Monday, February 1, 2010

Two Years of Blogging...


It's hard to believe, but two years ago today I started this blog.  I actually posted this doily design on February 1, 2008.  I had just begun to use the Design Studio software and I wanted a place to share my designs. When I look back at some of my old posts they make me realize what an interesting experience this has been.  I certainly have learned a lot about so many things - when I started I didn't even know that there was a way to make a "clickable" link.  I also had a cleaner house and a fatter wallet!

I have enjoyed getting to know many people who share my interest in design, photography and all sorts of papercrafting.  I never guessed when I bought my first Cricut that I would become totally immersed in this world.  I have spent so many hours working with the Design Studio program that I create designs in my sleep and I have worn out a brand new wireless mouse.  As program updates came out, I figured out new ways to do projects and I was happy to help teach others how to make the best use of the software.  I am flattered to see how many people subscribe to or follow my blog and I am always happy when they stop to leave comments or ask questions

Since January 1, 2009, I have posted something on this blog every day .  It has been challenging to keep it up and at times I have considered stopping (or at least reducing the frequency of posting) but I do feel a sense of accomplishment from making a resolution and sticking to it.  There have been many late nights involved and I need to make some changes to my night owl status.  (I hardly ever schedule posts in advance - I have done this occasionally to cover times when I may be away and unable to get online for a few days).

I'd love to have some feedback as I make my plans for the next year or so.  I am working on a couple of big projects that will take a great deal of time in the near future.  I think you will be excited to find out what they are but my lips are sealed for the time being!

I have wondered  if it would be better to have some sort of predictable schedule for the types of things I post.  I know that many blogs follow a schedule format (cards on one day, videos another, etc.). On the other hand, it seems that a lot of you truly don't mind checking in each day and finding a surprise.  It could be a lengthy and somewhat technical Design Studio tutorial one day, a simple card another, a recipe, a video, a family or travel story, a cartridge or other product review, a digital project or just some photos that I'd like to share.

So, if you don't mind, leave me a comment and tell me what you really like to find here.  Is there something you'd like to see more of?  Some things you feel disappointed about when you see the type of post for the day? Is it really important to you that there is something new every single day?   I'll take it all into consideration as I decide what to do next.

It is very early in the morning (I am up too late again!) so I will make a second post later today.  I think two years is the sort of milestone that deserves to be celebrated!  I checked the hit counter while I was writing this and it is well over 540,000.  There are over 2,000 people who either subscribe to or follow this blog and, I stopped counting months ago, but at that time there had been over 120,000 downloads of my designs.  I am not trying to boast - I am just amazed to know that so many people are interested in what I do!  So...there will be some thank you gifts!!!!  

Thank you all so much and please do leave some comments to help me in my planning for the future.

121 comments:

  1. I just found your blog, and it has been so incredibly helpful! I just got a cricut and the design studio software. Your video tutorials are amazing! I am amazed that you have done something every day on your blog! I would love to see you continue, but by all means, give yourself a break! We love all the help, but completely understand you slowing down a bit! A very big thank you for all your work and help!

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  2. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging. It's a fantastic effort and a wonderful website (and blog). As for the content of your blogs - creativity is spontaneous, so surprise us with whatever you feel inspired to create.
    Thanks again.

    greer@thebrookerz.com

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  3. Diane, I love reading your blog. Don't change a thing. Your commitment to Cricut designing is understated and should be vigorously applauded. I love the tid bits about your family and home life too. Blogging everyday for over a year is an enormous achievement, one I'll never aspire to. While I enjoy reading your blog everyday, I would understand if you needed to change this.
    Keep up the great creating.
    Rachael (Australia)

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  4. Diane--I love your blog just as it is. I like seeing something new every day because I look every morning. I like the wide variety of posts, including those that are not crafty. I wouldn't have you change a thing.

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  5. I am honored to be the first to post. I recognize the time it takes to monitor and develop this type of endeavor. For those of us in cyberland, your expertise is invaluable, but not at the expense of your family or sanity. Regularly scheduled posts would be fine so you could have a life away from the computer. Do whatever you need to do for yourself and your family. Thanks for all you do. :-D

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  6. Congrats on two years! That is an accomplishment! I've only just recently found you. I would say do what works for you! If you need a schedule go for it. If you don't, don't!

