March 19, 2010

My Name In Print! (and other ramblings)


Back in October, I was contacted by Beth Livesay, the managing editor for Stampington & Company, asking if they could feature a few of my necklaces in the premier issue of their new magazine, Jewelry Affaire.
And today, I got my issue in the mail! (Thanks, Beth!) I could have just wet my pants, I was so excited. I've never had anything in print before, so I'm pretty excited about it! :o)



"Jewelry Affaire" is a magazine about....well, jewelry! It's chock full of amazing pieces, and most of them have directions on how to recreate them. My necklaces are nowhere near the prettiest in there, I give such credit to all the designers who's creations are featured! If you're into jewelry (and even if you're not!), I definitely recommend picking up a copy. The magazine will be available in stores on April 1st, I believe, so keep your eyes peeled for it! :o)

And speaking of Stampington & Co, and dearest Ms. Livesay, she is also the generous heart who donated the issues of "Altered Couture" for the "Ruffle Your Stuff" contest! Since I discovered this magazine (which is almost a book, really), I completely fell in love with it. Full of amazing refashions and recycled clothes, by all kinds of indie designers(much like you and I!). And did you know that you can submit your creations to be considered for a feature in it? I have a little shirt coming up in the summer issue, and if I can get in, surely you can, too! :o) Check out the submission guidelines here. Why not give it a shot??
So that was my exciting news for the day!
And it came at just the right time, because I've been feeling a bit melancholy lately, over nothing in particular. Do you ever get that way? I was even considering shutting down my blog after the contest is over. (I know, right?!? Silly, moody, artistic people....) Don't worry, I'm sure I won't. I think I would miss you all too much! And you can't beat a hobby that costs almost nothing, and makes the world prettier :o)

Take care, dear friends!

73 comments:

  1. That is awesome girl! Beautiful necklaces you made!

    Jamie :)

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  2. hi Disney,

    please don't shut down the blog!! or i will lose 1/2 of my inspiration sunshine..

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  3. That is so great Disney!

    I know, I feel melancholy sometimes too. Probably a lot of people do. Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up, and this is an incredible one for you!

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  4. Please don't shut down your blog. You are soooo talented. I would love for you to make the little ruffled skirt for my granddaughter. Would you if I sent you the fabric and enough to also make one for Claire. My grandaughter is 2 and tall for her age. So, I am thinking a size 3.
    jtoline@aol.com E-mail me if you are interested.

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  5. that is so exciting for you!!! You are such a creative inspiration and I love to see what you have come up with next!!! I love AC and also their publication "Where Women Create"

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  6. Wow, congrats! And please don't shut down the blog! It's soo much inspiration for me!!

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  7. Oh, Disney! I would seriously kick your bootie if you shut down your blog! Seriously I check it everyday! EVERYDAY! I Love it and it is the inspiration for most things I do! I know we all get in those moods but we love you! And you have to keep going!

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  8. Congrats on getting published! So cool! And I really love that first necklace. :)

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  9. This comes to no surprise to me at ALL!! I stumbled upon your blog just a few weeks ago and am still reeling by your ability to create so many pretty things!! Love, love, love your blog - please don't tease us by saying you're thinking of closing up shop!!

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  10. No, no ,no, nooooooo! Shut down the blog...you better not even think about it. You would be missed to much.

    And yes I've had more than plenty of those melancholic days. No fun. I especially get them around the holidays.

    Sending some cheers and smiles your way!

    ...And CONGRATULATIONS on getting your stuff printed on a Magazine (plus 2)! Totally awesome!

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  11. Congratulations. You deserve it! I love your blog and your stuff is amazing!!

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  12. Yay Yay Yay for you!! That's so amazing!! I totally get that melancholy way, too. Then God sends you little kisses like that to lift your mod and remind you of His faithfulness.

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  13. Congratulations on being published. You've earned it and deserve it..your jewelry is most beautiful.

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  14. Disney,

    I am so excited for you. That is quite an accomplishment.

