Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last Day of May

Wow, it's the last day of May today and I'm wondering where the time goes. In my neck of the woods it seems like we went straight from winter to summer and skipped spring. We've had some terribly warm days, one day was in the 90s. Too hot for this time of year.

Here is a small, cross-body handbag I made. 


And here are a couple more handbags I'm working on.


The next two photos are more painted cotton duck panels that I continue to create. I recently sold the six I had in stock and now need to replenish so I have some ready.



I realized recently that May marks the anniversary of my blog. I started blogging in May 2006. Wow, where has THAT time gone. I've enjoyed blogging all these years but I'm starting to see a change. I feel like more sharing is taking place elsewhere, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., and while my blog may still get visits, there are less comments left. I think everyone has gotten used to hitting a "like" button and the actual activity of leaving a typed comment is becoming more and more rare. What do you think?

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  1. gorgeous Terri.. such happy designs!

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  2. Beautiful!
    Yes, I see less comments too. And less blogging also!
    Too bad. I liked it, and I'm not on Facebook nor Twitter and so on.

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  3. I don't do Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, etc. I like blogs, but I don't always have time to comment on all the blogs I follow all the time. I try to comment when I can and especially if I like what I see. I do like your bag!!!! I like making bags too. I think too many people sell bags nowadays, so I haven't been able to sell any, except at my garage sale a couple of weeks ago for a dollar!!! People were paying only 25 cents to 3 dollars for most of what I had. Even bargaining me down from $3 to 25 cents!!!! Geesh!!! No more garage sales for me. I would rather give it away than to see all that work go for pennies.

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    1. So sorry to hear about your bag sales not going well.

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  4. If many of your followers don't do social media, then it would be a mistake to stop blogging. The value of the blog is that you can journal your thoughts and projects rather than just post a photo and a brief descriptive comment. I like the blog, and I am a major user of FB and FB groups. So, I say stick with it. With fewer comments coming your way, it may be hard to know how many viewers you are getting, but you can probably view traffic through Blogger, can't you? Anyway, I say do both. Even if we don't always comment.

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    1. I hope I didn't give the impression that I was going to stop blogging. I do not plan to stop. Thanks for your input on the discussion.

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  5. Oh, and by the way, is that your own bag pattern? I really like it. And I always enjoy whatever you show us of your work.

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    1. Yes, the bag pattern I use is my own. Thank you.

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  6. Your work always gives me the "warm fuzzies" and though I do not blog I do love to visit them...and I do greatly appreciate that I can come to your page/blog!!!

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  7. Oh goodness, you all are bringing tears to my eyes with your commenting. So happy!!! Thank you!!!

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  8. I follow you by email. I love your work. I found you at Fiber and Stitch. I still miss that. I love to make things. Quilts big and small, bags, journals, all kinds of things.
    Your bags are wonderful. I have been making bags from a man's jacket. The tailored pockets are wonderful. I made 15 of these at Christmas thinking I might sell them. When my family came for Christmas the 20 and 30 something young women loved them. They all found a home that day.

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    1. Wow, Fibre&Stitch! That was some time ago. The good ole days! LOL! Your bags sound very interesting. It sounds like they were a big hit too.

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  9. I prefer reading and writing blogs,, much more personal

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  10. I enjoy blogs, don't Instagram, and am on FB as little as possible. A friend and I were having this discussion just yesterday about the drop in comments. I leave a comment as often as possible, but given busy schedules, that isn't every time, but I do enjoy reading them!

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    1. Yes, I'm the same way....I don't always have the time to comment either. If only there were two of me. One to do all the business/computer stuff and the other one to create create create!

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  11. oh, and I love your latest bag, and the blue one that is in progress is right up my alley!

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  12. I also prefer reading and writing blogs; don't Instagram, don't use Twitter and am on FB as little as possible. I enjoy your blog. Great bag you have made and are making and love the fabrics you have painted!

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  13. 2006! Wow, that is a long time! Congrats for keeping it up and I hope you'll keep it up a while longer :-) I much prefer blogs to Facebook, And I don't even use Twitter or Instagram. Maybe there are too many channels where people can share these days, and it gets very time-consuming giving comments to every blog you visit. It doesn't necessarily mean that there are less visits to your blog though, maybe people just don't comment as much.... I love your bags, and the painted panels are beautiful. I especially love the blue one with the birds ..

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    1. Thank you Denise! It seems like every day there's a new social media program popping up. I guess it's the evolution of the Internet.

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  14. I love the new bags and duck cloth! Your style is so distinctive and fun :)

    As for the blogging I believe folks are looking and reading but not necessarily commenting. I'm always amazed at the number of people who talk to me about my blog but have never followed or commented - can't explain it but there you have it!

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    1. Thanks Carol! Yes, I know there are readers who are reading my blog as I can see that through my stats. It's nice to know they are out there, although I think initially (and a significant percentage still) my blog was more for me and my own accountability/recording of my work/etc.

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  15. Fabulous Terri!
    I'm guilty of not always leaving a comment but I love to read your blog!

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  16. Since I had the honor of being your very first commentor way back in May of 2006 I just had to leave a comment on this post too. Happy bloagaversary!

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  17. I always read your blog, Terri, although I don't always comment. I'm still a great fan (I've purchased one of your pieces -- just love it) and I'll keep reading as long as you want to keep writing. And thank you for sharing your time and talents with all of us.

    Diane

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  18. Beautiful work! I agree.. I think we all feel the same way.. I know comments are down on my blog too.. Thanks for your email and I will be back to make comments!!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Caterina! I added your blog to my feed reader and will be following to see your newest work.

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  19. I read blogs and do not use the other social media. I check your blog every couple of days and catch up if I've missed entries. I hope you don't stop posting as I tend to lurk more than comment. BTW, I have been enjoying your painted canvases a great deal!

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    1. Thank you Lynne. It's lovely to hear from you and I won't stop posting. LOL!

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  20. Thank you to everyone who chimed in on this post. I truly don't take it personally that comments are not left. While I enjoy receiving your comments, I know that our lives are busy. Thanks for letting me know you are out there.

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  21. Your bags and paintings are wonderful & your blog is always inspiring. I enjoy reading blogs & blogging although haven't done as much lately - FB is so easy it seems to be replacing a lot of things but I hope blogs will endure.

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  22. LOVE these bags, Terri! Hope to make some. What do you use as stabilizer? They look so nicely stiffened/sturdy. Love all of the work you shared on Stencil Girl, too!

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    1. Thank you Deborah!

      The batting I use is Thermolam plus, which is a craft fleece and made by Pellon. http://www.joann.com/pellon-thermolam-plus-interfacing/529404.html

      I also add a layer of Pellon ShirTailor interfacing to the batting and also to the lining.
      http://www.joann.com/pellon-shir-tailor-fusible-interfacing/940676.html

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  23. Terri,
    I found your blog on the AMB tour which is why I'm jumping in to comment so late. Like many of the other commenters, I'm not on other social media platforms, so I appreciate quilters (and gardeners) who haven't abandoned blogging. I'm more a lurker than a commenter, but I've learned so much from the blogs I've visited, that I would really miss them if they went away. Thanks for sticking with it for so long.

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I enjoy getting your comments. Thanks so much for leaving one.