Tuesday, August 7, 2018

mmmcrafts is 10 years old! let's celebrate!


The comments on this post are closed! Thanks for participating in the giveaway! The winner is posted here.

In 2008 I haphazardly started a craft blog and a pattern business (like you do, you know) and now whammo -- it's suddenly 10 years later. I kept reminding myself last year that this landmark was coming, and then I got too busy and tabled thinking about it for later. Later later. My actual blog birthday slipped by me five months ago on March 29th (here's a throwback to my very first blog post for ya), and then my Etsy shop was born later that year in November, so my Etsyversary is still to come in a couple months. I'll think of this commemorative post as splitting the difference.

2007: Me and my girlies a few months before blogging ever occurred to me. Ah, my brown hair.

2008: Early blog post demonstrating how not to photograph your kids.

2018: Same photographic problem. No more brown hair. This picture was taken on our recent trip to see my BFF, Robyn. If you've been around for a while, you'll know my friendship with her is also a long-running theme of this blog.

My two girls were six and four years old when I started all this, and I was just getting into homeschooling. Even though I had plenty on my plate (can I get an amen, homeschoolers?), I found that crafting, blogging and pattern designing gave me a much-needed adult creative outlet. I had to carve out time to do it though, mostly stolen moments during the day and lots of late nights. My kids will tell you it was more like this.

I came up with my mmmcrafts logo and header in 2008 and it really hasn't changed a whole lot. In the beginning there was one less coffee cup. Somehow I've lost the original 2 coffee cup version, but this is close:


I did update my logo font in 2013 to what you see now. You could say all that sameness is boring or lazy. You could also say I'm Consistently Building My Brand. Haha. I like that. "Building my brand" sounds completely purposeful.

*In voice of Edna Mode* I do vary the colors and throw in the occasional holiday peppermint or cinnamon stick, darling, because I like to push design boundaries. Why the coffee cups, you ask? Because I like coffee.


Besides yammering on about sewing, felt crafting, paper crafting and my procrastination problems achievements, I use it as a travel journal, confessional, resource list and catalogue of handmade gifts. If you like to make handmade gifts, you know it is hard to remember what you've made and for whom and in what color. As I've said many times, I think I'm my own most loyal reader. I'm constantly referring to my own posts.

Even though initially a creative diary mostly for my own reference, this blog has grown into a handy resource center for my tutorials and patterns. Even though I don't post very often, rest assured that mmmcrafts.blogspot.com is here to stay.

Happy tenth birthday to my Etsy shop too. I'm considered an old-timer there, you know. The Etsy marketplace was pretty robust when I joined in 2008 and now it's completely crazy how many Etsy shops there are. I miss the mom n' pop feel of the old Etsy community, but I love how the go-getters at Etsy constantly innovate to serve the massive marketplace and keep the experience as manageable as possible for me.

2008: My first pattern for sale, Katy Kitty, and...

...2018: my latest patterns for sale, the Twelve Days Ornament Series.

Inspired by the new millenium wave of indie rag doll design and my daughter's request for a red girl kitty for her birthday, my Etsy shop opened with a grand total of one digital pattern for sale (Katy Kitty, shown above). Katy was a variation on my popular free pattern, Molly Monkey. I sold 18 Katy Kitty patterns before the end of the year, for which I was completely astonished and gratified. I immediately spent any profits and then some) on craft supplies and fabric. 


Ten years later my Etsy shop has 40 patterns and over 19,000 sales. I'm still astounded by its success. I do so really love to design and write patterns and I'm hugely gratified that you guys actually enjoy using them! (At some point a few years ago I also opened a Craftsy pattern store to put another option out there. It functions exclusively with Paypal payments.)

We are still homeschooling, and now my used-to-be-tiny girls are 14 and 16. High school is hard, y'all. Our program is rigorous, and creative time is much harder to find now. I blog rarely and am a sporadic Instagrammer at best. Patterns have to happen in the chinks between.

GIVEAWAY ALERT.
Let's celebrate, old school! Do you remember the once ubiquitous blog giveaways? They've fallen out of fashion. But. Let's do it up 2008 style! *Viva la Vida blares suddenly in background* No one likes to log in and comment on blog posts these days, so I'm thinking if you are somehow still reading this, your odds will be pretty good! Here's the prize:


Any-thang you want from my Etsy shop, up to $75. Which incidentally covers the cost of the complete Twelve Days Bundle, so if you've been waiting for a sale it doesn't get much better than free. Already got the complete series? No worries. Pick any combination of patterns you like, as long as it doesn't go over $75.

