Friday, 28 January 2011

Happy New Year to you and a Happy Blogaversary to Me - **blog candy give-away**


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
Hugs
Paula x x x

62 comments:

  1. Good morning my little blogging friend [yes I'm one of those you have made during the last 12 mths and yes hasn't it been a year for you!]. I've missed you. I hope you are feeling better and coughing less [my cough is improving but now I think I have a bit of sciatica :-( ].
    I've always sewn, knitted etc but my regular crafting really started as a bit of therapy for me whilst caring for my aging parent at a very busy time in my life [when wasn't it busy?]. I had three small children of my own and childminded many others too and needed something to 'switch off' with. I could make a card in about half an hour and this was about all the spare time I could take so this was perfect. And really it just progressed from there.

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  2. Oops I clicked the button before saying....A very happy New Year to you and yours too.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  3. Happy bloggaversary Paula!! hope your knee is ok hun. Have a super day, though I know you will be asleep right now...I hope you are asleep right now after early tiddlyinks posting...or late should I say!!! huge hugs Lou xx

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  4. Paula, you don't know how pleased I am that you started a blog last year, and that you have blogged again today (was missing you).
    My mother was a firm believer in homemade, and so I started as a child. Embroidery remained a hobby through University and I made cards and gifts myself.
    Children meant my oil paints went into storage and I had less space for textiles, so paper crafting and digital became my main hobbies.
    Then, 1 1/2 years ago I was invited to join a store as a designer.

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  5. Hi Paula - yes we have really missed you and hope you are feeling a bit better by now. Its been a funny old Xmas/New Year with one or other of us poorly with the bug BUT we WILL bounce back!!! As for crafting... I have done it all my life so I am sorry there is no "one moment". I have made clothes for me, Annie, grandma, mum, auntie, daughter M and many others from a very early age. I have dabbled in loads of different crafts but always go back to textiles.
    So Happy New Year little blogger and congrats on your bloggerversary!!

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  6. Crikey Paula, I thought you'd been blogging for much longer than that.... you're such a pro!
    If you want to know what got me going into this crazy world, it was my daughter.... she wanted handmade wedding stationery and as you said earlier, the rest is history!
    Happy New Year Paula with many more successful years to follow!
    Chrissie

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  7. I started a year ago this month. After having to take early retirement at the grand old age of 22, I really needed something to fill my days & enable me to socialise more (i only left the house to walk the dogs or go food shopping)
    But its really all thanks to hubby I really got bitten by the craft bug as he said if it meant he didnt have to goin card shops ever again then card making was the best thing going.
    Hazel xx

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  8. I thought it was longer Happy New Year I do hope your health improves for you in 2011.
    Big Hugs
    Chris x

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  9. Hello my darling, I have my fingers, toes and anything else crossed that you have a wonderful 2011. I have missed your "short" posts the last few weeks, I must admit I haven't been around myself this last few weeks after all the xmas cards I just needed to have a break from it all but it was back to work today and hopefully some crafting.


    I have always dabbled in some sort of crafting but my card making came by accident when we had a new starter at work who mentioned she made cards, so I bought a few and next think I knew I was making my own.

    Happy New Year to you, Darren and the boys
    Love and HUgs Pam xxx

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  10. Blogger is playing up, think my comment is too long! Trying a short one to say hi and will then be back with a real comment if this works!!

    Hugs
    Brenda xx

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  11. Hello Mrs G. Hope you had a Happy Christmas and a great New Year and here's to a much better 2011 for you and your family. A whole year of listening to your ramblings, wow!! I think I deserve a medal or something! So here is war and peace as to how I got into card making!

    Like a lot of people I was always in to making things when I was a kid. Out of the blue in 2007 I decided to make all my own Christmas cards! I have no idea why but I went to the shops and bought a couple of things. I printed stuff out on the computer, free downloads, lots of cutting and pasting and not much else!

    I made one or two more cards in 2008, nothing much. I'd also discovered the crafty blogs and was stunned at the beauty of some of the designs and the intricate colouring. I spent hours pouring over them all, with the result that I became dissatisfied with my own efforts and stopped making cards altogether! But I still read the blogs in absolute envy, every day, it became a bit of an obsession and it wasn't very good for me! I made all my own Christmas cards again for 2008, they were still very simple but more of my own ideas.

