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Here is a list of four of my favorite blogging posts this week. I’ve been trying to keep up-to-date on all of my interests in the blogging world, and these are the ones that struck me as keepers. (And yes, I’m trying to post five, but I’m already late, so it’s four again this week. Deal.)

1. The Storque: Etsy’s Handmade Blog
Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The Artist in the Office

I think what struck me the most about this article is that as an artist, you don’t have to completely divorce yourself of that aspect of “you” as soon as you walk in the office and take your desk. I’m going to have to consider how I can incorporate my creative self into my paying job.

2. The Beaducation Blog
Catching up with our Teachers…Barb Switzer

I discovered the Beaducation site this week, which is a post for another time, but I really liked this article.  The Fiore Selvatico creation is divine, and I was struck about what Barb said about her workspace. Mine’s not all that neat either, but I’m not sure it’s due to amazing creativity or disorganization.

3. Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
Bernz-O-Matic, Oh How I Love Thee!

This site came to my attention with the Bead Soup Party, but I visited again this week because Sharon made a comment on one of my posts. I was struck by all of her cool enameled pieces made with a torch.  And she made me aware of the Art and Soul Retreat that is going to be in my “area” in October. Oh how I wish I could go!

4. Rasmussen College
25 Creative Uses of Twitter

So the article is six months old, but I discovered it this week. The Twitter uses range from the funny, such as tweets from your plants when they need a drink, to the practical, such as the tweets from your package in transit. Worth the read, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find someone else to follow on Twitter.

Join me next week when I try to be on time.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

Last weekend, my husband and I spent three days in Portland.  For Christmas, as our gift to each other, we decided to take a short trip without the children. It was a great, laid-back trip.  It’s nice to take a few moments and remember who it is that I’m married to amidst all the busyness of day-to-day life.

One of our activities was to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland.  This garden takes an entire city block and is just gorgeous.  We were very lucky to be able to take advantage of the unseasonably warm and nice weather for February. It was also fun because we were there during the celebration of Chinese New Year. There were several kids groups performing while we toured the garden.

Of course I brought my camera, but I was “lazy” for this trip and decided to keep my 1.8/50mm lens on the camera instead of switching to the more traditional kit lens.  It made some of the shots more challenging, but I actually loved the results.

I wanted to share some of the pictures.

river carved rock

There was one other thing that I was really fascinated about and took a lot of pictures with my iPhone. I plan talk about it at another time, but I’ll give you a little picture hint.

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