Noteworthy sites very definitely worth a visit!! Support creativity, handcrafted arts, women-run businesses and general good karma and check these great sites out. Don't be afraid to tell them The Walrus & The Carpenter helped show you the way. =)
Rather Good - this site is an absolute hoot. Who doesn't love cute and cuddly kitties rocking on out like sick rock stars?
Grumpy Martha's Guide to Grammar - poor grammar often makes me peevish too. I like this article for pointing out some major grammar poos in popular rotation these days.
Other bits and bobs I like.
The Art of the Mix - this site is great for getting compilation ideas or showing off your own mix CD's/tapes.
My folks are awesome cooks, but they don't use recipes (they store it all in their heads! nuts!). I go to these sites for guides to making edibles.
Epicurious - Fancy schmancy gourmet, but there is some damn fine food I've made time and again from recipes here.
All Recipes - Not so fancy schmancy, but there are good search tools and recipes run the gamut from basic to elaborate. Beware the pop-ups. They roam free here.
Food Network - I don't actually look for recipes all that often here, but oh, how I love to watch foodies cook.
Nigella Bites - The Brits really know how to make cooking look fun, delightful, and delicious (how lucky am I to marry one who kicks bootay in the kitchen?). I drool every time I watch Nigella make a dish.
Jamie Oliver - Ditto on the Nigella comment. Plus, he reminds me of my husband's nephew Charlie, who is a fab cook and taught me how to make a nice summer salad with true panache last summer.
Trunk Monkey - my Monkey introduced me to this really funny mpeg.
Happy Lucky Me - Asian flavored style for your life. Featuring Totes, Tees, Undies and More.
Happy Home Designs- "handmade home accessories and vintage decor" based in Santa Monica, CA and run by Allison Keech
Star Serge - Stichin' up unique one of a kind goodies. Handbags, Totes, Neckies, Bridal, Diy, and Don't Forget to Enter The Free Handbag Give A Way Contest!
Udandi - Personalized and crystal embellished tees, tanks and undies.
Fashion Compassion - Compassion never Goes out of Fashion...* i pour a whole lotta love in my handmade creations.. ie totebags, jewelry, buttons, art 'n more.
Easy Entertaining - Ok, this is a little self-promotion: I used to write a little column at Suite 101 about easy entertaining (since I am a lazy arse but like to do the get-together thing). Unfortunately, things got a bit busy, and I didn't contribute much while we were planning our wedding last year. That automatically cut me off from being able to contribute any further...so I am working on getting my archives and new (!) articles up here.
crafts etc. - Great source for all sorts of craft supplies. I just recently got my first shipment from them (reasonable shipping, prompt delivery, and my favorite part: a personal slip sighned by the lady who packed my order for me.
Driving Blind Distro - Driving Blind distro distributes zines and crafts that are created by people with physical, learning, emotional, and medical disabilities. It is run by Erin in hopes to create awareness within the disabled and non-disabled communities. I think this is truly a *GREAT CAUSE.*
Touch - a small collection of the various charities that hold a special place in my heart. I contribute monthly to the Anti-Cruelty Society, The Chicago Food Bank, and America's Second Harvest via a great direct debit program at my company.
Fishcakes Design - Fishcakes Designs is the at-home business and creative distraction of one Voz Perkins, self-proclaimed champion of the underdog animal, and lifetime fan of all kinds of cakes. Find great cards, magnets, blank books, bags, and aprons. Fun stuff.
Groovy-Mom - For mothers who are out of the ordinary. Forums, links, crafts... handmade soap and candle shop, too!!
TrashyMagazine - "One girl's trashy is another one's treasure." Lots of really great reconstructed and revised goodies.
Amet & Sasha - "Simple clothes for complicated girls." Handmade beauties in skirts and tops and accessories.
Colleen McCahill - One of my pals from high school (where we endured the ennui of high school wearing lots of thriftshop wares and hanging out with rude and nasty skater arty boys) is quite a fantastic photog.
I Buy DIY - Promoting independent craftspersons since 2003.
Plain Mabel - home of one-of-a-kind and retro-inspired items to wear, write on, have around the house, or otherwise enjoy. Plain Mabel features unusual products by "Mabel" herself along with great items from other artists.
