Showcase Sunday #7 – Emily Guyton-Lange


For this week’s Showcase Sunday, I would like to introduce you to Emily Guyton-Lange from Never Idly Dreaming She has some of the most beautiful writings available for your enjoyment on her blog. Her creative writing is something that could keep you captured for hours as you read through her blog, especially since it is also sprinkled with beautiful arts and crafts. The simple fact that her blog is so well-rounded is a recipe for success. Before you run to check out her blog, learn a little more about her below in this week’s interview!


What made you get into blogging?

I’m an aspiring author who wanted to form connections with other writers and showcase some examples of my writing. The drive to create drives me in many areas outside of writing as well, such as crafting and academic work. The idea of sharing my thoughts with others on a regular basis seemed daunting at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to start. It has become a great place to share progress on my writing, as well as somewhere to celebrate my adventures in other crafts.

Have you ever had any formal training or education in your blog subject?

Unless you count one or two online classes about creative writing or grammar, I would say no. I have learned most of what I know about writing through other blogs, books, and of course, lots of actual writing. That being said, I intend to major in English with a focus in creative writing when I attend college this Fall, so I’m certain more formal training is on the horizon. For my crafting, which is admittedly a smaller part of my blog, I am indebted to my grandmother for my original instruction and the rest of my family for their continued creativity. My grandmother gave me many foundational tools which I used to learn about other areas of crafting myself, while my family of artists always encouraged me to be creative in any way I chose.

What is your family’s creative history? You mention that they have helped you with your crafting, but how?

My mom is a painter who also loves to work with mixed media, colored pencil, and graphic design. She was an art teacher for almost fifteen years before going back to school for natural medicine. My dad is primarily a photographer, but he also does quite a bit of mixed media journal work and graphic design, along with jewelry making and turning our backyard into a Japanese garden. He’s also a photography professor. My younger brother is a talented musician, stop-motion animator, and currently wants to pursue a career as a director.

Aside from giving me a general appreciation for the arts, providing the supplies for an artistic childhood, and nurturing a lot of my creative growth through homeschooling, my family has always been incredibly supportive of my creative pursuits. You often hear stories of families who try to force their child to pursue the career which will bring in more money, not necessarily what they were passionate about. My parents always make sure I understand both the highlights and the pitfalls of whatever I choose, but they’ll always be with me no matter what I decide to do.

What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?

I have a hard time answering this question because I feel like so many of my “failures” are merely setbacks which lead me to greater and better things. However, I am fairly young. I’m sure more setbacks and true failures are coming my way.

Who has influenced you the most with your blog?

Outside of my extremely supportive family, I would have to say, Ariel Hudnall. I took part in a Facebook-based class she led for writers who want to start blogs to promote their work or simply serve as an author platform. Ariel helped me learn my way around WordPress and gave many suggestions for how to run a successful blog as a writer. I adapted many of these suggestions for my own use, even in areas outside of writing such as my craft posts.

(Ariel’s blog: https://arielhudnall.com/)

How much time do you spend blogging in any given week?

I try to post consistently each Friday, as well as my Quote of the Day posts at the beginning of each month. During the academic year I probably spent two to four hours a week on blogging and related networking. During the summer I hope to prepare more Quote of the Day graphics and really focus in on networking, so that number may increase a little over time.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

I would say blogging is related to my chosen profession. I don’t realize profits from my blog and I don’t work on it full-time. Perhaps it will become a larger aspect of my profession at a later date, but for now I suppose it’s more of a hobby and a way to get my creative voice into the world.

What is your passion?

Specifically, writing is my passion. It’s difficult, sometimes heartbreakingly so, but I cannot escape how I feel when all of my hard work falls into place and I just know what I’m doing is worthwhile. Writing also fits under a larger umbrella, as I am passionate about all sorts of creation. The act of making something which did not exist before and would not have existed without my work gives me immense satisfaction. This could apply to writing, crafting, and even cooking. All are things I enjoy because it is the act of creating which fuels my passion.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

Above all, I hope to be happy and healthy. I may not know exactly what that happiness will look like yet, but it is always a part of my list of goals. Ultimately, I would like to be a published author. As I mentioned before, writing is my passion, and the ability to focus on that passion while sharing it with others is one of my main goals.

What is the longest thing you’ve written? and what is your favorite genre to write?

Currently my longest piece is actually the first novel I completed for National Novel Writing Month, at just over 75,000 words. That particular project is on the shelf for now, though I may come back to it in the future. My current work in progress is looking like it will be about the same length or longer, I’m about halfway through at this point and it’s just under 45,000 words.

Most of my writing is young adult and falls under the fantasy or science fiction heading. I love the genre’s ability to examine current social issues in a new context and bring diversity into the media. Plus, dragons are awesome.