    I think if you were to shut down your blog, you would regret it later. Look at all you have built in such a short time, and it would all be gone. You don't want to have to start over if you wanted to start it up again. You are helping a lot of people with your blog, and you don't even know it, not to mention it's a creative outlet for you. So I think it is a very important part of your life.

    And remember that lack of sleep and hormones will affect your mood. Never make important decisions based on your emotions. Always, always take time to think it over and seek wise counsel. By time, I don't mean just a couple of days.

    Again, congratulations!

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  15. Congratulations! I can Imagine you smiling till cheak-ache!
    By the way - thank you for letting me translate your photo tips post - it is now on my blog and lot of people found it very useful!

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  16. Oh my goodness, that's not even funny. I would miss your blog so much as would I'm sure hundreds of women. We all get to feeling a little blue and that's okay as long as we pick ourselves up and get right back to doing what we know we should do...in your case that's creating and sharing...Thanks.

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  17. Disney, a few more thoughts. I totally understand how you must feel. You do so much with your blog and you have a family to take care of as well. I'm sure it must be overwhelming at times, and you may even feel burned out. I would not recommended closing down your blog, however, because you have so much good content on here; and it is a good reference for others. I would suggest, though, that when you feel like this, just taking a break. You could even take month off from blogging. Let us all know that you are going vacation and when you expect to be back. You won't lose your readers or your traffic. Everyone loves you too much. They'll just be here waiting for you when you are ready to come back. You could also cut back on how often you post and other blog responsibilities if you don't wish to be that busy. I know how difficult it is to juggle blogging and family and that you don't want your family to suffer. But I think you can find the balance. Pray about it.

    Your friend and sister in Christ,

    Trudy

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  18. Congrats!!!! I am soooo excited for you!

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  19. I love your blog and hope you keep it up. You have such good ideas!

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  20. Im so happy for you, my eyes teared up reading this, i get so excited when someone buys ore even compliments a piece of furniture ive done or comments on something ive made. So I can only imagine how great it is to have a magazine publish your work, your skill. SO SO SO do happy for you.And so you know i felt just as excited when i saw my little ruffled hat on your site..I told my husband i love your blog , because you post daily-then i said well not today though, but usually. THEN there you were. Love ya...
    Karryann (Gracefully Vintage)Congrats

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  21. Oh man, I know I'm joining a chorus of readers who say, please please don't quit! Just keep having fun with it! :) Think of all the people you get to reach that you wouldn't if you weren't blogging. Obviously God has given you the platform for a reason!

    Congrats on the magazine. Your pieces look fabulous!

    -Heather

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  22. You guys are so, so sweet, thank you! I'm sure pretty much all the crafty bloggers out there feel that way now and then, but I won't give up on it! I'm too stubborn ;o)

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  23. I'm so so sooo happy for you! Please don't ever consider shutting down your site. I love visiting, it is such a happy and cherry place, to be able to see all of your creations and ideas! I can't wait until I have children of my own to be able to refashion their clothing.

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  24. Congratulations on your exciting news! I'll be sure to try and find the magazine when it comes out.

    I think blogging does have it's ups and downs. Just give it a rest when you need to and come back refreshed. We'll be here waiting!

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  25. Congratulation Disney, your jewelry are beautiful.

    I love your beautiful, useful, full of ideas blog.

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  26. I would be so sad if you shut down your blog! I love seeing your projects and tutorials and reading your posts about random things... it's like having a long distance blog pen pal friend!

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  27. It was about a time that the world see yours neclasses1Congrats!

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  28. I'm really happy for you! Congratulations!
    I always follow with great respect and I think you deserve these rewards!!
    Good day and good weekend
    MEry
    http://asaflightofbutterfly.blogspot.com/

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  29. Whoa sister, Hold the phone! You can't stop blogging. I have only just discovered you and started ruffling. Congratulations on being published. Your pieces are beautiful.

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  30. Congratulations!!

