Sunday, December 26, 2010

So Do You Want to See What I Got For Christmas?

First  of  all  I  hope  everyone  had  a  wonderful  Christmas.  We  sure did,  but  I  must  say  that  I'm  a  bit  exhausted.

And  now  let  me  talk  about  my   favorite  Christmas  present.   I've  mentioned  in  passing  ever  since  I  first  found  about  this,  that  I  would  really  like  it,  but  I  didn't  think  that  anyone  was  really  listening.........but  you  know  what?  they  were!



My  Art  Journal  blog  in  a  book.........published!!

And  this  is  page  1--




And  then  when  you  turn  the  page,  you'll  come  to  the  table  of  contents--


And  it  continues  on  for  a  total  of  359  more  pages.

Is  this  not  the  best!!   I  can  flip  through  actual  pages  of  a  journal  that  was  created  by  me  and  no one  else.  So although  I  did  not  make  an  actual  art  journal  in  2010-- I  really  did!  And  now  when  I'm  doing  something  in  my  room  and  want  to  re-create  a  technique  that  I  did  on  my  blog,  I'll  have  this  source  of  reference  right  at  my  fingertips.  This  is volume 1--it  covers  the  first  complete  year  of  my  blogging--here's  hoping  that  there  will be  many  more  volumes  to  come.   I  would  advise  anyone  to  get  this--it's  great!!

And  now  that  all  of  the  gift  giving  has  come  to  an  end,  I  can  show  you  a  couple  of  presents  that  I  gave  to  my  daughter  and  son-in-law.  I  didn't  want  to  put  these  on  my  blog  before--just  in  case  anyone  in  the  family  saw  them.

The  first  one  was  created  by  Rebecca  from  Penny  Lane  Ink.   If  you're  not  familiar  with  her  art,  then  you  must  go  to her  blog  and  view  it!


This   is  Marc,  Jen  and  of  course---Bob!    Along  with  her  very  cool  art,  she  also  does  custom  portraits  in  her  very  unique  style.  You  can  find  out  about  it  at  her  Etsy  shop.

And  speaking  of  Bob,  look  at  what  he  gave  his  Mom  for  Christmas--

He  contacted  Kelly  after  he  saw  the  beautiful  pendants  that  she  made  me.   He  knew  that  his  Mom  would  love  this.   Kelly  will  make   these  personalized  pendants  for  anyone--and  all  you  have  to  do  is  go  to  her  Etsy  shop  as  well.   The  wonders  of   today's  technology--all  I  had  to  is  email  these  photos  to  Rebecca  and  Kelly.   So  it  goes  without  saying  that  Jen  and  Marc  really  loved  their  Christmas  presents!

And  there's  one  more  thing  that  I  wanted  to  talk  about--Lovey!   She  was  guest  curator  at  Crescendoh.com  this  last  week,  and  each  day  she  featured  2  blogs.   Well  today,  mine  was  one  of  the  blogs  that  she  featured.   I  just  want  to   thank  this  special  lady  for  including  me  with   all  of  the  other  very  creative  blogs  that  she  featured--seriously-- these  are all  wonderful  artists.   And  I  want  to  congratulate   Lovey  for  being  published  in  the  latest  issue  of  Sew  Somerset--her  art  is  as  special  as  she  is!




39 comments:

Cathy said...

That is a wonderful and thoughtful gift for you!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How special! I would love to have some of my blog posts published! What a treasure! Happy holidays sweet friend! ♥

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

I love it, what a wonderful gift!
My hubby got me an easel and some really big canvases to play with, I'm excited! Looking forward to seeing Your 2011 art journal. :)
♥jenny

Isabel said...

What a wonderful Book!!!! And idea:O)

Lynda said...

Seriously, that was such a thoughtful gift that even I got a little teary eyed! You have the best family ever :) I'm glad your holiday went so well. May the next year bring you and your family even more light and joy.

Janet Ghio said...

What a cool gift of the journal of your blog entries!! Tell more about how this was done.

Michele from Pipi La La said...

Wow what a thoughtful thoughtful gift! Love it! ♥

kluless said...

Oh.My.Gosh. That is SO wonderful that your kids would do that for you. What a marvelous gift!! You have to be proud, not just of you blog, which you should be, but of having raised such thoughtful children. Bravo on many levels!! Congrats on the shout-out from Lovey. She is a wonderful blogger and oh such a talented artist.
xo

WrightStuff said...

What an incredible present Diane - have you really only been blogging a year? It feels like I have been visiting for so much longer. Thanks for sharing your art and creativity with us.

Connie said...

What a great gift! That is really cool. I like blogging but I love to hold books, magazines, etc. in my hand and turn the pages. Nothing will ever replace good old paper and ink. So it must be really neat to be able to hold your blog in your hand and page through the entries.

agnicy said...

What an incredible present!!!!

Ophelia said...

What an awesome gift!!!!

Buffy said...

