Hello and Happy New Year everyone!
I hope that 2017 is starting out wonderfully for all of you! So far, so good here at the White house! It has been snowing quite a bit. I just measured the accumulation on my bird feeder and it measures 7.5". That is snow pack from when it first started snowing before Christmas with the warm melting days and so forth... As I look out my window, it is once again snowing! What fun and we here in the Treasure Valley need it as we have been in a drought for some years...which is nothing new for the high mountain desert known as Idaho!!
A fun thing about today!! It is my actual 25th wedding anniversary which I think is fun because I'm choosing today to post about Beauty From Ashes' Blogiversary Give Away! Yes, 25 years ago today, I married my sweet, Gregory Robert Martin White! I cannot believe it's been 25 years of joy, pain, fun, hardship, happiness, contentment, irritation...all of the human emotions all rolled up into one 25 year package! 25 more years, here we come!!! (I will post our wedding picture so you all can see what young things we were. I was 20, Greg was 19. I totally robbed the cradle!) This is what I wrote on Facebook...
"25 years. Silver wedding anniversary. (WHEN did that happen!!!) This to me is so beyond comprehending at times and at others "oh ya... It's been 25 yeeeeaaaaaars." There have been struggles, tears and heart break. But there has been joy, laughter, love and contentment. That's what you get when you mash two separate lives coming from two entirely different backgrounds together under the same roof, til death do you part . Marriage is hard work. It's struggle. It's human. It's having to be unselfish and giving and forgiving. It's not always the "happily ever after" of novels.But....it is also happiness, safety, funny, dependable, secure, accepting of flaws, peace, caring, love, comfortable, home, a blessing. Knowing that whatever crap is going on around us (or yes, between us), we will get through together and on the other side we'll still be smiling and laughing and enjoying each other's company and holding on tightly to each other, because there is another 25+ years of being together! I wouldn't want to go through it with anyone else! Happy Anniversary to you my beloved. I love you so much!! Thank you for being my safe place, my strong hero, my sound reasoning, my support and biggest fan, my irritation, the one who makes me laugh loudest and longest, and the delight of my heart!"
I'll also add on here (cause it's my sewing/costuming blog) the man who lets me be my creative self without nary a complaint or harsh word. Who says, "It's ok!" when the hours have gotten away and dinner isn't ready and the house is a wreck (I am after all a professional house wife!). Who let's me dress him up for when we go to a costuming event and who totally and completely supports me in all of my costuming, creating, artistic, and business endeavors. You, my sweet, are a true blessing!!
Ok! On to why this post is being written!! Waaaaay back on December 16, 2011, I wrote my very first blog post for Beauty From Ashes. There were no pictures, just a threat about keeping up this blog for my memory and notes and ideas. Since then, I have written 382 posts. Some have been about ideas, some have been about completed projects, some have been Throw Back Thursday posts because I hadn't made anything because I had been involved in projects that weren't mine and I didn't want the blog to fall into misuse. Some posts didn't have anything to do with sewing or costuming, but about antiques and cooking. It has been a real mismash and I have enjoyed all of it! I have gained quite a few followers and for you all, I am most grateful! You have encouraged me and lifted my spirits with your lovely compliments and I count many, many of you as friends!
I have learned a lot during my "career" in blogging. One of the biggest things I have learned is that not all people are alike in their preferences and "likes". There sometimes is a huge difference between what I think is awesome and what my followers think is awesome! That is so fun to observe. My writing style and what I post about has changed over the years...sometimes I wax poetic and other times I just write the bare minimum. I believe that all depends on what is going on in my life at the moment of writing and how I am doing emotionally. Or if I am super excited about a project, of if I'm feeling just "meh" about it.
Here are the top 10 viewed posts from #1 - #10
A very fun, educational, entertaining, emotional, satisfying time have I had writing and keeping up with this blog! And I thank you all for joining me on this wild ride!
On to the Give Away!!
I have decided to go ahead and open this up to anyone who wants to enter...as the husband just weighted it and it is under a pound....Huzzah!!!
As part of my Blogiversary and as a way of saying thank you to my wonderful, supportive followers, I am wanting to offer you a gift! While I was making my pocket for my 1830s cotton print dress a couple years ago, I thought "this would be a fun gift to give someone if I ever did a Blogiversary give away!" Then, just this November as I was making one for my dear friend's birthday, I thought the same thing and hello!! My blog's anniversary would be next (December) month and I could make one! Huzzah! Well, then the back went out and all thoughts of sewing flew out the window! Grrrrrrr... Well, the back got better and the time for making a pocket was at hand. It is now finished, made with silks and cottons left over from previous dress projects of mine. This pocket along with some bits and bobs I've had in my collection/stash are what I would like to offer by way of "Thank you!!!".
Because I am so not computer savvy and because the thought of having to learn how to do Rafflecopter causes my brain to hurt, I am just going to do it the old fashioned way. Write the names of the entrants on a piece of paper, put them in a hat, and have my Colton draw a name out! We will video it so that you can watch us do this...the drawing out of the name part that is!
The rules are so simple! You can enter up to 3 times...
1. Answer this question in the comments below:
"Why did you get into costuming? Was it to get in touch with your ancestors? Do you just love sewing/creating and you had to make something that made your heart sing? Were you impressed upon by one of your friends to do what they were doing? Or was it that fabulous dress from a movie that you just felt the urging to recreate?"
Any answer will totally do! I just really like knowing what drives other people to create!
2. Post a link to this post on your blog if you have one.
3. Share this contest on Instagram if you have an account... tag your share with #beautyfromashesblogiversary
If you would be so kind as to let me know how many times you entered along with the answer to the question in the comments, that would be great! I totally trust you and won't go and make sure you did what was needed!
You have until next Tuesday, January 10th at 8:33 pm Mountain Time Zone.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, January 11th!
Source: The Graphics Fairy
Pocket of silk dupioni, silk taffeta, printed cotton, and cotton lining. I will send along cotton twill tape so you can make the waist tie to your measurement!
Back...made using the cotton fabric from my 1830s cotton dress! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this fabric!
Roughly 15" long! Nice for holding phones, gum, money, ear plugs, snacks, camera, scissors, thimble, acorns...whatever you think you'll need!
Bits and Bobs include vintage buttons, laces, two Victorian photographs, black leather gloves, three vintage handkerchiefs, a set of vintage garter clips, and a card of antique hooks and eyes. I don't know why I have chosen these to be part...just felt they would be fun!
Again, thank you all so very much for following along with me on this fun, crazy, entertaining and educational journey into costuming and blogging about it!!
Look at those babies!!! Oh yes...My Mama and I made my dress!! It's still hanging in my closet...I need to see if it still fits!!