Becoming an Etsy Work at Home Mom - How I started

This is a guest post from regular contributor, Natalie LeBlanc-Dawson, who blogs at .  January tends to make people think about themselves. Many make resolutions. Some want to eat healthier, be more active or have better control over their finances. I’ve never really been one to wait until a certain date to make important changes, but

25 handmade gifts for toddlers or preschoolers

These handmade gifts for toddlers (or preschoolers) are perfect when you want to give a child a gift that’s a bit more personal, meaningful, or special.

Let Them Join You. It's Worth It.

It takes more planning. More time. More setup and cleaning afterward. It takes attention and effort to teach them skills and techniques.

But it’s worth the extra effort.


The houses here on base NAS Lemoore have so much storage space. I love it! I decided to turn the empty half of the laundry room into a craft area a while back, instead of just using it to store rubbermaid bins of holiday decorations or something. I planned out the shelving and desk, and


As part of my nesting/reorganizing projects, I bought new towels for both bathrooms. The others were from when I was in college, and some from when The Guy and I first got married. Getting a bit old… And I was tired of the color. I decided to do Anneliese’s bathroom in her “signature” color combo,


Inspired by the Land of Nod Crocheted (“I’m a Little Knit Teapot”) Tea Party Set, I decided to make a teapot, cups, and saucers for my daughter.


You know those cinnamon scented pine cones that are always in grocery and craft stores around Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’ve never bought them before. I have no idea why. They smell WONDERFUL. So the first decoration I made involved those, some ribbons in my “theme colors” for this year (and probably several years after this)

My Craft Mojo is Back

When I was pregnant, I felt like poo and didn’t want to do much of anything. Cooking, cleaning, crafting, anything. Now that this baby is OUT (and awesome by the way) I have renewed energy and motivation. And an excuse to craft. An excuse to craft a lot of things. You’ve seen some of the

Jan 17 2008
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Valentine Brooches

Here’s a sweet pattern that might help you with Valentine’s gifts this year. A few years ago, when I was a resident assistant at Winthrop University, I made a pin for every one of my (about 40) residents. It took a while, but I think it was worth it, especially when I saw some of

Jan 10 2008
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Star Crossed Capelet

This is an elegant (and warm) version of a classic look. Wear it low on your shoulders with something strappy, or drawn slightly higher and paired with a sleek turtleneck. If you’re daring, try it as a drawstring miniskirt matched with bold tights and boots. You will need: 2 skeins (140g each) of Bernat Soft

A Rose for Mother – Bath Pouf

Mothers and moms-to-be could use some pampering. This Springy, cheery bath pouf will be a great gift, don’t you think? (Hint: It’s a great gift for your mom, too. Mother’s Day is only in a few months…) You will need: Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream (or other worsted weight cotton) in white and coral swirl (or

Jan 06 2008
Category: Crafts. Crochet
Vertical Stripe Scarf

This scarf should crochet up in no time at all, to get you through these last days of winter (or the first days of Fall, depending on your hemisphere of residence). It can be any length you want! You will need: Two different colours (referred to as A and B) of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn,

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