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A few of my favorite blogs

20 May

These are a few of my favorite blogs. Blogs that I visit over and over and learn lots of things from:


Hana introduced me to Angry Chicken, and she is my most favorite blogger. I get a lot of inspiration from her. I love it that she has kids, is so talented and cool, and that she sews, not to mention all the other things she does… She also home schools, and from reading her blog, it looks  like she is “un-schooling” her kids (where you let the kids guide what they want to learn). How could I not like her?? At first, when I was reading her blog (yes, I’ve read every post), I thought, “Who is this crazy lady? How does she do all that she does?? I HATE HER!” But that didn’t last long, and I realized that I LOVE HER. Everything about her and her blog rocks. If you’re into the crafty world at all, you will have heard of her, no doubt. Her name is Amy Karol and she is my craft Guru. I go surf her blog when I need guidance. Last year I made the “artsy clutch” and the coasters from her book, as well as the baby bibs which I send to people who have babies.

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A sewing & craft blog by Dana Willard, this one is great for Sue ideas. I wish there were fewer pictures, but hey, her kids are cute, her clothes are pretty great, and she has very detailed tutorials. That’s an A+ times 3. I made a felty garland banner for Sue’s birthday, and a ruffle skirt too. There are many more that I want to do, such as the circle skirt for a newborn. I also got one of her books for Christmas, and once again I wonder, with three kids, How Does She Do It All!?

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Very Purple Person is my last post about a sewing blog, and whoa-man, what is not to love about Novita! She’s so chic! She makes her own lingerie! She has a plush cockroach tutorial! I have no intention of making it, but still!! I did make her Reversible Bag Pattern which I highly recommend as it is very easy, and very cool to have. It’s a great size, and it’s reversible, y’all. I made mine from a chevron fabric that Ali so nicely gave me. On one side the stripes are horizontal while the other side has vertical stripes. I don’t reverse it at all, but that’s okay. I love it and plan to make another soon. I am also excited to see that verypurpleperson has a new tutorial up for making your own undies. It’s on my top-3 to-make list!



This is not technically a blog, although they do have a blog. BUT I HAD TO INCLUDE IT BECAUSE I LOVE IT. Visit this site especially if you have children and like to print things and cut them and then enjoy them. I glued these guys up over the holidays and they were enjoyed by all. Enough said.


When I stay up late and read on the Internet, I often am reading this blog by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. I don’t remember how I found it. There is some really wonderful and thoughtful information on this site, and it makes for smart and pertinent scientific reading. A recent blog post on “..Genetic Challenges to Psychiatric Diagnosis” made me happy. It shined a light on my belief that  my diagnosis is not just due to errant chemicals in my brain. I have always suspected that there is more complexity within.


Katie is my new healthy DIY’er Guru. I have so many of her recipes printed out to make. I just got beeswax and cocoa butter in the mail to make the Healing Salve recipe, and of course, to make some chocolate.

This woman definitely tops the list of How Does She Do It All because, ahem, she has 5 kids. And she makes all her own home care products. All of them.. like even lotion and shampoo. And she home schools. And she’s a doula… WOW. wow. Oh wait, WAIT, this is how she does it all!  I am reading this post and taking notes, RIGHT NOW, as I blog… Not a bad person to try and emulate, right? I made this soup the other night and it was pretty good, although I will be adding more curry and ginger next time, and maybe less carrots; and perhaps some more sweet potatoes.


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