Craft Your Blog

A Valentine from a Knitter

knit heart charms

In the spirit of embracing creative challenges, as I have been trying to do this year, I signed up to take part in a “mystery muse” program this month, which involves giving two handmade gifts to someone and receiving two gifts from someone else. I decided to make my first gift a knit heart, because it’s that time of year, ... Read More »

A Colorful Valentine for Kids

homemade coloring book valentines

Last year I made chocolate playdough and cute animal-print cards for the kids at the Bit’s school, so I kind of felt like I had to do something homemade for them again. It’s fun, and I don’t like giving the kids candy, so why not? This year I decided to do an alphabet crayon for each child with their first ... Read More »

Goodbye, Old Friend

hackberry tree

Husband and I have been rather hard on trees in our life together. Days after we moved into our first house, a huge tulip elm in our backyard got hit by lightning, taking out the top third or so of the tree. Luckily it didn’t hit the house or the fence, but it had to go anyway. A few years ... Read More »

Art Makes You Happy

kid art

After consciously choosing “Create Space” as my intention for January (which will be bleeding over into February because my space isn’t completely created yet) I shuffled my remaining 11 One Little Word cards to determine what I would focus on for the other months. For February I got “Create Art.” The card says Play with colors, materials, subject matter Craft ... Read More »

Make a Valentine Holder from a Jeans Pocket

jeans heart pocket

I’ve been full of the Valentine crafting spirit lately, but a lot of the stuff I’ve been doing has been going to other blogs. So I’ll be inundating you with reports of guest postings (and more crafts here, too, no doubt) to help get you in the heart-filled spirit. First up is this fun one I made for Emily at ... Read More »

Creating Intentions {One Little Word}

create pendant

I’ve talked a couple of times about the fact that I’m participating in the One Little Word project that Ali Edwards does each year. The intent of the project is to have participants focus on one word throughout the year. Instead of making resolutions, you make decisions based on whether they resonate with your word. My word is create. Being ... Read More »

Pop of Orange Circle Art {Iron Craft ’13 Challenge}

circle wall art collage

The Iron Craft challenge for this week was to create something using the color orange (or the fruit, I suppose). I immediately thought of some orange fabric I have, though I ended up using some less-dramatically orange fabric. I wanted to make a little organizer out of an embroidery hoop, but I don’t know where any embroidery hoops are in ... Read More »

Slightly Early Spring Cleaning for Blogs

kick-start my blog

I feel like this blog has come a really long way in the past year. In December of 2011, I published just seven posts. I was starting to try to take it more seriously then, but I got more into it with the turn of the year and published 17 posts in January 2012. (Still working on that “daily” goal; ... Read More »

When Life Hands You a Day Off…

baking cookies

make chocolate chip cookies. The Bit unexpectedly had the day off today, and I decided last night that I was going to really be with her today and make it special for her and not spend time stressing out over what I wasn’t getting done (or the coffee date I was missing!) because she was home. I planned to take ... Read More »

The Importance of Taking Breaks {Craft Your Blog}

blog planning

A blog post with the title “The Importance of Taking Breaks” could be about a lot of things, but in this case I’m writing specifically about the need to take a break from your writing before you edit it (and you are editing before you hit publish, right?). I will admit that, even though I spent several years working as ... Read More »

Playing Doctor, and Easy Crafted Bandages

playing doctor

The Bit, like most kids, loves to dress up and play pretend. And she really loves pretending that she’s a doctor and someone — a parent, a doll from the dollhouse, a stuffed animal — is sick. She will use anything at hand to be her medical equipment. For a long time her “medicine” was a travel-sized bottle of shampoo. ... Read More »

MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software Review

software template page

I have always wanted to be a person who does scrapbooking. Even before I had a kid, every couple of years I would decided I was going to be the kind of person who scrapbooks. I’d go to Hobby Lobby (when it was the only choice in town) and load up on paper, stickers, whatever I thought would make me ... Read More »