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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AN AGD SHOUT OUT

If someone would have told me back in November of 2004 that AGD would become the name or label that it has become in the past 5 years, I never would have believed them. AGD was born from a need for me to find a hobby or something to keep me busy in an attempt to divert my attention thru all of the bad news "medically" regarding Kenidi. I bought a sewing machine after having "loathed" sewing while in home-ec class back in my high school days. Many people chuckled and found my new "love" comical. And truth be told...I chuckled and even cried on several occasions in the beginning. Learning the ropes to sewing, patterns, etc. was not easy. In fact, it was ridiculously hard. However, thanks to the world of eBay and the design groups I was a part of there - I met many friends - some now whom are my best of friends - that helped me get my footing and literally walked me thru how to sew. There were many times that I considered throwing in the towel during those early days with my machine. However, God apparently had a much larger plan. The sewing went to then beading jewelry and the beading of jewelry lead to needing good product shots that would sell my items online. Rather than pay someone to photograph my inventory for me, I decided I needed to pick my camera back up and get with the age of digital. I needed to hone back in on that passion of photography which I've carried since elementary school. I wanted to tap into that love for images that had carried me thru many a photography classes in high school and even the local college once I had graduated. My photography took a back seat when I had Brennen. Then the digital era happened. Film was obsolete. I literally had to start all over. So the sewing lead to the beading and the beading lead to the photography. Who knows where the photography will ultimately lead me in the end.

In the meantime, AGD has become a familiar name amongst many across the country and abroad. And whether they are constant clients who buy my designs for their little divas or jewelry pieces for themselves and/or whether they are avid and loyal blog followers who wake up with their morning coffee in hand then link over to read my blog each day, they are what makes AGD - well AGD. Without each of you, this label would have never become what it has. As I prepare to announce some changes with AGD soon, I get emotional when I realize how very thankful I am for the past 5 years and the past "almost" 1000 blog posts concerning my life and AGD that have lead me to today. What looked like a way to detour my thoughts concerning Kenidi's health concerns initially...turned out to be one of the most therapeutic chapters of my life. The last 5 years of sewing, beading, blogging, and photography have shaped and molded me into a person I would have never become had it not been for Gods intended plan to lead me down this path with each of you. I truly believe that every person crosses paths with another for a reason. And although I might not "personally" know a lot of you who read this blog, I pray that the blogging or AGD in general has some how helped you in the many ways that all of you have helped me. In a nutshell, I now see that the purpose of AGD was never meant to be about the label or the sewing, the jewelry, etc. I believe whole-heartily that AGD came to be for the support, love, friendships, and loyalty that God knew I needed to carry me through a trying time. Now look...you guys have carried me thru "MANY" trying moments in my life. For those of you who I do know a bit better than just a loyal blog reader...thank you. Thank you for taking the time out to write me all those times and keep my family in your prayers. Thank you for just calling or emailing to say "Hi, hows it goin'?" from day to day. Thank you for becoming a constant within my life albeit via the Internet. God knew what he was doing when he placed each of you in my life. I'm convinced I wouldn't be here without you guys.

With that said, let me humbly announce my joy as well as my surprise when "Kanchi" magazine from Australia decided to place a snippet in their November edition about AGD. The Angelica Grace name has been featured many times in different publications within the United States but this is the first time that we are being featured in a publication outside of the U.S. Thank you to Kanchi and their staff for allowing the AGD name to grace their pages. Their words to describe AGD read something like this..."Offering stunning, funky, edgy, hip and girly ranges of unique designer wear for your little ones; this creative brand also does couture pieces that can only be described as; pure heaven."

Thank you Kanchi magazine. And thank you AGD followers. I'm so blessed by all of you.

xoxo, Angie

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Mommy said...

Oh Honey, that is so wonderful! That whole blog made me cry! I am so proud to be your Mommy! Do you remember that you were actually Blogging before there was such a thing? You may have invented it, I don't know.Everybody couldn't wait till the next blog-----or should I say soap opera! What fun those days were--------hee hee! I am not sure who is more popular, you or kenidi. Of course my handsome grandson gets a lot of attention also. Then there is the one and only Brenster! Maybe I should ask for an autograph now before you all get to busy for ol Momma. You Rock Girl, and so does AGD!

11/11/2009 7:50 PM  
Blogger Malisa said...

You're awesome and we love your blog, AGD & your photography. You have inspired me many times to become a photographer. Just wish I had more time for it. Thanks so much for the positive and powerful presence you are in many of our lives!!

11/11/2009 8:49 PM  
Blogger Bernie said...

Angie,

You and your blog will stick with me forever. I am a morning with my cup of tea reader of your blog. Thanks for the many smiles your blog has given me.

I have enjoyed it so much. Wishing you and your family all of the best.

Warmly,

Bernie

11/11/2009 10:30 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Congratulations on your feature and your success, Angie! I will never forget running across your blog and website and reading your sewing machine story and thinking that was so funny because it sounded just like me! Only, I never did learn how to sew. Ha! I'm gonna take time to learn one of these days!

11/11/2009 10:31 PM  
Blogger Amanda Rooney said...

AWESOME. God is awesome and so are you!!

I owe you much thanks as well for helping me take my photography to the next level.

I'm going to my first "hands-on" workshop this weekend!! WooHoo

Thanks for opening up to us....it has been so awesome to see God's work in your life!!

Hugs from Texas!! :)

11/12/2009 12:19 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

Thats awesome Angie!!! Isn't amazing the people we meet via the internet and blogging. So glad to call you my bloggy friend! Congrats on the article, you so deserve it!! Happy Thursday!!
~Molly P

11/12/2009 7:29 AM  
Blogger CZ said...

Congrats Ang! So happy for you and that all of your hard work has been recognized!!!

11/12/2009 9:20 AM  
Blogger KK said...

Yeah for you:) Thrilled by your many successes!
Blessings today and always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

11/12/2009 10:50 AM  
Anonymous NICKY said...

OH I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU....YOU ARE A TRUE BLESSING AND ANYONE IS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN THEIR LIFE WHETHER IT BE PHYSICALLY,MENTALLY OR JUST THROUGH THE GOOD OL'WEB..

I KNOW FOR ME I LOG ON ALMOST EVERYDAY TO CHECK ON YOU AND YOUR NEW VENTURES...SOUNDS CREEPY(LOL)....

I REMEMBER WHEN YOU STARTED SELLING ON EBAY THE RIBBON TANK TOPS AND I BOUGHT A FEW I WAS THINKING TO MYSELF THIS GIRL HAS TALENT SHE IS GONNA GO PLACES...AND LOOK AT YOU NOW YOU HAVE BLOSSOMED AND WILL CONTINUE TO..


KISSES
NICKY

11/12/2009 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Debbie Zargarian (Angie's mother in law) said...

Wow!! I'm so proud of you!!

11/12/2009 7:21 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Great things!!!! Congrats again!

11/12/2009 9:51 PM  
Blogger CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

THATS GOD WORKING IN YOUR CONNER , SO EXCITED FOR YOU ...

11/12/2009 10:58 PM  
Blogger Momofgirls said...

So happy for you!
LOVE the new pics of your precious girl! Wish you were near California..I have a "special" girl who is insanely difficult to get photos of...her vision is so poor, and she never knows where to look and is distracted by EVERYTHING!!!!
But I don't know what we would do without her!!!

11/16/2009 12:07 PM  

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