Best of the Blogs

Holy shitballs. No seriously. There’s no other way to begin this post. Them there was a LOT of blogs you had me looking at for the past few days.

My cat slept on my head last week by the way. Literally splayed on my face with her uterus right on my forehead. This totally isn’t relevant at all, but I wanted to tell you before I forgot.  My biggest regret in life is that I  can’t go back in time to let Laura Ingalls know that a cat makes a surprisingly comfortable sleeping bonnet.

So last Friday I composed a partial list of 10 of my favourite websites. Spots 9 and 10 were left open for suggestions. And you suggested. A lot.  So I spent an entire day looking at all the sites.

I discovered a few things about myself.  I have absolutely no attention span and it takes something really bright and shiny to get my atten … OH MY GOD OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD.  Sorry.  What was I saying?  I was distracted by … I can’t remember.  But it was … oh who knows.   What?  Who the hell are you and what are you looking at me for?

Oh right … writing a post.

So, yes.  I have no attention span and I’m easily distracted.  So the blogs that held my attention tended to have really great layouts or really great pictures to hook me in immediately.  And simple.  Too much going on and I immediately felt like I was developing Bells Palsy.  So I had to leave.

I also found myself drawn to sites that were completely different than mine.  It’s not that the sites like mine weren’t good, it’s that I live with this site every minute of every day and sometime’s it’s nice to go somewhere completely different.

Having said all that, I did come up with 2 favourites.  The first was a hands down winner and the second was an absolute struggle.

Everyone drumroll on their thighs please ….

 

#1. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com I couldn’t explain this blog if I tried.  You’ll have to go and see. FUNNY.

 

#2. http://www.notmartha.org/ I really, really struggled with this one because it’s such an established blog.  Hardly a “new find”.  She recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary as a blogger and it hardly seemed fair to compare her blog to yours, or mine for that matter.  It’s in a whole other category.  BUT that’s what this list is.  A list of the very best.  And this site certainly is.

Since there were so many sites I looked at I couldn’t help but find a bunch more that are also great.  Ones I will definitely be visiting again to see what they have to offer. All of these sites grabbed my attention immediately for one reason or another.  And that’s the thing about bloggity blogging isn’t it?  With so many out there, unless there’s something to peak someone’s interest immediately, they’ll be gone and they’ll be gone forever.  It’s worse than television this racket.

So I have for you a list of honorable mentions.  I couldn’t help it.  These sites were too good  to go unnoticed.

Honorable Mentions

~ Design ~

 

http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com

A couple of months ago The Nester posted a picture of a kitchen on her Tumblr site.  It was from this blog.  Go and have a look.  This woman has, what I would consider for me, the most perfect kitchen in the world. It might surprise you.  (I might be reverting to my old gramma chic ways)  Honestly, you have to see it.

 

Pretty design pictures.  Now, a lot of design sites just gather pretty pictures from around the webosphere, but it really isn’t that easy to do it well.  This site does it well.  Great shots, and each and every one of them is credited properly and links back to the original source.  This is VERY important for a blog to do and too many people don’t do it.

 

This site literally shows you a picture of an expensive item then follows it with a picture of a MUCH cheaper version of the item, that she’s sourced.  She’s really good at picking out the  nuances of what makes a piece a piece.  In other words, when she gives you the cheaper alternative it’s always in the same ballpark as the original and not “what the hell is she thinking … that’s nothing like the original.”   So simple, but so smart.

 

I didn’t really know where to categorize Jason.  He’s got really, really great photos that I could look at all day long.  And has a post entitled “The Gayest Easter”.   He means homosexual gay not skipping along happily gay.  Although, yes, we all know those are occasionally one in the same.  Plus he has great hair which always wins points with me.


~ Crafts & People Who Excel at Crafts ~


A really well laid out collection of some of the best crafts on the web.  And if I  may shine my knuckles on my chest  …  I’ve been featured on Home Podge.

 

I thought mosaics were was ugly and stupid until I saw this woman’s work.   You should see what she can do with a ruler or a pink pencil.

 

Beautiful, beautiful wood worker from P.E.I.  That’s Prince Edward Island for all you foreigners.  Brenda quit her job around the age of 40, plunked herself in a woodworking studio, took a few classes and now leads a happy, happy life.  She makes actual furniture!  My favourites (favorites for you foreigners)  are an incredible kitchen table and her stunning Windsor stools.   She also has most beautiful natural edge cutting boards I’ve ever seen.  I love them with all of my heart.

 

Great iPhoto tips!  REALLY great iPhoto tips.  Plus good pics to look at of knitting and stuff.  And flowers.  And that sort of thing.

~ Funny ~

 


http://timmythewienerdog.blogspot.com

Funny with a capital F. U.

 

 

http://www.byebyepie.typepad.com

Really good, funny writing but without being all “look at me, look at me, I’m funny! Watch me wear this lampshade on my head and talk with a really bad, fake British accent!”.

