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The Art Of Wild Abandonment Bloghop

A BIG HUGE WELCOME to ‘The Art of Wild Abandonment Bloghop’, brought to you by a selection of bloggers from the wonderful online course ran by the inspirational Christy Tomlinson and Junelle Jacobsen. When I first brought up the idea of a bloghop I was a little nervous as I had nooo idea of the amazing response this would receive. I am so pleased that so many of you wanted to join in the fun and have come along today!

This workshop has really taught me to step back and look at the beauty and the potential to create and be inspired by the world which is right upon my doorstep…both inside and out.

We have an utterly FANTASTIC lineup for you, with over 50 blogs all sharing some fabulous creations from Journal Pages to Watercoloring, Mixed Media and More. All of this work has been inspired by the wonderful things we learnt from Junelle and Christy throughout our workshop. As you will see this really has been such an inspirational workshop for so many of us. For me, it really changed my creative process and is THE BEST online workshop I have yet taken (and there’s been a lot!!!!) ….just waiting for the follow-up now Junelle – hint, hint!!!! ūüėČ

I never go anywhere without my sketchbook now, I’m always looking to capture the simple everyday moments as life passes by. Never worrying what the finished article may be, I’m just enjoying the moment…me and my pencil…pure bliss.

To follow along the Bloghop is easy, all you need to do is follow the links from one Blog Post to the next. You’re starting point is here at www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com and if at anytime you come across a broken link or lose where you are, just pop back here and refer to the complete running order posted below. You should then be able to find the correct link to the blog you are looking for and get back on track. Along the way, don’t forget to leave a comment on all of the lovely blogs you visit. I have a prize up for grabs of 3 PanPastels, which has been kindly donated by UK based retailer Creative Moments and can be posted anywhere in the world! The winner will be chosen randomly from all the comments left on any of the blogs on the bloghop from now until 11:59pm BST on Sunday 6th May 2012, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you will have to win! I will post the winners name/comment here at www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com on Monday, so make sure you pop back to see if you’ve won and to claim your prize!

Now, you’ve probably heard enough from me, so let’s get the fun underway and start hopping!!!! The first blog I am sending you over to is ‘My Scraptastic World’ which is the fabulous blog of Angie Ibbott Blom…..I can’t wait to see what she’s been upto! Happy Blog Hopping everyone!

‘The Art Of Wild Abandonment Bloghop’

Claire Smillie https://clairesmillie.wordpress.com/

 Angie Ibbott Blom http://angieblomdesigns.blogspot.ca/

 Tracy Cedara Dunn www.thrutheatticdoor.com

 Kay Boespflug http://www.nordljusfollowyourstar.blogspot.com/

 Marsa Fisher http://www.gcstampingirl.blogspot.com/

 MotherDanaSt John http://www.stjohnstudios.wordpress.com/

Janice Richie www.janrichie.com

 Torri-Curtus Burtenshaw http://www.grumpydogsworld.blogspot.com/

 Susan Thomas http://www.mywritings-ariel.blogspot.com/

 Cheri Andrews www.cheriandrews.blogspot.com

 Jenna Alexander http://www.prairiemountainlife.blogspot.ca/

 Christine Piazza http://www.cmcscrap.blogspot.com/

 Chrissy DiMaria Farnan www.myhootdesigns.com

 Maria Levine http://www.riacreations.blogspot.com/

 Stephanie Schutze http://www.scrapmanufaktur.blogspot.com/

 Jan Chau http://noodlita.tumblr.com/

 Becky Voth http://www.scrapateenygirls.blogspot.com/

 Valerie Herbert http://www.valsartstudio.blogspot.com

 Valerie Weller http://www.twig2neststudio.blogspot.com

 Gina Lee Kim http://ginaleekim.blogspot.com/

 Kimberly Sturrup Roberts http://www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com

