I'd like to wish all readers - old and new - a very Happy New Year. I wish you health and happiness, prosperity and success in 2011 - but most of all I wish you LOVE!
Can you believe, its been almost a month since I last posted - with very good reason, but I'll reveal all in a separate post later.
While I wanted to post before today, it just seemed very fitting that this should be my first post of the year because - this time last year, it was my very first blog post ever.... because, that's right - Its my BLOGAVERSARY!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!
I cannot believe that a year has gone by since I started my blog. I cannot believe a year has gone by - period. I've made so many special blogging and cyber crafting friends in the last year - from all over the UK, and all over the globe. I truly am a very lucky person, despite everything else that happened over the last 12 months.
It was the night of Sunday 4th January 2010, and everyone was in bed because it was back to work and school in the morning following the Christmas break. I'd just had a cuttlebug (after Christmas because Santa clearly ignored my request, so I ordered one on Christmas day which duly arrived in between the Christmas and NY break).
I was sat with the laptop on my knee (and foot raised due to having a slight accident where I'd fallen out of my friends front door (slightly merry) doing a bit of research on the web, looking for inspiration on how to use my new cuttlebug and embossing folders.
While I was flitting about browsing and surfing, I remembered that I'd seen some stunning cards created by a fellow crafter who was one of my buddies on the Docrafts forum so, needing some inspiration on what to do with my new embossing folders (because I only bought the CB with the intention of using it for embossing because I'd got my Silhouette cutter for cutting shapes etc). I logged on to Docrafts and found my buddy, getting engrossed in her stunning cards, when, on one of the card write-ups, she'd put a link to a website where crafters would be able to find lots of hints and tips on using the cuttlebug. Without further ado, I followed the link, and ended up on a website called 'Ikki's Cuttlebug Cupboard' - well, I was totally submerged. On this website (now known to me as being a blog), there were links down the side of the pages to other pages of card makers - and on those pages, were more links... I followed them and followed more, and before I knew it - I'd spent hours looking and reading and being totally blown away by this phenomenon. My buddy from Docrafts was (is) Barbara from Hunnybunny cards.
Wow - I loved how these people crafted, talked about their cards and showed pictures of them. In fact, I loved how they talked about anything - crafty or non-crafty... I'd discovered blogland!!! I was seeing things i'd never seen before. I was reading about techniques i'd not heard of before. I was learning terminology, shortcuts, tips, hints etc that i'd never come across before. Then I thought "this is something I could do" - I can talk the hind legs off a donkey and take pictures of what I was doing - even if it wasn't as good as the stuff I was seeing on these 'travels' - so, before I knew it, I'd clicked on a button in the top corner that said "create a blog"...
By the end of the same week, I'd come down with one of my recurring chest infections and had to go for a chest x-ray on doctors orders, due to pains from coughing - pains that felt like someone had punched and winded me from the back. 48 hours later, I had a call from my GP telling me that he'd had a call from the radiographer at the hospital saying there was something 'abnormal' on a chest x-ray and I needed to go to the lung clinic 2 days later...
The rest, as they say, is history.
All of the events that took place last year, have led me to where I am today - and really defined me and shaped me as a person and crafter. 2010 was a life changing year in more than a couple of ways.
Seeing as it is a blogaversary - its only right that I give away some candy - quite what they will be, I'm not sure yet seeing as I only realised literally today that it is indeed a year since I first set my blog up. Hmmm - let me think about it - so please do come back because I will update this post when I've decided upon something - I'll make it worth your while...
Anyway, I thought that I would also make you do a little work for the candy as well so, I'd like your comments - and when you leave a comment - I want you to tell me how you got into crafting as you know it today... I know many people say they've crafted since they were small etc etc... but I want to know whether it was an event that got you into crafting - i.e. needed to do some thank you cards and it started from there, or had an illness started it off etc... please leave a comment with your answer on to this post and I'll pick a winner using a random number generator thingy... While I don't really agree that this is an appropriate way of gaining followers, I would like to think that my candy will go to a follower or a regular visitor to my blog. For those without a blog of their own but still either follow via google reader or subscribe by email to my posts (please think about doing this if you don't already - that way, you'll never miss a post from me), please drop me a line, and I will include you in the count - although you can leave an 'anonymous' comment - but remember to put an email address or leave some indication of who you are!
I'm going to leave that post right there, because I have soooo much to tell you, I don't want to put it all in one post - plus, I'm going to make every effort to post more than I have been doing - so watch this space - as it were!!!
Please don't forget to leave your comment about how you got into crafting for a chance to win my candy - and check back for updates/edit to this as I will edit to add what that candy will be - and the deadline for your comments? 28th January 2011!
Thanks for reading - hope to see you back soon
Paula x x x