Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Buckle Up, It's Going to be a Bumpy Post

There are so many things in this post so I hope you're ready! lol By the way, if you missed my interview with Jocelyn, you can catch up here!

*deep breath*

1. I am a bad bad Stickles mother because I still have them sitting on my bar instead of upside down like a good little crafter. So one day I notice I'm missing a couple of them and realize that they have tipped off the bar and gone right into a baby formula jar. (Don't ask me how they both ended up in there!) So I go to rescue them and instead they get caught in this jar like some sort of fingers cuffs (remember "playing" with those as a kid? I could never get out of those things!) and I ended up having to break the glass to get them out of there! So the lesson here is store your Stickles correctly or they will do it for you:

2. Thanks to LL at Paper Princess, I am now determined to save my pennies and get Toot one of these fabulous dolls! Who needs American Girl when you can get a handmade custom Bamboletta??? I guess Toot can thank "Auntie LL" for being a bad influence on Mommy's spending! lol By the way, you are missing out if you don't go scope out LL's scrappy goodness, she is awesome and is already aware of me "scrap stalking" her! lol

3. I have decided on a new blog name and I hope you all dig it! (I'm scared to post it now! *nervous nervous nervous* lol) That being said, I am not going to create a new URL as I don't want to confuse everyone and make y'all move around all over the place trying to find me. Hopefully the new name won't confuse people either!

4. Speaking of the new blog, I'm really considering having a giveaway once the new look is up, all shiny with that new blog smell. I've never had a giveaway before so I figure this is the perfect time, yes? So what shall I give away...??? Some goodies from Margarita Bloom? A box of fabulous-ness from Etsy? A kit from LPS? How about a total sweet blog makeover?! Hmmmmm.....Any of those sound interesting???

And saving the best for last:

I mention time and again how much the crafting community means to me. Whether it's the forums that are nice enough to listen to me go on and on and on about Stickles or The Bachelorette (starting Monday, May 18th on ABC! Woo hoo!) or you fabulous people that make my day by visiting my blog and leaving all of your thoughtful and lovely comments, it all boils down to the people. I scrap for my family and I craft for my own sanity but there's a big part of me that is invested in the community. I love visiting your blogs and it means so much to me to view your amazing artwork or read your life stories.

I have made friends through this medium that mean more to me than some people I've known in real life for years. lol You are all so different, so loving and so talented in your own ways and I feel so blessed to be even a small part of your lives. I remember one of the first "scrapbooking" blogs I ever read was Lynn's Pretty Paper Swirls. This blog was what opened my eyes to scrapping beyond "stickers", lol. Lynn taught me what Distess Ink was and (more importantly) what Stickles were (bless you Lynn!) and I still visit her blog to drool over her work!

I started to notice one blogger in particular that frequently commented on Lynn's blog and that was Jacque. The first time I visited her blog I thought, "Holy crap, I'll never be this good!" lol I instantly fell in love with her paper bag albums and her sweet spirit. When she started following me and commenting on my blog I about fell over! lol What an honor for me to have this talented lady reading what I wrote and looking at my work! I was intimidated at first but just kept on posting my creations, talking about my life and of course that includes a healthy heaping dose of Toot! lol

Keeping my "star struckness" in mind, you can imagine my jaw-dropping shock and amazement when this arrived in the mail for me today:

Jacque, a fellow crafter and one fabulous lady, made this fantastic layout of Toot, just for me! (Notice the use of glittery alphas, the woman knows me, hello! lol) Can you believe it?!?! Chris' jaw hit the floor when he saw it and he babbled for about 10 minutes before he could make a coherent sentence. lol I am shocked on so many levels...the fact that I get to see her amazing work up close, the fact that she took time out of her life to create this for us and the fact that she thought of us...wow...amazing!

To Jacque: From the beginning, I've thought you were one of the nicest, most talented crafters out there. Thank you for your sweet ways and thoughtfulness and thank you for sharing your art and life with us! Thank you so much for thinking of me and my Toot, this layout will be framed and put on my wall for everyone to see and so I can look at it whenever the mood strikes me! I adore it!

