This week, our theme for Link Love is Five Blogs That Always Teach You Something New. As always, Tammy and I would love for you to join in this series – just share your five favorites on your blog, and then go to Tammy’s post and pop your link into the linky there.
Image by Tara Swiger
Tara is one of those people who blends smarts and empathy to be a true helper of others. Her passion is helping creative small business owners (and those who want to be), and her approach is very gentle and fun. In her blog, she shares honest stories of her own ups, downs, and adventures, along with sage bits of advice. It’s like getting a hug and a fresh perspective all at once.
Image by Maryline Collioud
Maryline Collioud is an artist – primarily in quilting, but she dabbles in lots of other media as well. She has a truly original eye and exquisite craftsmanship, and her blog always makes me think about my own work from new angles. She discusses color and shares all sorts of interesting technique ideas, like these amazing curved log cabin blocks.
I have no idea how Maria Popova manages to keep this blog so prolific, detailed, and fascinating year after year. There’s an absolute wealth of valuable ideas in here. This bit from her About page explains the site best:
“The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: It’s our ability to tap into the mental pool of resources — ideas, insights, knowledge, inspiration — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to culture, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these ideas and build new ideas — like LEGOs. The more of these building blocks we have, and the more diverse their shapes and colors, the more interesting our creations will be.”
Images by Wendi Gratz
Wendi Gratz designs softies, and she’s an all-around quilter, sewist, and embroiderer. Her site is packed with helpful tutorials for all these crafts – the kinds of perfect little ideas that make you go “Dang, where has THAT been all my life?!” Her how-to’s are well organized so you can find what you need quickly, too.
Now, this one goes pretty far afield of the usual stuff you see around here, but bear with me. K and I have this dream of outfitting an RV or bus, and taking to life on the road. One of our favorite hobbies is obsessively researching what this would be like, and one of the most informative sources we’ve found is this blog. Chris and Cherie have built up an incredible library of tips, hacks, and honest stories. They do a monthly Q&A livestream that’s always interesting, too. If you’ve ever been bitten by the mobile-lifestyle bug, give this blog a look.
Share your own Link Love over at Tammy’s post!