As a blogger, it is often necessary to stay on top of what is going on around the web. Watching what is popular helps me keep in touch with what my readers might like to see. And the web is just full of craft inspiration. I have at least 200 blogs and websites saved in my favorites file and visit them often, but there are some that I am sure to check at least once a week.
So, I thought I’d share with you a list of 50 sites that you really shouldn’t miss. Some of them are huge, big name sites, and some of them are recent start-ups. But the main thing they all have in common is that these sites always have something amazing, thought provoking and interesting to offer.
So, in no particular order, below are my favorite 50 sites to watch:
Arts and Crafts Sites
- Girl and a Glue Gun- I love Kimbo’s sense of humor and love the fact that her glue gun is in even worse shape than mine.
- Crafty Sisters- Shannon and Nicole team up and create some amazing projects together.
- Crap I’ve Made- Char has a fabulous sense of humor, and makes a lot of crap. Good crap. Check it out.
- Gluesticks- Brandy has lots of colorful, happy crafty ideas with the kids in mind. She will surely put a smile in your day.
- Homework- Carolyn is an inspiration with her clean, uncomplicated asthetic. I am always inspired by the amazing crafts that she creates.
- Just Something I Made- Cathe is a graphic designer and it certainly shows in all her crafty ideas. Lots of free amazing printables available on her site!
- Naptime Crafters- Home of the American Crafter Competition. Amy offers lots of great tutorials along with a bit of crafty competition!
- Running with Scissors- Take a look at her project page and you will soon realize that if it is a craft, Jessica has it mastered. She is currently competing in the craft competition- So You Think You can Craft?
- Saved by Love Creations- Johnnie does amazing work with polymer clay and resin, creating fabulous jewelry amongst her other crafty ideas. And don’t miss her weekly 50+ special where she showcases 50 craft tutorials based on the theme of the week.
- Tatertots and Jello- One of the original blogs that I began to follow, Jen offers crafty inspiration and tutorials- her own and many more from across the web.
- The Answer is Chocolate- Carol’s blog is a bunch of craftiness with a bit of chocolate thrown in for good measure. Because who doesn’t love chocolate?
- Mod Podge Rocks- Amy really loves Mod Podge. And apparently she is not alone, judging from her fan base. Those of us that consider Mod Podge a valuable tool thank her.
- The V Spot- Vivienne offers some amazing craftiness with a bunch of humor and family thrown in. And even a good rant or two!
- So You Think You are Crafty- Hosted by Missy, this website is a theme based crafting competition which pits crafters head to head in a 10 week challenge to be the winner of So You Think You are Crafty. And we are the judges! A great way to see amazing thought processes in action!
- Screaming Sardine- Tracy offers lots of artistic ideas, interviews and a bunch of tips and advice for those that are trying to make a living in the art world.
- Dollar Store Crafts- Heather Mann and her team compile the best of the web with one theme in mind- supplies need to be from the dollar store. This one is totally up my alley.
- Nifty Fifty Things- Vanessa specializes in cool crafts, lots of DIY, with some amazing photography thrown in. She always has something to inspire.
- It’s So Very Cheri- Cheri offers lots of crafty ideas, interviews and giveaways.
Food and Crafts
- Bacon Time- Sounds like a foodie blog doesn’t it? Well it is in a way as there is certainly bacon involved, but Mindie also offers some great jewelry and craftiness too.
- Home is Where My Story Begins- Becca’s blog is warm and sunny and smells of fresh baked apple pie. Well, it seems to anyway. Chock full of recipes, and great ideas for the home.
- Kudos Kitchen by Renee- Awesome recipes, even better photos, and she even paints too! This woman can do anything!
- Lamb Around- Danni documents her life as a newlywed with her Sexy Nerd hubby, throws in some amazing cooking and some crafty stuff too. What’s not to love?
Decorating and Crafts
- Blue Cricket Design- Becca is a designer, crafter and major do-it-yourselfer who makes it all look easy.
- Just a Girl- Chris offers many fantastic decorating, refinishing and crafty ideas. Oh, and I love her dog, Maximus.
