Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The end of an extraordinary experiment in nice. Crush 131 and done. Kristy crushes Kristy.

The Pug Crush feature began as a little experiment in kindness and it changed my life. I had the distinct honor of shining the spotlight on so many extraordinary women, businesses and blogs without asking anything in return. Just to be nice to another human being. Radical, huh?

Through this journey, I was able to get to know so many of you in a way I would never have otherwise. My experiment was designed to showcase everyone as a relatable individual and let the world know a little bit more about all of these amazing women behind their computer screens. Crushing knows no fan or liker count-it is about the person..not the fan club.

Pug Crushing has seriously changed my life. I cannot describe how it actually feels to make someone else feel valued, special and happy with no strings attached. The feedback I have gotten is astounding. The same, simple questions answered by the super star bloggers and the newbies makes everyone more relatable and connected.

That all being said, crushing is quite time consuming. I spend up to an hour each day on the feature and I can no longer keep the pace. My business will be moving in a new direction and I have a bunch of shiny, new excitng projects I have been working on that I will share in the upcoming months.

I have crushed on every sweet chick from around the world to return their q&a. I thank them from the bottom of my glittery heart for answering the questions and for allowing me to shine the spotlight on them. I hope my readers have gotten to know some of their favorites in a different light and I hope I have introduced you to many new and extraordinary women.

As my last crush...I will crush on myself. Could I be any more conceited? LOL. I will answer those very same questions we have all grown to love and adore.

Thank you again for all the support. This was an amazing journey. An experiment that changed my life and I hope you enjoyed the ride.

the purple pug crush of the day

{365 days of creative coolness}
13 questions because that’s way more interesting than 10

• favorite color? grayish purple

• favorite team? J-E-T-S

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Black raspberry jelly donuts or a Cinnabon with a side of pizza.

• party trend you are crushing on? Real parties~on a smaller scale~designed with love. Handmade everything. Yarn. Fabric. Old school charm. Creativity. Glitter.

• party trend you are so over? Precision balanced dessert tables-snooze. Labeling every single item on every single table..LOL.. Silhouette drawings of kids creep me out. Curling ribbon.

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Glitter. Paper. Ribbon. Yarn. Wait-every single aisle-except the picture frame ones and the stencil aisles..I pass those up..LOL.

• do you wear Uggs? Negative.

• do you really exercise? See answer above.

• minivan or non minivan driving? Pugs need more swagger than a Minivan provides.

• favorite holiday? Valentine's Day. I love love.

• favorite smell? Applejack and Peel. And, in my heart forever, the smell of my baby boys, fresh out of the bath-clean little curly hair and a little bit of Baby Magic. Heaven.

• do you color your hair? Totally.

• do you think you’re cool? HOLLA!


Natalie {little shindigs} said...

you are amazing my amiga. The experiment in nice was such a dedication on your part and I will forever be in awe.

Go Love


Piggy Bank Parties said...

To my sweet Purple Pug...thank you for introducing us to so many amazing party chicks and for introducing this lil' piggy to your party posse!

Wishing you purple glittery success in your next adventure! {hoof to paw fist pump!}

oxoxo Your lil' Pink Piggy friend

Melissa C said...

You are a true inspiration!
Thank you for giving the spotlight to so many lovely ladies. I am still honored to have been crushed on.
You will always be a glitter rockstar in my book.

Laura { Eye Candy Event Details} said...

Girlfriend - I totally ADORE you & this was my FAV crush! Why? Because like you said you started on a journey to share your glitttery niceness to so many (including me) & I for one, always looked forward to reading what you had written about someone (almost) everyday! But YOU were my fav because we NEED more people like you, that don't care about showing the 'real' side of them & being totally RELATABLE! You have been a friend to so many people along the way & YOU were one of the only ones who 1st reached out to me when I first came on the scene & I will NEVER forget that! Not many will extend that hand - but you did! You are one special glitter goddess & I am very proud to know you & call you MY FRIEND! Thanks for the ride . . . now it's YOUR turn to do what you LOVE! xoxo

Tini Posh said...

Your experiment of nice, touched so many women Including myself..I will miss your crushes..but wish you much success with your new direction (can't wait to see what you are up to!).

You could not have ended the experiment with a better Crush! You are Amazing, Sweet, and Beyond Talented.

I agree on the forever smell of your little ones right out of the is baby magic!

Not Just A Mommy! said...

Holy smokes, has it been that long! I found a new few peeps to stalk because of your features, and honored that you included me as number 70. Although I'm still not clear why I wasn't number 1. But that's ok, I will let that pass :)

Party Box Design said...

i will miss your crushes, have looooved learning about new exciting companies!

also loved being a crush, def made me feel special and for that- thank you so super much!

can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

I've found lots of new crushes thanks to your generosity. I am totally honored to be included in your experiment too - thank you!!

Love that you crushed on yourself---even though ALL of us have been crushing on you for a while!

Susan Crabtree said...

I loved this feature-thank you for sharing so many amazing women & their creative passions with us!

