I’m sharing my 7 favorite craft and DIY blogs with you today. All written by real people! In a world of uncertainty, you can be reassured by what I consider to be some of the best craft blogs out there.
In a world of complete uncertainty, only one thing can be certain. And that’s the fact that constant and rapid change seem to rule our worlds these days. Apps need constant updates. Have you seen all that stuff going on with Instagram recently? Every day is a barrage of new stuff or updates to old stuff. Am I the only one who feels totally overloaded? Like it’s enough already!!
I think that’s why crafts and knitting and gardening and home cooking appeal to me so much. It’s an opportunity to slow down and step away from the modern world and find a grounded connection to life. But alas. The crazy change factor and corporate consolidating monster is taking over our beloved world of crafts.
When I first heard the news, I was pretty upset. I felt so defeated. And I was even a bit angry. Yes. That’s right. Even I get ticked off from time to time. So what was it? Well, it was two things actually. They were both announced on the same day. I hope you’re sitting down for this, because it isn’t pretty.
First off, etsy is for sale. They fired the long time CEO, Chad Dickerson, and replaced him immediately. In case you don’t know, etsy has been working on a launch of a new website that is supposed to benefit makers like me who create patterns for people to knit. Really anybody whose business is in craft is supposed to see this incredible boost with Etsy Studio. The big push now is to sell everything someone needs all in one place as a kit. I get the appeal to that. I wish I could package my patterns as kits, but there’s no way I could do that in my situation. So this whole Studio thing has been sold to current etsy makers as some fantastic thing. Only, it really isn’t. It looks great, but no one is actually selling anything there. So apparently etsy is losing tons of money at the moment. Maybe if they didn’t spend $40 MILLION dollars to redecorate their office space they would not be in such a dire situation. But that’s not what really upset me. What makes me so mad I almost can’t stand it is finding out who the most likely buyer is going to be. Are you ready for this?
Apparently Walmart is the most likely choice to buy etsy. I’m just shaking my head, because how is this possible? Etsy, the bastion of the handmade seller, the place where unique, handmade goods rule is most likely going to be purchased by Walmart. I just can’t fathom this.
At the same time, Craftsy was bought and sold. Twice from what I can tell…. First by Michael’s and now NBC has purchased them. Maybe NBC owns Michael’s too??? I basically learned to knit by watching Stephanie Japel on Craftsy. I did take some in person lessons, but it wasn’t enough to really get me going. Those online videos, that were a completely new concept in 2011 are what taught me to knit. And now this wonderful little startup is owned by a mega corporation.
Also, JoAnn’s bought Creative Bug.
And then last week, we had a death in the family. One of our three local yarn shops closed her doors after 14 years in business. I saw the shop owner last week and bought a couple little things before she was gone completely.
The pressure on small business is enormous right now. ENORMOUS! Just trying to keep content posts going out on a regular basis and replying to everyone who comments and likes your work online while actually creating something to generate an income is very difficult. Anybody who tells you differently is selling something.
Which leads into what today’s story is actually about. I want to share my 7 Favorite Crafting Blogs with you today. These are blogs and websites written by real people who are getting up every day and doing their best. They are coming up with their own projects and taking their own pictures and videos. They are REAL. LIVE. PEOPLE. Imagine that?
Not some paid employee who may not even care about knitting projects or cake decorating, but someone who loves their craft so much they are willing to sacrifice a lot of other things in order to work on their blogs and share their stories. With corporate entities borrowing the style we small businesses created, it can be difficult to tell who’s who online. There are a ton of wonderful craft bloggers who are the real deal, and I want to share some of my favorites with you today.
Without further delay, here are my favorite online creators!! It just so happens they are all ladies, because, you know, #girlpower.
This blog is written by Daria who is Romanian. She shares fun DIY projects, delicious recipes and beautiful outfit of the day posts featuring handmade items. I love her and her projects!
This is a felt craft Mecca run by by friend Deanna. She has kits and notions and all sorts of fun items. She and I will be collaborating on some fun projects coming up as well. She just welcomed in a new grandchild, so send her your best wishes!
This blog is full of free knitting and crochet patterns all written by my online friend Jessica who is photographed by her husband. Jessica produces so many free patterns it makes my head spin, and she’s a featured designer now for Lion Brand Yarn. Plus she’s a mom to a little girl about to start school, and above all, just the nicest person you can imagine.
Heidi creates this website and blog, and she’s so talented! Like Jessica, she knits AND crochets and is a featured teacher on All Free Knitting. She just redesigned her website and it’s beautiful. She has a wonderful collection of free and paid patterns.
This is the largest website I want to share with you today. But don’t be fooled. This incredible site is run by Kelly and her adoring husband. Kelly started this business from nothing and has grown it into an incredible place online. I can personally vouch for the awesomeness of her balloons. And you know what? She’s genuinely a nice person who works hard every day. She never fails to respond to me on Instagram if I comment on a story she’s done, and for someone with the size following she’s got, I think that’s incredible.
Kristin doesn’t blog a ton, but she does a weekly podcast. And has done it for YEARS. I watch her every week on Youtube and thoroughly enjoy her show. If you don’t know, she’s an Indie Yarn dyer who is totally amazing. I have not been lucky enough yet to obtain any of her yarn, but I’m still hopeful.
Catherine is someone I’ve recently started following, and I love her projects! She’s also big on Barbie, so how am I gonna say no to that?
So please, check out these wonderful online craft mavens. I check in with them most every day on the Gram and every time they upload a new blog post. I look forward to something unique and personal, and I always get it with them. How about you? Do you have some favorite craft blogs you enjoy? I would love to hear about them! Leave your favorites in the comments so we can all follow them. And if you’re new to my site, welcome! Please sign up for my email list before you leave. That way I can stay in touch and remind you when I have a new post publish. Because I don’t want you to miss out on any of this awesomeness.