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Here is my highlight of five posts in the blogging world I found interesting in the last week (or so). If you’re like me, you have limited time, and can’t always stay up-to-date on everyone’s blog. These were some of my favorites.

1. Digital Photography School
How to Achieve Better Bokeh – 4 Simple Tips

I had never heard the term “bokeh” before, but I’m sure you’ll be excited about these tips.

2. Doc4 Design
Color Trends Lead the Way to a Better Outlook

I found this post through another blog I follow (Color for Bead Artists). It’s a neat article, but the best part is the quote from The Devil Wears Prada.

3. How to Eat a Cupcake
Oatmeal Fudge Bars

How fantastic do these sound?? If I’d had time this week, I would have given them a try.

4. Blog for Beaders
Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Trends

I’m kind of intrigued by the modern twist on more traditional styles. (And how do they already know these things?)

5. Stuff Christians Like
Trying to explain to men why you love Beth Moore so much.

This was a funny, yet true post. She explained it pretty accurately.

Hope you enjoyed this short jaunt around the web. Have a lovely rest of your day!

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Here is my highlight of five posts in the blogging world I found interesting in the last week (or so). If you’re like me, you have limited time, and can’t always stay up-to-date on everyone’s blog. These were some of my favorites.

This is another one of those weeks where I haven’t even made it through my reader all the way, so let’s see if I can make it to five favorites.

1. Digital Photography School
Photographing Children: Capture Who They Are

Another one I missed from last week, but this was so good, that I had to post it this week. I loved the line in there where she talks about knowing your photo is “the one”.

2. Justatish Designs
Come Make a Ring with Me – Tutorial

This is a really simple tutorial on how to make your own custom ring. I’m not a huge fan of rings, but I might try one or two of these out.

3. Digital Photography School
Using Auto to Learn Manual – A Great First Step for Beginners

It’s a really simple idea, but an effective one for learning how to be comfortable in manual on your camera.

4. Welcome to Meredith’s World
Four Ideas to Expand Your Work

The ideas are straight-forward, but yet good to read. I like them all, but #2 has stuck with me. It’s always good to take a break to clear your mind.

5. Blog for Beaders
Swarovski Summer Color Trends

I really enjoyed the Spring release, and the Summer one is pretty cool too. I really want to make something with yellow in it. And I love the turquoise trend!

Hope you enjoyed this short jaunt around the web. Have a lovely rest of your day!

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Here is my highlight of five posts in the blogging world I found interesting in the past few weeks. If you’re like me, you have limited time, and can’t always stay up-to-date on everyone’s blog. These were some of my favorites.

1. Color for Bead Artists
You See What You Think You See…

This post blew me away! I could not get my eyes to believe it. I had to copy the image in MS Paint and cut out one of the squares to see them side by side. It will mess with your mind.

2. Lori Anderson: Pretty Things
An Old Pretty Thing – A Blickensderfer Typewriter

I don’t even really have a legitimate reason for being excited about this post. I just thought the old typewriter was pretty cool. 🙂

3. Digital Photography School
Why This Photographer Is Better Than Me [My Photography Confession]

Great, great stuff from DPS in the last few weeks. Go over there and follow them if you aren’t already. I loved this post! It just further emphasizes the fact that you will not become a better photographer if you do not have your camera with you at all times. You must be willing to make mistakes – even if a “real” photog might be peeking over your shoulder.

4. Destructoid
Pixels Take Over

I am a child of the 80s (ok, not born in the 80s, but my it’s a part of my young childhood). I can identify quite nicely with the 80s – especially the video games. This little animation is great fun.

5. The Launch Coach
Insecurity Doesn’t Pay the Bills

I found this link through someone on twitter, and now I’m not sure who. Anyway, take a second and read it. I’m a very insecure person, and I’m going to mull over the advice on this one for a while. I might just list some of my insecurities in a future post…

Hope you enjoyed this short jaunt around the web.  Have a lovely rest of your evening!

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I had been blogging along pretty okay for a working mom of two little boys, and then all of a sudden, I vanished for 3 weeks or so.  Well, I wish I could say that it’s because I’ve been creating up a storm.  Sadly, it’s just not true.

I’ve spent several weeks doing this…

clothes

And, no, it wasn’t making a big mess.  I was listing and selling most of this stuff on eBay.  A royal pain, but the cash is almost worth it.

In the midst of it, the boys and I got sick, so we stayed home one weekend and did this…

closet

We’d had this closet organizer that we bought not long after we moved (which was well over a year ago), and I finally broke down and installed it.  It took longer than I hoped, but turned out really well.

Then I had to take this one to the Emergency Room a week and a half ago…

ER Visit

He managed to smash his finger in the door at grandma’s house.  Poor guy needed stitches, a follow-up with a specialist, and a plastic bag over his hand while he ate.

We went to a concert in there somewhere.  Last weekend was Easter activities and family stuff.  And I think that’s about all.

But I have managed to take advantage of some of the spring sales.  I hope to be sharing my purchases soon, but here’s a little peek at what I bought to play with from The Beadin’ Path.

lucite flowers

I hope to update again soon, and I’m trying to get my posts together for a Sunday Brunch again this week.  I was going to go back and do the weeks I missed, but I’ve decided to let those go.

