Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Blogging for me...and you! :)




Hey kids! How's your week treating you so far? I'm feeling better...not 100%, but better! Feeling under the weather wasn't all bad. On the positive side I got some much needed rest and caught up on some of my fave blogs. It's mind blowing to me to see how many I actually have in my reader! Or I should say readers. I must have over 1200 blogs racked up! I know some are old and dusty and most likely abandoned...but I think it would take me a day to go through and tidy up. I've been blogging since 2006, and in that span of time...which you can either see as a short while, or epic...I have met so so so many amazing friends, artists, crafters, etc. It is just incredible! I had no idea going in that it would be possible to connect with this tremendously expansive spectrum of peeps from around the globe.  

I started my blog with no expectations. For me it was a genuine attempt to get out of the house when I was unable to actually do so. It was when Aaron was laid up after his accident. We no longer had the store, no van, walks involved a walker, or a cane, or crutches...so we couldn't go very far. It was just us in our tiny apartment hoping that bones were finally healing correctly after a ton of surgery. With kismet on my side I found blogs and my world was changed forever. As Aaron and life in general slowly started to mend we were faced with having to change up our career. Doing big heavy furniture was no longer an option, so we began selling our art online...ebay and the early days of etsy.  My blog was a place to share all of the new paintings and pieces we were working on. Kind of a peek into our studio. I knew how much I loved seeing a bit behind the wizard's curtain when it came to my fave artists and designers...I thought it would be a cool way to connect with our collectors.

And we did connect...with so so many like minded souls. We began teaching at fantastic art events, traveling...and somehow this world that was made so much bigger via the internet simultaneously shrunk. A globe became a neighborhood.

It goes without saying that so much has changed. In our own little world at home, and in the burgeoning blogging community. This community which can be described as a series of over lapping circles. Each circle is complete...it's own unique self...but at some point there is a commonality that links it to the next circle and the next circle... There are Mommy blogs, Craft blogs, Fashion blogs, Food blogs, etc, etc...but the thrill is in finding the common thread...maybe the one thing that invites us in...piques our interest. It could be a photo, a recipe, a dress, a joke, a story of hardship...or even the writerly "voice" of the blogger. I'm so excited to see the reach and range that's possible in blogging.

I am so so thankful for you guys... I appreciate every single comment...and wish I could throw a big party and invite all of you! :)

My blog has certainly grown into something more than a mere means of "getting out of the house"...or a way of getting my artwork out into the world. It's become bigger than me...the tail is wagging the dog. And I really enjoy it...I have lots of plans and ideas...but I'd LOVE to her your thoughts as well! I blog for me...but I certainly blog for you too...of course I do! I'd love to hear what you guys like...or what you'd like to see more of!








Would you like to see more of our home? Decor? Collections? Studio?




More recipes?



More of Aaron and me?




More of my personal paintings? 





Our day to day?





Our work?







Art Journaling?




DIYs  & Tutorials?




Beauty faves and other happy stuff?


If you could take a minute and leave me a comment with your ideas, opinions, thoughts...I'd so love to hear!

Truly guys...I love you to bits!!
Thank you!!

xo Jenny

46 comments:

  1. Oh Jenny...I think you've been doing great on mixing all of these wonderful things into your blog as is!

    xo
    Alex
    http://louise-amabilis.blogspot.com/

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  2. Is "all of the above" an option?

    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

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  3. All of the above, love your blog as it is! Maybe make your photo's bigger though :-) Rachael xo

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  4. @ Louise.Amabilis Oh gosh..thank you so so much!! I so appreciate it!! :) XO

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  5. @Tabetha haha...oh geez..Thank you!!! Truly!!! :) Totally made me smile!! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!! :) xo

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  6. @The Rose Room Thank you! Thank you! Gosh..I would LOVE to make my photos larger as well..I'm sorta tech challenged with that stuff...they are as big as my current layout allows.....but I really plan on a blog make over soon...and yes! Larger photos are a must! Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts! :)
    xo

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  7. Yes! More! More of everything! You and your blog never fail to inspire me xx

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  8. I really do love your blog the way it is! I also LOVE your bag and the fabric is just gorgeous, is that fabric available somewhere to purchase? Really enjoy all the mix of ideas!