That is such a cool book! I never seen anything like that. So thoughful. I seen you over on creshendoh. Thats so wonderful!

rachel awes said...

this book
is
AMAZING!!!
& it really
allows you
to SEE
you!!!
(ahhhh)
xox

Manon said...

Sendin you very happy holiday wishes!

I love your art/blogging journal, it looks wonderful! Sounds like you have some great children Diane.
Looking forward to seeing more of you in the new year.
hugs Manon.

joanna said...

Happy New Year, Diane!! Hope it's full of love, joy and loads of creativity!!

Marcia said...

How did they put your blog into book format?

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Diane what a thoughtful and wonderful gift that was! And one I am sure you will treasure forever. I wish you and yours the very brightest holiday and a fun-filled New Year!
Tina xo

Alison Wood said...

That Art Journal is absolutely amazing and what a great gift :-)

joyfulploys said...

Diane...congrats on your successful first year of blogging!The book is something I'm sure you treasure...how thoughtful!!! The art by Rebecca is fabulous...love that...but most of all, I love the pendant showing Bob! I did see that you are featured over at Crescendoh...congrats on that! You are what it's all about in the blog world...showing good art and writing to go along with it! Congrats again and much continued success!!!
Mary

Theresa said...

GREAT Gifts by all!!! Looking like you had a very merry Christmas! Rest up for 2011!

Marilyn Rock said...

What a keepsake! Congrats; very special and meaningful. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! I'm so happy you had a wonderful holiday! xxoo

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Diane,
That is a fabulous Christmas present!
I've never seen one like that before.
Have a fun filled, creative year in 2011
Merry hugs,
Anna

Gisèle said...

Diane, what a wonderful and thoughtful gift from your children...What a keepsake..
And now, on to book 2011; hope it is a fabulously creative year for you...Hugs..

Marlynn said...

WOW - that book of your blogs is a treasure! Love the pennants and so happy Bob is featured. Larcy still talks about the photo you had one time of Bob driving and is still trying to get a photo of Oliver driving her car. Happy New Year, friend! And on another note, I did not mind Fabio winning Survivor! Had an inkling if he made it to the final three - he might win!

Kelly Berkey said...

What a thoughtful gift. You will cherish it for years to come, it's so much better than going back on your blog and looking!
And thank you to Bob, for contacting me to have his pendant made! He is a sweet, sweet boy! xo

wanda miller said...

that is just the coolest ever!!! your written journal and special even more from those that cared to do that for you...much loved, good christmas! xo

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane this is such a wonderful gift! I love it! I am sure you will cherish it always! And its only volume one!! Glad to hear you had a great holiday! :)

simplydelicious said...

What a cool gift! You've been published!!

Karen

jgr said...

What an awesome gift! That is just. so. cool. Congrats to you for having a book of your blog. and for having such a thoughtful family.

Dapoppins said...

Those are some of the most thoughtful gifts ever.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow! What an absolutely amazing gift! I know that's something that you will treasure forever. Glad to hear you had a lovely holiday! Theresa

Diana said...

What a special gift. Such a wonderful memory to have. So nice for Bob to have a pendant made by Kelly. She's very talented.

Deb Harvey said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! What a great idea to have your blog published! That is a very special gift!

Happy New Year! I am looking forward to reading Vol. 2 of your blog!
Deb

Lynn said...

I love seeing your blog published in book form. And how extra special to have had your family gift it to you! I have done two books now for my first 2 years of blogging and find it to be not only a journal of my art but of my family events as well. Such a wonderful thing to have to pass on to grandkids one day.

The art you shared by others is terrific too. I have never seen zentangled photos before. How clever is that, and how well she did it too. And of course the pendants are priceless.

Happy New Year!!! And Happy Art Making.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have been trying to get here for DAYS and, like you, I think I need a break. Maybe after the first of the year, things will calm down a bit. What a wonderful gift your family got you. I first saw that book on Lynn's site and was really impressed. Your family knew exactly what to get you.

Speaking of gifts, those gifts you got for your kids and Bob are special. Is that like zentangles? Her art is very unique and I recognized Bob immediately. As for the pendants, Bob did good. I bet "grandmother" had something to do with helping him pick the perfect gift, too.

I hope you had a great Christmas. Little did I know when I left suddenly last Wednesday that I would not have access to the internet. I didn't even get to wish you a Merry Christmas, and now it's time to wish you good fortune, fame, and fun in 2011. All the best to you, dear friend.

Sadie Inspired said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! Seriously - a treasure. :) I hope you have a wonderful New Year & wish you a 2011 full of love, laughter, joy, success & creativity!

Lovey said...

Oh wow Diane...what an awesome gift!! I love the blog book and was thinking of making one for myself as well. You are truly a soul to behold. Your talents are in multitude and I am honored to know you and call you my friend. You have a beautiful family and I know there's so much more to come for you. Blessings and Have a Happy New Year! xoxo

Martha Lever said...

Please tell me how and where they did your blog book!!! Oh my goodness, I have SO been wanting to do that!
Happy New Year!!!!

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