Friday, August 24, 2012

Blogiversary Poll and Giveaway

This marks my fifth anniversary as a blogger: August 24, 2007 - August 24, 2012. I would have let it pass unnoticed had I not seen Stitch Bitch's blogiversary post a few days ago.

I liked Anna's recap of vital statistics concerning her blog and will do the same thing here.  In the past five years:
* I have written 805 posts.
* Blogger has recorded 56,291 Pageviews.
* Readers have left 2,385 Comments.
Which works out to approximately 3 comments per post or 1 comment for every 24 pageviews.  Clearly, I don't evoke much of a response from my readers.

Nevertheless, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of blogging, both as writer and reader.  I have certainly learned a lot from comments left on my own blog and from reading the stitching  blogs of others.

I thought I'd mark my anniversary with a five question poll with the theme of, what else, five!  And I will also offer an appropriate prize,  a $5 gift certificate to the 123stitch ONS.  All you need to do is answer the questions using the comments option.  I will use the online randomizer to choose  one of  the respondents to my little poll as winner of the gift certificate.

1.  Who are your five favorite designers?
2.  Name your five favorite LNS/ONS.
3.  Name your five favorite stitching themes.
4.  Other then mine, of course [she said with tongue firmly in cheek], name your five favorite stitching blogs.
5. Name your five favorite stitching websites: these could be shops, designers, fiber/fabric/tools manufacturers, etc.

It is my hope, that in reading the comments, I will learn about a lot of new-to-me designers, shops, blogs and websites.  So URL addresses for any of the above would be appreciated.  I always enjoy broadening my horizons.


Vickie said...

Whew! I'm ready!
1.La D Da, Sweetheart Tree, Liberty Primitives & Needlework, Just Nan, Plum Street Samplers
2.Stitch Inn, Arte of the Needle, 123Stitch
3.poodles, Christian, American, floral, pink
4.Ruth's Little Leprechauns, Butterfly Wings, Kentucky Sampler, Stitching Dreams, Doll's Musings
5.gazette94,,, tree of life samplings, stitching blogs we all love
Thanks Riona!!

Vera said...

Hi Riona! What fun and Happy Blogaversary!

1. Blackbird Designs, Prairie Schooler, Carriage House, Eileen Bennett (The Sampler House), Examplar Dames
2. Attic (AZ), Strawberry Sampler (Chadds Ford, PA), Needle in a Haystack (CA), Dyeing to Stitch (VA Beach), Wyndham Needleworks, Scarlet Letter
3. Samplers, alphabets, Adam & Eve, birds, flowers
4. Blacksheep’s Bit of the Web, Blackbird Designs, Gr8dames Place, Stitching by a Cornish Seashore, Notes From Blue Hen Hollow, Samplers & Santas
5. Attic Needlework, Scarlet Letter, IStitch, Blackbird Designs, Victorian Motto

Virpi said...

I have to share computertime with 7 other users so I rarely leave comments, sorry. Anyway I would like to ansewar your poll cause it's interesting.

1. Veronique Enginger, Pollyanna Pickering, John Clayton, Perrette Samouiloff, Country Cottage Needleworks
2. sewalong,abc cross stitch therapy, casacenina, 123stitch, sewandso
3. wolves, sea, landscapes, chickens, polar bears
4. In angulo cum libro, Lumivalko ja Ruusunpuna, Kukkatarha, Borduurderij and Cucki stitching cove
5. cross-stitching, craftbubble, lanarte, Madame la fee, Heaven and Eargh Designs

Loretta said...

Congratulations on your Blogoversary.

I am coming up to my 5th anniversary September 1st and I am currently putting together a giveaway.

1. Little House Needleworks, Blackbird Designs, The Sampler Girl, Lizzie Kate, The Victoria Sampler

2. 123 stitch, Traditional Stitches, Down Sunshine Lane, Anita's Little Stitches,Sheena's Gallery

3. Christmas, animals, Halloween, Canadiana, Samplers

4. It's Daffycat, Blacksheeps' Bit of the Web,Queen Stitcher, Karen's Handiwork, St. John's Stitcher

5. iStitch, 123 Stitch, Traditional Stitches, The Sampler Girl, Little House Needleworks

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Cong on 5 years of blogging. It is fun. What a nice give a way. Here are my answers:
1. Who are your five favorite designers?
LittleHouse Needleworks
Lizzie Kate
Sue Hillis designs
The Victoria Sampler
2. Name your five favorite LNS/ONS.
Creative Stitchery and Frame Shop, Richmond, TX
123 Stitch/online
Abc Theraphy
Creations Fabric, Kerrville, Tx
Stitchers from the Heart, San Antonio, TX
3. Name your five favorite stitching themes.
Cardinals and Birds
4. Other then mine, of course [she said with tongue firmly in cheek], name your five favorite stitching blogs.
Ruth's Little Leprechauns
Blacksheeps Bit of the web
Debbie's Crossstitching
The Old Farmhouse Gathering
5. Name your five favorite stitching websites: these could be shops, designers, fiber/fabric/tools manufacturers, etc.
The Silver Needle
The Attic
Crescent Colours
Victorian Motto
Littlehouse Needlework

rosey175 said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary! It's amazing how much you've accomplished in the past 5 years! I still feel like I'm a newb to stitching so your poll is quite challenging for me.

