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The Day 1 Challenge is: THE FIRST POST YOU EVER WROTE
I started Rook No. 17 back in March of 2009 as a way to share my culinary and craft creations as well as the resources used in the inspiration process with a broader audience. I didn't know much about blogging at all, and my first post reflects that. It's purely a list of links. IF I COULD GO BACK AND DO IT ALL AGAIN, there would have been a greeting, an introduction, and some photos to break up the text. The content, however, remains as relevant today as it was back then. I recommended the resources based on experience and conviction, and continue to buy from the same sources with the same enthusiasm as when I originally shared them.
Here is a screenshot of the original post. As you can see, it's just a list:
To use the playground vernacular, if I had a "Do-Over", here's what the post would look like. The essence remains the same ~ My hope is that you'll come away from this post having picked up a few resources that will inspire you to try something new or create something fabulous!
TOP TEN CRAFT & CREATIVITY STORES ONLINE
WELCOME TO ROOK NO. 17! I'm Jenn Erickson, baker, caker, candlestick maker...a quirky gal with a penchant for adding a creative touch and magical flourish to every day life! I'm feathering this nest with my recipes, crafts, and other ideas for creative living. It's a place to share, inspire one another, and make the world feel a bit smaller, and a good bit cozier by making connections and sharing that which makes us feel most joyful!
In the spirit of sharing and inspiring creative ideas, I hope you'll enjoy my list of favorite sources below. Are you a glut for Glitter? A vintage junkie? Fabric fiend? Crave cuteness at every corner? Read on...and get inspired silly!
MOST UNIQUE FABRIC SELECTION: SUPER BUZZY
Purveyor of "Japanese Fabrics, Notions, Fun Craft Supplies, and other cute stuff", Super Buzzy has a fabric selection that will send your creative thoughts racing! Whether you're looking for something mod and funky, retro and nostalgic, or with fairytale whismy or Kawaii cute, you're sure to find just the right print at Super Buzzy.
DHARMA TRADING carries supplies and materials for creating custom clothing and textiles. They sell fabrics, dyes, and a wide selection of clothing blanks. You can learn new techniques and get inspired in their "how-to" section.
EXQUISITE VINTAGE STYLE CRAFTING SUPPLIES: BLUMCHEN
One visit to D. BLUMCHEN AND CO. and you'll feel like you hit the crafting motherload! It's your one-stop-shop for German glass glitter, dresdens, trims, vintage and reproduction scrap sheets for decoupage, unique advent calenders, vintage florals, tinsel, batting & watte, crepe paper, papier-mache boxes, and bonbonnieres . They also feature occassional project tutorials for charming holiday items.
FOR SOAP & CANDLE MAKING: BRAMBLE BERRY
BRAMBLE BERRY is my favorite online source for soap bases, fragrances, essential oils, and molds. Want to make your own candles, lip balms, lotions, and other beauty products? Bramble Berry has the supplies and the tutorials to make it all happen.
VINTAGE TRIMS, APPLIQUES AND MILLINERY FLOWERS: TINSEL TRADING
Their homeage says it best: "You are entering into a world of vintage and new, of original stock and reproductions with an extraordinary, extensive inventory unavailable anywhere else."
BEST SELECTION OF EMBROIDERY PATTERNS: URBAN THREADS
Urban Threads has the most amazing selction of hand and machine embroidery patterns, plus a great blog choc-ful of ideas. In addition to classic patterns you'll find the most original patterns from Geeky to Gothic, Retro to Ninjarific!
TRANSFER MEDIUMS FOR ARTISTS
The Lazertran line of image transfer papers give you the ability to transfer an image to virtually any medium ~ plastic, wood, tile, wax, polymer clay...you name it!
CRAFTING WITH BLOWN EGGS OR FEATHERS: THE FEATHERED EGG
All types of blown eggs from tiny little quail eggs to funky green emu eggs, feathers & more.
FOR GLITTERS AND EMBOSSING POWDERS: PK GLITZ
All that Glitters...sometimes even better than gold in my book! PK Glitz has some of the most rich, dazzling, and exquisite glitters ever!
FUN, ADORABLE, EASY & AFFORDABLE PLUSH PATTERNS: BIT OF WHIMSY DOLLS
My girls and I have so much fun making gifts and snuggly pals with these charming patterns. Want to try one for FREE? Visit HERE:
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT SOURCES ONLINE?