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

I would like to leave behind a life well-lived, a life filled with passion and the fruits of my hard work. The legacy of a life lived in such a way so that my passions help others and their own passions to flourish. If one person is changed or comforted by something I write, that is enough for me.

Is there anything you want the readers to know about your blog we haven’t covered?

I’ve hinted at this with previous answers, but I don’t like being pigeonholed into a single subject! Never Idly Dreaming is primarily about my writing and writing goals, but if I only wrote about that I would have run out of ideas and interest long ago. My life has many facets, and I have many different creative outlets I’d love to share.


Don’t just take my word for it, please visit her blog and let her know that you saw her here on “Sunday Showcase.”

As always, If you would like your blog to be featured on here, please do not hesitate to email me at craftyartistkc@gmail.com and I would love to feature you next sunday.

Showcase Sunday #6 – Emma Ward


For this week’s Showcase Sunday, I would like to introduce you to Emma Ward from Puddleside Musings. Her blog is very amazing, especially if you enjoy making cards. She has a ton of free printables and her planners are just exquisite. You have to take a look at her blog and all the work she has put into putting all these creative outlets in one place. There is one section particularly that I relate to most and that is her snail mail. She posts about all the beautiful things she receives in the mail. I love that she is able to share such amazing things from all over the world. I was able to interview her below: before you run over to her blog, get to know her a little bit more below:


What made you get into blogging?

Peer pressure? I started my first blog when I was around 16 and at the time having a blog was just the thing to do. Not the greatest reason I know but I’ve found better reasons since then to blog! I started with just writing about things in my life but that didn’t interest me very much. At some point I just started using my blog for posting pictures of my art and that’s really what kept me blogging. That was with my old blog but the same thing happened with my current blog, Puddleside Musings – it started as things about my life and morphed into a blog about crafts, planners and snail mail – so I guess what gets me into blogging usually isn’t what keeps me at it.

Have you ever had any formal training or education in your blog subject?

None at all! The only training I’ve had is tangentially related. I did do art for my Leaving Cert. but that was all about drawing people and objects so not craft related at all, and I have a degree in English literature but I can’t say that’s influenced my snail mail at all other than to encourage me to be very wordy.

What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?

Dropping out of my Master’s degree. I started a part-time online master’s degree in World Heritage Conservation but I dropped out after only two months. I do kind of see it as a failure on my part because I’ve typically always been really good at academic stuff but with the master’s degree, even though I really liked the subject, I just felt constantly overwhelmed and anxious to the point where it was affecting my health. I have learned from that experience though and since then I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my feelings so that I don’t push myself too far just because I think people expect it of me.

Who has influenced you the most with your blog?

You know, I don’t think I can name any one or two people in particular for having influenced me and my blog the most. I don’t know, I think I try to more inspired than influenced by people and I’m inspired by a lot of people!

How much time do you spend blogging in any given week?

Writing up posts takes me a few hours because I post three times a week on Puddleside Musings and twice a week on my art blog, Idle Spot. I’d say it could take me up to four hours to write my blog posts for the week because I’m slow at writing things and also I have to edit photos for them too. If you think about it though, blogging takes a lot longer than that because in order to have something to blog about, I have to make things which is increases that time drastically!

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

It’s just a hobby for me, though I would love if I could make it my profession.

What is your passion?

I guess my passion is for making and creating things – good thing that’s what my blog is about!

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I really wish I had a goal in life but at the moment I don’t really have one. I’m still figuring things out so maybe I should just say my goal is to be happy. That and live in a hobbit hole…which would make me happy indeed.

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

A hoard of bulging notebooks filled with drawings and crafts.


Don’t just take my word for it, please visit her blog and let her know that you saw her here on “Sunday Showcase.”

As always, If you would like your blog to be featured on here, please do not hesitate to email me at craftyartistkc@gmail.com and I would love to feature you next sunday.

Third-degree Thursday #6


For this weeks third degree Thursday, I have decided to ask my audience questions. I would love to hear from each and everyone of you, but I realize that may be asking too much. So, here is a list of questions for you to answer in the comments.

1. What is a short summary of your blog?

2. What would you like to see more of on my blog?

3. Would you like to participate in my Showcase Sunday series?

4. What is your favorite blog post of mine (check back as I have been doing this less than a year)?

5. If you could ask me one question, professional or personal, what would it be?

Thank you for your responses in advance. I look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments below!

Showcase Sunday #5 – John Bloodworth


For this weeks Showcase Sunday, I want to introduce you to John Bloodworth the Gentleman Crafter. I came across his blog a while ago and immediately fell in love with the ideas he presented. He makes a really good point in his interview that offers the suggestion to revisit the archives. There is a lot of great content out there, you just have to be willing to look for it. I know that I revisit my own blog posts from the beginning. Sometimes information changes and I always want the correct information on my blog. So, be sure to check out his blog, but before you do, learn a little bit about him by reading the interview below.


