What’s New for 2012?

Friends, I am blown away.
As I type this post, I have 698 followers through GFC, not to mention 400 Facebook fans and 66 of you who have my posts delivered right to your inboxes.  When I started blogging back in March, I was just hoping that someone other than my mom and mother-in-law would bother to follow along.  I can’t believe the journey that 2011 was for me and for this little ol’ blog, and I’m excited to think about what’s in store in the next 350-some days!
Here are a few changes coming to One Artsy Mama in 2012!
* A {slightly} new look *
If you’ve been around OAM for awhile, you’ve probably already noticed that the background is a little different.  And you’ve probably seen several experimental new headers as I worked to create one I really loved. I have to say, it’s been a real challenge doing the update, more so than if I were just starting from scratch, because I wanted something fresh and a little more chic while maintaining the feel of One Artsy Mama that you’ve come to know. 
Anyone remember this header from back when I first started?
I totally support blog makeovers, but I have to confess it always sits a little funny for me when I go to visit a blog I read often and suddenly everything is different…new colors, new fonts, new graphics…I find myself double checking to make sure I’m in the right place.  I didn’t want it to feel that way here.  So, I have kept the original fonts and color scheme, and yes, the familiar flower, in the hopes that when you see those things, you’ll always know where you are and feel at home here.
I hope you like the changes.
* Monthly {weekly?} reviews and giveaways of YOUR stuff! *
I am consistently amazed by the talent out there in blog-land, and I want to make it a point to feature your fabulousness even more in 2012.  Each month, if not week, I want to review a different shop and offer giveaways that will give everyone a chance to see how awesome it is and what it has to offer!
I’m excited to announce the review/giveaways I already have lined up for January:
Jan. 11 –  art by erin leigh {you are going to LOVE her}
Jan. 16 – Creative Carmella {remember the Blessed necklace?}

Jan. 23 – Sunny Vanilla {I’ll be offering a giveaway on her site too!}
Want me to review your shop or product this year?  Send me an email at dancers4life{at}gmail{dot}com with your info and what month you’d like to participate!
*A Crafting Contest *

I’m still in the very early planning stages for this one, but later in the year, I’m going to hold a several round contest where you can submit projects to be voted on, and we’ll crown a Crafty Champion…any ideas you have for a catchy name or topics for each round {ie: something with mod podge, something with fabric…} are welcomed!!

*A Series on Growing Your Blog *

I get lots of questions from new bloggers about tips for growth, and I thought a series would be a fun way to address some of them.  I’m going to see if I can get some other folks to participate and give their two cents too, along with sharing some of my best ideas for success.

And, perhaps just as important as what’s new…
What’s NOT changing here in 2012?
*Lots of fun craft ideas for little kids and big kids alike!*
*Shine On Fridays will continue each week where you can show off your latest and greatest!*
One Artsy Mama
And, as I plan for the coming year, I’d love to hear your feedback;
What would you like to see more of here at One Artsy Mama?
Tell me your ideas and suggestions!
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5 comments on What’s New for 2012?

  1. Barnlille
    January 8, 2012 at 6:46 AM (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love your blog and I look forward following you in 2012!!

    Love from Denmark ;-)

  2. Terry
    January 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM (4 years ago)

    Sounds great. Can’t wait to get into this year and see all this great stuff.

  3. Phil and Darby Hawley
    January 8, 2012 at 2:08 PM (4 years ago)

    Yay Amy! I cant wait for the growing your blog series :-) I’ve got so much to learn!

  4. Grandma
    January 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM (4 years ago)

    I love your new header…what a great blog you have and how quickly it has grown…I can’t believe you are over 700…wow!!! Great ideas for this year. Looking forward to seeing them all.

  5. The mum of all trades
    January 8, 2012 at 10:33 PM (4 years ago)

    I love visiting your blog and I hope it goes from strength to strength!


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