Months ago when I started perusing blogs I came across Sister Diane’s Blog called Crafty Pod. Each month she does a post about how she “supports free”. This means that she takes her favorite blogs and online shops that she follows and either buys something or donates money – she gets something awesome AND she gets to support free. She does this every month. This is something that I’ve really wanted to get involved in but I know that I don’t have the commitment to do it once a month. However, here are a few ways that I’ve supported “free” in the past few months.
Stamps from Purple Onion Designs
I don’t even really remember how I found them, but once I did I knew I needed to buy a set. My favorite part of the package I recieved was the hand written note in purple pen and an extra stamp!! Now, I can’t tell you which ones I bought because I also bought them as a gift for somebody else – but I will share with you another that I find to be particuarly awesome.
Joy the Baker’s first cookbook
Now, I admit – I’m not that big of a cook, but I love the fact that each one of her recipes starts with a paragraph on its meaning to her (almost like a mini blog post!) and that there’s so much passion poured into those pages. I bought three copies - one for me and two for friends. Now I just need to be home long enough to actually cook something from it…
I finally did it, I bought washi tape. I was reading Elise’s blog one day and she was saying that there was a discount on washi tape at Freckled Fawn and I decided that was my time to jump in, I was pretty excited about finally buying some – and I love the ones that I picked. Now I just need to find time to be crafty to use them… sense a pattern?
Shine Project t-shirt
So, you’ve probably all seen this already from one of my other posts, but I bought a t-shirt to support the Shine Project, (1) because it is for a great cause, (2) because it’s a genuinely really cute shirt, and (3) because it says something awesome on it. I absolutely love it.
Flower from PoleCat Pinups
So this one wasn’t really supporting free – but it was supporting crafty businesses. I went to brunch in New Orleans at jazz fest at a place called The Blue Plate (awesome food) and our waitress, Erin, had this AWESOME flower in her hair. I commented on it and she told me she made it herself and the shop down the road called Retroactive sells them. I left brunch and immediately went to go buy one – it’s awesome. And I found out in the mean time, I found out through her Facebook page that she’s also a pole dancing instructor. Pretty much made my day – hopefully I’ll get a chance to take a class next time I’m in New Orleans :)
Alright – I’ll work on getting a picture of this one, but right now I’m in Baton Rouge and the flower is in Philadelphia, so stay tuned for this picture in a later post.