Hello (and squash)


It’s just a few days over a year since I stopped updating here and, predictably, I have been missing it. I feel like it’s time to start up again. Do you like our button squash? Some got a little too big and tough but the little ones are delicious steamed, with a big blob of butter and sprinkling of pepper. See you tomorrow!

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173 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    I’ve been a big fan of your site for a long time now, and I’ve been wondering if you would return. Welcome back, and I’m looking forward to your updates!Amy

  2. leigh says:

    yay! very glad you’re back!

  3. Louise says:

    Yippee! Welcome back! You got me started into this whole blogging scene and it has been missing your friendly face. Hoorah!!

  4. Loulou'smum says:

    Ouah ! Gnial !So happy your are back !And thanks for sharing again (your’s was the first blog I ever read)

  5. Morgan says:

    Oh Yeah! I missed you!! Welcome back.

  6. carly says:


  7. jo says:

    YaY! I’ve only just found out you’re back too. Now to read all the new entries – welcome back…

  8. mimi k says:

    How wonderful to see you back!

  9. Wendy says:

    Yay, Claire! Welcome back.

  10. Kritika says:

    Thank goodness you are back. I have been reading and re-reading everything that you have ever written on this blog many times over. Although I understood why you had to take a break, you were missed. I have never commented on any blog. Guess I will have to comment on the blogs that I love so that people could get to know that their presence is valuable.Take it easy!

  11. Fran says:

    What a fantastic surprise! Welcome back. So pleased.

  12. m-c says:

    wow, welcome back Claire!a month ago i saw your rss still in my feeds list, wondering if you would start to blog again… I’ve got my answer, and i must say, wow, it’s gonna be wonderful to have you back!!

  13. Corynne says:

    hello,i found your blog a few months ago and loved it. then i realized/read you were taking a break. what a pleasant surprise to see your post in my rss feed! looking forward to seeing your posts…

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hello! Just thinking that you might be back mid-February-ish to say hi. Your button squash look so bright and cheerful, if vegetables can be cheerful.

  15. Leah says:

    So glad to see you back 🙂

  16. Gianni says:

    hi.since 2003 i sometimes ping to your site, which i like. It was a surprise to ee you back today.i got a personal website too where i put a link to loobylu some years ago, tell me if you mind.ciaoGianni

  17. hooray! welcome back Loobylu 🙂

  18. yay, yay, yay! missed your blog, so glad you are back. yay!

  19. Gordon says:

    Great news!! a grand surprise!!

  20. rosa says:

    how woderful to have you back, Claire! I love the new look!

  21. Cynthia says:

    I don’t post comments often but I just wanted you to know that it’s really wonderful to see Loobylu updated again! Looking forward to more of your interesting entries.A fan from Manila, Phils.Cynthia

  22. Jill says:

    Yippee!! Welcome back!! 🙂

  23. Lara says:

    Oh my gosh, she lives!! Good to have you back :)Looking forward to meeting you one of these days at one of Pip’s new book gatherings 🙂

  24. Tan says:

    tried to email this thru but it bounced back so thought i’d leave a comment instead 🙂

    “This is way too spooky…just this morning as I was getting ready to go to work all of a sudden I thought of your website and how great it would be if you came back and had art available on etsy because I working on an etsy feature wall at home…then today I went to a blog I had never visited before and saw a button linking back to your website and clicked on it thinking `what the hell, you never know!’ and there you are, first post back after a year! I have no idea where that thought came from this morning but it’s like my subconscious knew the website was going to be updated today…I almost fell off my chair when I checked it just then!

    Anyway – short version is – lovely to have you back & looking forward to reading more!

    Tan xox “

  25. nicole says:

    Yip yip yip circle jig!

  26. Jhoanna says:

    Woohoo!!! So glad to see you back in blogland 🙂 Love the new look too!

  27. helen says:

    Yay! very excited to see the number beside Loobylu in bloglines today!as for the button squash …hmmm well they *look* very nice.

  28. Karo says:

    yay, you’re back! 🙂

  29. Kari says:

    Yay! I too am not much of a comment leaver, but I am so happy to read that you’ll be posting again!

  30. Michelle says:

    I’m so pleased you’re back! And those squash are impressive!