I’m not making any major promises at this point because I am having this huge draw to create something, and I think blogging is not going to be the creative outlet I seek this time.  I’m staring at about four different projects in various stages of completion right in front of me.

I also have a master plan for organizing my workspace once and for all that will probably take half a day to put together and the rest of my life to organize.

I’ll leave you with this thought tweeted by TheCraftsReport today…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

So I am off to do.  Well, actually, to sleep, but then later to do.

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Here is my highlight of five posts in the blogging world I found interesting this week. If you’re like me, you have limited time, and can’t always stay up-to-date on everyone’s blog. These were some of my favorites.

1. Beadin’ Path: Weekly Beadditudes with Dara
How to Speak Bead

This post seriously had me laughing out loud. There are so many stones, colors, and bead styles that have pretty uncommon names. Dora takes the time to clear up some of the mispronunciations – complete with wacky (ok, I’ve probably said one or two of them before) examples.

2. Humblebeads Blog
Sisterhood of the Traveling Beads Giveaway

I found this link through Art Bead Scene, and I have to admit that this is a very tempting giveaway.  I don’t really have much in the realm of coolness to giveaway in return if I were to win, but wow, what a great bunch of beads. (At this point, I haven’t entered.  I’m too intimidated.)

3. Digital Photography School
5 Mind-Traps of Beginner Photographers

In many, many ways, I still consider myself a beginning photographer.  It’s on the rare occasion that I have the guts to throw the camera out of Auto mode and even then, I’m normally only adjusting one setting. I liked this post as a bit of a confidence boost for beginners. Or a shove in the right direction for those, like me, who shouldn’t be stuck in beginner mode.

4. Inspirational Beading
Pussy Willow Bracelet

I am not much of a seed-bead user or stitcher, but this bracelet was very cool and true to its inspiration.  I really liked it.

5. Digital Photography School
Beach Photography

I try not to use the same blog twice in one week, but sometimes it’s necessary. The pictures alone in this post are amazing. It really, really makes me want to take my camera to the beach. That’s actually saying a lot for me because I’m not much of a beach gal. (Shocking confession #512!)

Hope you enjoyed this short jaunt around the web. Have a lovely Sunday!

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Here’s my highlight of posts in the blogging world I found interesting this week. I went through the first half of the week thinking there was going to be nothing interesting to report, but the week ended with some great posts.

1. Color for Bead Artists
Project Runway Judges: Do You Know Color?

While this specific post is not new, the one that referenced it was (I just won the book that she mentions). I was similarly outraged when the Project Runway judges suggested that blue and orange were not complementary colors. Good to see someone defend that poor designer.

2. Digital Photography School
8 Tips for Photographing Wildflowers

The DPS site is easily one of my favorite new sites. I loved this tutorial on photographing flowers. I can’t wait to try it out!

3. Digital Photography School
Product Review: Lightscoop

This is easily one of the coolest pieces of camera equipment I’ve seen in a long time. I haven’t bought it yet, but it is definitely on the short list of things I’d like to invest in.

4. The Beaducation Blog
Awesome new whole punch pliers

Not sure about the spelling of “whole”, but anyway, Beaducation posted new metal punch tools late this week. One punch in square and the other in oval. It took me until my lunch that day to order the square ones (and a few other things). Can’t wait to get them!

5. Art Bead Scene
How I Organized My Studio for $45*

Not that a peg board is a new idea by any means, but I loved how this turned out. If you go to the original post, you can see she painted it a nice fun color too. This will be my next organizational move after I get the cabinets up.

Have a great Sunday, and I hope these posts start you out right for the week!

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Here’s my highlight of posts in the blogging world that I found interesting.  I have a couple new blogs I discovered this week, and at least one post to share.

1. Beadin Path: Weekly Beadditudes with Dara
Lucite Flowers

In the last few months, I’ve gotten into the idea of using Lucite for beading. Sadly, I have yet to make a piece, but this post with the Lucite flowers has me inspired!

2. Caught RED Handed
Wishing Life Away

I thought this was a really sweet, inspiring post about being more caught in the moment and not looking for the next best thing in life to come along.

3. Digital Photography School
Warning: 10 Deadly Post Processing Sins

I think this is a good rule-of-thumb sort of guide. Even if you’re not much of a photographer, it’s kind of a funny read.

4. How to Eat a Cupcake
NYMTK: David Lebovitz’s Dulce de Leche Brownies

I told myself I was going to make these brownies this week, but I haven’t been to the grocery store in probably a month, so once I go, I’ll be buying the ingredients I need.  These look divine!!! If you make them, let me know.

5. Web Design Resources and Inspiration | Powerusers
10 Alternative Uses for WordPress

I discovered this post last week, but didn’t want to overwhelm by using it with the Twitter post.  Anyway, this site is fantastic! Since I’m going to be expanding my horizons on WordPress, I thought this would be a great post to explore.  There are some really cool uses.

Have a great Sunday, and I hope these posts start you out right for the week!

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