The wonderful Wendy Poling, a mixed media artist I deeply love, has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. What a surprise and pleasure to start the new year and to celebrate my ONE-year anniversary as a (not-always-that-regular) blogger! Thank you Wendy, you made my day! Such a great idea to express gratitude and love for the great content we all create, connect with like-minded souls, and discover new bloggers.
Here are the rules for accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself. (see below)
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them. (see below)
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.
So, here it is:
7 things about me:
1) I have a birthmark on my upper right thigh. It's the same color as my skin, but I should never hurt it, or the pain stays forever. It looks more like a burn than anything else. When I was young, I used to hate it and feel super self-conscious about it, but now, I really love this little quirk of mine. I wouldn't get rid of it for anything.
2) I looooove listening to Richard Marx, Bon Jovi and Chrismas songs. Yep, I'm finally doing my coming out about this. There's no reason why I do, but I can't get tired of "All I Want for Chrismas is You" or "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town". I have to sing (and DANCE, if I'm in the mood). Bon Jovi has taught to stop articulating when I speak in English; I'm just in love with the Jersey accent. So sexy… As for Richard… Well, his voice just melts my heart. What can I say?
3) My favorite thing to eat when I fly to the US is… pancakes. Again, I don't really know why, but I can walk miles to go to a good pancake place.
4) I'd rather eat a bar of dark chocolate than run for a mile. Yeah, I'm reaching the age when it's time to think about reverting that! Sometime this year… I know "sometime" is not a day of the week, but you know how it goes...
5) My favorite writer is Ian MacEwan. I love that I can FEEL everything he writes about. He has definitely deepened my approach to reading. He knows how to incorporate your body into the experience of reading. It's just remarkable.
6) I love nurturing people. I love touching and massaging my loved ones. My words are not enough. My hands also want to be part of the experience of connecting.
7) I spent a year in London and a year in Portland, Oregon. Best years of my life! I wished I had thought of grabbing a camera more, but I loved what I learned there. We should all take a year off to travel the world and meet people from other cultures.
My nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are (in no order):
Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy these blogs, if you've never visited them:
1) I love Sara Blackthorne from A Forest of Stories. I took a journaling class from her and since then, I'm hooked.
2) I also love Wendy Brightbill from A Girl with a Brush. She teaches classes and has helped me take it easy with just grabbing a brush and putting some paint to the page.
3) Bonita Rose's work is always candy for the eyes. Bonita just moved to a beach house and her pictures are just gorgeous! Lucky her!
4) I love Miss Smith's scrapbooking style and pictures at Curiouser and Curiouser.
5) I also regularly read Dryada Journals by Lindsay Drya. She wrote an awesome guest post for me back in May. Lindsay tries her hands at everything she can, and the result is always stunning.
6) Sian from From High in the Sky is another regular stop for me. She too wrote a kick-ass blog post in 2012 for me. I love people who have many talents and Sian definitely is one of them. Don't forget to participate to Storytelling Sunday this coming Sunday. I know I will! You can read my contributions here.
7) I am a regular follower of Emmanuelle's scrapbooking adventures at Les Petits Plaisirs d'Emma. My mission is also to introduce you to fellow French talents! And Emma is a good stop!
8) I'll take you next to Kendra Kantor's Like a Bird's blog. Kendra offers interesting insights into moving through the meanders of life using art and writing. I feel close to her and the way she proceeds. Reading her motivates me to keep going.
9) My next stop is Lynley J. Her photography skills really inspire me to become a better photographer. Lynley knows how to speak to my eyes. You'll love her!
10) Mumkaa is another regular inspiration to me. Her scrapbooking/mixed media style is truly unique and always inspires me to become freer and dare more with colors and textures.
11) Another fellow French gal I like is Novalen at Nos Aventures Ordinaires. I like that she shares many different things on her blog (make-up, travels, cooking, sewing projects…). I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago through a scrapboking place we went to, so I like reading about what she's doing.
12) My last French stop will be France Papillon from Papillon sur la branche. I'm a newbie in mixed media, so France has all the inspiration I need. Her use of colors and textures are my favorite!
13) Your Muse is Calling is another regular stop (the site in undergoing maintenance these days, so it might take a while before it becomes accessible again).
14) Hope Wallace Karney at Bessottment shows many wonderful projects that I love following. I love that she mixes all vintage paper findings with modern things. A pure pleasure for the eyes!
15) Last but not least, Caiti from Life is a Canvas. She has very interesting ideas to share about processing things. Of course, she's extremely talented at what she does and I just love her style.
Voilà! It was a long but well-deserved post about my most inspiring folks. I hope you'll love them as much as I do.