…years. That’s how long I’ve been sharing my life with you all via this blog. When I first started writing in February 2005, I had a 15 year old daughter, a boyfriend of 6 years, worked as an office manager for an alarm company as well as from home as a bookkeeper, had juuuust started knitting and hadn’t even begun contemplating spinning – also, the bags didn’t even exist for me at that point.

Now I have a 22 year old daughter, a 1 year old granddaughter, a husband, an at-home business and lots and lots of friends I have made through this here blog – and I cherish it all. Thank you for sticking with me, through lots of blog updates and two month ‘breaks’. ;o)

To thank you properly, because I believe in celebrating blogiversaries like Hobbits celebrate birthdays, I will be giving gifts! We’ll start with one, if we make it to 100 50 comments I’ll add another and then again at every 100 50 comment mark – how will we get so many comments? Well, you’ll tell your friends, of course! For every comment that your name is mentioned, you’ll get another chance for one of the prizes!

First up, a Stitched gift certificate! You can have a bag just like one of these:

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You can pick out any print you like in the shop – your gift certificate will cover $25 of your purchase!

Adding a second prize! Because I just can’t wait until we hit 100, I’m adding a second prize RIGHT NOW and changing it to every 50 comments! What’s the next prize, you ask? HANDSPUN!


The colorway is ‘Celebration’ and it was part of the Spunky Eclectic fiber club many years (4? 5?) ago. It is chain plied and I’m not sure the yardage but I believe there’s enough for a nice cowl!

Adding a third prize! We’ve hit 100 comments so it’s time for prize number three!


Melissa Morgan-Oakes has offered a copy of EACH of her books! Signed and everything! One prize, THREE books! (how awesome is she?!)

Adding a fourth prize! We’ve hit 150 comments so it’s time for prize number FOUR!

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A custom dyed braid of Stitches n Rows fiber! (sooo pretty! Photo is just an example – you’ll get to tell Sarah and Sharon what colors you love and they’ll dye it up for you!) If you are a knitter, not a spinner, they’ll let you choose to either have yarn dyed for you OR they will spin up the roving you’ve designed!

Adding a fifth prize!! We’ve reached 200 comments! Up next:

A skein of sock yarn from Jellyfish Knits AND a set of stitch markers from Knittin Pretty! If you win this prize, you will let Jellyfish Knits know your favorite color and if you would like sparkles in your yarn – AND you’ll let Knittin Pretty know what set of stitch markers you’d like to own!)

Adding a sixth prize! We’ve reached 250 comments!!

A Pattern of your choice from Luliriisi’s Ravelry Shop AND 3 (!) sets of stitch markers from Ball Creative Designs!

Adding a SEVENTH prize!! We’ve reached 300 comments! (holy crap!)

The only thing I have left to give away (I truly was not expecting 300 comments – you guys are awesome!) is ANOTHER BAG CERTIFICATE! $25 towards the SbJL bag of your choice!


Now, the rules:

• The contest will run until midnight tonight (Eastern Time – a girl has to get some sleep! February 21)

• You will get an entry for 1 comment that you leave on this post, 1 tweet/facebook/plurk post per hour until the contest is over

• Tell your friends! You will get an extra entry into the contest for each comment they leave and they mention who sent them

• I will add a prize for every 100 50 comments – the possibilities are endless!

Thanks for playing – and good luck!


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321 thoughts on “Seven…

  1. Happy Seven Years and thank you for sharing with US! I actually think I do remember reading your blog back then and when you talk about the changes like that – it’s amazing how much time has gone by, how much lives have changed! Congrats!
    Chris’s last post …The One with the Shop Update

  2. Geri says:

    So glad Carole mentioned it was your blogiversary. It truly is a wonderful time to reflect on how our lives have grown and changed. Love, love love those bags!

  3. It’s so weird to think that if we both hadn’t started blogging we wouldn’t know each other! I’m glad we did and I’m glad we do! Congrats on 7 years. You know I love you!
    Carole’s last post …Ten On Tuesday

  4. Your bags are the best. My first one from you EVER arrived last week and I have it with me all the time; it held my purple socks all week long. Happy Blogversary and good luck on your magnificent business. Nancy @ Nany’s Arts Crafts & Favorites
    Nancy’s last post …Elusive Secret of Happiness

  5. Cathy B. says:

    Congratulations on blogging for 7 years!!! On getting married, on being a Grammy (I have 3 granddaughters) and most of all, being able to work at home!!! I love your bags and so does my sister!!! Keep on sewing!!!

  6. Happy Bloggiversary!! Can you believe we’ve been at it so long! It will be8 years for me. oh my It would be wonderful to see you back in Blogland. Our numbers are fading. Some lucky someone is going to love your bag! I love mine! Happy Bloggiversary, Jess!
    margene’s last post …Lazy, Busy? Who Knows

  7. Bonney says:

    Congrats on 7 years! That’s real staying power not to mention discipline. So glad to have found your blog. I’ll be a new follower now!

  8. Congratulations! Norma Miller poster this update on Facebook. Life changes quickly, even when we aren’t noticing. Love your bags. Can’t wait to see you at a show somewhere soon.


