Tuesday, 23 April 2013

with thanks........ from me {I've been featured!}

A couple of weeks ago I was featured on lovely Susie's blog FlowerPress, as part of her Show & Tell series. Can I tell you how happy and excited it made me feel to be part of this series of amazing bloggers and makers; who's work I admire and respect. 

It's funny, Susie and I "met" many years ago through our blogs (and blog-friend links). I won a giveaway she had for her perfectly beautiful hand screen printed tea towels. I know I'm not the only one who hasn't ever used them, as they are like art works. {Though I always say that we should use our best and most beautiful to elevate the everyday}.

Also last week, I was the featured blogger as part of Megan's new series on North Coast Bloggers, as part of her The Byron Life blog. As soon as Megan contacted me, asking me to be part of this wonderful idea she'd thought up, I jumped at the chance. For me this series is all about what blogging means to me - making the connections and the joining the dots with other bloggers. The fact that Megan's series is based on bloggers within my region is even more exciting. It's so wonderful to "meet" new people who are basically your (blog) neighbours. 

Megan and I met last year, when she interviewed me as part of Hey Maker! We talked about pop up shops, and the closing down of businesses in small towns and how people are trying to change that. Her story didn't make it to radio, but was the research and impetus for this radio interview with Jo Olive and myself.

It's funny and wonderful, and interesting and smile inducing to read the things people have written about you. Oh my. Thank you both so much Susie and Megan for your lovely sweet words (you surely made me blush!), and for the photos you chose to go with my words - I looked at them in a new light; and that's always an excellent thing to be able to do with one's own images.

I think for me, both of these features reminded me why I blog, and what my blog is about. I was recently invited to be the guest speaker at a local creative business gathering about blogging, where I shared my blogging story. Connections in the blog world are the biggest reason I blog - finding like-minded creatives, being inspired by them, hopefully inspiring someone else along the way, and all the while exploring my own creative voice. Reading blogs is like gathering for a cup of tea, and enjoying some crafting and conversation with people who get me, and who interest me.

I'm curious - why do you blog? 
What do you get out of blogging? 
Do you comment and connect, or sit quietly watching? Why don't you comment? 
What qualities do you enjoy most in a blog, in the blogs you read? 
And also - what's your favourite blog - I'm always looking for more connections and dot joining...

Happy day my friends, 
Ellie xxx


  1. Hi Ellie

    I blog for many of the same reasons you have listed, and for me, these can be rounded up into one heading: Community. Apart from that, I just love it!

    Congratulations on your recent successes and launch of the new website.

  2. Ellie, you are such a sweet heart. I was so thrilled when that ABC interview was aired because at the time I tried so hard to have our original piece broadcast, but I was coming in cold from the outside with the ABC. When they contacted me to say they were going to follow up on Heymaker I was so glad. You gave your time to me so generously, at a period when I was still in shock from Ella's illness and had no business applying for new jobs!! Truly, you were so good & gentle with me that day.

    Blogging is an amazing thing. A journey. And, like any great journey, it's the people you meet along the way, the fellow travellers who make it all worthwhile.
    I've said it before, but I love the way you operate, Ellie.

  3. Anonymous11:26 pm

    Congratulations on your feature! Wonderful!

    And here's some answers for you . . .

    Why do you blog? - i love to write. i love to read. i love photos and words. i love to encourage. i love to be encouraged.
    What do you get out of blogging? - all the things i love about it. :)

    Do you comment and connect, or sit quietly watching? Why don't you comment? - you know me - i comment. on almost every post i read.

    What qualities do you enjoy most in a blog, in the blogs you read? - i love good words and beautiful photos. i love seeing places i've never been or seeing through someone else's eyes - a way i never would have before. i've learned so much from reading other lovely (and different from me) people.

    And also - what's your favourite blog - I'm always looking for more connections and dot joining - check out my blog links on the navigation bar on my blog. :)


Thank you for your words and thoughts. I do so appreciate each and every visitor to my blog. While I try hard to reply to your comment, it often doesn't quite happen..... know that I'm sending you a thoughtful thanks xxx

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