......in fact I think all of your patterns are great. You deserve to sell heaps!

Cristin said...

HI! Nice to meet everyone! My blog is about sewing, quilting, crochet... a little about Etsy and my daily life.... nothing fancy, but I enjoy it alot!

http://cristinwilson.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

I have a blog about all my attempts to get sewing done :)

http://www.davidanddaisy.com

Kiki von Tiki said...

Hi Nikki!
I love reading your blog, it reminds me there are other nutty people out there trying to juggle life with creative endeavours! My blog is www.retromodernwahine.blogspot.com
and is simply my thoughts, reflections, plans and dreams for my personal business Kiki von Tiki, apparel and accessories for retro-modern wahines! I'm making purses from tropical prints and vintage patterns. But also tiki skirts, cute retro tops, and (hopefully soon) girly rompers from 1040's patterns. Hope to see you there soon!
Karrol aka Kiki von Tiki

Kim said...

Hi Nikki!
I love reading your blog. I read a lot of crafty blogs as inspiration for my own crafting, though I don't blog about crafting much. My blog is mostly about my life as an expat mother in Turkey. There's a little bit of environmental activism thrown in too.

Katherine said...

Congrats on your 300th post, Nikki!

I want to thank you for all the inspiration, clever tips and wonderful tutorials your blog provides - not forgetting the chance to get a glimpse of your life and your adventures (especially love those with your wee girl ;o)

My blog, sewmesomethinggood, is my virtual place to share my love of sewing. I love the domestic arts and I am happy to share the things I've learned. The projects I share often are made from scraps or repurposed thrift store finds. I also blog about other needlecrafts I enjoy and even some of my baking (my recipe collection almost rivals my fabric stash! ;o)

Making friends has to be the best part of blogging. Here's to you, Nikki!

pipnmillycreations said...

I was just thinking that I needed to make a case for my sunglasses! What perfect timing.
I started reading blogs about a year ago and began my own in October. I love being part of a wider community, being able to show what I have been working on and connecting with people around the world. Crafting is alive and well! I write about sewing, family life, gardening and whatever else takes my fancy.

Susie said...

I love your work Nikki - I found you through the fabulous Lara because we are in a block swap together. My blog started when all I did was knit and crochet but now I sew and I love that too. I love being a small part of the inspirational blogging community.

9crafty11 said...

Congratulations Nikki! Can't wait to read the next 300 & more! Love the spectacle case- such a nice shape! I don't have a blog, but I wanted to say congratulations, though you have posted since!

laura said...

My blog is a little bit of everything, from sewing (almost exclusively purses!),to my life with Happy Hans the Traveling Salesmen. I always try to find a little humor in the things that life throws at me and I guess I look for blogs that do the same thing.

Sarah Doyle said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! Awesome. My daughter and I have a blog about sewing and the business of sewing and crafting. We've been blogging for over a year and love it.

Sarah J Doyle
http://PatternsThatFitYou.com
http://SewingBusiness.com blog

Lisa said...

Congrats on 300 posts! I love your patterns (and supplies too!). On my blog I have well, a bit of everything. Family, sewing, handful of quilts and the occcasional attempt at knitting. Mostly things for my two kids. I love the blogging community and have been blogging and sewing for just over a year now.

Donna said...

I don't have a blog where I actually post. I have set it up but I just don't have the photography skills I feel like I need. I absolutely love reading blogs where I learn something new whether it is a pattern or even just something I didn't know before. I get lost just reading one blog and then checking out the blogs from peoples lists they follow. It's no wonder I never post. I'm too busy surfing :)

m.e (Cathie) said...

hi Nikki, just wanted to say congrats on the big 3 double 0!
M.E is sbout food, recipes & pics & some family life & adventures thrown in along the way!

our shabby cottage said...

Gee, I can't miss this one Nikki! I love the glasses case - just beautiful!

Aussie Jo said...

