I mean that in a needles and yarn sort of way, not the Joan Collins plotting destruction and flinging glasses of champagne around sort of way. Much of the country is still gripped by winter--and goodness me, how cold it's been for most of you--many are feeling the bite of the economy clamping down, and we could use a little brightness and creativity, albeit on the cheap. So I'm linking to a few of my favorite crafty sites. There's something here for every taste and budget, and some of them have archives so delicious, you will feel as if you've been terribly creative without doing anything more than clicking a mouse. (Although I do urge you to get out the glue gun or the embroidery floss and have a little fun.)
*Sublime Stitching: My favorite purveyor of embroidery patterns. They are hip and cheeky and the customer service is great. Additionally, they are DIRT cheap because embroidery is a seriously affordable hobby. I am particularly fond of the monkey patterns and the Dia de los Muertos goodies.
*Wardrobe Refashion : It doesn't get much cheaper than FREE, and the refashionistas who participate in wardrobe refashioning make a commitment to abstain from purchasing mass-produced clothing for a period of 2,4,6 months or LIFE. They instead refashion, renovate, or recycle clothing they already have, and I'm not talking about shortening a hemline. Some of the projects are insanely creative and well worth checking out, even if you aren't very handy with a needle.
*Supernaturale and Get Crafty are two communities where dedicated DIYers and crafters get together and share projects with an emphasis on eco-friendliness. TONS of fabulous ideas and projects to inspire.
*Anticraft is not for the faint of heart. They are irreverent and macabre and I love their cool, crazy, dysfunctionally fabulous vibe. Their website is updated according to the pagan holidays and often include recipes as well as knitting projects.