HOW TO ENTER:
Leave one comment on this post with what you were doing ten years ago, and include an email address so I can contact you if you win. That's it.
I'll be choosing the winner randomly on AUGUST 12th.

ANNIVERSARY SALE ALERT.
Not into giveaways? Use the code MMMHAPPY10TH and get 20% off your purchase in my Etsy shop only from now through AUGUST 12th.

Thanks for helping me celebrate, you guys!

138 comments:

  1. 10 years ago we lived in Shanghai, China. I remember that the Olympics started on August the 8th (double eight is auspicious in China) and we went to see a few games. Thanks for a great give away and congratulations on your anniversary. xx

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  2. Ten years ago I was in the middle of my master’s in art history and getting ready for my wedding! Our anniversary is at the end of this month. :)
    Wendylmoir [at] gmail.com

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  3. Oh my 10 years ??? now time goes by ! I myself wasn't blogging (YET) but reading lots of nice stuff of far away friends like Jude Hill and Sara Lechner ... I love your bright felt pieces, they brighten up any gray day !
    And you know the fun thing ? My daughter's name is Larisa (yes only one "s") and we live in Holland (the Netherlands) Isn't that a wonderful coincidence ???
    Keep going !
    p.s. admire your home schooling : I've been a teacher all my working life !!!

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  4. Ten years ago I was just getting started blogging, too, maybe 4 months before you. I’m still posting, too, but not very often. And like you, I do it mainly for my own records. I think most of my page views these days come from Pinterest and are on old posts. Oh, well.

    Thanks for making the giveaway entry easy. I hate the ones where you have to jump through a dozen hoops to enter. I usually skip them.

    ❤️

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  5. 10 years ago I was in the same place doing the same wife/mom things, but with 3 little ones instead of 6 (not all so little anymore)! Back then I wasn't sewing much, probably because I spent too much time reading blogs! :)

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  6. In 2008, my husband and I brought home our first Airedale and bought a little house near the farm I grew up on. We were having fun, living carefree. On Thanksgiving, I found out I was pregnant with our first and quit smoking! Overnight we both grew up. Lol. But wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

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  7. 10 years ago, I was young and carefree. 10 years later, I have two kids and a mortgage. Different priorities now, one of those priorities is trying to retain my sanity. I think crafting definitely helps, but I’m having trouble finding the time, so I am quite in awe of you doing everything that you do! I don’t remember when I first found your blog, but it was definitely the mouse in a tin house that got my attention! I still love it!

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  8. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary!

    10 years ago, I was a graduate student trying to find ways to procrastinate, so I took up running and started a running blog (now defunct). Shortly after that, I started to follow some craft blogs to inspire me to be creative again. I don't think I've followed you for the entire 10 years, but it's definitely pretty close. Your papercuts were what caught my attention initially, especially Little Red Riding Hood. It's absolutely lovely.

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  9. 10 years ago I was about to become pregnant with our first (of four) children! I started following you when I got into sewing/crafting shortly after child number 2, and now our youngest is almost 4, I’m almost done with the first 2 12-day ornaments. I need the rest of the patterns so I really hope I win! :) I find your work so inspiring, and I love your down to earth s name of humor, too!

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  10. your request made me realize I needed to start keeping a diary of my creative sewing/crafts. Looked at 2008 calendar and all I found were family visits and appointments. Not a fun memory of my pleasant personal time. Thanks making me realize the good creative moments are just as important to list.

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  11. Ten years ago I was mother of a teenager preparing for GCSEs and now she is a fully qualified teacher about to start a PhD.
    Ten years ago I wasn't thinking about retiring from nursing...now I'm excited at the prospect!!

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  12. Congrats!
    10 years ago I was just leaving school and moving on to uni! It wouldn’t be for a couple of years that I would re-find my love of sewing but I’m glad I did!
    Just in case: flutebassoon@hotmail.co.uk

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  13. Happy Anniversary! I've made many of your patterns for gifts over the years, thank you! Ten years ago I was probably running around writing about presidential candidates. My own (now dormant) craft blog was a year away from being born. hramerh @ gmail dot com

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  14. Ten years ago I was a newly married grandmother (my second marriage) and had just started Quilting in earnest.

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  15. Ten years ago I was working full-time and had little time for crafts of any kind. Now, I am retired with nine grandchildren and trying all kinds of things. I have worked on perfecting my Smocking, embroidery, cross stitch and needpoint skills, I have taken a Temari class at the John Campbell folk school, I have learned how to make Dorset buttons and I have made the complete set of Larissa’s “Twelve Days” ornaments to go on my Twelve Days Christmas tree.

