Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Blogaversary to ME !!!

So guess what ? Yesterday, March 8th, marked One Year of Blogging for the Queen of Arts !

Woo Hoo ! Happy Blog-aversary to me !

I knew this date was coming along and have been working diligently behind the scenes with my very special Computer Geek Extraordinaire, David, to change some things around here for my blog-aversary ! We were away for the weekend in Montreal for some family fun and I had to wait until today to do my blog-aversary post.
David has taught himself a whole bunch about blogs, blog templates and html and using my original art work and my background design, he created this whole brand new look for the Queen of Arts Blog ! We still have a few little tweaks left to do but thanks to the Man, we were able to launch the new look today. I love it so ! I am so grateful for David's remarkable talent and his tenacity to get things done just the way I wanted them ! Thank you, Sweet Man !

I am also grateful for my Blogland adventures everyday ! It never ceases to blow me away that there are so many supportive, creative, talented and generous people that I am fortunate enough to connect with everyday through our Blogland exchanges. Starting this blog one year ago was my way of reaching out and trying to find a community but I never imagined the love, the kindness and the genuine pleasure I would receive as a result ! Now I can hardly imagine my life without Blogland !

Here is a huge example of how wonderful blog-pals can be ! I know the sweet and lovely Carolyn from 8 Golden Paws through our Blogland connection. We comment back and forth on each other's blogs and found out that we both had a huge interest in going to the Squam Artist Workshops in September 2009. A few emails and a great phone call later, we are going both going to the retreat as room mates, classmates and friends anxious to share our art adventure ! How cool , Right ?!!!
And guess what ? We have never even met face to face ! And yet, my sweet Blog-pal Carolyn, sent me this by Priority Mail this morning :

And inside was this sweet pink note :

And wrapped in this lovely striped tissue paper was THIS :

Magnificient Queen Of Arts Blog Birthday Crown !!!! Gorgeous on the front

And on the back !

The Queen had to call the King to take some pictures of this wonderful treasure ASAP ! (Please ignore the bedhead hair !)

Happy Bedhead Queen !

Lovely Shot of the Crown !

The King's Arty Shot - notice how the eyes of the Queen are echoed in the crown ?

How lucky am I to have such a friend ? It made me feel so loved and cared for to get this thoughtful and beautiful gift from a person who has never met me face to face but already knows my heart ! So very, very sweet ! Thank you so much, carolyn !!!

(Attention - Give Away Coming - Attention - Giveaway Coming !!!)

So to complete my one year blog-aversary post, I am offering a little giveaway in honor of my love and appreciation for my Blogland friends. I will put together a little care package of Queen of Art treats, such as a note card or two with prints of my journal pages on them, a few Rock My World Rocks, some pretty painted papers to use in your own collages and some other little trinkets of love ! In order to enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment on this post sharing one special lesson that you have learned as a blogger. This Friday, March 13th, I will ask the King to draw a random comment and send the Blogland Love Package off to the winner !

Thank you so much to all my Blogland friends for making my world a kinder, better place and for all the wonderful, inspiring adventures each and everyday ! Sending out big love hugs !


Wisteria Cottage Arts said...

Hi Kim congrats on your 1st of many
And you will love Squam. we went last year it was wonderful

Anne said...

Hi, Kim! Congratulations on your Blogoversary! The best lesson that I've learned as a blogger is that I do not have to blog every day, or even every week ... that I can Blog without Obligation. I really think that quality is better than quantity and I just blog when I feel like it! :-)

carolyn said...

hi kim!
yay you!
i am so glad you liked your crown! you look so cute wearing it too!
your david did a wonderful job with your new blog banner/page! isn't it great to have a computer guru you can count on?
i love it!
a special lesson i've learned from can build friendships through the sheer magic of blogging!


Olivia said...

Congratulations, Kim! I love especially that last picture of you with just your eyes and the crown and the eyes on the crown :)

A special lesson I've learned from blogging is how much I need people and how much different, how much better my life is with the support of blog friends. I don't think I would have made it through this last year without it!

Hip hip hoooray!

Love, O

Anonymous said...

Happy blogoversary!!

Your new look is awesome...

A lesson?? honest with honest with your blogging.

Sherry said...

Wow oh wow oh wow...look at this place!!! It's a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!! The King rocks!!! (and I don't mean Elvis!). The banner, the's just gorgeous!!!

