Well this is it! My blogaversary! Yep, I started it a year ago, kicking and screaming. Who would read this and why would anyone want to read what I have to say! You all know what I'm talking about! This was single handedly the most difficult part of my creative journey...putting myself out there. But I was told I had to. I was told by the Senior editor, Christine, from North Light Books that I simply had to. I supposed she knew what she was talking about, after all she was working for one of the top publishers of arts and crafts books. So I listened. Then I started. I tread lightly at first. How would I ever have enough to say? I'm shy, I don't even talk that much! But I forged ahead with it. It was kinda fun. I kinda liked it. I had stuff to say! I had stuff to share! I remember my 4th follower! I remember my 16th. Hey, people might just read this! I remember a post where I whined big time and a reader made a comment and really felt sorry for me! We exchanged phone numbers and met at her house. Some of you might remember my first meeting with a blogger stranger in Laguna Beach. Paulette and I became great friends.
Looking back, I can't believe the tangled web of people that stemed from this meeting. There was Beth, editor from Stampington that was led to Paulette's beautiful treasures at the beach. There was Jenelle who started at the little cottage in Laguna and has ended up in the vintage fou fou crowd. There was Juliette, who visited from Wisconson and ends up being one of Lisa's favorite artists now.
The web of people in blogland get tangled in all directions. There was Crystal, I worked with her sister and she was led to Beth, published in a Stampington magazine, then ended up with the vintage fou fou crowd. Christine was my 3rd follower who was in my class at Urban Barn, whom I saw last weekend at The Vintage Marketplace, who went to the Lavender farm with the vintage fou fou girls. I didn't even know she was part of the vintage fou fou crowd! Oh the places you go in blogland.
There was Elena, who invited me to Key Largo to teach at her retreat. Now I see Eileen, who was at the retreat and is from NYC, is on so many blogs that I follow. Or I'll meet someone at a show and they give me their card and when I look them up, guess whos on their bolg? Yep, Eileen! I suppose it's all those fancy Tim Holtz cruises she goes on!
It's been fun looking back at the followers and comments, then connecting the dots. If it weren't for blogland I would've missed out on so many things this past year. Great times, Great friends.
So Happy Blogaversary to me! And to celebrate, I am doing a giveaway. My first! Just leave a comment and I will put your name into a hat. If you have my blog connected to your blog, I will put it in twice! And what will the winner get?
1st prize- My book Collage Couture. What? You already have it? Don't worry, give it away as a gift and there will be another little something with it!