I love checking on Robin Atkins blog, Bead Lust. She has just started posting again after having some eye surgery. I love Robin’s approach to beading and creativity. If there is anyone I would model myself after, she would be it. She is a very intuitive beader. Her book, One Bead at a Time, is one of my favorite bead books. It is now out of print, and if you look on Amazon, you can see that booksellers that have new copies of the book are selling it at a premium! However Robin is offering a free download of the book on her website. It is an easy read, and while giving easy instructions on bead embroidery, is very much a book about the creative process! This is small book that can be read at one sitting, and just makes you want to go out and create something.
I also love Jan’s blog, Love.Make.Think! Jan is a multifaceted artist that has found a wonderful niche in wet felting. She creates beautiful pictures in felt. Her ladies are awesome! She posts pictures of her work in progress so you get an understanding of how her pieces come to be. I “met” Jan in a strange way. I was following @artistmakers on Twitter. His name is intriguing and he was one of the organizers of the riot cleanups. I thought the people who came out and did cleanup after the riots to help the neighborhoods and shopping areas throughout England was one of those very positive outcomes from a troubling time. He tweeted a picture of her work, and I started following her … on Twitter, on Facebook and on Instagram…. And her blog! She is originally from Essex in the UK…. My mother grew up in Lainden, Essex, and I have actually visited that county so I really like that connection. I feel like I stalk this lady, but she is part of my internet life and I look forward to her posts…. I am trying to resist the lure of fiber. I do some very basic knitting and have felted a hat, and a bag or two. I am trying to just enjoy seeing what she is doing…. My partner, Lee wants to go to the Ford museum in Dearborn, MI, and Jan lives in Michigan so I am plotting …..
I met Law-momma briefly at a political event in April 2011. I wanted to keep in touch with some of the participants of the event, so I followed people who were following the event on Twitter…. This blog is not a blog that I would normally follow… It is primarily about parenting and being a working Mom. I am not a parent. (Except for the 4 legged kind,we have 4 dogs). She has since gone through a divorce so the blog has evolved from talking about her experiences as a new mom, to coping with single parenting and now adding dating into the mix. I enjoy reading her blog. She is a good writer and keeps it incredibly frank and real. So I put her on my Blogroll because she is one that I read regularly, miss when she is on vacation, and is someone I consider an online friend.
Last but certainly not least is Perlina! Jami Stone and Marianne Brown have opened a bead store in downtown Savannah, and I love following their updates as they continue to expand their inventory. They have an incredibly small space, but beads are small and they have a lot in there. I like to go in there a couple of times a month, they are always getting new seed beads, which makes me very happy! They are incredibly talented women, both with art degrees, and they not only stock neat beads in their shop, but also make cool pendants and items to sell. They have a lot of fun and create playful photos to show off their stock!