April 18, 2010

Happy 1st birthday Chronically Vintage!

On a day quite like many before it, something deep inside my soul stirred, a longing to put pen to paper (or in this case waltz my fingers across a keyboard) and share my lifelong adoration of all things vintage with the world.

While I’d like to regale you with an eventful tale of how Chronically Vintage came to be, its birth was really was rather on the quiet and unassuming side. Like a gentle breeze across the springtime landscape, this blog spun into existence softly, but with immense passion fuelling its creation onward.

Perhaps not all that surprisingly, I’ve always enjoyed reminiscing about the past – even when that past is, in this particular situation, only twelve months old. It’s fascinating to mark one’s life by the years created between various dates. As with most stretches of time, the span between this April and the last has been filled with its share of ups and downs, rough days and moments of unbridled joy. It’s created a year in which I feel I’ve found myself more at home with who I am – which I’m sure comes in part from getting old, but also from the comfort and courage that accompanies time spent amongst others who understand, care about and encourage you.

This blog would, unequivocally, not be what it is today without my amazing readers. There are scarcely words to thank all of visitors and blogging friends, not only for your comments, support, understanding and camaraderie, but for “getting” me. As many of you can no doubt relate to, it can be strange to be the only (or one of the only) vintage lovers in your family/social group/town!, and as such it means even more when through the powers of the internet you suddenly find yourself a new home brimming with fellow vintage fans.

Through your own sublime blogs I’ve learned enough in the last year to fill a small library! Your pages have given me a lifetime of inspiration and twelve months of splendid happiness. The thoughts you’ve written down, the images you’ve discovered, the outfits you’ve sported, the history you’ve preserved, all of these things have propelled my own thoughts in fantastically diverse and creative directions. You’ve influenced my wardrobe, make-up and hairstyles, my home decor, my collection of vintage items, and perhaps most of all, my blog writing.



{Adorable vintage birthday card via Vintage-Mouse’s Flickr stream.}


Thank you, everyone, for supporting Chronically Vintage both directly with your comments and behind the scenes with the inspiration I garner from your own marvellous posts. It’s been nothing short of a fabulous year on the blogging front, and one that I honestly cannot imagine having never taken place.

This blog came to be at a time when I really needed a creative outlet to get my mind off of countless pressing, uninspiring, downright heavy issues, and it has been a cathartic, artistic outpost of felicity for the past twelve months – just as I’m certain it will continue to be in the future.

To say I’m looking forward to Chronically Vintage’s second year of life would be a serious understatement! I’m positively bursting with excitement over what my second year of being a vintage blogger has in store, and can hardly wait to share each and every moment with you all!

Happy 1st birthday, Chronically Vintage, I love you!

32 comments:

  1. Congrats! Your blog is wonderful and so are you!

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday CV! And to you, dear Jessica!! You have created a fabulous and unique world here that so many love. Congratulations, dear friend! xo – g

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  3. Though I haven't hit the one year mark yet, it is like you crawled into my brain and wrote so poetically everything I feel about my own blog and the blogging community. I just adore your blog and look forward to the continued reading of it. Congratz on your achievement!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  4. congratulations!!!! here's to many more years to come for CV! :-)

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  5. Congrats, and happy birthday! I just love your blog, and also cannot wait to see what the new year brings for Chronically Vintage!

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  6. Congratulations! And thank you for your always marvellous posts :-)

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  7. Hello Dear Friend, a year already...Congratulation's and thank you for the lovely comment left at mine...Wishing you love and luck in everything you do.x.

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  8. Congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRONICALLY VINTAGE! Here's to many more years to come! :D

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  9. Oh happy birthday, nice work, love Posie

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  10. Happy birthday my darling! Your blog has always been an inspiration to me and you are one of the sweetest people i have (virtually!) met, i can't wait to read more of your fantastic posts!
    xxx

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  11. Congrats & Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog...
    Have a Blessed day...
    Sweet Blessings...
    Tonja

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  12. Congratulations Jessica! You have a fantastic blog and are obviously driven to create and bring it to other people.

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  13. Gee, I think I will get a cupcake tomorrow and celebrate your anniversary!
    Thank you for the kind words on my last post-this is why I continue to read your wonderful blog!

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  14. A big congrats to you Jessica! Looking forward to seeing what the second year at Chronically Vintage brings.
    What a sweet little 1st birthday card youve included.

    Rose
    x

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  15. Happy Birthday and Congratulations!! Beautiful writtings as always :)

    Thank you for the comments

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  16. Happy 1st Blogiversary!! I always enjoy reading your blog and look forward to doing so for many more years :)

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  17. Huzzah! Happy birthday to one of my favourite blogs. =D
    -Andi x

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  18. Happy first birthday indeed, Thank you for popping over to Housewife Bliss, I do adore all things vintage with a dash of modern, my mother taught me to be a bit eclectic that way. Now following, will be back for more.

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  19. One testament to the wonder of your blog is that you've gotten over 600 followers in a VERY short period of time! It's so much fun reading it--I don't always leave a comment but that certainly doesn't mean I don't visit! Cheers to another great year.

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  20. hey lovely lady!
    i left you a short mention on my blog :)
    happy birthday to your wonderful blog! :)
    xo.

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  21. happy birthday!!thank you for this year full of lovely posts!
    A very big hug,
    xxx

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  22. Oh congratulations darling! As well as your lovely vintage finds I do enjoy your writing. So strange, but wonderful, to think that I'm reading the words of somebody on the other side of the world, who I've never met, and feeling so connected. I'm sorry I don't get here as often as I should (you also know about the limitations of the body!)but when I do get here I feel, well, at home.

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  23. Congrats!! So exciting, your blog is amazing!

    xx
    Rachel

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  24. Happy 1st Birthday! Here's to many more of your wonderful posts! ::Raises glass in cheer!::

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  25. Jimminy... only one year?!? You've got a lot of great stuff here, and you've got tons of great followers. Your content DOES warrant it though. Congrats! Your hard work is paying off!!

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  26. A very merry birthday to you! Thank you for creating such a wonderful and happy little corner in blogland for us all to visit. Here's to many years more of your lovely posts Jessica.
    xo- Jennifer

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  27. My wonderful friends, thank you each for your fantastically kind comments. I really do mean it when I say that Chronically Vintage would not be what - and where - it is today if not for every single one of you.

    I treasure you each and am truly looking forward to celebrating each day of CV's second year of life with you all!

    Giant hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

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