    2009 continued in the same vein. The turning point was a cold and very wet August weekend. I took my stuff downstairs, sat at the kitchen counter and experimented. I really hadn't done that before. But I needed to do this as I discovered that I did have the right type if ink for embossing, that I was applying way to much pressure on the clear stamps and not enough on the wood ones, etc. Suddenly the penny dropped, it was like someone just flipped a switch! I got a desk and shelf unit from Ikea and tidied up the spare bedroom and I worked on my Christmas cards in there. I also entered my first challenge in November. I coloured with pencils and inks, badly at first, edged papers with more inks, embossed or glittered everything that stood still and stamped away.

    I spent my Christmas money on supplies and requested a few specific craft items for Christmas, but now I actually knew what I wanted and how to use them, before I got had absolutely no idea what to do with the stuff I had!

    In 2010 I read other crafty blogs again, but not with envy this time, I used them as learning tools, I asked questions and experimented all the time. You’ve been with me thru 2010 and seen everything develop, I also won a challenge for the first time and tentatively put myself forward for a DT position at the very end of the year, didn't get it, but it was a huge step to do that. My blog has also gone from a bit of everything to a 95% card making blog, and I've really opened up and made a huge bunch of great like minded crafting buddies too. So, long may the crafting and the friendships continue. I had a blast in 2010, I hope to achieve more in 2011, including, possibly, a DT position!!!
    Hugs
    Brenda x

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  12. Hello Mrs G. Hope you had a Happy Christmas and a great New Year and here's to a much better 2011 for you and your family. A whole year of listening to your ramblings, wow!! I think I deserve a medal or something! So here is war and peace as to how I got into card making!

    Like a lot of people I was always in to making things when I was a kid. Out of the blue in 2007 I decided to make all my own Christmas cards! I have no idea why but I went to the shops and bought a couple of things. I printed stuff out on the computer, free downloads, lots of cutting and pasting and not much else!

    I made one or two more cards in 2008, nothing much. I'd also discovered the crafty blogs and was stunned at the beauty of some of the designs and the intricate colouring. I read the blogs in absolute envy, every day, it became a bit of an obsession and it wasn't very good for me! I made all my own Christmas cards again for 2008, still very simple but more of my own ideas.

    2009 continued in the same vein. The turning point was a cold and very wet August weekend. I sat at the kitchen counter and experimented. I really hadn't done that before. But I needed to do this as I discovered that I did have the right type if ink for embossing, that I was applying too much pressure on the clear stamps and not enough on the wood ones, etc. Suddenly the penny dropped, it was like someone just flipped a switch! I got a desk and shelf unit from Ikea and tidied up the spare bedroom and I worked on my Christmas cards in there. I also entered my first challenge in November. I spent my Christmas money on supplies and requested a few specific craft items for Christmas, but now I actually knew what I wanted and how to use them, before I got had absolutely no idea what to do with the stuff I had!

    In 2010 I read other crafty blogs again, but not with envy this time, I used them as learning tools, I asked questions and experimented all the time. You’ve been with me thru 2010 and seen everything develop, I also won a challenge for the first time and tentatively put myself forward for a DT position at the very end of the year, didn't get it, but it was a huge step to do that. My blog has also gone from a bit of everything to a 95% card making blog, and I've really opened up and made a huge bunch of great like minded crafting buddies too. So, long may the crafting and the friendships continue. I had a blast in 2010, I hope to achieve more in 2011, including, possibly, a DT position!!!
    Hugs
    Brenda xx

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  13. *Part 1*
    Hello Mrs G. Hope you had a Happy Christmas and a great New Year and here's to a much better 2011 for you and your family. A whole year of listening to your ramblings, wow!! I think I deserve a medal or something! So here is war and peace as to how I got into card making!

    Like a lot of people I was always in to making things when I was a kid. Out of the blue in 2007 I decided to make all my own Christmas cards! I have no idea why but I went to the shops and bought a couple of things. I printed stuff out on the computer, free downloads, lots of cutting and pasting and not much else!

    I made one or two more cards in 2008, nothing much. I'd also discovered the crafty blogs and was stunned at the beauty of some of the designs and the intricate colouring. I read the blogs in absolute envy, every day, it became a bit of an obsession and it wasn't very good for me! I made all my own Christmas cards again for 2008, still very simple but more of my own ideas.