  31. nancy says:

    YAY! YAY! YAY! i was thinking all the time and hoping that you would come back. no pressure or anything, but boy it is good to see you.

  32. amanda says:

    Well, this just made my day. Welcome back, Claire! xoxo.

  33. deborah says:

    wonderful!lovely to read about your day again.

  34. Eren says:

    Welcome back! Love the squashes and the one blue chuck.

  35. feli says:

    So glad to see you back. :*)

  36. Marie says:

    Hello Loobylou! I am so happy to see you back! you were the first blog I ever read and I have been checking every once in while hoping that you are sharing your journey with us once again.Marie/x

  37. Beth says:

    Great to hear from you again!

  38. karen says:

    1 year !!!thanks to be back .

    I love squash in soup ;o)

  39. Jenn says:

    Best rss feed surprise ever!

  40. Donna says:

    So excited to see that you are back!

  41. ash says:

    Ooooo that sounds yummy! Welcome back to the internets!!

  42. jenniferbee says:

    I’m so glad you are writing again. I visit here occasionally, hoping for a fresh hello. And then today…it was really here! I couldn’t believe my eyes. You were certainly missed. 🙂

  43. Donna says:

    How nice to see you posting again! There must have been a reason I left you on my bloglines queue. What lovely squash.

  44. oh i’ve missed you! welcome back!

  45. Hi hi hi Claire! Welcome back! I’m so happy you are putting your “toe” back into the blog world. Missed you… :o)

  46. geek+nerd says:

    Hurray! I’m happy to see that you’re back. I was just thinking of you the other day, when I was remembering some of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I thought to myself, hmm, I miss Claire’s blog, and now you’re back!

  47. Laurie L. says:

    Welcome back!Those squash are called “pattypan” in the United States (I thought they were called “scallopini” in Australia). I love them. I grow them every year in my garden, and yes, only the small ones are good and tender. However, with the little bit larger ones, I peel them, scoop out the seeds (if needed), slice, and saute them with olive oil and onions. Yum.

  48. Amy says:

    Oh, hallelujah!! You’re back, you’re back!*excited squeal*

  49. michelle says:

    Saw the good news over at Belle Epoque — welcome back!

  50. shauna says:

    Happy days are here again! 🙂

  51. Emily says:

    Welcome back! And the squash are lovely. 🙂

  52. sarah says:


  53. Gina says:

    welcome back! what a pleasant surprise in my bloglines. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to – Yours was the first blog that got me really interested in blogging!

  54. marrije says:

    Hurray! I’m so happy to see you back here 🙂

  55. Stacee says:

    Woo-hoo! What a fanstastic, unexpected surprise in my RSS feed this morning! Delighted to see you back, Claire! So many exclamation points!

  56. Kristina says:

    Echoing all the other comments it’s so nice to see you back. I’m most envious of your fresh summer squash. The grocery store zucchinis around here don’t lend much inspiration at suppertime.

  57. Kim says:

    I’m at the same place now where you were then, and I think of your signing-off post often! (Yet I still haven’t gone cold turkey.) Welcome back! So good to see you pop up in the old feed reader.

  58. Chrystal says:

    SO SO SO glad to see you back!!!

  59. Jan says:

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Loobylu update on Bloglines…so glad I hadn’t deleted you! Welcome back, Claire!

  60. Claudia says:

    Its lovely to see you again! Love those squash.

  61. Francs says:

    Welcome back, your blog was one of the first I started reading so I’m looking forward to future posts.

  62. Alyson says:

    Yay – I discovered your blog after you stopped blogging and was so disappointed. I’m glad you are back.

  63. Sheridan says:

    Oh, I am so glad to see you back! You have been so missed around here, as you were always my favourite crafty blog.It’s a delight to see you posting again.Welcome back!

  64. Amy says:

    Hurray, you’re back!

  65. Michelle says:

    YAY!!I’m SOOOOO glad to see you back!!


  66. jenny says:

    oh, happy day! i thought there must have been some sort of mistake when i saw an update from loobylu in my blogroll today!!!!welcome back, it’s so great to see you 🙂

    ps, lovely squash 🙂

  67. Georgia says:

    Oh my goodness! Horray!