  9. Mazal tov! Seven is a really good number of years for anything!

    You actually sent me over here through the FB – saw you mentioned something yesterday, was it yesterday? :)

    Many more happy successful years.
    Rachel’s last post …Cardigan Maybe

  10. Susan says:

    Happy Blogiversary!! Seven years is a long time, and you have certainly been busy and seen many life changes in that time. Love the fact that you have a “home business.” That would be my dream one day – I think!

  11. debshepknits says:

    Congratulations on your seventh year of blogging! Carole and Margene directed me to you. I’m happy to add you to my daily reading.

  12. Amy in Seattle says:

    Wow, I’m a bit said I haven’t followed you for the entire time! Alas, my bank account is happy I didn’t cause it probably couldn’t have handled more bags!

    I’m subscribed to your feed and just love your bags!

    Congrats on all the changes over the last 7 years…and here’s hoping for thousands of comments!!

  13. jill says:

    Just left Carole’s blog. I LOVE my Jessalu bag! I would love to have another!! In fact, I have a pair of Easter socks waiting for a new home. Congratulations on hitting your seventh anniversary. Blogland fueled my childhood pasttime into my adulthood passion. Thank you for being a part of that!

  14. Amazingly I follow you in other places and I don’t know if I’ve been to your blog before – I had no clue you had an adult child! I never would have guessed. I love your bags and carry my Firefly one everywhere. Happy blogaversary!

  15. Amanda says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Isn’t it amazing to see where we were, how far we’ve come, and how much we’ve grown!

    I linked in from JesseLu’s Plurk!

  16. Bonnie says:

    Carla let me know about your blogiversary. I have been seeing your bags but haven’t had the opportunity to purchase one and winning would be wonderful. Happy Blogiversary!

  17. Kate says:

    Happy Aniverery!
    I just love your bags and I ordered a couple but I will be looking for more in the future. Wishing you a very successful year.

  18. Ann says:

    Congratulations on your blog. I’ve found it because Margene just mentioned it today and directed me here. I look forward to reading it in the future.

  19. debbie says:

    Congratulations on your 7th year anniversary! I love your Bags. Meliabella sent me over, and also got me hooked on your bags.

  20. Bandknito says:

    Congratulations! 7 is my lucky number …so I hope 7 years of blogging brings you good luck. jknitma sent me…

  21. janita says:

    I popped over here from zenneedle blog! So I am new but love contests! Love bags and yarn. I will put you in my google reader and become a faithful reader.
    Happy Blog Birthday and many more….

  22. Lori on Little Traverse Bay says:

    Congratulations on seven great years! Lucky seven! (Zeneedle sent me over to offer my good wishes.)

  23. Congratulations! & Happy Blog Day!

    I am so proud of you and what you’ve accomplished over the years! I am a very proud owner of a vintage box bag from back when you were thinking about making bags for people. Hard to believe, isn’t it? :D Keep you the good work, sweetie. Love you!

    Oh, and you sent me. I’m still a afraid and almost always do what you say. ;^)

    Cookie’s last post …& how was your weekend?

  24. Enid Mary Shaw says:

    well done on continuing excellence. I haven’t read blogs lately, and had forgotten; saw the Plurk by Katie O >jetgirl1313, so popped in to give her another chance!!, will also replurk.
    have a great dayxxx

  25. Melissa says:

    Congrats on 7 years. I found you through at least two of the blogs I read. (Haven’t finished reading yet this morning.) (Zeneedle & Cookie.)

  26. I was sent here by Jetgirl1313 (Katie O) and Meliabella (Melissa S), who both plurked about your contest. Congrats on seven years, all the exciting changes, and the soon to be grandbaby! I’ve enjoyed ogling your bags for a while now … I’d love to be able to say that I have one of your creations!
    Heather Kinne’s last post …Episode 66 – Addict

  27. Dianne says:

    Margene so kindly reminded me it was this time of year..Happy Anniversary!
    Your bags have brought me much pleasure as well as all my friends I’ve ‘socked’ with one or 2…they always want more~
    I wish you continued success and look forward to seeing who your lucky winners will be.
    All the best always,
    Bedford, Va…yes…even here in Va..we have Jessa Lu Bags!!

  28. Laurel (knittertoo) says:

    craftygirl83 sent me over from Plurk. I have been lusting after your bags for a while but am on a Yarn diet until after SSK this summer. I will have a bag one day!

  29. Anne C says:

    Congratulations! I enjoyed how you shared the events that have marked your past 7 years. Best wishes for many more!

  30. Happy Blogiversary! Wow – it’s amazing how fast the time flies! What awesome prizes. You are so kind! And now to spread the word – cause I’ll do anything for one of those bags!!!!

  31. Patricia says:

    Carole sent me to wish you a Happy Blogiversary! I have one of your bucket bags and a project bag and love them both.

  32. LynnM says:

    CarrieS. (the former CarrieG) alerted me to the celebration and contest! Congrats on your blogiversary. You’ve been blogging for as long as I’ve been separated/divorced! In those 7 years my child has grown from primary school to freshman at college. How the years go by! May the next seven bring you much happiness.

