Thursday, October 7, 2010



Welcome to Michele Made Me's 100th Post Celebration! Yippee!!!

Great to have you! Please, please have a seat and nestle in for a bit. As they say in Spanish: "Mi blog es su blog." Now, not only is this my 100th post, it is also (almost) simultaneously my 6-month bloggiversary. I'm really kind of amazed and aghast at how quickly time has flown! Wow!

So while I have your attention, please let me re-introduce myself by telling you some stuff you wouldn't otherwise know. A bullet list of Michele facts (minus the actual bullets; this is strictly a non-violent crafty blog):

  • The obligatory photo update: Me and a rock, 2 Oct 2010.
  • Born and raised on the outskirts of small town Espanola, Ontario, Canada.
  • 4th of 11 children of Roman Catholic French Canadian parents. I have 3 sisters, 7 brothers.
  • Bilingual: french and english
  • Grew up out in the countryside in a 4-bedroom house which my parents built.
  • Father was a millwright.
  • Mother worked inside the home.
  • Father was a scavenger; he made furniture, toys, and garden structures from junkyard finds.
  • Our clothes were often donated to us by relatives in large green garbage bags (the clothes not the relatives). Was like getting a bag of gold.
  • Beds were covered in simple quilts made by my mother when she had a rare moment.
  • I loved playing in old cars. They made perfect playhouses. In fact, I remember there were usually a couple of them around in various states of disrepair. Most of the time, these buckets of bolts sat frozen in the driveway until my father or older brothers found time to pull them apart and make them "new" again. One day, 3 of my young siblings and I decided to play "Holiday" in the Blue Car, the one working family vehicle. Our driveway was on a distinct incline, so when my brother Robert decided to put the car in neutral, the car naturally rolled down the driveway, across the road and into the woods on the other side. As the car rolled, my brother Robert jumped out of the driver's side, I jumped out on the passenger side, and the other two kids sat tight in back. Needless to say, those two were fine. I'd somersaulted out of the car and managed to escape with only a couple minor scratches. My brother Robert, however, was lying face down in the driveway. When my mother came screaming out of the house, we all rushed to him. Tire tracks travelled from the top of his shoulder, diagonally across and down his back. Despite this, Robert slowly raised his head, got up and started dusting himself off. My mother was beside herself crying, but she nonetheless bundled him into the car, managed to wrangle that Blue car out of the woods, and drove him to the hospital. They came back a few hours later. My brother had made a miraculous escape, the doctor claimed. He had the tire prints etched in his skin proving that he'd been fully run over by the car, but had sustained no other injuries. (Oops. That bullet got away on me didn't it?)
  • That kind of "miracle" was common in our family.
  • Left home at 18 years of age to get married.
  • Blessed with 2 awesome kids (they are 23 and 18 years old)
  • Marriage in smithereens after 8 years.
  • Survived.
  • Found Lo (my amazing man) 3 years later in 1997.
  • Moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2001.
  • Gave birth to "the Boy" in 2004. He's 6 (you did the math…).
  • In June of this year, left my job of 8 years to take a break and stop the flow of tears that gushed out of me every night when I got home from work.
  • Haven't cried since.
  • Still figuring work-related things out.
  • Otherwise, so happy I could spontaneously combust.
  • Love making stuff.
  • Make stuff in my lovely basement workroom, which I call "The Dungeon".

(End of Bullet List)

Now, I've created a few things in the last 6 months. Here's a look at a few of my early favorites:

Left to right: Sockrates, Painted Tape Dispenser,Toilet Roll Flower Ornaments, Felt Needle and Hook Book

And some later ones:

Left to right: Teddy Bear Swim Needle and Hook Book, Styrofoam Tray Flowers, Plantain Seed Flower, Crocheted Ripple Throw

And. And I have met YOU. That has been the most heart-warming part of this little crafting adventure of mine, meeting you and having a chance to see what you are up to as well. It's been an honour for me to get to know you a little over these past 6 months. But today, I'd like to share with you in a more tangible way. It's my way of thanking you for accompanying me on this crafty road, for encouraging me with kindness, for being there. With that in mind, I'd like you to join me in my FIRST-EVER GIVEAWAY!

A GIVEAWAY? Yes, a giveaway.

There are 2 packages to be won. Each package includes the following:

Are you ready?... I am!

So the giveaway is a game. No worries. It's a super-easy one.


Leave a ONE-WORD COMMENT on this post. The word must be the first word that pops into your mind when I say the red word I will tell you in a moment. Yes, it's a free-association word-game!

For example if I say, WHITE, the first word that pops into your mind could be, say, BLACK or SNOW. See what I mean? Your word is your choice by the way, it doesn't have to make sense to me. Just to you.

Furthermore, the 2 winning words in combination will be my inspiration for a crafty post. Yes, I will be creating something based on the two winning words. Hee hee!

