Ultimate Blog Party 2009 and a Prize!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

I'm partying with the Ultimate Blog Party 2009. Click on the button above and see what it's all about! Hope you'll join in!


Note: Blog naming contest has officially ended. Make sure to come back later this afternoon and see who came up with the best idea!
Some of you already know me a little; I hope you’ll feel like you learned something new about me when you’ve finished reading this post!

For the rest of you…

…I’m Abigail Kraft—artist, obsessive movie buff, connoisseur of the art of listening to music, violinist, health nut, Sophomore homeschooler, wannabe people person, writer, and most importantly, faithful child of the Almighty God. ‘Ello chaps!

I live in the country right outside of a tiny town called Sedgwick, Kansas. I would fight tooth and nail before having to take care of goats, horses, cows, chickens, or any other barnyard animals! I abhor country music with a passion, and would rather die than be caught wearing a cowboy hat, boots, or a giant belt buckle….but, somehow life is perfect for me out here—with acres and acres for my imagination to create anything and everything that it wishes. I am living proof that you can live in a country home in the middle of Kansas and still listen to jazz, drink Starbuck’s, and devour a boatload of media on a daily basis.

I thought I’d take you all on a little tour of my New York City flat (a.k.a. my bedroom) today and give you all in inside look into the slightly dull, yet eccentric entity that is moi.

First of all, check out all of my movie posters. I’ve been collecting them for about a year and I still have a really wimpy bunch...but I love them all!

Of course, I also have my "romantic" side. As previously mentioned, I play the violin, and I am in love with French culture!

Now, these are three of my most amazing friends...I'd like to introduce you to Oxley (my computer), Sir Francisco (my beloved Rubik's cube), and Sparky Deryl Schrute (my brand new--and might I add, quite spiffy--32gb iPod Touch). These guys are essential aspects of my daily life....and yes, I name everything.

I spend waaaay too much time in this nook (Yup, I'm here right now). My dearest Oxley does not like to be moved from his home on the desk, so I sit for hours on end and do everything computer-ish here...both productive and...not so productive.

And right next to it is my artist's haven. Note, since it's directly next to my computer, I can tap my music library any time I want to while I'm in my state of creative effusion.

So, I'll bet you're wondering "Where's all the music?" Well, this is what it looks like in my room...

...but this is the source.

You have permission to gasp....THIS is my favorite place to hang out--my brother, Jared's bedroom--media heaven. Jared, Cecily (my almost 13 year old sis), and I are huge Smallville fans, so we gather around his TV and watch an episode together every night. It's one of my favorite parts of the day. Afterwards, Jared and I always stay up for 2 to 3 more hours watching movies, playing Xbox 360, listening to music, etc....anything that includes massive media consumption!

Beware...this next fact may cause you to realize how strange I truly am...

I have an odd obsession with the number "32". You know how people make wishes at 11:11? Well, I make wishes at 11:32. If you take my date of birth and add up all of the numbers (6+4+1+9+9+3), it equals...32! They say that "42" is the answer to the universe, but in MY universe, "32" is always the answer. Reasons why 32 is the best number:

  • Kip Dynamite is like 32 years old.
  • The brilliant composer, John Williams, was born in 1932.
  • The largest iPod Touch is 32gb.
  • 32 degrees F is the freezing point of water.
  • There are 32 black and 32 white squares on a chess board, plus 32 chess pieces.
  • 32 looks awesome on jerseys, and is in fact Shaquille O'Neal's jersey number.
  • There are 32 teeth in the adult human mouth (including wisdom teeth).
  • (I just found this one out) There are 32 muscles in each of a cat's ears.

  • So, there you have it. 32 is without a doubt the best number there is.

    Now that you know everything you could ever possibly want to know about me (well, sort of), I need your help!

    Help me rename my blog, and win a prize!

    I've been wanting to rename my blog for a while. Mainly because "Random Ramblings" is used all over the web, and I would like to find something more unique and interesting. I would also like it to be shorter than "Random Ramblings of a Teenage Artist"...that's quite a bit to work with.

    What I'm going to do is have you all post a comment on this post with suggestions for a new title for my blog. I'm looking for something optimistic and eccentric--something that will capture a bit of the essence of me and my blog while staying condensed and easy to work with. Try and use interesting words, create unique and enthralling visuals...you know what I'm saying. Just let your creativity go crazy!

    The contest will run until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27. At that point, entries will no longer be accepted, and I will start running through all of the ideas you give me. I will announce the winner on Saturday, March 28, by 8:00 pm. The winner will recieve a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!