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  7. Happy Blogaversary! I don't have any specific requests....just keep doing what you do best! Thanks for all of your inspiration and sharing!

    Melissa Allore on the Cricut Board

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  8. Good Morning! I LOVE your blog and am SO happy I found you! You are on my blog roll on my blog so i check you everyday :)
    Love the tutorials and new cart reviews! Keep on doing what you're doing- you're doing GREAT! Congrats for the 2 year milestone and for sticking it out- we sure do thank you for all that you do!!
    Happy Scrappin'
    Lisa H. in Arkansas

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  9. Congratulations, on such a happy event.
    I have not been a follow for the full two years but have loved your blog and work since I first found it.
    You have helped me learn a lot of new things about DS. and I have downloaded many of your designs. You have already been giving us gifts for the past two years.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.
    Linda
    librallm@aol.com

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  10. Happy bloggerversary! I always check your blog-everyday because I know you will have a new post. I like the idea of having a plan for the week. I am a CMC and would love to see some layouts using the Cricut and CM papers and products, as well as other products. Thanks for posting every day! Looking forward to seeing the new projects, Nancy Sanders
    nansand@bellsouth.net

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  11. Diane,
    Happy Blogoversary!! I love to follow daily, but understand that it may be asking too much for you to keep that schedule. You asked what we like to see.... I have enjoyed EVERY post. I love the photos, videos, tutorials, design studio tips.... Everything! Thank you so much for your generocity and Congratulations!

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  12. Two years! Congratulations! I am so thankful for your tutorials, and hope you continue to share them as well as cut files. Your blog (and several others) has replaced my magazine reading. I find all the inspiration I need online!

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  13. Wow! Congratulations! But I can see why you have that many! Very talented lady! I appreciate all you do for us!
    Missy

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  14. I love your posts, and have learned a great deal from them. I read them religiously every morning.
    Keep up the great work.

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  15. Diane, I enjoy your blog so much. I have learned much more about CDS than I would have been able figure out on my own. I like reading about your family, travels and all the other fun things you blog about. Thank you so much for all you do.

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  16. I love your blog and all the ideas you share. I enjoy the "surprise" that comes from your blog everyday. I don't think it would be as much fun for you to have to do a certain "project" on a given day. Your creativity is just amazing. Happy Blogvesary!

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  17. I only just got a Cricut... so I like your blog because it's shows me the potential of the little machine! :)

    It's AWESOME that you've posted everyday for so long... but I can see why you would want to change that, it's HARD to do!

    I love seeing not only what you make, but how you use it! I also love knowing what other things people enjoy. Is this the only crafting you do?!? What else do you enjoy creating? You are very creative, I can tell!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas! Congrats and Happy Blog-o-versary!!!

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  18. Wow, 2 years! Thank You - Thank You for all the wonderful things we have learned from you and you continued willingness to share, and teach - you are an inspiration to us.

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  19. congrats --I love seeing what you have every morning!!

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  20. I love the blog as is. It is always the first one I check with coffee in hand when the kids are out the door in the morning. It feels more like catching up with a friend to me. If you do go to a scheduled format I'll still be coming by because your projects are fun and interesting and your help and explanations are such a valuable asset to my scrapping plans. Hope you have a great day today!

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  21. Diane,
    I for one certainly appreciate and look forward to all of the many beautiful projects you have shared with all of us! Your projects are totally awesome! I feel like I have learned alot from you and sincerely hope you are able to continue sharing with us! You truly are an inspiration! Thanks!

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  22. There are some blogs that have a predictable schedule, and I love that about them. Your posts are not so rigid and I love that about your blog. As soon as my husband goes to work I am at the computer to see what new things you are doing. Thank you for allowing all of us into your life. You have shared your trips and vacations with us.I feel like I have gone with you many times. Your posts are perfect just the way they are. I have learned so much from you and look forward to this year's journey with you. Again, thank you.
    Barbara
    barbaraoi812@hotmail.com

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  23. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging, sooo many followers and even more hits to your blog! It doesn't surprise me - your blog is FABULOUS!!! I'm glad I got here so long ago because I have learned so much from you! Thank you and keep up the awesome work! CHEERS! To another two years and more!!!