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  9. Hi Jenny!! I was about to say more of everything and then I noticed that is what everyone is saying so far! Obviously we all love seeing anything and everything you have to show us!!! I always enjoy all of your blog posts! I started blogging for the same reason. As a stay-at-home with no car I needed a way to escape the house and a place to dream! Blogs and Flickr (and now the amazing Pinterest) let me imagine and dream and give me more inspiration than my little 'ole brain can handle!
    Michelle xoxo

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  10. I haven't been following you long (I know, I know, what's wrong with me??!?!!?!?) ... but I fall in love every time I visit.. I love everything you post .. you have such a beautiful spirit!!! Thanks for always sharing your heart!! Glad you are feeling better!!!

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  11. Jenny,
    I love everything,...don't change a thing and you should be a writer. You should write a book about your blog and how truly, the little circles become one big one. How we are all hooked together in some way shape or form. I wished you lived closer. We would be great friends.
    Such an inspiration you are!!!!
    Hugs, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

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  12. Jenny - glad you're feeling better! It is a little ironic that sometimes sick days are nice (in some ways), because they force us to relax a bit and take a break from working.

    Thanks for sharing your blogging story with us!

    I would seriously like to say "all of the above", but I know that isn't as helpful... so I will choose a few (if I must)!

    ART JOURNALING. Yes please x 1,000,000!! I really want to make my own inspiration journal/scrapbook, which looks a little like this. I <3 paper crafts!

    HOME/DECOR/COLLECTIONS/STUDIO. Can't pick just one of these!

    YOU AND AARON

    PERSONAL PAINTINGS

    And can I say again... all of the above? =)

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  13. @Madame G...oh gosh..thank you so much...too too nice! XOXO

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  14. @Clara {Clover and Violet} Thank you!! I so appreciate it your kind words! :)

    As for the fabric..it is a vintage sheet...yes it is wonderful isn't it? Aaron and I were so inspired by it.that we painted our own version and included it in our Beach Bungalow paper packs! :) not sure if you do paper arts/scrapbooking or journaling...but if you'd like to see them, here is a link:
    http://everydayisaholiday.bigcartel.com/product/the-beach-bungalow-collection-original-art-paper-pack

    Thanks so much! xo

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  15. I love everything! But I'd love to see more art and art journaling!

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  16. @ Rose Garden Romantic awww Michelle!! Thank you!!! Gosh...Exactly why we hit it off so well when we met through flickr! : ) kindred spirits! :) I really see 2007 as such magical year! So much fun creating/crafting and sharing with new online friends! :) Flickr was such an obsession..haha...yes..much like pinterest is now!!

    Love you!
    xo

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  17. @Julie Tucker-Wolek ...ohhhh thank you so so much Julie!!! You totally have my face squinched up...so so sweet of you!! : ) So so happy to be connected! I appreciate you visiting and your kind words so much! :)

    xo

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  18. @FourSistersInACottage ...Ohh Amy! Gosh..thank you SO SO much!! Just beyond lovely of you! big hugs! Your kind words mean more than you know! :) I hope to cross paths one day soon! Maybe at an artsy event! :)

    Love to you!
    xo

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  19. @ Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland haha..ohmy gosh..no seriously ...you made me laugh and cry at the same time! :) You are the sweetest thing evvvvver!! I totally just see you as holding pink pom poms cheering! So so sweet! You totally have to come to NJ/NYC one day! WE can art journal like crazy! :)

    Thank you so so much sweet girl!!!!
    xo

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  20. Phew i thought u were going to say no more blogging just lile so many others! I adore your blog it makes me happy. I love everything you blog about! So all of the above please! I know sometimes i dont leave a comment but i do read and luv it! I dont mind i dont have many comments on my blog it makes me happy that even one person comments i jump up and down lol! Therapy i call it! So cheers to you and aaron to many more fabulous blog posts. Luv u guys!!!!
    Grace

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  21. @Diana Gonzalez hi Diana! So lovely of you to pop in! Thank you so much for your thoughts! I really appreciate it! :)

    love from jersey!
    xo

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  22. @Grace Ahhh Grace!! We LOVE you so much! :) Thank you so much!! It is always so so great seeing you pop in! :) I really do see you as our pink crafty ambassador in NYC! :)

    XOXO

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  23. I love your blog just the way it is!! Maybe more of you & Aaron cuz you guys are so darn cute! :)

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  24. @Lisa Fillion Ohh boy..thanks so so much Lisa!!! :) XO

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  25. Your blog is a treasure, just the way it is :)

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  26. Jenny,
    I can't believe it's been six years already! I love your blog and love the mix of all topics. But my faves are when you post about you, Aaron, your bros and sis. (Your art rocks too!!!)

