Musings from the Moonroom

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary

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Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Musings from the Moonroom!

Well, technically, the blog’s second anniversary was last month but I was on this little trip to France and, well, it is better late than never.

This year, I’m offering readers a chance to win one of my collectible Friendship Bowls. Just leave a comment at the end of this post and your name will be put in a drawing to win the Friendship Bowl.

It is always fun to review the past year and the second year of blogging has seen some changes.  For one, I’m not as anal (yes, I am not afraid to use that word) about blogging. When I first started blogging, I was determined to blog 5 days a week. That, in reality, became way too stressful. I admit to being a bit of a perfectionist about some things, hence the high standard I set for blogging frequency.  It is possible that some of the gray hairs that have found their way to my head are due to my self-imposed stress. I do feel some twinge of guilt if I don’t blog at least 3 days a week…but I usually get over it. And I’m definitely not ready for a full head of gray hair yet. (And if my mother’s gray hair track record is any indicator, I’ll be in my 80’s before mine really start blossoming.)

I originally intended to blog about creativity and my art creations. Boy did that change. Sometimes I feel the content is all over the board. Some may say that isn’t a good thing. You know, choose a niche, a brand, a market, and stick with it.  Sorry, ain’t gonna happen on this blog. I’ve too many interests, too many thoughts, and sometimes too many distractions to keep myself on a narrow path.  You know how us creative types are.  Bruce Baker has referred to artists with multiple art medium interest as M.A.D (multiple artist disease). I think the same can be said about my blogging topics.

This past year I even attempted a second blog devoted to fitness; the trials, tribulations, and funny stories that result from exercising. I didn’t get very far with it or the exercising for that matter. It was hard enough maintaining one blog, a business, and the other things that life throws at me and trying to keep up a second blog.  However, I had to try it, realized it wasn’t going to work, killed the other blog, and moved on.

Robin Williams once said, when asked about some of his less popular movies, “we don’t make mistakes, we make interesting choices.”  I like that attitude. No mistakes, no failures, just interesting choices.

Here are the top 10 posts over the past 365 days. Do you have a favorite?

Art Date: Frida Kahlo Art Exhibit

Why Keep Art Curriculums in School?

Sarasvati and Ceibhfhionn

Stone Cairns-The Beauty of Balance

Chakra Energy Angels-The Group

The American Craft Council Show Part 1

Laurie Mika Workshop

What Does An Artist Look Like?

Book Review: 500 Handmade Dolls

There is a tie for the 10th spot:

Reflections on Gratitude-Word of the Year

The Yes Men

And about that Friendship Bowl.

These bowls were inspired by the Quaich, which is Scottish Gaelic for “friendship.” A quaich or friendship bowl was used to hold whiskey or other libation. The whiskey was then shared among friends with each person taking a sip from the bowl. Some of the early quaiches had glass or clear bottoms. When the leaders from two or more clans would gather, the clan leaders would share a drink in these clear bottom bowls. The reason? As one would drink from the clear bottom quaich, it allowed him to keep an eye on his rival.

This particular Friendship Bowl has an Asian influence. Made entirely of polymer clay, this bowl features the hand carved kanji symbol for “thanks” and hand carved bamboo leaves. Around the rim of the bowl is hand formed polymer clay bamboo. A turquoise wash brings out the carvings. The bowl measures approximately 4″ in diameter. A display stand and story card are included.

AsianFriendBowlThankYou

So leave a comment below and you might win this Friendship Bowl.

Thanks for your visits!

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17 thoughts on “Happy 2nd Blogiversary

  1. Oh boy, I’m first. Happy Blirthday (ok, that was bad)… 2 years? It’s like watching your child grow and you have no ideas where the time went. I love your writing streams and thoughts. You put so much passion into blog and it shows.
    I hope I get to own one of your bowls.. an honor, indeed.

  2. Congratulations, Amy! You’re a wonderful role model. I’m still trying to get my blogging habit solidified. Meanwhile, my favorite post is the one on keeping art curriculum. In our state, the first funding cuts in times of financial stress are art, music, and physical education programs, the very things that help mold young people into healthy, well-rounded, and aesthetically aware adults. Please do keep that public awareness component in your blog. If we all stand up and demand that our leaders value what we value, we can make a difference.

    And thank you for the drawing! What a lovely way to share your art as well as your words.

  3. Happy 2nd Blogivarsary, Amy !!!!! Congrats on a marvelous achievement.
    It takes a lot of effort to keep a blog going and come up with new posts frequently enough so your readers don’t lose interest and stop visiting. Now that I have one myself, I can certainly appreciate this! Your blog has been a wonderful source of inspiration for me, even though our blogs are very different. While you started with a specific focus and have expanded your content and topics, I went in the opposite direction ! Since last Sept., my blog has been devoted primarily to tutorials.
    Anyway, I want to wish you much success as you start your 3rd year, and look forward to stopping by to visit. And of course, I didn’t want to pass up the chance to win your gorgeous friendship bowl !!

    • Hi Dora,

      I think its great that you have found a niche for your blog. Your cane work is wonderful! I appreciate knowing I’ve been an inspiration to you and in starting your own blog. It is a great way to keep in touch.

      -Amy

  4. Congrats on the 2 years!! You are so right about preconceptions regarding the proper blogging ideas! It can be really stressful. I, too, thought about a second one, but it was just a thought!! LOL Will visit again. I like your style.

  5. Congrats Amy, love your style; always enjoy hearing about your work and viewing pics. welcome back.

  6. what a beautiful bowl! I too have discovered that my blog is very eclectic – about everything and then some. i love the Robin Williams quote!

    connie

  7. Amy,
    Congrats on 2 years! Your blog is always a feast for the eyes and the creative spirit. I “feed” here often!
    Fabulous Robin Williams quote!
    Peace,
    Joyce

  8. so happy to receive your newsletter and hear a bit about your vacation. France is on my List of Places to See – and it was nice to see a little through your eyes. So important to feed our spirits with rest and relaxation, and to explore new places.
    Blessings ~n~ Love,
    Janice

    • Hi Janice,

      Good to hear from you. Glad you received my newsletter. I definitely recommend visiting France. And if you can’t get to France, Quebec is another great place to visit and experience a little bit of the French atmosphere.

      -Amy

  9. Congratulations. Your blog is one of only a few that I enjoy with my morning coffee. The variety of topics is what makes it all fun. You inspire creativity and thought.

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