You Make My Day


I was so surprised and “tickled pink” to see my blog mentioned in a recent post on one of my favorites blogs, Nicobella. Thanks to Acey for the mention and very kind words! Here are the rules for the “You Make My Day” award.

“Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about blogland! Beware! You may get the award several times!”

There are so many wonderful and creative blogs that I enjoy reading on a regular basis. It’s so hard to choose only 10 but here goes.

First, I’d like to mention Acey and both of her blogs, Nicobella and Sparkling Lotus Land. Everyday, I look forward to reading her thoughts and wisdom about plants, gardens, embroidery, beading and many more wonderful and interesting things.

My friend Amy at Musings from the Moonroom has been an amazing inspiration to me with her spiritual creations and wise words. I have enjoyed being part of her journey and watching her blossom with the creation of her art dolls.

My fellow guild member and pal Judy doesn’t have a blog. Yet. I know it’s coming this year though. I can feel it, Judy. Meantime, you can visit her and her fabulous mixed media creations on her website, Judy Shea Art, and be as awed as I am.

The deeply poetic words and photography of Nina Bagley at Ornamental warm my heart and move my soul. Her jewelry and mixed media journals and art are a feast for the senses. For my birthday, I just treated myself to one of her pieces. It will be arriving anyday now. I’m like a kid waiting for Santa Claus.

The Beaded Journal Project was started by my beady hero, Robin Atkins. Her blog, Beadlust, is filled with her wonderful writing and inspiration. Being part of this year long project has changed my life in many positive uplifting ways. All of the members are so talented and sharing.

I have been especially inspired by one of our BJP members, Bobbi at Beading at the Beach. The name of her blog even inspires me! She creates polymer clay faces and uses them along with fantastic batiked fabric in her colorful and outstanding beadwork. She also creates beautiful beaded jewelry.

Libby at Libzoid is a very talented jewelry artist, creating her beautiful pieces in polymer clay and metal. Lately, she has been posting some gorgeous free form peyote beaded bracelets which are getting my creative juices flowing.

One day while I was browsing the internet, I came across Sue’s lovely work at Sacred Circle Mandalas. Not only does she share her amazing mandalas created with Photoshop, she offers tutorials in that program as well. She has inspired me to find out more about this unique artform and I was happy to receive a mandala book recently as a gift.

A dear friend of mine, Laura, is a fantasy artist, her paintings being inspired by many visits to Africa and her work with big cats. The painting on the homepage of her website was created in honor of her experience with a tiger by the name of Angell. Over the years of our friendship, her paintings have touched me very deeply.

Last and certainly not at all least is my new online tea friend, Steph at Steph’s Cup of Tea. I love to sit down with a steaming cuppa and read her thoughts about tea and tea parties and the tea world.

This was so hard to choose just 10 people when there are so many in the online community who inspire me everyday. My resolution word, Beauty, is guiding me to the beauty in all of you.

7 comments on “You Make My Day

  1. Dora says:

    I too, am a regular visitor to Amy’s blog, Musings from the Moonroom, and to Judy Shea Art. I will definitely check out the other blogs you mentioned, Karen! They sound wonderful. Perhaps someday soon I will start a blog, although I am somewhat intimiditated by the process…I mean, what if my mind goes totally blank, and I can’t think of anything interesting to say????

  2. Dora says:

    Yikes, I forgot to mention Laura’s website !! Her work is incredible, and an absolute MUST SEE for those of us who feel the power and magic of big cats.

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Dora for your comments about Amy’s and Judy’s blogs and Laura’s website. I think you would have a great blog. You don’t have to post everyday. I usually write down ideas for future posts as they come to me and then expand upon those ideas as I go along. I was scared at first but have discovered what a lot of fun it is and have met some wonderful people via the online community!


  4. Judy says:

    Karen… that you for letting me make your day. I feel the same about you each and everytime we meet or are in communication with each other. YOU, my dear, are a true inspiration to me and so many other artists and writers, yes writers. You have a gift with your writing that you have found this year and it’s all from within you.. and, you know what… YOU DESERVE IT!!!! It’s time to shine!!! Whew, where did all that come from. Your favorite “cheerleader”… Judy

  5. artandtea says:

    Thank you my dear cheerleader. 🙂

  6. Sue O'Kieffe says:

    im deepy touched and honored by your award. thank you thank you.i can’t remember how i found you either, but im glad i did. your blog is as comforting as a warm cup of tea.
    what mandala book did you get?
    and you provide me with inspiration too. im thinking about pulling out my beads after a 5+year hiatus. i want new earrings!
    ~sue okieffe

  7. artandtea says:

    You’re welcome Sue, and thank you for your kind words!

    I received “Mandala, Journey to the Center” by Bailey Cunningham as a Xmas gift. I enjoyed reading it very much. I never realized how much mandalic patterns are everywhere!


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