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Asking For Your Support

I didn’t set out to be a mommy blogger. I started a blog to hone my writing skills. And I happened to be a Mommy as well. And that means that my daily brain waves are often tied up with how to do right by my child, now children. And yet, my blog and my children are equally important to me. I would do anything to keep my children alive and happy. And I also would do anything to continue to fulfill my calling as a writer.DCP_3406

I was tremendously flattered to be offered an opportunity to guest post on Jennifer Cooper’s Classic Play website. After meeting her in person at a creative’s meet up organized by Jen, I asked her for support in growing my blog. And she offered me my first guest post entitled The Needs of the Many and the Needs of You, published this past week on her blog. The piece is near and dear to me as it discusses how to meet your needs as a creative, especially writer, and the needs of an infant or child. Because both need your undivided unending patience and attention.DCP_3182

And as I am cruising through this month of 31 Days of Pretty Picture posts, I discovered I am in a contest for the top 25 Mommy bloggers that blog about family life on the Circle of Mom’s blog. And I can taste it. I suddenly realized that I wanted votes. I wanted to ask for support and feel great about receiving it. Soooo…

Please take a moment and click the badge to the right.

Vote for me today. Vote for me tomorrow. And every day until Halloween .

And ask your network, on my behalf, to do the same.

I would be so humbled and appreciate it so much to at least rise to the #50 spot. The leaders are way ahead of me as they obviously knew they were in a contest. Having Fiona put me out of touch in a few places. But I’ve still managed to keep up with my posts 3x a week. And this month, 31 days in a row.

The benefit to winning a coveted spot in the top 25? Writing opportunities. I know what I want to do besides be a parent. I want to be a paid writer.

Love to all of you who have supported me so far. Turn a few more people on to me please. And we’ll see if I can’t rise above.

And thanks to whoever voted for me 6 times before I even knew I was in the contest.

Love,

Shalagh

Half Way Through

This is about half way through my “31 days straight of pretty picture posts” challenge. Wanted to take a moment to share where I am with this challenge.

Every truly great accomplishmentTo say that this was one of the loopiest ideas I’ve had in a while would be saying it nicely.

What the heck was I thinking?

Oh I had some concepts, yes. Was I prepared? Not.

But then again, I can hardly believe I have two years of blogging under my belt, considering my perceived ineptitude.

brick chimney and tiffen

And I’ve experienced both positive and negative outcomes.

happy crabbyOn the positive side, I have more than accomplished my goal to show my visual side. I am happy to see myself in all the art and work I have done. To remind myself of who I am and to stand by it. To be inspired to create more.

witch doll

I was also forced to find and touch every picture I have stored.

And I figured out how to speedily scan and download these photos into the computer. Wirelessly!

English Chestnuts

On the negative side, as always, I have run into technical snafus. These are the sort that upset me the most. Like happily installing a  hover over pin it button to help people pin my pictures to their Pinterest pages. Only a week later, I found it had caused a fatal error to my menu pages. Just a click away. Ahhhhh.

And a watermark appears when it feels like it even though I think I do nothing differently.

schiffalera plant

On the overall, I am still happy with the challenge. By the end of the month, I will have gotten this out of my system and survived.

And there’s no taking back what I’ve tipped my hand for you to see. Continue to enjoy the pretty pictures folks.

3 D Collages

The next phase of my collage period was to go 3D.

War Paint

War Paint

I wanted to glue stuff onto stuff. And I liked playing with new glues to see what they could do.

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This piece incorporated fabric. And body parts.

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These are real river rocks. Sadly this piece was obliterated in a friend’s horrible moving accident.

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This was a wreath made from camera paraphernalia. I could rock out some vintage memory wreaths.

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I put this on our house when we moved in.

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The man themed suitcase. Loved this. I used acorns for the feet.

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And the music suitcase. So pretty. Sold long ago.

Hope you enjoyed the last tour of the collages.

Can’t wait to see what’s next? Neither can I.

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