Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy 2013!

Hello to all of you, my dear readers!

My goodness!  It feels like AGES since I've written, although it's only been three weeks!  Still, that is much longer than normal in between posts, and I've missed you all!

Can you believe we're at a new year once again?  I for one am quite ready to move away from 2012, although this past year brought much success personally.  I had a wonderful year, but it's time for some changes.

Do you ever get an itch to try new things?  That's how I'm feeling in the new year!  I want to learn more, see more, DO more. I'm going to be teaching more classes, and I'm going to be taking lots of classes, too!  I want to take my love of ephemera to a whole new level!

Part of the change does indeed involve this blog.  Oh, don't worry!  I'll still be writing, but I am going to stick to its original purpose, the idea that germinated back in May of 2010 - almost THREE years ago already!  In this new year, I am going to be following my motto, the one that's right below my logo:  "Taking the discarded and making it arted".  I began this way, but sort of lost my focus because I just enjoyed sharing all of the super-fun items in my collection.  But this past year, I began to realize that a huge chuck of my work day (like, 25%!) was being taken up by the writing, photographing and researching of my posts.  That's a lot of time that I should be spending in the studio.  And because 2013 will be more of a learning year for me, I must adjust my focus.  So I will still be writing, but the focus will be on the artwork created with my ephemera and not the ephemera itself.

I wholly understand that I will probably lose some readers with this news, and that does make me sad.  I gained literally hundreds of "likes" on my Facebook page this year and I'm so happy that you like my blog that much!  I do hope you find the content to be as enjoyable as in the past, even if it's a little different and I won't be posting every day.

And not to worry - I will still be doing giveaways!  I know how much you love entering the contests for wonderful prize packs.  I would be silly to give THOSE up!  :D

But most of all, readers, I want to thank you for a wonderful year.  I hope you've enjoyed my posts and shared in our collective love of ephemera.  It truly brings like minds together, and I hope in this new year I can inspire you to find new ways to enjoy your "stash" - and maybe bring out your creative side!  :D

9 comments:

  1. Look forward to seeing your new projects! Happy 2013!

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    1. Thank you Diane - and a belated Happy New Year! :D

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  2. Happy New Year!...and it looks like being one worth waiting for.

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    1. Oh, thank you Jo! And thank you also for all of your wonderful comments over the past year! :D

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  3. I love seeing your hoard, um, collections, and I'm going to love seeing your projects, too. Happy New Year!

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    1. Ann, you're one of my most long-time "followers", and I so appreciate that. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  4. Best wishes on accomplishing everything you hope to accomplish in 2013, Mel! I'll keep looking forward to your new posts, no matter what your frequency of writing is. And, more than that, I'll look forward to the all the awesome things I know are going to come out of your studio this year. It's clear that creating (great) artwork is one of things you were meant to do.

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    1. Chris, thank you so much for being one of my biggest cheerleaders! Your blog is always a source of inspiration for me!

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  5. Thank you all so much for the well-wishes! Chris, you're making me all verklempt with your very nice words. I hope I make you all proud! :)

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