My IRL friend, Susan, gave me the 2008 Brillante Weblog Award on her fabulous Bloggin' 'Bout Books. I've never gotten a blog award before, and seen them floating everywhere, so I was glad to know someone even reads my blog, much less enjoys it. Of course, Susan knows me in person, so there's no guarantees she actually reads. But let's pretend. Thanks, Susan! I'm pretty sure Susan & her husband keep tolerating me because I introduced them to Dick & Jane in real life.
The rules of the Brillante award say you should pass it along to five of your favorite blogs and, of course, let them know about it. So pretty much like a chain letter. I've been thinking about it for a while and decided to use this as a chance to highlight some new blogs I've been reading. I don't really know any of these people & have maybe never even made a comment on their blog. Yes, I'm a stalker. Or lurker. Whatever. But I'm coming out of the closet! That doesn't mean I'll have enough courage to actually tell these people I like them. So if you happen to be a close personal friend of any of them, or just click over from their link below, or are afraid for the survival of the Brillante chain award - feel free to let them know.
The Jolly Porter - This guy, Topher, is the brother of NieNie & is seriously hilarious. Don't miss this post: a secret crush. Funny & sweet.
Jaimee Rose Blog - Jaimee writes for The Arizona Republic, which my husbands reads daily - but I only read the Yes mini-mag on Fridays. Jaimee writes about entertaining, fashion, food, & fab finds - all here in the Valley of the Sun. There is loads of great stuff even if you don't live here.
A Print a Day - I found this blog just a couple weeks ago & Yasmine is an amazingly talented graphic artist. And she puts up tons of beautiful designs for all us untalented people to enjoy & use. She even throws up free downloads sometimes - high resolution pdf files. This blue butterfly has been my desktop wallpaper since the night I found her blog. (After I stayed up for three hours reading her entire archive.)
How About Orange - Jessica Jones has a fun blog with cool finds & ideas and marvelous fabrics, which she designs. She only started sewing a few years ago and makes me think maybe I could do it too. Check out the tutorials & DIY projects.
Metremade - Australian designers Liz & Tess post supercool prints meant to be used as backgrounds and wallpapers. Back when I found them I was changing my wallpaper daily & driving my husband crazy. I love this new red & blue one.