Eeeaka-freeeaka! I've been so distracted that I've not seen a lot of comments people have been making! After reading them, I am now swollen from a surfeit of praise and well-wishes.
So inquiring minds want to know who's been writing and who are these people anyway?
Let's just check out these Common 'Taters, shall we?
Let's start with Suzanne, as she is always leaving comments and is a very gifted artist. First of all, here's her blog address: Suzanne's Stamping Spot. You will learn good things there. In fact, she did something with waxed paper that's got me itching to stop blogging and run upstairs and have at it. In her non-crafting life, Suzanne is a project manager (what I wish I was!) and has three lovely children. Suzanne likes eating tamales in her hot tub and plays the accordion in a German Polka Band called Suzy and the Polka Dots.
Another regular poster is Anne. Another gifted artist, Anne is a shutterbug. Her photos are so cool, they're going to be making their jewelry debut in the near future. To see Anne's work, visit her blog at Gaal Creative. (She does a lot more than take photos, by the way, so go look at her stuff!) When she's not creating art, Anne can be found skydiving with her pet Yorkie, Max, another adventurous spirit. Anne also enjoys clog dancing, reading ancient drama in the original Sanskrit and collecting spoons from theme parks.
Then we have the lovely Lysa, who I mentioned last week. If you didn't have the sense (or the time) to visit her blog then, get over there now, you Big Silly! Lysa is married and lives in Arizona. She's also addicted to watching Lawrence Welk re-runs. Someday she wants to get her picture taken in front of the World's Largest Ball of String. (You can stop laughing - this is a real place.)
Lisa C. is a self-professed Rocky Mountain Mama who writes and designs for Scrapbook News and Review. Lisa's work is obviously pretty Hot, and you can see for yourself at her blog, My Little Ink Spot. Lisa is a multi-talented individual with a sparkling wit and a love of orthography. She relaxes by knitting sweaters for rescued daschunds, and she's a fool for candied Lutefisk.
Arlene is a longtime crafter who has actually done pottery. (I mention this because pottery intimidates me and anybody who can do it borders on Demi-Goddess status.) Arlene shares her lovely creations at the Hero Arts Flickr Group and at her blog, A Bit of This and That. A little known fact about Arlene is that she once rode horses bareback in a Wild West show. Despite this early nomadic existence, she's a real homebody. She holds the world record for the largest structure ever built entirely out of sugar cubes (her garage)... this was before the Unbelievably Big Rain of '97.
Julie Dudley hails from Perth, West Australia. She's a Shabby Chic maven and a total scrap nut. She has an impressive scrap-booking resume, and is currently a DT member for Scrap Therapy. In addition, Shari Carroll chose her to be a guest blogger at the Hero Arts blog in the near future. Julie is active in her local Hokey Pokey Society, enjoys the music of Zamphir (that guy with the pan flute), and is learning how to sing Pop Goes the Weasel in German.
And speaking of international Common Taters, how cool is it that Inge in Belgium and Doris in Poland have come here and left a few words in English and then I went back to their blogs and left a few words in ... English? (I had to - it's the only language I know.) If you would like to read a foreign-language blog, go to this translator site and it'll translate everything for you. Frankly, it blows my mind that somebody across the world has visited my attic. I mean, is that amazing or what?!
Let's not forget Jenn Biedermann! She's seriously talented - check out her stuff at Created by JB. And if my recommendation isn't enough, Jenn is also on the DT for Purple Onion Designs. She has created some very cool shadow box scenes that I want to scrap lift for Christmas presents. When Jenn isn't creating stamp masterpieces, you're likely to find her tenderly caring for her crop of pole beans and lettuces. Her most suppressed desire is to grow the Perfect Leek. She also has a fear of banana peels.
Judy Jung doesn't have a blog, but she's a sweet woman of Faith and very gracious, to boot. She makes lovely cards, and if the card she made for the most recent challenge doesn't win something, I will be disappointed. It's a stunner! Judy is a scrappy little thing - and not just on paper! She's rides a Hogg and has attained black-belt status in three different martial art disciplines. When she's not breaking boards with a flick of her eyebrow, (yeah, she's that good) Judy raises social awareness for the plight of the dandelion - a misunderstood flower that Judy aims to bring to the forefront of western gardening.
Last of all, there is Heidi from Simon Says Stamp. Order your stuff from her - it's a great deal, and she's a great person. Heidi is an active spelunker, enjoys collecting eggplant recipes and is a former World Champion Watermelon Seed Spitter (27' using seeds from a Crimson Sweet - her ammunition of choice.)
There have been other Common Taters, but the ones listed here are the most regular. If you got Left Out and are Miffed, let me know and an outrageous mini-bio will be yours for the taking!
(Okay, the statements in italics could be false, but until I hear otherwise, I'm not ruling anything out! At least one of the statements is TRUE. Can you guess which one? There will be a small, albeit CHARMING, prize for the first person who gets it right. There will also be an identical prize for the person who KNOWS from personal experience which statement is true. The best way to find out which statement is true is to visit the blogs above. Hee-hee-hee! ENJOY!!!)