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  16. 10 years ago I was trying to find a job in a new city, now I have a job but in another country. Happy 10th anniversary!
    My email is: hippolicious at hotmail dot com

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  17. Ten years ago I was newly married (April). So we had a 10 year anniversary this year too! ~Autumn

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  18. 10 years ago I had just graduated from college and was about to settle in to my first real job! It wasn’t long after that I got really into knitting, and then other crafts, with all my new free time after work. Congrats 😀

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  19. 10 years ago I was busy, busy, busy. I had a part time job as an IT consultant and software tester. My boys were 10 and 8 and every day I drove them to after school activities - tennis, football, cricket, piano lessons, swimming etc. I didn’t have much time for crafts backs then. Thankfully they have grown up and become more independent. I got made redundant from that job, and now have a much better job with flexible work hours, working from home. Congrats on 10 years. Welsh9 at xtra . co . nz

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  20. 10 years ago I was embroidering evvvvvverrrrryyything. Moving on to sewing and then quilting. The good old days! Theresa childs at gmail

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  21. Ten years ago working a full time job so not a lot of time for sewing or crafting. Am now retired and can sew all day long every day. Most appropriate to post this today as I just pulled out my 12 days of Christmas ornaments to work on. Love working on them and hopefully will have them done for this Christmas

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  22. Ten years ago, I had been married for a month-and-a-half. We were living in Charlottesville, VA, I was about to find a part time job at Uva, and we had no idea how completely different - how much harder and richer - our life together would look now, ten years later.

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  23. Wow! It’s hard to remember what I was doing ten years ago! I was a couple of years past getting kids through college, removing myself from the working world and becoming a stay at home retired Mom.
    I’m almost halfway finished with the Twelve Days ornaments and I’m hoping to finish in time for Christmas. Congrats on your anniversary!
    mcthekat at gmail dot com

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  24. 10 years ago was my first summer after I finished college. I was working hard at my first “grown up” job... and I’m still at the same company today. I’d love to win! Allison dot maestri at gmail dot com

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  25. Larissa! You are amazing and beautiful with brown hair or gray! I do miss the old school blog giveaways. Once upon a time I won a pillow cover you made which is still on my couch to this day. It looks amazing still! 10 years ago I had a 1 year old and was just starting to explore sewing. Crazy to think about. I have 4 kids now! What is life? I must say (as you well know) I love your patterns and I've loved having the opportunity to pattern test for you in the past. I'm still down to do that if you continue to make patterns and need someone. Hard to imagine why I would need this giveaway, but I haven't finished collecting all the ornament patterns yet. I'm also holding out hope you will make another toy pattern in the style of Molly/Mikey/Katy. I made one of each of those for my 3 older kids but haven't made a toy for my little guy yet because I want to make something different. What do you think? Can you pick another animal and make a face so I can do another one? �� Anyway, love ya girl. You make beautiful things and I'm happy I've been able to read you throughout your blog journey! skooksplayground [at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. 10 years! What an accomplishment! I've just been recently started following you and I've fallen in love with all your patterns!

    10 years ago I was just graduating highschool! Since then, I've become a pediatric oncology nurse, and work at a children's hospital, and teach Nursing classes at Brigham Young University. I also have a darling 2 year old and another on the way, due in November! Life is crazy full but great.

    Emmyg.grant @ Gmail.com

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  27. I can’t remember what I was doing 10 years ago. Knitting animals, needlepoint, embroidery and crafts filled my spare time while working full time. This is why I put the year on all of the pieces that I make. I love the ‘making’ of things. Then I love to give them away. In ten years I hope to still be making a lot more.

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  28. Congratulations on your success! 10 years ago I was slowly earning a degree for my second career, thinking about starting a blog (ha), and stitching when I should have been cleaning the house.

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  29. 10 years, a hearty congratulations to you for sticking with it.
    10 years ago I was working for a small NYC stationary company, and had just come back from a life first business trip to our printers facility in Wisconsin, and I know the enitre flight home on a sweater for my nephew's first birthday.
    Knit.brooklyn AT gmail.com

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  30. Ten years ago I was working full time, but I’m retired now with lots of time to do crafts I love. I’m making your 12 days of Christmas ornaments for my eight grandchildren for Christmas. They will love them. Your patterns are great!

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  31. Ten years ago I was homeschooling 9 year old twins and a 4 year old!

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  32. Congratulations! Your patterns are beautiful! Ten years ago we had recently moved across the country to be closer to my husbands's family.

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  33. Making bags, running a household and trying to make it all work. I’m still trying to make it all work!

