One of my favorite benefits of being part of the blogging world is the sense community with fellow crafters. I think I would have scoffed at the phrase "my internet friend" a couple years ago, but I now I find the words surprisingly non-pathetic.
More specifically, it's really nice to know some fellow crafters. Etsy was supposed to be this wonderful boon to the crafting world, connecting DIY-ers and crafty people to each other and a populace waiting to purchase their handmade wares. However, it seems to have devolved into a combination of 'artists' selling absolute crap and threatening to disappear up their own assholes with pretension, Chinese re-sellers hawking mass produced crap, people having what basically amounts to a garage sale under the auspices of 'vintage', and a handful of awesome people selling really cool stuff (or maybe I read Regretsy too much). But through the blogging community, I've been about to suss out some of the awesomeness and meet people making and selling beautiful things around the world.
I'm still enjoying my amazing stitch markers constructed by Steph of Stephcuddles. Every time the cup comes around at the end of a round I'm delighted at the little details (and crave a cup of tea).
And I just got a new toy...Susie at Useless Beauty posted a lovely tote bag she had constructed, maybe a month ago? I can't remember if it was a specific blog post or I just noticed its picture off to the side, but I marked it as a 'favorite' and assumed that someone else would snatch it up. In the midst of my flu fugue I was trolling the internet late at night and saw that it was still (strangely) available and decided I had to have it.
I don't think my photo does it justice--high quality fabric, invisible stitching, and what an eye for color! If I'd attempted a mash-up like this it would have looked like someone barfed Skittles the day after Halloween. That's why you leave it to the professionals.
I'm almost afraid to use it because it's so pretty...for the time being it's just being used as decor on the back of a chair.