Sunday, February 22, 2009


I was recently surprised and delighted to find out that a fellow Etsyan and Blogger, Cindy, had selected my Blog for a PROXIMIDADE Blog Award! Thank you so much, Cindy!

Cindy’s and my paths first crossed over a year ago, when she purchased a handmade card from my Etsy Shop. And it was then that I became acquainted with Cindy’s beautiful handmade jewelry. Please check out Cindy’s Etsy Shop, to see this talented artisan’s lovely creations! And visit Cindy’s Blog too, which was also a recent and very deserving recipient of a PROXIMIDADE Blog Award!

Admittedly, before Cindy selected my blog for a PROXIMIDADE Award, I’d not heard of this particular award before. But after reading about it and what it stands for, I’m truly honored to have my blog selected!

Following is a description of what the PROXIMIDADE Blog Award represents:

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award."

For me, this PROXIMIDADE Award has special meaning. . . .Little did I know when I started blogging less than a year ago, that my blog would become such a creative outlet for me, as well as a new form of personal expression. Nor did I have any idea that through my blogging, I would “meet” so many interesting, caring and creative people, many with similar interests as mine, scattered all across the globe!

In my blogging “travels” I’ve come across some extraordinary blogs that I believe truly embody the philosophy of this PROXIMIDADE Award. So, it is with great pleasure that I’d like to pass along this PROXIMIDADE Blog Award to the following EIGHT Blogs/Bloggers:

Excerpts from the Edge

This blogger is a talented handmade card designer, and an accomplished scrapbooker. On her blog, you’ll see some of her lovely and unique card creations, links to other great scrapbooking and crafting sites, as well as family and vacation snapshots which give you a personal glimpse of life in Australia.

Girl with a Curl

This multi-talented artisan in Washington State does watercolor paintings, wonderful beadwork jewelry, and digital graphics. She has three Etsy stores representing her artistry. Her blog is always an interesting read, and she frequently features other talented artists and craftspersons.


As a dog lover, this is truly one of my favorite blogs. There are eyecatching photos and wonderfully written and entertaining ”snippets” about the most adorable whippets you’ll ever see, Ribsy and Mirabel, who reside with “Boy” and “Girl” (AKA owners) in Ontario, Canada

Life with Dogs

Once again, this is a blog for dog lovers! It is without a doubt one of the most cleverly written blogs (much of it from a dog’s point of view) that I’ve experienced. Check it out and read about the daily challenges and adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Author, Nigel, Sola and Truffles, and their lives in Vermont.

The Seasonal Cottage

This blogger is also a talented craftsperson, and indeed her interests and talents are so broad that she actually has SIX Etsy stores! Even so, she manages to update her blog daily and has regular blog features which never fail to disappoint. I also “follow” her daily tweets on Twitter, and she is a tireless Tweeter! It must be all that coastal Maine air that energizes her!

On Ruby’s Hill

Once you read a couple of posts on this wonderfully written blog, I think you’ll be hooked! Residing in Juneau, Alaska, this blogger creates unique and unusual handmade jewelry, and works with several types of media including copper etching, sterling silver and soldered pendants. Although her blog does occasionally feature her beautiful handcrafted creations, this blogger also writes about a variety of other topics, ranging from featured Etsy artisans to her own personal musings and “snapshots” of her life in Alaska.

Ann Ranlett’s Blog

Ann is a wonderful artist and illustrator of animals and nature subjects. I’m particularly fond of her dog portraits. Ann’s and my paths have crossed through our blogging as well as on Twitter, and it is clear that she and I share a deep and enduring love of animals and nature. She creates her art from her California home/studio, but it is offered through a variety of marketplaces and venues. Please visit her blog and take a look!

SassyGlass Designs

I love to visit this crisp and cheerful blog! There’s always a new posting of interest, be it about the this blogger-artisan’s wonderfully handcrafted jewelry and lampwork beads, the featured work of fellow craftpersons, or photos of captured scenes from the blogger’s local Arkansas countryside.

Please do take a little time to check out all these wonderful blogs, and watch to see what eight blogs each of these bloggers select, to pass along the PROXIMIDADE Blog Award!

Until we meet again . . . . .Happy Blog Reading!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for my award. I, like you, had no idea blogging could be so much fun and such a creative effort.

Denise said...

How sweet you are! thank you for the recognition, it is certainly appreciated!

glentwistle said...

I am so overwhelmed that you think that highly of my blog. I don't even know how to properly say thank you. ♥

Anonymous said...

Woof! Ribsy and Mirabel say thanks for their award, and for your generous words. You are very talented and kind. They're glad you enjoy reading their blog, just as they're glad to read yours!

Teddyree said...

Heartfelt thanks Jan, a really different & meaningful award to receive. I can't wait to 'share the love'

Cindy said...

Wow very nice write up Jan!!I really liked how you presented each one! Thanks again!!

TheresaJ said...

Thanks for stopping by and for you oh so nice comment. Congrats on your award. Very well deserved!

GumballGrenade said...

Congrats on your award! What a lovely introduction to some wonderful blogs!

Teddyree said...

It has taken me a little while but I have now posted about my award, I hope you don't mind, I followed your wonderful set-out for introducing blogs nominated. Once again, thanks so much Jan :-)

Anji Gallanos said...

Wow...that is a great description...thank you sooooo much. And guess what. You won my blog giveaway for the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors...drop me an email so I can send it of!! It's just happy all around.

Thank you thank you thank you for the great award and the description.

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