    I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! No idea is a bad idea, so make sure you join in the fun!

    I hope everyone enjoyed the party, and am crossing my fingers that you will return so that I can get to know and keep up with you all! Ciao!


    Juliana said...

    Hi Abigail,

    You have wonderful blog. Nice to meet u in this UBP 09.

    I am participate in UBP 09 as well, my personal‘s blog, photo‘s blog, and travel‘s blog. Hope you visit mine as well . Thanks

    Unknown said...

    Okay, if you love this blog title, you don't have to give me the prize - no really, you don't - but this has GOT to be it:
    "Quirky at it's BEST!" I think that describes you beautifully. hee hee (or how about "Quirky Cutie")
    WHAT? You think NO? :)

    Okay. :( But I do love your quirky little ways. I wonder where you got them? No! Don't say that! Your daddy would not approve of that statement!

    Have a fun time at the blog party! I loved your very Abigail post.

    Anonymous said...

    Love your post! I wish I'd had a blog as a sophomore. Now, about that blog title...hmmm...something with your name in it? (I'm kinda partial to name named blogs...)

    Anyway, happy partying!


    Anonymous said...

    Love your blog! I'm no good with names (even naming my blog posts is a trial for me!), so I'll just leave that to someone with more creativity. Hope you have fun partying.

    Kristin said...

    I loved getting to know you Abigail! I don't have as much music as y'all do, but there is nothing that touches my soul more than music. I also realized how old I am when you put that you were born in '93 and I graduated from High School in '94! LOL

    I'm no good at coming up with names either. My first thought was something with "canvas" in it. Then I thought what about making it sound like a street or avenue in NYC, using the number 32, like 32 Oxley Avenue or something like that. See, I'm no good at this! LOL You should see the list of names I had going when I was trying to name my business! Ultimately, I just ended up naming it after my birth name (Summer Suzette).

    Good luck with your new blog name! I look forward to seeing what people come up with.


    Sarah Robbins said...

    The Kraftiest Kraft? No wait, that is not my official entry. I loved your post, and your contest. I will have to give it some thought, though, before I make my official suggestion. :)

    PS I have that EXACT same Paris poster in my bathroom- it has a French theme.

    Becca said...

    Thank you for your sweet comment! I love reading your blog. It warms my heart to read of the relationship your family has, so beautiful!

    I am not very good with the whole creativity thing. Actually, I am not even really good with words at all. I will try and work something out today and return later if it actually works!

    Kristin said...

    Hey Abigail. I have just been getting into Christian music and I love Leeland and their lyrics too. The church I went to last week was their home church here in my town and Leeland and Jack Mooring were there! It was just a tiny church in a warehouse with about 100 people at most. Not many people know about the fact that they are here in my town. I admire that about them. They aren't in it for the fame. To say the music was awesome is an understatement and I was incredibly disappointed that I didn't enjoy the service. I really wanted it to feel right. When Leeland spoke, it felt right to me, but there were other things going on that I felt completely uncomfortable with. Not that it was wrong, it just didn't suit me personally. I will probably go back once in a while though, just to experience their music because it really speaks to me too.

    Julie said...

    Great post! I collected movie posters growing up. I think I just recently threw them away, otherwise I'd offer them to you.

    I'm going to have to think about the title for awhile. I'm not good at that stuff. I only renamed my blog 5 times...maybe more... :)

    Sorry, but I'm partial to the number 14! :)

    Jamimania said...

    Hey Abigail!! I like your website as is... but I did think of another name that I thought was fitting:

    DIVINE DESIGNS... "art from the heart"

    I don't know if you'll like it, but I thought it was kinda catchy. :) Good luck!!

    septembermom said...

    You have a very impressive blog! I love your writing style. I'll take a shot at a blog name suggestion.

    "Renaissance Abby" honoring your creative spirit and love of art, film, music, books, etc.

    If I think of another one, I'll drop you another note. Good luck!

    The Harris Family said...

    Love your blog, you are so intuitive with your style! I like the names of your three favorite things, I used to work at a cafe in college called Oxley's Cafe. All my friends worked there as well. Anyways I am not great at titles, yet I feel if you combine everyone's ideas you will come up with something great...

    how about...

    Oxley's 32 Quirks

    I hope you come up with something! Happy Blog Party

    Anonymous said...

    Awesome blog. I hate to say I am NOT a fan of Smallville... It's true. But I do LOVE Supernatural which comes on right after Smallville! lol.. Good luck renaming your blog. Here is my suggestion: "This Artist's Voice"

    Have a blessed day!

    jodifur said...

