June 11, 2012

Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

So, I have some fun news. :) A few months ago I was interviewed for Spark Magazine, a local magazine here in my city. The article just came out, and after nervously managing to read it with one eye peeking out from from behind my hands, I was so honored by it. The author, LeAnne Letize McGee, did such an amazing job of telling the story of how this little blog got started.

Spark Magazine

This was the article. I’m humbled.

Spark Magazine

Here’s where the story begins.

Spark Magazine

So crazy seeing my name up there! I’ll post up-close photos of the article below.

Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

Spark Magazine

You can also read the online version of Spark here.

If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with me! :) And thanks so much to my sweet friend Erin, who is my constant cheerleader and encourager, for the recommendation and for taking the fabulous photo of me you see in the article.

Thanks for looking!



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73 Comments






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sreebindu June 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

lovely :) cheers Amamda :)
xoxo

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sreebindu June 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

lovely :) cheers Amanda :)
xoxo

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Dee June 11, 2012 at 2:26 am

Congrats Amanda & Kevin! I’m truly happy for your success. You deserve every bit of it. WTG!

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Maureen June 11, 2012 at 5:06 am

Congratulations! It looks like a lovely article and I am so happy for your success! You are one of the few bloggers who have “made it” and remain accessible and humble, thank you for all you do for us readers! Enjoy!

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amy kuti June 11, 2012 at 5:28 am

Love love loved the article! Very exciting for you! I love your site as well and am glad I found u!! Have a great day!!

Amy :)

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Southern Gal June 11, 2012 at 5:44 am

Congratulations! That’s so exciting. I’ve benefited from so many of your tutorials and helps here on your blog. It’s a great place to visit!

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Kathy Martin June 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

How fun! One million viewers a week? Wowza! Paid trips?!?! And I thought you were independently wealthy or something! ;) Great to read about you and your blog! Congratulations on the mag interview!

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Lynne June 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

Very interesting! I enjoyed reading about you and your blog. I have followed you for a couple of years now. Keep up the good work!

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lori p June 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

Oh my….how very exciting! I <3 your story and the way that you share yourself-so REAL & JUST WHO YOU ARE. Wonderful for you & Kevin!

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Chere Mortensen June 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

Amanda,

You go girl. So very proud of you and all the fun things shared with us. You rock! Not sure how long I have been reading your beautiful blog but it has been a long time. You, Kevin, Howie and Miley are a smile to our e-mail lives. Thanks again for being you.

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shelly (cookies and cups) June 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

What a great article!

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Jenny June 11, 2012 at 6:48 am

What a great article, Amanda. So very proud of you!!

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Becky T. June 11, 2012 at 6:54 am

What an awesome article! Congrats to you!!! :-)

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Elizabeth Rhyneer June 11, 2012 at 6:55 am

Very nice Amanda!!

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Jan June 11, 2012 at 7:03 am

Great article! Congrats. It was fun to learn that you blog was a wedding present. Keep up the good work!

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Mary June 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

Awesome! Great review, I loved reading it.

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Cbower June 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

What a great way to start a Monday morning by reading such a positive, happy story about someone who is in my “cyber” life daily.
Absolutely have enjoyed all your posts and pleased that you have been recognized by others as well. Awesome : )
Here’s wishing you continued success and happiness and thank you for sharing with us as graciously as you have : )

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Sara June 11, 2012 at 7:26 am

That is awesome! I’m impressed and glad to be able to learn so much from you! Keep up the great work! I can’t wait to learn more! And you have been a rather big help in photography improvements, thanks!;)

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Shelby June 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

Congratulations Amanda! You have come so far, and deservingly so. You worked so hard to create this site, and it has been great seeing the fantastic response. Definitely far away from the days staying up late and playing Animal Crossing! ;-)

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Debi June 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

AWESOME Amanda….. I love peeking in on this wedsite every time I get the change… love the recipes/scrapbooking/fonts…….oh I guess I just love it all…
Thanks for all your hard work.
Debi

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Emilie June 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

So cool Amanda, congrats! You are definitely an inspiration to me as a new blogger :)

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Kat June 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

Wow!! That is really cool Amanda! Congratulations and really AWESOME article!!

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Judy June 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

This is wonderful! I had no idea you were in Huntsville…not far from me at all and I actually have a sister who lives in Huntsville. My nephew is a manager at one of the Krogers there! What an incredible journey! Thanks for sharing so much of it with us!

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Cathy B June 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

Congrats on your great article. You should be very proud. I have a friend that lives on Lake Guntersville so I get over to Huntsville from Atlanta several times a year. We should get together and shoot.

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Mary Anne Tomlinson June 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

Congratulations, Amanda. What a great article.

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Jules June 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

Wow Amanda! That is so awesome for you! Very cool. Thank you for all your hard work. It has paid off.

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Karie June 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

Wondrful article and so happy for you! Keep it up and have a wonderful day….BTW thanks for sharing….

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

YAY!!! So happy for you! I love your fonts, so cute!

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Sandy_in_MD June 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

Wonderful article! Congratulations on your well deserved success.

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creole wisdom June 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

I just wanna know why you weren’t on the cover!? What a great publication and I loved your article. It’s been fun watching you grow, I think I started reading your “blog” or website in 2002 or 2003. You are amazing Amanda!

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Karen June 11, 2012 at 8:58 am

Way to go! Keep taking those amazing photos!

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Erika June 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

I love Spark! I’ll be looking forward to reading it in the next issue.

Congrats on being featured!

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teresa June 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

This is so EXCITING Amanda!
You are FABULOUS!
Love following everything YOU do!
xo
Miss you girls in Seattle!

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Ruthy T. (@DiscoveryStreet) June 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

what a cool honor! congrats!