    Oh, please don't leave us ... you're such an inspiration! If you need a break you better believe we'd all be here when you came back! :o)

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  31. Congrats! That is so awesome! And you CAN NOT shut down your blog. Oh pretty please. Because then I will get depressed and melancholy! :)

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  32. Hey Disney,
    Just so you know, your blog is the reason I started mine.3sillymonkees. I love to get up in the morning, and while my boys are eating, and playing, I check your site to see what fun things I might have to make that day.Everything is so pretty and fun! I cant wait to enter your "ruffle your stuff" contest!! I need a few more pictures then I'll send them your way :o)

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  33. Congratulations Disney :) Great pics, and as always, beautiful jewlery! I think Deveraux was my favorite.
    I am drawn to your blog because of the beauty and joy that shines through both your creations and your words. You encourage me to do more with my talents. As you know, God didn't give us these gifts to be squandered on ourselves. He did it to bring Himself glory. Even a simple piece of jewlery can lead to a life changing discussion. Thank you for all that you do, and here's a *HUG* for those difficult moments that remind us not to get too comfortable here.

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  34. I would be ever so sad if you shut down your blog, please stay.....forever. Your site is so inspiring to me, puts a smile on my face every morning. Your blog is the one I go to every morning and check first thing. You have inspired me to try my hand at a lot of new things I never thought possible, such as re-purposing clothing for my 10 year old daughter. She had several t shirts that were too short for her to wear. We took some old shirts that she didn't like anymore and added some length and then used the left over material to make some flowers and different designs and sewed them on. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks to you I also challenged myself to not buy any new clothing for 3 months, I have so many clothes that I can alter already why waste the money. God can use my clothing money better than I can. Again thank you.

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  35. that is really, very cool about being in the magazine!!! your jewelry is beautiful ...



    please don't close the blog!

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  36. Pleeeeeease oh pleeeeease don't shut down your blog! I just discovered it and I am in LOVE! You are beautiful and so talented. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with all of us!!!

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  37. Sometimes I think it is a little weird that I am talking to a complete stranger, but you just have a way of making people feel like they know you. Check out this blog http://melancholysmile.blogspot.com/
    She is an inspiration for women who struggle with depression.

    Hope you feel better soon

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  38. Congrats Disney! That's awesome!

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  39. Say it ain't so! Your blog is an inspiration creatively and spiritually, we would miss you way too much.
    Congrats on the article, you deserve it!

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  40. Disney, your blog is amazing. I check in every day for inspiration, I love your creations and unique style. I'm a fledgling sewer, and have found your tutorials so helpful-I'm working up to ruffles for my next apron thanks to you! I would love to see you continue inspiring us all to create, using our God-given talents!

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  41. I am so excited for you too!! (Which is a little strage considering I don't actually know you!) Well done, really, what an achievement. I love your blog and would be soooo sad if it was closed....please don't!!

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  42. Congrats Disney, I am excited for you! You are in a frump...it is the linger between Winter n' Spring!
    We all get this blah feeling right before..hang in there!
    Congrats again; I look forward to seeing this mag~

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  43. congratulations to you!!!! And I'm begging you not to shut down the blog!!!!!! :)

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  44. Congratulations on making it into the magazine! You silly girl, think of how much you would miss all of us bowing down before you. Don't worry, the warm weather is coming and you will get out of your funk. I get that way too!

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  45. how exciting!! I love stampington publications!

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  46. Congrats on the magazine! That is SUPER exciting and you deserve it. I think anyone who says they never feel melancholy every once in a while is lying! However, making someone else happy always does the same for me and that's precisely what you do with your blog everyday. Don't toy with shutting down. We love you too much!

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  47. NO!!! You can't shut down your blog! I just started mine this week and it's completely inspired by you! I reference you constantly. Congrats on the article! You're amazing :)

    subtle-tee.blogspot.com

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  48. Congrats on being featured in the magazine - your jewelry is lovely :D I am a lurker (yes, GUILTY!) but I had to come out of hiding at the mention of the possibility of this blog being shut down. I love your blog and look forward to your posts in my Reader. One of my resolutions this year was to explore my creative side and your blog is very inspiring; I would be sad if I could no longer lurk around and bookmark projects I would like to try in the future. Thanks for all that you do!

