I love browsing markets set up with booth after booth of independent artists, but I must admit that I hardly ever end up actually buying things. It’s not that I don’t find things I like. In fact, most things I find at these kinds of markets are so creative, unique, inspiring, and special. But they’re also not the cheapest and not always the most practical. Like, I don’t need this in my life to survive. But as I’ve been exposed more to the creative world through blogging, I’ve realised that it’s not about whether or not I need something, but rather about appreciating someone’s work and supporting them so that they can make more of these beautiful things they’re putting out into the world. And anyways, it’s not like I haven’t bought things that haven’t been critical to my survival before. (*loses count of amount of bubble tea consumed*) So today I wanted to share two recent purchases I’ve made to support two of my favourite bloggers!
Mei @ Ice Pandora
I love catching up with Mei on her blog and reading about her kitchen experiments, travels, foodie adventures, creative projects, and everyday life. There’s something about her blog that feels so candid and personal. While some people go out and do things to create blog content, especially professional bloggers who make it their career, I get the feeling that Mei goes out and lives life and then blogs about, instead of going out and living life to blog about it, and there’s something very authentic about that that I appreciate. Not everything needs to be a grand production!
Most of Mei’s shop consists of mini crochet desserts, but her creative projects range from illustrations (this is one of my favourites) to various crochet works, and sometimes she shares snapshots of those on her blog. When she first introduced her crochet crowns on her blog, I adored them, and after seeing them pop up on her blog for four months (she wears them often! v practical!), I decided to get one for myself!
*channeling Max from Where the While Things Are* I can’t wait until the weather gets colder so that I have an excuse to wear my crochet crown every day as a head-warmer and earmuff! V practical I tell you!
Corina @ Cocorrina
I love seeing Corina’s design process on her blog, and every new blog post comes with a new graphic, including typography, brand design, and more. I remember when I took IB HL Art in high school and the sketchbook was the bane of our existence; so many of us would finish our projects before going to our sketchbook to bs to design process that was part of the grading rubric. But now I understand the value of having a design process and how much dimension it brings to a project. Every element and the way they are put together have a purpose.
When Corina announced the opening of her shop, my eyes immediately zipped to the marble candles. I feel like these marble candles need to be as essential to the minimal aesthetic as Kinfolk/Cereal magazines are.
It kinda fits perfectly with this little display I have above my fireplace. Shoutout to my girl Georgina who took this photo of me at Green Engine Coffee and mounted it too for her film photography class!
What are you working on and how can we support you? ♡ *feel free to link it up*