30 Days of Daily Blogging— Done & A Giveaway X 2

I’ve just completed 30 days of daily blogging!  It didn’t start out as a goal or anything like that, but it is an accomplishment for me nontheless.  I guess I started blogging day after day in September because I had gone 9 days without a blog post and was wondering if it would get easier if I made it a daily habit.

It did get easier, but also took a lot of my creative energy, so less time and energy for actually making new things.  This past week I started preparing my post in the evening which solved that dilemma, but it is harder for me to write in the evening.  I also noticed that looking back so often on my past creations stopped me from looking forward.  It kind of got me stuck in the past.  Like, “Oh, that was so cute.” or “I should make something like that again.” This kept me from moving forward at my usual pace.  Funny how that happens…

I’m not sure if I will continue blogging daily or not.  Any comments out there?

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Anyway, thank you to my readers for reading along!  I appreciate all of you!

As a thank you, I’m having a drawing for a free online Craftsy class.  Actually I have two of them to give away.  Craftsy sent me a “thank you” email to forward to three of my friends so they can get a free class.  My first “friend” was my husband, he picked a photography class, and my second and third friends are two of my readers.  All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me which class or type of class that you would pick and you will be entered.  Don’t worry, you can change your mind later.

The drawing will be Sunday night, October 11 2015, (9:00 pm CST), so you’ll know on Monday, October 12th (check my Monday’s blog post) if you are one of the lucky recipients for a free online Craftsy class.  If you win I will forward Craftsy’s email to you.  You can click the link in their email which will take you to the Craftsy site where all the classes will be free until you choose one.  (This is how my husband said it worked.)  You will need to sign up for a Craftsy account to get the freebie.

You can go here to peruse Craftsy’s online class list.  This drawing has no monetary value, it’s a freebie, so if you don’t want a class, but want to comment just mention it in the comments.

Also, I would love to hear your comments about my daily blogging this past 30 days.  Like, dislike?

Thanks so much for reading!

28 thoughts on “30 Days of Daily Blogging— Done & A Giveaway X 2

  1. Susette Ann Willhite


    I’ve enjoyed your blog so much. Your ability and creativity certainly shine through. Perhaps if it takes too much time away from your art (which is way beyond craft in my book) you could Blog regularly on Monday and Friday or whichever combination of days works for you. Thanks for posting all of the beautiful creations.

    I’d like to enter for a chance at a class on travel photography. Thanks again for sharing the pictures of your wonderful creations, Susette

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Susette,
      Thank you so very much for complimenting my work! I enjoy sharing my creative world and bits of my life with my readers very much. I appreciate you letting me know that you enjoy reading my blog. Yes, I will have to figure some blogging system out, so it doesn’t take away from creating.
      You are entered in the giveaway.

  2. Catherine

    Congratulations for your assiduity! You’re very courageous to write an article every day on your blog! This is a very nice rendez-vous for me and I think it is a pleasure for you too. Thanks to you, I spend daily a very pleasant time!
    Thank you very much for your kindness, but I do not want a class. It looks very interesting, but I’m afraid I don’t understand everything! My daughter speaks fluent English, but not me !!
    Have a beautiful week-end! Here it’s a sunny day and I just take photos of the bird of my garden!
    Warm regards!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Catherine,
      I am glad you enjoy reading my daily stories. ❤ It is wonderful that you had a sunny Saturday with lots of happy birds in your garden. We have lots of birds (and squirrels) here too. They are fun to watch and listen to. We have robins, cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, house wrens, crows, and swallows here. Do you have these kinds or different species?

  3. Joy

    I’ve enjoyed your 30 days seeing your beautiful outfits and dolls, but know it must have been difficult. Don’t want to see your creativeness stifled. Maybe cut back to once a week? or whatever your schedule allows.
    I would guess Craftsy has a “how to knit” class? or “knitting for dummies.” I’d probably choose that. And thank you for doing the give away.

  4. Eva Marie

    I love your blog and your fall pictures. I live in the land of eternal sunshine so these pictures are especially welcome for me. No need for entering me for a free class prize. Your blog is enough of a prize for me. 🙂

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Oh, Eva, you are so sweet, thank you! Lucky you to have sunshine always! After about 4 days in a row of cloudy days (and it happens often) I start to feel bad, so you are indeed lucky.

      I appreciate you letting me how much you enjoy my blog! ❤

  5. Rita Bright

    Oh, I love your blog and enjoy your updates and pictures. My favorite is Dianna Effner’s little gal that is so adorable. Hmm, if I was to win a class, I would choose a knitting class. I am currently knitting some little dresses for the 12″ gals from Integrity Toys. Their convention is coming up in a couple weeks and the dresses will be my table gifts. There’s always something new to learn in knitting. Today at my Knit Guild I learned the Estonian braid. A fun morning!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Rita,
      Thank you for letting me know how much you enjoy my blog, it means a lot. The Little Darlings are precious, aren’t they? I’ve been making things for them for a few years already! I would love to see your little dresses, tiny knitwear is my favorite part of a doll outfit.
      Congrats on learning something new today. I think that it keeps our brains young by learning new things. I’ll have to Google Estonian braids!