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  14. *Part 2*
    2009 continued in the same vein. The turning point was a cold and very wet August weekend. I sat at the kitchen counter and experimented. I really hadn't done that before. But I needed to do this as I discovered that I did have the right type if ink for embossing, that I was applying too much pressure on the clear stamps and not enough on the wood ones, etc. Suddenly the penny dropped, it was like someone just flipped a switch! I got a desk and shelf unit from Ikea and tidied up the spare bedroom and I worked on my Christmas cards in there. I also entered my first challenge in November. I spent my Christmas money on supplies and requested a few specific craft items for Christmas, but now I actually knew what I wanted and how to use them, before I got had absolutely no idea what to do with the stuff I had!

    In 2010 I read other crafty blogs again, but not with envy this time, I used them as learning tools, I asked questions and experimented all the time. You’ve been with me thru 2010 and seen everything develop, I also won a challenge for the first time and tentatively put myself forward for a DT position at the very end of the year, didn't get it, but it was a huge step to do that. My blog has also gone from a bit of everything to a 95% card making blog, and I've really opened up and made a huge bunch of great like minded crafting buddies too. So, long may the crafting and the friendships continue. I had a blast in 2010, I hope to achieve more in 2011, including, possibly, a DT position!!!
    Hugs
    Brenda xx

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  15. Oh that's just great!! After giving me a trillion errors it decided to publish after all!! God I HATE blogger!!!!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  16. Happy New Year to you too, Paula - and congrats on your blogaversary. It was certainly a year to (probably forget) remember...
    I got into stamping from my late sister when she came across a girl selling stamps and cards at a school fete and introduced me to the techniques - the rest is history - I can't remember the exact date, it was at least a couple of years before she died, so probably about 16 or 17 years now. (as you can tell by the amount of "stuff!" I have....)Since I started blogging though (18 months nearly) I have tried lots of other techniques than just cards, but mainly using rubber stamps - never digital for me! Some time I should try to make some money back from this hobby/obsession but working full time I don't really have (make) the time to do so.
    It is lovely to hear from you again, take care.

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  17. Happy New Year Paula. Have missed you the past few weeks. Hope your health continues to improve and that 2011 will be a better year for you. Looking back, I have always been interested in crafting, be it knitting, sewing, cross stitch but I really got going with cards and scrapbooks etc when my daughter got married in 2004 and we made our own invitations, place cards etc. Congratulations on your blogversary. Hugs. Kathleen x

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  18. I took a scrapbooking clasa in the fall of 2006 and it all escaleted after that and I still scrapbook but not as much as I'm into cardmaking! =) I even decorate boxes, tins and other things now, so much fun! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  19. Hi Paula, great to see you back. Happy New Year.........well I am one of these people who has been crafting forever, from building dolls wardrobes out of shoe boxes to making clothes for my dolls etc etc. In my early teens I really got into knitting, and knitted most of my own jumpers and baby clothes for neighbours who always seemed to be having babies. After I got married I took up machine knitting and managed to get some designs published in knitting magazine (and got paid for the priviledge too) however I had a problem with my shoulder and after quite a big operation on it, machine knitting was just too difficult. So......I took up cross stitch until (yeah you guessed it) I injured my thumb rather badly and had an operation to pin my joint so thumb on right hand no longer bends so couldn't hold a needle very well so no more cross stitch. It was around this time that I was really ill with my M.E. and had to give up work for a few years and it was during this time that I found a craft channel on TV and was hooked. Hubby took me to a large craft store while we were on holiday and he bought me all the basics ........and the rest is history. Not only does it help me relax but I have made some fab friends too.

    xx

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  20. OOps forgot to say

    **HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY**


    XX

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  21. Hi Paula, happy New Year to you and happy blogaversary! I have always loved pretty paper and stationary but it wasn't until my second little handful (Olly) started school that I decided to make my own christmas cards, then my birthday thank you cards and I carried on from there! I started blogging after reading other blogs and decided to join in! It's great to have met you and many other like minded crafters and I'm still learning every day! lots of love Tracey xxxx

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  22. Happy New Year sweetie pie, bet you're glad to see the back of 2010 but here's hoping that 2011 will be a year to remember for all the right reasons!

    I started crafting in 2004 after going along to a stamping class with a friend - bought a little elephant stamp and was hooked. At the time we both thought we'd save loads of money not buying ready-made cards... little did we realise that we'd end up spending a fortune on crafty supplies, LOL!!

    Congrats on your blogoversary, I've popped a link into the candy box on my sidebar for you, to spread the word.

