Thursday, December 26, 2013

Exciting News - Albert Lea Magazine - Cover Girl!!

Hello blogging friends!  Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?  I sure hope so!  We had a really great Christmas.  A good time spent with family, beautiful Christmas music at church, lots of yummy food and great presents.  

A few weeks ago I told you that I had a surprise and I couldn't wait to share it--well today is the day!

As a lot of you know I am from Minnesota and we have a local magazine that comes out bi-monthly.  Guess who is one of the features for the Jan/Feb 2014 issue?  Not only that but guess who the Cover Girl is?


I was so excited when they called to see if they could interview me.  Drew Claussen is one of the contributing writers for the Albert Lea Magazine and he is the one who came over to do the interview.  The photographer is Brandi Hagen.  She is so fun and did a wonderful job on all of the photos!  A couple of weeks after the interview and photos I received a call from Brandi and she was wondering if we could do another photo shot because to my surprise they wanted to put me on the cover!  I thought maybe it would be a picture of my studio on the cover and she said no we want You on the cover! 


Drew did a fantastic job on the article.  I also have to say a huge Thank You to my aunt Gail because she went down to the newspaper and told them about me and what I do.  She was hoping that at some point they would maybe do a newspaper article on me but better yet I was picked as a feature for the Albert Lea Magazine!  If it wasn't for her I am sure this wouldn't have been possible!  I am sure other designers will totally understand when I said a lot of people have no clue what I do as a designer.  So many times people will say--Oh you like to do arts and crafts, right?  I just smile and say yes I do LOL!  But like the title of the story says--it's More than just a hobby.  I have been truly blessed to work with some of the most amazing companies in the crafting industry and I am very grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities I have had through the years!!



I have a few copies of the magazine to giveaway so if you would like a chance to receive one of the magazines leave a comment below and I will do a drawing a week from today.  So you have until midnight (CST) on January 2nd to leave a comment.  Please be sure to leave a link back to a blog or an email--some way for me to reach you if I draw your name.  You will also be able to view/read the magazine online if you would like.  Once the link to the magazine is live I will post it.

If you live in Southern MN or Northern IA the Albert Lea Magazine is available in many different locations around the area so you can pick up your free copy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my exciting news with all of you!

Hugs & Smiles,
Heidi




48 comments:

  1. Huge Congrats! to you Heidi! How exciting and how very well deserved!

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  2. How wonderful Heidi. Congratulations!! The cover looks great. What an honor. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!

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  3. What an honor. Kudos to you Heidi. I follow your blog and look forward every day to see it, love your artistic mind. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. congrats, now that your a celebrity in you own area, watch out, they'll see you coming.

    just a quick little funny ... one of my friends does a weekly spot on the noontime news highlighting adoptable animals from the shelter. we were out to dinner in a nice steak house and this woman followed us into the bathroom calling my friends name because she wanted to meet her. I knew she was a "star" but really. watch out.

    so glad you got a chance to have an article and be the cover girl. it's such an honor. kudos to your aunt for sparking their interest.

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  5. woooofrikkenhooo!!! Big congrats to you, my sweet friend! You look absolutely beautiful on the cover!!

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  6. Congratulations Heidi! Your work is wonderful and this is a well-deserved acknowledgement of that.

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  7. Congratulations Heidi! Your work is wonderful and this is a well-deserved acknowledgement of that.

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  8. You go cover girl! So proud of you. Woohoo!!!!!!

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  9. Wow they couldn't have chosen a better artist/designer. Your projects are one-of-a-kind and spectacular. I'm so thankful to have seen your work some time back and found your blog. You truly are an inspiration. Congratulations Heidi!!!! Wish you the very best in the coming year. Cyndie

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  10. What exciting news! Congrats on being a cover girl. This is a much deserved honor. Your work is awesome.

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  11. Another Minnesota Gal!!! Way to go!!! Let's here it for Minnesota! Congratulations! Although I am also from Minnesota, I am not in the surrounding area and would love to win a copy of the magazine!

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  12. Heidi CONGRATS!
    This is really GREAT!

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  13. Wow! Congratulations, I love your style, you certainly put your heart into your artwork!
    Lorraine Gall

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  14. How exciting and
    fun for you!
    Congrats.
    Carla from Utah

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  15. Congratulations!!! How exciting and what a wonderful Aunt you have to suggest you to the magazine! It would be an honor to receive the magazine and read about ALL your wonderful talents, and to see the beautiful pictures. Relish in your glory, you deserve it!
    Your blog is on my top 5 list of daily checks.

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  16. Congrats Heidi - I have been a fan of yours for years! Can't wait to read the article online!

    You are going to autograph that magazine, right? :)

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  17. WOW! Look at that spread - what a great article full of inspiration!! SO PROUD OF YOU, sweet & TALENTED friend xo

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  18. Good for you! You go,girl! I grew up south of Rochester on a farm east of Stewartville. Almost neighbors. LOL! I still have relatives in Red Wing (daughter and family) and Zumbrota (brother). I now live in the Charlotte, NC area but get back to MN 1-2 times a year. (gotta see those granddaughters:))
    I would love to read your article. Is there a website that I could go to to see it?
    Congratulations! I enjoy your blog! Happy New Year!