MadgeWorld - creating fine handbags from album covers, pet pictures, and old calendars since 2002.
Uptown Trends - featuring daiZy™ Cosmetics ~ custom product formulations are created using the latest cutting-edge ingredients
Teen Girl Clothing - A site for teen girls and young women interested in Fashion. Great DIY instructions, goods by multiple artists, and loads of other fun-to-reads. Very fabu site, worth a good gander (even though I'm nearly a decade out of my teen girl years).
Crafty Ass Chick - around here, you'll find a lot of crafty things for you, your friends, and even your homes.
LH Style - handmade, fabric covered, photo albums have been created to fit your lifestyle and give your memories a more stylish place to live.
Paper People Clothing - fantastic handmade bags and accessories of all sorts from great vintage, recycled, and new materials.
Tranquility - Specializing in high quality spa and beauty products.
PartyBots - "Just awesome shirts!" The t-shirts at this shop are fun (must check out the Hairshirts) and well-priced!!
MissyBlue - handmade gifts for moms and kids. Simply DIVINE.
Rhine-Stone - Custom buttons made for your band, diy project, company, school organization, etc.
Sew Pretty! - Hand Crafted Funky Handbags and Unique Goodies!
The Smiling Frog - Fun one-of-a-kind wearables from another mother-daughter shop.
Funky Utopia - A magical place to scoop up jewelry and vintage wears (and wares), and design your own skirt!!
Susan Stars - Lush jewelry, skirts, handbags, and other trinkety goodness, handmade in Portland, OR.
Poise - fabu handmade handbags and knitted goodies.
Smashing Mirrors - an online boutique & inspiration resource for independent artists of all kinds: musicians, product designers, etc! We are dedicated to bringing together cool products and ideas for motivating one another.
FashionHag - Fabu site for articles, scoops on the best sales, and talk of style, style, style, darling. Find features such as city shopping guides, coupon codes for popular retailers, and soon to come, a store, where visitors can purchase FashionHag merchandise.
AndiAnn Handbags - handmade, life-inspired items (and some of the cutest line drawings around!)
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Elle B. - Adornment for uninhibited women. Luscious handmade jewelry. Yum!
Sommer Designs - unique and different, incredibly well made, handcrafted, not mass produced, handbags!
Hella Good - a bath company run by two girls who love to eat and take baths. Combining their two favorite pastimes, they have created food-inspired products that are whimsical, fun and, most importantly, beneficial to your skin.
Shano Studios - Fashionable art by Shano. Diva paintings and Limited Edition Prints with women, horses, cats, dogs, fairies and more.
Baby Mermaid Landing - Home of the Original Kelsea Kover, a patented design since 1998. Protect your baby from the filth and germs found on public shopping carts and high chairs...
Gravel Art - Now groovy art lovers every where can make their very own gravel art and help spread the love for this lost art form.These kits are not mass produced. Everything is hand cut and hand stenciled by Mykl & Suzee.
Sew Nifty - Handmade Handbags and girlie accessories.
Starsparrow - Seriously cute leather bracelets and other gorgeous handmade lovelies!
Lady Luck Rules OK! - rainbow hued, music inspired trinkets and charm laden goodies from London!
Hippy Buggs Shopping Mall - Shopping with a "Hippy" flair. Check out groovy Ebay listings, or shop our extensive mall of 1000+ online stores. We provide a leasurely fun atmosphere to shop & have a FAR OUT! time while visiting.
Baubles by Beth - Whether your personality is sophisticated or whimsical, you'll find a bauble here to adorn you.
Gift Eyedias - Gifts for the young at heart designed as functional art.
A Susi - specializing in unique, quality handcrafted goods.
By Liz H - lovely 100% handmade jewelry using semiprecious stones and silver and gold.
Chocochocohouse - where chocolate meets fashion. These handmade confections are made with the best chocolate from France and Belgium and only the freshest ingredients are used.
Jessy's Dolls - Fantabulous handmade art dolls of the sweetest dispositions and the swankiest little outfits!
Crafters For Critters - support handmade, independent businesses/crafters and raise money for animal rescue organizations
Bakelite Bits - New Fashioned Fun from Vintage Plastics, Sterling Silver and Brass!
