Monday, May 29, 2006

A Quick Post on a Monday Evening

It's been a very full three day weekend. I'm tired and ready for a nice long bath but I do have a few things to report on before I head to the tub.

I worked today on a separate blog for The Journal Project. For any of you interested in participating in the traveling journal you can check out the new blog here. I have compiled a list of participants on the sidebar. Please double check and make sure you are listed if you are wanting to participate. It's not too late to join. It's going to be exciting!

You may remember that at the beginning of the month I mentioned giving myself a new blogging challenge each week of the month. I never mentioned that last week's challenge was getting my feet wet with Picassa and another photo altering program called GIMP (I don't have Photoshop--boo hoo!). Every photo I published last week was tweaked just a little bit with one of these two programs. I added lighting, shadows, blurriness, etc. to give the photos just a little bit of extra 'oomph.' I'm learning slowly but surely.

This week's challenge is a little different. This week I will be expanding my blogging community with your help and suggestions. I read so many blogs that I haven't really had time to explore other fabulous blogs that are lurking in the blogspere. This is where you come in--I'm asking for your help. I'm certain that you are reading some blogs that I'm not. So tell me about one of them. Tell me what you love about it and pass along the link so I can discover it too. Or, maybe you're reading me but I haven't discovered you yet. Leave me your link so I can mosey on over and check you out. I know there are all sorts of wonderful, inspiring blogs out there that I just haven't stumbled across yet. I'm making it a little easier on myself by asking for some of your favorite links. Pass them along. I can't wait to discover something new and fabulous.


Blogger dani said...

i knew your photos had some cool new edginess to them! bravo, way to go - you must learn really fast!

10:09 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Your photos are wonderful. I'm crazy about this one today. I've always loved photos of doors and windows.

As far as steering you to new blogs - do you read Cate (The Bean Counter)? I know you two have several blogfriends in common, but don't think I've seen you show up on each other's blogs. If I'm right about that, then that's my blog recommendation for you - to go visit Cate.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Hhhmmm...that link above looks like it should be clickable, but doesn't appear to be. Let me try that again:
The Bean Counter

10:16 PM  
Blogger tracey said...

You must stop by and visit Misha.
Bright, kind, intense, beautiful Misha.

I know you'll adore her.

10:37 PM  
Blogger whitney said...

I read your blog all the time, very inspiring. I'm not even sure where I found your blog, but I always come back. I love that you can share your true self and your innermost thoughs so freeley. I need to work on that. I love your insight and the way you express yourself - you are a great writer. Reading your thoughts often helps me to calm and clear my mind and ponder my own feelings when I don't have the time or energy to do the calming and clearing myself. I have been meaning to email or comment, but time for myself is not something I have a lot of lately - I have my first child, a beautiful but demanding three month old. I guess your request was the extra push I needed to sit down and say hi... So hi, and thank you for sharing.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Libra Larki said...

Very beautiful blog!

2:25 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Michelle, your pictures are always so beautiful, you inspire me to up my game, pictorially-speaking :-) If you haven't already, i'd recommend you go over to Delia's blog at

she is the most wonderful writer, and so inspiring, as a mother and a woman - and the sweetest pea to boot. i know you'll find a connection there...

5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi michelle...
there are two great sites for you to check out, the first is "love what i do.blogspot" (beautiful photo journal), and the second is "birds of a feather.blogspot" (a brand new site for the lovers of vintage cottage style, and designers)...also, i'd be happy to share my photoshop with you (shhhh).

5:28 AM  
Blogger maggiegracecreates said...

I have an entire list of daily reads. My favorites are tongue in cheek (absolutey gorgeous writing)and ullabenulla (eye candy inspiration). you can link to me and grab the others if you like.

Also Mike Milbrath just started a recovery blog. He suffered a stroke 2-1/2 weeks ago and I think it will be very inspiring to watch his recovery. I will link to him today.

5:37 AM  
Blogger Josephine said...

What great work on the journal project! If I weren't so swamped with three jobs and grad school starting up again in June, I'd definitely want to be a part of it!


Anyway, what a wonderful holiday it sounds like you had! Mine was all work...

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, we read a lot of the same but I didnt see these in your blogroll so:

For your photography kick:

For your vegetarian kick:


7:55 AM  
Blogger ESB said...

hi--just wanted to say i love the new way you've organized your blog links!

8:14 AM  
Blogger ESB said...

PS--I forgot to add that you would probably love the site quality essays by moms, in sort of a blog format....maybe you could even contribute....

8:17 AM  
Blogger M said...

I love how you've organized your links as well! So sweet! Going to check out the new Journal project site, very excited!
I'll think of some blogs to share....

9:28 AM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

You're brave to take on more new blogs with how many you already read -- you're like the blog fairy, sprinkling your magic dust everywhere, staying connected to so many people!

You may have discovered this one already, but the fabulous artist Anahata Katkin recently started a blog:

10:19 AM  
Anonymous samantha said...

Oh! I heart Picasa. What is this GIMP you speak of?

For blogs - I adore Bluepoppy - - and My Topography - Christina is so talented and an amazing, fall out-of-your-chair good writer. Otherwise, you pretty much know all my reads! I always call BP my fairy blogmother as she gives me such encouragement and especially in the beginning of my blogging journey.

11:46 AM  
Blogger fringes said...

I followed you from Susannah's blog. I love discovering fellow Texans in the blogosphere! I have two links for you (thanks for asking):


and my friend Flood .

Running off to read your archives...

1:39 PM  
Blogger melba said...

You have a long list of blogs my friend! But I know what you mean by wanting to widen the circle even more. Today I went exploring down the list of all the inspire me thursday participants because I love to look at the art. I usually put a blog I like on my computer favorites first before I add it to my actual blog. I didn't see Krista on your list. I love her. Love her blog and art and style and everything about her! Check her out

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and your pictures.. I read it often. I have a couple of fav blogs:
My blog is
I warn you I am new at all this and I am a work in progress. Would love the visitors,encourgement and inspiration.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Shona said...

Question: What kind of camera do you use? I like the quality of the pictures you take. When you have a minute to answer, I would be grateful.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Cee said...

Some blogs for you to check out (sorry for the long list, I found it very hard only picking a few!) -

Luckybeans ( - super cute kids, life in Zambia

Six Ten Pine ( - very funny, very cool writer

( - incredible writer

All & Sundry ( - very, very funny, and the cutest baby in the world

Ink on my Fingers ( - astonishing beautiful writing

9:27 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I also think--just from reading you here-- you would like c.delia. She is truely an AMAZING writer.


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