Becoming an Etsy Work at Home Mom - How I started

This is a guest post from regular contributor, Natalie LeBlanc-Dawson, who blogs at www.becominggranola.com .  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)


Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Shelly Scarf This scarf is a companion to The Professional Hat. Materials: About 200-250 yds worsted weight yarn Size K/10 1/2 hook (6.5 mm) yarn needle (optional for weaving in ends) Gauge: 13 sts = 4” Notes: Shell: 5 dc all in same stitch To Begin Ch 19. Row 1: 4 dc in 4th ch


Sep 15 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

The Professional Hat This cap is based on the red cap from the movie “The Professional”. However, I have changed my original pattern a bit (added a row of shells) in order to make it longer. To obtain a more movie-consistent cap, omit one row of shells. In order to make the hat more like


Jul 05 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

Shavasana Bag This is a no-sew yoga mat bag with only two ends to weave in! Note: I wrote this pattern a long time ago, and the first yoga mat bag was so ugly (in my opinion). You may have seen the ugly pictures on my old website (Hook Me Up! Crochet) or on Craftbits.


Jun 19 2007
Category: Crafts. Crochet

The Solomon’s Knot Shawl is definitely my most popular pattern. There aren’t that many patterns out there that use this stitch, but it’s a shame… the Solomon’s Knot stitch (aka True Lover’s Knot Stitch, Hail Stone Stitch, or Love Knot Stitch) is beautiful and a great way to show off special yarn. More pictures here.



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