Books by bloggers

I can’t remember when I first started following blogs, but some of my favourites I’ve been reading religiously for several years now. I’ve heard about their ups and downs, births and deaths.  I’ve even seen photos inside their houses and what’s on their creative desks. I’ve shared their favourite books, movies and music – many times before they’ve hit the mainstream. Oh the privilege of lurking and seeing glimpses of other people’s lives from all around the world. Thank you for putting yourselves on the line, online.

Here’s a round up of some of my favourite bloggers who have been published:

Cooking and food

A Homemade Life – by Molly Wizenberg of Orangette website, Camilla Engman (website).
Chocolate and Zucchini– by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini website. Also wrote Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris
Gluten-Free Girl– by Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl website.
Super Natural Cooking– by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks website.
Vegan Lunch Box– by Jennifer McCann of Vegan Lunch Box website.


Bend the Rules Sewing– by Amy Karol of Angry Chicken website. Coming soon is Bend the Rules with Fabric
The Creative Family– by Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama website. Later in the year is Homemade Home
The Gentle Art of Domesticity – by Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm website. Recently followed up with Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats
Seams to Me – by Anna Maria Horner (website).
Stitched in Time – by Alicia Paulson of  Posie Gets Cosy website.


The Urban Homestead – by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of Root Simple website. 
You Grow Girl – by Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl website.

Have I missed anyone?

Make your own craft journal

I’ve been thinking about turning my craft journal template into a gardening journal, but haven’t worked out what the best things to record are. Any suggestions?

A journal is a great source of inspiration and reference for your projects. It is useful if you what to look back and remake a project. You can keep track of your swaps, and maintain an inventory of your supplies and tools. Here’s some instructions on how to make your own craft journal.

Craft journal

  1. Find a folder for your journal and decorate the cover.
  2. Print off the craft journal template [DOC 130kB]  or craft journal template [PDF 84kB]
  3. Decide if you are going to use plastic sheet protectors, if not punch holes.
  4. Add some white paper for sketching and some ruled paper for writing in the journal section.
  5. Decorate the dividers and pages as you wish.
  6. Don’t forget to add photos and swatches of fabric and yarn.

A funky font to use for the divider pages is rope.