A blog post is in order after many of you voted to put me on the short-list for a Crafties Award (see each of the winners HERE).
To be honest, when I saw the designers and blogger nominees in my category, it really seemed like a long shot and in NO way did I think my blog would actually win. I don’t really like the idea of competition, but I saw this as something different.
I thought it was a really cool effort on the part of LoveCrafts to recognize so many bloggers, designers and crafters and their unique talents. Because of this, I wanted to be sure to take part and share it with you! Congrats to so many of my fellow bloggers including Moogly, TLYarn, Knot Bad, Love Life Yarn, Two Of Wands and more. It was also so fun to see so many judges I recognized, including the amazing Stephanie from All About Ami who was judging one of the other categories. I really believe that no one blogger, designer, or artist is better than the next. We are each simply different from one another.
After many of you voted for me, I was placed on a short-list for the judges to decide the final winner. To my surprise, there they were on Instagram announcing my name! WHAT?!
What’s the prize, you ask?!
I’m going to be receiving $100 of amazing yarn and crafty goodness, and it sounds as though I will also have a spot in Mollie Makes Magazine! You can also read a little diddy about me on LoveCrafts for their Crafties Hall of Fame (here). But mostly, it’s just a reminder of how much I love what I do each day. (And a reminder of how grateful I am for you and the supportive people in my life.)
When my daughter was born, I decided to stop working and stay home to raise her the way I was raised. This meant that we’d make sacrifices and would be living paycheck to paycheck so I could be a mama 24/7. When I started this blog as a hobby nearly five years ago, it never occurred to me in my wildest dreams that it could become what it’s become. Work with some amazing yarn companies? What? Win a designer award? Who?! All while living my dream of doing art and designing, which I’ve loved since I was a little girl.
I’d always believed art couldn’t be anything but a hobby – but you, the community, and this blog have proven otherwise.
Art can be a glorious hobby and it can go beyond being a hobby. Everyday you take this craft beyond a hobby as you inspire me with what you are making for yourselves and those around you. Charity making, gift making, supporting your families with craft fairs. It’s incredible.
- Do what you love when you can
- Do what’s right for you, those around you and your community
- When you do your passion, you succeed
- Love people
I hope to remind myself of these things.
Thank you so much again for all of your support on this blogging journey. And a thank you so much as well to LoveCrafts for this honor!