  33. Kimberley says:

    I saw Pennie’s plurk and had to come over and comment – congratulations on seven years! As an on again/off again knitter, that’s no easy feat!

  34. Jackie says:

    Margene at ZeNeedle sent me over. This is the first time I have visited your blog, but it won’t be the last! Happy Blog-iversity!

  35. Sandra says:

    Congratulations on the 7 year anniversary! I was sent here by SwedishRose (Plurk). Your bags are great, would love to afford one soon!

  36. Bonnie says:

    Was sent here by Carla – You know how to celebrate. Adding prizes every 50 how awesome is that. Party on!

  37. Lynda Hitt says:

    I came over from plurk because Turtlepurl said to. What a fun give away and congrats on blogging for so long

  38. Heather says:

    Congratulations on seven great years of blogging, and thank you for a great giveaway (even if I don’t win)! PS Carole sent me!

  39. Miss Scarlett says:

    What a fun contest.
    7 years?! Isn’t it amazing the changes that have happened?
    Reminds me of how I’ve neglected my blog…


  40. Wendy Meyers says:

    Congratulations on your seven year blogiversary!! Here’s to many, many more!! Hope to see you soon.

  41. Eva says:

    Diane sent me here and I’m glad she did! You do some beautiful work, I would be thrilled with one of your bags!!

  42. Michelle says:

    Happy 7 year blogiversary! I’ve only just recently discovered you but I’m sure it’s been a great run for everyone who’s been with you since the beginning!

  43. Jessica says:

    Hahaha I saw this this morning and made sure to remember to enter… and I just have to laugh because one of the first things I spun was the Spunky Fiber Club “Celebration” and ours couldn’t be more different (I am using mine in a felted cat bed, it was that disastrous). I also saw this on Cookie’s blog!

  44. KittenWithAWhiplash says:

    Congrats and Happy Blogiversary! I heard about this party from one of the coolest, most generous, sweet ladies on the planet…. JessaLu! OK, so I know you won’t claim one entry into this drawing for yourself, but I hope that along with all the goodies you are giving away, you did get yourself something special to mark the occasion. BTW:Still loving my Robot Bag big time, and that post is still one of the most popular on my blog, and got another visit just yesterday! Congrats again!

  45. Happy Blogoversary! Best wishes for many more and thanks for a cool set of giveaways (Leann, who complains she never wins anything, sent me). Off to post on FB!
    Ina’s last post …Sporting Life

  46. Ruth says:

    Happy 7th blogiversary jessalu! Sounds like you’ve had many wonderful changes and I’m so glad you got in to making bags.


  47. Betty says:

    Happy Anniversary – what a great blog

    Congratulations to you

    I’d love to be able to have a chance to win a prize

    ravelry name TMYinHNL

  48. Lynn Winders says:

    Wow, look at all these wonderful goodies. Love that the blog has gone on for so long. Knitting is so addicting and the contests are just fun in addition. Lynn W

  49. Rhonda says:

    Congratulations! Greetings from Tokyo!
    I love ready blogs. It connects me with knitters in the English-speaking world that I miss so much.

  50. Jan says:

    Thanks for the contest! Wonderful prizes you and your friends have offered! Margene sent me!

    Happy blogiversary, and happy life!

  51. Lynn in Tucson says:

    Such bloggy goodness! I treasure my handspun from you so much that I haven’t even used it yet. (It just sits out so I can stare at it!) Happy anniversary! (And yes, I heard about this from Pacalaga!)

  52. Wendy says:

    Congratulations on seven years! Here’s to many, many more!! Nice to see you blogging again. I love reading what is happening. The prizes are absolutely fantastic. See ya soon.

  53. penelope10 says:

    What a great contest! Some wonderful prizes too!
    Your bags are a delight! Very nicely made! I want more!

  54. Karen says:

    Have wondered in and out of your blog for years. Remember when you where getting ready to get married. and your bags in infancy. Finally purchased one this past month. LOVE IT!!! So wandered back to the blog and behold. Happy Blogiversary!

  55. Betsy says:

    Happy Blogiversary. I recently bought one of your bags and I love it. Dana (from unwind yarn company) sent me here today. :-)

  56. Carolyn says:

    I see I’m too late to push you over the 300 mark, but congratulations on your longevity- and popularity!

  57. Hi! Congrats on your 7th! You are amazing! I saw on facebook you were looking for me. Here I am! Another commenter! I’m very tired and have had a “wittle wine” but I’m sure that whatever you are giving away is spectacular!!! Can’t wait to see what you do in your next 7 years!!!!

  58. Kaitlin says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I’m a newer follower of your work, but I’m so glad you’re here– you’ve left me very inspired!

  59. Cindy B says:

    Happy Mardi Gras! I’m just home from dancing all day in the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. Zeneedle told me to stop by.

    Laissez les bon temps roulez!

  60. Sarah JS says:

    Carole (of Carole Knits) sent me on over. Congratulations on your seven-year blogiversary! May the next year be wonderful for you and yours.

  61. Susan says:

    Seven years! Time does keep on moving doesn’t it. Seven years ago I had no idea I’ld be where I am today. I bet you didn’t either. So glad we are here together.

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