I got an Excellence Award from Tamara! How cool is that?
Finding 10 blogs that I like to read that haven't accumulated one of these babies is going to be hard, but here are a few of my favorites to start with: The Slapdash Sewist and The Mahogany Stylist, both of whom I've met through Patternreview and whose blogs are full of fun and inspirational ideas; Kitty Couture, who makes beautiful clothes (and has a beautiful kitty); Couturesmith, who I also know from Patternreview, who hasn't posted lately and who is getting this award because I miss her and she needs a boot in a sensitive place.
I love reading blogs because sewing (and most types of creating) are essentially solitary activities, and while I don't mind doing the work on my own, I like to talk about it and I don't have many "real" friends who find my activities at all interesting. Thankfully, I have lots of "virtual" friends, some of whom I've even gotten to meet and who are just as fabulous in person as they are online.
I joined Patternreview back in 2006 and I have sewed much more steadily - and far more ambitiously - due to the inspiration of all the other wonderful sewists on the site. I started blogging for similar reasons; I was spending so much time reading the blogs of others that I realized it was actually affecting my sewing time. The solution was starting my own blog so that someone other than myself would hold me to actually completing projects when I would be just as happy wandering around the internet looking at everyone else's hard work.
So this is a heartfelt thank you to all the bloggers out there who keep me endlessly entertained, inspired and informed.