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  24. Diane, I have been following your blog for almost a year now. It has taught me so much and has become a source of inspiration. I come here everyday just to see what you have instore for us. I watch your videos and come bact to them often. I truly appreciate all that you have done and keep doing. In my opinion your everyday posts are what I enjoy as well as the beautiful designs you come up with. So whatever you decide, I would want it to continue to be there for all us. Congratulations on your two years and here, here for many more to come.
    Thank you
    Ana(ScraphappyAna)

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  25. I just love your blog and subscribe to it. I look forward to seeing what you have for us every day. If not for you and Jen, I would still be stumbling around with DS. Thanks again for your generosity for sharing with us and teaching us, it is greatly appreciated.
    Lisa O

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  26. Diane, I think 2 years is fantastic and the fact that you've posted daily since 1/2009 is a feat in itself. I read your blog in Google Reader and 'add a star' to your posts everyday to be able to go back to them easily .

    Your devotion to DS and your blog is nothing short of fantastic and I look forward to your posts always.

    Keep it enjoyable for yourself. Your readers (including myself) will show up whether your posts are predictable or totally random!

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  27. My comment is, "How do you do it"? But I'm so glad you do. I have gained so much help from your posts. Your knowledge is a blessing. Congrats on your success, and I pray you are able to continue to share your creative spirit with all of us.

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  28. I wish my Cricut cut intricate shapes like this. You sure are popular on here and have helped me when I first began using my Cricut.Thanks so much for all you have done.

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  29. So appreciate all the great info and creativity that you share. I can imagine the time and effort it takes for you to post every day (and since I don't access my e-mail every single day), I would understand if you went to every other day even. I particularly like the cards you share and step-by-step instructions as I am still a newbie to DS. Thanks so much!

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  30. Hi Diane,
    Congratulations!!!!! I have been a blog follower either by being a follower or email updates, probably from the beginning of your blog. I do enjoy seeing what great ideas you come up with! It amazes me every time! I, on the other hand, like to keep it simple, so I do enjoy you doing all the hard part...hehe. The only thing I would like to see is a listing of all cartridges used (beside the clickable file label) in your cut files that you share, as I have a limited supply of cartridges, and don't really want to invest in anymore, so to save files that I don't have cartridges for is pointless. But, above all, I think you should try to make sure that your endeavor is fun for YOU! Don't stress yourself out so much over trying to please US! Thanks again for all your hard work! Hugs, Val

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  31. That is fantastic for you! I am awful at my blog and tend to remember it only when my hubby is deployed so he can see pics of the kids and what I am doing, so keeping up with it is a blow me away type of feat. I like seeing everything you do, and especially how 'idiot proof' you make the directions (I can follow them on no sleep and all the kids screaming). I like that you are creative and often think outside the box and when you find something cool you share it with all of us. Thanks

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  32. Congrats! What a milestone! I truthfully really like your blog as is. I like being surprised about what the project will be. It also feels more sincere, less commercial than some others out there. One of the things I really appreciate is that your cut files seem to usually be for a 6x12 mat. Since I own the small Cricut, this makes me really happy. Keep up the great work!

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  33. Hi - I follow your blog daily and I have taken a couple of your online classes. I love how you share so much of yourself in your posts - I feel like you are a friend even though we have never met!! Personally - I would not change a thing about your blog. I can see how trying to keep up with a daily blog would be very tough - so while I enjoy reading your words on a daily basis, I can certainly understand if you need to cut back.

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  34. I'm a brand new Cricut user and am enjoying your blog just to find out all this machine can do. :) I've enjoyed every post - if it doesn't apply to me, it's still interesting.

    Candy
    papercandy@gmail.com

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  35. Congrats! Just keep doing what you are doing if you can. I love seeing a "surprise" everyday. I personally like your type of blog better than the "cards on Monday", "design studio on Tuesday" etc type formats. Your blog is one of my must haves. Love it!

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  36. Wow, 2 yrs. In this day and age that is quite an accomplishment. I've only recently found your blog, (on the recommendation of a friend I stopped by and fell in love), but already it is one of my favorites. Your CDS videos have helped me tremendously and I enjoy looking at your designs and trying my hand at copying them. You are a very talented lady. Anyway, regarding format - I agree with what another posted said, creating is spontanious. Make and post what you are moved to do. Don't box yourself into a routine. I like surprises so keep um coming.

