Saturday, April 02, 2016

Our Favorite Blogs

We can learn and be inspired by reading. Therefore, today I thought I'd share some of our favorite blogs that we follow that pertain to Carrot Top Studio. Maybe they will inspire you for a bulletin cover, arts group within your church or feed your own artistic soul.

  • Susie Lubell is an illustrator. We like her whimsical style and dedication to her faith.
  • West of Here takes and shares the most stunning photographs and has the ability to hone in on what is most interesting. 
  • Julie Lonneman has an amazing way of sharing what she believes in her graphic art.
  • "Love God, Serve Others, Make it Beautiful!" is the motto of Valorie Sjodin who moves me with her detailed drawings (and her motto!)
Christian Art Associations chalk full of resources-
Stitching inspiration-
  • artists Karin Birch and  Claire Wellesley-Smith both stimulate my desire to add hand stitching to our stoles. Stay tuned to see if we progress in this direction!

Fabric inspiration-
  • A Stitch in Dye because she's got great style. 
  • Anna Maria Horner juggles a business, a family and also writes about her family's faith heritage. She also demonstrates how to mix patterned fabrics together. I appreciate all of that.
  • Artfabrik for fabric dying advice and igniting a desire to do so. 
  • Erin Wilson Quilts proves that you can make images simplified with fabric...something we have to think about when sewing on 5" widths.
And these help remind me of what is real-
  • Out of the Dust & Us reminds me of the world that is outside of my studio in Michigan. The added bonus is seeing the batik fabric of the clothes in their community. 
  • Cast Your Net uses art to help illustrate his sermons and his messages from the pulpit usually have a way of getting me to think twice.
  • For my home and kitchen I read the Radical Homemaker. I appreciate the way she is raising her family.
And then after a day in the studio I often unwind with a recipe inspired by Food 52. The creating goes on and on and on!

**p.s. The Feedly app makes following these blogs very easy. Maybe you'd like to add Carrot Top Studio to your feed? Wink. Wink.

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