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  49. Congrats!! :) I love all your creations... please don't shut down!! :(

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  50. I've been in a funk too, but I have something to blame mine on, it's harder when you don't know what's going on.

    Please don't shut down your blog. My friend and I love reading it for inspiration in our own crafty ways. I sent your videos to a brand new sewer and she's now made a few dresses for her girls.

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  51. please dont ever stop blogging, you are my favorite blog to read, I love your ideas. Congrats too on being published :)

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  52. Oh Disney!!

    Your blog means SO much to the rest of us slightly creative folk!!

    I have two boys, ages 10 months and almost 3 years, and I check your blog for new postings (might I even say?) obsessively.

    I am so, so thankful that I found Ruffles 'n Stuff amidst all various blogs floating around cyberspace, because you lend a smile to my day and a warmth to my heart ALL THE TIME.. (even though I don't have a girl... Rrr)

    So please, even amidst the blues, remember that we really, really appreciate you and all the time you put into your picture-taking, blogging, and creating.

    As for Jewelry Affair, Brava! Brava!

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  53. I'm so excited about your magazine feature! I have to say to you...please don't shut down your blog! I really enjoy reading and I actually was thinking about it before I went to sleep last night. I'm so excited to try your tutorials! I hope the sunshine from Spring helps with your melancholy! :)

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  54. Your blog ..... it's amazing and soooo inspiring. Nice to find you!

    A small footprint from Agneta & Sweden

    Ps. I have an ongoing jewelry contest on my blog. Welcome! Ds

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  55. wow thats great.
    please dont shut down your blog. the stuff you make is so pretty and really inspires me and the things that i make.

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  56. I'm sure someone has probably said this already but I'm gonna tell you too in case it helps...
    I think we probably all get that way. It's a funny thing about writing a blog, you absolutely, positively fall in love with your readers & the blog but at the same time it can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. I know I definitely get in craft funks from time to time, call it crafter's PMS. (:

    Just know we've all been there but don't you dare shut down your adorable blog because I'll have to stalk your ruffly butt down & make you keep blogging! It's one of my favorites!

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  57. Congratulations! You so inspire me and help me want to keep crafting and trying new things.

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  58. Congrats! Nobody deserves it more than Sweet You!

    I love your sweet spirit (and all your AWESOME ideas!) and would miss you and your lovely blog - please don't stop blogging!

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  59. hi disney! i totally understand! i have been feeling the same lately! actually, i am doing a post tomorrow about my issues! hoping that if i write it, it will help! congrats on the press! you deserve it!

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  60. sorry you've been feeling meloncoly. you would be really missed. I've felt the same way, but now that spring has come along, I've been feeling much better!

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  61. HUGE fan of Altered Couture as well. I venture to Barnes and Noble with the hubby on a rare occassion and sit in a corner with one of these issues for as long as my cup of joe lasts. I find so much inspiration and contributers who are passionate. LOVE IT!

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  62. Disney,

    I love your jewelry. My absolute pleasure to have you in two of my magazines. There are days when I want to close up shop on my blog as well. But if I did I would surely regret it. Keep the jewelry coming. Next deadline is 5/15/10. Blessings!

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  63. The only time I was ever in print was when a painting of mine ended up in a brochure for my old college.
    Even that was exciting, so I know having a whole little article must be so amazing!

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  64. Disney! Congrats girl your jewelry looks amazing in the magazine!! Don't shut down your blog. It inspires me so much as well as so many other people. One day you might be like Pioneer Woman and have a movie made b/c of you blog. (if you don't know who I'm talking about go to http://thepioneerwoman.com/ and check her out).

    Or you could take a break and get some guest bloggers to help out while your gone. That would be a great way to keep your blog up and running and you get a break! :)

    Sending lots of hugs and happy thoughts your way.
    -xoxo
    E

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  65. Don't you dare shut down this blog and make me hunt you down!! ;0) Seriously, you have a gift. Keep going. Sometimes things are rough, right? Thanks for keeping it real and sharing your thoughts, the good and the...meh. I love reading your blog and seeing what you come up with each day. Hugs!!

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