This was my first week back at school so I pretty much have not had any time that wasn't directed towards creating things for my classroom. So for this weeks post I thought I would just share some of my favorite crafty books, resources, and places to find helpful information for the artist or general crafter.
Let's start with some of my favorite crafty books . .
The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin
This has been such a helpful and inspiring book while I learn how to get my business up and running. It has some great insight from practicing artists and business owners. I would definitely check it out if you are thinking of taking your crafts to the next level!
Hand-Lettering Ledger by Mary Kate McDevitt
This is such a fun book if you are interested in hand lettering. I love to create signage and design chalkboard displays so this is a fun activity book to help practice those skills. The author an amazing illustrator too so check her out!
Re-bound by Jeannine Stein
If you are interested in creating cool journals and repurposing recyclable materials this one is a fun one! It has some cool practical projects and a ton of fun ideas to try.
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford
This is a super fun coloring book for people of any age! I love the designs and find that coloring helps get my mind off stressful things. Its a simple kind of therapy that everyone should have in their home!
Happy Handmade Home by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
This is a really cute book with all kinds of easy diy projects for your home. These sisters are amazing crafters and photographers. I also follow their blog A Beautiful Mess! They are amazing, pretty much my idols.
Now on to a few magazines . . .
Mingle is a great publication part of Stampington and Company.
This magazine has beautiful and inspiring images and super cute ideas for entertaining. There are several other Somerset magazines that I love such as Somerset Home. You can find these at a bookstore or craft store.
Paper Source is a great magazine/company. They have all kinds of paper crafts and stationary for every event. I just found out they have a store near me . . . very dangerous!
Another company I just love!! is Rifle Paper Co. They have all kinds of artwork and stationary that is just addicting.
Some great websites to check out . . .
Spoonflower, this is a great website to by neat fabric and wrapping paper. This is also a site where you can upload your own designs and get it printed on fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper. I have a few designs on there now that you can check out!
Etsy, if you don't know what Etsy is please check it out at Etsy.com. This is a great site where artists and artisans can sell their handcrafted items. I've bought some really cool stuff off there and I currently have my own store there so you can purchase my handmade goods.
Pinterest, this is an awesome website where you can collect websites and resources for diy projects, recipes, and great inspiration for projects.
Squarespace, this is an awesome website to create a nice looking personal or business website. It is super easy to use and manage and looks super professional.
Skillshare, this is a website that offers online courses to enhance your artistic skills. It is pretty cool cause you get to watch your favorite professional artists teach you their crafts and then you can upload your projects.
I would love to hear what inspires you and what cool resources you enjoy!