What made you get into blogging?

It was a bit of an accidental entry to be honest. At the time I hadn’t any inclination to blog however a couple of work colleagues kept on saying that I should do it as I had a lot to say about craft and that people would be interested – 3 years in and I love my little corner of the internet!

Have you ever had any formal training or education in your blog subject?

I have had a personal interest in arts and crafts since I was a boy, some 30+ years ago. I completed various further education qualifications in art and design and then, later in my career, I began working at Create and Craft TV and then began learning about arts and crafts as a hobby – so I guess that you could say that I have.

What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?

I’m not sure that I would count anything as a failure as that’s quite a negative way at looking at the learning process. All ‘mistakes’ can count as experiments and all successes can count as the lessons learnt from the experiments. So I guess you could say that learning to look at failure positively was one thing that I picked up.

Who has influenced you the most with your blog?

The blog visitors, especially those that leave comments, are the ones that influence and inspire me the most when I’m sat writing the blog posts. A few of them have been following the blog since it began and it is always lovely when they read and comment because it shows me that it was worthwhile doing.

How much time do you spend blogging in any given week?

That varies a good deal. Some weeks I just don’t get the chance, others I will be creating, photographing and writing every day.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Although the blog often refers to what I do professionally it is actually something that I do in my spare time – when I have some.

What is your passion?

My passion is creativity. I enjoy all aspects of it from concept to construction and completion. The creative journey is often more exciting than the finished result for me.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

To own a creative studio by the coast!

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

Inspiration.

Is there anything you want the readers to know about your blog we haven’t covered?  

Folk don’t often realise that all of the previous posts are still available – it’s certainly worth checking out the archives.


Don’t just take my word for it, please visit his blog and let him know that you saw him here on “Sunday Showcase.”

As always, If you would like your blog to be featured on here, please do not hesitate to email me at craftyartistkc@gmail.com and I would love to feature you next sunday.

Third-Degree Thursday #5


How do you come up with your drawings?

I know it sounds crazy to think that I just wing it, but I rarely map out any piece I do. I just put pen to paper and sometimes something really cool comes out, and sometimes I am just not feeling it. When that happens I find myself putting the drawing away until a day when I am looking to finish something I started previously.

Most of the time when I do finish a project that I previously hated, it ends up being on of my favorite pieces. My advice to you is if you ever come across a point in your art where you just aren’t “feeling it” Don’t be afraid to put it to the side until a later day. Sometimes I returned a few hours later and I have some pieces that have been sitting aside for several months that I haven’t returned to yet. But do not throw away anything away, you never know when you will see exactly what you wanted at the start.


I look forward to answering any questions you may have in next Thursdays Third-Degree Thursday post! Please remember that you can ask me anything, if I don’t know the answer right off, I love researching.

See you NEXT THURSDAY!!

The Mystery Blogger Award


The creator of Mystery Blogger Award is Okoto Enigma… https://okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and deserve every recognition they get.

This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.

RULES FOR AWARD

Put the award logo on your blog

List the rules

Thank whoever nominated you and provide link to their blog.

Tell your readers three things about yourself

Answer to the questions

You have to nominate some bloggers

Ask your nominees any five questions

THANKS TO BHAGYASHRI

I just want to send a special thank you to Bhagyashri for considering my blog as worthy enough for such a nomination. I am touched that someone chose my blog from the millions out there. One of my favorite tag lines of this blog is My Doodle World. It is definitely worth checking out and you can do it right here.

THREE FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I am really good at organizing work spaces. It is something that comes very natural and I can complete an organization task very quickly and efficiently. I can surely thank my mother who always said, “Everything has a place.”
  2. I find myself getting very discouraged about some of my art pieces, but I push myself to publish it anyways, just to find that it is one of my most loved piece by my followers. My advice to you is let your followers convince you that every piece you create is a masterpiece to someone.
  3. I start my day with music and dancing. I am absolutely not a morning person, but being as though I must start at 5:30am to get the house ready for the day forced me to create an environment that was positive and gave me good vibes for the day. So I wake up, I shower, and I sing!

MY ANSWERS:

1.What is your take on TV Series?

I do not have much time to watch tv at all. I find that it is much more enjoyable to actually create something or interact with friends and family. I think that these days people allow their lives to slip by sitting on a sofa. I do not want to be that, I want to strive to always be better. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional series or movie that may catch my attention, I just chose a different activity most of the time.

2. How do you react when your name is pronounced or written wrongly?

You would think a name like Charity would be fairly easy to keep straight, but I have found that it is most commonly mispronounced as Chasity or Chastity, and is most commonly misspelled as Chasity. I have only met a small number, that I could easily keep on one hand, of individuals that share my name. My take on this is, people no longer respect someone enough to learn how to pronounce and spell their names correctly. There is an entitled group of people that make it very clear they are above all others. I make a point to not only ask someone their name, but ask them about the origin if it is of rare quality.

