Five Fantastic Bloggers




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Being a "Blogger" can be a wonderful thing. You get the opportunity to put something out there into the big World Wide Web and hope that it reaches someone who appreciates what you write, and someone who get's what you're talking about.

Today, I want to share five blogs that are my very first to read each morning (with fingers crossed that they've posted overnight). These blogs are written by women who have lived life, who share their experiences, who are continually uplifting, and who make me want to be a better woman.

1. Life. By Hand written by Rebecca Sower

If you've ever met Rebecca, I know you'd agree that her personality is one of sweet kindness. She is a wonderfully soft spoken, yet strong woman who is sure of herself. Her blog is full of gorgeous photos of both her home, her studio, and her art. She shares uplifting thoughts and encouraging words. Much of her recent time has been spent teaching women of Haiti to hand make items which can be used to earn a living.

I have an incredible amount of respect and admiration for Rebecca. I invite you to visit her, feel her warmth, and enjoy her sweetness.

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2. inspire co. written by Amy Powers

Amy Powers lives in a life full of color, with a heavy dose of whimsy and it is reflected in her blog. She shares examples of how she incorporates creativity and fun into her life and with her family. She has shared her experiences with foster care, the ideas she has for her sons birthday parties, how she decorates her home (I feel like I want to hang out for a bit and enjoy it! So, I'm trying to incorporate some of her style into my not-so-stylish home!), her wonderful finds (who knew beets could be so tasty! I mean it!), and her all around generous spirit.

Amy is also the Editor and Producer of Inspired Ideas - a FREE magazine! It is one of the BEST creative magazines I have seen in quite a while. I wholeheartedly recommend that you stop by her blog and check out the last issue. I am not kidding when I say I've read it at least half a dozen times. It really is THAT good.

3. A Nest with a View written by Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas is someone I want to be when I grow up. She is a no-nonsense kind of woman with a wicked sense of humor that I adore. Robin writes with a wise and open heart, sharing the experiences and lessons that have made her into the woman she is today. She shares her art (and it is GORGEOUS), her creations, her humor, and her sweet friendship with Jemellia (her "bird" - and I am SO very jealous!!).

Robin is someone I love to be around, and I feel like I can be myself with. She is thought provoking in her choice of words, her photos are always beautiful, and her heart is pure.

4. no big dill written by Katy Dill

Katy is one of those women whose life appears to be a whole lot of fun. Her love of sewing and fostering sewing in others is admirable and encouraging. I love to read about her travels, about her 5 beautiful daughters (all with lovely clever names like Pearl, Clover, Divine, Azure, and Olive), and about the creative ways she puts coordinating outfits together for herself and her daughters.  Katy's photos are artistically composed and normally include either herself or one of her beautiful daughters. Each time I read one of her posts about food (Olive Oil testing), or about sewing (Her Girdy Belt? OHMYHECK!), or about her travels, I want to go and experience it for myself too.

(P.S. I was fortunate enough to enjoy Katy for a brief while when her husband and family lived here in North Texas. Steve and I remember them with much fondness and want to incorporate much of how their family "works" into our family too).


5. Good Grief Girdie by Jackie Peters

Jackie is another fabulously creative woman who currently lives in Oklahoma. I recently got to meet Jackie for the first time, when I attended Silver Bella. I didn't know it then, but Jackie is one amazing woman and I eagerly anticipate every time she updates. Her posts are full of her creative work, and she literally shares them with her blog readers on a regular basis! Jackie also posts beautiful and thought out tutorials on her blog. For those of you in Oklahoma City, she also teaches mixed media art classes at a premier paper arts store. Personally, I really love seeing the items she puts together for her students (custom name tags - HELLLOO!), and the recipes of the dishes she bakes and brings to them too. Seeing Jackie's love for teaching and enjoyment of her students encourages me to be a better instructor.

There are many, many, many more! There are scores of women (and men) who have inspired me, guided me, encouraged me, and have helped me travel along my crazy path of life.  I could, quite literally, type for weeks, and never get around to spotlighting everyone!

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