Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What Lemon Tree Has Taught Me

I can't believe our Lemon Tree is a year old already.  When Erin asked me to be a part of this adventure, I thought it was a fantastic idea and did not hesitate a second.  Like Erin, I had a family blog where I was sharing my crafty endeavors here and there, but loved the idea of sharing one a week on a collaborative blog.  

And so it began with Erin, Patrice, and I.  And we were so happy to have Jessica & Amy join the crew.  We had no idea the blog would be what it is today.  We just dove in head first hoping for the best.  I have learned so much along the way.  I had tried {unsuccessfully} to grow my family blog but it turned out I didn't have the "goods" to make it on my own.  I could not have grown my blog the way Lemon Tree has grown in the past year.  It is because of the collaboration.  We all have different tastes, styles, and strengths.  There is bound to be something for everyone.  I love these girls.

And so my first lesson was learned:

Three {or four, or five} heads are better than one.




Your comments mean to the world to me.  It still blows my mind that people actually take the time to leave a comment about something I created.  It makes me smile every time.  And it gives me fuel to keep on keeping on.  Because as we diy bloggers all know, it is one thing to sew or create but to document and photograph every little step is no joke.  When I see pics or hear about how someone used one of my tutorials and it actually worked, I am beside myself with glee!  

Another lesson learned:

A little encouragement goes a long way.



I have had so much fun thinking, planning, designing, and creating especially for Lemon Tree.  I love that each week I have an opportunity to possibly inspire someone to make something beautiful for their home, themselves, or someone else.  This blog gives me a great excuse to do something I love.  And so many times my favorite creations are not our reader's favorites.  I will think I have something amazing to share with the {blog} world and they don't always agree.  And that is okay.  Each and every post cannot be groundbreaking.  That is not realistic.  And the creations I am unsure of and worried about seem to grab the most comments and/or features.  So funny how that works.

And so another lesson is learned:

Every creation cannot rock the blogging world.




I have learned to create something for free from stuff around my home. I have learned to manage my time in order to fit creating and blogging into my days.  I have learned to appreciate other bloggers and all the effort that goes in to making them work.  I have learned that people in blogland are genuinely good and kind people {with very few exceptions}.  And I have learned that the Silhouette machine is truly amazing.  : )



It has been an awesome ride so far and I can't wait to see what the next year brings for Lemon Tree Creations!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all of you for your comments, features, support and encouragement!  It means so much.

And to celebrate our first birthday, we have three giveaways this week just for you!  Be sure to enter and join in the fun!

Happy Tuesday!

12 comments:

Lelan @ Good Gravy! March 1, 2011 at 7:00 AM  

I loooove Lemon Tree! You guys (gals) rock! :)

Amy March 1, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Happy Birthday, I am so happy you are here!

Meri March 1, 2011 at 8:31 AM  

Keep up the great work...we like those "extra heads"!

Phyllis March 1, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

We all love Lemon Tree Creations too! Happy Birthday!

The Girl Creative March 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

Congratulations to you girls. You have such a great blog. It's no wonder it's been a huge success. :) xoxo

Andi @ Jane of all crafts March 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Wow! Only a year? You guys make it look like you've been doing this forever! I also find that my favorites aren't always the reader's favorites. And the ones that I think won't do well are big hits!! Either way my favorite part of this whole experience is connecting with people!

Wendy@project-create.blogspot.com March 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM  

I love reading your blog, and I think one of the reasons is that you do share the posts, it keeps it exciting and fresh.
Happy Blogaversary!

stamphappy2001 March 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM  

Happy Birthday. I have been following Lemon Tree for about 3 months now and just love seeing what you create. Good luck on your continued blog journey.

roweaglejacket March 1, 2011 at 7:25 PM  

The paragraph below says it all! I am an aspiring blogger (ie. I have not started my blog yet) But I take the lessons others have learned to heart, and I hope to have a blog half as awesome as LTC after one year.

Kim

"I have learned to create something for free from stuff around my home. I have learned to manage my time in order to fit creating and blogging into my days. I have learned to appreciate other bloggers and all the effort that goes in to making them work. I have learned that people in blogland are genuinely good and kind people {with very few exceptions}. And I have learned that the Silhouette machine is truly amazing."

Erin A March 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM  

Tiffany, I agree on all of the above!! What a fun ride it's been, and I'm so glad you're a part of it!!

Alyssa March 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

I love the whole blog, but I have to say I'm always the most excited for Tuesdays and your posts Tiffany! :)

Rachel June 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

This is encouraging to read... and I really resonate with your thoughts about blogging. Thanks!

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