- My Repurposed Life- Repurposing and refinishing with an eye on design is Gail’s specialty. One person’s junk is another’s treasure and Gail shows you how.
- Not Just a Housewife- Stacy is a stay at home mom who loves power tools and decorating on a budget. Some of her work has been in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! I’m totally jealous!
- House of Hepworths- Allison is a wonderful thrifty decorator. It is always a thrill to see what she has going on.
- Sew Woodsy- Katie and Jon are a husband and wife renovation and decorating team. It is always fun to see what new things they come up with together.
- Thrifty Decorating- Nicole is a homeschooling mom, with a busy schedule who still finds time to create a beautiful house using her talent for thrifty decorating.
Yarn, Sewing and Quilting
- Creating my Way to Success- Jill’s passion is sewing. Coming to us all the way from Australia, Jill offers some amazing tutorials and other sewing fun.
- Insomniac with a Hook- Lot’s of color, lots of yarn, lots of beautiful quilts. Neicee offers a great place to go for those of us that can’t get enough fiber art.
- Life in Cleveland- Jeanne is a knitter extraordinaire. I share her yarn obsession. She writes about her family, her yarn and her knitting. Very cool.
- Needles Pins and Baking Tins- Quilts, quilts, a bit of baking and more quilts. Laura gives those of us that can’t get enough of colorful quilts a little quilty fix in our day.
- Quilt Story- Sisters, Heather and Megan, put together this site in order to show amazing quilts and the stories that go along with them. Another great stop for those that can’t get enough fabric art.
- It’s Molly Smith- Molly is a paper artist. Her designs inspire me every day. Don’t miss the latest in quilling techniques on Molly’s site.
- All Things Paper- Ann Martin, a quilling artist, shares her work and brings to us amazing creations from all around the internet, all with the theme of paper. A must see.
Painting, Drawing, Illustration
- Mural Maker and More- Colleen’s specialty is anything to do with paint. Her colorful blog shows you lots of great projects and step by step tutorials to add color to your world.
- Pop Art Minis- Artist Joni Nickrent shows us amazing drawings every day. Joni creates fun and fantastical themes with her colored pencils and oil pastels. There is always something to put a smile on your face.
- Discovered Treasures- Perusing Etsy and ArtFire, Suzanne features amazing artists whose shops may have gone unnoticed.
- Someday Crafts- A great place to go if you are running out of crafty ideas. Michelle compiles them from all across the internet.
- All Free Christmas Crafts- Hosted by Prime Publishing LLC, this website offers you the chance to share your tutorials and is a fantastic compilation of the best tutorials on line. They also offer free newsletters of your chosen themes so that crafty-ness can go straight to your email box.
- The Hive- A huge craft community where you can share your ideas and make connections with artists and crafters from all over the world.
- One Pretty Thing- Rachel compiles the best from across the web, grouping them in themes. A great place to go for great ideas!
- Craft Gawker- Although I am continually frustrated with failed attempts to get my projects on this site, I love to peruse those that actually make it.
- Craftzine- An amazing compilation of craftiness, and cleverness. Go to Craftzine to see things that will simply amaze you.
- Craftsy- Tons of tutorials, tons of craft classes, patterns, you name it. Craftsy is a one-stop shop.
- I’d like Cheese on my Entire Family- Jodie literally writes about everything. And she is always hilarious.
- If I didn’t have a Sense of Humor- Barbara is a vintage magazine collector. And she loves to show us vintage ads, she totally cracks me up, and she is a huge supporter of animal rights. Can’t beat that.
- Regretsy- Helen shows us the other side of Etsy. These are items that you can’t believe someone is trying to sell, and folks are actually buying. A train wreck that you can’t look away from. Helen brings it all to you with sarcastic humor. I’m betting you laugh out loud.
- Cake Wrecks- A cake wreck is any cake that in unintentionally sad, silly, funny, creepy, inappropriate, you name it. And Jen and her group of contributors bring us some awesome cake wrecks. Another site that will cheer up your day.