Mar 21, 2009

Tours Available!

Take a trip with me. There's room. Come on, it'll be fun!
(though they are not underlined, all blogs mentioned are linked so just click on the blog names if you'd like to visit them with me)

Did your family ever go for Sunday drives? Mine did, not always on Sunday, but often it was. We would go to church, come home, have a big Sunday dinner, take a little nap and then go for a drive. (By the way, in Missouri where my family is from, lunch was dinner, and dinner was supper.) My dad was a wildlife biologist so many of our drives were out to the country (I lived by the Missouri River in three different states and it is especially blue and beautiful in SD where I lived the longest) to try and spot deer, or wild turkeys, or watch people fish (if we weren't fishing ourselves) or see the Dogwoods in bloom or the prairie grass grow tall and green. In Los Angeles, these drives are not so enjoyable or pretty and it seems the last thing you want to do is go somewhere if you don't have to. So, I am providing for you here in this post, a little Sunday drive, a cyber tour so to speak. You can see some of the world without leaving your abode.

I made some blog visits this evening to a few places I don't stop by as regularly as others. There are some very special spots I drop in on when I am ready to be overwhelmed with the resulting tidal wave of ideas and images and random thinking of random things I don't always make time to enjoy. Invited head spins are not for everyday use and I can only spin my head on purpose when all other things are somewhat caught up - kind of like getting to sleep in late and enjoy those dreams that only come from indulgent cat napping on a weekend morning when you wake up and realize you can sleep longer several times. So you do, and you continue the dreams your conscientiousness momentarily interrupted.

So, anyway, my first blog visit was to Ginny's Small Studio blog. I visit Ginny with extreme caution because she always sends you on adventures to other blogs and you find yourself wondering if you will ever get away from your computer again. You ask other people to bring you food and water and answer the phone and the next thing you know, the house is dark and quiet and your family has gone to bed without you, abandoned you, have written their goodbyes, painted mustaches on your face without your noticing, and yet you still find yourself glued to your chair, atrophied from not moving your muscles, still looking at what Ginny has presented to you on a cyber silver platter. Don't say I didn't warn you. You might want to visit the powder room now, get a snack, and put on your jammies. I will save the link for just a minute longer so I can prepare you and you can prepare you for the adventure you're about to take yourself on.

Of course, as I started my trip tonight, I had to stop by the store first and pick up some splurgey but well deserved fun stuff (I can always find a reason to spoil myself). Prepare your mouse and cursor to go on an adventure. I suggest that you also stop by Ginny's store first, Small Studio Productions. Click on the Emporium link once you get there. I bought some 7 Gypsies paper and journal background pages tonight. I've been very "into" papers recently in efforts to change up my backgrounds. I'm working on adding stamping and drawing too but not quite there yet. Anyway, in the past, I've purchased from Ginny tin letters, acrylic ATC bases, and shrine kits all of which came beautifully packaged and await my guts to use. Oh, here's a side trip. I will soon be brave enough to use these things after watching Linda Cain of Friends in Art blog spin her magic. Linda makes samples for Small Studio among many other vendors for which she is a Design Team Member. Stop by and see her beautiful creations too - talk about spinning your head with ideas. She is also linked in my side bar if you want to swing by later. After checking out the Emporium, choose the link to Ginny's blog, Small Studio. Again, Ginny is in my links too, conveniently right next to Friends in Art, Linda's site (Neat how that worked, huh? They were meant to be paired up. And, it is funny, that I originally found Ginnny from my buddy Tace's blog, All Kinds of Stuff. Then I found Linda through some kind of unrelated blog hopping and now Linda and Ginny are comrades and the earth grows smaller. I would like to think they all revolve around me but that is my ego wishing again.)

If you're following directions, you should be at Ginny's blog next. You will be entertained with her stories and pictures but as you start to scroll through all of her posts you will find the links I speak of. Tonight, she sent me to two other blogs that had me completely entranced and the world grew large again with all of the wonder and amazing things and ideas and people I would have missed without a guide to point them out. Yes, Ginny, like my pal Linda Crispell is someone I consider a tour guide to all the pretty and wondrous and downright cooler than heck things in this world.

Ginny first took me to Design Amour. You can get there from Ginny's so you can keep reading here until you are ready to go. Like Ginny, I suggest you scroll down until you start seeing the stenciling. Have paper towels ready for the drool you will soon find on your chin. If you are like me, you will ask someone else to get the paper towel for you as you now find you will not be able to leave your computer. There are lots of interesting posts and links to check out but pace yourself as you have at least one other stop to make, one I must insist on.

