A year ago this week (October 3, 2011), I wrote my first blog post. Here is a link if you want to see what was on my mind that day. Always one for a deal, I wrote about acquiring cheap art supplies!
I was so excited about blogging that I wrote FIVE posts that day!
I sent a note to my friend Mark (Montano) to show him my new blog and he replied by saying something to effect of "Whoa, Chiquita! Slow down!"
Once I started pacing myself, I began to blog sporadically and then fell into a pattern of blogging every day.
Daily posting went on for quite a few months, and I started to burn out. Five posts a week is a lot of writing/planning/creating!!
I was worried about continuing the quality of posts that I wanted to have on my blog, so I have slowed my pace to a much-more-manageable three posts a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
I've made a ton of new friends while blogging, especially after hosting two International Mixed Media Postcard Swaps, one in December and the last one in June.
I'll be hosting another SWAP this Winter, so stick around! :)
Now, after 220 posts (this one is 221!) I am LOVING being a blogger and having a chance to share my creative endeavours, inspirations and musings with my readers!
Enough of this silly banter - let's get to the GOOD STUFF!!
In honour of my Blogiversary, I am having a SALE and a GIVEAWAY!
The SALE is in my new etsy shop. It's NEW because I've renamed it and redesigned it!
This week only, until Saturday, October 6 at midnight, PST, receive any item for HALF PRICE.
No "up to," just 50% off. Period.
No "up to," just 50% off. Period.
Use Coupon Code HAPPYME at the checkout to receive this discount.
The GIVEAWAY is a whole gorgeous lot of creative fun!
Win an Art Journal Exploration Kit!
Just LOOK at what's included:
1 - A signed copy of Journal Bliss from my good friend, Violette. She was excited about my blog from the start, and has been a very inspiring friend for me. Journal Bliss is an EXCELLENT guide for art journalling. Seriously, every art journaller should have a copy of this. Violette is also the creator of Teens Dream, inspiring teens to express themselves through creativity, and Purple Juice, her diverse website. I personally enjoy Violette's blog most of all. You can find it here.
EXCITING: Violette will autograph her book and write a personalized message to the winner of my Blogiversary giveaway!
2 - One of my BRAND NEW hand-built journals (pictured above) featuring vintage children's books as covers. The books include 60 papers including at least 7 fancy scrapbook-style papers. This means 120 pages for you to write on, doodle over and make art with! Have a look at my new line of re-purposed children's book journals here in my NEW & IMPROVED etsy shop.
3 - In case you need even MORE inspiration, I'm including a couple of handfuls of ephemera and art journal fodder to get you started in your new journal. All you'll need is some pens and a glue stick! :) Here's a pic of what I've grabbed from my stash for the winner:
What to do:
To be entered into the giveaway, you need to leave a comment on today's post about what topic(s) you enjoy most about my blog OR what you would like to see on my blog. Simple, right? (Make sure you include a way for me to contact you in case you're the winner!!)
If you want additional entries, share this post on your own blog or post it to your Facebook Page. Comment again on this post to let me know that you've done that and include the links to show me :)
Maximum three entries per person.
At midnight PST on Saturday, October 6, entries will close and I will draw a winner using a random counter.