Best of the Web no. 71
We’re just going to come right out and say it: We are absolutely smitten with this week’s batch of featured blogs, and we don’t care who knows it! Today we have an eclectic mix of blogs, and we can almost guarantee that there is something in this week’s roundup for everyone, whether you love gardening, eye-catching artwork and illustrations, or a good, candid story from daily life.
“My blog is a collection of all of the beautiful things I’ve seen and visited as well as the art that I have created. I talk about my processes for image-making as well as do the occasional review for art materials and gadgets. Readers may also find travel photographs and gallery work, which I have recorded in my double life as a travelling illustrator in the Philippines and as an art scholar in Hong Kong.” — Katrina
“Hello! I am an art teacher with a passion for historical fashion. My blog, Living With Jane, is named after my daughter Jane, who is named after Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors. It’s a blog that is mostly, but not exclusively, dedicated to stuff Jane does, my gardening, cooking and artistic endeavors, and the many vintage or historic sewing projects that I might be engrossed in. Welcome.” — Jenni
“The Emmeline Illustration blog is a compendium of illustration, sketchbook snapshots, news and inspiration of freelance illustrator Emmeline Pidgen.
Emmeline is a gold award winning illustrator based in the U.K., focusing her work on strong character design, emotion, tonal colouring and narrative.” — Emmeline
“My blog is broadly about my existence as an artist living in Melbourne, Australia. Most of the things I post are drawings, paintings, scans from my sketchbooks, and stuff that I find in thrift stores … an obsession of mine! I like the idea of time travel, and using the way I dress or the work that I make as a means to somehow do so, to live out my ’70s fantasies – of which I have many! My blog can be vague and daydreamy and occasionally nonsensical, maybe because I’m usually drawing and blogging at the same time. In real life I work at Tavi Gevinson’s magazine, Rookie, as an illustrator, and am in my last year of a degree in fine art.” — Minna
“My name is Kelly, and I blog at Mrs In Training. I consider myself a lifestyle blogger since I can never stay in one niche for long before bouncing off to another. I talk about redecorating our home, post outfits of the day, recap parties that I throw, and include plenty of pictures and anecdotes of my 1-year-old daughter, Guinevere.” — Kelly
“My blog is an ongoing quest to explore the stories we bump up against every day. Whether in the experiences of love and friendship or through memories and creativity, I believe life is one big unfolding adventure story. My words and pictures are a record of that story, an attempt to break away from the unexamined life which Socrates informs us “is not worth living.” There are cute kittens, adorable nieces and nephews, musings on life and faith, and a rapturous ongoing discussion about good books. You’re so welcome to join the conversation. Virtual cupcakes for all!” — Danielle
“Eat.Enioy.Live. is my journey as a domestic goddess is training, and the act and being perfectly imperfect. You will find recipes, crafts, fashion, beauty, and snippets from my daily, sometimes humorous life. I always see the glass as being more than half full, and represent this on my blog. From daily inspiration to laughing life a crazy person. Come over and visit. I wonder what adventures we’ll have.” — Helen
“Jaime is an artist, mom and avid gardener. She writes a blog that contains all kinds of life moments from living in the Midwest with her family. That usually includes gardening and preserving, cooking, playing in the greenhouse, painting and creating her art with a dash of spookiness thrown in. Lots of gardening tips, funny cooking woes and triumphs, and her journey as an artist with everything that happens in between. Summer is particularly busy with garden chores and preserving, so come for a visit, sip some iced tea and laugh and/or cry with her.” — Jaime
Now that we’ve got you covered with some great reads for the weekend, don’t forget to enjoy some good eats to make it even better! If you plan to celebrate Fourth of July early, try using a 4 burner gas grill for a great barbecue!