Crafty Love

3325582-org [Converted] Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I want to spread a little love.  You may or may not have noticed the little Crafty Love tab at the top of the screen.  If you’ve never clicked on it, I’ll fill you in.  It contains links to other blogs and websites who have let me share my work.  I found some of them;  some of them found me.  Many of you have ended up here by clicking links belonging to these generous people.

One of my favorite places is One Pretty Thing.  If you’re a craft surfer, it’s a must-see.  Rachel publishes several lists every day, each full of creativity.  There’s always themed lists, related to whatever season we’re in and general round-ups.  I think of her every week when I’m putting together my Friday Favorites.  I can’t imagine being able to come up with that many things every day.

Another place I like to hang out is Totally Tutorials.  Dotty highlights a few tutorials every day, obviously carefully chosen, with great variety.  On a side note, she has an Etsy store where she sells ADORABLE pincushions.

This one isn’t a craft blog, but I’ve found myself there a lot lately.  If you haven’t tried StumbleUpon, I’m not sure whether to tell you to try it or run away.  It’s a real time killer, but I’ve found many great projects and blogs while stumbling.

The ladies at CraftGossip are pretty amazing.  They manage to publish loads of great links every day and always send the cheeriest e-mails.  Their site is divided into categories, making it easy to take in, one bite at a time.

I was so excited the first time I found a link to my blog from a site in a language I didn’t understand.  I felt so international!  10Marifet.org is based in Turkey, and thanks to the Google translate feature, I can tell you they are all over the cute crafty links.  Actually, most of the craft tutorial photos speak for themselves.

Speaking of international, another fun blog I’ve been a part of is Freebies for Crafters.  These ladies are based in Australia and New Zealand.  They don’t post as often, but when they do it’s usually something special.

If you want to just spend some time looking at beautiful things, visit craftgawker.  They are very particular about the photos they publish.  I have a few of mine own there, but I’ve been turned down a couple of times too.  Guess you can’t win them all.

When you have time, visit my Crafty Love page and click on a couple of the links.  There’s a whole world of crafty goodness out there, waiting for you to find it.

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It's my birthday, so here's a few of my favorite things

Today is my birthday, so I thought I'd share a list of ten things I think are kinda awesome.  Some of them are crafty, others not so much. 10.  Let's just get this out of the way:  I'm not a swimmer.  Furthermore, my bikini days are gone.  I don't usually notice swimwear but this bikini caught my eye in InStyle magazine.  I couldn't find it on their website, but here it is at Dillards .  For some reason it makes me wish for it.

9.  I am the queen of tiny injuries in annoying places.  I used to wear the kids' Blues Clues bandages, just because it's what we had in the house.  Now I want something not so flesh-toned of my own.  You can find these at Perpetual Kid, whose website is just fun to browse anyway.

8.  I really just want to see if these FitFlops are as great as they say they are.  Ok, I like the studs too.

7.  I really want an indoor herb garden, and I love that this one from Craftzine is made from recycled materials.  The only problem is, I would also need an indoor herb gardener to keep it alive.

6.  I love pens.  I am constantly searching for the perfect one.  This Crayola version at Perpetual Kid might be it.

5.  I love all the zipper detail on clothes and accessories right now.  I'm not usually a brooch-wearer, but I'd make an exception for this one from JoAnn.  It's just the right combination of girly and punk.

4.  I have some of my best ideas in the shower.  Unfortunately, as soon as the water's gone so is whatever I was thinking about.  This waterproof notepad from Incredible Things isn't a want...it's a need.

3.  Hello.  My name is Staci and I'm a sugarholic.  This is just enabling my problem, but it gives me something to do with the debris from my other addiction:  coffee.  That makes it ok, right?  Right?!?  Thanks to the artist at Instructables who came up with this.

2.  If you've kept up with my blog, you know I'm a Wonder Woman fan.  I have been since I was a little girl.  Remember the Crayon T-Shirts?  This is another version of Wonder Woman by a different artist at Deviant Art that I would love to have on a shirt.  Or the hood of my car.  No?

1.  When I was a kid, we had this one odd spoon in the silverware drawer.  I don't know where it came from, and it wasn't particularly fancy or anything, but my sisters and I used to fight over it.  This one looks nothing like it, but made me think of it anyway.  These can be found at Think Geek and I have to get one.  Don't tell my sisters.