This is about comment 300 so that is appropriate.
I blog about textile arty stuff, but also sewing, among other things, bags; my latest trip to Sydney and all the design inspiration I got there; exhibitions I've enjoyed; embroidery; ATC swaps; philosophic meanderings; that pretty much covers everything.
Cheers
Jo

Serena said...

I started my blog as a crafting blog--specifically sewing--but it's kind of a modge podge of sewing, mentions of knitting here and there, photos, and recipes. I really should try and focus on one thing...

Anonymous said...

Nikki!!! You have oudone yourself on this one. I LOVE the structure of this purse. It's probably quite tricky (for me) but I will definately be getting this pattern. It will be worth the challenge, I can't wait. Maria D.

ambette said...

300 posts - gosh!

Nikki, you have quite the following on your blog, judging from all these comments!

I credit you with sparking my interesting in sewing and bag-making. I was looking for some patterns and tutorials online one day and did a bit of a google search - voila! There you were. I must say it's been extremely helpful and it was exactly what I was looking for. The class I did with you was really fantastic and I haven't stopped sewing bags since. So thankyou for everything you do!

As for my blog, well I'm very much new to it. I have only 2 posts so far, so it'll be a long time till I make 300. I plan to make my blog about me learning to sew as well as bits and pieces about my life along the way. It's a bit basic at the moment - I need to get a pretty banner and include lots of photos (I need to improve my photography skills first).

Things I enjoy about other people's blogs are tips and tutorials, but also the bits about life in general. It's nice when blogs are a bit personal and you feel like you're getting to know someone.

Congratulations and keep on blogging!

Kelly said...

Hi Nikki, Congrats on your 300th post. I have been reading your blog for a while and its one of my favourites..so thanks for sharing! I blog about sewing, mainly for my kids and family life in general.

Mary :) said...

Congrats on the 300th post Nikki, gosh that came around quickly. I 'almost' have a blog so for the moment I still fall into the reader not blogger category. I mostly read crafty type stuff with the odd bit of cooking & literature thrown in. fave things are tutorials, new ways of doing things, and those images and projects that you tend to come across in the blog world that plant a seed of an idea. I also love following blog trails, eg, someone makes something inspired by someone elses blog who was inspired by someone else etc. The whole evolution of ideas thing.

Heidi said...

First time on your blog, oving it. Conratulations on your 300 th post.
My blog is about a little crafting i like to do in my free time. I love to read other blogs, they give me so much inspiration.

XO Heidi

EMO said...

No Blog, but I love reading yours. Love your creativity -- and being able to cram motherhood in with it. Eileen in the USA

Kate @ UpsideBackwards said...

Wow, what a great idea to learn more about blogs I (and others) wouldn't otherwise find! My blog is about my kids - we have lots of friends and family overseas, so it's a good way for them to feel like they know the kids a little bit. I try to make it funny, when I can. I've "met" some lovely Mums through comments on my blog and reading others.
I love to quilt and knit, but I don't blog about it (because that would cut into my crafting time which is precious little as it is!).

Tasha said...

Congrats on 300 posts :D I have quite a way to get there yet. I blog about my crafts that I do. I lovce soooo many that I thought I would keep track of what I get up to and then I feel like I am actually getting some done ;) My favourites are sewing softires, crochet and sewing in general :)

Lizzy.Post said...

Hey!! Congrats on 300! My blog is still in the start up phase. It will be about sewing, crafting, and quilting. Along with that will be bits about my everyday life. I am a Fashion Major just trying to find my niche in this crazy crafting world.

Sharon said...

congrats on your 300th (I'm still shooting for my 2nd) post and thanks for sharing all your creativity. i have the aforementioned content free blog ... i can't choose any one theme so i just put it off ... sewing, fabric crafts, needlework, draw me ... humor, thoughts (deep and not so) ... alas

quinn said...

congrats!

i don't have a blog, but subscribe to many knitting, crafty, energy-related, and otherwise interesting blogs. including yours, of course!

here's to your next 300!

quinn on ravelry

So Wasabi said...

