Monday, June 30, 2008
It's called an "Arte y Pico" award. I need to go look up what that means...okay, it originated at a blog called "Arte y Pico" (of course!) and here's the link: http://arteypico.blogspot.com/ I wish I was better at Spanish! I'm translating this as "Art and Beak," which makes no sense...but might if I could read the blog, LOL!
Anyhoo, in accepting there are rules to follow, so here I go:
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and a link to his/her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that presented her/him with the award.
4.The award winner and one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.
Oh, my goodness, how do I pick five out of all the wonderful blogs I've come across??????
My first nominee is Susan over at Blackberry Creek. http://blackberrycreek.typepad.com/blackberry_creek/ I love her photographs, her amazing quilts, her creativity and, of course, her dog "Sophie Belle Patterpaw." Susan is all about Southern Charm...and her husband's a cutie, too!
I found Becky's Blog http://sew-and-so.blogspot.com/ on my ABCs of creative blogs adventure, and I really enjoy following her creative projects. Check out how she refashioned an old shirt into what she calls a "Doolittle Blouse." So clever!
My next nominee is Shereen at "Waiting for Him." http://w8ng4him.blogspot.com/ If you are one of my frequent flyers, you know that I try to participate in Shereen's "Sew Crafty Friday" each week! What a wonderful showcase for the amazing creative talent out there! Thanks, Shereen, for starting this 'carnival.' I know it can't be easy to keep up with it, when you've got your beautiful family keeping you busy! It inspires me to keep working on my 17,000 wips!
Okay, every time I visit Lettie at "Polka Dot Pineapple" I smile. Go on over there and try to keep a frown on your face. Just try! http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/ Ha, ha, I knew you couldn't do it? Aren't those yo-yo projects the cutest things ever?
Finally, I have to nominate Tammy of "Tammy's Recipes." http://www.tammysrecipes.com/ Mostly because I use her Amish Bread and Pizza Crust recipes all the time! She also has a carnival..."Kitchen Tip Tuesday." Keep those recipes coming, Tammy...it's all so goooood!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Here is a blouse I'm making for the 8-year-old I babysit. I just have to do the hem and close up where I put the elastic in the neck. Angelina has already tried it on and it looks cute on her. It's a very easy pattern, McCall's 5135. It ties in the back and the skirt part is cut on the bias, so it has a nice twirl to it! I made my own bias tape for the neckline.
Please visit "Waiting for Him" (see my sidebar) for more Sew Crafty Friday fun, and join in while you're at it!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Our second stop in Florida is one of my all-time favorite blogs, Daisy Cottage. This is the blog that really got me started on blog-hopping. It's just so awesome that I had to see what else was out there. You will love meeting Kim, but you will really love her dog Miss Maggie! Pay them a visit at http://deardaisycottage.typepad.com/daisy_cottage/
Okay, now we hit Alabama. You get 3 blogs for the price of one if you visit
http://snapshot-album.blogspot.com/ In this one, we'll enjoy some amazing photography. We can hop over to her family blog and her 'Wandering the Web' blogs, too via links on her sidebar. Wandering the Web might be a little dangerous for a blog-hopper like myself...
A hop on the Magical Mystery Tour bus...I mean, the Bloggin' in the USA bus...takes us to Tennessee! http://threadcatcher.blogspot.com/ The pictures here are so beautiful it almost makes me want to move South for real! Except for the heat...
...but I could just melt when I see photos of cute baby birds!
Kentucky is next! If you want a laugh, check out the picture of the smiling sheep on http://beloved-creations.blogspot.com/ and let her (the blogger, not the sheep) know what you do to 'go green' these days! And be sure to scroll down to see the cute handbag her granddaughter made!
Well, I think that's enough cyber-traveling for today! Time to check out my CVS circular...
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Beautiful dog...cute puppies...
Well, after the puppies wear themselves out playing, we'll say goodbye to Spencer, Ben and Jerry and head north in our virtual bus to Oregon. Amanda makes such cute things, some of which she plans to sell in her newly acquired booth at Blue Moon Market Place! Let's wish her the best of luck on her business venture. Read all about it at http://amandacowell.typepad.com/violaceous/ I loved those turquoise shelves, don't you? (And if you are lucky enough to live in the real Oregon, why not pay her shop a visit?)
Back to the bus again...isn't it cool how this amazing bus with all its amenities just happens to show up where we go? Isn't the imagination wonderful?
Next stop, Washington! Tara Larsen Chang is off to take a master class in illustration, but I'm sure she won't mind us looking around her blog a bit! http://tlcillustration.blogspot.com/ The photographs of flowers are amazing, but check out her books on Amazon and her work under the link 'children's illustrators.' Tara's illustrations aren't just pictures...they are personalities! Looking at them, I honestly feel they'll start talking...even the chipmunk, if he hasn't stuffed his cheeks too full.
I'm tired...and in the real world I have a ton of housework to do. See ya next time!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Thanks a bazillion, Debbie! I love it!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So we're tooling along, talking, crocheting, listening to Ella Fitzgerald on the bus's state-of-the-art sound system...and the time just flies by the time we reach...
