There has been a lot that has gone on this past week and I felt it was time to make some necessary changes to Made Especially For You. I'm going to try and be as brief as I can but I hope you can handle reading my babbling. :)
Over this past summer I took on the hefty challenge of being on 8 design teams while managing one of my own. It was definitely fun, but a lot of work! When the semester began in August (I'm studying to become an elementary school teacher) I decided to resign from a few of the teams so that I could focus on school and not having to meet so many deadlines. Recently, one of the design teams I chose to stay on, My Cricut Craft Room, began to have some issues and I did not comfortable being part of a team that completely misrepresented a blog, store, and business, and so I decided to resign. It is with this resignation that I decided to make some changes to my own blog and crafty life.
For starters, as some of you may have noticed, my blog got a complete makeover! Thanks to Stacy from Vampire Crafts. :) I was on planning on publishing the makeover at the start of the new year but decided not to wait since I was too excited, lol! Plus it fits in nicely with the upcoming changes. :)
Aside from running the MEFY challenges and my other challenge blog, Red Carpet Studio, I actually only serve on one design team, and that is the Go Fish Challenge Blog. I love their challenges and will continue to serve on their team until my term expires at the end of December. After that my crafty attention will be focused on managing my challenge blog and creating for FUN. After being on so many design teams (which has been such an awesome experience) I realize I missed creating projects for fun and being able to enter other challenges, since having to create so many DT projects left no time for other projects. I'm really looking forward to being able to craft for fun and to play along in other challenge blogs for the first time!
I should also mention that as of the week before Christmas Made Especially For You will no longer be hosting weekly challenges. Up until then, though, we will continue with our regular challenges and prizes. :) I started hosting challenges to get a feel for what it would be like to run a challenge blog and since I've found that I really enjoy it, I started Red Carpet Studio, also earlier than planned. I am sad about ending the challenges but am also excited to give my blog a more personal feel like it had when I started it a year and a half ago. Having one less DT to manage will also give me more time to stop by and comment on all of YOUR blogs, which I am very happy about. :) With my hectic schedule I hardly have time to comment on your blogs and feel terrible about it, so that is going to change. :)
For those of you who have entered my 600 follower giveaway (if you haven't and would like to - click the picture on the left hand sidebar to enter) I will be adding some more items to the bundle (yay!) and posting updated photos of what's included, hopefully this week! I am so thankful for all of my followers !
Thank you for bearing with me! With the holidays coming up I have some projects I am planning to make and can't wait to share with you now that I have the time! If you leave a comment on this post I promise I will leave a comment on your blog's too (that's not a bribe, I promise :) - it's one of my new rules as a Blogger. Everyone deserves some commenting love!
Have a great day!