  6. Margay

    I love reading your blog and seeing your many fabulous creations! I would pick a class to do with knitting techniques, most likely. Always looking to hone my craft.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hello Margay,
      Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoy my blog, it means a lot. I love watching the “expert” teachers knit on Craftsy and always pick up a hint or two. I have you entered, Margay.

  7. Jeanne

    HI Cindy and congratulations on 30 days of blogging! I haven’t been very good at commenting on your blog like you have been on mine…sorry!
    I’m going to my sisters house this coming Thursday for a “girls week” with my mom, and 2 sisters. We’ve got all kinds of fun things planned but I have been working double duty getting some posts written up so I didn’t have to do it when I was there. I have 6 more to write!
    Okay, now to your blogging… I have enjoyed them all..and have read them all, just not commented. I think you are doing a wonderful job and it’s fun to see the way others write. I think my style is more whimsical, whatever that is, but your writing is more polished and very well done! I should take a writing course…
    I know blogging does cut into sewing time and that’s a decision you have to decide, do I trade blogging time for sewing time or would I rather sew and not blog. For me, I want to blog every day, and it’s like my walking, I try to get in 10,000 steps a day and haven’t missed a day since September 20th. Sometimes I find myself walking in the house frantically at 11:30 because I don’t want to make an excuse for not doing it. That’s just me though.
    I do miss the sewing time that my blogging time takes up, but for now, I’m willing to let it go. One of these days, I’d like to be successful enough to monetize my blog… then I can sew and make money on the side.
    I have considered just blogging M-F, but I haven’t done it yet… You have to do what feels right for you.
    I opened up the link you had for Craftsy and immediately thought this is a fun place to look around on. I would probably do an online class for crocheting. I know a little bit about it and can do a simple doll hat, but would like to improve on them…
    Thanks Cindy and congrats again on 30 wonderful days of sweaters and hats and even leaves! They are all beautiful!
    Blessings, Jeanne

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Jeanne,
      Well, you may not post often, but when you do it’s great! (We talk almost daily, but we mostly meet at your house (blog). Good luck writing all of those posts in a row. You’ve been so good posting daily for so long, I know you’ll have no problem. I have a hard time coming up with one at a time. Gotta use your note pad idea and have them all over the house.
      I’ve never considered myself a writer and I am sure that I make quite a few grammatical errors. When my daughter isn’t too busy I will ask her if my punctuation is correct. She tried to teach me a few things, but this old brain can only take in so much at a time. Thank you for overlooking my writing faults. I love your blog. It is very conversational; it’s like you’re sitting across the table from us.
      Picturing you walking frantically around the house at 11:30 made me laugh. Good for you though. Letting one day slip makes the next easier and the next one even easier, and before you know it you’re not getting your walk in at all. I used to walk 4 miles daily, every day, unless it was below 0 degrees. These days I walk when the weather is beautiful simply to enjoy it. My main exercise is doing interval training on my recumbent bike, 22 minutes is all it takes, and only needed every other day. I also do a little yoga.
      I’ll figure something out with my blog. I’m going to try writing posts at night for now.
      I have you entered in the drawing, Jeanne!
      And, thank you so much for your comment, it was fun to read.

  8. Regina

    Hi Cindy,
    I have enjoyed reading your blog for 30 days. I love looking at your beautiful doll clothes and enjoying your beautiful pictures. I don’t really have time for a class, but thanks for the offer.

  9. Yolanda

    Hi Cindy, I enjoy reading your blogs and seeing all the beautiful items you create. Your embroidery is amazing. Yolanda

  10. Cindy Rice Post author

    Hello Yolanda,
    Thanks so much for enjoying my blog and looking at the things I make. 🙂 I’ve entered you in the giveaway. Let me know if you’re not interested, and I’ll remove your name.

  11. NikkiM

    I love your blog! Everyday, ones a week. I still like it!
    Crafty course – quilting sound good, no crocheting, maybe knitting!
    Oh my I don’t know to many choices!

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  13. Sharon in Spain

    Cindy you did well to blog every day but I agree that it can take a lot of ‘creative energy’. I always think quality is much better than quantity, so don’t tire yourself out just to blog each day…..when you do post on your blog, it is always worth the wait!
    Have a lovely week 🙂

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Thanks for your input, Sharon. I have found that when I blog daily some posts are quite simple; some days I just don’t know what else to write about. Thank you for being a loyal reader. I’ll enter you in the giveaway?

  14. Jayne Wourms

    Love your blog, I am a frequent reader, seldom poster though. Thank you for offering a free class to your readers, very generous. With winter fast approaching and everyone retreating indoors it would be nice to work on a new skill or to improve on an old one. I didn’t know about Craftsy but wow, there is a lot to be learned from this site! Have a great day!

  15. Judi Owen

    I enjoy your blog and look forward to it. But I do understand how it can take so much of your time and creativity. It take me a long time just to check my email…

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Judi,
      Thank you. I enjoy connecting with everyone through my blog. I am going to try writing at night and see how that goes. Thank you for being one of my loyal readers. 🙂


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