weekend reads #1: 3 blogs you should check out

Weekend reads is a regular roundup of bloggers and their awesome sites. I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the new blogs I want to check out. This is a series of weekly posts, which features blogs I already follow as well as ones I’m just discovering. Let’s get started!


Abby’s site is inspirational. She’s a published author with a second book on the way in May 2013.

She recently participated in a video chat about effective blogging with some excellent tips for budding bloggers. In the chat, Abby shares how her blog turned into an eventual book deal and more. If you’re a blogger, especially a crafty blogger, this is a must watch. Seriously.

Her On Rejection post offers real examples of why it’s so important to never give up. From the post: “Rejection is a part of being a sole entrepreneur. It’s a part of being a designer and an artist. It’s a part of life.” So true!

Abby’s collection of free tutorials is sure to make you swoon. I’m kind of in love with her Shelley the Snail. My sewing machine might have to come down this week for that one! She also has an adorable Etsy shop, if you would rather buy the magic than try to sew it yourself.

Maryam’s site is so much fun. She’s a Dallas-based professional photographer with some stunning work. You can see some examples of her beautiful photography on her Etsy shop or book her to shoot for you.

This former art teacher offers a variety of free tutorials on her blog from DIY dip-dye to mini layer cakes to easy summer beauty. The variety is part of what makes following Maryam so much fun. And, of course, the photography in her posts is always fantastic.

Maryam recently posted a great How To for bloggers who are going on vacation. I have to say I got some great ideas from that post. Although I haven’t taken a real vacation from my blog since I started posting regularly, I know that day will come and her tips are really going to help.

Lisa is a graphic designer with a beautiful blog. Her love of color is contagious, so prepare to get lost in all the loveliness. And if you want more, be sure to check out her Tumblr.

Her blogkeeping posts are bursting with wonderful tips, tricks and examples of ways to improve/grow/expand your blog.  I heart her Editorial Calendar post. There’s a beautiful downloadable calendar linked at the end of the post. I’ve clipped the topics page into sections and pasted them in my #icandoit365 journal. Love!

I also really love Lisa’s new Working Girl series with lessons from her own experience as a business owner. If you’re obsessed with to do lists (I know I am), check out her On Task Management post, which features recommendations for great organizational resources.

If you write a blog I should know about or have a favorite you would like to recommend, contact me. If you’re interested in writing about three of your favorite blogs, let me know and we can talk about setting up a guest post.

3 thoughts on “weekend reads #1: 3 blogs you should check out

  1. Rori, you have found my twenty years younger twin! Abby is the only person I know in the world that collects Red Rose Tea figurines besides me! Mine are the Mother Goose ones, hers are animals. Those come from England. The Red Rose Tea company is there so it is rare in America. Next photo on her blog:buttons. I also collect buttons. Next photo? Scissors. I have all the scissors from my grandfather, the barber, and my grandmother, the seamstress, and my left-handed daughter, Rori! She collects sewing things. Me, too! I have thimbles, measuring tapes, pin cushions, tracing wheels, and more. Unbelievable! I wish she lived here so I could meet her.

  2. Now I have read the other blogs. Those baby pictures Maryam takes are beautiful. That pretty little baby girl has eyes exactly like the man in the photograph so that has to be her Daddy. I love those unusual pictures of the baby girl feet, the back of her, and those amazing eyes!
    Then the Tumblr photos from Lisa. Unique and so peaceful. Good stuff!

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