Welcome our 2014 Contributors

You guys! I was so nervous to put out a call for Contributors 2 weeks ago! What if I didn’t get ANY? Or the bigger question, am I really ready to do this? I’ve been a one woman show for almost 7 year! And I LIKE it!

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Back to School pictures – Chelsea

When blogs first started using contributors I was adamantly against it. After all I started reading that blog because I like THAT blogger and their style, not someone else’s? Also? I felt that maybe the larger blogger was taking advantage of a smaller blogger. So I dismissed it.

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How to use a wet saw to cut tile – Cher

Then a friend of mine became a contributor, and I began to change my mind! Seeing it from the contributors side, there were some benefits to it that I hadn’t seen. Then Google announced the direction they will be taking their SEO rankings, more weight on social influence, etc… So the more your connected with other sites the better.

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Dear Hair – Deidre

I started looking into it more by asking bloggers on both sides of thing, hosting and contributing, what they liked and DIDN’T like about contributing. I’m so grateful for those bloggers who took the time to share their impressions and feelings with me. I decided to keep moving forward with the idea of adding a team to the site.

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Almond Coconut Granola – Laura

The next worry was more personal, what if I pick people and they HATE working with me? I’ve had a rough patch lately of finding out people I respect think I’m controling and manipulative. I admit I’m somewhat of a perfectionist nd a little OCD, I like things done a certain way… What if I’m a terrible “boss”? OR what if, like I feared, they feel taken advantage of?

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Crochet Peter Pan Collars – Lindsay

Anyway, I decided it was worth a shot and I put the post out there. My first fear, that no one would be interested, was unfounded. I was humbled and excited to read the many wonderful submissions. So many bloggers have such great stories to share and tell. It is so hard to pick between multiple GOOD submissions!

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20 min bon voyage dinner party – Melissa

I didn’t take adding people to my site lightly and I took my time, reading and rereading submissions, 6 months or more of blog posts, really trying to get a feel for each of the bloggers, trying to not only pick someone amazing from each niche, but to pick people I thought would work together and be a well balanced team.

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bow bunting – Missy

Over the last week these gals have been getting to know me, and each other. Getting their about me pages ready and are busy getting their first posts ready to go for you! I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do, and go follow their blogs and other social media, you won’t be sorry!!!

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Teacher Thank you cards printable – Natalie

ANYWAY, enough rambling here is the 2014 Contributing team!!!! (I linked their names to their “about” pages, or you can click “about” in the navigation bar to see them all)

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The first Wednesday of the month will be such a treat! Melissa from So Festive will be doing Parties!!! Little details, larger projects, DIY, Holiday’s and more! Her blog is LOVELY and you all should be following her! Her 2 min tips and A to Z lessons are wonderful!

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The first Friday of the month will be the AMAZING Laura from Fresh and Happy. You all know I don’t love veggies and healthy food, but she makes it look SO good. Her food is seriously gorgeous and she’s going to be treating us to some amazingness

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The second Monday of the month my seriously talented baby sister, Chelsea from Chelsea Peterson Photography, will be teaching us photography, from terms, auto, manual, what to wear in pictures and more! I have learned so so SOOOO much over the last few years from her. She’s a great photographer and a wonderful teacher as well, I’m SO excited!

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The second Wednesday of the month I am TICKLED to have Missy from Missy Dear sharing Crafts with us! Missy has a great blogging history in the craft blogging world and we are in for a HUGE treat!

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The third Tuesday of the month Cher from Designs by Studio C is UBER talented! Like a degree in DRAFTING talented! And she’s going to share awesome DIY’s with us! From around the house and more! I can not WAIT! I’ve already commissioned her help in drafting some plans for my boys room! It’s going to be EPIC!

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The third Thursday of the month is going to be FAAAAAAABulous! Ms. Deidre of Love the Skinny’s will be sharing fashion and more! I was attracted to the way she her natural voice comes out, unedited, and just spewing forth (in a good way). I do it a lot (I think out loud) and it always gets me into trouble, but I appreciate it in others.

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The fourth Tuesday of the month we get to hear from the sweet Lindsay from Love City! She love to crochet and knit and creates for her etsy store and blog and her sweet boys. Her blog just exudes happiness, and I love her patterns, I hope you all will too!

