August 3, 2009

Today I'm Blogging For Bliss...

Welcome to today's Blogging For Bliss Party. Our hostess today is Kari Ramstrom over at Artsy Mama. She planned her party to coincide with the release of Tara Frey's inspirational book called "Blogging For Bliss". I know I speak for all of us in Blogland when I congratulate Tara on the publication of her book. Yea, Tara! It's an entertaining and informative read, whether you're a seasoned blogger, new to blogging, or perhaps contemplating a blogging adventure for yourself.

Once you've read about Brynwood, you can click here to visit Artsy Mama. Just go down the right side bar for a guest list; click on the guests' names and explore their blogs. I'm sure this is going to be fun!

In keeping with the spirit of the party, I've decided to share with you my blogging inspirations and what you can expect to find here (if you aren't already one of my readers. If you are - Thanks so much!).

I never was much for writing in diaries or journals. It seems I only put pen to paper when I was feeling bad or when my life would hit a rough patch (many, many years ago). When I decided to write a blog last March, I knew that it would be a place where I could count my blessings...seeing my glass as always half full and not half empty. You see, I'm basically an optimist. Blogging helps me to focus in on all the joys of my life. It's interesting to know how easy and simple it is to find your blessings, when it is blessings you seek. I never want my readers to be bored or worse yet, to be burdened by my writings.

In addition, I have a creative life - loving needlework and crafting in all forms. The hardest thing for me was to pare down my interests to fit within the confines of my studio. Alas, I have failed, in that my books spill into the hallway, and I have a few plastic storage tubs in other rooms of the house. But I try every day...I really do.

I am inspired daily by the love of my friends and family...those people in whose care my heart is safe. I am inspired by nature and the beauty to be found on a walk in the woods, or by looking closely in concrete jungles. I have found that nature always finds a way. You can find grass growing through cracks in cement or places where it should not be able to find a foothold. But there it is, right in front of you.

As nature always finds a way, so does art. I could no more spend my days without a creative outlet than I could without food. It nourishes my mind, my heart and my soul. When I give a gift from my hands, I give a small part of myself to the recipient. And just when you think there's nothing new under the sun...there it is, right there in front of you. Art in all its glory.

The purpose of my blog is to share myself with you. To help you find inspiration, creativity and joy in your daily life. To learn more about you and for you learn more about me. To share the parts of my life that give me purpose.

My favorite quote is: "The way to use life is to do something that outlasts it." I find that the heirloom-quality needlework and sewing I do - and then share with others - is some small way to accomplish that. I hope that in sharing myself and my days with you, the memory of me and how I live my life with survive long after I'm gone (hopefully, many years from now).

I also hope that my writing and photographs inspire my readers to try something new, or to share their gifts with someone they know. You can never really be sure how you can touch someone else's life until you try.

Thank you for visiting me again. Have fun at the party...and do something creative today! You'll be glad you did.
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Don't forget to come back Friday for my 100th Post Giveaway!!! See you then!

14 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Claudia said...

Beautifully written, Donna! I love knowing what as inspired you to blog - and as a reader of your blog, let me say that you are fulfilling your mission. You are inspiring and creative and I love reading your posts.

Thanks for sharing your blog bliss!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love coming to your blog and reading about your works of art. You are an inspiration every time I visit. Thank You for sharing your blog! Twyla

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Donna! So nice to visit with you through the Blogging For Bliss party. And it's so easy to see your "bliss" written all over your beautiful blog! Enjoyed my visit today and hope you enjoy the party too. ~ xo Joy

LiLi M. said...

Hi! I am here for blogging for bliss too! It is nice to read what makes blogging fun! I love the photos of you with that book! I wish I could hold that too. Have to go now!

Gypsy Mermaid said...

Heyya chickadee!!
I love your blog nad for you not to be a writer your wonderful at putting things!!! I luv your quote! Come by and see this mermaid sometime!

Big Mermaid Hugs

toodles-
Sarah

ps come to my party!

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Wow, I really like your blog! I love your favorite quote - it's part of the reason I've recently moved from more scrapbooking into sewing - it feels a bit more lasting! This blog party has been a great way to see new blogs, I really enjoy reading yours!

Ex Somnium, Color said...

Dear Donna,
What a lovely blog you have, I am happy to have "discovered" it through the Blogging for Bliss party. Thanks for sharing!
Kind regards,
Kathleen

Jane said...

Very nice sentiments. I agree with your quote. My most treasured items are things that were made and given to me by family and friends. Thanks for allowing me to get to know you through your blog and thanks for following mine as well.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

A great post, Donna. Love your blog, I'll be back after work to read more.:)
xo Lidy

Rosy Lady said...

Hi Donna, you have a lovely blog. I love your outlook about counting your blessings. I also try to abide by that. Best wishes in all your creative ventures!

ArtsyMama said...

LOVE the quote. Great post! Thanks so much for playing along. Your blog is absolutely lovely.
Cheers to blogging~
Kari

Becca said...

Oh I love what you have said. I can totally relate to spilling out into the rest of your house! When I start making stuff on the dining room table, and the living room is filled too- I know it's time to do a little cleaning. Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to checking back with you and seeing all of your inspiration. You are very talented.

Suzie Button said...

Donna, I enjoyed reading your post! I see a common thread in all the postings for this blog party! Mine included! Happy Day! Suzie

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks everyone for stopping in to visit today. Your comments are always appreciated, and I love reading feedback on what I'm sharing here.

Blogland is so fabulous, and each of us are Queens of our own personal domains. Isn't it simply wonderful?

Hugs,
Donna

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