    I'm party hopping.

    September said...

    Dear Abigail ~

    LOVE your post! I am new to the blogging world ,and I am sooo loving your posts!! Your creative nook is so great! I love that you, Jared, and Cecily can share those evenings together. Have fun with Smallville!
    I am brainstorming for a name for your Blog - will post when the thought hits!
    September McCarthy

    Liza767 said...

    i am a newbie to UBP it fun i meeting so many new poeple

    i got a blog name how about ABIGAILS INSIGHT?

    September said...

    OK... Here are a few ideas:

    Molding A Masterpiece

    An Artisans Rhapsody

    Rhaposdy of an Artisan

    Rhapsody 32

    Coup de Maure 32

    Rhapsody Manifest

    32 graffito lane

    Artisans Tapestry

    Hmmm.. Have some more thoughts,, out of time.. will write later.

    September said...

    OK... Here are a few ideas:

    Molding A Masterpiece

    An Artisans Rhapsody

    Rhaposdy of an Artisan

    Rhapsody 32

    Coup de Maure 32

    Rhapsody Manifest

    32 graffito lane

    Artisans Tapestry

    Hmmm.. Have some more thoughts,, out of time.. will write later.

    September said...

    OK... Here are a few ideas:

    Molding A Masterpiece

    An Artisans Rhapsody

    Rhaposdy of an Artisan

    Rhapsody 32

    Coup de Maure 32

    Rhapsody Manifest

    32 graffito lane

    Artisans Tapestry

    Hmmm.. Have some more thoughts,, out of time.. will write later.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi Abigail! So nice to meet you! Love your artwork! It's nice to see teenagers with a goal! You could really be an inspiration to a lot of teens. Party on! From an old hippie grandma.

    Anonymous said...

    You are one impressive girl! Don't have a clue about the blog name, but I do wish you good luck. It took me forever to come up with a name for mine, but now I couldn't imagine it being anything else. I just loved visiting your blog.

    vera said...

    I knew from your mom's blog that you were a pretty cool kid, but now that I've read all about you, I've decided you're AWESOME!! Seriously. And - this is freakish to me - you are the ONLY other person I've known who has a "thing" for the number 32. I have since I was 9 years old and my mom was 32. Thanks so much for putting up with my country music (I used to feel the same way as you until I discovered Patsy Cline) long enough to say hello. You are TOTALLY being added to my blogroll!

    Anonymous said...

    Okay, I had to partially steal from your mother (then I had to go to dictionary.com to check my spelling - I'm a good speller, but come on!). How about:

    Quintessentially Quirky
    --This Girl's Artful Essence (or some other tagline).


    representing the perfect example of a class or quality

    I had also thought of things like

    Artfully Krafted
    Abigail's Artitude - ha

    Have fun picking something, it'll be great, I'm sure!

    Aunt Lisa

    Anonymous said...

    I'm not creative so I don't think I'd well assisting you with renaming your blog.

    I am impressed with your blog - I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

    I am bookmarking you now.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Hope you are having a blast at the UBP!

    Linda said...

    "Grace Land" by Abigail Grace

    God's Grace @ Abigail's Place

    Miracles on 32nd & Oxley

    Platitudes & Attitudes

    Life with Abigail

    Life According to Abigail

    Stop Look and Listen

    Hidden Treasures

    Art Music and More

    A Willing Vessel

    The Violin Concerto

    Jared's Sister

    My Mother's Daughter


    Spreading My Wings

    Aiming Towards Perfection

    A Little Bit Of Everything

    Grateful Grace

    Ab's Abundant Life

    Lovin' Life

    Livin' Life & Lovin' It

    Ok Abigail, I am stopping now. This could go on for ever!

    Love, Grams

    April said...

    Just going from party to party to see how others are doing this blogging thing.

    I don't have a unique idea for your name but I have to say I liked some of the other comments
    Quintessentially Quirky
    and A Willing Vessel
    would be the ones I like the best so far from the comments

    My prize is #115 check it out!
    Have a good weekend blog partyn'!

    StacieinAtlanta said...

    Hi Abigail,

    I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out. What a great week we are in for!

    Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. :)

    The Divine Miss Mommy

    vera said...

    Okay I'm back... I had to think about the name thing...

    How about "Sure Dwellings and Quiet Resting Places" from Isaiah 32:18

    How about "Knowing She Has Wings" from the following Victor Hugo quote (you know, the French guy) "Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings."

    Or "The Smartest Artist" (sorry, couldn't resist - I have a three year old who is obsessed with rhymes)

    Hmm... I'll keep thinking ;)

    Anonymous said...

