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Inspiring Friends of 2013

by Amy Bowerman

As I look back on 2013 I realize that I have accomplished so much.  Everything I wanted to do I DID.  That being said I could never have done any of it without all of you my dear readers and friends.  I’m not going to do a “Best of 2013” wrap up with my most popular posts.  Instead I want to do a Thank-you post for the wonderful people I have met this past year (this includes YOU :)) and show you the projects that were inspired by them.

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This is my version of an inspirational Calendar, an uplifting look back at the past 12 months and the inspiring friends I’ve made without whom these projects would cease to be.


In the beginning of 2013 I made it my New Years Resolution to grow as an Artist by exploring new things, taking classes, learning new techniques and going outside of my comfort zone.  I accomplished this goal by taking classes with Marjie Kemper.

The Weepies "Humming Bird" Art Journal Page | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk #Dylusions #Tutorial

Hummingbird Art Journal

Marjie is an incredible teacher and I have learned so much from her and her colorful style. She helped me take my art journaling and artistic style in general to new heights.   I accomplished my goal of artistic growth and then some.  I will be teaching my first class at CHA next week and embarking on a teaching tour this spring.  Thanks Marjie!



This project was very popular on Plucking Daisies this year but that isn’t why I have Included it.  Because of this project I met some great friends who continue to inspire me with their amazing creativity and keep my creative mojo going with their thoughtful comments.

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How to make Watercolor Paper Flowers

Thank-you so much for the artful inspiration and friendship across the miles Anita Houston (Artful Maven),  Anne Redfern (Redanne), Jenny “Buttons” Marples (Pushing the Right Buttons), Dee in NH, and Linda the Funkie Junkie who keeps me well stocked with creative supplies!




The month of March goes to the  ladies behind  Blueprint Social.  They  took a chance on a small blogger back in 2012 by including me in my first campaign which resulted in my being published for the first time!  This year I created one of my largest Paper flower arrangements to date for a campaign with Darice and David Tutera Bridal.

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DIY Paper Flower Centerpiece

Thank you Amy Anderson (Mod Podge Rocks), Heather Mann (Dollar Store Crafts) and Carissa Bonham (Creative Green Living)!



This Thank-you goes to someone I knew well before April, but April was the month I got to meet her IRL even though it felt like I’ve known her forever!  To my friend and mentor Johnnie Lanier of Saved by Love Creations I give the most Mahoosive thank-you of all for without her I wouldn’t be half the blogger I am today!

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Instagram Apps to Enhance Your Photos

Girl thanks for talking me off the ledge countless times, from throwing in the blogging towel, keeping me laughing, sharing your knowledge and most importantly being a great friend.  Oh and also for that time I tried to be “tech savvy” and accidentally deleted all my thumbnails that you had to fix even though you were super busy.



To my Little Man who helped me create some of my most popular posts this year by “Lending a Hand”.

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Mother’s Day Handprint Charms

You always tell me I’m “The Greatest Artist EVER”  well, I’m telling you I am the Luckiest Mom EVER!



To my son’s 1st Grade Teacher who encouraged me on and offline.  My best work is always created when making art for someone special.  This piece was created for a very special teacher indeed!

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 Dr. Seuss Thumbprint Tree

PS  Thanks for proving to me that people outside of the Craft community ACTUALLY read this blog :)


The month of July was one of the highlights of my year and I owe it all to Eileen Hull!  Because of her my longtime dream of attending the CHA show aka “Wonka’s Chocolate factory for crafters” became a reality!  Not only did I get to attend, I was demoing in the Sizzix booth…wow!

Cherished, a new Sizzix collection by Eileen Hull

CHA Show 2013

We’ve since formed a great friendship and have even started an artistic movement with The Artists on the Block.   We’ll be returning to CHA next week to teach a class and launch the ATB movement.  Big things are in store for 2014!  Thanks so much Eileen!


After returning from CHA I felt like I had the inside track on all the latest and greatest products.  I wrote a review on one of my favorite products seen at CHA Distress Glitter.  This review got mad love from Ranger Ink which meant a lot to me since as you all may have guessed I’m a HUGE Ranger ink fan :)

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Distress Glitter Review

Thanks Ranger Ink for all the Glitter love and shout outs…you made my year and my projects super sparkly!



For the month of September and pretty much every month since I started this blog I have to thank my Sister and Brother-in-law for putting up with kitschy Gnome gifts.  They graciously except glittered, mod podged, fabric paint t-shirts and more Gnome art for the sake of this blog.

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I know you guys hate gnomes but they must be growing on you by now right?  In any event my friends and fans here at Plucking Daisies LOVE the gnomes so be ready, more gnomes are coming your way in 2014 :)



In October I had the amazing opportunity to attend Art Is You in Stamford, CT.  While I was there I got to spend some time with the incredibly talented ladies of Stencil Girl!

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All About Stencil Girl

Eileen and I have since collaborated with the Stencil Girl Gals on The Artist’s on the Block and the creative fireworks that went off lead me to believe that our meeting was destiny!  Looking forward to working with Stencil Girl in 2014!



My Skylanders Party Post have by far been the most popular posts EVER on Plucking Daisies.

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Ultimate list of Skylanders Party Ideas

Here’s to the “Party Animals” out there.  This thank-you goes out to all the Moms  who emailed , commented and linked back  to the Skylanders Party Posts.  Your kind words made my day on many occasions and provided endless encouragement for me to keep doing what I do.  Thank-you!



My December post was actually a post from 2012.  However, I retook the photo with a DSLR camera which gave new life to a forgotten project.  These bottle brush trees were my most pinned project of 2013.

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How to Dye and Decorate Bottle Brush Trees

They were also published in Altered Arts Magazine and featured on Dollar Store Crafts!  What a way to end the year!

Big thanks to all of you for supporting Plucking Daisies by visiting, commenting and sharing.  I wish you all the best in 2014!

Happy New Year!


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1 Buttons January 9, 2014 at 2:31 am

WOW!! Amy, I am so honoured to have been included on this illustrious list and thrilled to have in some way returned the favour on the inspiration front. I love following what you are up to and cherish the advice and guidance you share with everyone. 2014 will undoubtedly be a fantastic year for you – enjoy! Jenny xxx
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2 Shauna December 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi doll! I only discovered you and your sparkly talent recently but right away you gave me encouragement in starting my own blog, which I am working on – thank you! I’m a great believer in “there is no lack” so whatever we share doesn’t take anything away from us it only brings about increase for everyone! You are the epitome of that concept, which is one reason why things are really opening up for you now. – And just wait until you see 2014! Many blessings to you and yours!


3 Anita Houston December 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm

What a wonderful sweet sweet post! Your shines so bright, and I am inspired by you too! Thank you for the friendship, and I look forward to many more great times with you!!!!


4 Eileen Hull December 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Amy it has been quite the year! What a great blog post and summary of a busy and successful year. Looking foward to 2014 and more adventures :-)


5 Anne Rx December 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

Wow Amy, what a fabulous run down! You are a fantastically talented lady and I am thrilled that you have included me in your thanks, along with some of my other favourite crafters, that was so lovely and thoughtful of you. I am totally inspired by YOU, your craft ideas are so diverse and original. I love to see your name pop up in my reader because it means I am in for a treat. I look forward to being inspired throughout 2014. Happy New Year to you too! Hugs, Anne x
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6 Dee in NH December 31, 2013 at 11:46 am

And a huge thank you going out to you for all the fun and beautiful things you share with us!!! I always feel happy when I visit your blog! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us during the new year. Stay warm and safe tonight.


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