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  37. I love your blog the way it is. It is fun seeing what you come up with. I really appreciate the DS tutorials and all your cut files. The tutorials have given me confidence to try making designs of my own (not nearly as good as your designs though. Congratulations on two years of blogging. I check on your blog every day to see whats new, but do understand what a big commitment it is to do a daily blog. Do what you can for us when you can.
    Thanks again for all the inspiration.

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  38. Just stopping by to say Congrats.

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  39. I've only had a Cricut since Christmas but I love your blog just as it is. I think most folks just want those nice files you put out and a schedule should be whatever is convenient for you in your life situation. No one will give up watching your site if you went to posting less frequently. So far in my experience, there's not that many all cricut blogs out there. I really enjoy checking in and just want to encourage you to continue.

    Mary
    www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

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  40. Congrats on 2 years. Hmmm, that means I found you and your sight not long after you started. I love what you are doing but understand how difficult it is to post something everyday. Use the posting in advance technology to your advantage. Your postings are my morning ritual with a great cup of coffee. Thanks for all you knowledge and sharing your life with us. I truly enjoy it.

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  41. Happy Blogaversary!!!!! You are such a creative and inspirational person!!! I don't have any software that will allow me to use your files, but I enjoy admiring them just the same. I certainly know where to come if I do get the software. You are amazing!!!!!

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  42. Diane:
    All I can say is THANK YOU!! I have followed your blog for almost the 2 years and I have learned so much from you! I can't wait to hit the computer in the morning to check out your blog; but I would certainly understand if posting everyday became too much on you!! I love your format and love the surprise each day so I would say to keep it the same! And CONGRATS on such a great blog!
    Jackie

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  43. Thank you for sharing your talent! I look forward to your daily treasures!

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  44. Congratulations.
    Love reading your posts. My favorite is the luminarias one. I find your tutorials informative and at a great pace.

    See you tomorrow( or later today!)
    Clara

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  45. Congrats! I have just recently found your blog and have learned SO, SO, SO much from you and especially your tutorials and videos. I like that you talk through your videos, and your explanations don't jump all around. I say post if YOU want to and when you can. I appreciate your posts you have done in answer to a reader's question or problem,too. I'm amazed how often it has been a question of mine. Thanks for your generosity in sharing with us. Happy anniversary!

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  46. I like being surprised by what you will be showing us each day. Your designs are always so creative. What ever you do just do not stop doing your blog...

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  47. Thank you so much for your daily blog. When I first started papercrafting with the Cricut and Design Studio, your site was the one that I turned to the most for inspiration and help. I enjoy reading about the things that you have done and gets the motivation for many people. Thanks again and keep up the great work.

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  48. I love your blog just the way it is...a surprise to look forward to each day! Love your designs as well as all the instructions. It would be a shame to change any of the format!

    sfread171@hotmail.com

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  49. TWO YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS

    I have learned so much from you. When you explain how to do something, I print it out so that I have the instructions and can give it a try. So a BIG THANK YOU for taking the time to explain 'how'. I also enjoy seeing your pictures and reading about what is happening in your life.

    Thank you again. You are truly special!
    Marjorie from TX

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  50. I've been following for some months now, and I have been helped tremendously by your info. You taught me the importance of "hide select contour". I thought, why would I ever need that. I use it all the time.
    You also taught me to think out of the box. Every cut does not have to be used as is. I enjoy your posts everyday and look forward to them.
    I know it's time consuming for you, but I ,for one, really appreciate it.
    Thank you so much and Congratulations.

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  51. Diane, congrats on two years. I think I must have found you early on because it seems like I have been checking your blog nearly every day for at least that long! You have incredible talent and I enjoy the fact that everyday is a surprise. I am a scrapbooking card maker, and like you I never waste any cut! Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us, and do what makes the most sense for you. We will appreciate whatever you decide. (My husband and I were apart for several months because of work and I used a lot of your card ideas to send him a card every day that we were apart, it helped a lot to have other ideas besides my own!) Rosie
    motcm@verizonn.net

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  52. Hi! I check your blog everyday and it doesn't matter to me what or when you post...just keep posting! However, I particularly enjoy your posts about Cricut/Design Studio and about CM's Storybook Creator...would LOVE more tutorials about that one! By the way, do you own a Gypsy? If so, are you creating on that or do you prefer DS? Thanks!
    Mary

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  53. i think that if you let us dictate your schedule that you might find it not as rewarding for you. i like to know that what i do with each day is dependent on how i feel, and what events are in the near future, when i get up in the morning. i think this is part of the creativity process we go thru. although a laundry list of items to achieve doesn't hurt--pointing you in another direction. do what feels good...

