Thursday, 21 January 2010

New blogs on my radar...

A couple of times a week I like to sit with a cuppa and browse a few of my favourite craft and design blogs - and to click a few links and discover new sites & lots of awesome people making amazing things.

Apart from the occasional day when I end up feeling a bit talentless by comparison (a feeling perfectly captured by Gemma Correll in her drawing "the perils of being an illustrator with access to the internet") I love these blog-browsing sessions, and it's so exciting discovering a new blog you want to bookmark and come back to again and again.

As well as following the personal blogs of various artists and crafters I'm really enjoying reading about crafting in general. Three of my recent faves are:

1) Crafting an MBA - described as "business thinking for designers and makers" this blog is a new project from Megan Auman whose personal blog is always a great, honest read about her crafty business and creative life. Worth a read: this post about "Etsy and the culture of cheap" has kicked off a really interesting discussion about Etsy, handmade and shoppers' ideas about how much things "should" cost.

2) Make & Meaning - I'm not sure if this technically counts as a blog but it's worth a mention anyway. Loads of bloggers are contributing articles to this site, all about issues to do with making stuff and the ins and outs and ups and downs of the creative life. Worth a read: I've enjoyed most of the articles so far but I really love the ones with lots of comments, some of the discussions being prompted make for great reading!

3) Craftypod - this is one of those sites I can't believe I've never stumbled upon before. Great craft book reviews and other crafty stuff, plus fortnightly podcasts which I mentioned briefly earlier this week. Podcasts! About crafting! Great stuff. Worth a listen: I though this podcast about a former Etsy top-seller selling her business and downsizing after self-confessed "burn out" was really interesting.

Sometimes though it's just nice to look at pictures...

I'm loving Lisa Congdon's A Collection a Day blog documenting real and imaginary collections, and Lu Summers' project to make a mixed media "sketch" every day for a year. Rather predictably my favourite piece of Lu's so far is one with a teapot in it:

Have you discovered any great blogs lately? Do share! :)

18 comments:

bundle#1 said...

My new favorite blog besides yours which I found a few days ago is

knockoffwood.blogspot.com

She is a stay at home mom who basically takes high priced furniture and makes it herself then puts the plans on her blog for anyone to have. I love it and am very excited to make a few of her plans this spring.

Tumus said...

I've listened to that podcast and it's hard not to almost tear up and agree with issues she talks about. Makes you think.

Good entry, hope you're feeling better :)

Lynsey said...

Thanks for sharing these Laura
Lynsey x

La Nu said...

Well... yours is one of my favourites :)
I love the things you make... and how you blog about them!

nikolina100 said...

that illustrator on the internet is SO me!! haha! Thanks for posting these, my list of blogs I follow is getting HUGE!!!

mandapanda said...

Mine of course! lol nah I recently found Paula Clares blog....I can't seem to find the address for it though, sorry. I also found Freebies for crafters, and DIY bag lover too!

Maria Dent said...

A brilliant blog as per-usual!I have nominated you a Sunshine Blog Award. x

megan said...

thanks for including Crafting an MBA in this list! make & meaning is one of my new favorites as well, and craftypod is going on my list. i'm honored to be in such good company!

-megan
craftMBA.com

SisterDG said...

Hi, Lupin - thank you so much for the kind words about CraftyPod! I'm such a fan of your beautiful felt work. It's an honor to be featured on your blog.

LifeAdorned said...

i love craftypod, and have just recently found make & meaning and craft mba. love them!

a fun papercrafting and graphic design blog i recently discovered and fell in love with:
http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com

kendrajkphotography said...

Great links! I love when bloggers share who they follow/love
:)

Natalie said...

Well I love your blog and all the beautiful things you make! Every time I read it, I always wish I was as creative as you are. But I think the fact I can appreciate beautiful things is something to be proud of!

miss aine said...

Thanks for all the great links. I look forward to checking them out.

I nominated you for a Sunshine award on my blog.

A Time for Stitching said...

Thank you for sharing these links. I haven't come across any of them before but I've bookmarked most of them for future browsing.
Teresa x

Olly said...

I love doing this too! Sunday evening=blog time. End of weekend,bath,cup of tea and blogging...mmmm lovely.
Thanks for sharing some of your links! :-)

BugsandFishes said...

Aw, thanks for the sweet comments guys! I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog & the links I mentioned :) LOVE the look of How About Orange!

Jenny said...

Thanks for pointing us in the direction of Craftypod... the podcast was very interesting. Hope you are feeling as well as possible. jenny x

Kate England | Marmalade Moon said...

Thanks for these fantastic links! Great resources and inspiring too!

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