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Saturday, January 7, 2012

My First Ad

Can someone please tell me how almost 3 weeks have gone by since my last post???
I swear they speed up the clocks after 40!!! The holidays were so full of things to do and people to see I don't know how we get it all done!  But now, thankfully most of the Christmas is packed away and it's time for a fresh start to what I believe is going to be a wonderful year!

I'm starting off this new year doing something I never thought I would be doing... placing an add in a National magazine!!! But, I took the plunge and the first of two hit the newsstands at the beginning of the month!!

It's not a big ad, but it is nevertheless really fun to see in print, and in one of my favorite magazines to boot! I'm hoping it will bring some new clients that may have not found me other wise. We have to experiment and try new things in life right? You won't know if something works until you try it!!!

I was also so surprised when I opened up the first few pages of the magazine and saw my girls Kim and Katie from Sweet Salvage! They are both so sweet and really deserve the exposure! WooHoo! I love it when good things happen to good people!!

I hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year! I just know it's going to be great!!



59 comments:

Debra said...

Karen,

I bought my book while in NC in December and I noticed your ad...Super Exciting! Great story about Sweet Salvage too.

xoxo
Debra

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Good for you Karen spreading your wings and putting yourself out there! 2012 is going to be a great year!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That's great, Karen! I hope you will get lots of business! Yes, it does seem to have gone rather quickly. I just put all my Christmas stuff away today.

Marilyn said...

Best of luck with new business coming your way.♥♫

helen tilston said...

I join you in predicting 2012 to be the best year ever. I wish you good luck in your business and may your ads bring many new clients.

Helen xx

Sandy said...

Karen,
That is a great ad, and hads to be exciting for you! I hope it brings you lots and lots of work! I think I sent a person your way....oput of state...did she have you do her blog? Have a great weekend! Sandy

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Good for you Karen, you certainly deserve to have your your business grow, I'm sure it will take you down many new avenues that will expand you talent in blog design. Don't feel bad about being away from blogland we are all here. I too have taken a bit of a break, we all need to do that from time to time. Hugs and my best to you and your DH this coming year, Love ya, Marilou

Lisa said...

Cool! I need to get on posting too! Congrats on the ad!
Hugs, Lisa

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

Yeah!! I hope it brings you lots of business in 2012!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i had a feature in this issue and read it cover to cover and saw your ad! I smiled knowing that you designed MY beautiful blog and there you are in SL! Awesome! It looks wonderful and i hope it brings many bloggers to you who are seeking to beautify their blogs because YOU know how to do it best my friend! ;)

Miss Sandy said...

Awesome way to step into the new year! many blessings on new clients! I highly recommend your design services, love my blog design by you.

Vicki said...

Wonderful news! Congrats to you. I hope this brings the business. Yes, the holidays have me derailed too. My blog posts have been mostly about family and the holidays. My studio was taken over by the Xmas tree. I'm very slowly getting things back to normal! Let's hope we both find some creative time this month.

Teresa said...

Congratulations, Karen! I was wondering what happened to you.....the holidays carried you away!!!!!
Glad you're back!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

I have the issue and was pleasantly surprised to see your add among the pages. So happy for you!

xo,

Abby

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

If you're going to place an AD, you picked the right magazine! Good luck and God Speed!

Kasia said...

Oh dear! Im rooting for you and Im sure you'll be seeing alot of new faces! With your goodies and talent, who wouldnt want to come?! :) Happy to see you again and Happy New Year!!!!

Hugs,

Kathleen said...

I know the older I get, the faster time flies. I wish you all the best with your business.

Destiny said...

How exciting! Congrats on your first national magazine ad! I hope that it brings you MUCH success! We share that common "first" this year! I just signed a 12-month contract with Romantic Homes and will also be advertising in the Flea Market Decor edition that they release Feb. 14th. I am SO nervous about wasting money on it haha! BUT like you said...you never know until you try and I think 2012 should be the year for chasing dreams and taking chances! I have a TON of work to do to my website before it hits the stands! I'll check out YOUR ad next time I'm in the bookstore - I always buy that magazine anyway- I love it! Happy New Year and best of luck to you!!!
~Destiny

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Good for you!!!
And just wait until you see what happens after 50! :-/

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

I can't wait to see your ad! I am so glad that you have helped me with my blog and that we have gotten to know each other because of them. Happy New Year!

Cyn said...

that is so awesome Karen!!!! My life is also flying by..I will be 40 this December 2012..you mean it gets faster??? Oh goodness!!!

mon-coin-joli said...

bravo pour ce magasine, il faut toujours oser si on veut y arriver, je te souhaite une merveilleuse année
grosses bises
Nicolette

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I love that magazine and will get that issue this week. You're so right, you never know till you try. (I wanted to say I loved your holiday banner)!

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Im sure you will get lots of business with this ad, hope you have a great 2012 :)

Jen said...

Hi! Karen, How exciting for you. Good luck with your new venture and what the New Year brings.
I am still trying to catch up with everyone since Christmas.

hundredsofideas said...

Super duper exciting here!!

Monica said...

Woo hoo! Well done my friend! I'm sure too this year will bring along beautiful things!
Can't wait to receive my copy of the magazione to see your ad in the flesh.
Hugs! Thinking of you often.
Monica xo

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Karen
I hope your ad brings you more satisfied customers - good luck!
Judith

bobbie said...

Congratulations, and all best luck!!

Marlynne said...