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and the fourth Thursday of the month we are lucky enough to have the OVERLY talented Natalie of Katarina’s Paperie sharing her incredible printables. Seriously they are so cute and whimsical and I am so in love with her designs!

And of course there is still me! I hope after all this awesomeness you aren’t disappointed when I post. I encourage you to head over to their blogs and welcome them and of course follow on Social media to not miss anything great!

So out of this talented group of ladies and their many talents what are you looking forward to the most?? Any requests you’d like to see or learn?

Looking for Contributors 2014

The time has come” the walrus said… wait… am I calling myself a walrus in this situation? GAH. ANYWAY I’ve been a one woman show here at I’m Topsy Turvy from the beginning. I have loved it, I love everything about it. I love designing, coding, teaching, sharing, posting, etc… ALL of it. BUT blogging is changing, and one women shows are dying left and right. It’s a lot to do, run a full time blog while taking care of my family AND work on NEW and exciting projects!

The good news? I have a ton of new plans for the blog that I think you’ll enjoy, bad news is I’m having a hard time “doing it all”. SOOOO I’m looking for a team. People who love what’s already going on here and want to keep it up with me! I’m looking for a few contributors to each post just ONCE a month.

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I’m looking for:

  • People who are crazy talented but don’t want to run a blog (it’s a LOT of work).
  • People who are just starting out and want to learn more about blogging (I love to teach).
  • Or maybe a long time blogger looking to expand your SEO influence by contributing.

I’m not just looking for contributors for the sake of filling up my posting schedule. If I don’t find the right fit I won’t fill it. I’m patient and in no hurry. I’d rather keep going the way it’s always been, just me, than have someone whose not the right fit.

Responsibilities:

  • One blog post a month 300-500 words
  • With 4-5 pictures (or more if it’s a tutorial), with at least three amazing finished images.
  • You’ll use your own username and password and have your own authorship, I’ll need a headshot, bio and it would best if you have your own google + account

Qualities:

  • Be creative, unique ideas, posts, etc… No stealing, copying, or recreating something that’s been done a thousand times
  • Have a nice camera, DSLR is best, and be comfortable using it
  • Know how to edit pictures or have good editing software (I can teach you how to use it)
  • Feel comfortable writing and have a fun personality that comes out when you write
  • Responsible, able to make deadlines.
  • If you don’t know how to blog be willing and ready and excited to learn the basics

Compensation:

  • Exposure to my audience
  • Learning, photography, blogging, social media, I’m happy to teach and share
  • Social media shares if you have your own blog
  • And some monetary compensation, monthly as well as a bonus for posts that do well
  • Potential opportunities for reviews, sponsored posts and joining me at events and conferences

If any of this sounds fun or a good fit for you or someone you know fill out the info below (or forward this post to someone you think would be amazing). I’m looking for posts on Parties, Crochet or Knitting patterns, Fashion, Printables, Crafts, DIY, Photography OR Any suggestions??? I’m totally open to talent!

A Day of Rememberance

If you would like to donate to help the families, United Way of Western Connecticut has information.

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Guess what I woke up to???? This AWESOME post about my cakes and shop over at Today’s Creative blog! I got to meet Kim in real life last summer and can I just say she’s so much fun! I’m still a pretty small blogger, and each time I meet a “big” blogger I have to admit I’m always nervous. Some of the traditional Mommy bloggers have been disappointing, but not the “big” craft blogger! They are always amazing. Kim is so kind and REAL! It was so much fun meeting her! I can’t wait to catch up again at Creative Estates in April!

