Friday, July 30, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday, #74

This week, I'm out of things to give you from myself.  But don't be too sad (as if you were heading in that direction anyway!) because I've still got some good places to send you!  

This is a list of some fairly recent new blog finds I've been loving.  Over the past few weeks and months, I've been lucky enough to stumble onto some pretty wonderful bloggers' sites.  Good writers, thoughtful women, talented artists, creative minds...I don't know (most of) these bloggers or artists very well, but I'd love to.  And I'd love for you to, as well.  Check them out -- they're good!

In no particular order:

1. Fluffy Bunnies: Stacia (and her blog) is fantastically fantastic.  For the few days and weeks I've been stopping by her place, I've been uplifted, inspired, and provoked into thought.  I especially love her questions at the end of her posts to draw in her readers.  But she probably wouldn't even need the questions -- her posts are enticing enough!

2. So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter: Suzannah's (which is one of my favorite names, by the way) is probably one of the newest blogs I've found that's spoken to me so quickly.  I love her bright, uncluttered header, her thoughtful ideas about faith and love, and her kind comments.  Maybe most of all, I love that she turns red and sweaty in public speaking situations -- we're kindred spirits already.

3. idontbelieveingrammar: Michelle blows me away.  Every time.  She's so open and honest about her questions and her wonders and her doubts.  She's real and interesting and heart-spoken.  And even though it took me, like, 5 times to write her blog's name without apostrophes or capitals or spaces...I love her writing style.  It's simple and straightforward, and I can't get enough of it.

4. Simple Mom: This site is wonderful.  It's full of helpful ideas and ways to parent simply and effectively, and it's always good.  One of my favorite bloggers, Megan at Sorta Crunchy, is a contributor to Simple Mom, which is one piece of a larger Simple Living Media...thing.  All of their sites are good, but Simple Mom is consistently a favorite of mine.

5. The Blogging Bradleys : Tammy's blog is good for some beautiful photography, but she also comes across as so sweet and funny that I always enjoy my time there.  She gives good advice and funny stories in comments, too, which she is excellent at leaving.  (I wish I was as loyal at commenting as she seems to be!)

6. Madeline Bea: Life Set to Words:  Now, this one isn't quite as recent as the others -- Maegan has been a blog friend for quite some time now as one of the fabulous co-founders of Bigger Picture Blogs.  And she's talented.  I sigh and swoon at her photography skills, but even more so knowing that she works so hard at it.  She's dedicated and creative and encouraging.  And let me just suggest that you go look at some of her latest newborn shots .  I mean seriously.  Could you not look at those pictures and just DIE from overexposure to adorability?  I did.  I died.  Again, SO talented.

7. Art by Erin Leigh : If there is one thing I wish I could do, it's art.  Something with color and shape and materials and light.  Erin would be my inspiration, because her work is just that: inspirational.  Well, and beautiful.  It's whimsical and layered and lovely. I really, really like it, in a way that I haven't liked other art lately.  Yes, I know -- writing and photography and so many other things are art, get me, right?   Check out her Etsy shop to see what I mean. 

I hope you find something you like among my new treasures!  Have a gorgeous summer weekend, and head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!


  1. Stacia's my favorite too! Thanks for the list. I already am a fan of the couple you mentioned here, but I'm off to check out the rest.

  2. sarah, you are too kind!

    i'm encouraged to be in such lovely company, and so happy i found you through the bigger picture blogs--such a fantastic idea:)

  3. Wow, thanks for the shout-out! (Do I sound like I'm in middle school??) =>

    And thanks, too, for the other links. I know Michelle's well, but the others are all new to me. Can't wait to give them a read.

  4. Thank you Sara! What a treat to find my name on your list! You just made my week. These are great blogs. Thanks for the tips...

  5. wow. i was thrilled to see my name ( bad grammar and all) on that to blogs i love to read. Thanks so much!


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