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  34. Congratulations on your blogaversary! Ten years ago this past month I was just starting teacher’s college. I was 30 and worried about being too old, hahahahaha. Luckily there were some fifty year olds to keep me young, a lot of craft blogs to get me through the boring classes since laptops and wifi were a thing (that didn’t exist during my previous school experience!).

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  35. Congrats! Ten years is pretty awesome, especially since ten years ago I was getting married 😂 oh my how time flies 🕔🧚‍♂️ how ever did we survive back then without emojis 🤔😜

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  36. Congratulations! Ten years ago I was preparing to move to Indonesia and I am still there now.

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  37. Ten years ago I was just getting back into crafting after raising my family!! I’d also just returned from an awesome overseas trip with a group of steadfast friends! Eight years ago I started my own blog!!

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  38. Hey...love your style ❤️❤️❤️!
    The 12 days series is just amazing.
    10 years ago, all my crafty inspiration came from blogs. It took me about an hour each night (aft times longer) to make the rounds of all the blogs I followed. Ran my own as well, but never had much of an audience. Now we have Pinterest and Instagram! Yay!!

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  39. Ten years ago I was starting a new chapter in my life. Transitioning from one career to being a full time mba student. Also from being single to having my mom as a roommate. I’ve found calm in crafting and knitting and everything in between. Life is rough but I’m happy to know I can always make and create. Even with little resources. Thank you for making such great patterns I adore them stacy@banditfiberco.com

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  40. Ten years - eek! I was helping my youngest figure out what university he wanted to go to. His decision to go to Emily Carr in Vancouver BC resulted in a move for me as well to the Pacific Northwest and a whole new life. Love your designs! Best, Lysa

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  41. Happy 10 years! Ten years ago, I had a two year old that kept me super busy. After everyone would go to bed, I would have some quiet time to catch up reading my favorite blogs. I was so happy to find yours! Thank you for sharing!
    ashleymwren@yahoo.com

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  42. Hi Larissa! I simply love your patterns and style, and love how you fitted everything in with your business and raising your family, you are an inspiration to me! 10 years ago I was just about to start uni :), a fresh 19 year old who had just finished her art foundation, ready to start illustration at Falmouth in Cornwall. My email isembemshem@gmail.com :) xx

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  43. That was a funny read Larissa, congrats on your 10yrs! I was sorting out my 8yr old daughter and young puppy with the usual job and day to day stuff. 10yrs on the pup still behaves like a pup and the daughter is officially adult.

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  44. Congratulations! 10 years! Wow! This time 10 years ago, I was mourning the miscarriage of my first child. It was early in the pregnancy, but I was heart-broken. Ten years and three beautiful healthy babies later....they are the greatest joy imaginable! Thanks for reminding me to be forever grateful for answered prayer (and thanks for the GORGEOUS designs) Lisa. email glguscott at gmail dot com

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  45. Ten years ago I was starting a new job and leaving behind a bad fit. It was a tough time, but I've grown a lot in the past ten years :)

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  46. Hi Larissa, congratulations on 10 years of your beautiful designs on the blog ! I find your patterns and colour combinations so inspiring and making them so absorbing. Thank you ! 10 years ago, my 2 children were 12 and 8 and we had just moved into our self built house which wasn’t quite finished (sold our old house sooner than we expected!) so we were ‘camping’ in the new place. Time really has flown and my youngest is about to start university and my eldest is travelling over the other side of the world !
    sarahmlrogers@gmail.com

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  47. 10 years ago I was planning and getting ready for my October wedding, working as a nurse, and living in East Tennessee. Our son was born a year later and I made him a Mikey Monkey for his first Christmas.
    Lisamarie826@yahoo.com

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  48. Congrats to you - ten years ago I was working with special education children - loved everyday with these children.

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  49. Ten years ago I was living in Oregon and raising my four year old and two year old boys with my husband. I started baking and decorating cakes as a way to earn extra money and express my creativity.

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  50. Congratulations on this milestone. Your designs are beautiful, I look forward to seeing what you create in the next 10 years! In 2008 I was busy with family responsibilities and establishing my long arm quilting business.

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  51. Ten years ago, I discovered Facebook, and began connecting and reconnecting with friends and classmates that I never thought I would see again. I had not yet embraced my artistic self, but soon discovered groups of fellow creative spirits. As they say, the rest is history...

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  52. 10 years ago I my marriage fell apart b/c of mental illness (never what you expect) and I was carrying on with my young son, working and in grad school. Stitching was where I found peace in the chaos.

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  53. I've made half of your 12 Days ornaments and love your patterns. Ten years ago my youngest was in college, so I had a little more time for quilting... my creative outlet.

