During the last several months (starting 'round about September), I have discovered that there is a ton of scrapbooking/crafting/general artistic inspiration to be found on the Internet. I'd always heard that people kept blogs about their crafting antics, but I'd never really looked into it, and I always thought that the whole blog idea was kind of silly anyway. But then I discovered Tim Holtz, and starting visiting his blog. Then I found another blog I liked, then another, and another. Then I signed up for Twitter, and found more crafty people whose work I admired. Now I suppose you could say that I've really become quite enamored with this Internet community of people who love to make art. (In fact, my boyfriend refers to it as "craft porn", because I spend hours on the Internet looking at it. =P ) Now I am starting my own blog, because I would like to start participating in all this. It would be cool if people saw my stuff and liked looking at it as much as I enjoy seeing other peoples' work. But I figure, if nothing else, it will give me a place to record some of the stuff I'm doing, and I will enjoy looking back on it later.
My blog doesn't look like much yet. I'm hoping to have some time to work on making it pretty. Trouble is, I don't even know how yet. =P I'll work on that too. I'm also doing a blogging for scrapbookers class (see button in my Sidebar) and so I'll probably have some content from that class as well, and I'm hoping to post some pictures of things I make for various Internet challenges and such. It should be fun. =)
Oh, a word about the title. I was trying to come up with a clever title for my blog (this was a while ago), and I had a random sort of eureka moment one night when I realized that my initials, MBM, could also stand for Made By Mary. So anyway, that's where that comes from. I think it's sort of cool. =)
(I use smileys a lot, btw. I'll try to keep that under control. =P)
Eventually I'll have to come up with some kind of cool signature, but for now I think I'll just stick with my "M" that I've been using for years to sign e-mails. Here's looking forward to some awesome blogging.
P.S. I'm getting my first set of Copic markers on Wednesday. I CAN'T WAIT! =)