 Rebekah Farr http://www.bekahjan.com

 Michelle Daigle http://www.thepaperdog.blogspot.com/

 Joanne Freeman http://sjjtst.blogspot.com.au/

 Vicki Robinson www.greeneyedladydesigns.com

 Carin Cullen http://createdwithlove.typepad.com/lifeasweknowit

 Judy Hardwick www.bepresentbereal.blogspot.com

 Jeanie Dickinson http://jeaniesdesigns.blogspot.com/

 Kim Gigot Stanford http://www.lularoo.blogspot.com/

 Kelly N James Webb www.mypunksmom.com

 Donna Peter http://orangalicious1.blogspot.ca/

Michelle Little Smith www.gingodesigns.blogspot.com 

Karen Maldonado www.reallifeinpictures.blogspot.com 

Stephanie Ward Frisby www.lilnefie.blogspot.com 

Sheryl Callan Meilahn http://sherrae-paperpatterns.blogspot.com/ 

Ulrika Blomfelt www.lillblommanskapar.blogspot.com 

Olga Valls Bassa http://muasdcolorines.blogspot.com.es/ 

Deborah Suriano Mahnken http://fishbowl.typepad.com/ 

Ingrid Opgenhoff http://ingridsart65.blogspot.de/ 

Esperanza Beltran http://esperanzabeltran.blogspot.com/ 

Becky Lesher Grundei http://beckythoughtsncomments.blogspot.com/ 

Marilyn Johnson www.marilynjohnson.blogspot.com 

Becky Handforth www.becky.handforth.blogspot.com 

Dolores Raml http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/ 

Ashley Summerlin Murphy http://ashleysartcloset.blogspot.com/ 

Goog Guarino http://journeyofamermaid.blogspot.com/ 

Becky Thomas Lane http://hillcountryliving.blogspot.com/ 

Sherry L Coogan http://myfavoritethings-slc.blogspot.com/ 

Meagan Boone http://myjoyfulartstudio.blogspot.com/ 

Fran Pascazio http://kindredspiritspartdeux.blogspot.com/ 

Paty Shaulis http://flyinthecoffeart.blogspot.com/ 

Julia Monroe www.allsparkledup.com 

Janet Terrien Bracewell http://janetb-designs.blogspot.com/p/art-and-journals.html

Jodiann Cates http://jodianncates.com/

Ann-Margaret Arnold http://www.annmargaretsvisions.com/

Linda Barutha http://livelaughloveretreats.com

Margaret Stewart http://piecesofmyheart-ladyquiltsalot.blogspot.ca/

Kelly Hoernig http://www.artfuldandelion.blogspot.com

Camilla Olsson www.bitznpicez.wordpress.com

37 responses

  1. thank you for organizing this blog hop Claire and I love, love, love the photo of the crab apple tree!

    May 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

  2. So fun to do this.

    Discovered a broken link at MotherDanaSt John http://www.stjohnstudios.wordpress.com/ the next dosnet workt. Notified in here blog as well.

    May 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

  3. Love your nest sketch. Thanks for sharing how this class has inspired you. And of course thankyou for organising this wonderful bloghop for us all to enjoy. I would give you a hug if I could :). Love Jo

    May 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

  4. Carin

    Claire, thank you so much for arranging this blog hop! And I agree, I don’t go anywhere without my sketchbook now. I love that they’ve made us look at the world in a completely different manner. Thanks again, hun!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

  5. Thank you Claire for organizing this Bloghop. I love your sketch of the nest.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

  6. All your effort in this undertaking is so amazing! I am really new to this blogging thing and created my blog for just this event. I apologize now for any problems that my come about when trying to access my blog….I’ll get this blog thing straight eventually. In the meantime, I am going to start hopping along…..thanks, again, Claire…..

    May 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  7. How fun Claire. I love my sketch books too. I think I have one in every room of my house! Your nest is just adorable and the photo of the crab apple tree is gorgeous. Thanks for getting us all together on this journey! ūüôā

    May 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  8. Thanks for organizing the hop Claire! Now off to see everyone’s art!

    May 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  9. Claire, Thanks so much for organizing this event! What an your words and sketches are a true inspiration.

    May 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  10. thank you! thank you! for organizing this blog hop!!!

    May 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  11. Christine Armstrong

    I’m not a blogger, but so excited to make my way through the 50 bloggers that participated in this blog hop. I also found this course amazingly inspirational and similar to you, it has changed my approach to creating.

    May 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  12. Sierra

    Thanks for organizing this bloghop, what a great idea!! ūüôā

    May 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

  13. Jenna

    Thanks So much for setting this up! Its awesome. even my 15 year old thinks so!

    May 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

  14. Torri Burtenshaw

    Oh Claire this is so exciting!! Thanks so much for doing this. Love your nest, it is so fun. I also love your blossom picture. So much contrast with the building behind. I love it!!!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  15. Thank you Claire for organizing the blog hop! It’s my first one ever so hopefully I did everything okay on my blog. And love the nest!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  16. lovely!!