Anyone, anywhere can enter. If you are a no-reply commenter please leave your email address so I can reach you with the good news.

The giveaway closes on Sunday, October 10th at 12 pm EST at which point I will randomly choose the two winning words. I will announce the winners sometime Monday (exact time unknown) in the word-inspired crafty post.

Now let's get to it already!

What is the first word that pops into your mind when I say:


Good luck and thank you so much for being there. It means alot to me.

And, of course, have a fantastic day!



    (P.S. Are you still in Kingston, ON? Me too!)

  2. Electric.

  3. Breath

  4. shield

    Ann Flowers

  5. Fantastic post, Michele! I love a game and can't WAIT to see the craft resulting. It's craft improv!!!!! Genius!!! Please avoid spontaneous combustion. My word: Cloud.

  6. music!


    Lord, I feel accomplished if I manage to clean the litterbox in a timely manner. Whew, this puts things in perspective!

    And I just love hearing about your brother --not that I would wish that on anyone, but gosh, what a fun tale to tell at cocktail parties.... "did I tell you about the time my sister and I leapt out of a moving vehicle? Yeah, I got run over. Meh, just some tire marks." I am fascinated and hope to hear more adventures soon!

    BTW --I am so inspired by so many of your posts. Of the MANY places/sites/blogs I visit, this is one of the few where I never come away empty handed. Never. I feel so fortunate to be able to hear your ideas and see your creativity in action :)

    Speaking of inspiration...I think I might take eggs out of the carton tonight so I can hurry up and make those flowers!

  7. steam

  8. Thanks for the great post. I think my "Must Have Cardigan" because it was my first cable adventure and fits so well and is comfortable.
    Old Cars For Sale

  9. AIR

    I came from your sis' blog, Congrats on your 100th post and thanks for the chance!

  10. Air

    I don't know if my mind is really awake yet, because this is so simple...but it is what it is! =) Love your work! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Enormous
    Michelle--I have LOVED reading this post. It makes me like you even more. What an interesting person you are with such a history. I loved picturing your family life while reading your descriptions. So glad you found Lo. :)

  12. coolness

    So happy you came by my little old blog to link-up! Now I am following you and can't wait for more inspiration.
    It's a Hodgepodge Life

  13. Star

    jinglesells at gmail dot com

    Congratulations on your 100 posts!!!

  14. beyond

    congrats on 100 posts. Ariane told me to come over and visit. glad i did! love the tree and your button denim backing is clever!! thanks for the chance.

  15. Blue!

    And for six months I'm very impressed! Congratulations!

  16. I am not trying to cheat , I played the game as you said , but I have just read what the others said , and I realize I said the same word as someone had said before me ...
    So , I will say :
    Atmosphere ...
    Because Arletty said : "Atmosphere, atmosphere ... "

  17. Hot air balloon.
    Your family life is very much like my husband's. The french canadian thing, large families and catholic. Times sure are changing in that regard.
    Congrats, oh and your sister Ariane sent me!

  18. Kite!

  19. sky
    ....and Congratulations on 6 months and 100 posts. Your mother is amazing. My father called the local dump - "the pic-and-save" - he would bring "trash" home and make useful furniture and objects out of it. Alternate email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. Gas! Ugh!
    Thanks for your introduction. Got to know you better! What an interesting life you've led...esp if you say it's full of miracles! Patsy from

  21. Breath!

    The atmosphere is the cocoon we all live in.

    Glad to know there are others out there that have to create to live.


    Oi querida, sou do Brasil e amei Seu blog Conhecer, VOCÊ LER Sobre infancia e Imaginar SUA E Tudo Mais, Muito legal, semper felicidades!
    Parabéns Pelos 100 posts!

  23. AIR ! Thanks for the giveaway... Congrats on your 1ooth post..

  24. blue

    thanks for sharing your ups and downs

  25. Clouds

    Congrats on your 100th! I've started reading your blog in the last few weeks and really enjoy it. You are so creative!

  26. Spirit

    I came over here from Joel's site. So nice to catch up with you guys.

  27. Flying!

  28. answer: air!

    Congratulations for your 6th month anniversary and 100th post!
    and thank you for sthe opurtunity to win such lovely items!

    (11??? for real? amazing! marry at 18?? scary!!!)

  29. Hi Dear,I just want to say something...
    How straight forward person you are...i haven't seen any one like true you are...You are really superb,you have disclosed your very personal details..its amazing that in this era,i noticed so many people who did not want to disclose their very simple issues,& you even disclosed about your childhood's seems unbelievable to live 13 people in 4 rooms!!!! really shows that you are a great person as well,I was not having mood of reading any blog this time(due to headache) but i read yours & it is really awesome for me to know about your life...
    Always I love your great projects,so its not new for me to appreciate you again,wanna congratulates you on your 100 posts..May you blessed more & more...
    Well i know i can't catch your giveaway because i am so far from your i have no desire for that...Although the things are really desirable...


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