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Heather Mayberry June 11, 2012 at 9:38 am

such a neat article. congrats!

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Angie June 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

Kind of like having your name in lights, huh? So awesome! Congrats on the recognition – your blog is always a favorite stop in my reader :)

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Margaret June 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

WOW! Congratulations! That’s awesome!

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Noelle Reese June 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

How completely fantastic!! CONGRATS!! How exciting!! :)

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Melinda June 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

Wow, what an amazing article. I think its just the sweetest thing ever that your husband bought you the domain name. :) I started my Mom Blog about 3 months ago and am really enjoying it. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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Katherine @ Grass Stains June 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

Congratulations, Amanda! That’s so exciting … and well deserved.

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heather in mississippi June 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

So awesome, Amanda! I hope I run into you somewhere next time I’m in Huntsville! :o) I’d love to meet my fave blogger!

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AmyS June 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

Well of course you should be on that list… it said “intriguing”, didn’t it!

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Krissy June 11, 2012 at 10:36 am

Wow, it’s so cool that you are in Huntsville. I’m right up the road in Arab. :)
Congrats on the Spark magazine article!! That is awesome!!

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Terri d June 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

How cool is that! Congrats a job/hobby well done~you deserve it. And all the perks that go along with your work another job well deserved. Love following your blog and get so many things out of it.

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Judith Rushing June 11, 2012 at 11:13 am

Your followers are so proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself also. Congratulation on the article and thank you all you do for us your devoted Fans.

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ryane June 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’m sure it must feel Amazing to be on this list and featured in this magazine. How exciting ! Of course your on the list You should be on this list. You share so much with us Love your Photos, Fonts, the places you go, Recipes with step by step clear instructions for sappy people like me to follow. Thank you!

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Donna June 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Dear Amanda,

After all these years of hard work (eating cupcakes and delicious food all over the world) and making hundreds and hundreds of frees fonts for all of us out here in bloggy land – CONGRATULATIONS for well done work! I am honored to have known you, if even just by blog!

Blessings, and only more wonderful things to come in your and Kevin’s future.
Donna

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Sew Create It - Jane June 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

Congratulations :o) Well deserved as you have a beautiful blog!

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Jen June 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Congratulations! Great article and such a great blog – love it!

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Holly W June 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

How great is that? Congratulations on all your success in the past, present, and of course the future!

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Jessica June 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

if anyone deserves it.. it’s you! congrats

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Lynda June 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Congratulations Amanda on a job well done! :}

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Chelle Chapman June 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Congrats Beautiful!! GREAT JOB!!!! :)

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Becky June 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

OMG how exciting that you are featured in the Spark magazine. That is such a wonderful story. I just wish I would have known to do something I love to make a living at. You are truly an inspiration in every aspect of living your dreams and that sharing gives joy. Hats off to you my dear. I always look forward to your blog each and every day. I will have to look for this magazine and buy it to read the rest of it. Looks like a good one. Hugs, Becky

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Elisa Schaub June 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm

You look absolutely beautiful in that pic they put in the magazine! :) I like everyone else agree that you definitely deserve all this success and sweetness the world has to offer! I remember once I emailed you a question because I was having an issue changing the fonts on my blog and felt so honored when you sent me a personal response with some advice, I think your genuine passion for life in every aspect makes your blog that much more special. I’m such a big fan of kevin and amanda!!!

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Tracey C June 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Very cool. Congratulations on your success.

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Christina June 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Congrats!! That was a great article!!

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Kia and Zeno June 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Congratulations, Amanda! :)

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Joan Nova June 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Congratulations! I’m an avid fan and I say “well done!”

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Amy June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Congratulations on the article, Amanda! I always enjoy your blog and am so happy for your success!

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shari June 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Congrats on the article. You give so much to all of us who follow you, that I think you are a truly beautiful person. I wish the world was filled with more people with your outlook. Thanks!!

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Yvette Dagen June 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Congratulations Amanda. You deserve the praise! Yvette

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Emily June 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

Congratulations, Amanda! The article is lovely! I really enjoy your blog; thanks for what you share with your readers.

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Nicole June 12, 2012 at 9:24 am

YAY! How exciting! Congrats on your success! I am a traveler and I love taking pictures too. I absolutely love reading about your travels and LOVE your photography. I keep going back to your Photography tutorial to learn and also dream of having a better camera some day to do all the cool things with the aperture and shutter speed (see I’m learning the lingo…I think.) Congrats again! :)

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Kim L June 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Congratulations!

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Willie June 13, 2012 at 3:51 am

Congratulations Amanda. I love your photography and really loved your pics of Italy. I so want to go their one day too. I love what you do and have kept all your tutorials on photography. Love your pooches. So happy for you.

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Amy L Brown June 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

Just wanted to say that I love your blog! I am an Alabamian also! Your blog is so geniune and I just love your pictures! Great job!

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Amy L. June 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Congratulations! You deserve it. Thanks for having such a wonderful blog!

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Chelle June 15, 2012 at 9:04 am

CONGRATZ!!
you are awesome, you deserve that :) anyway, I’m a new reader, subscriber and fan! always can’t wait for your new posts ^^
good day, you two

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kristen duke photography June 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

what a fun article! i just read it all;)

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CAROL STEBNER June 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm

That is so fantastic, Amanda! Congratulations! I am one of those “blog stalkers” who seldom comments (shame on me), but I just had to this time. You are amazing!
CAS

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Vanessa June 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Congratulations! What a great article!

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Melina November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Congratulations, Amanda!! Thank you for the fantastic fonts, delicious desserts, fabulous food and the photography…WOW! After my 3 boys hit the sack, I love to see the new things you post! Keep up the great work!

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