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My Favorite Design Blogs of the Moment

A few weeks ago I shared the Top 100 Design Blogs To Follow In 2013 as compiled by Joe Cole. I decided I wanted to make a list of MY favorite design blogs so I’m sharing my top 10 over on Blog Catalog, go check em out and let me know what your favorite design blogs are!

Favorite 10 Design Blogs

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DIY Geometric Coasters + My Blog Crush

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to be joining the Spread the Love campaign today. This week, Clear and Simple Stamps is encouraging creative craft & DIY bloggers to give a virtual high-five to the other creative bloggers whose work we admire and to share a project inspired by our blog “crushes”.

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

Today I’m sharing a DIY project inspired by my blog crush, Designlovefest. Although there are many blogs I love, today I chose Designlovefest because Bri is an inspiring blogger, an amazing graphic designer and also teaches blogging and video workshops. She has such a clear picture of her own brand and it is inspiring to see her continuing to take her businesses to the next level. I became even more in love after I discovered Bri’s Vine account, she is seriously the cutest thing! Bri always has absolutely beautiful cocktail recipes and DIY projects on her blog so I thought that a fun geometric coaster would be a great DIY tribute to her!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I used 4″ felt squares for the base and then covered them with hexagons in a contrasting color cut from this die (you can easily cut these by hand). I used 14 hexagon shapes per coaster and started by laying down three hexagons evenly spaced in a row. This helped to determine the space I needed to leave in between the hexagons once I moved to the next row. Once I had my spacing set, I started gluing the hexagons down with felt glue. Now that all of your hexagons are glued down, evenly covering the base square, wait for your glue to dry, then cut around the square trimming off any hexagons that are hanging over the edge. Now you have a pretty geometric coaster!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

One reason I love this project is because you can adapt it to work with any color scheme!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I decided to add flags cut out of kraft like a rockstar cardstock to make my straws a little more festive!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

To incorporate more color into my table, I cut two large 8″ hexagons from a full sheet of felt to act as large coasters under the pitcher and saved some of the small hexagons to use as confetti!

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

DIY Geometric Coasters via CieraDesign.com

I hope you’ll join us and Spread the Love. To learn more about the campaign head over to the Clear and Simple Stamps blog!

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The New Alt Blog – Blogging Inspiration & Business advice

I bet a lot of you guys have heard of the Altitude Design Summit. If not, it is a conference for design-minded folks. Bloggers, lifestyle brands and the companies that want to connect with them — get together to network, discuss theory and love on all things design. If you’re obsessed with lifestyle, food and fashion blogs, fantastic images, smart ideas and great design inside and outside — all wrapped up with a social media bow — Altitude Design Summit is the place to be!

I’m sure many of you, like me, can not make the financial commitment to attend this event (as amazing as it would be)! So, in an attempt to meet the needs of those who cannot make the trip, Alt has added an Alt Channel to make Alt Summit available to everyone, everywhere, all year long! Mind. Blown. Each week you can take classes from blogging and social media experts, the same kind of high-quality topics and content that you’ve come to expect from Alt Summit! I have attended a few of these classes and they are absolutely amazing and only $15, yep!

Alt also has a new blog! They have been busy at work building great content about business, blogging, photography, design and all kinds of useful information to help you do better, what you do! Pretty much every post on the blog is super helpful but I’d like to share some of my favorites!

 

 

12 Striking Tendencies of Creative People

Creative people can be a little … different. This article does a great job of explaining that creative people act different because they operate a little differently. Read more…

SEO: How to Start and End a Post Well

Your blog is constantly being visited by search bots (a.k.a. spiders, crawlers, robots). Their job is to read your content, and determine what you’re writing about. That information is then added to the databases of search engines, and pulled up in search results when relevant. Read more…

Setting and Styling a DIY Project

Simple styling will always lead to a successful project! Unless you are a trained stylist, focus your DIY styling to be simple, basic, and bold. Read more…

 

And In Related News!

I’m so happy to announce that the new Alt blog has featured three of my post, 8 Tips for Great Blogging, Design Tips for Facebook Timeline Pages and How to Manage an Effective Online Life! AND I’m currently working on a social media series for them as a guest contributor! I’ll let y’all know when those posts are up on the site! Update: Here they are!

 

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Blog Love [Friday Favorites]

Today is a special edition of Friday Favorites because I’m sharing a few of my favorite blogs! My google reader has gotten a little out of control lately but these are the blogs that I never skim over. They all have amazing content and are passionate about what they do!

 

Skunkboy Creatures » Katie makes a living sewing the cutest plush animals. She hopes to always leave people feeling inspired and encouraged when they pop by her corner of the internet. Oh, and her adorable little girls make an appearance every once in a while too! Handmade, Fashion, Vintage, Hair Tutorials, Music

 

SillyGrrl » Sarah is a web designer & aerialist living in metro-Detroit. On SillyGrrl she shares her adventures as a circus performer (how cool is that?!), design inspiration and web design & blogging advice. Blogging, Circus, Design, DIY Projects, Detroit, Recipes

 

Sincerely, Kinsey » Kinsey is an awesome photographer, works at Red Velvet Art, and is a DIY contributor for A Beautiful Mess. She loves sharing her favorite parts of every day life on her blog. Photography, DIY, Fashion, Current Obsessions

 

Emmadime » Emma is a graphic designer, paper shop owner, knitter and blogger and she rocks them all! Emma shares all of her inspirations on her blog and feels it has become an extension of  her creative career. Design, Food and Drink, Inspiration, Home and Interiors

 

Life as an Artistpreneur » Becka is an artist, photographer and writer. On her blog, she chronicles the ups and downs of life as a creative business owner. This is a lifestyle blog focused on inspiration for young creatives, digging deeper into issues that we all face while being self employed. Business Life, Coffee Cup Chats, Family Life, Inspiring Quotes

 

Bubby and Bean » Melissa is a Chicago-based sustainable fashion designer and illustrator. Her blog focuses on what she likes to call “all the wonderful things.” fashion, home decor, travel, music, photography

Now I’m not gonna tell you TOO much about them because I want you to go check them out for yourself. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Now it’s your turn… not like I need anymore blogs to add to my reader, but what are some of your favorites?

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Moorea Seal [Much Love Monday]

Today I’d like to share with you the jewelry of Moorea Seal. Her Etsy shop is filled with gorgeous carefully crafted pieces. My favorites are the raw stone rings. I also find myself going to her shop to admire the amazing photographs of her products! Don’t you just love these photos?

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I Always Wondered

I Always Wondered is an amazing website created by Jarrett Green as an outlet for his curiosity. He gives hilarious explanations to the random things he questions. Topics range from Science and History to a category called “shamelessly stupid” and each post is accompanied by a wonderful illustration. My favorite explanation is What makes curly hair curly? and my favorite illustration is Why can’t you say ‘Macbeth’ in a theater?

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