Craft Your Blog

Getting Back to Morning Pages

morning pages quote

As I thought about launching this public creative journey last week, I tried to think about things I could do every day that would keep me connected to and focused on this goal of mine to be more creative and to help you all hopefully be more creative, too. The first thing I thought about was morning pages. The second ... Read More »

A Slight Change in Focus

painting creativity

I chose the word “create” as my word for the year in part because I feel like I am a creative person but I don’t always feel that creative. Crafting is my job, and all too often it does in fact feel like work, and that needs to change. The more I think about it, the more I realize I’m ... Read More »

Green Playtime

st patricks day dress up

Husband is out of town this week, so I’ve been trying to have something special set up for the Bit after school each day to get out of our routine a little bit and make it special instead of sad. The Seuss stuff was one of these. And the next day I tried a playdough invitation on the theme of ... Read More »

A Simple Seuss Celebration

cat hat stripes

We read a lot of books in this house, but Dr. Seuss has always been a favorite. The Bit read her board book copy of The Foot Book so much the cover fell off (there might have been some ripping involved, but still, it was well-loved). There’s a Wocket in My Pocket was one of her bedtime books for a ... Read More »

Turn Ties into Fabric {Iron Craft ’13 Challenge}

tie fabric

When I sign up for creative challenges — which is what this year is all about for me — I have the best of intentions. But I’m pretty busy with my day-to-day stuff, and I’m rather a procrastinator, even sometimes on things I enjoy, so I don’t always do the best job with follow through. (Which is why I got ... Read More »

Creativity Runs in the Family

bit knitting pretend play

The Bit has been interested in my knitting for a long time, and she likes to pretend to knit, which usually involves hitting the knitting needles together or hitting them on things. But sometimes she really gets into the illusion, like she did over the weekend. We were hanging out upstairs together, and I had gone downstairs to take care ... Read More »

Building My Crafty Stash at Target

target dollar spot craft haul

Yesterday there was a threat of snow and ice, and I needed to get a birthday present for a girl at the Bit’s school, so I headed out to Target after dropoff. I knew I could get some essentials (bottled water and candles, in case the power went out) and a fun gift (some awesome Melissa & Doug decorate your ... Read More »

Play Cookies with Air-Dry Clay

painting play heart cookies

The other day — the day before Valentine’s Day, to be precise — the Bit got out her air-dry clay before school. She was making a cake, and she asked me to help. I piled on a few layers for her, and as she worked I made some bigger pieces of clay and decided to cut out hearts with a ... Read More »

How I Choose What to Read

reading list

I love to read, but since the Bit came along I feel like I don’t read enough and I’m not reading the “right” things when I do. I read a lot of knitting books (hey, it’s my job) and try to balance that with things I want to read and things I feel like I should read. I know having ... Read More »

Developing a Reading Challenge

reading challenge

My friend and fellow blogger Julie is great at setting — and meeting! — audacious goals when it comes to reading. Today I invited her to share some of what she does when setting reading goals in the hope it will inspire of all us to be more thoughtful readers. Thanks, Julie! Hello! I’m Julie and I blog over at ... Read More »

Blog Editing Tips, Part One {Craft Your Blog}

craft your blog editing tips

I have worked for a lot of my professional life as an editor, but I know that editing your own stuff isn’t always easy and doesn’t come naturally to people who aren’t trained in the skill. But you can still polish your posts without too much trouble. I have so much to say on the subject I think this will ... Read More »