1. Chatelaine Designs, Alessandra Adelaide, A. Fox Originals (if there is a website, I haven't found it yet!), Kincavel Krosses, Sublime Stitching

2. 123Stitch, SODA Pattern Mall, eBay, Red Rooster Crafts (LNS), thrift stores!

3. video games, anime/manga, Christmas, technology, daffodils

4. bla. bla? bla!, Kumami's Notes+Stitch (Japanese), Show And Tell, Mr X Stitch, Serendipitous Stitching

5. Rensel Studio, Sprite Stitch, LJ Cross Stitch Community, Craftster, Dork Stitch

CalamityJr said...

Congratulations on your 5 year blogoversary! I don't comment often because many times I read on my phone and I'm not a fan of responding on it, plus it's often at work and I dare not take the time! But I am reading; thank you for the work and time you put into sharing with us. Now to answer your questions:

1. My Big Toe, Glory Bee, Silver Creek Samplers, Sunflower Seed, and Country Cottage.

2. The Strawberry Sampler (, Stitch&Frog (, Inspired Needle (, Down Sunshine Lane (, and, of course, 1-2-3.

3. Words and sayings, birds, Christmas, patriotic, sheep.

4. Riverside Stitching (, Quietly Stitching (, Bramblewood Stitches 9, Needles, Pins, and Dragonflies 9, and Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles ( Oh, my - it's hard to stop at 5!

5. Happiness is Cross Stitching! (, Shakespeare's Peddler (, Country Cottage Needleworks (, Creative Workshops from Hetti (, and Feathers in the Nest (she's a beautiful lady inside and out AND shares lovely designs) (

Whew! Hope you find something here you love, too!

Susieq said...

Congratulations on the 5 yrs.

1- Designers- Blackbird, My Big Toe, LHN, Lizzie Kate, Bent Creek

2- 123, Down Sunshine Lane, Stitches N Things, Silver Needle, The Counted Needle-Bloomington IL(new)

3- Quaker samplers, Inspirational Quotes, Fall, Winter(snowmen especially, Christmas/Halloween

4- Lizzie Kate Blog, LHN Blog, Rensel Studio, Samplers and Santas
Worlds Largest Collection of Smalls 1&2

5- Norden, Yarn Tree, Hoffman, 123 With Thy Needle


Shebafudge said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary! What a fun giveaway.

5 designers are CCN, L*K, LHN, Mirabilia and JBW Desgins.

5 ONS are, steph'sfabbys,, and sparklies.

5 stithing themes is difficult as I tend to stitch what catches my eye rather than themes. Ummmm, cats, Mirabilia ladies, snowmen, halloween, Christmas.

5 favourite blogs are caringstitcher, Lesley's stitching diary 2012, Fabulousfrogger, serendipitous stitching, talesofastitchingmouse

5 favourite stitching sites that haven't been mentioned previously are gazette94, cyberstitchers, picture this plus, the stitchspecialists and friendly stitchers

riona said...

I cannot currently comment on any blogs with a word verifier. It just will not accept what I type no matter how many times I try. So here is my comment. Feel free to paste it into a comment yourself so others can see it!!

1. Who are your five favorite designers?

Teresa Wentzler, Nora Corbett, Just Nan, Joan Elliott and whoever I am currently stitching! So that will be Papillon.

2. Name your five favorite LNS/ONS.
My fave LNS closed last year so they are all online now. SewandSo, Willow Fabrics, SoCreaStitch (French), Creative Poppy and The Nimble Thimble (this is an actual shop without a website but it's not local!)

3. Name your five favorite stitching themes.
Fantasy, Dragons, Samplers, Hallowe'en, Series of designs (eg months, seasons etc)

4. Other then mine, of course [she said with tongue firmly in cheek], name your five favorite stitching blogs.
Yours! Stitch Bitch, Coni and Stewey Spinster Stitching, Shirlee the Easily Influenced Stitcher, Heather from It's Geek to me (she runs Theme-a-licious) and Joyzse Random Ramblings (and Daffycat but that's six!)

5. Name your five favorite stitching websites: these could be shops, designers, fiber/fabric/tools manufacturers, etc.
Crafty Kitten (fabrics), Sparklies (fabrics), Cyberstitches (free charts), (French and free charts), The Yuku forum for Round Robins!

I can provide links for any of these if you can't find them on my blog! Thank you for this lovely Giveaway. As you know, I do like to comment and try to do so as much as possible.

Happy Stitching

Jo xx