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You'll notice the addition of a few sites to my blog list over on the side there. I just thought I'd mention the who/what/where of 'em. In no particular order then:
This Old Blog
Two good friends, one of whom is a darn good videographer (see the good work she can make out of some poor content here), have a nice blog up about, "the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of owning our first home." It's got nice recipes, good tips on home improvement, and a fun vibe.
Annie MacHale is the real deal. If you take a look at that video I linked above, in fact, you'll see some of her wonderful work - the strap to my pickin' basket. That strap will eventually become my 30-30's gun sling, because it is the only thing I've found to be beautiful and soulful enough to adorn it.
Those two words describe her work. Annie spins yarn and weaves straps and other things, and they all have a great look and feel to them. She can occasionally be found at mountain man rendezvouses, and also prowling the visitor centers of the various state parks of Santa Cruz, where she manages their gift centers for the local friends' organization. Her blog (above) details the works of her craft, and also has links if you care to buy any.
Erratic Sewer and Crafter
Yes, I know: Kari hasn't updated her blog in some months. I don't care, it's full of fun, creative ideas, and I know how busy she is, so I'm bucking the "constant content required" trend and linking her awesome blog. Kari makes great, creative period costumes, riffs on period costumes, some amazing art, and the best strawberry brandy jam you'll ever taste.
Hippo on the Lawn
Tom is a British ex-pat living in Angola, with some great culinary skills acquired the hard way (in actual battle), and a perspective on life from which we all can draw inspiration and knowledge. This blog is a narrative of things going on in his life in Angola, a very fascinating read. He also has a blog (Cooking in the Front Line) with some great recipes and amazing stories.
My first oversees blog acquaintance, SBW (as he is known in virtual reality) has a goal: To take an elk with a bow and arrow. His blog is his journey, as he puts it, "from fat boy to elk hunter." I'm still wondering if he means a moose, but that's for another time. His writing is witty, the products he reviews show that he has an eye for craftsmanship and things of functional beauty (he really should buy a strap from Annie!), and if you are ever interested in reading English as it is blogged by the English, his is a great place to start.
Last, even though she's been on my blog list for a while now, I wanted to point out that Holly at NorCal Cazadora is selling some beautiful photos of feathers. Definitely check them out, they are amazing!
I keep my blog list short, and haven't really branched out much in my reading, either, though I've found Phillip's and Albert Rasch's lists particularly intriguing and informative. I don't plan to have a huge list, because I can't keep up, frankly.
If you get a minute, or if you have an eye for quality writing and crafts, then please click over to one of my friends. I get no money from these promotions, either (yet...)