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  54. Ten years ago I was in the beginning stages of being a mother of a not-yet one year old. Ooooh those were the sweet years, when it was just one kid, life was a little easier. thank you for sharing your life and creativity with us!

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  55. 10 years ago I had just moved to Massachussetts with my 6 month old boy and 2 year old girl and was trying to adjust and find time to sew. Thank you for keeping up with your blog, I love reading it.

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  56. Ten years ago my DD was 7 and now she starts college next month. I was learning a new set of accounting software development tools and now I'm considered an expert and a senior developer (speaking at a conference in two weeks!). Still haven't found time to match my craft aspirations (and stash) to my actual time available but I live vicariously through your blog and have some of your patterns and curated collections burning a hole in my pocket. kfabijanic at hotmail

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  57. Congratulations on your ten years! Ten years ago, I was starting my first year of art college – feels more like a hundred years ago now! My mum and I absolutely love your 12 Days of Christmas and if I win, I'm definitely going to make them for her as a surprise! Thank you for the inspiration :) niamhrichardson1@gmail.com

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  58. Ten years ago I found my computer to be my very best friend because I was in the midst of back surgeries to replace my spine due to an auto accident. Homebound and sad. I have always loved the 12 Days of Christmas and found your blog. I have enjoyed reading and watching your patterns grow. I am a true follower of your blog. Thanks for my entertainment and comfort.

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  59. Wow, 10 years. I love seeing the before and after pictures of your daughters.
    I was probably looking for work. I had gotten laid off and was going thru the agony of applying for jobs. Happy to say that I am now retired and things couldn't be better. Thanks
    Ang

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  60. Happy Blogging Birthday! Ten years ago life was soooo different for me! I was still teaching 2nd graders, my mother was still alive, I wasn't a Mimi yet, and I hadn't started my quilt design business! Wow!! So much has changed! my email is pamalamajomchenry@gmail.com

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  61. Ten years ago I was going through a divorce. I had been a stay at home mom for years and the economy was in a slump so I was trying SO hard to find a job now that I was on my own with my two kiddos. My release to help me get through the pain of all of that was looking at crafting blogs and scrapbooking blogs. I love your work and your voice. Thank you for sticking around all these years! My email is ohbecs@gmail.com

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  62. 10 Years ago we were on our first trip to Italy. And what a great trip it was. Thanks for your creativity and your willingness to share. My email is peggynbrown@gmail.com

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  63. I had a totally different life and home - learning the ropes of design - product and garden :)

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  64. 10 years ago I was a newlywed just starting out in a brand new career. Since, we've had a baby, moved back into our old neighborhood, and went to LAW SCHOOL! I think my 10y ago self would be very impressed. :) Thanks for making me think about it!

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  65. We were still living in Alaska, and my youngest was away at her second year of college. I was contemplating retirement and a possible move to warmer climes.

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  66. First of all, congratulations! 10 years ago my husband started his business and we are a bit behind on the celebration as well. Lol It’s been crazy to watch it all grow. And now 10 years later, I’m on the verge of starting my own business. It’s always a learning experience and I don’t think we would have it any other way! Late nights are guarantee, but it’s worth it. Congratulations again!
    Sadler.alexis@gmail.com

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  67. Congratulations on your anniversary and your success! I really love your 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. I will be retiring in a few months. After having collected the patterns and materials, I am looking forward to making them!!!!

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  68. 10 years ago I was a working Mom with one in college and one starting her senior year in High School! Now I am loving retirement and awaiting my first grandbaby due in September.

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  69. Happy 10th blogaversary. Love your blogs & patterns. 10 years ago I was working and my youngest had gotten married the previous year so I was hoping for grandchildren soon. I am now retired and have 6 grandchildren who I love to craft for and am teaching them the joys of crafting. Hope we are all here to celebrate your 25th anniversary. My email is nancy.rorye@rogers.com

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  70. Congrats on 10 years, I am relatively new to your blog and have really enjoyed reading your past posts. 10 years ago I was working at a job I did not enjoy and am happy to report I have found the right fit for me today!

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  71. Ten years, wow! Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog entries in my email, and I especially love the wee princess pea pattern, which I bought years ago after drooling over it on Pinterest. Ten years ago I was a few months into Facebook and enjoying figuring it all out

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  72. 10 years ago I was working in PA and not really enjoying it! Congratulations on your amazing milestone! Toadstoolshoppe@gmail.com

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  73. Kudos to your ten year milestone Larissa, that is quite the achievement! Ten years ago I was working at the same job that I am now and helping my adult kids get out on their own. I am now enjoying four beautiful grandkids! E-mail: xxvoltijxx@aol.com

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  74. Ten years ago I had newborn twins and a 3 year old, now, thank God for a wonderful surprise, I have a newborn again and 3 lovely helpful siblings

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  75. Congratulations! hmmm...10 years ago, I'm guessing was about the time I purchased my first Cricut machine and came across your blog. Thank you for the chance!

