One year ago today, I hit publish for the first time on Atta Girl Says.
I was at a place in my life where I desperately needed a creative outlet and a place to express myself.
This blog has provided me that, and so much more.
It all started with a manifesto where I laid out my plans for the blog and the changes I
wanted needed to make in my life. And what a year of growth and changes and creativity it has been.
This blog has opened the door to some wonderful opportunities. It has forced me to learn many new skills, like WordPress and photography (things I’m still learning, by the way.)
It has nurtured my creativity and driven it, as well.
Most importantly, blogging has introduced me to a wonderful community of talented, creative and supportive women, many of whom who have become not just online friends but in-real-life friends.
So, I’d say it’s been a pretty great year. A busy one for sure. Busier than I ever anticipated. Blogging has not lessened my workload, as I’d hoped it would. (Oh, how clueless I was!)
But those late nights working on projects, editing photos or writing blog posts don’t bother me so much. I guess it is true that when you love what you do, it doesn’t seem like work.
Sorry for the sentimentality, but this one-year blogiversary is a real milestone for me.
Atta Girl Says is not my first attempt at blogging. But finally, I’ve found my niche and my passion, my community and my tribe. I am particularly thankful for those family and friends who have supported me on this journey and those readers who make my day with your comments and kind feedback. Thank you for putting up with me for a year. I hope we’ll have many more together.
So, I am turning the tables on you during my blogiversary and giving you gifts, instead of the other day around.
Today, I am kicking off five days of giveaways.
Today’s prize is a handwoven basket made by my dad.
When I was a kid, my parents made baskets and sold them at craft fairs. But somewhere along the way, they gave up the hobby and business. Until Dad retired a few years ago and started basket weaving again.
I’m adding some of his handmade baskets to my etsy store.
I’m slowing adding the inventory to etsy, so check back often for new basket designs, like this vegetable basket.
Or these colorful handmade Easter baskets.
My dad can do custom orders, as well. Feel free to send me a message here or on etsy, if you’re interested in placing a special order for a basket. And do check my etsy store later this week when I will be adding new baskets for sale.
And be sure to visit Atta Girl Says all this week for other great giveaways, including a Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint prize package, something to help you clean up from Fish Foam, a $100 gift certificate from Origami Owl and something pretty for your home from Farmhouse Decor, the online store run by my friend Barb of The Everyday Home.
Good luck in the giveaway and thank you so much for making my first blogging year such a wonderful one.
Entries for the Atta Girl Says Blogiversary Giveaway Bonanza will be accepted through midnight on Thursday, March 7. Winners will be announced the following week.