  68. Georgia says:

    Oops, “hooray”. *blush*

  69. greta says:

    Hooray!Welcome BACK!xoxo

  70. zannestar says:

    3 cheers. I’m thrilled that you’re back on the blog – seriously gave me goosebumps when I clicked over and saw a new post. rock on

  71. Nadja says:

    Hello. I’ve missed your blog. So glad you are back!Take care of yourself and your family.Nadja from Switzerland

  72. Lorena says:

    Oh HELLO! So good to have you back. Loobylu was my introduction to the blog world and the reason I started my own.Welcome, welcome back. You’ve been greatly missed!

    (Lovely squash!)

  73. Mariana says:

    I woke up today thinking about you, and surprise!!! I’m happy to see you again, welcome back!!!

  74. Dana says:

    I missed your site so much, yay! Welcome back.

  75. Di says:

    I just clicked on your blog name on someone else’s list as I have periodically over the last year and just as I was doing it I was thinking to myself, it’s such a pity that Loobylu has gone as she inspired me to start my own blog and low and behold – I found you back!!Welcome back to Blogland! A happier place now you are in it again!

  76. Lynda says:

    Oh! I missed you. I hope you had a great year!

  77. jen says:

    I was still subscribed to Loobylu and now I’m one of the many who’ve realised you’re back. Welcome back.

  78. In the words of Lola”Yes, Yes, Yes !!!”

  79. Lorraine says:

    I happened to check your blog out of the blue… happy to see you’re back!

  80. lou says:

    So good to see you back. Have been checking your blog every now and again to see if you’ve returned, but it wasn’t until just a minute ago that I saw the link for Loobylu on Soulemama and it made me smile very broadly! Yay!

  81. Sharon says:

    Great surprise to see you back, found out via Soulemama.

  82. Kirsty says:

    Thank you & yay hooray – So pleased you’re back.

  83. abbyjane says:

    Welcome back! I think of you often. So glad to see you here again.

  84. pip says:

    Hurrah! Hooray! Yippee! You’re back! You are the very one who made me want to write a blog… and then you went vamoooooose… and now you are back… I am so so pleased! The original and the best… that’s YOU! Welcome back… i can’t wait to keep up with your news again. xx

  85. Megan says:

    Today is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day! I’m so thrilled to see the return of Loobylu, and have been checking several times a week for a year. Welcome back!

  86. yay! so glad you’re back! you’ve been missed.

  87. Lisa says:

    I never thought I’d miss a blogger so much as I’ve missed you – so glad you’re back at it! You’re such a sunny spot!

  88. tulip says:

    So good to see you again! Welcome back!

  89. Nichola says:

    You know, Justine (62Cherry) and i have been wondering to each other if you’d be coming back sometime soon. What instincts we have!!!! YAY, glad to see you and look forward to reading your blog again. :):):)

  90. Christie says:

    Welcome back, you have been missed. Hope you have enjoyed some fantastic family time.

  91. Miss Eagle says:

    Welcome back, Claire. My FeedDemon has been patiently waiting for you.Blessings and bliss

  92. sarah london says:

    So glad to see you’re back Claire!!! happy days full of sunshine!!!

  93. ingrid says:

    Welcome back! You have been missed 🙂

  94. h&b says:

    Oh yay !You’ve been well missed, as can be attested to by all these comments !

    Welcome Back 🙂

  95. sorenson says:

    very cool to have you back.you can make too-big squash better by stuffing and roasting them. yum!

  96. claudine says:

    Oh hello! I’m so glad you’re back, I have missed loobylu!

  97. batikbabies says:

    Ahh so lovely your back! I was addicted to your blog some 18mths ago & often checked your site over the last year -just to see if you were back – was so pleasantly suprised when i viewed another blog (meetmeatmikes) to see your name in lights! This is my first attempt at the whole blog thing – read lots…but now your back prompted me to respond. I look forward to your updates:)

  98. Fiona says:

    Hooray! Seeing you in my bloglines just made my day, too. So lovely that you’re back! 🙂

  99. Kristine says:

    About 3 or 4 years ago I read an article about you in The Age newspaper. It was the photo that caught my eye – you and your sewing machine. That was the first time I had ever heard of a blog. That article opened up a whole new world to me, so I’m very happy to see that you have returned to blogging. You’re the original craft blogger in my mind.