Wisconsin! Magda's creations are so adorable it almost makes me sorry I sold all my stamps and carving tools a few years ago. (Hey, I'm supposed to be sorta frugal...something had to go, and it wasn't going to be the fabric or scrapbooks!) There are some nice tutorials here and a sweet little bird pattern to embroider or use in other ways. http://www.craftpudding.com/
I admit I have to look at a map to see what's near what...but it looks like a quick hop over to Illinois and "Sunny Pond Home." I love Kristi's little sewing projects, and she has a nice Etsy shop, too! Here's her blog address: http://sunnypondhome.blogspot.com/
Lastly, today, we hit Indiana and "My Heart is Always Home." http://myheartisalwayshome.blogspot.com/Today, Wendi made sidewalk paint to share with her adorable daughter, Megan. There's a recipe, too! And please scroll down to see her "Star Spangled Mason Jars." They are awesome!
My cat just walked in front of the computer and stepped on the phone. Before she dials Moscow, I'd better see if she has food and water in her dish! See ya next time, folks!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Do you remember these?
If Mississippi wore New Jerseys, what would Delaware? Idaho, Alaska!
Say it fast enough and it sounds like this:
If Miss Issippi wore new jersies, what would Della wear? I dunno, I'll ask her!
Okay, the blog already! It is http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/ She's a designer, and her work is so cute, fun and original, I almost can't stand it! Have fun!
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Best of luck to all the graduates out there!
And we'll continue our B-L-O-G (ging) in the USA journey...as soon as I figure out where I put my blog list!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Now let's take a look at the wonderful artwork at http://amulti-coloredlife.blogspot.com/ Sue paints some amazing pictures of rural life. The portrait of Zeus the dog reminds me of Shadow a little bit!
I love Ohio, mostly 'cause my mom lives there. It really is a beautiful state--okay, all states are beautiful, but I'm partial to ones where I have family. Still, it's time to go. This time, we have a stretch limo to get us to Pennsylvania. Don't worry, this is a virtual trip--gas costs exactly zero. I'd rather spend money on cool vintage and thrifty stuff, anyway. Let's take a stop at http://thriftshopromantic.blogspot.com/ and admire those gorgeous roses! Then we'll link over to her "Squidoo" page, http://www.squidoo.com/thriftshopromantic for some great thrifting advice!
Here's another Pennsylvanian blog I like: http://thekrazykraftlady.blogspot.com/ Check out the cute primitives! Denise, aka NeeNee, will show us how to do some crafts and introduce us to other crafters! (BTW, I have to laugh about her nickname--that is what I called my son Nicky when he was a baby!)
Well, I think 2 states and four blogs is enough for one day, don't you? We'll spend the night at a nice Amish bed and breakfast, then head out early in the morning!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
The weather is sure lovely, but I think I see storm clouds in the distance. I'm awfully glad we're almost to our first stop today...Maryland! This is the home of the wonderful blog "Clothmatters2" http://clothmatters2.blogspot.com/
First, let's say 'congratulations to Alison, who is 'Clothmatters' daughter and just graduated from the University of the Arts in Pennsylvania! I guess she takes after her talented mom, who has made some wonderful cloth dolls, awesome pincushions and more! This sure is a fun and inspiring site!
But, alas, the day grows short and we have to hop on a bus. Don't worry, I rented us a private bus with cushy seats, air-conditioning and two bathrooms. There's a cute steward who will bring you lemonade, iced tea or cookies. (Yes, I did remember to pack some chocolate chip cookies!) Let's gaze out the great big windows so we can enjoy the beautiful Southern countryside as we head to...
North Carolina! And who do we find here, but one of my very favorite bloggers...Debbie J. of "Homemaking Dreams." http://homemakingdreams.blogspot.com/ Looks like Debbie's doing some gardening these days! And what a sweetheart she is...she'll show you how to make several projects (including an awesome clothespin bag) if you just click on her tutorial links!
Hey, maybe if we help in the kitchen, Debbie will make us some "Baked Pizza Mac." (You'll find it under her "recipes" label.)
Well, once again we have to bid a fond farewell. But isn't virtual travel great? You can cover hundreds, even thousands, of miles in a few minutes. So long, Debbie...I'll be back!
Our bus rumbles along for a bit, and takes us to South Carolina next. Barbra, of "All About the Buttons" is so creative, and makes some darling small knit projects! http://allaboutthebuttons.blogspot.com/ Besides, who can resist a blog with the word "Buttons" in the title?
Well, ya know, I'm getting tired. I think three states in one day is enough...and I want to get that whale picture off my digital and into my computer. And I promised to make Debbie J. some dishrags--gotta get those together! (Don't worry, Debbie, they'll be there soon!)
Rest up, folks. We're heading farther south tomorrow...or is it 'further', since we're not covering real distance? Hmmmm...
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Pick a bouquet to take with you as a souvenir, 'cause we're heading to Rhode Island next. Look at the cute stuffies over at http://sewingstars.typepad.com/!! Isn't that broccolli a crack-up? And poor little onion...it's not his fault he makes people cry! The awwww-dorable factor is very high here! But eventually, you'll have to pull yourself away, 'cause we have one more stop today!
And that's Massachusetts! If you love vintage, if you love cottage-y things, if you just love loveliness, you will really enjoy our trip to "Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard."
http://beachyscapecodcupboard.blogspot.com/ So many awesome things here, it's like walking through an antiques/thrift shop!
Let's take a rest on the beautiful Cape Cod beach, and maybe have a picnic. We need to refuel for the next round of this trip. I'm not sure where we'll be going--driving up further into New England, or hopping a plane? I may just return to Long Island and 'hang out' for my next post. Meantime, I sure hope you'll enjoy our little trips!
Our trip starts here where I live--Long Island, New York. So you can peruse my own blog for now. We have about an hour before the ferry takes off from Port Jefferson! It's a perfect spring day for a boat ride!