 


~ Food ~

 


Whilst I was going through all the blogs, my boyfriend walked behind me and yelled “HOLD ON!  What’s that?!  Is that pizza?”  Um, yes.  Yes, it is dear. “I LIKE PIZZA!”.  Yes, I know you do (continues to scroll through blog).  “HOLD ON!  What’s that?!  Is that CAKE?!!”.  Um, yes.  Yes it is dear. “I LIKE CAKE!”.  And on and on.

 

I’ll be honest here.  I didn’t read a single word on Katie’s  blog.  The food photos are completely overpowering.  They’re like crack, if crack were a one dimensional image on a computer screen, of shockingly beautiful pictures of food filled with glorious colours and crusts of bread displayed on rustic slabs of wood.

 

And finally you have to go and see this particular post from Aubrey and Lindsay.

http://aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.com/2011/05/5-minute-cake-pop.html

The idea is SUPER-SMART and I tried it within 1/2 hour of reading it. Yes I had the ingredients on hand.  What of it?

And that is all I have for you today.  Now I have to go and practice getting really good at food photography.  I give it 1/2 hr. before I get bored and just eat the food.  Or get distracted by a shiny bit of sauce.

Have a super fantastic (long if you’re in Canada) weekend!

 


50 Comments

  1. alicia says:

    Both choices are absolute favorites of mine! Hyperbole and a Half makes my laugh just thinking of it. Thanks for sharing the honorable mentions, too.

    • Karen says:

      Alicia – I know! It’s hilarious. The good news is I found the site! Yay! The bad news is, I’m now considering posting fewer posts in the week so I can focus more on the writing and not have to whip them out so quickly. I wanna spend more time on the writingggggggggggg. Prepare for it everyone. ~ karen

  2. Laura says:

    too many great blogs.. ahhhh

  3. Kate says:

    Oh my gosh. Just last week I sent my sister a link to your post about Sweet Potato Fries because I knew she would love it, and in return she sent me a link to Hyperbole and a Half! Now we’re both addicted to each other’s respective recommendations and she went on a city-wide hunt for Sriracha Sauce (yes I had to find the post again to figure out the spelling).
    I’m never going to get anything done at work now.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Thanks for the recommendation! I appreciate it. Sriracha Sauce needs to be consumed whenever possible. Delicious! ~ karen!

  4. Jenn says:

    Hyperbole and a half rocks! She makes me wheeze every time I read her.

    The dogs moving post? I couldn’t breathe without rasping for days, I laughed so hard.

    Good choice.

    Now I’m off to look at some of the honorables…

  5. great choices. I have some new ones to add to my must read daily list for sure!

  6. Annika says:

    Thanks. Now I will have to spend the day looking at all of these!

  7. Karen…ALL of my ‘dog’ friends LOVE hyperpole & a half..we share every post on fb..Great choice.
    Thank you so much for including mine…I am thrilled. Will spend a cold & rainy weekend {grrrr} checking out the rest. Smiles, from PEI.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Yay! Thanks for the mention and now my day is shot looking at all of these new blogs! Ack.

    • Karen says:

      Lindsay – I *really* did do the cakesicle thing. Cakepop. Whatever. I just happened to have some Krispy Kreme donut holes in the freezer and a can of frosting in the pantry! Thx.! ~ karen

  9. See, I always thought of myself as kind of “look at me, I’m funny with the lampshade on my head” funny, but I am glad you see me as more…subtle. And thanks for honorably mentioning me! In the same category as these other good blogs! Which totally just made me sound like a suck-up! (Also, all my fake accents end up sounding Finnish. You need an impression of your Asian friend? He’s gonna sound like Sven from Helsinki, over there.)

    • Annette says:

      Checked out your site per the above recommendation — my least favorite word in the English language is “veggies.” You’ve just got yourself a new fan!

    • Karen says:

      June – I take back the lampshade thing. 😉 Glad to add you to the list. Sorry ’bout your cat. ~ karen

  10. CJ says:

    Oh wow I am so going to lose more than a day looking at these – I may need to pace myself…

  11. Karen J says:

    Thanks for the mention Karen!
    Yes, I’m on a mission to show the world that mosaics don’t have to be ‘ugly and stupid'(lol).
    Love the honesty about your attention span:)
    Happy May Two-Four!

  12. Devin says:

    I’m glad Not Martha made the top ten! I wanted to comment last week and suggest her site, but then I forgot.

    Now I’m off to check out Hyperbole and a half… although if it really is as funny as you say, I’m not sure that’s such a good idea being at work and all!

  13. Christina says:

    I contemplated trying to pretend that it’s cool but not a big deal that you included me as an honorable mention, you know, so I’d look cool. But it is a big deal. And I am psyched. Thank you so much Karen! And I really appreciate that you appreciate that I credit my sources. ^.^ Thanks again!

    • Karen says:

      Christina – Congratulations! And I really do appreciate a blog that properly credits. Plus you have purdy pictures! 🙂 ~ karen

  14. Ahhhhhh!! This made my day! Thank you! I’d make you some cupcakes if you lived nearby. Or pizza. Or whatever you wanted.

    I love the other blogs you listed, too. Can’t wait to read them all, one by one!

