1) Aussie Sewing Blogs / Kiwi craft blogs.
What a lot of beautiful creative stuff I have seen this year. Of course there are lots of beautiful blogs from everywhere but the ingenuity of the kiwi craft sites always impresses. Likewise (and I will say this only once), the Aussie sewing blogs have been terrific. What's the chances of finding a sewing blog of someone who has the same size, figure, colouring and taste? None. So I just read sewing blogs that capture my imagination in some way, and a surprising number have been from over the ditch.
2) Beautiful photography on blogs.
Sometimes I feel like a broken record. I feel compelled to leave messages that say "lovely photograph." over and over - cause it really is.
3) High drama on blogs
Don't you love walking in on a spat? My favourite this year was the person who left a comment on a very worthy seamstress' blog, "don't take this the wrong way, but your English isn't good enough to be home-schooling your kids." Tell me please, is there a right way to take that?
4) Wadder revellery.
I love it when people make awful stuff. I call it "craft flop schadenfreude" and what a thrill I get to see other people's bin liners. But only if the people usually make beautiful stuff, mind. It would be a bit sad if it was always awful...no.. just the occasional reminder of humanity, the comraderie of knowing other people struggle too.
5) Pattern Review -
not really a blog but a great big website full of people who can talk fabric and seam allowances till the cows come home. After a while some interesting characters emerge, like the guy who sews for his wife. He makes her shirt dresses and smocks and patch worked tea cosies and and table mats. But he will never discuss her size or alterations, "a gentleman never tells."
6) Understanding the 3-5-2 rule applies to nearly everyone.
Whether sewing or purchasing, a third of your clothes you will hate (trousers that need hitching up, cross over tops that pop open etc) half you will tolerate (colour and fit ok, but no spark) and a fifth you will love and feel so good in.
7) Ditching the stat counter.
The best blogging moment I had this year was when I no longer cared whether anyone was reading my blog or not. As far as I am aware, just a few friends and family members are reading this.