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Apr142009

Rounding up the usual suspects

If you're like me you try to keep up with about eleventy billion blogs--there's just so much good stuff from design to craft to parenting to cooking. And though I add blogs to my feed reader at a pace that alarms even the wizards in Mountain View, there are a few blogs that I come back to over and over again--whether for inspiration or instructions or plain-ole amusement. I often read the posts, flag them, and move on.

Tonight I waded through the only-slightly-fewer-than-eleventy-billion posts that I have flagged recently, and a few craft/design/food blogs kept popping up over and over. Some you probably read, too, and others may be new to you.

Twig & Thistle: This is a beautifully curated blog full of inspiring imagery from an array of surface designs, as well as beautifully photographed tutorials for handmade projects. People, she made her own peeps this year! Love!

eat make read: Kelly Karámbula's site is just a feast--of great food, great photos, and a great attitude. Her posts often show up in my reader first thing in the morning and they are delicious torture.

Cafe Cartolina: Fiona Richards is the designer of the gorgeous Cartolina Cards line. She curates her mostly photographic blog as well as any museum director could. I am constantly awed by her finds that blend the exotic with the antique, the industrial with the baroque. Her pictures of her little town in Northwest Canada are almost enough to make this heat and sun craving Southerner contemplate a move to the chilly North. Almost.

Erinzam News: I discovered Erin Zamrzla's blog through her shop on Etsy where she sells lovely handcrafted books made from found and reclaimed paper. Her work is lovely, and she documents her process on her blog. I love a process!

Please Sir: Diana is a textile designer from North Carolina. She is always finding nifty things (often at flea markets). And her longer-format posts are well-written and thought-provoking. Also? From the photograph on her "about" page, I'm pretty sure she likes shoes--awesome, vintagey shoes. So, that's another point in her favor.

Heather Ross: If you sew pretty much anything cute, you are probably familiar with the whimsical fabrics of Heather Ross. She is a talented fabric designer and the author of a very swell book about sewing, Weekend Sewing. But her blog! It is my favorite. It's almost untoward that someone as visually talented as Ms. Ross should also be a wonderful writer, but so it is. This post and this one are two of my favorites--I've read each more than once. You should, too!

What about you? Who inspires you?

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Cameron! Why did I not know about Heather Ross' blog before? Love it. You know one of my recent faves for fashion/sewing/fabric inspiration is http://www.sweetsassafras.org/. She's a patternmaker and there's just so much potential there!

April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Wow! Thanks for these, I just lost a happy hour browsing through the first half of those great recommendations... I've bookmarked for further reading when I have another happy hour to spend on the others :)

I really like the following blog, the writer has great style choices: http://www.katyelliott.com/blog/

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRed Ruby Rose

Hi! Thank you for the amazing link love and YES I do love shoes! Thanks for your readership and support - I'll be checking back!

April 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterplease sir

thanks for including me in this great list of links! i'm honored!

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