Or so it was for me, at least. As part of the Pasta & Patchwork Blog Birthday Love celebration, in this post I want to share my biggest Blog Crushes with you.
And so it was Hattie's blog that inspired me to take a long, hard look at all the things baby stores were attempting to lure me in with and reject 90% of it. I started making things for my baby and, as he grew, my toddler. I found the courage to write about my projects here and lo and behold, other parents actually seem to like them.
Free our Kids is still one of my favourite blogs. It's been hugely successful, and deservedly so; I personally love both the premise it is built on but also the writing, the humour, the very British self-deprication (Hattie if you read this, that's a compliment!).
Through Free our Kids I found Lucy AitkenRead's blog, Lulastic and the Hippyshake. It is Inspiring with a capital "I". Lucy makes me question my parenting (in a good way) and has me shouting YES! THAT! at the screen with posts on why compliance in children is not a desirable thing. Thanks to her blog we go nappy-free as often as possible, co-sleep when we feel like it, and take pride in all that is shaky, second-hand and very much loved in our house.
In my dreams I live a life as hippyshakey as hers (in reality I am too much of an urban chicken). Her blog is the reason I am badgering my husband for a camper van (despite not being able to drive) and one day, ONE DAY I will make this floor. I love Lulastic and the Hippyshake, and I truly think the world would be a better place if there were more Lucies around.
Carie's blog also proves that, despite what the blogging "experts" will tell you, posts need not necessarily be limited to 250 words of SEO punchiness in order to captivate. When the words are as lovely, the photography as gorgeous, and the sentiments behind it all as honest as in Carie's posts, I will gladly get a cup of tea and settle down for the long read.
Since then I've fast developed a bonafide blog crush. If I had the skill, I would take photographs as beautiful as hers. My writing would be linger with readers as long as her posts do with me. If I had the courage, I would pour out my heart with the same poignancy, truthfulness and insight. There is talk of a book. I hope so much that it materialises.