today is the 1 year anniversary of simplyolive

a little history:

it was started to be a promotional / informative companion to the website my partner & i were going to create to sell our designs. (truthfully, i was a bit leery about doing a blog -- if it had to be done, all i knew is that i didn't want it to be about what i ate for dinner or what the dogs did all afternoon -- even though my 1st post featured a hand knit dog cowl on henry, who now lives with my ex-boyfriend in chicago. . . i also didn't want the blog to be too personal -- so please forgive me today. . .) it also was to be written as if "olive" was 1 person, which was difficult at times, with both of us living in 2 different countries.

the website was going to be called olivebrown -- a name i had written down & filed away for the appropriate moment. (olive green & chocolate brown are 2 of my favorite colors -- i have a yarn stash to prove it!) we both liked that it sounded like a woman's name, since neither 1 of us wanted to use our own name or a combination of our names.

as for the blog name, we spent a lot of time brainstorming & finally came up with simplyolive, which seemed to work with our love of clean contemporary design. (in case you were wondering how the title came about.)

after a few months of posting, a trip to italy to finally have a "business" meeting with sheri, & a bit more posting & discussing of the website, a difference of opinion occurred, & we parted ways. (we have, however, remained friends.) thankfully, i got to keep olive, & she has continued to pursue her love of writing (& knitting.)

so. . .
i'd just like to thank all of you who have read my blog & left such lovely comments in the past year. it has been great getting to know all of my fellow bloggers. you all inspire me in one way or another.

ps:1 olivebrown will still be my design label,
.......she'll just be on etsy. . . very soon
.......& also here



desmitten said...

Great blog! Happy Anniversary!

Mischa said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! That is so wonderful. I loved reading about the history of the name!

simplyolive said...

thanks girls!

kait said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the continuing steam of inspiration and beauty....

ruth-anne said...

happy one year old blog, and looking forward to seeing olivebrown on etsy.. !

sheri said...

you have done a great job with the blog! i can't wait to see your designs on etsy, they are so amazing! how long have we been talking about you doing something on your own and now you are, it is really wonderful!

simplyolive said...

thanks kait.
thanks ruth-anne.

thanks sheri! too bad things things didn't work out as we had planned, but things happen for a reason, i guess...
i'm looking forward to your shop as well. and (hopefully!) another trip to italy...we have to go to pitti filati!! :)

UNIFORM Studio said...

congratulations on one year!
and I look forward to reading and seeing more of your inspiration in the next.

Nora said...

I'm sorry I missed this - happy 1 year and I look forward to Etsy!

simplyolive said...

thanks nora.
...i'm looking forward to my etsy shop too. :)

automatism said...

A little late to the party, I'm afraid, but happy anniversary! Congrats on a lovely blog and (I"m sure) the lovely shop to be on Etsy, too.


simplyolive said...

thanks lori!
...better late than never :)