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  54. I've been visiting your blog since pretty early on and I have learned so much about my Cricut and how to do what I want to do - I don't do it very often but I know how because of you! How's that for complicated? I just officially followed your blog but I've been getting the Rss feed through Google Reader and I visit pretty much every day. I'm thrilled to read new 'how to's but it doesn't matter to me when you post stuff - I'll keep reading. : ) I do want to say that I visit your blog if I get stuck doing something on CDS before I visit anyone else's!

    Thanks for sharing all of your lovely designs over the years, too. I have enjoyed them very much!

    Congratulations on your 2 year Blog-aversary!!!

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  55. Happy Anniversary! I am new to your blog and am enjoying it so much. I love my DS and find your videos so helpful. Now I need to win a lottery, retire and play all day...

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  56. Diane,
    Happy 2nd Anniversary,
    Since I found your blog I have been ecstatic. I learn so much from you and your talking with the video is the BEST way for me to learn. I learn visually and the talking is just the back up I need. I love the way your blog is.
    Keep up the good work.
    Myrna

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  57. I really enjoy getting updates to your blog everyday. I love the laces and doily-type cuts you make. I'm not much of a card maker, so I'd like to see more layouts. I very rarely make cards, so my Cricut is strictly for making memories. Keep up the good work! :)

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  58. Congratulations on 2 amazing years! I always enjoy reading your posts and being greeted with your sweet smile. Getting to know you through your posts about family, friends and yourself has been wonderful along with the craft side. Personally, I like the unknown. "What is Diane going to come up with today?" As to a post everyday, I applaud your accomplishment. However, I think that all of us would survive if you took a day off here and there--just not too often. :o) You taking care of you is the important thing and, of course, your family. Besides, you make all of us other bloggers look bad. ha Just kidding. Love ya, girl!
    Jill

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  59. Keep up the great work. I check every day and enjoy the surprises.

    Kathy
    kals@zoominternet.net

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  60. Congrats on the 2-year anniversary! And on meeting your goal!
    I just found your blog in January so I haven't been around for the ride, but I have enjoyed seeing all the wonderful things you create. Keep up the wonderful ideas--they are very appreciated. And if you need to take some time and miss a day or two, please do. I'm sure we will all understand.

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  61. Diane -- I look forward to your blog posts every day! While I own the cricut, DS, SCAL and almost every cartridge, I don't use them hardly at all. But your posts keep me wanting to. So I hope that one day, I will stop and take the time to do it!

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  62. Diane, congratulations on your 2-years as a blogger! You have done a great job and a great service to the rest of us, please don't change a thing!

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  63. Congratulations! I check your blog every day but know you might like to take a day off.

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  64. In my eyes, you are the DS master. I started following you from the Cricut MB and enjoy seeing your blog daily. Your projects are amazing. I love the variety. Tidbits on the family and the pictures of your kids just aid to rounding out the fun. I love that you mix it up with recipes and things that aren't card related. Keep up the wonderful work. And if you miss a day now and then, no biggie. It just makes the next post more anticipated. Thanx for all the hard work you do for us. It is appreciated.

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  65. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2 YR. ANNIVERSARY. YOU HAVE BEEN SO KIND AND SHARING WITH US. EITHER WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS OR INSTRUSTIONS. I HAVE REALLY APPRECIATED ALL THAT YOU HAVE SHARED WITH US. HOPE YOU CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY, MANY MORE YEARS.

    CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD BLESS YOU.

    bobbi

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  66. Congratulations! I really appreciate anything you post. When I get it e-mailed it's very easy to follow and I don't look for any pattern. I am just increasing my use of the cricut and your blog is bringing be closer and closer to purchasing the design studio! Everything you do is appreciated. Do what is best for YOU.

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  67. Hi Diane,
    Your blog is great and I wouldn't really change anything. You certainly don't need to post something new everyday. It's okay to scale back (but just a little!). :)
    If there are days you just don't feel like writing something it's fine too. It should always be something you enjoy. Thanks for always sharing your creations with us. They are great inspirations.

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  68. Diane:

    I am hungry for any information. Some times you don't know what you are missing. If you post something I'm not interested in, I skim it and wait for the next. There always seems to be something. I have enjoyed learning what you have to teach.