    May 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  17. What a beautiful tree and fantastic nest sketch! I have really enjoyed the prompt to draw in this class too :0)

    May 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  18. nordljusart

    Thank you so much for organising the blog hop! It’s such great fun to see how everyone got inspired by the workshop. Great nest sketch!

    May 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  19. Val

    Claire, I can’t thank you enough for organizing the bloghop. It’s a beautiful end to a class filled with fun, courage, beautiful people, and artistic mayhem! I’ve loved meeting you all, and the connections we’ve shared. I also love that you are taking your sketchbook wherever you go. Good going, girl…. Now, on to the hop!
    x, Val

    May 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  20. Ingrid

    Thank you for all what you have done for us. Danke f√ľr die viele Arbeit und die tolle Idee!

    May 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm

  21. Claire, you have done a most amazing job getting all of this organized! Thank you so much as well for the incredible inspiration!
    xoxo MotherDana

    May 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  22. I can”t wait to continue on my journey! This is so much fun. I just started the workshop so I’m not even to the second week yet. I’m absolutely LOVING this workshop. Thanks so much for developing the idea for this blog hop!

    May 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  23. This is so exciting! My first bloghop! Thanks so much for hosting this!
    Oh, and I love your little sketchy nest…so cozy looking!

    May 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm

  24. LOVE the nest ūüôā thankyou for hosting the Hop, looking forward to what everyone has created!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  25. BarbaraH

    Thank you for spending the time to put all this together for us. Jumping kright in.

    May 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  26. Junelle is my lovely photography friend from my 52 walks in 2010 flickr group-what talent that lady has!!

    May 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

  27. Claire, I love your little nest. Thank you so much for getting this blog hop all set up, I’m just starting to look but I know I will be inspired by all the beautiful works of art.
    Thanks too for the chance to win the Pan Pastels.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

  28. Claire – Thanks for organizing this event! I love your nest!

    May 6, 2012 at 12:56 am

  29. Just coming back to tell you what a blessing it’s been today to spend time with all the bloggers sharing on this blog hop! What an inspiration today has been, Thank you so much for putting this idea together… it’s been a blast!

    May 6, 2012 at 2:53 am

  30. Thanks for organizing! It’s been a wonderful class and sisterhood!

    May 6, 2012 at 3:04 am

  31. Thanks so much for organizing this Claire! Love yor sketch!

    May 6, 2012 at 3:35 am

  32. Paty Shaulis

    Thank you for all the hard work you did organizing this bloghop Claire! I am just now starting because I had family from out of town. I will visit a few tonight, then the rest tomorrow with a good cup of coffee. Wow, I can’t believe you will tally the comments left on all the blogs. Your amazing effort is so appreciated! Beautiful picture on your blog, by the way and I love your sketch of the nest!

    May 6, 2012 at 4:15 am

  33. Janet Bracewell

    Claire, thank you so much for organizing this bloghop! I’m finally getting started on my way — and i intend to savor each stop! This is a totally perfect way to cap off this class (I’m not going to say end, because I really don’t want it to end). Loved seeing your nest sketch!

    May 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

  34. Thanks so much for all you put into setting this up, and for you patience with me yesterday when mine didn’t load on time! Love that quilt blocks are your comment icons!

    May 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  35. Deborah Mahnken

    Thanks so much for organizing the hop! Love the sketches – you have a wonderful blog ūüôā

    May 7, 2012 at 2:08 am

  36. Ann-Margaret {www.AnnMargaretsVisions.com}

    Claire, thank you so much for organizing this creative bloghop! It has been such fun to be a part of this, and I am still enjoying hopping to all the blogs!! I’m so happy you planned this for all of us…such a great way to visit each other and share some of our creations! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog; I truly appreciate them!! And, they added such sunshine to my day…I do love photography so I have the best time taking photos of all the things around me that offer such fun inspiration! Hugs to you…so happy to know you!!

    May 7, 2012 at 4:32 am

  37. studio29eleven

    I found this blog hop today via Judy Harwick http://www.bepresentbereal.blogspot.com/ on FB group: Alabama Scrappers. Better late than never…I’m excited to see what great sites ahead in the hop. Thanks for organizing & love your designs!

    May 16, 2012 at 2:39 am

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