Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My picks for the 7 Kreativ Bloggers award


Earlier this week I told you about receiving a Kreativ Blogger award from my friend and blogging buddy Eileen at The Artful Crafter. I just figured out that if I tell you that you really need to go visit Eileen because her blog and website are a never-ending treasure trove of ideas and projects and good advice, then I can probably get away with sharing 7 more bloggers with you and end up telling you about 8 instead ;-)

Anyway, here are the rules again for accepting this award and passing it on:

1. Post the image of the award
2. Thank the person who gave it to me
3. Link to the person who gave it to me
4. Tell you seven things about myself that you probably don't know
5. Choose seven great bloggers to give this award to
6. Give a link to their blogs
7. Leave them a message on their blog

I did # 1 through 4 in the earlier post, so today I'm going to share my picks with you.  While it's tempting to share the ones that I often refer to here, I think I really need to point out some blogs to you that are creative in different ways.  Sure, it's important to feast you eyes on beautiful beadwork regularly, but it's just as important to cross genres and fill your mind and heart with work from other disciplines.  To that end, here are some of the most creative blogs that I'd like to share with you:

Danielle Hurley
My daughter Dani has been an artist since before she could make her first mark.  At age three she announced to her father and me, "Art is my life."  And she meant it.  Her work followed an unconventional path in that she is equally gifted in mathematics, receiving a degree in art with a minor in math.  Unlike me, she is not put off by numbers at all, and revels in being able to design complicated projects that need a mathematician's understanding.

Nicole Weston, Baking Bites
Nicole is as much of a chocoholic as I am, but she has also chosen to create beautiful desserts and treats that actually don't involve chocolate.  She has broadened my horizons as to what constitutes a proper dessert, and that is no easy feat!  Nicole's photography is gorgeous, and everything she bakes makes me drool. 

Darren Rowse, Problogger
Why would I include a blog about blogging on a Kreativ Blogger list?  Because if you want to make your blog better, for whatever reason, Darren is the go-to guy.  Whether or not you have any interest in making money from your artwork or from your writing about it, Darren's blog will help you figure out how to make sure that people beyond your immediate circle of friends find out about you.  Full of a million ideas and tips to make your writing sing.

Sharon Boggon, Pin Tangle
Well, I'm getting closer to bead artists here.  Sharon is a fiber artist, an extraordinary embroidery queen who was able to tempt me into taking an online class.  I have been in love with Sharon's heavily encrusted crazy quilting for years, and it finally fit my schedule to take a class with her.  Her blog is amazing, with new treats for your eyes just about every day.   

Amit Gupta, Photojojo
So many cool things to do with your camera and so little time.  Not just your camera, but all kinds of cool camera accessories, Photoshop tricks, things to do with your photos, on and on and on and on.  Most of it is DIY, and all of it is FUN.

Lisa Crone, A Bead A Day
I like big complicated projects as much as the next person.  Ok, maybe a bit more than the next person.  But what really gets my creative juices flowing is Lisa's gentle approach: here is a lovely bead, and here's a great idea or two of what to do with it!  Lisa profiles all the best beads...bet on it!

Rena Klingenberg, Jewelry Business Blog
Rena is a businessperson's businessperson.  I really appreciate the thorough and accurate way that she handles all sorts of topics that interest those of us trying to make an income from our art.  There are links on this site to Rena's other sites, which are equally helpful, covering jewelry display, home jewelry business tips, and Rena's own gorgeous work.   

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3 comments:

Eileen Bergen said...

Great selections, Cyndi. My Google Reader list gets longer and longer. If I could only get more hours into the day ... I think I will have to adopt the one-in-one-out rule soon!

Dani's wings commission creation is amazing and gorgeous. She definitely got your artistic talent ;-)

Cyndi L said...

Thank you for the extreme compliment on my daughter's work, Eileen, but I could NEVER do the things that she does. She's a little math/science geek on top of being an artist :-)

Lisa Crone said...

Thank you so much Cyndi!! You are so kind! Who knew there was so much to love about beads?!! :)

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