    Hi, I enjoyed visiting your site! You remind me of a good friend who also names everything - from the car to her iPhone AND her iPod. Quite fun! :)

    Since my site deals with the Sandwich Generation and working with all ages from grandkids up to elderly parents, I do tend to think of aging. So how about Aging with Grace or Aging Gracefully :)

    Have a great time at the Blog Party.

    Mum-me said...

    I used to name everything when I was about your age too. Long names that could be shortened, if I wanted. My car's name was Fiztgerald, but I used to call him Fizty. (I used to gender-ize everything too.)

    I think your blog should be called "32, on Oxley."

    Have fun with the blog party!

    Kristin said...

    Hello-my daughter's name is Abigail, too a beautiful name :)

    Here's my votes for a blog title "City girl stuck in Kansas"
    "City girl stuck in the Country"

    Amy Clary said...

    I found your blog via your mom. I love it!

    OK, About your blog name? Well, my only idea may not be what you're looking for.

    I was thinking of "For the Love of Art" and LOVE the french translation. "Pour l'amour d'art".

    Good luck to you!

    valerie2350 said...

    Quirky Rambler?

    My Quirks?

    Artsy Rambler?

    Olivia said...

    Hey Abs! The whole UBP thing looks like so much fun! Last night and today I looked over some of the blogs and I think I'll join the party. :) I love the look of your room. My old room was really cool. Black and white with these raspberry accents... it was pretty sweet with black and white photos on the wall and such... then I moved into my sister's room when the boys came. Now it's a miss matched mess of white, black, pink, lime green, purple, and whatever else happens to be around.
    My dad got an iPhone and I really want his old touch... I just don't want to annoy him about it. :)
    As for names, I only thought of a few. I'll keep trying and let you know if I think of any more.
    "Creative Musings"
    "Confessions of a Mediaholic" (Ok, that one's kind of a joke... :D)
    "Life According To Abs"
    "Media Meditations"
    I'll try to think of more and get back to you later. God bless!

    Super Fun Mama said...

    Hi, coming over from UBP. I'm trying to visit all the blogs. Right now, if I visit 149 per day in the next 7 days I'll make it. I'm hoping for long nap times for the next 7 days! Anyway, it is really nice to meet you and your blog. I have a toddler learning blog myself where we do a lot of learning activities and have fun. Blogs are my favorite way to spend time. They've totally replaced magazines for me. So nice to meet you! Have a magical day!

    Anonymous said...

    Hi there, stopping by to say hello from the UBP and wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    auntrene said...

    I am having fun at the blog party, Your site has made this very interesting.. hmmm a name,
    I am trying to put something together,
    You live near Sedgewick, you like the number 32 oh excuse me you LOve the number 32. You name is Abigail Kraft.
    Ask 32, no, Sedgewick 32.
    Ramblings from Oxley 32.
    32 Ramblings from Oxley..
    Ok. confession I am terrible at this stuff. I hope someone very insightful and clever comes along and gives you a terrific new name.
    thanks for the fun party. NOw i won't be able to sleep tonight trying to come up with a winning combination.. Yes I have a little OCD and like to be in charge.
    Stop by my blog if you have time and leave a comment to be entered in the Surprise Door Prize. auntrene.blogspot.com

    Pami said...

    love your blog we are almost neighbors I am not sure where sedwick is but I am a Missouri girl living close to Pittsburg kansas
    Happy UBP!

    Anonymous said...

    Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

    As for renaming your blog...you should include the number 32 somehow, don't ya think?


    Unknown said...

    Hi nice to meet you! How about Not Country Living I know I'm not very good at this after mine is Brea's Mommy! Good luck on finding a new name! I would also like to invite you to link to Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post!

    Frantic Holly said...

    It's great to meet you! What a wonderful blog. Hope you have a wonderful bloggy party!

    Beth said...

    Hi Abigail! It's so nice to meet you! Hope you find a name for your blog! Good luck!

    Jared Kraft said...

    Cool post! : ) A couple of ideas I have for the blog title:

    Rear Window: Observations of 32nd Street

    The View from 32nd Street

    32 Oxley Ave.

    Anonymous said...

    Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


    Kati said...

    Hmm! I have been trying to think of something catchy for your blog.. but you pretty much kick everything I like.. so I dont think I would be much help! haha!

    Welcome to the party!!

    Anonymous said...

    Drawing nearer to Him (pun intended)
    (Expressing my thoughts with words and emotions through art-tagline).

