Monday, June 4, 2012

A Year of Sequins!

A Year of Sequins!


Today is a special day for Saturday Sequins -- my blog is exactly a year old!

When I wrote that first blog post, I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to make friends in the jewelry making community, share my work, and show the world what sequins can really do. I also wanted to get over my huge fear of social networking.

(OK, it was more like a phobia. Or a... is there a word stronger than phobia?)

I just didn't know if I could do it. Would I enjoy blogging, or would it be another time vacuum? Would anyone notice me, or would I write long, sparkly letters to myself, and just myself?



A year later, I'm so glad I gave blogging a try and stuck with it. I love it, and I've met so many awesome people. People who inspire me, who teach me, who encourage me, and who keep me writing, even when I'm feeling craptastic instead of sequintastic.



Since that first post, I've created and shared work that I'm proud of and that's taken me out of my comfort zone. I've discovered two new loves, bead embroidery and freeform bead weaving. I've also given wire weaving a try, done my very first tutorial, participated in two blog hops, been interviewed in a few places, had some work rejected and gotten past it, done my first craft show, met people who love sequins as much as I do, and tweaked my About page approximately a bazillion times.



Sometimes it's hard not to look at all the things I do and think... that's not enough. To read about people who get a million blog hits in the first month and wonder what I could do better. But those moments don't happen when I remember to have fun and write what I'm passionate about, and they happen less and less as I commit myself to doing things my way.



Of course, there are some things I'd like to do. Tutorials. An interview or two. A couple companion pieces for the bead embroidery resources post. And there are a ton of non-bloggy things I want to do and share with all of you, including a super duper top secret project. It's time to move from thinking about my dreams to acting on them!



So that's where I started and where I want to be. Your turn: is there anything you'd like to see on Saturday Sequins? I'd love your input!

Thanks for joining me, whether you were there from the beginning, found me halfway through, or are reading this for the first time. And as always, have a sequintastic day!


24 comments:

  1. Looks at all this fabulous work showcased here on your blogaversary. Congrats!!! xox

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    1. Thanks, Corrine! I already have new jewelry and post ideas that I can't wait to start working on and that I can't wait to share!

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  2. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!! I'm happy you decided to start a blog and then continue with it because there's always so much beautiful eye candy for me to see when I visit.

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    1. Thank you, Janet! It makes me happy that you enjoy seeing my work. I enjoy visiting you for the same reason. <3

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  3. Happy BlogDay! Every visit here is a sparkly treat full of eye candy. Hooray for you! (And I can't wait to find out more about the super secret project...)

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    1. Thanks, Bobbie! What an awesome compliment. :)

      If it's at all possible, I'm even more excited about the Secret Project than before. Just a hint... I might need some reader help later on!

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  4. Sarah - congratulations on your blogiversary!!! Your work is fabulous and I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Looking forward to reading more! I have been skimming my blog roll lately and not reading in detail much, so you always have lots of great things to say and learn from. Keep up the good work!
    Carol

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! I'm glad that you're learning from some of the things I write about here. That makes me happy. :)

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  5. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I am enjoying reading your blog!

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    1. Thanks, Roberta! I'm glad I've gotten to know you through blogging. :)

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  6. Congrats on a wonderful first year of Saturday Sequins! Looking forward to see what the next year brings. Lots of love, Erin

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    1. Thanks, Erin! <3


      Honestly, I can't wait to see what you next year brings, either. Sure, I have some plans, but unexpected fun things always pop up, too!

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Good for you! I so enjoy your blog and you inspire me to keep blogging. And look at all that gorgeous beadwork you've done - wow.

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    1. Thanks, Skylar! It makes me so happy that I inspire you to keep blogging because your work is awesome, and the blogging community is better off with you in it!

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  8. One year old! Happy Blog Birthday. I have enjoyed every blog post, every step or your journey. I see you going further and getting even more creative. Looking forward to all that you share with us.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I'm so glad we've gotten to know each other though blogging because you're a talented artist and a good friend. <3

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  9. Happy Anniversary Sarah, I am relatively new to the blog world but you inspire me to continue. I don't have a lot of followers and at times wonder if I should continue, but then I think of connecting with you and my other blog friends and that makes me happy and blogging worthwhile. I love reading your posts, they inspire me, encourage me and make me feel I have someone out there that thinks the same. Have a super fantastic anniversary day.

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    1. Kepi, I'm so happy that I inspire you. I've really enjoyed getting to be friends with you, and your work is so pretty. And while I understand how you feel as a newcomer to the blogging world, I know that it wouldn't be as fun as it is without you. Very soon, plenty of other people will feel the same way. <3

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  10. Happy one year! SO exciting :)

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    1. Thanks! I can't believe how fast that year went. :)

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  11. Happy Bloggy Birthday Sarah! I love seeing how your sequintastic jewelry has grown and your styles have multiplied as this year has continued! Here's to many, many, many more years of sequintastic success!

    {Hugs!}

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    1. Thank you, Dawn! It's been so much fun to experiment with style and technique this year, and it's been just as fun getting to be friends with you. You're awesomesauce! <3

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  12. happy belated bloggy birthday, my friend!

    I really like that medicine pouch!

    Keep creating and sharing, I love peeking at your blog. <3

    ~Annie

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    1. Thanks, Annie!

      I like the little bag, too. One of these days I'd like to make a big one. :)

      I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog! You're a great blog friend.

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