    Hugs, Nicki, xx

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  23. Hello there!! It's great to have you back in cyberspace. I had not realised I had been with you from the beginning. Happy Blogaversary!!
    My earliest recollection of crafting - I must have been about 6/7yrs old - is sitting with my mum and making small flowers and leaves from some pliable, glittery, waxy, glyceriney type stuff - the name escapes me...wish I could remember it, it came in really pretty pastel colours and bought from the local model shop, which to me was an Aladdin's cave of booty!! We would mould the leaves and petals for the flowers between fingers and then put them on bare twigs we had collected and display them in a vase. It used to look like a sprig of blossom when finished. Another thing we did to pass the time on a rainy day was make fruit bowls and plant pot holders from warming unwanted 78rpm records in the oven and then shaping them into a fluted shape. I can't remember a time when I did not have something on the go. My grandma taught me to crochet at about 7 years old and by the time I was 8/9 had made a couple of blankets from granny squares. I've had a go at more crafts than I can think of, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery. Can't remember when my 'Papercraft Moment' was. I've made my Christmas cards for the last 3 or 4 years and in the last couple of years done the stationery for my two daughter's weddings and also for family and friends. I can't imagine not having a hobby or craft going on in the background - my hubby probaby can't ever imagine having our third bedroom as a bedroom and not my craftroom - I know I am lucky being able to have my space - I do appreciate it. I've rambled on a bit - well you did ask - so will say all the best for 2011. I hope you continue with your blog - I love it!! When I see an email pop in my inbox, I just know I am in for a good read. Keep up the good work, loads of love Anj x x x

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  24. Hello, was just going to send you an email to see how you were when your blog alert email popped up, Happy Blogaversary, you do write a good blog!! take care xxx

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  25. Happy New Year Paula. There's an award for you on my blog!
    Chrissie

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  26. Happy New Year Paula and congrats on your first year of blogging! I suppose I got into crafting when I got sick of paying extortionate amounts of money on greetings cards. Little did I know I would end up spending a lot more on stash!!

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  27. Hi ya hun
    happy blogaversary hun, i hope 2011 is a good one for you. I got started ages ago when i saw my mum made a card using embossing powder, luv'd the effect, so went out n got some stamps embossing powder n heat gun. Once the kids came all got put away, got hooked on cross stitch for ages, then when the kids left home turned a bedroom into a craftroom, n the rest is history as they say.
    sue.xx

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  28. Just wanted to say HI and to wish you to have all that you need and want in the years to come beginning 2011 and I do hope your health grows stronger and... happy blogaversary!!!
    Making that blog helped me know about your existence and that knowledge has made me and still is making me so much richer! Your heart is beautiful and it deserves all the joy it can get!!!
    One hugest hug and softest kiss from me
    Your Sandra
    P.S. Don't include me in the candy :) Just wanted to say what I just did

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  29. Hi Paula, Happy New Year ;-) I've been meaning to email but haven't spent as much time online since a week or so before Chrismtas.
    As for crafting well like most crafters I did start young I suppose, I used to love my John Bull printing set. But as for carfting as I know it now I started off with x-stitch and a few cards after working with someone who used x-stitch in her cards. We went to a show at the GMEX together about 10 years ago and that's how I got into other crafts - my first purchase was a pen a bit like the sticky glue pens and some transfer foils. We also went to a cardmaking class at Hobbycrafts, which got me into stamping.
    Anne xx

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  30. Fogot to say, Happy Blogaversary :-)
    Anne xx

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  31. Hi Paula

    Happy Blogaversary! Firstly, MANY congrats on joining the Funky Hands DT. When I saw they were looking for new folk I instantly thought of you and am so happy that you'll be their new rising star! Good luck honey!

    How did I get into crafting? Apart from always loving crafty stuff from being a child, it was six months in a wheelchair after an accident over 20 years ago that started it all for me - bit of a lifesaver until I was mobile again. You can only do soooo many jigsaws without feeling it's a waste of a decent pair of hands! There wasn't so much to choose from then and it was very much hit and miss. But, now I have my own crafty den and lots of time to spare......and I just love to shop for crafty stash of course :) So, here I am, making mostly cards for charity with a few commissions thrown in............and loving it still!! Good luck again! Di x

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  32. Hello you!