Hi Nikki,

I'm not a blogger as I find myself spending loads of time reading other people's blogs. I especially love to read sewing blogs. It gives me such inspiration and I love to see all the beautiful fabrics people choose for their projects.

Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on your 300th!

Mary

Sally said...

Congrats on that 300th post. I'm just a 200, a relatie newbie. Love you designs Nikki, haven't gotten to ordering though. I'd love this kit - get me started, pick me! http://sallysews.blogspot.com

Bronwyn said...

Well done on 300th post - it is always fun reading your blog and seeing what you have designed next! My blog is Whippet Good - based on an old love of retro band Devo and our much adored family dog!
Quilting and op-shopping would have to be my thing, with a little bit of cake to sweeten my day. I like to think that I just 'whip-up' my projects with ease, but usually there is struggle along with the joy lol!

Nicki C K said...

Awesome! This has got to be the cutest spec case I've EVER seen! Love it, LOVE it! Congrats on your 300th!! Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely give-a-way! Your blog ROCKS!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

That is a great looking spec case! Right now my blog is mainly quilting stuff. I do throw in some family and other crafts too :)

littlechrissy said...

Congrats on 300 posts :-)
My blog is a little bit of sewing, a little bit of brooch-making, some favourite tunes and happy thoughts.
I lost my sunglasses case on the weekend and my sunnies are already scratched, so come on random number thingy, pick me!

Sophie said...

I've been blogging for 5 years (on and off) and I love the random connections that you make as a result. I've met some wonderful people from nearby and far away and find blogging to be a great way to find inspiration and to be spurred on by like minded people. I blog about my artwork and creative pursuits, I blog about my house that I'm building. I use my blog to share my life with my family on the other side of the country and the other side of the world as well as a means to discovering more about myself. Having said that, blogging is also a great time waster and many many hours have been spent lost in blogs, skipping from blog to blog - I love it!!

cheri said...

Nikki, thank you for sharing on your blog, you are very talented! I have just started blogging, mainly to keep connected with family and friends who are far away. Finding time to do it is another thing.

Bloom said...

Hi Nikki! Just getting in on your giveaway at the last breath. Have just caught up on your blog having been away for a bit. So sorry to hear about the fedora theft - makes you mad doesn't it?! But so pleased to hear you have beautiful friends like Cathy to rise above the ordinary & help you forget the disappointments in life. My blog is all about my stitching & gardening exploits. the wonderful people I have 'met' through my blog inspire me every day. It motivates me to keep creating & convinces me that the 'good people' far outweigh the bad out there. Best wishes, Ros.

citrus daisy said...

Cool specs case! Thanks for the competition. Yours is one of my faves coz I love your innovation....

Karin said...

Nikki, Congratulations on your 300th post! :-) Your blog is a favourite of mine. Your work is very inspiring and just makes me feel all yummy inside with creative possibility. My blog is a sort of chronicle of my life. I use it to record my craft/artwork ideas and projects, connect up with other crafters and also to talk about my journey in parenthood. My goal is to set up my own little online shop one day. :-)

Mystica said...

I just started my blog and it is mainly to connect with people overseas who have viewed my country not in a very rosy light upto now. Hope to change that view even a wee bit!!!! Your blog is so very interesting apart from being innovative and colorful and useful! please count me in.

Mystica from Sri Lanka

Michelle said...

Hi Nikki, my name is Michelle and I am from Northern Suburbs Melbourne. I came across your beautiful bags and patterns and the Stitches and Craft show at the showgrounds earlier this year. Since then I have become addicted to buying your patterns and visiting your blog. Your patterns are made to perfection and the instructions are so precise but easy to follow. I used to love to scrapbook but now am addicted to sewing. I work at Spotlight so I get to look at fabrics all day. Thank you for this great little blog...I love it!!!