Something Special From The Train Jeweler

I love a good travel memory and Cynthia's blog, "Antiquity Travelers" tells an entertaining story from her overseas travels, vacations upstate, or riding the rails to her day job in the city.  She weaves the cast of train riding friends and coworkers into characters you can laugh with/at or nod/shake your head in agreement with.  She's blessed with daughters who are happy to model the jewelry and are interested in learning to make jewelry, too. Cindy forges her love of designing into a real labor of love. ♥  See for yourself on her blog or  Etsy shop.

Her jewelry designs are gorgeous and with her blog posts you also get an historical perspective on the gemstones.  It's more than educational- it's fun and pretty.  Check out The Train Jeweler's post  about the other bloggers given these awards.  They are a talented and encouraging group of ladies; I am both  surprised and honored to be included, happy to have Cynthia's friendship, and going to work a bit harder now!

It's no easy task selecting bloggers for these awards.  Friends? Strangers?  Size of blog?  Theme?  I've only read a fraction of so many inspiring, educational, and fun bloggers.  How do I choose?

What I've decided to do is what Cynthia said, "But what these awards mean to me is a way to tell a few of my bloggy friends how much I've appreciated their friendship and their encouragement for me to keep blogging -- to keep trying new techniques, to keep making something I love ... "  In her case jewelry, in my case a range of things and because of your comments and visits I keep coming back to share and post.   Thank you.  

Chris writes, "Golden Lilly Crafts,"  and is Down Under so has Spring while we're heading towards Autumn where I am.  Her comments make me smile, she's so talented, has a beautiful garden, plus she named her blog after her two little dogs.  Please go say "hi" to her if she's new to you.  Or, maybe that should be, "G'day mate."

Debbie writes, "Crafty Moose Crafts, "  is a french bead artist who also paints, learns new techniques and shares them and is mad about moose or is that meese?  Whatever, Debbie has a way with words, her comments encourage and I'm happy we met somewhere in our blog travels.  Please head over to her blog if you haven't already.

Karen Anne writes,  "Ireland Brady - Musings to Ponder", is always perfecting her skills, learning, sharing, and has a talent for drawing, you must see for yourself.  Her comments are wise and from the heart.  Please go visit her blog and enjoy the portraits and the photos; also a wee Irish humor.  There's a real Danny Boy, too.

Stacy writes, "Magic Love Crow, " is devoted to drawing crows.  Not just any crow, but well, she has a reason why and you should find out for yourself.  I don't think you will ever see a more devoted crow artist.  Stacy comments and you know she is cheering you on.  She uses lots of colors in her work and her words as does Chris, Debbie, and Karen Anne- they make you feel encouraged.

All three of these awards can go to everyone who reads and comments, your company is much appreciated!

I want to recognize Inspiration Avenue and the people who participate there.  I haven't linked up much recently, but when I did, the other bloggers who stopped by here gave me great feedback and encouragement.

In February 2012 I joined the 29Faces Challenge from, "I Love 2 Paint Ayala Art."   It was a  great experience and the people who came by were so much appreciated.

But that's not all...  I know this is a long post, but it's worth it to meet some fresh faces and blogs.  Cynthia has turned the blog awards around and given us new ones to give out.  Here is the preview for the next set of awards.  I'm going to edit this post in a few days with the awardees.  (SEE new post HERE instead!)

I hope you check out some great links and discover people you might not have seen before now.  Thanks to Cynthia for giving me this opportunity to share.


AntiquityTravelers said...

Lovely post! Thanks you! And congratulations again on winning your awards - very, very well deserved my friend.

Can't wait to see your picks on Saturday. So until then ....

Terry said...

Congratulations Gloria. I agree,...well-deserved. Great post.

Two Succulent Sisters said...

I'm loving the picture that you manipulated.Wow. Gives me some inspiration to do something like that. I LIVED retro. hahhaha Funny thing is, I want those things back..love going to estate sales and finding them AGAIN.

Oh, you mentioned on my blog about that comment form being your nemesis. What did you mean and how can I correct it? Why did it take four times? Thanks for helping. I still feel new to blogging. Linda

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Congrats on the awards, Gloria! It was so kind of you to mention me and my blog--it certainly is mutual. I am happy to have met you along the way, too!

Lucy said...

Love what you did with the photo and the story behind it.

I will have to check out the other creative bloggers you suggested.

Additionsstyle said...

Congrats on your awards, Gloria! What a lovely post. I love your photo, and the little planter is so cute.
Everyday Inspired

New End Studio said...

Thanks ladies!

Linda, I can't reply (noreplyblogger on your return)and couldn't find your email. If you see this, email me or see if Katie contacts you. I know, I like some of those retro items, too lol.

Have a wonderful day everyone and thanks for stopping here ♥

ButtonMad said...

Hi Gloria

Thanks for your idea incorporating our Incomparable Buttons in a tutorial - we will be sending you a set of buttons.

If you could please let me know your postal details I'll get them into the post so that you can start creating!

Warm regards from sunny South Africa

Tamara and the ButtonMad Team

Katherines Corner said...

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . BIG hugs!!!

New End Studio said...

Thanks so much Tamara, have sent the details to you.

Thanks Katie and have a great week, hope your back is better very soon.