Many thanks to Shay over at Shay's Jewelry and Art Blog for another lemonade award and for her patience. I made sure I kept notes so I didn't forget as she gave me this award back in March!

Here are the rules for the award:
1.Put the logo on your blog or post
2.Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude.
3.Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.
4.Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5.Nominate your favorites and link to your post.

The number of blogs required in the rules seem to have multiplied so I have reverted to 5 - quality over quantity, I say! Rather than just list links I prefer to explain why I picked these blogs:

1. Carol over at The Grand Design blog is a fellow Canuck (Canadian) who made clever use of her maiden surname Grand. She was once a scifi costumer and is now a steampunk costumer. (If you have no idea what steampunk is, check my past post How to make a steampunk ring). She says, "I have an Etsy store and steampunk has pretty much taken it over." Has it ever - she makes fabulous jewelry. What she really enjoys doing on her blog is to catch tweets from Twitter and feature the artisan. Cool!

2. Pippi of Pippi's Jewelry Journey has the most inspiring subtitle "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." She does what she says too for Pippi is an amazingly talented wire artisan.

3. Joyce of Happy Cloud Moments is a software engineer who also engineers really pretty jewelry. She is an active blogger and serves up an eclectic mix of blog posts. I enjoyed the one where she proudly showed off her homemade chain stand and how it was constructed.

4. Jamee over at Jonara Blu Maui kept me sane over a long Canadian winter mostly but she did occasionally made me green with envy. That's because she now lives in Hawaii and all her jewelry is taken against beach backgrounds - sand, rocks, starfish and so on. I could almost picture the waves and feel the breeze!

5. Heather at her Azure Islands Designs blog is also Canadian. She is an inspiring artisan who is accomplished and has a great eye for color and placement. She showed me what you can do with specialised hammers to get wonderful textures on her metal work. She likes fusing too.

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