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  76. I was in school to become a Speech Therapist! Thanks for your blog, I love reading it and it is always a nice surprise when there is something from you in my inbox.

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  77. I was not sleeping with a 4 year old and a 2 year old, keeping me busy.

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  78. Ten years ago I was still a year away from buying my own first sewing machine and probably still a year or so from finding your WONDERFUL blog!!! Thank you so much for all your shares & inspiration & honesty & crafty-friendship. Love reading your blog & seeing your IG posts. Thank you Larissa!! inger.rasmussen@live.com

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  79. Ten years ago I was tutoring children in reading in the summers, working as a reading specialist during the school year. ritas at ecentral dot com

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  80. My son, and second born, was 6 months old and had just started crawling ten years ago! So...I was BUSY!

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  81. 10 years - congratulations! 10 years ago I was just getting back into some crafting after a bit of a hiatus - mainly card making and scrapbooking. I discovered your wonderful blog and Etsy shop only this year and have just finished my first set of 12 Days ornaments, which I'm pretty excited about.

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  82. Ten years ago I was getting ready to move from Alaska to Georgia and once here I got into quilting and following blogs.
    Congrats Larissa! It's been great fun watching mmmcrafts grow!

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  83. Ten years ago I was newly married and now ten years later I'm homeschooling my little ones and crafting whenever I can find the time! I was introduced to your work when my sister made Wee Mice for my girls and we treasure them dearly now that she is no longer with us - your work holds a very special place in my heart. My email is Hannah.r.bader at gmail

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  84. Ten years ago I found your Molly Monkey free pattern to make for my daughter's 6th birthday. I now have 6 children and can give you an amen as I too have been homeschooling all these years. I love your ornaments and would love to win this!!!

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  85. Forgot to write my email address. It is : kristiebrock@yahoo.com thanks!!!

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  86. My youngest is starting his senior year of high school so ten years ago I was in the midst of elementary school life with him. Gosh, I miss those days of waiting for him next to his classroom door after school, lost jackets, lost library books, lost water bottles ... LOL! Time flies and I enjoy making your 12 Days ornaments as it files by. Happy Anniversary.
    mkbrow (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  87. 10 years ago my children were 2 and 4. I was in survival mode taking one moment at a time. Post partium depression dragged on for me. My sewing machine was set up in my bedroom so I could sew while the children watched 30 minutes of Sesame Street. Loving the moments with the children and now my daughter and I both have sewing spaces. She's into garments and I'm into quilts. I made your toothfairy pillows for my kids and their friends. Love seeing what you are creating and hearing of you adventures of juggling faith, family, crafting. Always refreshing. Loved your birthday CD's but never managed to create our own. Happy Blogging Anniversary! mbbaker35@yahoo.com

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  88. 10 years ago I was teaching fourth grade in an inner-city school in Maryland. Crafting was mostly art/study projects for the students and, my joy, decorating the bulletin boards. Thank you for your blog and awesome patterns.

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  89. Congrats on 10 years! 10 years ago I was getting back into fabric, fibers and hand stitching! I have admired your work for a few years!
    ocannon@verizon.net

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  90. 10 years ago I got back into embroidery when my daughter was getting married an my other daughter was having a baby. Happy 10 years! ecrandall830@gmail

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  91. My husband and I were a few months away from our 9 year anniversary and were planning our small trip for that year, although I can't remember where we went. Mainly because we were also planning our 10th annvirsary for the next year and had decided on Hawaii! The rest of that year and the one that followed was a blur up until that trip. And funny enough we were just talking about next year's trip for our 20th last night and have decided to go back to Hawaii. :D

    lostntht AT gmail DOT com

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  92. Ten years ago, I was traveling for work, opted to go by car across a few states and sought out craft outlets and local art stores. twilight729 [at] yahoo.com

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  93. Ten years ago I was helping to raise my grandchildren after my daughter had a brain injury (we are blessed, she is fine). I worked from home while taking the oldest to school and the two littles to various activities. I started back into doll making and found your blog! gagasdolls@gmail.com

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  94. Ten years ago unfortunately was not a very good time for me and my family. My grandson was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was only five and only lived another five years. I'm grateful for the time that I did have with him... Sorry for the bad news. All is good now and we have great memories!! I've admired your patterns for years and would love a chance to win. Thanks

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  95. Ten years ago I was rarely sewing, unless it was to mend a skirt or put a button back on. I had made a few dolls and plushies and ornamented a few shirts and tote bags. But I was beginning to think of designing my own dolls and stuffed animals. It took two years to get me to do it, even longer to start my Etsy and even longer to get the Etsy up to 4 whole sales. Woot! But you inspired me and continue to inspire me. I made your free Molly Monkey pattern many times over. I will continue to follow your work even if I don’t win because your designs are so whimsically amazing AND your music taste is awesome AND you reference fun things. Rock on, hopefully another 10 years!

