Monday, 4 April 2016

3 is the Number!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! On the 4th April 2013 I wrote my very first blog post! I remember how nervous I felt and how I was unsure that anyone out there in Blogland would read what I had written or look at my craft projects!
 I've learned so much in these last 3 years and made so many wonderful crafting friends! I should like to share 3 projects that represent for me some of those techniques I've learned; the style I've developed and the direction my creativity has taken and say Thank You to those who have followed me or left comments. You've taught me so much - not just in the kind remarks; but also through all you share in your own blogs. Crafty Blogland, I've discovered, is a caring and supportive community! Sharing here has enabled me to grow. Through taking on line courses with teachers like Mary Jane Chadbourne, I've learned the delights of working in miniature and gained the confidence to feature my own art on  my projects -
Gradually I've acquired new techniques and incorporated them so that a project can be interesting from every angle - front and back - I hope!
I've explored ways of making canvases tell a three-dimensional story with paints, collage, tissue, teabags and embellishments -
It's part of the fun to decorate the sides too!
I've played with rusting, embossing, gilding and adding water-colours and my own art to craft blanks -
It's been 3 years of adventure and so much fun sharing with my Followers and Friends. To say a special Thank You to those who have dropped by my blog over the last 3 years, I should like to offer a small gift. If you leave a comment below with your name, on the 11th April (you don't have to be a follower) I will put the names in a hat and the first one to be picked will receive a little piece of wearable art made just for them! Have a lovely week full of creativity and Happy Blogging!

20 comments:

  1. you've come so far in such a short space of time - you've leapt into loads of different styles and projects with such enthusiasm! good luck for the next three (and more) years! your art and your stories around the art, make your blog a joy to read every time xx

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  2. Happy 3rd on the 4th!
    I am thrilled that you started blogging and kept it going so I could come to find you and be part of your wonderful artistic adventure Julie Ann!!
    Keep the wonderful stories and beautiful art coming! xoxo

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  3. Love to see this, Julie!..you are so creative and giving...so happy to have become FB friends and to connect! You are an inspiration!

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  4. You know what I think Julie Ann! (My parents wedding anniversary today too!) Much love, Hazel! Xx

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  5. Well done Julie, your art is so inspirational. Here's to another 4 years. Xxx

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  6. I am soooo happy you found the courage to start blogging Julie Ann and I remember seeing your first post for PaperArtsy and following you here. You've been a joy to follow ever since, seeing your confidence grow to the point where you are now such an inspiration with your wonderful artwork and your beautiful story telling! Unfortunately we rarely get to meet face to face but those times are precious and I for one am so thankful for modern technology that enables us and our other mutual crafting friends to keep in touch, encourage and support each other from afar.

    Big Blog Birthday Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  7. Gosh, I can hardly believe that you have only been blogging for 3 years! Presumably making art for a lot longer though. I love your art Julie, it's very inspiring and uplifting. It never fails to make me gasp. Here's to many more years of blogging your art!

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  8. Congratulations on three years scrumminess Julie Ann. I love all your art as you know including your storey telling. You may only have been blogging for three years but your art comes from your soul and that's always been with you. So pleased you found your artistic voice. Hugs Debs xxx PS it my 3 year anniversary in May lol. Xxx

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  9. Am I remembering correctly that you said a year or two ago that you were new to mixed media??? Seeing your work makes that very hard to believe. You say you learned so much from others, but really, you have taught us so much more.

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  10. Happy blog birthday to you Julie Ann. The words I write could not possibly match your eloquent style of fabulous story-telling. However, I can 109% say it is a totally joy to watch you weave your magic into both art and prose with a healthy dose of whimsy to boot. The way you put so much of your heart into everything you create is a lesson to us all to just let go and see what happens. But you words, well they seem to effortlessly whisk us away into another world all together. We are more than fortunate to see your art and stories evolve. Thank you for sharing so generously with us all! With much love. Leandra xxxx

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  11. Happy blogaversary Julie Ann, so glad you have enjoyed your three years sharing your amazing creative art, here's to the next three xxx

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  12. Happy blogerversary to a lovely lady..I can remember when you started blogging and you joined the patwits..it has been great to see how you have progressed through the mixed media world and your lovely stories that come along with each piece!! hope the next 3 years and beyond are as enjoyable..I won't see you saturday as can't get to AP until sunday so maybe stevenage in august xxx

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  13. A little hi and happy blogaversary from me too Julie!!! :)
    You know what I'm thinking of your art... out of the box, truly amazing some days, always very beautiful!!! and your adventure is so stunning; I'm like you, I've learned everything from blogland and made so many good and supportive crafty friends, that really helps us to continue and go ahead in our art journey with the same passion...
    Thanks for being part of this wonderful community that I love too!
    I wish you many other next years sharing generously your gorgeous art on your blog!!!!
    Hugs to you xxxx
    PS: No Bloglovin' way of following you?... Would be happy to take it! :)

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  14. I Had to stop in your nest on this Special Day :)..
    Oh Miss Julie Ann, EEKKSSSS it been three years, this production you are running is the icing on the cake......... I'm sooooo excited to have witness what I visualized happening for you, watching you grow, spread your wings and soar so high, you must be breathless :O) my Friend.. What Miss Leander said is exactly what we all think
    of the love you produce with your talent, we are blessed to share it. Congratulations Miss Julie Ann and I wish you many years of creating your Love (((( HUGE HUGS )))) my Friend and Magpie Cuz OOXX...

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  15. Congratulations, Julie Ann!!!! I still remember my first blog post!! It is such a fun adventure!!! Your art is wonderful and I enjoy following along!!!!!!!!

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  16. Wonderful canvas piece, your blocks are quite something. xox

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  17. Goodness! Those three years have whizzed by! Congratulations!!! xxx

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  18. Julie Happy birthday! I know how fun and rewarding blogging can be and I so admire your diligence and the inspiration you offer to others!

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  19. It is astonishing what you have achieved in those three short years. You truly have achieved so much, with your talent constantly shining and that astonishing imagination of yours is something to behold.
    Here's to the next 3+ years!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  20. I guess I should have put my previous comment here! So just to ditto ditto what I wrote and wish you many more happy years of creativity and blogging. A visit here is always so special.
    Alison x

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