    1stly CONGRATS on your Funky Hand DT! What brilliant news and I am so thrilled for you! You'll have a wonderful time and you'll get to know one of my blogging mates Jules as your teamie! She is just such an amazing and lovely lady who makes stunning cards too! Oh and just incase she forgets to tell you - she likes hearts!

    2ndly Happy Blogiversary Paula!
    Im shocked to believe that it is just under 12mths since I firts came into contact with you via Annie and Jo on WOYWW! Well, you know what I reckon about New Years and New Starts and you are sure setting off on the right track! Have great fun with your blogaversary, its such a special thing to celebrate as I fully appreciate the impact blogging has had on you over the last year!

    As is the case with most crafters we all started really young and I used to learn to knit from my eldest sister and then the one just younger than her taught me to sew with our old handles singer machine making clothes for Cindy.
    All through my adult life Ive dabbled with allsorts of crafts and thoroughly enjoyed it but it was during the depths of a severe depression (I dont recall the year but @ 4-5yrs ago)that I needed something to do.
    I went with Steve to Hobbycraft and bought 3 starter kits: cards, glass painting and jewellery making. The latter two never even came out of the box and are still packaged up in the carrier bag from whence they came!!
    Ive decided, I'll keep the other two kits for my next two breakdowns!! lol!

    Anyway, more power to your blogging elbow I say as there are many many of us who love it when you post!

    Take care my friend,
    Keryn xx

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  33. Thought I'd join your merry band of admirers! I've always dabbled in crafts since a child, being taught to knit and crochet at my nan's knee, then on to sewing, patchwork, toys, cross stitch. You name it and I've tried it. Then my Stepdad was diagnosed with cancer and we made lots of toys for cancer charities and hospices locally. After he died, I continued with crafting and got into cardmaking. It was a hobby I dipped into. Then I was diagnosed with cancer and to take my mind off the debilitating treatment and side effects I made more to help cancer charities. In 2009 I lost my best friend to cancer, and have renewed my interest in it again and have been madly making cards in between hospital appointments. My lovely friend Di (who has commented above!) sends me stash to help my charity cardmaking and we've been on a couple of craft courses together and it seems like we've been friends for years! It's opened up a lot of new friendships along the way as I've now set up my own blog too. Hope to see lots more creativity over the year and more inspiration to help my ailing memory post chemo/radiotherapy! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Hi Paula - Happy Blogaversary!

    AND - welcome to the Funky Hand Gang!

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  35. Hiya my blogging friend, I am soooo pleased that you found my blog and made contact. You have been an inspiration to many this year for the way you have coped with your health issues. Your friends (me included) have been so pride of you and your blog has become a successful venture and so you should be pride of yourself - you have achieved wonders in the last year!

    I also got into crafting after an accident. My first efforts were with peeloffs and paint. That was about 6 years ago and I have never regretted a moment. I started my first blog about 3 year ago - I agree with you blogging is a great pasttime. Congrats on your first year, you've achieved such success in one - I'm looking forward to see where/what you'll be doing when you are celebrating your 2nd!! BIG CUTTLE HUGS ikki xx

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  36. I just popped over to wish you every success in your new DT position, and hope the orders come flooding in for the wedding stationary, I managed to read all of this one and the one below, glad to hear you packed the job in your health is more important.
    Big Hugs
    Chris x

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  37. I started crafting to scrapbook memories for my family. I continue to craft as it is something I can do despite my physical challenges.

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  38. Happy blogaversary Paula! I agree that blogland is fascinating and we can spend hours hopping from one wonderful blog to another, getting to know so many amazing people! I got into crafting cause my mom made all sorts of things when i was young and we used to join her making dolls, molds, clay stuff. She eventually got into business and we were all involved. It's still thriving today. www.papemelroti.com. Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  39. Happy blogaversary Paula!! Can't believe a year has gone so quickly and thank you so much for the mention, I am honoured and so proud of what you have acheived and I am sure you will continue with your success!

    How did I get into crafting, well I have always been 'crafty' as long as I can remember, had a bash at every type of craft going, you name it, I have had a go! My cardmaking began in the 90's, starting off with Parchment craft, I enjoyed it so much I decided to venture further. Cardmaking has been my saviour the last couple of years after hubby was horrifically injured in a car accident. It's my escape, I can shut myself away in my craft room, concentrating on cardmaking helps me to forget our problems for a short while.

    Look forward to the next 12 months Paula and your lovely creations. Take care hun!