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    1. (That above comment is me, I forgot to put my name and email: Dana , dixiesdaisies@gmail.com)

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  96. 10 years ago I was digging my allotment, not yet being a mum, and renovating a little old cottage. So much has changed! Anna@copyqueen.co.uk x

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  97. 10 years ago my now husband and I were planning our wedding and purchasing our first home. I was also going back to school with the hope of becoming a nurse...life had other plans and that never happened. Congratulations on 10 years and your success! I’m a new fan and have been adding lots of your patterns to my project bucket list. MajesticjenkinsATgmailDOTcom

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  98. 10 years ago I started working at Michaels Arts and Craft to earn money for more craft supplies. Still buying supplies and still want to make your 12 Days of Christmas.
    Lestaclittle@yahoo.com

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  99. 10 years ago I had just turned 21, finished undergrad and was considering what I should do next. I don't think I would have guessed I would be where I am now. email: ktwhitelilyATgmailDOTcom

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  100. Wow, ten years ago,I still lived in Maine, my second daughter had just graduated from college, and I was trying to get used to not driving back and forth to her school for field hockey games. That was a HUGE adjustment year, after having been a stay at home mom for so long!!

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  101. Ten years ago this month I was getting ready for my wedding, now I have two girls.
    emmafinlayATgmailDOTcom

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  102. 10 years ago I got my spinning out again, and made lots of pretty yarn. I've been admiring your 12 days series on the feelin stitch blog. They are really nice!

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  103. Congratulations! and hats off to you for sticking with it and all the creations you have put into the world for people like me to enjoy and further share. Ten years ago my daughter was a junior in high school and my son off to college. Since that time both my children have had amazing worldwide adventures including just this past week my son received his doctorate in PT. There have been huge losses, too: both of my parents and several beloved pets. Life is truly a gift and an amazing journey. Thanks for the excuse to look back and bravo again to YOU!!!

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  104. Ten years ago I was making doll clothes, selling them at craft shows, commuting my son to school and had just moved my store to it's current location. No, I wasn't busy at all. Currently am still running the same store, making quilts and working on a total of 12 of your ornaments (8 partridges & 4 pears). Last year I made snow birds. I started a new tradition for my niece, nephew, son and best friend. Every year they get a hand made ornament. I am coming down the home strtch on this set and hope to have them completed by the end of August. Reach me at sarahsgiftnship(at)gmail(dot)com

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  105. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary. Way back when, I also had two girls(which are great) but I was teaching full time and rarely had time for sewing and crafts. But not that they have "flown the coop," and I have a granddaughter that I can take pleasure in because I now have the time. By the way, I also now have gray hair, which in our family comes earlier than with others. I am making for her all those things I never did get to for her mommy and her auntie.

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  106. Congratulations on your ten years! Thanks for making wonderful (and addicting) patterns. Ten years ago I was knee deep in raising our kids and now they are all adults. How did that happen?!!!

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  107. Congratulations!
    Ten years ago, I was just starting my writing and editing business, I had a child who was about to turn 10, and I was living in California.

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  108. Ten years ago I was fortunate to be attending Brown University as a non-traditional-age student.

    amykendall [at] gmail [dot] com

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  109. Happy anniversary! I miss old-school blog giveaways. 10 years ago I was pregnant with my first child and very sick. So, I spent pretty much all day in bed, streaming shows on my laptop and trying not to throw up. :) cltrash at ymail dot com

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  110. Ten years ago I was sewing less but baking more than I am now. eliarendt at Gmail dot com

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  111. Congrats! Ten years ago I was driving my daughter to preschool and trying to find time to sew. Thank you so much for 10 years of inspiration.

