So, you probably know by now that I started offering ad space here on the blog this year. The ads are offered using an auction model, and so they are often changing, as bids are made and expired. I am really enjoying peeking in here every day and seeing who is in the sidebar. I click through to nearly all of them, because even though I have a third party managing the ads for me, I still want to get to know the people who have chosen to spend their advertising pennies with me.
I thought you might enjoy learning about a few of the businesses that have particularly piqued my interest, so here are a trio of links for you to enjoy:
Running Jack Knits – The second I saw those gorgeous green fingerless gloves, I clicked over to check out the pattern. I haven’t made them yet, but I’ve got the pattern tucked away safely now. Wendy is undertaking a very ambitious pattern-a-week project, some of which are free, and some of which are not. I find the idea very inspiring, actually, and I’ve been thinking about trying something similar myself (although weekly may be too ambitious for me!)
Decomod Walls – So many of the decorative elements in the world are girly, I was instantly drawn to this boy-flavored ad. The Etsy shop doesn’t disappoint, either, with some really fabulous vinyl wall art, like a row of trains on a bridge, a fire station, or an Old West blacksmith shop. I do think maybe my own boys are getting too old for some of these designs, but others are still appropriate, like the decals of the solar system. Very cool.
Missficklemedia – This shop is full of some really great jewelry-making components. The ad shows a polymer pendant, but what grabs me are the copper findings. I am working my brain to come up with a nice design that can combine my own claywork with her hand-forged, patina-ed copper links.
So there you have it. A few nice little shops for you to visit in your spare time.
Please note that I didn’t receive any extra compensation for highlighting these companies – they didn’t even know I was going to post about them. Consider it a random and unexpected perk of placing an intriguing button on my blog!