May 14, 2013

Ode to Jodi...and a Shout-Out to Alie

Way back when I first discovered
such a thing as a blog,
I really loved reading one called
Simply This That and The Other.
Later it evolved into the blog
now known as Pleasant Home,
and to this day, I break into a big smile
every time I see a new post has been published.

Jodi always shows big, beautiful photos on her blog.
My favorites are sewing related, but
she also features scenic wonders
and small-town sights that make me love America.

and I try to put as many of them to use as I can
with my little point-and-shoot camera.
There are great tips for lighting and backgrounds.

This photo made Explore on Flickr!

The single most important thing I learned is to make my photos
x-large on Blogger.

Here's an example...
this one is medium...the default when it's added to Blogger.


Pretty, right?
Here's the same photo, but made x-large.


{I rest my case.}

And then there are the tutorials...
there are loads of them that I keep going back to...
the funky pinwheel table runner...


and the heart mug rug are my faves so far!



Another feature that I always loved about Jodi's blog
was when she would provide a link to new-to-me blogs that
she had discovered.

I'd like to emulate my role model today,
and point you in the direction of a sweet new-ish blog
called Alie Makes.

Alie is a fascinating individual with a knack for explaining.
You can tell by her tutorials that she's
going to be a fabulous teacher,
when she graduates.

Head on over to discover Alie's posts,
and you'll find that she's got a great giveaway going on
right now!!!

{You won't be sorry you got to know Alie!}
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10 comments:

  1. I just love your blogs - they are full of wonderful photos and lots of really useful links. I am not surprised your basket made it onto Flickr's Explore. It'll be the gingham!!!

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  2. Speechless. Thank you so much for the shout out!! You've made my day! Also, thanks for pointing me in the direction of Jodi's blog.

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  3. I have always loved Pleasant Home too, but I didn't realize she had so many photography tips. Thank you for sharing that. And I love the idea of introducing new bloggers to the rest of the quilting community. You have a big heart Amy! I'll be heading over to Alie's blog next.
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

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  4. I have loved Jodi's blog for years as well. I'll have to check out Alie's.

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  5. Goodness... Thanks Amy! I'm completely flattered. Thanks so much for the kind words. I miss doing my Needle little Inspiration posts. I'm hopping over to Alie's right now. ooxx`jodi

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  6. I am lucky to have my talented sister as a mentor!
    I have loved Jodi's blog...learning about it through you!

    Susie

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  7. Lovely blogs, thank you for sharing them. I am loving visiting your blog too by the way!! Wendy

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  8. You do take great photos. My fabric came for making the baskets from Noodlehead. Now, to make time to make them! LOL. I used to do big photos on my blog, but lately when I make them big, the narrow middle column is cutting off part of the photo. I haven't figured out how to resolve it. So, I've kept them smaller. :-(

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  9. Thanks for pointing in the direction of other lovely blogs! And your baskets are absolutely great!!!

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