I've had an idea to do a series like this for a while, one that celebrates all the awesome fellow bloggers that keep me informed and entertained and, well, not the complete loner that I would be, left to my own devices. I love all the different views and ways of living that they embrace and share with us. The different styles and interests. The all round loveliness of making friends on the internet. This first installment celebrates the ladies that I found way back in the early days of my blog, or at least in the past few years. My longest standing reads. In the interests of fairness (and because I can't remember the order I 'met' them in), I've decided to list them alphabetically. Here we go...
I used to read a lot of vintage style blogs when I first started writing here, but over time my tastes changed and, although I still love vintage, I'm not as fussed over looking at all the pretty, stylised outfit pictures. Wendy's blog has the perfect mixture of knitting, sewing, outfits and life, and although she doesn't post often, I know it's going to be something I'll love when it pops up on my reader.
Best post of 2015 so far? Eh, there's no posts yet this year, but her last one from the end of 2014 was a lovely holiday recap - Deck The Halls
I found Roisin when I was still sewing fairly regularly, and I loved the style of all her pretty dress makes. Flash forward a few years and my sewing machine is languishing in the cupboard, but Roisin is still going strong on the dressmaking front. One could argue that her blog is more style based, since it's not about sewing broken down to a step-by-step process, but there's plenty of advice and recommendations for each pattern and fabric she uses.
Best post of 2015 so far? A summer dress make (yes really, she's so prepared!) with the best fabric - it has clouds AND flamingos!
Andrea is a fellow Scot and a writer, which means every post is just automatically awesome. Yes, that's how I judge awesome. She covers a range of topics, but I especially love it when she talks about living with more awareness and trying to reduce her impact on the planet.
Best post of 2015 so far? Word of the Year - Authentic <<< I'm not officially doing this myself but I love all these Word of the Year posts floating around, it's a bit more interesting than resolutions for a change!
Rebecca writes about adventures and crochet, which is the perfect mixture for me. Before I learned to crochet, I'd look at all her cute amigurumi and wish I was that talented, and now that I'm a tiny bit closer I can see just how much effort goes in to everything she makes! I also love her yearly goal to read twelve classic books - if I managed two I'd be doing well so even more kudos for that.
Best post of 2015 so far? The love that never dies, about her favourite city.
A fellow knitter and a fellow Scot, another instant attraction for me where blogs are concerned! I got to meet Kerry last year when she organised a day out in Glasgow for crafty bloggers. Her blog is a great mixture of sewing and knitting, and features a handy series of posts on the yarn and fabric shops of Glasgow.
Best post of 2015 so far? A chicken pakora jumper. What's better than a cosy knit in winter? Except one that's named after delicious food of course.
Lucy's was one of the first blogs I ever read, and I loved her mix of crochet and cat pictures, and the fact that we started running around the same time. She's achieved so much in the past year, not least becoming a secondary school teacher and working so hard at it. I know I'd have quit a long time ago if I had to deal with what she does every day!
Best post of 2015 so far? 2014>>>2015 - all the years awesomeness in one place.
Make Do and Mend
Laura's blog is the place I go for pretty pictures and interesting film reviews. I love seeing glimpses of her life in Nottingham, plus she lives in a(n old) convent, how cool is that?! She also creates excellent zines - I bought my friend one last year for her birthday and she loved it.
Best post of 2015 so far? January Lately - lots of ace winter pictures and some January goals.
Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks
I think Alex was the very first blogger I came across, way back in the day. I loved that normal people just like me were sharing glimpses of their life online and I wanted to be a part of it. Over the years Alex has shared so many interesting posts, often about her love of books and amazing wardrobe, and she just bought her own place, so I'm expecting lots of lovely home pictures soon!
Ah Sarah. She's my buddy. Like my actual real life buddy, after we found each other through blogging, then became friends, then met up once, twice, three times. Not only is she super fun to hang out with but she's an ace photographer and writer. There's always something lovely to look at and read on her blog. And she's also Scottish! Clearly I have a type.
Best post of 2015 so far? Passively Negative Responses to My Pregnancy - apparently people just love talking about the bad side of having children. I can believe that.
Words That Can Only Be Your Own
Janet is another blogger that I always get excited about reading as soon as she has a post up. Whether she's writing opinion pieces or book reviews, I know there'll be something there that I'll enjoy and think about again. Recently we've also got to see glimpses at her cute wardrobe (crochet collars!) and I need to see more!
Best post of 2015 so far? Why talking about our abortions is important - this just makes sense.
Stick around for more of my favourite bloggers coming soon!