Bird said...

Totally a great end to end this!! Way to go Pug on another successful venture and may your new ones be just as successful and as fun as this one was!!

Loved reading about you!!


You rock totally! I thought your act of kindness was great. May you have successful blessings for your upcoming ventures & projects!
Keep all that glitter & glam going!

Brittany @GreyGreyDesigns said...

You are an inspiration to us all, Miss Pug. You know I adore you. You've introduced us to some fabulous party chicks along the way and I have loved reading every single one. But, this was my favorite. Way to go out with a bang! :)

Tricia said...

My glittery are an inspiration to all!! Can't wait to see what you have up your glittery sleeve! ;o)

Cari @ Socially Circled said...

So much fun to learn a little about so many party chicks. You're my fave, Pug! Glittery kisses, C

Hatter and Hare Events said...

One of my favorite quotes is "kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back". Thanks for raising the bar and providing a wonderful example of selflessness! It's been a joy and an honor to know you - I can't wait to see what you'll do next!!

Malu Boutiques said...

Kristy you're just a beautiful person and such a true inspiration. I am honored to have been crushed on. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us. Thank you for being you and making it glittery!!!!

Dandy Delights said...

You rock Pug! It's about time you shined that glittery purple light on yourself! Thank you so much for doing this, you are the best :)

Sandra Downie said...

I enjoyed reading your "crushes" and will miss them, but we grow as business women, personally and business wise and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! XO

Setting the Mood said...

Kristy, my purple pug are amazing. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful women and their work. I can't wait to see what the future hold for you!! Shine on my glitter girlfriend!!! We are all crushing on YOU!

Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. said...

I really do HEART you! Your crushes are so amazing and so thoughtful. Your words are so kind an encouraging. You know me well, to know that I truly feel that kind words can have such an impact on someone life and how they feel about themselves. I'm so honored that you crushed on me because I think you are so super talented and I admire your skill so much. I'm so happy that your business in flourishing and taking new shape... the sky in the limit and I can't wait to set back and watch you SOAR even higher chica!

Jill {peasandthankyous} said...

Wow, what can one say that the rest haven't already?! You are loved by all ~ for your EPIC talent, your sincere kindness, and your glittery personality. Thank you for bringing us all together through your crushes!!

mom22 said...

As one of the "newbies" you featured, I will forever be indebted to you for you taking the time to care enough about the "big" and the "small" and letting us all get to know how much we really are alike.
Can't wait to see what you are doing next!

Wendy Anderson said...

Great way to wrap things up!! Good luck on your new direction.

michelle@everyday celebrating said...

Take a BOW, sister! That was fabulous! Your experiment has been inspiring to us ALL. Can't wait to see what you're up to next.

Kustom Kreations by Elisha Akram said...

I've enjoyed the crushing!!! I think the experiment was fabulous gave me lots of new creative ladies to follow!!! Looking forward what new direction the Pug is headed.... ! Much continue success in all that you do!!!!

Jane (and Lou) said...

It was wonderful to be introduced to such awesome talent. I will need to go back and read all the ones I've missed so that I can introduce myself to them. And I did have a giggle at your responses! One day we shall meet up my dear, until then, I shall enjoy your funny facebook posts and inspiring blog, Jane xx

Tiffany said...

Honestly my favorite questions was what party thing are you over. It was so fun to see what those out there just didn't dig anymore, most made me laugh. I also have to say silhouettes of kids also creep me out!! : )
thanks again for letting me be one of your crushes.

Pink Peppermint Paper said...

What a great idea you had! Thanks for introducing us to so many fab ladies. What a fun and supportive group of women the party scene can be! It's amazing to know that we are not alone even on days when it seems nothing is further from the truth. Thanks, girl!


Ann-Margaret Arnold said...

Kristy, Can't wait to see what all you'll be up to next! I'm still so happy the sweet Khaliah introduced me to you! I always enjoy seeing the glittery goodness you are up to or reading your sweet inspiration. Your experiment was such an amazing journey to take on ~ it has touched many which is something to be so very proud of! :) I've still got "crushes" to catch up on so your experiment will just continue on.


Jillian said...

You continue to inspire me. I feel honored to call you my friend. I can't wait to see what you have in store and of course I can't wait to show it all off! xoxo

Jen @ SecondCitySoiree said...

Just loved reading everyone's answers! It was a great way to find new bloggers to connect with. THANK YOU!!

The Party Muse said...

I love you Puggy, you're truly a joy and I'm happy to have been a part of all of your nice gifts :)

JC's Loft said...

I absolutely loved reading your crush posts and sad they are ending, but happy for you and where ever this new direction is taking you!


LilBuckarooDesigns said...

Should be sleeping but catching up on weeks of "stuff" I missed!! I caught a glimpse of this but didn't get a chance to say THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of your purple, glittery crushes!! It was during a time when I personally needed to be uplifted so thank you for that gift!! I definitely think your experiment was a win/win...very smart marketing girl...very smart :)