I came across this by accident, it was not in my ‘regular’ notifications!! My Blog was named as the Favorite Photography Blog for the first ever Creative Dreamers Blog Awards!! What a happy surprise!! Thank you so much to the readers who voted for my blog, I am so honored! In all honesty, I had been feeling a little uninspired and doubting myself lately, and seeing this today has been such a nice reminder to keep learning, I would like to thank all of you for the encouragement, it means the world to me 🙂

Creative Dreamers

Last month, Creative Dreamers started encouraged our readers to vote for your favorite blogs to earn the honor of the first ever “Creative Dreamers Blog Awards.”

Well, our readers have spoken and now it;s time for the results.

Blog Awards by category:

Favorite Photography Blog


Favorite Poetry Blog

Poetry Frog

Favorite Visual Design or Layout on a Blog

An Evil Nymph’s Blog

Favorite General Arts Blog


Favorite Drawing Blog

Drawing OWU

Favorite Subculture and Body Art Blog

Scars are Tattoos

Favorite Music or Video Blog

World Music – the Music Journey

Congratulations to all of our winners. Please fell free to brag about your accomplishments after all, our readers already have.

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My very 1st Star!!!!


My very 1st Star!!!!

Thank you so much : http://allthingsboys.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/second-star-from-the-right/, whose blog I really love, and with whom I have much in common, as we both have three teenage boys, who are very close in age! Thank you Thank you, I truly appreciate you giving me this award! I really cannot express how much I have enjoyed my blogging experience, and getting to know all of my fellow bloggers!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – https://lyndamichele.wordpress.com/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

I can’t choose just one, so here a several that I really enjoy, and I hope you will too!


The Beautiful Blogger Award! I am honored, thank you so much!


The Beautiful Blogger Award!

Thank you Kim at http://klling.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for The Beautiful Blogger Award! It’s such an honor to be included, thank you so much for thinking of me 🙂

I must write 7 things about myself, and nominate 7 fellow bloggers.

1. I hate winter!
2. I am a winter baby (December) and I have always wished for a summer birthday 🙂
3. My middle son just got his first college acceptance letter!
4. I am DYING to get a ‘fancy’ macro lens!
5. Still workin’ on those extra 20 lbs……..
6. I would love to improve my photogpraphy skills, but I seriously CANNOT read anything that looks like a manual, lol
7. Even though I hate winter, I love Christmas!

Here are my 7 nominees. I love seeing their blog posts, they are very talented!








A BIG Thank yo…


A BIG Thank you to Mondrak at http://kattermonran.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/versatile-blogger-award/ for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! Sorry I have been slow to accept, it’s been very busy around here lately!

I would also like to thank Paula at http://paulaacton.wordpress.com/ for nominating my blog for the Inspiring Blog Award! Thank you Paula, I enjoy your blog very much, and I appreciate you thinking of me in your nominations!

Thank you again for thinking of me, I truly appreciate it. It has been such a great opportunity to learn about photography from all of you very talented folks, and I love all the feedback you give me!

The Rules:

Link Back to the person who nominated you

Nominate 15 or so fellow bloggers, and leave a note on their blog to let them know

Write seven things about yourself

Seven things about myself……I’ve done a few of these recently, I might be running out of things to say!

1. I haven’t been to the beach yet this summer, and I’m DYING to go!

2. I have been busy planning some summer parties, High School grad (oldest son) 8th grade grad (youngest son) Cousins reunion, and I have 3 of my families bdays in the summer! BUSY BUSY!

3. I love to lie out in the sun, even tho it’s bad for my skin 🙂

4. Still tryin’ to lose those same 20 lbs, lol

5. I’m gonna have to start doing some interesting things so I’ll have more to write about myself……

6. Hmmm.

7. Oh yeah. I HATE cleaning up after my five pet cockateils. seriously. They are MESSY.

Thank you again!


1. http://theartofencouragement.wordpress.com/ – A blog I just recently started following, and like very much!

2. http://southern-wild.com/ Another recent find!