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  112. Ten years ago... making the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. When I discovered "mmmcraft" world I fell in love! Marilina

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  113. I've loved and followed your blog for a LONG time. I still make your "kinder, gentler" headband covers every so often (I have quite a collection now ;-)) and your paper illustrations (Red Riding Hood) really inspired me to do some of my own. I have started a 12 Days series of ornaments from your patterns and hope to complete the set...someday.
    Ten years ago, I'd been blogging for a year-- mostly about my garden, but I was starting to put more about my sewing and scrapbooking obsession onto the blog, too (there's only so much you can say about a garden in the winter in IL, haha). I was dabbling in purse making and may have just started my Etsy shop (it evolved from purses sewn from upholstery swatches into custom PhD regalia ornaments...and now it is closed.). I was in graduate school and newly married and had no kids! Wow, that was a fun little trip down memory lane ;-)

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    1. My email is QSOgirl at yahoo.com.
      Many, many congratulations on your 10 year anniversary. Your work is so very lovely, and it's no surprise that you've been so successful! I am very happy for you!! :)

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  114. Ten years ago I was taking care of my grandbabies while their parents traveled. Spending time with them was the most beautiful part of my life. I treasure the memories we made together and will never forget the fun we had together.

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  115. Oops..forgot my email - ruthrberke@yahoo

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  116. What a decade it's been, well done you!

    2008 was my year of travel. There was an insane amount of back and forth between: Canada, USA, U.K. and Switzerland while trying to plan a destination wedding and move back home from North America to Europe!

    I've just bought myself some sticky fabri-solvy so I'm ready to roll! Fingers crossed.

    mailewenique@gmail.com

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  117. Happy 10th-versary! :) I've been following for years and I love your sense of color and design. I'm a fellow homeschooler/graphic designer in the spare seconds and I totally get your need for a creative outlet when you can grab the chance! Keep up the great work!!

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  118. 10 years ago I was wondering if I could work two more years and make it to 20 years of teaching...Now I am wondering if I can work two more years and make it to 30 years!

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  119. 10 years ago I had just had our third child and we moved into a bigger house. It was an exciting and fun year! I have loved your blog for most of the years since then. Thank you!

    Raina@earls.net

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  120. 10 years ago I was getting my daughter ready for her Sophomore year at college and my son ready for his Senior year of high school. I lived in a different town than I do now. I love where I live, but I sometimes wish we lived back in our old house. My daughter is now married and a Mom with one son and another on the way (I'm a Nana!). My son is getting married in October. I just can't believe how fast time is flying by. Happy Anniversary!!!

    Almost forgot my email address: dshaw8789@yahoo.com

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  121. Ten years ago, I was young and crafting like crazy!! Had tons of time to craft! Now not as much! ���� jen-477@hotmail.com

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  122. Ten years ago in August, I was on a trip to Chicago with my husband, mother, and my two homeschooled kids (11 & 14). Two other homeschool families came along for the ride (literally - we took Amtrak from Fort Worth!). A Cubs game, American Girl Place, the Bean, Navy Pier, and museums all packed into three amazing days!

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  123. Wow!! First - Congrats!! Quite the milestone. (Crowd cheering in the background)
    2008 I was struggling to keep my head above water with 2 littles and a new baby, while still managing to find time to neglect my home todo some crafting and sewing. I was also living close to Fayetteville, GA back then. ;) Ahhh, the good ol’ days......
    Mylifebyjess [at] gmail (dot) com

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  124. In 2008 I was a very busy mother of four children under the age of 8! I also worked night shifts as a Registered Nurse. This was what I refer to as the decade of no sleep. The Zombie Era! Congrats on your anniversary!!! Lorrainedwhite@hotmail.com

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  125. Congratulations on the 10th! Cannot wait for the next inspiring 10 :)
    10 years ago, one crazy February morning I decided to reconstruct a house my grandparents have left me. I also swore off men for good. Come summer and I had to invent tricks to keep my golden retriever Rusty from stealing the sandwiches of the constructors (epic fail there!). Also, somehow started flirting with the most handsome guy out there. By the end of the year we moved into our new home.have been together ever since.

    Thank you for asking the question! Our lives have become so fast paced we hardly stop to think what is happening to us, and it was so nice to stop and think about time past. To remember my little sandwich stealing buddy among other things!
    adrispalette at gmail.com

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  126. Yay you for a decade! Ten years ago I had a six month old baby and decided to finally learn to quilt. NO REGRETS!

    Thanks for the review of your past ten years. I found you about five? years ago maybe when I was looking to make a tooth fairy pillow for my now 11 year old.

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  127. 10 years ago I was being made redundant from my first job since leaving school! I was frantically looking for a new job and eventually found a job with the ambulance service and I'm still there! Happy 10th Anniversary your patterns are amazing!!!

    My email: missbettybee@gmx.co.uk

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  128. Congratulations on 10 years! 10 years ago I was living in Nevada, finding little time to craft. Now I'm out of Nevada and crafting a lot! Love your patterns!

    email: mmager99@hotmail.com

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