    Barbara xx

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  40. Happy Blogaversary Paula….and many more of them.

    So how did I get into crafting?

    Well it most certainly wasn’t something that runs in our family because I’m the only one who shows the slightest interest in paints and paper. My mum did use to do a bit of knitting though and then I taught myself to crochet and cross stitch.
    Stitching is and always will be my first love and it was Cross Stitching my Christmas cards one year that led me into card making proper.

    Thanks for the chance of wining your blog candy.

    Sue
    x

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  41. Hiya Paula,
    There's an award for you on my blog!
    Chrissie

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  42. Hey Paula, I hope you are feeling better. I do have to tell you how I found you and it was through Becca at Amazing Paper Grace. “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you”. Anniversaries are always fun and rewarding of achieving another goal. Here's to another great year!

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  43. I have been a crafter of some sort for years. Come from a long line of crafters. However, I started PAPERcrafting about 6 years ago after my divorce and a move to Florida. It's all my little sister's fault, lol! She had some amazing scrapbooks going on and as they say, the rest is history. I have fallen hard. My craft room now takes up the whole family room and I spend hours and hours in there. I love it!!! I also found you through Becca at Amazing PaperGrace. She is Sharing the comment Wealth and I picked you! Happy Blogaversary! I will stay tuned and see what the next year holds. Good Luck!

    ~Jody
    jhammond39@tampabay.rr.com

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  44. Looks like there are a bunch of us! I also found you at Becca's at AmazingPaperGrace.com. She is sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you. You asked about what got me started in crafting. Well I've crafted all my life but I only started rubber-stamping when a co-worker introduced me to Stampin Up and I never looked back. She and I (and our 600 closest friends) have since lost our jobs (they closed our work site) but we are both still stamping away!

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  45. First I would like to wish you a Happy Blogaversary! I popped over to your blog because you had been on Becca's blog Amazing Paper Grace. (That woman is awesome and her cards and crafts are pure genius!!!)
    Your blog is so humorous and entertaining that I shall have to follow you now to see what happens next! I hope you are feeling better and healing up from all your wounds and ailments. Seems to be a bad year for that already and it's only January! Oh my!
    As for how I got started....by stealing my Mom's Scotch tape and making little packets to hold facial tissues. The first time I got my hands on a stapler, I was in a Papercrafter's Heaven!
    Did I mention I was about 6 at the time and I am a little 'over 50' now. I dabbled through the years but due to time, financial and other bothersome reasons, I could only skim the surface. I would see ads in lovely glossy magazines about amazing supplies that could be purchased but they weren't to be found in our small town anywheres. Patterned paper was unheard of other than some wrapping paper and who knew what archival was. Finally one of the small Dollarstores in our area brought in a small supply of paper and scissors. My trembling hands and racing brain gingerly fondled the beautiful supplies (looking back they really were butt-ugly but still all that was available) and I purchased what I could. I brought them home and picked out a couple photos. And as they say the rest is history. I have a case and a couple holders full of fancy scissors now (which of course I never use) plus shelves of lovely paper and embellies. But my greatest joy of all is getting someone else hooked on the fun of papercrafting. Why else get hooked on a habit if you can't get other snared in too? I am some glad paper pushing isn't illegal...not so sure about glue sharing but I'm sure it all says NON-TOXIC! :D
    So I sit in the middle of my little muddle of stamps and ink and whatever tool I think I can't live without that week and play away. It makes me happier than I have ever been with any other hobby or pasttime!
    Thanks for sharing and hope to come back to see you soon! Cheers! :o)

    “Becca at AmazingPaperGrace.com is Sharing the Comment Wealth and I picked you”

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  46. Hi ya Paula!!! Happy Blogaversary!!! Woo HOO!! So exciting for you! I started crafting - hmmm well - I don't know how - i saw pretty paper and thought I have to do this! LOL it's always about the paper don't ya know! Big hugs you - love chatting with you at PCP!
    hugs,
    M

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  47. hiyah Paula!! happy bloggy birthday hun!!
    well, me and crafting! i have always been a crafty sort. I used to cross stitch a lot ad make little cards with it. Then I bought myself a hallmark cards cd. When Mo was born he used to sleep all the time!! greta but a little boring for me so I started pottering around making cards out if little kits from lakeland.One day I saw a cricut in a magazine and the obsession grew from there really!! from my cricut bloggy buddies came stamping....and the rest just goes on!! lol!! now I am a complete paper/stamp/digi addict!!
    huge hugs hun!
    Lou xxx

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  48. Happy Bloganniversary Paula! How i got into card marking.... I used to make Jewellery and after the birth of my wee boy back in late 2007 i had a kinda of a new year's resolution when 2008 came round to try something new and i finally got round to doing it in March 2008 where i started with a dovecrafts card marking kit with a pair of scissors and prit stick! Now if you look what i've got now jesh there's no stopping me!! I have all sorts! LOL I am quite addicted to digi stamps!

