Best of the Web no. 75
Is that mug or cup near you at least half full? If not, fill ‘er up; then hurry on back to enjoy a cuppa while checking out the blogs below! Today we have a hodge podge of wonderful blogs to feature, and we’re pretty sure you’ll have a hard time not falling in love with at least one of them. Whether you find inspiration in beautiful artwork, constantly daydream about globe-trotting, or love a good story and snapshot or two from everyday life, we’ve got you covered!
“My blog began as a way for me to stay in touch with family and friends after hubby and I moved to a foreign country. I wanted to show off our new world – in picture and word – to everyone in one sweet note, but I also wanted a way to keep my art projects in order.
An unexpected bonus came out of all this when absolute strangers started following my blog. After visiting and commenting on their blogs, I found a whole world of warm, beautiful, generous, delightful people to communicate with. My online community gets me art-wise when most of my friends and family don’t. I still write about our lives here in Barranquilla, Colombia, but the main thing now is just an outlet for me to share and gain encouragement for what I do: art. I miss the pat on the back that I’d get when attending meetings back home (in the grand ole USA), but my online family more than makes up for that now!” — Annie
“Excited by all good things in life, Mrs. O spends a significant part of her life travelling around the world and having a bit of fun. MrsOaroundtheworld.com is the place to come if you want to know where to go for your next luxe weekend or proper holiday getaway. From Chicago to Lisbon, with stops over Rio de Janeiro and Barolo, there is something special for every reader. Mrs. O lives by the motto “If you are leaving home, it has to be better.” She loves travel, loves people and she loves shoes. You can visit her blog, follow her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/mrsoaroundworld) or like (and love) on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/mrs.o.aroundtheworld).” — Ana
“My blog, Bobbi’s Art, is about finding art and bliss in everyday life. On the blog I share my experiences in the kitchen and the garden, as well as DIY and craft tutorials. This is also where I document my journey as a mixed media and fiber artist. Through photos and descriptions I share the process of creating.” — Bobbi
“As a child, I loved to draw and color, write stories, and make up elaborate games. I didn’t wonder if what I was creating was good or not; I simply immersed myself in the process.
Now (post-career, post-child-raising, post-eldercare), I’m trying to recapture some of that carefree childhood creativity. I started A Little Color Every Day in 2009 to document and share my artistic journey. My adventures have included art journaling, collage, digital art, portrait drawing, Zentangle-inspired art, lettering, watercolor sketching, taking online art classes, and (most recently) rubber stamp carving. Most of my recent blog posts show the digital collages that I’ve created in Photoshop Elements for the online art challenges in which I participate.” — Sherry
“When people ask what I do, I usually point at my 3-year-old daughter and say, “I’m her mom.” But that’s only a small part of the story, isn’t it? At Chaos To Art, I cover all aspects of our simple (yet decidedly not minimalistic) life, including crafting, cooking, my thrift store finds, our travel adventures, and home decorating and organization. My hope for the blog is that it will teach you some valuable skills, showcase the fun and beauty of our simple life, and inspire you to be craftier!” — Jessie
“The Oh My Kids blog is a space where I combine all the things I love. First of all, I let people in on our daily life, with our two kids, Annabel and Oscar. They are the main characters of my blog. I write about my Oh My Kids clothing label, and it’s a good outlet for my photography obsession. It’s also wonderful to have a whole world of virtual, like-minded ‘blogfriends’ somewhere out there!” — Leen
We hope you’ll love the amazing artwork and photos that can be found on the blogs above. If you’re feeling inspired by the eye candy, try making a collage or create a board on Pinterest of your favorite beautiful images. You can include pictures of that Emily 18 karat ring you’ve had your eye on, that island getaway you’ve always wanted to visit, or anything else you love!