That is right - one whole year ago we launched The Craft Sessions with this excited and nervous blog post on June 24th of 2013! We weren't sure if the idea was a good one at the time. And wow! So many of you lovely people have supported this idea so generously from the time you first came across us, and for that I would like to say thank you! For your comments, and support and all the love you have thrown me and the idea. So very appreciated.
When this whole thing began I really thought that the blog would be something that I used to talk about the event and the teachers and the classes, and not much else. And very quickly it became something else. A place to discuss ideas and thoughts on crafting. And it has become one of my favourite things to do on a sunny/rainy Monday and Thursday night. So much so that many of my crafty thoughts are now structured around blog posts. Just this week I've written (in my head as I get no computer time) one called "Monogamy - the key to getting things done", "The thrill of possibility" and another on the old "Motherhood and creativity" chestnut. And I wouldn't be doing that if you weren't commenting and reading. I've loved feeling the community in your comments, and have learnt so much from all your thoughts.
So as a bit of a celebration, and a thanks from me to you, I thought I would host a little giveaway. I'm offering up my three favourite craft books of all time.
1. No surprises here - "Knitting without tears" by Elizabeth Zimmerman
2. Because it is so beautiful to look at - "Made by Hand" by Lena Corwin
3. My favourite quilting book - "Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration" by Denyse Schmidt
In order to go in the running to win all three* then leave me a comment on this post, on the Facebook page or on the 1st birthday instagram post. And if you would like to enter three times then please feel free to leave a comment on each. I'll close the comments on Sunday 29th June at midnight. And let you know the winner early next week.
Quick Post Update - A few of you left comments asking if the giveaway is open internationally. The answer is a big Yes - I'll post them wherever to you are!
I have a few thoughts about next year (for the retreat and the blog) spinning around in my head, but I'd love to hear your thoughts about what we have done over the last year, what you like (or don't) and what you would like to see more of in our future.
I can't wait to see what The Craft Sessions looks like a year from now.
*If you already have them and you win we may be able to substitute?