Autism Service Dog help

Since this blog is new and most of my followers/readers are new you probably don’t know that my 3 oldest children were diagnosed with Aspergers (high functioning Autism) this past June.  It happened the same week as my husband lost his Job, along with the last week of school, my oldest turning 8, and Family coming into town for her Baptism (we baptize kids when they are 8).  Let’s just say it was a crazy week.  We had our suspicions when it came to our second child, my oldest son.  But finding out that both my older daughter and younger son had it to?  Life changing.  Then a month ago my husband was diagnosed too, and my youngest, the three year old, is just starting all the behavior that the others did at three so I suspect she has it as well.  Which means if we have any more kids (I’d love to, but the whole living with the in law’s, no job thing.. well not right now) they’ll have it too.
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(my family)
Anyway…  It’s been quite the year for us.  My oldest is old enough that she noticed she was “different” from the other kids.  And apparently the “mean girl” syndrome is starting younger than I remember because she started to get bullied.  Some of the girls in her class even threw rocks at her during recess.  It was SO hard as a mother to see what she was going through.  Thankfully we were able to find an AMAZING charter school here in UT for children on he autistic spectrum.  I called them in January to put my kids in the lottery for school next year.  When I mentioned the issues we were having with my daughter they amazingly found room for her THIS YEAR!  It’s been the greatest blessing I could hope for.  AND my boys both got in for next year as well.  I am so grateful to have found such an amazing support group.

Right now our school is building a High school so we can continue to educate our kids in this amazing setting.  Because it’s a charter school it’s public and for us that means free.  We could never afford to put all our kids into a private school for autism.  They keep the classrooms small, have double the teachers and in addition have full time therapist in many different focus and aspects.  All of this costs money.  So we’re working on lots and lots of fundraising.  This last month was Autism awareness month but because I was a bit busy with the new blog/website/party and pancake breakfast at the school I let it pass by without doing anything for it!  I’m hopping to add some products at my store that I’ve created to help my own kids soon, but  I’m still in the process of working on it!  Anyway I’ll be using part of what I earn and donating it to our school.  I’ll keep you posted!

This same year I’ve actually had 4 friends who have also received the diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s for their children as well.  I’m glad that we’re getting awareness out there so that parents with suspicions go out and get their kids diagnosed.  Early intervention can really help in so many ways.

SOOO the point of this post…  My old college roommate is one of those mothers who has received this diagnosis.  Her daughter is in the middle of the spectrum and there for has more difficulties than any of my children at the moment.  Unfortunately for her they don’t live in a major city with lots of help like we do, but she has come up with something that she hopes will help her daughter and their family.  She asked if those of us friends with blogs would pass this on and being something close to my own heart I’m happy to.  I know we all have our own issues, platforms and donation we make but sometimes just getting our stories out there can help us receive the support we need!

I am the mother of a beautiful girl who has autism.

Let me tell you a little bit about Jacey. She is two and a half years old, turning three in June. She was diagnosed with Autism on February 2nd, 2010. That is a day that will forever be with me. The diagnosis was devastating, yet relieving; it was overwhelming, it was surreal. You see, at about the age of two, we knew Jacey was delayed. We began speech and physical therapy in hopes of getting her back up to age level. Six months passed and she still was not speaking and her meltdowns were just as bad as before. We finally decided that we would have her tested by the North Central Evaluation and Consultation Team for Autism. I hoped that it would be ruled out and that there would be another explanation for her delays. When the team came back in and told us that it was Autism, that Jacey was right in the middle of the spectrum, I was shocked. I think time froze after that. The following days were a blur. I came up with reasons why the diagnosis couldn’t be possible, but eventually gave in to reality.

Since that time, I have learned a great deal. One of the greatest things that I have found in my searching of treatments and therapies is Autism Service Dogs. Currently, we cannot let Jacey go for even a second because she will run from us. A service dog would allow Jacey the ability to have more freedom when we are in public by having Jacey tethered to the dog and being able to walk with the dog. A service dog would also be able to track and retrieve Jacey if she were to get away from us, comfort her when she is upset or having a meltdown, and keep her from dangerous activities and bad behaviors. It would give me another set of eyes to keep Jacey safe. Jacey loves animals and bonds with them so well. I would love for her to have an Autism Service Dog that could give her the love and comfort that she doesn’t seek from us as much as from animals.

This is where you come in! Jacey has been accepted to receive a service dog but we must meet our fundraising goal of $13,000. I know that I can’t achieve this goal on my own and this is where I need you. Help me help Jacey. You can fill out a Fundraising Donation Form that I have attached and mail it with your donation to 4 Paws for Ability, or you can go to their website at www.4pawsforability.org/donation.html where there are directions to donating online. Be sure to include Jacey’s name in the notes so that it goes towards our goal. Thanks for helping us make an Autism Service Dog a reality!

Sincerely,
Amy & Jacey Brooks

www.4PawsForJacey.blogspot.com

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