    Thanks for the chance to win! All the best for 2011

    Hugz

    Sal x

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  49. As directed, hun I am leaving comment number 2 for another chance to win - your candy is amazing! Happy Birthday to yur DH on the 31st.

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  50. Hello Paula, it's me again, hope you have a great weekend.

    somehow I missed that my 3rd blogoversary was on Wednesday (I hate juvenile diabetes, gets in the way of everything)

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  51. WOW What yummy scrummy candy. Hope you are well. This is my my 2nd visit for your lovely blog anniversary candy. Take care. Kathleen x

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  52. hi Paula, it's me, Paula! Happy blogaversary, wishing you joy and happiness. I'm kinda new here, I don't remember how I found your blog, all I know is it was a link from another blog somewhere. I get excited when I see the email for an update on your blog.

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  53. Wow what gorjus goodies. No wonder you want those ribbons yourself. This is my second comment xx

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  54. I'd like to say that this is my second comment but in reality I think it's at least my 5th!! Not that I'm trying to rig the giveaway at all!!! Very generous box of goodies and I love recycled stuff, very environmental of you! Haven't been around much in the last few days I think partly due to relief over the Green Card thing being complete, but also I have a bit of car trouble again!! Have a great weekend, I definitely want to get back into my room and MAKE something!!

    Hugs
    Brenda xx

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  55. Lovely collection of stash there hon, I hope you are well and Darren has a lovely birtday. (this is my 2nd post but then again I usually leave a comment on 99% of your posts- just because you are fab! - they do say flattery gets you everywhere and I had to top Brenda!!!!!)

    xxx

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  56. I know I put another comment in but I can't find it in the comments...hmmmm...well this may be my first although I remember putting in one last week. Thanks for sharing this yummy stuff with us!
    Vickie

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  57. Hi,I started making things when my girls were little and love making things from cards to knitting babies cardigans.Would love to have the time to make more and to enjoy my hobby but two teenage girls, a dog and working a 30 hour week doesn't leave me much! I love following other crafters blogs there are so many talented people out there.

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  58. Hi Paula - you are such a generous lady....
    I already left a-(very long)-how-I-got-into-crafting-story. Thanks so much for another chance to win some candy.
    I really think 2011 is just going to be your year! Anj x x x

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  59. I wasn't going to go for the candy but then I thought ...why not lol Happy 1rst Aniversary
    I have dabbled since the kids were tots ..seeing if I could cast in resin or make a pasta picture etc etc... once mastering it,just, it would be cast aside in favour of another.I stopped in my late thirties but then in 2000 , due to loosing both husband and mum, I turned to card making and then scrapping, to chronicle the 6 month journey almost round the world, of a friend of my sons ...I then became adicted and the rest is history lol xx

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  60. Happy blogaversary Paula!

    How I got into crafting? I have got to blame my mum. She is very creative and she is always creating stuff and as a child I started to play along! I got my forst sewing machien for my 6th birthday and then we did lots of things. Now it is card making and I have to say that it is my favortie thing so far!

    Hugs,
    Larissa

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  61. Hey Paula! I started crafting (somewhat) in 2004 after I got married. I made my first scrapbook of my wedding and it is horrible by today's standards. lol I totally need to redo it. It was in 2007 when I moved to a new state and made new friends that I really started becoming obsessed with scrapbooking thanks to a friend who had a Cricut. She made beautiful pages and I decided that I must start learning some new techniques. I just started stamping and using Copic markers in October 2010 after I heard people on facebook rave about how awesome the Copics are. Now I am addicted to them and digi's! =D Happy Blogaversary!!! ~Hugs~ Tracy

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  62. Comment 2 is here, I'm working on two cards now and after that I'm going to make a heartbox for a valentine gift! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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Thank you for your super scrummy spangly comment and for spending your valuable time letting me know what you think...

Crafty hugs, Paula x x x

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