I am always very happy to see comments on my blog posts - if anything, it proves somebody somewhere actually reads them! And is moved enough to drop me a few lines. But one of yesterday's comments came with a lovely surprise - a You Make My Day Award from Capitola Girl who really keeps her pulse on the beading scene over at her blog. Capitola Girl hails from sunny California - even her blog wrapper is that happy colour!

I not only enjoy writing this blog but I also love reading other blogs too. So here are five blogs that make MY day (in no particular order) :

A Bead A Day. BetteJo started her blog to promote her jewelry line but confesses blogging has now overtaken the jewelry selling although she occasionally sells the jewelry because of her engaging blog. I enjoy all her posts - some poignant, some downright funny, some thought provoking - in short, it's about life. BetteJo is also a cat lover - she owns four and they sometimes star in her posts. She keeps tabs on an astounding 70+ blogs so I count myself very lucky when she finds the time to comment on my blog.

Diana Norman Designs. Diana, from New York State, is a relatively new blogger but she is a seasoned jewelry artisan specialising in real flower jewelry. Diana and I share many traits including a curiousity to know STUFF. So I was pleased when she agreed to be a guest blogger here. I enjoy her blog because she tries different things out on her blog - a new combination "Lucky Leaf with Braided Copper" was her most recent entry. She also touches on the kind of informative articles I thrive on.

Voice from Jamaica. LadyRoots is a passionate beadwork artist. Her blog was one of my lucky finds. Not only am I treated to her beadwork pictures but LadyRoots also lets readers see her sense of humour. She lives in Jamaica and recently posted pictures of her lovely island home after someone wrote in to ask if her blog was indeed an invitation to stop and visit, why doesn't she show where she lives. Now I know, near a place called Alligator Pond!

Marika's Artisan Handmade Silver Jewelry. Marika from Cyprus was another of my fortunate stumbles. She makes lovely wire and chain maille jewelry but most of all her blog does indeed log her journey and growth as a jewelry artisan and in her marketing. As she markets her jewelry and supplies to her shops in both Etsy and Dwanda, her recent post show the difference between what sells in North America vs Europe, at least for her.

So you wannabee a Domestik Goddess? Jen/domestika is a Canadian writer and editor who loves to write about crafts, home decor and lifestyle topics with a nod to thrift and creativity. She sometimes touches on jewelry topics like her recent "Man, That's One Ugly Necklace". Her incredible finds on all the things you could get for your home plus her great writing style makes this blog a treat.

Pass the award on, here are the details :
1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make your day.
2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver.
3. Display the You Make My Day Award logo.
4. Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news.
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