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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,700 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Magazine Submissions

At our library down the shore there are so many magazine to choose from it’s unbelievable. I never realized that this many publications existed. For a shore town, the library is huge. Ever since we bought a house there, we have been members of the library. And now that we have moved, we are even closer! Which is great for my family since we are always there. So much so that the librarians always check to see if my parents have books on reserve when I walk in the door. To say they know us is an understatement!

This is where I found two craft magazines. I look for new issues every couple of trips because they are usually seasonal magazines, out for two months at a time. I love looking at them for inspiration. I take out the same back issues over and over to look at the different designs for each season or theme. I know I could easily get a subscription to them, but I have a hoarding issue. I’d have ten years of magazines and not throw any of them out! This way, I can just borrow one for a week, get inspired, make some projects and return the magazine, saving my craft room from further clutter. (Make no mistake, my craft room is FAR from decluttered.)

Looking through the magazines made me think about submitting some of my work to them. I printed out theme lists and due dates awhile ago, but never made anything for them. So, the other night, I decided to google how to submit cards for magazines and got a ton of information. There are so many magazines dedicated to crafters, both on and offline. I started writing down themes and due dates again and coming up with ideas. I have several projects that I want to start on today. Most magazines want you to submit things that haven’t been posted online (including Facebook) and your design can only be submitted to them. So, I have to come up with some new design ideas.

I hope that I can announce in a couple of months that at least one of my designs is going to be published. I think it would be so cool to see my name and my design in a magazine. Have any of you had designs or projects published? 

Today I had my niece over to work on some Christmas “projects”. It all started out when her cousin (my goddaughter) decided that she wanted to make necklaces for her mom, Nona and Mom-Mom, with picture frames for her dad and two Pop-Pop’s, plus gifts for her cousin and assorted animals. I tried to redirect my goddaughter into making things for everyone instead of buying. Well, I guess I am a convincing salesperson because she bought it and I have been helping the girls make gifts for everyone!

A couple of weeks ago I had Allie over and we started making the “shells” of her projects. We first went shopping and she picked out what she wanted. I love that when we got to a certain point she looked at candles and said $5??!! I can’t buy that! Between the two of us and some 55% off AC More coupons, we got really good deals on presents for all the adults on her list!

Two weekends ago, I had both of the girls over. Bella is a little younger and I wasn’t sure how she was going to take to making crafts. I know Allie loves to make things, but it seems like both girls got the creativity genes!! I was so impressed with their selections and how good they were at working with my crafting things. Of course there were things that they needed help with, but overall they were the lead designers. I was just there to do the things that they couldn’t.

Today was just Bella and I and it was great to work with her one on one. They are both so funny and have big personalities, but at the same time are different in so many ways. Bella tells stories like no other kid. She loves to gossip and give her opinion on everything. Bella rolls her eyes a lot and can be dramatic in a more subtle way than Allie, if that makes sense!

Tomorrow is my day with my goddaughter. We have a lot to do because she is super ambitious! She was so thoughtful to have put together a list of people she wanted to buy for that she loves. (I did notice that my name was missing, but I am assuming that it’s just because she and I were creating the list together and not because she didn’t think of me. HAHA. I know it was!) I can’t wait to see how her projects turn out. She loves to craft almost as much as I do. I love when she asked me when she can come over and make something. She’s like my rent-a-kid! I get to do the fun things with her and then send her home. : )

Crafting with both of them has taught me patience. I am usually a perfectionist. This time, I sat back and let the girls pick what they wanted. At some points I asked, are you sure? But, I needed to keep in mind that this is their present. Crafting with both of them has taught me patience. I am usually a perfectionist. This time, I sat back and let the girls pick what they wanted. At some points I asked, are you sure? But, I needed to keep in mind that this is their present. I learned to let go and just watch them have fun. If they messed up, they just used a different color or added that “carrot” so they could put in the word they forgot. It was so simple. I need to be more like that in my crafting.

And I have. Yesterday, I went out of my comfort zone and did some more water coloring. I had done a piece for my mom for her birthday. When I saw it on the mantle with the other cards I actually said out loud, wow – it almost looks as good as a store bought card. Of course, my mom being the smartass that she is said to me – you’d give me something that isn’t good?? But, she knew what I meant. It’s hard for me to praise my work. Maybe because it’s so personal? Not sure. But, since I went out on a limb earlier in the month, I decided to try again. So, here is what the card front looks like so far. I have to mount it on some scrapbook paper and then put it on a card. (I know, what am I waiting for???)


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