Artchoo is a Year Old!

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I’m a year old! Oh my goodness. I can’t believe it, and this year flew by so quickly. I’m actually feeling a little bit emotional- Do you want to know the story behind why Artchoo was even created?

I’ll tell ya.

Setting: April 2012, St. Louis, MO. Bloggy Bootcamp, a blogging conference by The SITS Girls. They are a blogging resource for women and hold mini blog conferences all year in different locations. So anyway, have you heard of Laurie Turk? She is the mastermind behind Tip Junkie, and an exceedingly successful blogger.

I was at the conference because I was finally (after 5 years) trying to figure out how to turn blogging into my gig, with my first blog, Craftwhack. (Now called: It’s All So Funny. (potty mouth alert)) I was talking to Laurie at a pre-blog conference cocktail party.

Here’s roughly how the conversation went:

Laurie: So what’s your blog?

Me: It’s called Craftwhack….

Laurie: Oh! A craft blog!

Me: Well, er, uh, no. I actually don’t write about crafts at all.

Laurie: BLOG FAIL!

I went through many emotions that weekend, including embarrassment, indignation, denial, and several others, culminating finally in acceptance. Okay. I would need to change my blog name.

But wait. Why don’t I…

…start a new blog!?!? Boom.

It all happened that dramatically, and I spent the next 3 hours scribbling furiously in a notebook. Ideas, potential names, drawings, etc. I think I called Christian 3 times that night to make him brainstorm with me.

It was definitely one of those moments of absolute certainty, where everything aligns, and you don’t have time to talk yourself out of something because your mind is buzzing too loudly with excitement.

So anyway, I’m thankful for each and every person who comes here to visit, and I hope you’ll eat some cake today to celebrate with me. (It’s a good excuse, right?)

I’m also thankful to Laurie Turk for being honest and savvy.


geography for kidsToday I happen to be featured at the blog Mama Smiles. My post is part of an awesome series Maryanne has, called World Culture for Kids. Please go check it out, and then peruse some of the other posts in the series.



  1. 05/02/2013 / 8:21 pm

    Happy birthday to Artchoo! Love reading your posts on art and design for kids.

    • 05/06/2013 / 11:53 am

      Awww…I am so glad that i stopped by this blog. I must say this blog is one of the sweetest and cutest art blog i have ever seen 🙂 Happy b’day Artchoo 🙂 lots of wishes 🙂

  2. 05/03/2013 / 9:18 am

    Happy, happy birthday, Artchoo!

    Thank you for guest posting for me on your special day 🙂

    • 05/03/2013 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks for having me, Maryanne! I’d love to have you guest post over here as well!

  3. 05/06/2013 / 11:55 am

    Very nice art blog. Thumbs up..Some very beautiful posts out there 🙂 All the best 🙂

  4. 05/11/2013 / 9:36 am

    So sounds like that conference was really worthwhile! One of these days I would like to go to one of those too. I feel like there is so much to learn! This is a great concept for a blog and you do such a great job with it. Congrats on one whole year!

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