Friday, April 29, 2011

200 Followers! & a Giveaway




Well, I have to say I was very excited to see that I hit the 200 followers mark. This is a huge accomplishment for me considering I teach small private after school classes. (My blogger friends who teach hundreds of children, you have my utmost respect and regard!!)

I created MaryMaking as a way to keep a log all of my art lessons as well as enjoy the exchange of creative ideas. It has been such a wonderful experience for me, and a constant positive in my life. I have so enjoyed the dialogue with mothers, home schoolers, elementary teachers and art teachers. Thank you all for your comments and questions!

To mark this milestone, I am following the lead of a number of other bloggers with a couple giveaways.

#1.) I Can Cut and Stick and Art Skills , both Usborne books. This 2 book giveaway has art project ideas for preschoolers thru teens and beyond. I am a big fan of Usborne books.

#2.) Kaleidoscope, Ideas and Projects to Spark Your Creatvivity, This is a great book for those of us who need to keep our own creative fires burning beyond children's art lessons. If you like collage, mixed media and the written word, this is for you.

To enter, simply leave a comment with which book(s) you are interested in and a way of contacting you. I will draw the winners on Sunday, May 8.

Lastly, but most importantly, a big thanks to all the children (and of course their parents) who choose to spend a creative afternoon with me each week. You keep me striving to provide art lessons that will teach, entertain and inspire you!

22 comments:

  1. Congrats! I'm a big fan of your blog! I also teach private after school art lessons and I find lots of inspiration from you! I would love the Usborne books. I don't have either one of those yet! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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  2. Congratulations, Mary. I love your blog ideas as well as the way you present them!! (Don't enter me in the drawing -- I'm trying to pare down my supplies!! -- Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts!)

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  3. Your blog is wonderful! There is always something interesting going on. I would love any of the books, but in particular the Kaleidoscope one.

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  4. I am very impressed with the quality of the projects you and your students have been producing. I too started out doing private lessons when I first started my blog. I would love the Usborne books. They are a great resource and I can always use more of those!(One reason I read your blog!)

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  5. I check out your blog regularly and am inspired by so many of your ideas. The Usborne books would be a great addition to my resources. ~Sylvia

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  6. I love this site. As a new teacher (just started in Feb.) I use your site as inspiration when creating my own lessons. Congrats on your 200 followers!
    I would LOVE either of the Usborne books. I've heard great things about the Art Skills one and I think it would be very helpful to a new, still finding her way, art teacher.

    stephanie.jordan@gmail.com

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  7. Congratulations! it isn't easy to gain followers. It's a true testament to your hard work and creative ideas. I've been hearing a lot about these Usborne books this year. You'd think after all these years teaching art they would be in my personal library.

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  8. Congratulations to a talented art teacher.
    I will add my name to the list of the art teachers that enjoy and appreciate the quality of your blog.

    A big Bravo for hitting 200!
    (Don't enter me in the drawing,I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the quality of your work.)

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  9. I would love the 2 Usborne books as I am not as talented in the art department as you! I think your site is amazing and it has gotten me through some rough spots in the past few weeks. Congrats on hitting 200!

    pinksmyink@gmail.com

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  10. Your blog is an inspiration both for my own personal art endeavors and in teaching. Congratulations on reaching 200 followers!

    I would love the Kaleidosoope book, thanks for the opportunity!

    Tina -- zoogarden36@hotmail.com

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  11. Your blog really does have super creative ideas on it. Thanks for your art/ed contributions to the blog-sphere! The kaleidoscope book looks awesome.
    Tara-artmuse67@gmail.com

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  12. Great job on hitting 200 followers...how exciting. I love how blogging allows for an easy way to connect with other are teachers :)

    Please put me in the drawing for the Kaleidoscope books. Thanks!
    http://herdabbles.blogspot.com/

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  13. Congrats, Mary! That's awesome! I think I would like either one, but the Kaleidoscope book is probably at the top of the list. :)

    vanessa

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  14. Congrats Mary, now we're both at (actually over) 200!! Like Fine Lines, I'm paring down my stuff too, so I don't want to be entered in the drawing, just wanted to say congratulations.

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  15. I have just started teaching art to preschool and primary school children and I already have one usborne book so another to add to my growing collection would be fabulous.

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  16. I would be happy with either set!! I am a new follower and a preschool art teacher! Love your blog. I have a kids art linky party on Mondays that I would love if you entered called Made by Little Hands! Also, I just reached 400 followers late last week and I am also holding a giveaway on my blog, but it ends tonight! I would love if you entered!!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  17. Congratulations! I really appreciate being part of your blog list - I receive a lot of visitors through your link. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas so please consider me for any of the books. Keep up the good work...

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  18. Congratulations! 200 followers (and 3 as of when I am typing this) is so inspiring to know that we love what you do! Keep it up!

    I would be happy having any book to add to my collection : )

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  19. Both are great, but the I can Cut and Stick looks adorable! Thanks for a great blog!

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  20. Congratulations on 200, Mary. For a moment I thought you were giving away your doggie. (Jusssst Kidding).
    I love your blog and come by every post to see what's new. I love what you're doing. Keep going Mary because we all get tons of good ideas here.
    Barb

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  21. Congratulations and THANK YOU for the wonderful blog! I am a first year teacher and your site has been a life saver as I've worked on building a comprehensive collection of lessons. I would love the Usborne books for my classroom. Thank you again for all your work!
    Megan

    pankucme@yahoo.com

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  22. Mary, this is a great idea! I will have to do this soon on my blog! I would love any of the books...anything to generate ideas is a blessing! Thank you!!!

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