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  69. Congrads on your anniversary and here is to many, many,many more years. I stumnled upon your blog a year or so again and have loved it! Your designs are really beautiful. You have been a great help and an inspiration.

    Thanx ever so much!

    bast830@comcast.net

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  70. Hi Diane. Congratulations on such a great blog success! I have thoroughly enjoyed each and everything you have posted. You always make it so interesting, so anything that you decide to do would still be great for me. You have such a talent for explaining each and everything, being it a photo, flower, family, design,,ect. that it is enjoyable. Thank you for all the you have shared with us over this course.

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  71. Diane -
    You are so talented & gifted, therefore such a blessing to your followers. It is great fun to learn from you. You have taught me so much about Design Studio & I'm learning the Gypsy from you as well. I thank you for all of your time & lack of sleep you spend making your designs and the time you spend posting them for us to share.
    I might like it if you did some LO’s & Cards just using your Cricut w/o using D/S or Gypsy once in a while. The reason for this is as you gain new followers (and you will) there would be simpler designs to begin the learning process from you as well. Just a thought.
    What ever you choose, I'll be a follower of yours to the end.
    Again, Thank you from my buggy heart.
    cowbelleru@sbcglobal.net

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  72. Diane -

    Love your blog. I am not a follower...though I should be because I check it everyday. I love reading about all your projects and designs and your lifes accomplishments and travel. Keep up the good work!

    Janet

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  73. Diane,
    I love your blog the way it is. I like the surprises, photos, personal stories and observations. You have an AWESOME talent and I am very appreciative that you share it and your knowledge with us. Thank You!

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  74. I really like the variety you have in your posts. It is a little surprise for me each morning to see what you have done and said!

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  75. Diane,
    Congratulations! I check your blog every day (one of the few emails that I do read!), and you are a fabulous teacher. Your patience in putting the posts together every day is envied! As long as you are having fun doing it, and it hasn't become a chore, than please continue to share your passion with the rest of us!

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  76. Congratulations...what an accomplishment!! First, making your resolution and Second, actually communicating with us every day...I do love getting your emails every day and very much appreciate your gift of sharing your talents with us!!

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  77. Congrats!!!!and I luv..luv your blog and your talent is so amazing..and I so want to take your class..instead of just letting my DS just sit there...josie

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  78. Diane, I enjoy your e-letter just the way it is. You seem like a good friend letting us know what you and the family are up to and also sharing a mutual interest in the Cricut. Don't make it WORK for you. Just do it like YOU enjoy doing it. Phyllis McKay, southern Maryland

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  79. Happy Blogoversary! I have stopped here many times and am now a follower & subscribe to your blog. I love the tutorials. I don't have any LSS around & noone to do any type of classes. Blog hopping is the only way I learn about Cricut & DS. Keep up the good work but don't feel that you have to do something everyday. I can't imagine what a commitment that is. I know it takes hours to read my emails from all the blogs that I subscribe to . I love them all! TFS

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  80. I've been a follower for about 6 months and I love your blog! Thanks!

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  81. I use a blog reader, so when you post doesn't matter to me-I know something new has been posted (blog readers changed my life BTW). I don't think you need to follow a format, I know other blogs that do, but to tell you the truth I couldn't tell you what the format is! I like your mix of creative and personal stuff-I like to see the stuff you do-you make me want to create and do. Do whatever you like-I'll be a following!

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  82. Diane, I enjoy reading your blog every day. However, if you would like to have your life back and only post a couple of times a week, I can certainly understand. I like how not all the posts are related to the cricut and paper crafting.

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  83. I love your blog as it is! Don't change a thing going to Card Thursday. Don't schedule yourself and inhibit your creativity. thanks for sharing everything you do! I'm sure I've added over 100 hits to your site myself. I never know what to expect and that's the best part!

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  84. Just wanted to say Congrats on two years of blogging! That is indeed an achievement in todays busy world. For my two cents worth -- I enjoy whatever you send out. I check in daily. Just keep writing.

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  85. Capadia:

    It makes my day to visit your blog every day. I haven't had much opportunity to play with Design Studio yet, but your projects are such an inspiration and I hope to watch some of your videos and learn this program. The stuff you do is just amazing!

