Craft Your Blog

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 »

Literally Creating Space

cleaner desk

Sometimes this idea I’m focusing on this month — creating space — is as mental as it is physical. I need to create space in my mind and heart as well as in my office in order to create well and to live well. I actually just wrote down this quote yesterday: Clean out a corner of your mind and ... Read More »

Check Me Out on Home Made Simple

home made simple

Last month I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Home Made Simple, and I’m excited to report that it has been published! The article is about DIY Dream Catchers you can make with a doily and an embroidery hoop as the base. Use beads, feathers, buttons, old jewelry or anything else you like to decorate the piece ... Read More »

How to Be a More Efficient Blogger: Write Faster {Craft Your Blog}

to do list

It’s ironic, but I’m trying to write this post fast. After a discussion with a friend and looking at what I got done (and didn’t) last year, and what I’d like to this year, I realized I’ve been letting myself remain unfocused and called it creative thinking when really I was reading blogs and trolling Facebook. So today I’m trying ... Read More »

Upgraded Canvas Shoes {Iron Craft ’13 Challenge}

toms recovered with fabric

I told you a couple weeks ago that this year I’m really trying to embrace creative challenges that come my way, and one of the projects I said yes to was Iron Craft. This is a challenge put on by Kat at Just Crafty Enough, which I learned about because she’s a knitter and she often sends me stuff to ... Read More »

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve and Keep Your Arms Warm

heart on your sleeve upcycled armwarmers

I’ve had this sweater sitting in my bedroom for a while. My mom gave it to me. Someone else had given it to her, and it didn’t fit her. I wasn’t wild about the way it fit me, either, and knitter though I am the circular yoke cardigan thing is not really my style. This sweater, which came from Old ... Read More »

Ten Ways to (Try to) Turn Around a Bad Day

turn around a bad day

Yesterday morning was pretty terrible. The Bit didn’t want any part of anything we were trying to get her to do, from washing her hands to eating breakfast. There were five screaming fits before 7:30 a.m., and I was more than done by the time it was time to go to school. All of that frustration left me feeling pretty ... Read More »