Friday, July 22, 2011

Feature You Friday - Craft Buds

Good morning StitchStealers!

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like there are too many sewing and crafty blogs to read and not enough time!  After all, as a mom of two little people my spare time is very valuable - and I would much rather spend it actually creating, than searching for the best information and tutorials.

When I heard from Lindsey and Mary, of CraftBuds, I headed over to check out the site.  Once I did, I was hooked.  If you are looking for a one stop resource for sewing and crafty goodness, plus some tips for growing a crafty business, you've found it! 

I'll let Lindsey and Mary tell you more about CraftBuds:
Hi guys! I'm Lindsay, and I'm a writer, editor and crafter living in Indiana. My husband and I celebrate our 5-year anniversary this summer, and I love to travel, sew, and meet new people.

And I'm Mary and I’m a stay at home mom to an amazing little boy and wife to a great husband. Besides blogging I do freelance graphic design work and I enjoy sewing, crafting, gardening, and baking.

We were both running separate blog sites and started talking about the possibilities of a combined site. We had both been posting sewing/crafting tutorials so we decided to combine those with interviews, business tips, featured bloggers, giveaways, a master giveaway list, linky parties and more!

We started Craft Buds in March of this year. We chose the name because we hope to help people grow their blogs and online businesses as they find inspiration and information at our site. “Buds” also fits since it’s a collaboration between friends. Lindsay is a professional editor and I’m a professional graphic designer so combine that with our blogging, crafting and sewing hobbies and we make a great team!

At Craft Buds. we just really want to be a resource for people with creative dreams, who just need that extra push to get going. I love the connectivity between creative bloggers, and the ability to help each other out. Please check out our weekly giveaways linkup, which is free and open to anyone with a handmade or craft supplies giveaway!
Lindsey and Mary even sent along some of their favorite tutorials and features on the blog! 

Lindsay: My favorite tutorial is Mary's hooded sweatshirt to cowl neck project. It's a great way to upcycle a child's sweatshirt and make it totally fashionable! I also loved what fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli had to share with our readers about starting her handmade business. 
Mary: One of my favorite projects is the numbered bean bags. They’re great for kids to play with and they’re educational too. I also like the tote bag tutorial because I use this bag all the time. Lindsay’s Twitter for Crafters article is another favorite because it taught me a lot I didn’t know about Twitter!
It sounds great, doesn't it? After you've picked your steal, head on over to CraftBuds and check out what is new in the sewing world, maybe challenge yourself to make the Anthropologie-inspired fabric belt from the tutorial on the front page, or see what Lindsey and Mary are up to in Chicago at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show!

I'm telling you, it's a smorgasbord of ideas and inspiration for craft and fabric fans.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Would you like to be featured on a future “Feature You Friday”? It’s a great way to show off your skills, share your talents, or promote a business, blog or cause that’s dear to you. All you need to do is send us a photo (or photos) of a project to the StitchSteals blog at blog@stitchsteals.com. If you are chosen, your work (and links) will be seen by all of our StitchSteals Blog readers and Facebook fans. Submit your photos today – we can’t wait to see what you have come up with!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the spotlight, Andreana! Have a great weekend!

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