Eight years ago today I started this blog. In some ways, that was also the first day of my life as an artist. I have always said, and continue to believe, that without the opportunities that being online has brought, I would not be where I am today. Through this blog and my other online sites, I feel that I am a part of a community of people who get it. Who get me. And that has made all the difference in the world.
These past years have brought both spectacular moments and difficult challenges. As with everybody else, there have been ups and downs. Throughout it all has been the consistent and strong support that all of you have given me. I feel so fortunate to have made the connections I have, both online and IRL.
I have much to celebrate, particularly this year. I get to travel all over, teaching workshops to creative souls - all of whom I get to learn from as well. I continue to be able to showcase my art - online and in galleries, books and magazines. And with my ongoing line of stencils with StencilGirl Products, my first collection of rubber stamps with Impression Obsession, and my upcoming line of mixed media products with Spellbinders Creative Arts, I feel like I am about to enter into another thrilling chapter of my life.
I owe a debt of gratitude to all of you and want to thank you with a giveaway. Simply leave a comment on this blog post by end of day on 8/16 to be eligible and be sure I have your email address. The random number table will pick four winners, each of whom will win their choice of the following: my two books, my two workshop DVDs, any two sets of my cling rubber stamps, or any three stencils from my stencil line.
(Thank you. The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the four winners: granchris, Irene Rafael, Francesca Watson and Debbie D)
Thank you all! I look forward to the next 8 years of blogging...and beyond.