Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A Lot of "Firsts"

There are personal "firsts" throughout our whole lives - and they are what makes life "special", aren't they?

So I decided to do an additional "first" to the "first" I want to share with you today.
Those who know me a bit better may already have spotted that I am a rather shy person, when it comes to showing myself or talk about my progress on my artistic journey. Maybe this originates from the fact that I don't think of myself or my work of being "special". "Individual" would more be the word that comes to mind... ;)

But today I received my "artist complimentary" copy of the "Somerset Apprentice" autumn issue, which not only features a lot of awesomely talented artists I really admire, but I am one of them this time!

Why is this so special to me - even though I have been writing articles for the Craft Stamper for some months now (so I should have gotten used to this already)? Well - the great difference is: I received a lovely mail about a year ago in which I was asked by the editor of the magazine if I would be willing to send them one of my projects she had seen on my blog and write an article for her, so she could feature it in this autumn's issue. Imagine my joy and pride - my artwork had been "discovered" and found printworthy! Yay! If there exists a special reward for an artist, I guess, it is exactly that!

So here's an image of my copy I received today - sorry, but this time I couldn't resist sharing my excitement with you (well, some might want to call it showing off...lol).

and there's my name (really MY name?) on the table of contents, see?

My first publication I was asked to write for one of the coolest magazines out there!
It made me so high-spirited today that I decided to do my first "selfie" and share that with you too. So bear with me 'cos here goes:

Of course it took several attempts before I came up with a photograph of me which I dare share with you, but I had a lot of fun looking at some of the failures and this one made me ...no makes me chuckle everytime I look at it...I look like a teacher (no more denial - I obviously am what I am...lol):

Giggle...I look as if I am planning to examine that issue very earnestly before I give my approval, don't I? I spare you the one image where I look like Wallace (from Wallace and Gromit), who has just discovered a special new cheese brand....(same grin, same teeth, same gesture)....lol.Well, at least this image doesn't show my kitchen and laundry chaos as shown with the first one... *rollingeyes.

So two firsts that is - and I hope you aren't too shocked now... ;)

Oh, and before I forget, I also want to share the latest treasures I was given to by dear Uncle Helmut when visiting his lovely family this summer:

Cool, huh? AND there is also some ribbons and buttons galore I wanna show you - given to me by my very dear friend Babsi, whom I had a wonderful crafting session with lately:

Hach! So many reasons to feel like the happiest person in the world today, aren't they? Thank you so much, Uncle Helmut and Babsi! Those awesome treasures will be hoarded (and hopefully used) caringly! ;)

Hope you are having a great time too!
Thank you for stopping by and sharing some joyful goofiness with me! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia xxx

And now I will hit the "publish" button, so there will be no turning back


  1. Fabulous news Claudia you have every right to feel so proud your art work is stunning. Well done you!
    Amanda x

  2. Well done you, your art work is great so this is well deserved. I'm sure there will be more 'in print' to come! Crackin' news eh Grommit !

  3. Ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch liebe Claudia! Das ist ganz, ganz toll und da kannst Du zu recht stolz sein - jawohl! Aber es wundert mich gar nicht,dass sie Dich angesprochen haben - Du machst unbeschreiblich geniale Sachen immer! Super siehst Du aus - wir sind uns ähnlich im Aussehen finde ich- nicht nur auf dem Foto damals am Grundlsee, als Du klein warst--lol!! Danke für's Teilen Deiner Freude und Danke dass Du uns an Deiner Kreativität , DeinemTalent und Deiner Liebenswürdigkeit immer hier teilhaben lässt!

  4. Congratulations, Claudia! That is so cool that you were asked to write an article for them!

  5. Hello Claudia,
    Never be afraid of sharing such fabulous news with your followers, we are here because we love your work, and it is rewarding to us as well to know that you are being recognised in print for your artistic endeavors....Huge congratulations from me, I am so happy for you, this maybe a first but I am sure it is not going to be the last. You do great work.

  6. Well done you Claudia,really well deserved recognition. Your work really is beautifully grungy AND unique and I am so happy that you have got this honour :) You are also very funny re the selfies...braver then me!

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  7. Claudia that is so cool! And your treasures... Can't wait to see what you'll do with them! :)

  8. Hello Claudia! I congratulate you!
    You're making beautiful art. For some time I look at your blog and admire your work.
    Greetings to you :)

  9. Congratulations! I will look for that issue. Nice to see a photo of the artist! And wonderful treasures you have received.

  10. Congratulations.It is indeed something to celebrate.Your work is fantastic and inspiring ,so it is no wonder that you are published.Loved seeing your pic.:-).Great treasures and I am sure some fantastic projects will come out of them.

  11. Großartig! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  12. Sooo... Also... Ich hab's ja gewußt!!! Nu bist Du entdeckt worden, liebe Claudia! Und ganz zu Recht! Ich freue mich so, dass Du uns an Deiner Freude teilhaben lässt! Die Farbzusammenstellungen und Medienvielfalt eines Künstlers zu bewundern ist eine Sache. Aber dann noch etwas Seele hindurchschimmern zu lassen, gar das eigene Gesicht zu zeigen, das knüpft doch ganz andere Bande. Schön ist's Dich zu sehen! Lehrerinnenhaft? Wenn überhaupt, dann im positiven Sinne, mit Stolz auf den "Zögling", sprich Deinem Artikel, im Blick. Meine Lehrerinnen sahen teilweise gaaanz anders aus. Furchterregend sozusagen, hihi...
    Du hast Recht, man brokelt so vor sich hin, in den eigenen vier Wänden, mit Farbe, Kleber und ganz viel Inspiration... Aber dafür auch noch Anerkennung zu finden, sei es bei bewundernden Bloggerinnen oder hier sogar durch ein Druckerzeugnis, das trägt einen schon sehr, sehr weit, nicht wahr?
    Ich habe heute auch was getragen! Ein Päckchen zur Post nämlich. Also wird irgendwann einmal Dein Briefträger klingeln. Sperr Deinen Hund weg, falls Du einen hast...
    Viele liebe Grüße

  13. Congradulations. You cab be proud of yourself.
    Great news. Anneke.

  14. Congratulations!! And in my favorite magazine too. I just looked and I had already marked your page so I could go back and look at it again. :) Hearts are my favorites too. :) Cathy

  15. wow Cool, congratulations!!
    Groetjes Karin

  16. Yay, you! That's fantastic (and well-deserved) - congrats!

  17. Congrats all around. So glad you can see yourself in a new light. thanks as always for sharing.

  18. und nochmal ganz herzlichen Glückwunsch, noch ein Grund mehr auf sich stolz zu sein. Ich freue mich für dich, endlich wurde mal die Richtige entdeckt ;-)
    Kurz und gut - Schön, das es dich gibt und weiter so!! LG Kerstin xx


  19. Hello dear friend...I am so happy for you and it’s so well deserved!!! Thanks for sharing with us; I am sure we all want to hear such fabulous news!! Thank you also for opening the doors to your crafty space, it’s nice to see where the magic happens....
    ...best wishes from Slovenia

  20. Congratulations! So happy for you. Can't wait to pick up a copy.

  21. Hallo Claudia!
    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Veröffentlichung in Somerset, tolles Werk. Freut mich sehr für dich.
    Dazu mal eine Frage, wo kann ich die Hefte von Somerset in Deutschland bekommen? Ich habe sie schon seit geraumer Zeit immer wieder mal entdeckt aber nie gesehen ob man sie auch bei uns kaufen kann. Wünsche dir einen schönen kreativen Herbst.
    Alles Liebe


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