Your Top 10 Favorite Makers, Chefs, and DIYers
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Your Top 10 Favorite Makers, Chefs, and DIYers

Last week, we asked all of you to share your favorite makers, chefs, and DIY bloggers. As it turns out, our suspicions were true. You guys definitely know who to follow on the web, and you’ve given us a whole bunch of new creative makers to check out! Honestly, it was tough to choose just 10 from your list, but here we go.

1. Swell Mayde: SwellMayde is a place for people to embrace their creativity. It was created by Aimee, a working designer in Los Angeles, as a home for her own DIY projects with easy to follow steps, fashion tips, and fun.

Here’s what we bookmarked: Pom Pom ScarfGold Gilded Geode RingsDip Dye Ombre Ballet Flats; and this sweet Pom Pom Clutch.

2. A Pair & A Spare: Created by DIY fashionista Geneva, A Pair & A Spare is a place for her to share how-tos for all aspects of life, be it DIY fashion, lifestyle and home projects, or traveling the globe. What started as a love of cutting up an old tee or reworking a pair of trousers into shorts has turn into an all consuming passion and career. So awesome!

Our favorite fashions: Gold Bucket BagChain EarringsMultichain Necklace; and this hot Mara Hoffman Inspired Miniskirt.

3. Wooden Spoon Editions: What is a wooden spoon edition? It’s a print that is made using a wooden spoon to burnish the paper and create each print instead of using a press or traditional baron. This site is the home of artist Sarah’s gorgeous editions, a peek behind the scenes of printmaking, and is a beautiful place to get inspired. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop to stock up on some prints and show your support!

Printed goodies we’re swooning over: Feather Moleskine SetSkinny SkisSailboat; and this sweet Lost Mitten.

4. Stripes & Sequins: A fashion and DIY blog for the sparkle obsessed? Yes please! The creative outlet of Grace Atwood, Stripes & Sequins explores the worlds of fashion, beauty, do-it-yourself, travel, and lifestyle. Her weekly runway-inspired DIY projects are wildly popular.

What we’re digging: Chain Strap PVC ClutchValentine NecklaceLizzie Fortunato Inspired Necklace; and this Shashi Inspired Adjustable Gemstone Friendship Bracelet.

5. A Beautiful Mess: This blog has been on our follow list for ages, and they happen to be a Brit Pick. Woohoo! We love sisters Elsie and Emma and their homespun bohemian style. Daily posts include crafts, recipes, fashion, and decor.

Some of our picks: Wax Resist ScarvesWeekender ToteChalkboard Drink Labels; and this graphic Holiday Door Mat.

6. Elise Blaha: This blog is a personal and craft blog by Elise Blaha Cripe and includes general life musings, occasional craft projects, and lots of DIY home decor. We’re digging her mix of personal stories and informative projects, and relate to making similar things in our own homes.

Projects we love: Nail Art AmpersandTriangle QuiltRope Plant Hangers; and this gorgeous DIY Wooden Plant Stand.

7. Thanks, I Made It: Described as homespun meets haute couture, this blog is all about expressing one’s personal creative style. Created by Erin, a teacher in Washington, D.C., Thanks, I Made It runs the gamut from super simple to more complex DIY projects, inspiration for upcoming tutorials, and roundups of other talented makers’ work.

Our favorite DIY projects on her site: DIY Fiona Paxton NecklaceTriangle TankDIY Raffia Necklace; and this handy DIY Stud Earring Organizer.

8. Shutterbean: Created by Tracy Benjamin, a working mom/wife/photographer based in SF, Shutterbean is a space for celebrating photography and domestic arts. Each week, Tracy features a few new recipes, snippets of her everyday life, and tips and tricks for keeping things creative around the home.

Nomworthy eats: Cornflake Marshmallow CookiesPimm’s Cup PopsiclesGrilled Greek Panzanella; and Peach Arugula Corn Pizza.

9. Once Upon A Chef: This totally approachable food blog is the recipe box of Jennifer, a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine and former chef who starting this blog shortly after her youngest child started school. The recipes are simple but gourmet, and feature a mix of family-friendly food and elegant adult fare.

Recipes that made us look: Savory Sausage and Cheddar Bread PuddingMolten Chocolate CakesCoconut Dream Tart; and this French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese.

10. Best Friends for Frosting: Founded by Melissa Johnson, this blog started out as a website about all things dessert and has now expanded to being a daily inspiration guide for stylish and creative living. It’s all about treating every day as a day to celebrate, with creativity abound! They’ve got a stellar team of contributors and great archive of projects.

Here are some of our favorites: Color Blocked Broken Glass JelloCandy Necklace Cake TopperDonut Birthday Cake; and the incredible Edible Cupcake Stand.

Is there an awesome maker, chef, or DIY blogger missing from this list that we should check out? Share a link to their website or blog with us in the form below.