    Glad you are feeling better! Mary

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  27. I love your blog and style............I think you have it all going on just perfectly.....wouldn't change a thing....love it...and you guys....
    xoxo

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  28. I have been reading and following your blog for such a long time..I truly count you as a blogland friend. Love the variety of what you post about...never the same thing day in and day out. Happy colors! Happy images! Love seeing snippets of your house! I never know what to expect when I see a post from you in Google Reader...keep em coming...xo

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  29. all of the above? Pretty please.

    xo,
    Danielle

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  30. Umm I just adore you! So happy that our paths have crossed again after my first purchase back in 2006/2007 through ebay! I would love more of you and your mister but can I say all of the above? recipes, your studio, more prints, I just love it all so just keep doing what you're doing!!

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  31. I love everything you post! I'd love to see more art journaling, things that inspire you day to day, and more about you and Aaron.

    Keep it up!

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  32. Oh, I would love to see all the above!! You are truly the sweetest, and I adore your work!! Thank you for being so inspiring!! WIshing you a wonderful rest of the week, and that you feel 100%! xo Heather

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  33. MORE of Aaron and you and MORE beauty faves!!!

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  34. What a lovely post! It's fantastic that blogging has opened up this whole new world for you. You two must be so strong after pulling through something like that.

    I'd like to see more of the two of you and more of your home/ daily life. I like to know a bit about the person behind the blog.

    Keep up the good work! I really do love your blog.

    Becky
    Xx

    Http://www.beckybedbug.com

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  35. I already love your blog, I love the colours and the happy vibes. Personally, I would love to see more of you! You're such a stylish lady (and you have great hair) and you should be in front of the camera more! Shots of your home and workspace would be fab too as I'm very nosy like that. General everyday is always good too. OK I've chosen a few there. Hope this helps!

    xxxx

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  36. Me, too .. all of the above.. I just love your blog and love to visit here.. xoxo

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  37. Hi! I´m new here, and i fall in love with your colours :) i´m loving your blog, really inspiring. Congrats! (And i´m always curious to see more of personal style, i think that´s a women thing, right? lol)

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  38. Yes, yes, yes and yes to more of everything, but a BIG giant YES to more art journaling! Maybe even an online journaling workshop!!! Now, that would be incredible!

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  39. I love your blog and think you provide a great variety of topics. I always look forward to reading your posts. You MUST tell what the filling is in those chocolate dipped pretzel sandwiches. Start with that recipe if you are doing recipes! They look YUMMY!

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  40. I'm so glad you have this blog, it's definitely at the tip-top of my favorite blogs list. And I'm so glad we got to "meet" through here, you're such a sweet person!

    As for what I'd like to see more of, well everything for course! I never get bored here, hehe, so you must be doing something right. But seriously, I'd love to see more of you and Aaron! There could be more of your pretty face on here! ;P

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  41. I have to say, I'm pretty new to your blog. New, as in, I just came across it this past week. I was mostly draw to it because well, I'm from Pennsylvania which really isn't too far off from you. I consider Asbury to be like my second home. Okay, that's probably exaggerating a bit, but for the past 4 or 5 Decemeber's I've been visiting Asbury to see one of my favorite bands play some shows in their hometown (Bouncing Souls). So I skimmed your blog a lot for posts about the area. I find it to be a very charming little town. I actually have a lot of blog posts from my visits to Asbury on my own blog. I would really like to see more of you area. I know it would be helpful to me, but in general, I think it's neat to take a peek into other people's little worlds, ya' know? But seriously, I'd love to chat sometime and get the scoop on some places that I must visit while I'm on the coast!

    Lindsey

    likeaperfectsong.blogspot.com
    likeaperfectsong@gmail.com
    twitter - lindsevans

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  42. MORE OF YOUR HOME! It looks like a wonderland!! I need some home decor inspiration!!

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  43. Absolutely all of the above!
    Which is a lot of work for you but incredibly fascinating to me..

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  44. I wouldn't change a thing but for me...I would love to see more of your work, home and DIY and tutorials.

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  45. Thank you for the excellent posts!

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  46. Good morning I think that your blog is quite nice!

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Thanks so much for reading! We absolutely love to hear from you guys...so please leave a comment if the mood strikes you, or if you have any questions for us about a recipe, project, art supply , paint color, etc. Don't panic if your comment doesn't appear right away...we moderate all comments to avoid getting tons of spam. Thanks again!!
xo Jenny & Aaron