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  86. Congradulations!!! I am sooo very happy that I found your blog- you are soooo talented and generous in sharing your work with us!! You inspire me to get out of my comfort zone!! And sometimes it does work for me!! (lol!!) Thanks for all you do for us ...your followers!!! Sherry!

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  87. I just ordered my cricut and it comes this week. I am so excited about it and trying to learn all I can. Your blog looks so informational. I love the tutorials and FREE files...expecially since I don't know how to make my own yet. Thanks for all your sharing!

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  88. I check your blog every day. I love the surprises.I just go DS in Aug.of 2009 and have learned so much from you. I'm just learning the ins and outs of bloging. Thank-you for all that you do.
    Sandy

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  89. Diane,
    I love to check your blog (sometimes daily). Your blog is an inspiration to me for something new I haven't tried with my Cricut and DS or gyspy. Congratulations on such a momentous milestone.
    Angie Person

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  90. Congrats on 2 years of blogging. That is quite an accomplishment. I know that I love to see your posts everyday, but I don't always get a chance to read them each day. That said, I don't think you should worry about posting every day. No one needs to have extra stress in their life. I would love to see more of your design studio or gypsy videos. I have learned so much. And those must take a lot of your time, so having one of those versus every day blogging, I vote for the videos, or tutorial type posts.

    Thank you for all that you have shared with all of us. You are very much appreciated.

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  91. Your blog is awesome with incredibly helpful ideas and input!

    I say do whatever you think is best to ensure that you have time for fun and WANT to keep updating all of us with your GREAT stuff!

    Tracy :)

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  92. Congratulations. What an accomplishment all the way around. I think your blog is great. Your tutorials are so very helpful. I like the variety and not knowing what to expect from you.

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  93. Congrats for 2 years on your blog. You have given so much of your time to all of us, and I for one am very grateful, you have helped me in so many ways. So thank you so much, and I love how you do your blog, surprises are right down my alley.

    Donna C.

    GoCricutgo

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  94. I love visiting with you every day. You are so helpful. If you feel like skipping a day now and then you certainly should. You deserve a break. Please keep up the good work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Karen

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  95. Just want to thank you for all that you do. You have taught me some new things as well as inspired me also. Congrats on 2 years......Keep it up.

    ddepre10@gmail.com

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  96. Diane, you just keep doing what you do best! Inspiring people to be crafty and learn more about products out there (a little enabling now and then too).

    Thank you for your posts and for sharing a little of your life with us ;)

    Jennifer

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  97. Congrats on 2 fabulous years!! Keep it up!! I love you site. I recently found it and already you've helped me so much!
    Thank you for all you time and hard work!!
    Happy scrapping!!

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  98. I wasn't going to enter this until I saw the FANTASTIC gifts you are giving away! WOW! These rock! The tablecloth is gorgeous!

    Congrats on your second anniversary! You are amazing and wonderful!

    Hugs, Joy

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  99. Happy Anniversary, I totally understand if you can not post everyday, I, myself, don't check blogs everyday. My life is to busy for that. I have 3 small children, so I check blogs every 2-3 days. Your design are so incredible and fantastic. I appreciate any download made available. Thanks.

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  100. I've been following for a year. Love your blog! Always great info, files and a lovely personal touch. I don't have any suggestions other than that I think you should post as often as you find fulfilling. Quite the accomplishment to post everyday, though it has to have taken away from other things. Good luck with whatever decisions you make.

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  101. Diane,

    We do appreciate all you do. I love reading about Design Studio as I can't afford the classes you have to pay for. I love reading abougt cards, cut files and about you. Thanks.
    jeansaporito@yahoo.com

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  102. I just really like to follow along with what you are doing. No schedule of any sort necessary, that would just restrict creativity!!
    I especially enjoy your ATC work and would love to swap with you some time :)

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  103. Diane,
    Congrats on 2 years of blogging!!!!
    It certainly doesn't seem that long.

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  104. Diane, love the way things are now.
    I like the idea of checking my mail and finding your name and it is like....let's see what we got today. It is like a surprise,
    I love it all, the trips you take, the pictures of your trips, the love you have for you Dad, The photography of your beautiful flowers, and of course your designs.
    Why fix whats not broke :-)

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  105. It's so funny...I was thinking about your blog this morning and wondering why I'm not a follower. I was happy to see your post on the MB. Thanks for all you do. Your designs are just wonderful! Pam

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  106. HI Friend! I really hope you know how much you are appreciated in the scrapping world! Your Blog has inspired me more then you know, (and cost me $$ on things I really did not think I needed) Thank you for everything!! You are the best!!

