Saints alive, that was hard work! My two hours of post-purging yesterday ran to something more like four, and by the time I’d eventually whittled 5327 down to ), the warm glow of blog-loving had well and truly gone cold. By 6 o'clock yesterday evening, I'd have been perfectly happy to never clap eyes on another blog again.
Today, though, I’m back to something near normal. That lovely, round ‘0’ of unread posts has already morphed into a ‘26’, but it seems a much more manageable number. Inviting, even.
One thing that really hit home yesterday was how overwhelming so much inspiration in such a short time can be. Skimming through post after post of beautiful images and clever ideas, all put together by super-talented artists actually made me feel more inadequate than inspired – like I should give up making stuff here and now because I’m not, and will never be, that good or even good enough. That’s really not how it’s supposed to work. In small quantities, the wishing and hoping to maybe, possibly, hopefully come somewhere close is what drives me. In bigger doses, apparently, it’s more likely to cause drowning. Lesson learned, order (thankfully) restored.
So, what of the favourites list I promised? Clearly, there were way more than twenty noteworthy posts in such a huge pile, but I’m nice – I’ve done some hardcore honing, so you’ll hopefully have a much easier time of things. These are a few of the things I especially loved:
1. As a girl who never leaves the house without a hat during the winter (and misses them like crazy when it's too warm), it was inevitable this post would catch my eye as I skimmed through the super-inspiring sfgirlbybay.
6. Scrapbook layouts by two of my favourite artists, Amanda Johnson
7. . . . and Kara Haupt.
11. Remember this? I love assemblage, and am really itching to try another piece, but it would never have occurred to me to make assemblage jewellery. I’m pretty sure Katie Runnels (The Constant Gatherer) is a genius.
16. This post (by Larissa Holland from mmmcrafts) probably made me smile more than any of the others. I am the biggest fan of Lauren Child, and Larissa’s 3-d adaptation of her Pippi Longstocking illustrations is just perfect.
20. Last, but most definitely not least, crochet (obsessed much?). Yvestown’s Yvonne always uses colour – whether it’s paint, fabric or yarn – in the dreamiest way. Plus, look closely at her pretty post, and you'll also find a link for a free pattern. I'm smitten.