Congratulations on the ad! Hope it does give you more exposure! So neat to have it on display and in your file too!

rkbsnana said...

Congrats!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

The beauty of being brave. I just purchased the publication. So many inspirational articles, I hope it brings you much success.
Congratulations for taking the step and Best Wishes.
Happy 2012

Faithfully Vintage said...

So awesome! I'm loving my new design, Karen! I'm enjoying playing around and learning about blogging... Love, love, love your work!!!!

Bohemian said...

Congratulations on taking the plunge and I Hope the added exposure brings success and new opportunities galore!

I too was delighted to see Kim & Katie profiled, I Love these Magazines and its always a Special Treat to see local Talented Friends make it to print and be showcased in the features... they are so very deserving of all the exposure and continued success! I can't wait for each Month's Event... so much Fun!

Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

texasdaisey said...

Very nice ad! Congrats on it and I hope you are blessed above and beyond all you can ask or imagine.
Debbie

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

I like the ad and this was one of my favorite issues! Best of luck to you!
deb
linens lace and lattes

Sweet Man said...

Karen, I love, love the ad! You are so creative! Thanks for the inspiration.

Warmest Regards,

Jim Rawlins
Sweet Salvage

dogsmom said...

How very wonderful for you.
A great publication to start with.
A wonderful target audience.
You are so right that we must take risks in order to grow.

Charlene said...

YEAH for YOU!!!!!!!! I hope that works as soooooooooooo many people read that magazine. It is cool to see your name in print like that isn't it? I LOVED our phone conversation the other day. It seems 4Ever since we chatted. I was looking at the post below... I am looking for pretty silver trays & how much is the little silver footed dish in the photo you said Industrial Pieces? Do you know? Remember? And the suitcases... ???? Would you get the prices for me? Miss You!!!HUGS!

Charlene said...

OH...... Also..... Do they have a clock face BLACK about 2-3"???? Hee Hee do you hate being my personal shopper? HUGS!

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

I saw your ad right away when I purchased this issue just days ago! Hope it gets you lots of notice. Happy New Year!

robin dudley-howes said...

How exciting! Making the big plunge. Good luck and keep up posted as to your success with the ad. I have never done it myself but may.

Nicole said...

Beautiful design! I'm a new follower.

AshTreeCottage said...

No one ever warned me about how fast time would fly by. Good for you for taking the advertising plunge and I hope it brings you much success!

Hugs,
Susan and Benltey

Beatnheart said...

Yes! you have to try and step up your game these days...besides look at how thrilled you were! Makes every thing seem so grown-up and legit.

Happy Prosperous New year.

Essential Luxuries said...

Hi Karen, Congrats on the ad, it looks great. I was looking thru that great magazine, and caught the ad, and said Hey I know who that is, haha. I wish you lots of bisiness for the coming year!!

Ann Marie Governale said...

I wish you the best of luck! Your work is so beautiful!!

The Greeley Girls said...

Wishing you all the best with your ad! We'll be looking for it...

Betsy said...

Hi Karen,

Your name keeps popping up on my favorite blogs, so I had to come and see what I was missing! I'm so glad to have discovered you and just joined as your newest follower.

Betsy

Rustique Gal said...

Karen,
How cool is that? Congrats on going for it! Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Sherry

Shell said...

Oh My Stars, Karen! I don't even know HOW to say ALL I want to say in this comment,,,,,,,,,but first off? Thank YOU!

I truly need to "go back" and see who was in my blog circle when I first started to Blog......I KNOW YOU were there,,,,,,faithfully, steadfast, and I remember when you were unemployed and the whole "blog design" thing took hold.....And you helped Moi, create/layout her blog. (Why I suddenly starting talking in the 3rd person, I don't know! LOL)

Well Girlfriend,,,,I don't know if you've seen it yet, but I'm a featured Blog in the Spring Quarterly of ROMANTIC COUNTRY MAGAZINE! Page 22,,,of "The BEST of Online RESOURSES"........So Thank you, for your help in designing my blog a couple of years ago. Your layout/Icons/ and insights to getting me looking more professional were a HUGE Contribution, I'm sure, to my getting published!

Take a Bow Karen, and BIG HUGS!
(You can use me for a blog design testimony ANY time!)

Love you!
Shell

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh great idea Karen!! Congrats, great to see you take that plung! Xox Riki

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Oooo! Congratulations on your first ad. That's a big first! And how fun that you get to share the issue with gals you know. Yay for all of you.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Hello, what a fabulous blog you have...I'm really gonna have to find time to have a good look around. I so know what you mean about time, it's mid January!! HOW?? I love the font you use for your posts, if you get time and wouldn't mind could you tell me what it is. Thanks Suzy x

Unknown said...

Love the photos of the store, Sweet Salvage, blog away, and you three have fun!!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Happy New Year Karen! Good things are comin your way!

Roseli Feltrin said...

Beautiful work. This year I want to follow closely (your blog) here in Brazil. Congratulations!

vicki said...

Karen- this is indeed a huge step- but a great one I think for your business. Good for you-- and I wish you every success. I have some friends who are just getting started in blogging- I will be sending them your way soon.

I can't even begin to tell you how your help and support have changed my blogging life. You are such an inspiration to do many of us. I would still be floundering if it weren't for you---
Love you-
Mean it--
Vicki

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

If you think time speeds up at 40, wait 'til you hit 50! lol

I hope you ad is hugely successful, Karen. As you said, you have to at least try.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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