And your friend Carolyn made you the most beautiful crown -- you must take that with you to Squam!!! :)

What have I learned through blogging? That we aren't alone; that others connect with us in unique ways - we say something that clicks for someone else and our experiences make life a universally shared experience. There are insights and laughter and I've learned that opening my heart has allowed me to receive more love than I thought possible.

Happy anniversary and all hail the Queen!! ♥

Debbie said...

Congrats on your bloaversary! And I love the new look of the place. Very pleasing.
What have I learned? The biggest surprise to me was what close connections I would feel to people that I haven't ever met in real life. That was a wonderful thing to learn.

ArtfulSoul said...

Happy Blogoversary! I love reading your blog. You are so full of energy. Love your art!

Jennifer said...

Aw! Congrats! Your new space is magnificent!!! The crown is fabulous and your pictures of you are gorgeous!

Happy Blogaversary to you!!! It's been fun being blogpals with you, that's for sure :) I look forward to another year of the queen :)

Anonymous said...

even Madonna, the queen of make overs would be envious of your new look, your man behind the scenes must be a treasure... and I think that close up pic should be your new profile shot.

One of the MANY things I have received through blogs is GENEROSITY!!!

of time, of ideas, of gifts, of sharing..that has blown me way... and probably will continue to do so..

Melissa said...

Happy Happy Queen Kim! Love the new blog, the crown, and the pictures of you! :) WOOOOOOOO-HOOOOO!

One lesson I've learned through blogging: That I need to learn how to rely on me and then rely on me....cute, awesome, fantastical ME. :)

~Smoochie Poochies~

Genie Sea said...

Happy Blogoversary! I am so happy that you decided to start your blog a year ago!! YAY!!! Thank you for the support and inspiration and cheering up! :)

You are FABULOUS! :)

Commuter's Journal said...

Oh, Kim, where do I start?

First -- Happy, Happy Blog-o-versary! I am so happy to have gotten to know you via our blogs and see the world through your perspective.

Second -- The new look for Her Majesty's Blog -- SMASHING! It hums, it sings, it's a joy to look at.

Third -- That crown -- made for a queen! Absolutely wonderful; all the other queens will be jealous. What a sweet gift!

Fourth -- The number one lesson I've learned through blogging -- we are all connected. And how cool is it that we've made friends not just all over the USA but all over the world?

Fifth -- Long live the Queen! Looking forward to many more years of artistic exploration.

Your humble subject,

-- JeriAnn

Leah said...

Happy, Happy Bloggiversary, Kim!! I love the pics of you with your crown!!

One of the lessons I've learned as a blogger is that we all have the same kinds of insecurities and we need not feel alone. :-)

Karin Bartimole said...

duh! I just wrote a comment saying I liked the new look of your blog before getting to this post!! Happy anniversary Ms Queen!!! Love your pictures and, as I mentioned, the new look of your blog! And yippee for having a roomie for your Squam adventure! I'm happy for you all around :)
love, Karin

iHanna said...

Oh, LOVE the photos of you, you're as darling cute on photos as you are in all your fun comments that makes me smile or LOL! :-) I wish I could come to the workshop!!!

A lesson (not yet) learned; it can eat up ALL your time if you let it!

Happy blogoversiry and big hugs!

Snap said...

I love the new look! Happy Blogoversary and many, many more!

(Loved the tags on the trees and the new stamp, too)

Dawn said...

Congrats on your Blogaversary Kim! Visiting your blog is always a treat, and your new look is great. Here's to years and years more of the Queen of Art's reign!

Kate Robertson said...

Happy Blogiversary,

I love those pics of you in your crown.

Now what have I learned blogging, there is so much. I have made friendships that would not have happened any other way. These friends keep me going in those times when I am down. I have been so inspired by other bloggers work, especially yours. My biggest lesson has been to be true to myself to tell it all, to expose all parts of myself without the fear that someone won't like me if they know everything. I guess that means to just be honest.


Rosie said...

Happy Blogoversary Kim! The crown sits beautifully on your bed-head hair!! What a great gift...
I love your doodles and the tags you made and hung around treest and posts with your h/c Q of A stamp are very inspiring. I hope people stop and read them. =)

arlene said...

Your new look is perfect to showcase your incredible spirit and joy! Your beautiful Art now has the most lovely of backgrounds.
Happy Blogaversary!! I hope to enjoy your inspiration for many more.

xo arlene