Other Drawers to Check

01 Feb

If the blog-o-sphere was one big apothecary’s chest, these are the other drawers I’d hope I was next to. If we were in Kindergarten, these’d be the kids I’d want to play with at recess. If I was a Florida alligator, these are the pools I’d hop in. You get the picture, these are the blogs I enjoy reading. I’ve added a new page that lists and links them, but I thought I’d do a little post so I could give you some description, too.

I check these blogs like it was Christmas morning, everyday. I don’t always find something new there everyday, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try to will it to happen. I like the quilts these ladies make, plain and simple- they are usually bright, cheery and modern. Not your grandmother’s brown plaid quilts.
Cluck Cluck Sew
Cluck, Cluck Sew is my #1 most favoritest quilting blog. I love to see what Allison is up to, and I’ll give you a hint… it’s usually making quilts I’d like to steal. I think Allison is AMAZING at picking colors and fabrics. She’s got some fun tutorials for other sewing projects too, like the Christmas stockings I absolutely MUST make for next year and adorable Sproket Pillows. Allison desgins quilt patterns (I’m sure I’ll buy them all) and sells them in her Etsy shop, here.

Simplify is one stinkin’ cute blog. Camille Roskelley designs fabric for Moda with her mom (Bonnie and Camille for Moda).  Can we say DREAM JOB!? I love their collection, Ruby, and can’t wait until I can buy some of their newest, Vintage Modern. Their fabrics use the sweetest colors, which are really popular right now: red, aqua and gray. Camille and her mom design quilt patterns, and she just came out with her first book! Camille’s blog is always bright and happy.

Profile Picture of Happy Zombie What can I say about The Happy Zombie? It almost doesn’t matter because Monica Solorio-Snow could say it better, that’s for sure. (High praise coming from a poet!)This lady is Fun-Ny! Capital F, capital N, capital exclamtion mark. If there is an unturned pun out there to make, Monica made it yesterday. As you can tell from her logo, she’s also got a fun sense of humor which is totally caputured in her blog subtitle: “Unsupervised and Armed with Scissors.” Monica designs fabric, too, and of course the name is just as fun as the prints: Happy Mochi Yum Yum. I follow some of Monica’s boards on Pinterest for great inspiration. Girl, you make me laugh!

In Color Order I just started following Jeni’s blog, In Color Order. Jeni is one of those crazy-gifted creatives with one hand in every jar. She quilts, sells vintage sheets on Etsy, and collects vinatge Pyrex just like me!!! Jeni has created some awesome tutorials on how to choose color and prints for your quilts and even tips for Pyrex collectors. Jeni’s blog is fun because there’s a lot of different stuff to browse through and jump to.

Molly Flanders. Molly Flanders, you are fearless when it comes to color combinations! I check this blog simply because I love the projects she makes. Molly Flanders inspires me to try to make it scrappy! I am convinced her Rose and Star project is going to become the cutest quilt ever made. Her blog might not be as “fancy” as some of the others, but no doubt her quilting is top-of-the-line. She paper pieces and hand-quilts, too. My little quilting heart goes pitter-patter.


True-Up: for the Fabric Obsessed. Well, the name pretty much sums it up. I check this blog to see the fabrics that are coming out and to get a weekly heads-up on which sites have fabrics on sale. I haven’t delved as far into this site as I’m sure I could- some of it (stuff on fabric designers and fabric/quilt markets/shows) it over my head. I’m sure I’ll fall down that rabbit hole at some point.

For the Home

cover feature young house love on the nest magazineYoung House Loveis an incredibly popluar home decorating/ DIY blog. Like Nate Berkus Show appearance popular. They are a well-spring of inspiration for home DIY enthusiasts. Sherry and John are some of the lucky people who actually make a living off their blog! I’m sure they put it all back into their house, so they can blog about it. A never-ending cycle that benefits us, their humby devorted readers. I envy their mad DIY skills and talent. The greatest thing about this blog is that Sherry and John AREN’T professional decorators… re: they don’t have a bazillion dollars to spend on designer couches and pillows. They do everything “on the cheap” and everything they do looks… well, envy-able. They have a TON of links and share EVERYTHING about their DIY projects: paint colors, where they bought stuff, and exactly how-to. They keep track, photograph and blog it all, so we can see it happening step-by-step.

WARNING: Young House Love is likely to cause extreme envy, the I-want-that-now sweats, where’d-the-time-go daydream spills, and a rush of why-didn’t-I-think-of-that heart palpatations. Luckily, if you have even an ounce of the motivation these two young nesters do, derivative DIY projects are also likely in your future.



I check  On Anna’s Plate like it was my bank account. You know what I’m talking about. I met Anna while I was getting my MFA at Purdue and I’ve been following her blog since day 1. Well, maybe day 2, because at that time I was like blogs? what? Anna is an incredible cook and an even better writer. So her blog is lots of fun to follow. It seems like Anna hasn’t had a repeat meal in over two years because she’s constantly blogging/posting her recipes. As her husband Ryan likes to point out, Anna isn’t a checkout-counter-cookbook cook. Anna likes to make things up, see what she’s got going on in the pantry, and crack a good joke about the cake balls she just made. Anna also blogs about her travels and day-to-day life, which I love, because I can’t believe I didn’t make better friends with her when I had the chance. I’ve got a long-distance friend/poet/food crush on Anna which her blog helps treat. If you like a good 80’s or The Bachelor reference while you’re searching for some new recipes, Anna’s blog is for you, too. (Just remember, she was my friend first!)


Okay! So that’s it for now. I don’t follow a whole lot of blogs, but the ones I do follow I check impulsively. Follow the links to check them out. A final shout-out to my friend Anna and all these bloggers, who I wish I could call friends! Thanks for doing what you do.

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Reading



One response to “Other Drawers to Check

  1. Anna @ On Anna's Plate

    February 1, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Awww, now I’m blushing!! You KNOW the feeling is mutual– about your blog, AND about the long-distance crush…how were we not watching the Bachelor together when we were at Purdue?!? We really blew it. I guess we’ll have to make do with our virtual friendship in the blogosphere 🙂


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