Friday, January 24, 2014

"Grow Your Blog"

Hello to all my friends out in blogland and a 
special Hello to any NEW FRIENDS who are joining today!
I have joined with over 600 other wonderful bloggers to
have a "Grow Your Own Blog Party!!!
Let the party begin.....All the links can be found HERE at
2 Bags Full! 
thank you Vicki  for hosting this wonderful event!!

My name is Darlene Pavlick 
(also known as "akronstamperdpk" over on Splitcoast Stampers).

I am retired, which happily gives me plenty of time for crafting in my 'crafting cave'.  But before retiring, I did office/computer work in a variety of categories over the years ... Retail, Steel Industry, Nuclear Site, and my final out of home job was Administrative Assistant to three Senior Partners in a law firm.

My life's partner is Mark who is the most amazing person, we have one daughter who is happily married to Frank and they have 2 wonderful children ... granddaughter Morgan (21) and grandson Jonathan (16). 

You will see that most of the postings on my blog are in reference to my love of paper crafting.  But you will also see a few more personal posts ... i.e.  what my grandkids/daughter are up to or even some home canning/recipes.

My daughter will tell you that about 10 years ago when we moved to Akron, OH (from Toledo, Ohio but originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area) she introduced me to scrapbooking. At the time, she was selling Creative Memories so even though I was a little reluctant, I agreed to partake in her adventure and support her by joining in on her 'crops'.  Well ... long story short, one of the gals was a Stampin' Up rep and a friend of my daughter's so in support of HER efforts I started buying stamps ... that's all it took!  I was hooked!

Here's a photo of my crafting 'CAVE'.  This is where you will find my 90% of the time! Paper crafting is so rewarding (but so addicting LOL).  More photos HERE and a cave revamp HERE.  Told you it was addicting! LOL!

Daughter suggested I start a blog and share my beautiful creations (her words) ... my comment was "I don't know anything about blogging!  I wouldn't even know where to begin."  Well, being the nosey curious person I am, I started snooping around the worldwide web and POOF ... all of a sudden I was the proud owner of Dar's Crafty Creations Blog! 

I'm sure you will agree ... what a fabulous invention this 'internet thing' is!!  I have met so many amazingly wonderful people through my blog ... from all over the world ... and proud to say many of them are now close friends!  I have met several of these ladies in person ... Oh what a treat that has been!!

I'm looking forward to visiting YOUR blog and hopefully making a new friend!
If you like what you see here at my blog ... please feel free to become a follower or better yet, a subscriber so you don't miss any postings.  I would be thrilled to have your visits and your comments!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Rachael Farmer said...

AH! Your cards....are...GORGEOUS! Your daughter was right to have you start blogging your creations. There's SO much lovely stuff to look at here - I'm gonna have such happy fun exploring your blog. Glad I found you via 'Grow Your Blog' - best wishes, Shroo:)xxx

Wendy L said...

Great to know your history, me being nosey person!!!!!

Glenda Brooks said...

How wonderful to learn a little more about you! You have come quite a journey. I have made so many blogger friends over the years and it has been a great joy for me. Thanks so much for sharing!

Melody said...

Hi Darlene, You have a lovely blog. I don't know much about paper craft so I look forward to following your blog and learning more, hugs Melody in Melbourne

liniecat said...

Hi Darlene Im one of the GYB volunteers, scouting ahead of Vicki to welcome you to the party : )
Some beautiful card artistry here!
All the best Lyn

Daisy Jones said...

Hello Darlene and what a very pretty blog you have here too...
popping by as part of the 'grow your blog day' Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read...I am joining along with you too
bestest weekend wishes
Daisy j

Janice Petty said...

Greetings Darlene! I love your cave and will be following you. Blessings, Jan

augcott said...

Found you at the GYB party ... what a great way to find new bloggers and get inspired by all of the talent out there.
I have definitely become a new follower!
diane @ thoughts and shots

Chriss America Real said...


You visited my blog today; so I visited you back! Now I find out about GYB Party! Please stop by again if you would like to get some of the great "candy" I am giving away at the end of the week!


EvalinaMaria said...

Hello from another 'grow your blog' participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do? I love your cave!
Evalina, This and that...

Cache-Mire said...

So nice to meet you at the party! Your blog is lovely and I look forward to reading more! Hugs, Terri

cristi wuenschel said...

i'm a new follower - found my way here from the gyb party - i'm a scrapbooker too and from pittsburgh. lol... looking forward to seeing more of what you do!

hope you'll stop and visit me as well!

Anonymous said...

Hi Darlene: I don't have a blog, but I am subscribed to yours, and I really enjoy your cards, family photos, recipes and etc. Your "crafting cave" is what I dream of. You are truly blessed, and I feel blessed that you share your talents with your blog friends. I am in awe with all the cooking your husband does. He is a keeper. LOL A Happy Stamper in cold cold MI. Margie F.

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

What a cool crafting cave. It looks so organized.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am having fun finding new bloggers to sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Sue said...

Well Well Well ...

We meet up again. You see, I am a Follower and have subscribed to your blog so every time you post, you're in my Inbox. Don'tcha just love technology?

I am from Erie originally. Several moves/states later, I ended up in Fairlawn. We were maybe neighbors!!!!! I live in Dallas now and love it here ... no more snow and months of cold here!

Just wondering if you are related to James Pavlick!?! I worked with him in Fairlawn. Wouldn't that be a small world?

LOVE our mutual friend, Vicki - she rocks, doesn't she?

I'll be a continued follower ...

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Dar
It's lovely to meet you at Vicki's party!
There's so much inspiration on your blog - you have a wonderful creative talent.
I love paper crafts too and make many cards and little things for my three granddaughters!

I'm following you now so I'll be back again when this party quietens down!
I would love you to come over and meet me and enter my Giveaway - a vintage fabric and lace collage.
In the meantime have fun and enjoy the party!

ACBeads said...

Darlene, nice to meet you, I'm visiting from the GYB party and you have a great blog here. I've started mine just one year ago knowning nothing about it and as I am curious as you are I've been improving it. I love making crafts with paper but I'm currently focused on creating jewellery. I invite you to visit my blog at where I'm holding a giveaway. Have a nice day, Ana

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm still visiting from the GYB party and am happy to find someone else that makes cards. I rarely blog about mine as I make pretty basic cards and join a group of women for a Stamping Up workshop once a month.
I'm a new follower and look forward to your inspiring cards. My GYB post can be reached by clicking on Vicki's party button on my sidebar and I hope you'll come for a visit.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. I'm still on the blog hop. Thanks for sharing your work.

macmillanmarie said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us - it is nice to get to know you - your work is lovely.