Monday, January 17, 2011

Blog Love

You may remember that in last Sunday's post I mentioned receiving a "Stylish Blogger Award" from Pavinee, Sandy Coleman, and Jehanne.  Well, my good fortune has continued since I first mentioned it and I have also been given the award from Jenny Blair and Nelly.  I am so completely thrilled that they thought of me - they are such wonderfully creative bloggers with such beautiful art and words to share... it is such an honor to receive the award from each of them!  Please make sure you visit their blogs to see what I'm talking about.

My first official duty as a "Stylish Blogger" is to share 7 things about myself, so here goes...

1.  If my mom had gotten her way, I would have been named Sunshine.

2.  My family calls me Honey - not just as a nickname, but as an all-the-time, introduce-me-to-friends-that-way name.  The reason:  When my sister Stevie was a baby and learning to talk, she heard my mom calling me "Honey" and thought that was my name... it stuck.

3.  Most of the time I wear two different socks.  I have a huge collection of fun and colorful socks and it seems like a shame to have to limit myself to just one design at any given time.  Plus, as an added bonus, it solves the problem of what to do when the dryer eats one - I don't ever worry about having to find a match!

4.  I am accident prone... very.  I have had stitches in my head three times.  The first was after I did a flip off the bed right smack into the dresser, the second was a freak miniature golf (yes I said miniature golf) accident, and the third (and, knock-wood, last) was a horrific rollerblading fall.

*Bob wanted me to add that although I am very accident prone, I am actually quite agile 20 feet in the air on a ladder.  (I had a lot of practice when I was co-owner of a mural/decorative painting company!)

5.  I don't high five.  Seriously.  I am a very enthusiastic person and love to celebrate in lots of ways - a hug, a dance, a cheer, even a low five... but a high five?  Sorry, I love ya but I'll leave you hanging.  (Like I said before I'm accident prone and high fives can be very dangerous!  Ha!)

6.  My favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry's Cinnamon Buns.

7.  I start every studio session by listening to "Tinfoil Girl" by Kathleen Smith.  It's a little ritual I have.  It always puts a smile on my face.  After that I may put on my painting playlist, or I may hit shuffle on my super-duper eclectic ipod.  I love all sorts of music from good ol' rock & roll to 80's dance music, but I always start with "Tinfoil Girl".

My next task as a "Stylish Blogger" is to pay it forward.  I could very easily give the award to all of my fabulous blogging friends - they all provide me with endless inspiration.  But, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to some blogs I've recently come across that you may not have heard of.  In no particular order...

Have you heard of Dueling Banjo Pigs?  Very funny.  It's a collection of over 500 pigs by different artists.  If you're an artist, you can play along too and have your "Banjo Pig"  posted on their blog!

Let me just start by saying, How can you not love a blog with a name like Plucky Chicken Heart?!?  Mari's writing is so funny - I can always count on her blog when I want to get my laugh on.  The illustrations in this post had me laughing out loud!  And I shared this post with my entire family over the Holidays.  If you're looking for some fun, check it out.

U.Du.Art is a very fun collaborative blog between Jenny and Todd.  I love the light-hearted, whimsical nature of the drawings they do.  It always brings a smile to my face to see a painting of a donkey in a sweater or a cat in a tank top!

On the psychopooch blog, Jennie Yin creates fantastically fun illustrations and doodles.  Her inspiration is inspired... Facebook status updates.  Love it.

At the beginning of January I mentioned Charlie Corrigan's blog, Domestic Icing.  Well, I thought it was definitely worth mentioning it again - Charlie is currently halfway through her challenge of creating an original every day and she is doing it in style!

Gumnut Inspirations is the new website of Nutty, a blogging friend that I've mentioned in the past.  So, technically her blog is not one that I've recently discovered, but she has built an amazing new website that I think deserves a shout out!

Finally, I would like to mention a blogger that many of you already know...

Eva from the to be determined blog and I are up to something... We are dreaming up some fun... We are co-conspirators in some playful plans...

Until we iron out the details that is all I can say, except..

Do you like to play with paint?!?


  1. Congrats on your award, Kristin! You do deserve it. :) Thanks for introducing us to a few other fun and inspiring blogs.

    Happy Monday!! Hugs!

  2. Too funny. My cousin's middle name is Sunshine. I have to make a mental note that if I ever meet you in person, I don't high 5 you. I can't wait to see what you and Eva are up to......

  3. Congratulations on your award!
    Hahahaha! That cracks me up that you don't High Five!
    Thank you kindly for including our blog, U.Du.Art.
    I appreciate your support very much!
    HIgh Fiv...wait...Hugs!

  4. Yep, you never realize how you talk until you're around little kids! Everyone in your extended families always called you 'Honey' -- all the time -- so it took at least four (4!) years before your sister began to imagine that that might not be your actual name!

    ... and even today, after Bob has once again introduced us to "Kristin" we have to refer to you as 'Kristin, a/k/a Honey' whenever we're talking to anyone connected with family or they look at us like ?!?WHO?!?

  5. Awww Honey sunshine, Love it!! :)
    Your mum sounds like a woman after my very own heart! :)
    How wonderful to read all your little bits..and yay! someone as clumsy as me.(I am often likened to bambi on ice!)I love that you wear odd socks too!
    I've enjoyed having a wee look at all the blogs you mentioned. Thankyou for to wait impatiently for you and Eva to spill the beans :)xx

  6. those were all really fun to check out...i need to delve more deeply into them. can.t wait to see what you and eva have up your sleeves.

  7. Hi Kristin, thanks for popping in. Your blog is delicious.

  8. Awesome post! Thank you dear friend. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  9. Thanks for the mention! And love your blog too. The piece you did for the Sketchbook Project is fantastic. Looks like a fun walk through Art History :) Now to check out all the other wonderful blogs you've mentioned too...

  10. Congratulations and very well deserved. I love your blog roll, there I some I have never heard of before. I look forward to checking them out.

  11. Kristin, It was lovely to pop over congratulations on the award, really enjoyed looking through your posts. Love what you did with the moleskin and the Gnome adventure. Sunshine and honey are lovely names...., and thanks for sharing. Stay blessed, Amanda

  12. Hi Kristin Honey
    What a wonderful surprise! Thank you SO MUCH! And what other cool blogs! (I have an idea for a pig with a banjo - must see if its been done yet!)

    I am getting so excited about what we are plotting and hope lots of other people want to play too!

  13. Your 7 things are so fun. I like the name Sunshine, beautiful, happy and so much love in it :-)

    I have never heard of Tinfoil Girl, interested to listen to it now :-)

  14. You are always so wonderful. You have such a way with words and are so kind to all you meet.

    Thank you so much for the shout out. I'm really honoured. And congrats on the award (from so many people :D) and for sharing it out in such a great way.

    ::biggest hugs::

    (off the edge, but learning to fly)

  15. I love learning these new things about you...thanks for sharing:D

  16. kristin!
    i just discovered that you like "tinfoil girl." I'm super happy to hear that, and totally honored that it's part of your artistic ritual.
    Let me know if you'd like me to send you a physical copy of the CD it's from.
    kathleensmithmusic at gmail dot com


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