So, the most amazing thing happened...

29 Apr 2011


OK, here's why I have such a "Deer in the Headlights" face in that photo.

You may have seen the announcement by now – I'm the new Editor-in-Chief of CRAFT.

(I can't believe I just said that out loud.)

You should read it in her words for sure, but our beloved Natalie Zee Drieu has decided to move on from CRAFT and focus on her family. She will be so sorely missed as the guiding hand behind what has always been my favorite craft website, but I do love the fact that she'll be crafting with her daughter and maybe even making a little something for herself now and then. (She'll also be blogging over at Coquette and Coquette Maman.)

Nat and I have been hard at work all week transitioning, and yesterday I got to visit the MAKE offices in Sebastopol and meet all those nice people whose pictures appear in the CRAFT sidebar in person. (They are amazing. The offices are amazing.) While I was there, Brookelynn snapped the awesome polaroid-esque photo above of Nat and me.

I'm proud to say that I've been actually in the site today, entering posts and doing editor-type things! I have a lot of information to absorb, and a lot of learning and adjusting to do, but lordy. This is an absolutely delightful and exciting challenge. To me, CRAFT is so much more than a collection of pretty pictures. It's a driving force for originality and pushing the boundaries of what craft can be. CRAFT has helped me think about making things in new ways more than any other website. What an honor to be part of it.

I think I'll take a couple weeks off blogging over here – I just need time to get my bearings. But I'll be back, and we'll keep talking about crafts and community.

And plastic canvas. Of course.



Congratulations! This is so exciting. And ironic. You're going to be a terrific editor-in-chief!

I'm so excited for you, and incredibly proud!

This. Is. Awesome. Congratulations!!! Craft is going on my Top Sites page in my computer!! Woohoooo!!!!

Congratulations!!! Fantastic news :)

I saw that this morning and squealed so loud. I am so, SO happy for you Diane! And for them- they've lucked out and got the most amazing and perfect person for the job. I can't wait to see what you do. Big, huge congratulations! And that picture? Fabulous!

I just saw your tweet about reviewing a Star Wars crafty book for your new job. And I thought, okay, wait. Diane has a new job? In addition to all the other stuff she does already? Well, I think this one is purrfect for you. Congratulations! And best of luck. cheers, m

Hooray! Congratulations Diane! I can't wait to see your influence at Craft.

Diane, this is so amazing. I could not think of a better person to helm the Craftzine ship. You SO deserve this.

Congratulations Diane!

Congratulations on this new adventure!

I've subscribed to CraftyPod podcast for quite some time, but never quite made it to the Comment box before.

I have enjoyed your blog tremendously and was also thrilled to see that you're scheduled to do a workshop that will be streamed on Etsy this Summer.

Wow, just read the news -- congratulations, how exciting!! :)

Oh goodie! It looks like i am the first to say congratulations.

This is indeed a fantastic opportunity that has come your way Sweetheart. I am happy and thrilled and mostly without words. But a very big smile won't leave my face!

OMG! I'm doing the happy dance for you. This is so exciting. Congratulations!!!

OK, I told you on Twitter already, but you can always congratulate someone twice, can't you? Congratulations, Diane, I hope you'll have plenty of fun with your new job :).

CONGRATS! I'm very happy for you :)

That's amazing. Congratulations Diane!

wahooooooooooooooooooo!!! so excited for you!!!!!!! congratulations, diane!!!!! more exclamation points!!!

I'm thrilled for you! Congrats! If I lived near you it would be party horns, bubbles and pastel cakes galore in celebration if you know what I mean! Had no idea - what great news Have a great weekend!

So. One door closes and another opens. Congratulations. It couldnt have happened for a nicer, more generous spirit.

thanks so awesome! mazel tov!

YAY! Congratulations. They couldn't have picked a better Craft Goddess!

Congratulations! That's awesome.

There is no better choice! Congratulations to you!

Yay!!! for you Diane! Your mum has just emailed me with the fabulous news!
I've been told before that when everything seems the worst and it all seems so hard, try to remember that it usually means that something wonderful is just around the corner. So perhaps this is what all that upset with your burnout etc last year was all about! You've just turned that corner.
I'm sure you're the perfect one for this job!
Big hugs. xoxo

Happy happy joy joy. That's the dance we do here in N.E. when all the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. So happy for you! Kisses Hugs and know you will do a super job

So many wild & huge congratulations. Your voice via the CraftPod podcast has motivated me as I painted my first studio in Florida and during many a late night craftathon. Your blog and presence online has provided SO much thoughtful commentary on craft today. I honestly can't think of someone I'd be happier to hear is leading the good ship Craft. Huzzah!

That is fantastic. You will do such a great job. Way to go!

I'm super thrilled for you, Diane! Cheers + fireworks + martinis all around. Go for it.

AAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SO, SO, SO happy for you!!!!!!!!! This is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joanie sends her love and good wishes. Her internet is down so she asked that I tell you how happy she is to hear the news.

So in her own words: "WOW! I'm incredibly happy for her. Please forward my love and good wishes to Diane until I can get myself back online. She will be a brilliant editor, Diane's perfect for the job"

I got INSTANT goosebumps!!! Your totally perfect for this job!! Congrats!!! ; )

Woah! Congratulations Diane!!! That is amazing, exciting, life changing news! I'm so proud of you! <3

Holy buckets! That's great news! So very happy for you.

HUZZAH!!! Congratulations -- I'm so excited for you!

HUZZAH!!! Congratulations -- I'm so excited for you!

HUZZAH!!! Congratulations -- I'm so excited for you!

CONGRATULATIONS, Diane! :-D This is such an amazing news!
I got to hear the news by your mother, via email, as well. :-D ( *Waves* Hi, Pam! ;-) )
You will be such a great editor-in-chief for CRAFT. I still have all my CRAFT magazines from when they were printed. And, when I did a craft fair in montreal, they were one of our sponsors. So, I only have good words for them!
So, so, so exited and happy for you. :-) Long live to you and CRAFT!

Congratulations! I'm sure you will settle right in and have an amazing time.

Many congratulations Diane. How very exciting for you, and well deserved too.

Congratulations! That is such fantastic news. I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job!

Awesome! They are so lucky to have you! :)

Woo-hoo! You're the perfect gal for the job -- I can't wait to see the amazing things you do there!

This is fabulous news, Diane!!

I'm so happy for you (but I'm not surprised). Sometimes when you make room, new things have a chance to move in . Congratulations! You'll do a GREAT job. I guess I have one more place to start visiting on a regular basis.

Yay, so happy for you! So awesome all the way around!!!


Congratulations! This is very exciting news.

Congratulations, Diane! What awesome news!

Congratulations! I haven't been reading blogs (or blogging!) for months and I am happy to read this! I love CRAFT (and your blog of course) and am excited to see what comes next. My semester is over tomorrow and I look forward to diving back in, catching up on what has been going on and seeing the greatness continue. :)

I'm going to add my congratulations to the looong list: yay!! Congratulations!! Also, if you are ever in Sebastopol again, I used to live near there and I worked at an amazing bakery call Wild Flour Breads ( Go, you won't regret it! and get some fougasse (cheese bread) for me.

Hearty Hearty Congratulations!