Let me quote Bobbie, I need to go out and buy a lottery ticket.
I have, in the past few weeks I have twice been given the honor of One Lovely Blog Award from Mandy of Beads for Brains: 365 and Bobbie, of Beadsong Jewelry and an Educator Award (part of Blog 5) from Therese of Therese's Treasures.
I am both overwhelmed and honored.
With regard to the One Lovely Blog Award, I am to name 7 random facts about myself and link to 15 blogs. This is very similar to the Kreative Blogger award I recently received. Instead of repeating myself I am going to add 39, yes 39, new links to my already lengthy list of blog links on my second tab. I think each and every one of these links is extraordinary and have added them to my RSS feed. When any of these 239 bloggers creates a post I view it. (See my post about The Next Button to discover exactly how I navigate to all those blogs.)
As part of the Blog 5 Awards Therese gave me an Educator Award. I love to teach; I honestly believe teaching enriches both student and teacher. I hope my love for sharing knowledge extends beyond the tutorial. As a recipient I am to name 5 bloggers in the following categories:
Artistic: A blogger whose work is consistently beautiful. Every blog that I follow needs to be in this category. I am, however, going to limit myself to just one who is part of the 39 new blogs on my list.
Style: A blogger who uses style to inspire; a blog that is photographically beautiful. This is actually a tumblr, not a blog and I have given it an honorable mention before. I find this art inspiring for many different reasons.
Journalistic: A blog that is really well written, informative and inspires discussion. I have named these three bloggers for their writing before.
Educator: A blogger providing great usable tutorials that are easy to follow. There are multiple blogs I could include on this award, but I am going to mention only one because I just love her "I Might Make That" series.
Newbie: A favorite new blog (less than 100 followers; blogging less than a year). I am going to refer you back to the Kreative Blogger award where I set one of my limits to bloggers with less than 100 followers and I mostly stayed within my own rules.
Honorable Mentions: These are some of the 39 new blogs that I want to draw your attention to.
If you love big and complex seed bead jewelry be sure to visit Caroline Fung and Crimson Frog Designs by Kinga Nichols.
If freeform peyote inspires you hop on over to Ibolya-gyöngyei.
I love to look at wire weaving and maybe one of these days I will give it a serious try; for inspiration be sure to visit Mar Ya Morevna a Russian artist. I also added Taniri Design to the list, although this blog has not been updated for the last year.
For unique and romantic jewelry be sure to look through the posts of Edera Jewelry who does the most amazing work with lace and beads.
A special shout-out for My Bead World who has been most supportive in comments.
One final thank you to Mandy, Bobbie, and Therese for the awards. I feel blessed, validated, and empowered. I grinned from ear to ear when I saw my blog listed with other bloggers that I admire and respect.