  100. Carolyn says:

    Yay! Yay! Yay! So good to have you back blogging. You’ve been an inspiration!

  101. thank you – I have missed you

  102. Nerida says:

    Thank goodness you are back! I’m SO happy you have returned – I’ve kept checking back again and again. You were the first blog I ever read and introduced me to this new world of crafting. We all so appreciate how much of yourself you give through your blog and look forward to reading more of your wonderful journey.

  103. Candace says:

    SOOOOOOO glad you’re back – this totally made my morning!!!

  104. amy says:

    I almost fell over when I saw a new entry from you in my feed reader! So happy you’re back to blogging!

  105. […] of the crafty blogs, then you may be as overjoyed as I was to hear that Claire at Loobylu is starting up her blog […]

  106. SmockLady says:

    Out of lurkdom to say, “I am so glad you are back.”

  107. seriously? honestly? truly? you’re back? yippeeee!

  108. Poppy says:

    How wonderful to have you back again. You have been missed by all of us, I’m sure. I hope that you and your family have had a marvellous year, and that we’ll get to hear about it in due time. Pics of the kiddies please! 🙂

  109. Sarah says:

    Hooray! I have always been visiting to see if there was a chance that you would come back to the world of blogging. 🙂

  110. Mariana says:

    it’s so nice to see you here again!welcome back, and i hope you post more photos too, they’re just as great as your drawings

  111. […] look who is back just in time for […]

  112. Melissa says:

    Hurrah! Welcome back! I was so sad when you stopped updating as I always enjoyed reading your blog.

  113. Christine says:

    Oh Claire! You are so loved! Over a year of not posting and the first post you write you receive 122 comments! I’m so happy to see you here again! When I saw that you had posts on my feed reader, I had to do a double take, I couldn’t believe my eyes!Welcome back!

  114. Abigail says:

    So glad to read your blog again – huzzah!

  115. Michelle Lorie says:

    Hi Claire, I can’t tell you how many times I checked to see if you were back! So glad that you are! LoobyLu has always been a favorite of mine!

  116. Starashan says:

    Hi and welcome back! Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered right about the time you decided to have a break…Great squash… it’s amazing how big they can get, hey? I *accidentally* grew some HUGE ones this year.-Sherrin

  117. Tracie says:

    I am so so pleased you are back.

  118. miriam says:

    I’m so happy! =)))))welcome back, dear.

  119. Yvonne says:

    Good news, welcome back Claire!

  120. Alicia P. says:

    Claaaaaaiiiire!!!! Claaaaiiiirey!!![Happy sigh.]

  121. Squeee! I am so glad to see you back!

  122. Amanda says:

    you’re BACK! Yay! So happy to see you 🙂 Love the squash(es).

  123. Shenae says:

    Loobylu is back and all is right in the world. But it’s odd that she is back days before a lunar eclipse. Hmmm….

  124. danielle says:

    Great to have you back! Can’t wait to see what’s in store 🙂

  125. amy says:

    welcome back! you’ve been missed :).

  126. Cherry says:

    It’s great you’re back! I found your blog a FEW DAYS AFTER you paused it! I was quite bummed. I hope you had a lovely break, and welcome back.

  127. Cherry says:

    It’s great you’re back! I found your blog a FEW DAYS AFTER you paused it! I was quite bummed. I hope you had a lovely break, and welcome back. (Will this be a double post??)

  128. carol says:

    hurrah- it IS a good day!

  129. amy says:

    yeah, so just when I got into this world- you went a way…I saw yr blog name everywhere and was sad to discover yr goneSo glad yr back:)

  130. Wendy says:

    Oh my goodness! I checked your site on the 17th, but was disappointed to find you were still on a blog holiday. What a pleasant surprise when I clicked over to your blog this afternoon and found it newly updated! Welcome back!

  131. r.dean says:

    breaks are good. nice to see you back. 🙂

  132. Yay, yay and more yay.I’m so pleased you’re back.I’ve been known to come and stare every so often over the last twelve months, just in case you had returned.And now you have!

    Those vintage camping pictures are intoxicating.

  133. Amy says:

    I’m happy to see you are back. I didn’t find your blog until you had decided to take a break… I’m looking forward to reading!