    (Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better. ~André Gide-tagline)

    Or, whatever you choose. ;)

    Been having fun reading your blog, looking at your pictures/art, and reading your mom's book.

    God Bless,

    Colette S said...

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I'm quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

    Anonymous said...

    So nice to meet you, Abigail! I am stopping by via UBP'09. Your nook looks really exciting.

    For a blog name, I am on brain freeze right now but can make out one (be back for more, possibly):

    "Best Abs in Town" (gaaah! I shouldn't have bothered!)

    Oh you are invited to my blog party in Dubai!

    The Blainemonster said...

    I love how the blogosphere works! Some woman from Minnesota found my blog and commented, I checked out her site, and you were linked on her blogroll. So in three minutes I had gone from Kansas to Minnesota and back to Kansas! (I'm winded). At any rate, I wanted to let you know that I've added you to the blogroll of our youth group's blog www.soulprojectwarehouse.blogspot.com . We have some young people your age that are also insanely talented and I know they will appreciate your "stuff." :) Have a great day!

    Nadine said...

    Hi. Nice to meet you. You are a very creative young lady with many interests.

    As far as a new name, here are some ideas:

    Abigail's Musings
    Living, Loving Creatively
    Abigail's Creative Loves

    I hope someone comes up with something you love.

    Have fun at all the parties and stop by if you get the chance.

    Tracy P. said...

    Hi Abigail! This is funny. I stopped by a few hours after you had posted this, and no one else had been by yet. And I thought here you had gone to ALL this work to do this awesome post, and NOTHING. So then I saw your contest and laughed and the thought that a woman whose blog is called "The Journey" could come up with something original! Which sadly, I cannot. So I went on my way thinking I would return at a calmer moment. Glad these people all caught up with you. I like the ones that included the word Rhapsody. Have fun choosing! I'm looking forward to finding out who wins.

    Nutmeg said...

    The whole 32 thing cracked me up!

    As for a blog name...hmmmm....

    Sketchy Details


    Beth said...

    Hi Abigail! I enjoyed reading your blog this morning! How about "Abigail's Artistic Articulations" for a blog name? That may be still too long, but you can shorten it (take off your name from the beginning) or maybe it will help spark some ideas of your own!

    Cindy Swanson said...

    Hi Abigail! What a delightful person you are, and what a terrific blog you have.

    As far as your blog's name...you're right, "Random Ramblings" has been done to death. However, I love that you include that you're a Teen-aged Artist in the title, and I think that needs to say. Why not just "Abigail Kraft, Teen-aged Artist"?

    Best wishes and blessings as you continue down your very talented path...and I hope you'll stop by my blog when you get a moment!

    Colleen @AMadisonMom said...

    Hi Abigail. I'm very impressed with your blog. And the fact that you play violin (I failed miserably at that). And your brother's media collection. Gasp.

    Just blog hopping in through the party link list.
    Stop in on my party if you've got a minute!

    Joni said...

    Dear Abigail,

    Your radiance shines through your art and blog wonderfully. God has blessed you greatly.

    This is a contact from a fellow teenager who's aspiring to be a writer and artist. As a fellow sketcher, I thought I'd give some name ideas for your artistic blog:
    Wielder of Shade 32B (or 32H, depending on your liking...) or it could just be "Shade 32B" (/32H). "32B/H Sketcher"?

    Whatever you choose, I can tell your creative and that it'll be a title that fits you perfectly.

    Though we're young, that just makes us more able bodied to do work for our glorious Father.

    Best of wishes.

    Natalie said...

    How about 'Arbitrary Moments with Abigail'.

    you have a great blog! i hope you find the perfect name!!!

    ThriftyMommy said...

    I am not very good at naming blogs. It took me months to come up with a name for one of mine. But how about Gracefully Abigail?

    Unknown said...

    I am completely envious of your 32GB iPod Touch. I have a first generation 8GB - that I LOVE - but the extra space and speaker would be heavenly!

    I have no suggestions of my own, but someone above suggested Artfully Krafted and I think that is perfect (and I've only perused a few of your posts).


    Anonymous said...

    I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

    Anonymous said...

    Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

    Anonymous said...

    your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

    Barbara's Beat said...

    Hi, nice to meet you. I would like to suggest "très chic" as in way cool for your blog
    or how about "Sheek Chic"

    tiarastantrums said...

    Hello - here on the party route - still trying to meet up with all the blogs - have been to 250+ so far - last day! Lovely to meet your blog!!

    sara said...

    what about "life outside the lines"? i dont know lol! i liked it though!

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