Go back to Ginny's blog and pick up her next link to The Rag and Bone. Oh my. This one officially created for me the tidal wave of inspiration and wished-for abilities and time I do not possess. You will find archways made of old books, amazing "toys" carved from wood and recycled parts, art made from plastic bags, art made from toilet paper tubes, a very cool stop animation video and the model used to make it, book art like none I've seen, paper dresses, and then The World's Smallest Postal Service. I especially enjoyed this link as, I think I've told you, my family goes out of its way to see the World's Largest and Smallest of things. I've seen many. I've even seen the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.

I didn't even get past the first page of posts at Rag and Bone before I decided to save myself from wetting my pants and legs falling asleep in my chair. The other pages will wait for me like an unopened present.

I'll give you some space to explore on your own and find things I have not yet found. I am off to make some art tonight (I hope). I haven't got to change my music here yet, but maybe I'll get that done tomorrow. Before I go, I'd like to send a special "I love you" to one of my best friends and blurkers (for those that don't know, a blurker is someone that reads your blog without ever commenting, like a voyeur (which we would find a way to make funny and dirty), Monica, THE Chick. I know you're there (in more ways than one).


aliceinparis said...

Marsha! What a great entry! Maybe I should be shaking my fist at you. So many luscious links, so little time:)
Cheers, Shelagh

Linda Cain said...

What a beautiful post, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Blurkers! HA! didn't know that word before.


Donna B. Miller said...

This was such a fun post, and I really enjoyed reading all the blogs. However, now that I've discovered Small Studio Productions, my budget may never be the same. :-)

Sharon said...

WOW!! What a trip!!!!!!!!!!! Loved every minute. Now I am following I think 40 + blogs:) Sharon

Kristal said...

What a lovely tour guide you are. Now if you could just provide the refreshments, but you did warn us~ LOL!! And I didn't know about the term "Blurkers", but I have one of those too. A sweet dear friend. Thanks for the great post. Hope you have a great Sunday!

BlueRidgeLady said...

Hi Marsha! What a lovely journey that was!!! I loved the post and you had me laughing through most of it....I can see I better break away at this very point, or I will be here for the entire day....slipping off into fantasy world. I will savor the hours I will now spend visiting these enchanted places you shared with us.
Thank you friend, and enjoy your Sunday!

ginny said...

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha! I am blushing and beaming at the same time. Thank you so much for all the amazingly wonderful comments and kind words about my blog and shop. What a lovely surprise to wake up to this morning. I made my hub listen to all of it too!
If you were here I would give you a great big hug.
I, too, love your new word, "blurkers".

whymsicalmusings said...

Marsha I to used to take Sunday drives. Not so much of late because kids are grown and Hubby is gone most weeks driving around the country for his job.SIGH
Thank you for this adventure! I can not sit this morning but know I will be back I can't wait to visit all of the wonderful stops on your adventure!
Tomorrow I think I should have some free drive time:)
It always makes my day to see your sweet comments in my inbox thank you for that.
It is so kind for you to link to my blog but I wnted to let you know that the wonderful pic you have for my avatar is not mine it belongs to Cathy Mendola
I stole it for a little right up because I won her blog giveaway:)

Leslie said...

Oh what a delight I have in store for me! Thank you, Marsha, for creating the tour! I'm "saving" it for tomorrow after my new computer is installed and for when computer speed is no longer a problem in my life!

When I was little, my father also took us for Sunday drives after church and dinner...supper, in my family too, was always the evening meal.
Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories on this glorious Sunday morning!!

Have a great week!

whymsicalmusings said...

Marsha that is toooo cool! How did you get it to do that on your links? I am really Internet illiterate!
Sometimes I feel like I took the short bus to internet classes!(LOL)
As you can tell I havn't had any....

Lorraine said...

well I have had a busy mothers day so am now spending the night surfing the net and what great links!!

Tace said...

We were rebels, there were days we took a Sunday drive on Tuesdays and there were days we walked instead of drive.
By the by, we too always called "lunch" dinner, and "dinner" was called supper. I have gotten out of the habit because down here my husband and his family always say lunch and dinner. Sometimes when we are eating dinner I secretly call it supper in my head. Like I said, rebel.
I love Ginny's blog, I too have been lost in the tangle of the web following the great linkage she provides. Do you realize we could have been drooling over the same websites at the same time??? That's a lot of synchronized drooling!

Terri Kahrs said...

A ton of memories came along on this ride! Dinner was supper too when I was small. And Sunday wasn't Sunday without everyone piling into the car to go for a ride!!!! BUT . . .

OMG! Now I'm sitting in a puddle of drool!!!!! What a super post! You, my Friend, are gifted in many ways!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Lorri said...

What a lovely little journey you took me on, I love those gorgeous photos too!
Come visit me sometime too :)