Monday, April 27, 2009

Artful Blogging

I had a lovely surprise last week when I found the latest issue of Artful Blogging in my mailbox. They have a feature in each issue called "Banners We Love." Guess what??? They love my banner!!

I came up with my blog name, Maude and Mozart, because I love stories. I made up this lady named Maude (I really love that name) and she was a woman who loved the music of Mozart (so do I, imagine that?). I really can't explain it more than that. I just liked it. Later I found the picture of Maude you see in the banner. The photograph was in an antique shop and it just screamed out to me that this was The Maude! I plan on framing that picture and putting it in my craft room someday.

The most important thing you need to know about my banner is that it was designed by Heather Simpson-Bluhm. She is simply a genius in the world of banner design. If I was wealthy I would have her come up with banners every month for me. You just tell her what you like and BAMM she comes up with something beautiful. Here is a link to Heather's designs business in case you want to work with her. She has very reasonable prices!
In honor of my good fortune at having my banner selected; I would love to have a giveaway of the previous issue of Artful Blogging. The extra special part of this magazine is that Diane Duda's blog is featured in this magazine! I tell you I almost cried when I read the article. I have been a big fan of Diane's for years and it great to see her flying high! Here is a link to Diane's blog, Duda Daze. If you have not seen her art; don't wait; go look at it now!

I will draw a name on Friday night after work. This will give me something to look forward to all week. Just leave me a comment on this post to enter.

EDITED TO ADD THE NAME OF THE WINNER: I had Mike pick a number between 1 and 15 and the winner is........CATHY R.!!!!!!!!!! Sorry it took past Friday night to post the winner; I should know to never commit to anything on a Friday night as I am always pooped!

17 comments:

beth said...

congrats to you and heather...there's nothing better than having something of "yours" in a magazine or a book !!!

Patti said...

Yay for you (and Heather)!! Go Laura...go Laura!!! How cool to have something of yours in the magazine...definately a goal of mine- someday! Hope your week is going well!

Ranae said...

How fun is that!
Congrats!!

Linda McClain said...

Congratulations on getting your banner published - very cool! Thanks, too, for visiting our blog tour this week and leaving me such a sweet comment.

Barb said...

I love everything about your blog. I was wondering if you had designed the banner, so now I know your secret! Your vintage photos are wonderful.

Have you seen this blog?

howtomakeanamericansampler.blogspot.com

I thought you might be interested in it.

Diane Duda said...

Congratulations to both you and Heather. I do love your banner!
Don't enter me, of course, just wanted to stop by and say thanks for mentioning me. Now we have something else in common. :)
xo
di

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! How exciting! I also love Diane Duda's work!!!!!!

SarahSmiles

Vickie said...

Your banner is great! I'm admire Diane Duda. Her art is so fun. I would love to win the Artful Blogging with her featured in it.

Denise said...

Congrats on having your banner chosen. How wonderful. And for you to link Diane was also great (that's how I got here but I'll be back!)
Love exploring new blogs :-)
Have a great day.

Cathy Roginela said...

Congratulations! You do have a great banner and a great blog! Hope to see you Tuesday!

canngil said...

I love Duda Daze too!!

K said...

I just found your blog via Duda Daze's and it's already in my Feedreader :) Congratulations for being mentioned in a magazine! Looking forward to your "book posts".

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Oh I can see why the loved your banner , it is gorgeous! I just came to visit you via Dianes and must say I love your blog, it has a nice feel to it ans anyone who likes Bach, blogging, Marie and reading a good book, sound like my kind of person. I shall be back to visit again and if I should happen to win (please please) I will happily pay for the postage to Australia...I would love this magazine!
Kiss Noises Linda

Nicole said...

Congrats on being listed in the Magazine. I love that magazine and always browse through it when I'm in Barnes and Noble.

Jeanie said...

I saw that! I might have emailed you about it, I can't remember. But I held up the magazine and showed Rick and said, "She's one of my blog buddies," very proud!

Relyn said...

Laura, I am squeeling for you!!! How excited to be featured in such a marvelous publication. How like you to immediately give the credit away. I've been wondering about Maude. (I love that old fashioned name,too, by the way.) I'm glad to know the name behind this terrific blog. Thinking of you, my friend.

Cathy Roginela said...

Yea! What a wonderful surprise when you came to the shop and told me I was winner! I can't believe I missed that one when reading your blog earlier. Thank you, thank you! I know I will thoroughly enjoy each minute pouring over the magazine and the bonus cross stitch mags too!