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!
I used 4″ felt squares for the base and then covered them with hexagons in a contrasting color. 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! Don’t feel like gathering the materials up yourself, get more detailed instructions, a hexagon template and all of the supplies sent straight to your door!
One reason I love this project is because you can adapt it to work with any color scheme!
I decided to add flags cut out of card stock to make my straws a little more festive!
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!
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”. 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. 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! 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!
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!
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…
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…
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!
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?