3. Do you believe in life after death? If Yes, what you wish to be?

I do believe there is life after death but I think of it in a different way. I do not believe in reincarnation, I believe that the life after death is the life created from death. Let me explain.  I believe that we are placed on this earth to make a difference and to push the next generation forward in education and questioning their surroundings. I believe that a person lives on in the inspiration they leave in the lives of those around him/her.

4. How many dreams came true? Can you share a major one.

I grew up in a small town in the south. The seasons never seemed to really change. It was warm and sunny almost year round. But there was this particular season, I hadn’t ever experienced. Winter. The coldest it would get in my hometown would still allow for just a light jacket to be comfortable. Since as long as I could remember, I had always dreamed of a white christmas. It wasn’t until after I had turned 19, that my husband at the time was stationed to Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. Even though I joined him in the middle of July, there was a chill in the air I had not experienced before. After getting used to the chill in July, I was able to experience my first snowfall of any significance. It was so magical. I was like a kid standing outside with my arms outstretched and my mouth wide open. It was snow, and in that moment, I felt amazing!

5. Introduce your extra hobby, which you have not mentioned here yet.

I love PC Gaming. I have been playing World of Warcraft since before the first expansion. I have found a guild that is made up of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet. From jugglers, artists, military and bodybuilders, to the kids of those previously mentioned starting a life of their own. This group of people have become like a second family to me. They are always there and we are all friends on facebook and share memories from years of playing this game. I have met the most amazing people and THAT is why I continue to play this beautiful escape.

MY NOMINEES:

https://needull.com/about/

https://groupexpo.wordpress.com/about/

https://gentlemancrafter.com/about/

http://personalogues.com/about/

MY QUESTIONS TO MY NOMINEES

  1. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
  2. What is the most creative thing you’ve done in your lifetime?
  3. Do you believe in aliens? Have you ever been visited?
  4. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  5. What is the one thing you wish you knew how to do better?

 

I look forward to seeing all of your answers. Good Luck and God Bless!

Showcase Sunday #4 – Roberta Pimentel


For this weeks Showcase Sunday, I want to introduce Roberta Pimentel. Her blog was the first that I came in contact with that had guest blogs, and she even allowed me to be one of those guests which you can find here. Some of the other things that I love about her blog is how down to earth it is. It is funny and informative. She truly does capture the audience right away and I want you to check her out. But before you do, read the interview below:


What made you get into blogging?

Well, in 2010 I got in touch with a girl who was blogging and it appeared very fun to me. I started a blog for fun but from 2010 I have begun over and over again. Last year I decided to start a blog with my own domain and just go step by step. Additionally, I give others the opportunity to write guest posts on my blog.

Have you ever had any formal training or education in your blog subject?

I have only read other famous blogs in Norway and around the globe. However, for a few months ago I attended a blogging course where I paid a few dollars but to be honest, I have not learned anything that I did not know from before, but I think many, especially beginners, can get some insights by taking a course.

What was your greatest failure and how did you learn from it?

Believing that I could do everything on my own without any help from others, but I learned quickly that it is not possible to go through life without having backups from good friends and family.

Who has influenced you the most with your blog?

To be honest it is too many who has influenced me on my journey. If I would write a list it would go one forever and that is why I choose to not write names.

How much time do you spend blogging in any given week?

Well, before I did not have a job so I spent like all day long on blogging, but now I don’t use more than an hour a day since the time doesn’t let me. I hope I can start using at least two hours a day when I’m done with my studies.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Absolutely just a hobby. Blog consumes a lot of time and I don’t have the time to have it as a job since it doesn’t pay my bills. However, no one knows what the future will bring. In the blogging industry, you must meet the right people at the right time.

What is your passion?

Dancing, working out, inspire others and networking.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

For a few years ago I went through a very tough life crisis where I messed up my economy. This has caused some consequences in my life today so I would say that my ultimate goal, for now, is to pay off all my debt. I am working on it and I cannot wait till I am done. When I am done my boyfriend and I want to buy ourselves a house/apartment and I would love to be able to help my family in Brazil as well. I do have many goals and the above-mentioned goals are just some of them haha…

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

Changing other people’s lives is the greatest gift one can get so I would like people to know me as someone who cares for others.

Is there anything you want the readers to know about your blog we haven’t covered?

Right now life is pretty busy and I don’t have time to blog every day, but I give people the chance to write a guest post and if someone of your readers wants to participate they can send me an email at email@robertapimentel.comVisit my blog at www.robertapimentel.com


Don’t just take my word for it, please visit her blog and let her know that you saw her here on “Sunday Showcase.”
As always, If you would like your blog to be featured on here, please do not hesitate to email me at craftyartistkc@gmail.com and I would love to feature you next sunday.