January 1, 2019


I had wanted a Smartphone for such a looooong time. The reason I'd wanted one so badly is that, as an avid photographer since the age of nine, I wanted to participate in Instagram. 

I finally got myself an Android a couple of years back. Last October, when that went kaput, I splurged on an iPhone, which I love dearly.

So, as soon as I had my greedy little hands on my Android, I, of course, glommed on to Instagram. 

Since joining in, I have tried everything in my measly non-tech power to succeed on this platform. I even took classes on this topic. All to no avail, however. Much to my chagrin. 

As of right now (I just checked), I have posted 910 photos to Instagram, and I can boast a whopping 504 followers. (I, on the other hand, follow 824 people.) I am thrilled when I can get more than 20-30 likes on any given photo. Which is truly pathetic. 

It's embarrassing. Really. 

Anyway, with my daughter, Emily's, help (who has an incredible 6,408 followers!!! https://www.instagram.com/emilybluestar/), I managed to compile my Top Nine of 2018. Top Nine means the nine posts that received the most likes throughout the year. 

My Top Nine of 2018 is shown below:

Top row, left to right: the chicken I drew (48 likes!), some coleus leaves (45 likes), dead oak leaves wedged in the cracks of our deck (42 likes), second row: a blooming amaryllis (41 likes), a card I created for my girls to create at one of my Stamp-In Workshops (41 likes), some of my Gelli prints (40 likes), third row: three close-ups of flowers at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin (40, 39 and 38 likes respectively). 

I guess it's a nice representation of the types of photos I post, from drawings, to prints, to greeting cards, to close-up photography of nature subjects. The topics that I truly love.

If you would like to follow me on Instagram, this is the link to my account. I would love and be honored to be followed by you!

Fingers crossed that my Top Nine for 2019 will be even better.



  1. Those are really beautiful! Instagram is one platform I have not yet entered into... though I have thought about it.

    1. Thanks! I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram. But I LOVE looking at what others post. Some truly amazing stuff out there!

  2. I love Instagram, I can loose a good 1/2 hour scrolling all the pretty craft ideas (I only seem to follow crafters apart from family close friends) As one of your 500+ happy followers I say keep doing what you are doing!

    1. Aw, Julie! You always say the best things! I only allow myself to spend any amount of time on IG right before I go to bed at night. It is a great way to wind down -- all that beauty and wonder! I love all the crafty projects you post on Instagram!