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  107. I am so happy to find creative people like you that share their ideas and help me learn to how to digital scrapbook! Thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  108. Congratulations Diane! I love your blog, your creativity, and your willingness to share your talents. I especially love the doily you did 2 years ago. Keep up the great designing, your an inspiration!

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  109. Congratulations on your two years! I think I've been following your postings for most of those two years, and I greatly look forward to seeing them in my e-mail. You are very talented and creative, and I really appreciate your sharing your wonderful gift with us.

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  110. Congrats on your accomplishment!! I truly enjoy your blog and love the variety of things you post. I have learned a lot from your info and am happy to say I am one of those THOUSANDS of people who have downloaded your designs - you are fabulous! Please keep up your fantastic work - it is so appreciated!

    Jeanette

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  111. Congrats on your two years... wow... i always have to check here for all you projects... i am not very good with Ds so i am here quite a bit... thanks for sharing your inspiration with all of us..
    Laura
    lauraleed48@live.ca

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  112. Hi Diane: congrats on the anniversary. It does take a lot of work to blog everyday.....but to do the creative work you do takes Talent. Thank you for sharing with us as you have. I'm always in awe of what you do. One thing I'd like to see more of is 12x12" full meshes. Of course I say that knowing full well it must take a zillion minutes to create those....I love them. Thanks for ALL you do.

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  113. A big Congratulations on your 2 Year Anniversary! I have checked your blog for quite some time and am always amazed at what you do!! You are so generous to share you talents with everyone. I have often wondered how much time it takes to do the tutorials and actually make the creations you do; I can't begin to guess how much time is involved. You are a very giving person to do this. Also, you must have a very wonderful, understanding husband who allows you to give so much of your time and self - I appreciate him for that!! Thanks again for sharing you many talents and valued information!

    linda4_2 (on Cricut message board)

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  114. I would love you to spend 24/7 doing your cutting files. LOL However, I realize you have a life and a family. I am so grateful for your tutorials. I have had the original DS since it first came out. I finally watched some of your videos and became inspired enough to load the program, update it, and actually design a few things of my own. I don't know how much longer it would have taken me to build up the courage if I hadn't looked at your tutorials. You are a fabulous person to spend your time designing and sharing for free. It is for you to determine how much time you spend and what you do. I would just be appreciative for what you did do. However, I think you need to slow down, smell the roses, and concentrate on your family and yourself. (This is simply a ploy to keep you well and healthy so you will be creating forever and ever. LOL) Thank you

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  115. Congratulations! What a wonderful time you must have had. I just so enjoy opening up your blog and seeing what you have posted. What ever works for you re scheduling of posts, etc. is fine with me. I love all your creative things.

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  116. congrats...i hope to get as good as you someday. love your blog..thanks for all you share with us....i am nowhere as good...i can learn everyday here...

    chriswooten57
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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  117. And Diane, this doily is in my scrapbook with a pic of my grandaughter in it! You have had a great two years! And you have given all of us some priceless information!

    HUGS!
    Vicki

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  118. I enjoy the surprise of not knowing what I'll see, and it doesn't all have to be cricut related.

    I prefer not having a daily post, because I don't always have time to read them & then I just open the ones with an interesting title.

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  119. Diane,
    I love your blog! Your's is the first thing I check each day. I read all the blogs, so don't think it is necessary to have certain days for certain things. My favorites are how-tos and free files.
    Brenda

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  120. Diane, Thank you so much for so many beautiful cut files. I really need to upgrade to the Cricut Expression! I love reading your blog and being surprised each time. I would imagine that trying to stick to a specific type of project for certain days would cause some stress. However, any way that you present your projects is fine with me! Thanks again.

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  121. Congrats, Diane. This is THE BEST SITE for inspiration, and technical info on the Cricut Design studio! Always something interesting to read/learn/try. I come back every day. As far as a schedule - keep doing what you've been doing. There are other good sites we can go to for "Simple Card Monday", etc. I would love to see some pop-up designs. I am a fanatic for pop-ups, and will try my hand at creating some, but I'm sure you're light-years ahead of me, so I'll suggest it. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this - I love it!

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