A couple of months ago I emailed Connie Porcher to ask if she needed more pics of my work for the upcoming Fall issue of Celebrate 365. Speaking of which, (shameless plug) you can purchase a subscription or individual copies from Connie on her website.
Admittedly, I was nervous about emailing - because I don't like to bug people or push my art on them.
It's a good thing I did send an email because I was then given the opportunity to design a front and/or back cover for Celebrate 365.
If you knew me or could see me (in real life), you'd know that I was sitting in front the computer reading the email (most people do!) and then I stood up abruptly ~ I proceeded to get really excited, and also very nervous and shaky. Okay, okay... I was freaking out! The prospect of designing anything good enough for a magazine is a daunting task. It was thrilling (to say the least), but it was also very scary!
I got over my fear and quickly started designing... let's just say that the graphics I first drew for the cover will not be seen here :) Apart from my family only one person saw the rough sketch, she knows who she is. She liked it, so I proceeded.
In the end, I submitted a handful of options to Connie, not knowing if any of them would be chosen. I hoped, but I was not counting my chickens.
Then a few few weeks ago, much to my surprise I was emailed proofs of the covers. I was elated, giddy, over joyed etc. etc. (to say the least) and I was bursting with pride. I couldn't believe it. It' still sinking in.
The rush of emotions still have not passed. I am dying to get my hands on the printed issue. I am truly very thankful for the opportunity. It was an honor to have been asked and even more so to have my work chosen for a magazine such as Celebrate 365.
I also feel incredibly lucky to have my work shown alongside that of my friends and fellow EHAG members ~ Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art, Candace Navarrete of Howling Moon Designs, Johanna Parker of Johanna Parker Designs, Robert Brawley, he's The Halloween Fanatic (he really is!), Nancy Malay of Victorian Whimsies, Kristen Beason of Kristen Beason Designs, Carrie Murtha of The SnipPets, David Everett of Chicken Lips, Arbutus Hunter of Arbutus Hunter Novelties and Illuminations and last but not least Jorge De Rojas of HohoHalloween. (Links to each of these amazing people are on my sidebar.)
Thank you Connie, I know I've said it before... but really, THANK YOU!!! ~ Lori