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  19. Congrats cover girl! Like Mary, I also grew up near Rochester an I have family in Albert Lea. So proud of our "local girl" hitting the big time, lol!!
    Keep up the amazing work. Your an inspiration!

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  20. What an honor! I don't know how you kept such a huge secret!!
    From the pics I can see-they did do a fantastic job! The title-More than just a Hobby is perfect for you!

    Congrats!!!!

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  21. WOOT WOOT and a biiiiiiiiiiiig CONGRATULATION hun, you sure deserve this. And what a darling aunt you have to do such a thing, that´s true love for sure. Ican´t wait to see the article and cross my fingers, that I´ll be lucky enough to win a copy, as we can´t get it here, I´m afraid, and I would really love to read all about you there, as I´m sure, it´s a really awesome article.
    Way to go girl, and best of luck being spotted from many more mags now too in the future. Soon we can say we knew this celebrity BEFORE she was sooo known ha ha ha.
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have s spectacular New year too.

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  22. Wow, congrats hunni, very well deserved. I look forward to reading this article online when the link goes live. Thanks also for the chance to win a copy of what looks like a great magazine. Hugs xnx

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  23. Congrats! It is nice to have our passion of crafting taken seriously. I live in the South metro and will have to find a copy if I am not one of the fortunate ones to receive a copy from you.
    All my best for a Blessed New Year and continued success on the blog.
    Thanks,
    Julie

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  24. Congrats! It is nice to know that our passion of crafting is taken seriously. I live in the South Metro and will have to find a copy of the magazine if I am not one of the fortunate ones to receive a copy from you.
    Best wishes for a Blessed New Year and another successful year on the blog.
    Thank you, Julie

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  25. Oh Heidi!! I'm so excited for you. I can't think of a sweeter person for this to have happened to! So proud of you and congratulations, so very, very well deserved!!!

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  26. What a hallmark in your life! Its just a wonderful thing to be chosen for anything especially in the area of your hearts favorite things. I would love to win a copy of this publication; thank you for sharing this opportunity with us.

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  27. Congratulations Heidi! Now your neighbors will know how talented you are. I will read it online.
    Linda from Rochester, MN

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  28. WOW! This is awesome and you are SO DESERVING of this honor! BEAUTIFUL layout and cover! YOU GO GIRL! I'm so proud of you!

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  29. How exciting for you! It looks like a wonderful article with gorgeous pictures - can't wait to read it! Congratulations!!

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  30. Wow, Heidi....what an honor! I would love to read the article and hope I'm the one who is selected! I already know your work is gorgeous and I see your name here and there, but would love to have the magazine! Susan

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  31. Oh, Heidi a heartfelt congratulations sweetheart! I have been following you for years now and you are truly an artist. What we do is more than a craft to us. It allows us to be creative and use parts of our imagination that we can share with others. I would be so honored to have a copy of your magazine article. You deserve this honor sweetheart. Hugs Lori
    stamper572000@yahoo.com

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  32. congratulations.. so well deserved...xxx Ann Marie

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  33. Congratulations, Heidi!!! I am so happy for you!! What an Honor!!

    I am a Minnesota native myself (I'm from Bemidji, MN - way up north), So I'm happy when a fellow Minnesotan is featured!! Way to go!! :)

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  34. Congratulations, Heidi!!! What an Honor!! The article looks lovely and well written!

    I'm a fellow Minnesotan myself (I'm originally from Bemidji, MN - way up north). It's always nice to see when another Minnesotan gets some recognition!!

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  35. Awesome! Congratulations...would love to read the article.

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  36. Awesome! Congratulations...would love to read the article.

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  37. Congratulations! What an honor! great photos and I'm sure the article is wonderful too. WoW...I know a celebrity! :)

    Hugs,
    True :D

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  38. Congratulations Heidi...you certainly deserve the spotlight!!! Will look forward to reading the article on line, unless I am fortunate to win one!
    Hugs,
    Jan
    castle 77 at Comcast dot net

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  39. Wow! What an honor! Congratulations!!

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  40. Wow! How very exciting it is to have oneself in a published magazine, this is not surprising as you are an accomplished artist. this is well served. Congratulations Heidi.

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  41. CONGRAT'S!!! That is very cool!
    Love your new additions to your family!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  42. What a well deserved honor to have your photo on the cover. I can't wait to read the article in its entirety.

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  43. Congratulations Heidi-- You deserve it, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine!! Great Cover Girl Pic too!!!

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  44. How exciting for you, Heidi!! I look forward to reading the article when you provide the link online to learn more about the depth of your creativity. Best wishes on your continued journey in the new year ahead.....~Sandie (Minnesota)

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  45. I found a site that will have the digital copy of the magazine posted in the future. It has the past issues there so can we assume? Just google Albert Lea magazine. It will come up as part of Albert Lea Tribune. I was able to ead the past issue. We just need to watch and wait till the new issue is posted.

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