3. Flowers, Trees, and other such Gifts of Nature at http://carolwelsh.wordpress.com/

4. http://hovercraftdoggy.com/

5. http://focusedmoments.net/

6. http://finepixels.wordpress.com/

7. http://leannecolephotography.com/about/#comment-3775

8. http://skfjrifnd.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/walks-with-my-father/

One Lovely Blog Award x2

Thank youhttp://hillsofherchastity.wordpress.com/ for this one lovely Blog Award. I am truly honored! This is my second nomination, and I just want to say that I appreciate it soooo much, Thank you!

The Rules: 1.Link back to the blogger who nominated you. 2.Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere. 3.Tell them 7 facts about yourself. 4.Nominate 15 other blogs you like for this award. 5.Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated. 6.Resume blogging your regular posts.

Seven facts about myself:

1. I am preparing myself for my oldest son to leave for college this fall. Where did the time go?

2. I have five pet cockateils, and two dogs

3. I come from a family of 6 kids, 4 brothers and 1 sister.

4. I have a pipe dream of running a bed and breakfast somewhere near the ocean 🙂

5. I am really enjoying blogging, which is a bit of a surprise to me

6. I’m running out of things to say!

7. I’m really really really looking forward to this summer, and enjoying the warm weather

My nominees are:

1. Aisling at http://aislingjenningsphotography.wordpress.com/

2. http://beautyofphotos.wordpress.com/

3. http://stephenhip.wordpress.com/

4. http://briangaynorphotography.com/

5. http://naturepicsblog.com/

6. http://photonstopper.wordpress.com/

7. http://tomleechphotography.wordpress.com/

Sunshine Award

 I would like to thank Carine at http://bookscupcakescats.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for The Sunshine Award! It really makes me happy to think that my photos make someone else smile!

As I said in my Lovely Blogger Award post, I will have to get my teenagers to help me link my blog nominations to my post, I’m not good at that kinda stuff 🙂

So here are the questions & my answers:

Favorite number: 11

Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: My first cup of coffee of the day – after that, anything frosty, freezy, slushy cold

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

My Passion:  My family, Reading, Cooking, and Learning more about photography

Favorite pattern: Not a big fan of patterns, I like simplicity

Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday

Favorite Flower: I can’t pick a favorite, but I do love the Peace Rose (yellow rose w/pink tips)

Thank you Carine!

One Lovely Blog Award

I would like to thank Millie from  http://millieonherworld.wordpress.com/  and Laurie from http://atasteofmorning.com  for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger & Very Inspring Blogger Awards – especially since I am so new to both photography and blogging! I truly appreciate being thought of! I have not completely figured out how to link all of the blogs that I would like to nominate, but I’m going to work on it, hopefully I can get some help from my teenagers 🙂

So, according to the rules, I am supposed to write 7 things about me:

1. I love SUMMER

2. I HATE winter!

3. Once upon a time, long long ago, I was a ballroom dancer, and I won  a competition called “The Harvest Moon Ball”

4. I love animals, and they love me 🙂

5. I love cats especially, but I can’t have one, as my husband & kids are allergic 😦

6. I love party planning

7. I love photography because it is so personal, every photo is one of a kind

Now, as for my nominations, I will have to get some help and get that part done!!

1. Neha Khan photography http://nehakhanphotography.wordpress.com/ – Beautiful wildlife photos!

2. Cliff at  http://www.cfrancoeur.com/#/0 – Beautiful photo’s, and for going out of his way to offer much needed information!

3. Eileen at  http://wineeveryday.net/ – Fantastic Blog about Wine, Sunday Suppers, and without whom I would not be blogging at all!

4. Mae at http://ilovesunsetsbythesea.wordpress.com/ Inspiring Blog & Beautiful Photo’s

5. Katie at http://katienormalgirl.com/ Gardening, photogrpaphy, and art!

6. http://skyheartphotography.wordpress.com/about/ Beautiful Photography, check out this blog!

7. Lorrie at http://theeffstop.wordpress.com/ This blog just makes me happy, check it out 🙂