To everyone that visits my blog, follows my blog and those that leave comments: A special thank you for taking time out to read my ramblings and look at my work! It such a treasure to me that you come here and I hope you will for a long time! Thanks to all you thoughtful, wonderful, talented, crazy ladies that keep me smiling, laughing and sometimes crying. I only have a brother in real life and it feels good to find some sisters!

Thank you so much!

P.S.-This pic is for you Jacque! :)


Anonymous said...

I freakin heart this post, Maggi. It's such a loving, heartfelt post and really sums up how I feel about scrapping, and the people I've met along the way. I love posts like this, really! *yeah!!!*

That LO you received is so special, what an amazing friend.

I love the pic at the end...too cute for words!

Also, I love your blog(please forgive my overuse of the word "love" in this post, I have had some Tylenol 3's before bedtime for a sore back and may be delusional).

Jocelyn said...

AHHHH Maggi....what a wonderful post for a wonderful lady!!! I just adore your sweet and giving self!!!! Jacque is a real sweetie and that LO just rocks!!!!! I truly believe the world is full of wonder people and it is so easy to look for the negative! This post is a testament to the kindness of our world!!!! I just adore you girlie and one day we will meet IRL!!! I can't wait to see your Blog!!! I want a redo so bad!!!! My hubby so enjoyed seeing your interview with me! I think he thinks he lives with a celeb!!!!! Happy Tuesday....MWAH!

Becky T. said...

What a sweet post. How awesome of Jacque to send you a layout.. LOVE IT!!

Don't stop doing what you do EV-A! It makes my day to see what you are up to. I like it, too, when you see what I'm up to! *wink* :-)

Ronnica said...

You should totally do a giveaway once you are in your new digs. It's the easiest way to regain the following you have, and worked for me when I moved at the beginning of the year.

Marie Reed said...

You crack me up! I can't wait to see the name you chose! I'm prepared to be amazed or slightly puzzled on this end:) I can sooo see you with that little jar stuck on your hand now! You're so cute:)

Sandra said...

Thank you!! You leave me comments almost every morning on my blog - and they always make me smile. :) I can't wait to see your new blog - and all those giveaway prizes sound fab!! Your hubby and Toot are so cute!! Love that picture!

jacque4u2c said...

"Blush" - "Blush" Awe it twert notin' I SOOOOOOOO totally agree with your kind words, I too have made so many connections in blog land. This is a community that can understand the insanity of crafting! WOO-HOO! I'm addicted and proud of it! I am so glad you all enjoyed the layout, that picture of TooT & your hubby is adorable! That is all the thanks a gal could ever need! You ROCK - I can't wait to see the new look of your blog - I know it will be FAB!!!! have an awesome Tuesday!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

That LO Jacque made is AMAZING!!! And I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the photo of your family holding it!!!!! Thanks for visiting my blog....and I am sooooooooooooo happy I have found U now! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Jackie said...

What an awesome post, I love reading your blog! I can't wait to see your new blog...that is exciting!And what a gorgous layout :)

Anonymous said...

LOL...I bet you went into a panic when you saw the Stickles stuck in the jar. Just love how you are so open and honest in your posts too. Can't wait to see your "shiny" new blog!! Sharon

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see the shiny new Maggi"fied" blog!
Love the layout Jacque did of Toot, that was so darn sweet!
Oh no, the stickles!! maybe your priveledges need to be taken away? LOL... I don't think so.

Cassie said...

Oh My Heck!! That is too stinkin' cute!!! What a great LO! I loved the picture when I saw it the first time. That was super nice of her to make that for you!!

Lisa T. Howard said...

I can see why you love this LO...it is precious. Of course the picture is way too cute! I saw this on Callista's blog and had a wonderful little giggle over how sweet/cute/adorable little Ms Toot is! In fact, the lovely little had came to ME from YOU! I sent Callista my photos! They were WAY bad. But that was probably the whole point! lol! Hope you are having a great day! XOXO

P.S. I can see why I'm drawn to your blog...stickles stalker! My kind of girl!

icecheeks said...

Okay, so this post brought me out of my lurking corner!!! And trust me, locking your Stickles in a jar could have gone sooooooooo much worse...my daughter discovered my Staz On ink.......um .... yeah.... lol :)