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Ollie McKay's - Jewelry, Totes, Gifts and Accessories for the Discriminating Shopper! Gifts with Personality ~ Accessories with Attiitude. Style is. . . Whatever you want it to be!
Loot by StinaB - Happy handmade bags, clothing and accessories. All Loot designs are hand made and produced in limited runs making each piece unique and special.
Moonalee Bags - fabulous sling bags, diaper bags, and handbags, all handmade, all wonderful.
Oh Creativity - lovely handmade earrings, unique and made in Spain!
Violette's Folk Art - You will find tons of fun, outrageous, wild, vivacious and inspirational products here! Whimsical art are all over these lovely goodies.
Birdie and Doodle - Have some fun and create you own pregnancy or labor bag. We also carry a unique selection of gifts for mom & baby too!
Spunky Turtle - Cute and unique baby gifts including baby slings, soft sole baby shoes, super cute booties, nontoxic wooden toys and more!
Redefine - an independent, female-run publication dedicated to rock music, art, and social commentary. We
pick themes that raise social awareness, and push to look at one idea frommultiple points of view. We pick artists and musicians based not on popularity or style, but on dedication and talent. Sweet stuff out of Seattle DIY publishing scene.
Fern House Studio - The home of fun and inventive paintings, puppets and cards... and sometimes other creative surprises.
Foco Loco - Funky and fun designs created by illustrator, Suzy Helme, for kids, babies and parents bored out of their minds by the standard pastel baby duds and sports themed boys clothes.
New York Couture - clothing is a way to express yourself. Everyone is unique and that is why New York Couture only makes one of a kind pieces; to represent your own style and originality.
My First BabyGro - beautifully hand embroidered babygro and hat sets from original designs in the UK!
Posh Ribbons - Posh Ribbons - Posh and Preppy grosgrain ribbon accessories - belts, headbands, keychains, and lanyards.
SNAFU Greeting Cards - Browse and buy Snafu's funny paper greeting cards from the comfort of your own
Adee Art - Adee makes paintings, drawings, dolls, songs, writings, and more.
Outta the Blue Studio LLC - Unique & whimsical custom wall art for your child's room or baby nursery that is created just for you!
GohGirl - fabulous notecards and apparel bearing the fabulous, if curious, GohGirl team characters!
SixOneSix - An up and coming Australian fashion label, SixOneSix began in early 2005 with a love for fashion and all things beautiful.
Fabulously Forty - is an exciting new sorority of women who aspire to look and feel their best-- regardless of their weight, height, race, or nationality.
Greetings 123 India - It's Kiss Day. The perfect time to cozy up with your sweetheart and let your lips lock to speak in the language of love .Send cute and romantic ecards from our site to make your sweetheart’s day a great celebration.
Moondrop Clothiers LLC - Feel & Look Beautiful, Be Comfortable, & Remain Stylish while Supporting & Sustaining Mother Earth at the Same Time. Now Offering Fair Trade Imports!
Broke Down Barn - Amazing art of the most stunning kind (including handmade lampwork glass bead and sterling silver jewelry) created by artist Ashley Watson of Lexington, Kentucky, and particularly for the wonderful cause of saving the family farm.
Mimsi Bags - accessories that will stand up and shout "Check Me Out!" ... or not, your choice!
StrollerMama - your premium stroller source by moms for moms, dads and caregivers of all kinds.
My Butterfly Baby - a complete line of hand sewn purses, messenger bags, and totes in dramatic colors and patterns.
Couture Moms - It is time to celebrate Moms: rhinestone t-shirts by Couture Moms.
Gingerly Designs - handmade jewelry with delicate lines and bold statements. Fabulous stuff!
Emma Gordon Handbags - Drawing inspiration from all aspects of ladylike styling, Emma combines the fun with the smart and successfully manages to create bags that lend themselves to everyday use as well as special occasions.
Baby Fairies - most wondrous original retro inspired baby clothes and accessories to delight your littlest ones!
Zoomzawear - wonderful handmade and handknit apparel and accessories for peeps grown and not.
Two Busy Bees - Handmade, vintage-fabric handbags, wallets and cases (for eye wear, cell phones, iPods & the like).
All items are DIY, indie fashion creations. And of course, "Designed for fashionable moderns."
Lulubeans - handmade yarns and accessories crafted with love. Superb fiber creations!