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Sunday, March 1, 2009

A year of -isms...Happy Anniversary!

"Hmmm...so by reading that, it SHOULD lead me to the conclusion that a shopping ban would be the prohibition of shopping. I see how the concept can relate to each other, just not how it pertains to me."

...Oh, YAY! Today is here! *LOL* I can't believe how excited I am, it almost feels like a birthday! I wonder if I can convince The Mister to get me a present to celebrate! HAHAHAHA...

When I first started blogging, I pretty much just ran and jumped in head first into everything with me fake-it-'til-you-make-it kind of attitude. I didn't know where to start, so I figured I'd just start from the right then and there and just kept on going! I figure now might be a good time to take a step back and maybe start with an introduction. *LOL*

I think I had originally intended for this blog to be mostly an anonymous rambling of a crazy crafter/shopper. I wanted to be all witty and funny and clever and mysterious and people reading would be all intrigued and be enticed to keep coming back again and again. Yeah, well that didn't happen and with something as personal as crafting, you can't really be apart from it all, can you? So, I'd like to introduce myself...my name is Catherine (I so want to put the "I'm a scrapaholic" part, but I'm pretty sure I already said that before, and let's face it, that was soooo last year!) I often come on here talking about the ways I can trick The Mister into buying things for me, so I thought I ought to introduce him as well. The Mister aka my best friend aka my husband aka the love of my life aka Bart.


...or more realistically...

BWAHAHAHA...okay, we don't look like that all the time...but we sure did on Halloween!

I have no idea how this blogaversary post began to revolve around The Mister - er...Bart, I mean...*LOL* my fingers are just so used to typing The Mister whenever I'm on here! Anywho, like I said, I don't know how this began to be about Bart, but now that I'm on this path, I can see that I'm liking where it's going.

To be completely honest, I am a very big spoiled brat when it comes to Bart. I have been spoiled and have gotten used to it and there's no turning back now. Bart has been the most supportive of me in pretty much everything I do. Not to say that no one else has been, but he's pretty much been my number one fan from the start. I especially notice this AND appreciate this when I hear other ladies talk about how close their husbands are to threatening to take away all their goodies and stuff and all those other husbands who just don't get it. Granted, Bart doesn't reeeally get it (especially when I have another MS edge punch in my hand or when I want to take just one more stop at a different Michael's to see if they have anything different from the OTHER Michael's we were just at), but his whole attitude is that if I think it's worth my time, then he thinks I'll be absolutely awesome at it! He's the one pushing me to go for things, submit things, branch out into things, etc. It's just so humbling and slightly embarrassing to just have someone around who thinks that paper was invented solely for me to create with it.

So I would really like to take this time to shout out a big THANK YOU to Bart for his endless support, encouragement, patience and feigned ignorance at my shopping. For trying to understand how much I enjoy this little hobby of mine and for giving me the space (both figuratively and very literally - I stole the guestroom that also doubles as his closet because I took up all the room from our master bedroom, too) that I need. I'd like to THANK him for not looking at me like I was crazy when I was sitting around in my pyjamas laughing my head off in a room all by myself while reading a post...for taking it in stride when all of a sudden I was telling him all about my friend Marti...for not stumbling in that stride when I told him I was up and going off to California with this friend Marti he'd never heard of or met before...for not giving me dirty looks when I shake him awake late at night to show him the newest thing that I just made...for always having something nice to say about every single thing that I made...etc., etc! Raising my proverbial glass to toast my very fabulous husband whom I am feeling VERY lucky to have!

........so really, I guess all that support and encouragement is to blame for my endless need to shop for my scraproom...I can see now that I don't REALLY have a problem! HAHAHAHA...

I can also see now that this post may pretty much be a long one...I swear I'm not trying to punish you or make you work extra hard for the giveaway by making you read all of this! I really wasn't intending on going that way, but I love that that's where my finger and my tired, wandering mind took me!

Let me see, let me see...what do people normally put in blogaversary posts? I haven't really been to too many, let alone hosted one! I've heard that some bloggers have had a lot of success with their blogs and I can definitely see that a lot of hard work and effort went into that! Although I did disappear off the face of the earth for a few months here and there, I have to say that I am very proud of what I've gotten accomplished so far - especially since I'm usually the type to never see anything through at all! Here's a couple random stats courtesy of Google Analytics:

  • As of yesterday when I last checked, there has been a total of 7366 visitors to my blog since March 4, 2008 (Thank You!)
  • I have a total of 30 individuals who are subscribed to my blog - one of them being my very own Mom (Thank You!)
  • The average time that an individual spends on my blog is 2 minutes and 5 seconds (Thank You!) I know time is precious to everyone!
  • 77% of my blog traffic is from referring sites, so THANK YOU to everyone who's added me as a link in their own blog. Please drop me a line to let me know if you have done this so that I can return the favour and add you to my blog list as well!

Can I just say how much I *LOVE* Google Analytics. Yes, my next confession in the new year of my blog is that I stalk all the people who come and visit me using statistics! *LOL* I am also a stat-addict...I just get all high and giddy when the line graph goes up to show my number of visitors...don't pretend that you don't feel the same way...

Over the years I have also learned a number of things...