    And NO ONE is gonna wipe this goofy smile off my face all day long. =) Thanks again!

    • Karen says:

      Erin – Thanks for the beautiful blog pictures to look at! And just so you know for future reference and future food items … I’m more of a savory than sweet kindda gal. 😉 ~ karen

  15. Michele says:

    Time suck much? Thanks Karen. Love them so far.

    • Susie says:

      Oh my gosh – no kidding – was just thinking the exact same thing! MAJOR time suck!! MAJOR! But, I can’t help it – now I’m hooked – is there a blog-readers anonymous I can go to? Because I need it badly…..and to do my laundry and dishes and feed the cats….oh and grocery shop….when did I last shower?? : ) still smiling tho….keep up the good work Karen!

  16. Kate S. says:

    These Roving Eyes is my new favourite blog, every shot is so beautiful and he does have great hair 😛
    Thanks again Karen for helping me be a more effective procrastinator.

  17. Bella says:

    Can’t wait to check them out. What a fun post.

  18. bex pow says:

    Ok… so excited and very curious.. I had to find that kitchen you mention and OMG! There are no words to describe. You are so so so right about it. Who are those people!
    And I had to look at hyperbole… gobsmack hooked! It definitely deserves no.1 spot! :))

  19. Kristin says:

    Karen,

    I found you recently through the Nester and was instantly in love. I didn’t think I could possibly find anyone more funny and entertaining, but… (please don’t take this in a negative way) HOLY CRAP! I just read two posts on Hyperbole and a Half (about her retarded dog) and I’ve been laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes. (And I have a cold right now, so you can probably imagine what the snorting has been doing to my nasal passages and need for tissues.)

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing. Hands down winner, indeed. But don’t worry – I still love you.

    • Karen says:

      Kristin – I understand. Don’t worry. However, that cinches it. I cannot do the kind of writing I want and do 5 posts a week. It’s gettin’ cut down folks. Sorry! ~ karen

  20. marné says:

    Wow, I don’t know if I deserve to be in this list, but thanks for adding me! I better go write some more iPhone posts 🙂
    And dammit, my favorites folders are getting out of control, and now I’m going to have to add all these blogs too!

  21. I am so honored to be honorably mentioned:)! Thank you! It’s great to meet you (and the other blogs you’ve named), and may I just say that you are a hoot!! seriously… you’re day-umm funny!!

    joan

    • Karen says:

      Joan – Nice to meet you too. And yes. You have the most beautiful kitchen in the world. In fact I had it as the desktop picture on my computer for a few days! I loveeee your artwork and antique frames as well. Beautiful! ~ karen

  22. Anj says:

    I just have to share with you Laugh out loud humour A little off colour, a lot quirky, http://www.15minutelunch.com/
    Scroll down on the right hand side under “Favourite Posts of Mine” start with “1977 JC Penney’s Catalog”
    It is the type of observational humour that just makes me crack up. I also loved from Feb 2011 “Do you like boxes of shit in your house? Get a cat”
    His Mexico trip reports from this year and last year are hilarious.
    Hope some others enjoy this. As a girl who likes to blurt out the word Penis just to shake things up, I know Karen will.

    • Pam'a says:

      ROFL… I went to the 1977 JC Penney’s Catalog post. Remember that picture of the ghastly barrel furniture upholstered in naugahyde? It was in our basement when I was growing up. That probably explains a lot.

  23. Joni Nawrocki says:

    Damn you, Karen! I had just gone through my scads of RSS feeds, deleted a bunch, and now I’m adding to it again. I give up.

  24. Taylor says:

    I had only heard of ONE of these blogs (not martha) so I’m very excited to check out the rest of the list! Thanks for referring them!

    Taylor
    http://www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

  25. Michelle says:

    I now hold you solely response for the loss of the next 48 hrs as I check out these favs 😉

  26. Micol says:

    Great choice karen! I spent two ours reading Hyperbole and a half, much more than funny. A pure gem. I was laughing so loud that My husband woke up.

  27. Brianne says:

    Have you ever seen Dooce.com? 🙂

    (btw – new reader, and I LOVE your blog. You crack me up!)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brianne – Yes, I’ve been to the Dooce site, I like it. Why do you ask? Thanks for visiting the blog! ~ karen

  28. Brianne says:

    I was a little late on the blog recommendations and it is another favorite of mine that I share with whomever I can. 🙂

    This blog is definitely a new favorite!

  29. Karen says:

    Karen…
    Thanks! what a great post…I have already lost about a half a day…going for gold.
    So many beautiful things to look at and do!!
    Gotta start tinkling 🙂

    LOVE your blog.

    Karen (that’s my name too)

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Karen (that’s my name too) – You could be sucked into reading all these blogs and posts foreverrrrrr. 🙂 ~ karen (that’s my name too)

  30. Auntiepatch says:

    I just spent 4 hours on “for the love of a house”! And then another hour on the others. What will I tell my husband when he asks what I did all day??? LOL!

  31. Auntiepatch says:

    And my name is Karen, too ~

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