Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy February - eight years later!

Happy February!  Exactly eight years ago today I made my very first post on this blog.  When I see some of the early posts I am amazed by the progress that has been made in the world of digital die cutting.  I purchased my very first Cricut (an Expression) in November 2007.  Design Studio, the first software program for customizing and designing with Cricut images, became available shortly after I got my machine and I found a new passion for creating my own designs.  I began the blog to share the computer files for the images and projects I created and over the years it expanded in many different directions.

When I started to write this post, I discovered that it would be post number 2,000 - wow!  Reaching that post milestone has involved an incredible number of hours spent creating, photographing, writing and sharing with people all around the world.  I am happy to be able to continue sharing on my blog for as long as I can - if I get back to daily posting it will take a few more years to reach the 3,000 mark!

Blog Celebration boxes from 2014

Since this is my "blogoversary" month, there will be a celebration (with the usual goody boxes of prizes for three lucky people) later this month.  I need a little more time to get things organized but you won't want to miss it!  The photo above shows the nearly finished boxes from my last celebration in 2014.  The record breaking snow at two houses defeated me last year and there was not a 7th blog anniversary celebration, so I have even more things for the giveaway boxes this year. 

My favorite part of the blog celebrations is reading what you all have to say in the comments when you answer the questions I post.  I am working on my list of questions now so get your typing fingers ready.

I have been busy making some new files to share - here is a little sneak peek.  Several people have asked for some "words and pictures" tutorials on how to alter images in Design Space and make them unique for your projects and I will be posting those later this week.

For those of you who have been asking about our little granddaughter - here is a new photo.  She is growing so fast - I think the newborn outfits will be retired very soon!

We have had incredibly warm weather here and nearly all of the snow has melted - I hope that the groundhog does not see his shadow tomorrow so Spring will come soon!

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  1. I have followed your blog for 7 plus years. You made it easy for me to learn how to use my Expression. Happy Blog Birthday!! I am a follower who doesn't post often.

  2. Congratulations, Diane, on your eight year anniversary! I've enjoyed your postings over the years and appreciate your work....all Two thousand postings! beautiful baby!
    Yay warm weather!
    Thank you, Diane!

  3. Hi Diane,

    Congratulations on your eight year anniversary and posting 2000 post. Wow amazing. You are right about your granddaughter. In a couple more weeks that sleeper she had on won't fit. They do grow up fast. I am super excited about the giveaway. Thanks for all you do and share.


  4. I'm so glad to see you back! And I have a brand new Explore and am trying to learn Design Space. You helped me so much with Design Studio - hopefully you'll be able to give us some insight on the newer software. Congratulations on 8 years!

  5. Congratulations! Blogging for so many years is quite an accomplishment. I have been blogging for about 3 years now and aspire to equal your longevity. I enjoy your posts a lot and look forward to each one!

  6. HUGE congrats on your blogaversary!! It just so happens to be snowing like crazy here in Colorado - send some warm weather! :)

  7. I just want to say how happy I am that you're back blogging again! I love your blog and all that you share on it. Congratulations on your 2000th post! Looking forward to your giveaway! Your little granddaughter is so cute!

  8. Oh Diane...I met you on the cricut message board, then started following your blog and you would share what you created and your family ..remember okieladybug-Shirley..I still follow her too...she was just commenting also on how she missed the old board...time has gone by and many changes too..happy your blogging again Congrats on your precious granddaughter and your 2000k post!

  9. I am thrilled that you are back! Happy that you are settled in your new home! Most of all, I am tickled pink for you, your husband and family as you celebrate and love your Granddaughter!

    Congrats on your 8th Blogaversary! Looking forward to more posts!

  10. Your little granddaughter is just precious and she will grow way toooo fast! We finally got a granddaughter to spoil and she's already 3 going on 4 - very special time!

  11. Nice to see you back Dine, I have always enjoyed your blog. Congrats on that darling new little granddaughter

  12. Happy Blogoversary! Love your blog and love you! <3

  13. Congratulations on such a milestone❣ I'm happy to see your blog active again, I've missed you!! Your Cricut work is beautiful and I personally wanted to thank you for posting all kinds of great information. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort and your blog is fabulous.


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