  • No matter how many series Studio G puts out, I'm going to need them all
  • Nestabilities are TOTALLY worth it in the end, so you should just stop procrastinating and get them ASAP or else you'll have to wait just that much longer when you finally decide to get them...
  • Your crafting soul sister could totally be living in Virginia and she will always understand that your house isn't really messy, it's just that you're busy and a lot of the times, she's really thinking the same thoughts you're thinking (Marti aka my alcohol ink yoda, my PIC, SuperMommy, sister from another mister, etc., etc., thanks so much for an AWESOME and hilarious year! You have been the best DT a girl could ever ask for and I am really excited to see what this year has in store for us!)

...and so much more I can't even get into it now or you'll hate me and wish I never have another blogaversary again!

And with that...and the fact that Bart is already snoring and the room just spun in front of my eyes, I will sign off...

I have had such an amazing time here on this blog and in the whole crafting community and wherever else I may lurk. As much fun as it is to learn and to create, it can only be so much fun because of all the people that I meet and learn from. I am so thankful that you take the time out of your day to drop by and see what I'm up to and to share kind words with me. I am also very thankful that you all understand and get what it is to have this wonderful hobby and that you share all your ideas and creations with the rest of the world - including me! I hope that you continue to do so and I hope you continue to drop in and check up on me once in a while as well! In this next year to come, I can only hope for bigger and better things to come, more wonderful friends to meet and share with...and more things to be released from CHA so I can shooooop! *LOL*

With that, I'll leave you with one more -ism from the past year.

"Seeing how I don’t like anyone enough to have them stay overnight, I moved our spare bed in the guestroom to make more room for me and my stuff. So if we ever have anyone sleep over, I’m sure they’ll find the floor very comfortable. I would say I was joking, but for those who know me, they probably already know that I’m not."

CONTEST DETAILS: To be eligible for the blogaversary giveaway, please enter your comments on THIS post any time before 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2009. To avoid any confusion or misunderstandings, please include your first and last name or your first name and a screen name so that I may differentiate from same-named individuals. I will choose a winner via a random integer generator on March 2, 2009 and will announce the winner on a post that same day. Please limit your entry to one per person. Thank you so much!



Candice said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary!

Laurinda said...

You are just too much fun!!! I love to see what you've been up to. It's never boring coming here! My blog on the other hand, is boring. I'll have to try to spice it up a bit.

Laurinda (Cricut MB)

GabrielaD said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary. I love your blog, it is fun and super cute. This last card is no exception.... super cute!

I need to make my blog better. Its really hard to blog often.

lisa808 said...


Happy Blogerversary!

You have an awesome husband. I was laughing about the MS punches and stopping at a different Michael's. I'm the same way! Though my husband isn't always as agreeable. Oh well...

Anyway, I love our ramblings and am so glad I discovered your blog.

Thank you for the chance to win such an awesome candy package (and for making me laugh).


Renee said...


So glad I found your blog....and not just cause I won great new stuff.....your work is beautiful and you are FUNNY!!!!!!

Have a great Sunday!

Marissa said...

What a fun blog. I look forward to reading more. Hapy Bloggerversary!!

4paws said...

Happy Blogerversary! I love your blog.

Happy Blogerversary to you,
Happy Blogerversary to you,
Happy Blogerversary Dear Catherine!
Happy Blogerversary to you!!
And many more!!

Thanks for sharing your creations with us,
Marian Nischwitz
aka 4paws

Anonymous said...

You are too funny and very entertaining! I'm glad I found your blog and will be back. Happy 1year anniversary!!

Kristin ~ (Lilsweetpea)

missy said...

Happy Blogversary!

Thank you for enabling me!
My hubby also thanks you LOL

You ROCK!!


AHadley said...

Congrats on your blogaversary! I loved hearing about your "Mister," he sounds like a keeper! I'm blessed to have a hubby who is very much the same way, God love him.
I share your Copic obsession as well, and have enjoyed reading your blog :)
Amy Hadley

ladymac said...

nice blog .. and happy anniv... dont it feel good to be the yr on?? Makes my blog look sad. xxx

Chris said...

Seriously, I just love how much fun you are to read. So glad I found my way via Marti's site to you. Just too funny. And that card is CUUUTE!

Happy Blogoversary!

AShu93 said...

Congrats on the blogoversary! You always make me laugh & I love to read your blog. It's nice to see the "real" you in the pic & the card is beautiful too.

AShu93(cricut MB)

Anonymous said...

happy one year on your blog,
love your pics too sweet! and not to mention i got a laugh at your about me~ jamie

craftaddict said...

Are you the sillyskittles who gave the name to 'skittles' ? If so we all have a lot to thank you for, if not glad to have found you again after so long.

Swimmom said...

Happy Blogoversary, Cat!
Looks like I have some catching up to do on your blog! I'm sorry to admit, I haven't read it since your returned from CHA. But that's an awesome giveaway and I didn't want to miss my chance!

Amanda said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy visiting your blog and seeing your beautiful creations. Love the Anya card! Here's to another great year of blogging and many more hits!

Liann said...

Happy Blogaversary!It is great that you have a supportive husband. Especially when it comes to a craft habit....Stamping Hugs...Lovelove that Anya...

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

diana*bugalicious said...

Happy Blogaversary! The card is too too cute!