  134. rebecca says:

    Oh! What a nice surprise…I used to visit your site frequently but when you took a break I put your link in a folder marked “not visted as often”. I’ve checked in from time to time in hopes of seeing you on here again, and today – well, you made my day 🙂 Welcome back to the internet world. Pretty soon I’ll have a site that I can share with you too!

  135. Ellie says:

    Cikey! I can’t believe I missed this!! You’re back!!! Brilliant. My favourite blog!!!1

  136. Annie says:

    Yay. So lovely to see you back. I checked the website every now and again, just in case… and this time was so happy to see your new entries 🙂 Welcome back.Annie x

  137. Jenny says:

    I know I’m really late but I just had to sayYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! you’re back! I’ve been hoping you’d come back and I’m so glad to see you writing again, I love your blog and I’m lovin’ it’s new look! HURRRRRRAH!!

  138. Lisa says:

    Ditto what Annie said. Welcome back!

  139. ymke says:

    Oh so nice to ‘have you back’ Claire!

  140. cat says:

    i cannot believe it! welcome back, really welcome back. i’m so happy now:)

  141. sara says:

    Sooooo happy that you are back – I really missed your posts!

  142. Kayzie says:

    I’ve checked your site monthly since you began your break (with two cute, active tykes, who can blame a person for needing a bit of a breather!) and am absolutely thrilled to see Loobylu up and running again. You have been missed, Claire. Welcome back!

  143. melissa says:

    I added your link to my blogroll recently with the tag ‘come back claire’.So glad you did, I missed your posts!

  144. Karen says:

    Welcome back, Claire! I’ve missed your blog over the year and came back from time to time to see if by chance you’ve updated. And now I see several new posts from you!

  145. jams says:

    I’m so glad your back! Welcome!

  146. read me... says:

    Oh my, you’re back! This is great news, I’m so happy!!

  147. Teresa says:

    eeek, your back! Great news, I’ve really missed your blog, I’ve looked around at the odd blog, but only found one other (apart from yours) that’s had me hooked as a regular – (http://www.lintrezza.com/blogger.html) – and that’s Linda Cockburn’s site – author of the good life – and of course you know where I found out about her from! Really loved all the bits of inspiration within your blog when it was last up and running – I bought the laptop lunch boxes, discovered curious george, rediscovered the moomins, etc. etc. and I see you’ve mentioned my all time favourite Milly Molly Mandy once more. I recently discovered that her appeal is very broad and that after initial protest of ‘that’s a girl book’ my 6 year old boy loves the stories as much as his big sister and mum.I’ve been enjoying some home grown button squash as well, they’re just so pretty aren’t they. Though I think next time I’d need to grow more, as my one tub of them only ever yields 2 or 3 at best at a time.

    Anyway, once again great to have you back,Teresa

  148. eugeniagina says:

    thank’s God you’re back, it’s your blog that inspiring me to make my first blog, and your crafty hand that assuring me to leave my 9-5 work and becoming an illustrator, thanks Claire, for being my inspiration! :’)

  149. Oh, oh, oh, I am so, so, so glad to see you back. Every once in a while I would pop over just to see if maybe possibly hopefully you had decided to return. And here you are! I’m a bit late back to the party, but I’m so happy to be here again : ) Welcome back!

  150. natascha says:

    Hi!!! I’m sooooooooo happy to read you again!!

  151. Kim says:

    So glad to have you back–I’ve missed you and your blog. I first started reading your blog waaay back when, and I was dismayed the day I discovered you were on hiatus. Welcome back!!!

  152. caitriona says:

    YES! i *knew* you’d come back. i should’ve been checking in more regularly though – i’ve missed more than a month 😉 yours is one of the first blogs i ever read, so i’m extra-glad to see you’re still finding the time/energy/inspiration to keep at it.

  153. Sonia Luisa says:

    OmG!You’re back and I didn’t know!Welcome!:))

  154. Zoe says:

    Oh MY!!! I am so happy to see that you are back. I am a bit behind in the game but I saw someone else mention you on their blog and I thought, no, it can’t be!! Hooray!!! 🙂 Welcome back, we missed you.

  155. TRINA says:

    YAY! What a surprise. I have had you on my blogroll all this time and just discovered your return. I found loobylu shortly before you decided to take a break and today as I read Wee Wonderfuls I saw your comment! Welcome back

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