My Top 10 Ways to Inspire Creativity

For many of us, our creative juices seem to kind of ebb and flow with the seasons of our lives.

Sometimes overflowing and demanding to be heard, and other times floating shallow and calm, only whispering if we stop and really listen.

There have also been periods of my life where I stopped listening all together, busying myself with all the other details of life.

DIY Shoulder Rice Pack

Last week I wrote about making basic aromatherapy rice packs. These packs are essential winter (as well as year round) survival tools in our house.

And while it’s starting to turn spring most places around here, all the spring cleaning can still leave you with plenty of aches and pains.

Not to mention that when that fickle spring weather turns back to winter in a flash, it somehow seems colder and more miserable!

DIY Door Latch Covers

Our girls are 2 and almost 4 now, and slamming doors is already a thing in our house.

I though we had about 8 more years before that!

The biggest issue with this is that neither of them are proficient at opening the doors once they are slammed shut. So lots of little people and puppies get shut into rooms accidentally.

Or maybe not so accidentally.

I’ve seen these door latch covers floating around online since before Evelyn was born.

Easy and beautiful DIY plant watering guides

We have a wide variety of houseplants in our home, with varying levels of water and care needs.

I have a bit of a problem.

I have a hard time passing a selection of plants, without buying any.

And then I have an even harder time keeping up with their needs consistently.

Not to mention individually.

I tend to assume they all need watered at the same time.

What can I say, I’m not perfect!

Crazy Easy Smock from a T-Shirt

This crazy easy toddler smock has become a staple in our house. We use them for eating, crafting, and cooking with our two little girls. And because they are so quick and easy to make, we are never without protection for our girls’ sweet wardrobes.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Sign

Last week I said wreaths were one of my favorite DIY decor items. And I wasn’t lying. But another equally favorite item is a simple painted sign.

You can paint just about anything you can think of on a wooden sign, and I never get tired of incorporating them into holiday and every day decor.

DIY Floral Valentine's Day Wreath

I’ve never been big on decorating for the smaller holidays, but growing up my mom always did.

She made sure to make every holiday we celebrated special for us with decor, treats, and small gifts.

Those memories are some of my favorites and I remember how excited and special I felt on each of those days.

I really want that for our girls, so I’m making more of an effort to use every excuse to celebrate.

Erin Condren Planner Unboxing & Review

I’ve always been a planner and list maker. I remember having an old day planner when I was in middle school and feeling so grown up and responsible with it. And of course having nothing to schedule in, ha! How things have changed! Now, even though my plans almost never go as written, it’s a huge load off my mind just to write things out and see them on paper, rather than a big frantic jumble stuck in my head. 

Episode 1 - You Make, You Learn

This weeks debut episode discusses the projects I’ve been working on this month.

Which includes my Baubles Shawl by Andrea Mowry and knit with yarn from Old Soul Fiber Co and Yarn Experiments.

And my Hermione’s Everyday Socks knit with Nomadic Yarns.

And the one knee high sock from Purl Soho that I knit for about 3 years, and of course doesn’t fit! I knit this in Purl Bee yarn.

I also chat a bit about hand quilting, my new Erin Condren planner, Project Life catch up, and plans for the blog and podcast going forward, including a few upcoming posts to look forward to.

So, if you have 30 minutes while you’re cooking, or knitting, or cleaning the house, have a listen and chat with me below!

2019 Make Nine and Craft Goals

January means it’s time to set all of our intentions and goals for the year ahead.

Even if it is the last week of January!

I made a quick video running through all of my 2019 make nine knitting projects (you can watch it at the bottom of the post!).

If you don’t know, #makenine is an Instagram challenge where you create a 9up photo grid of the 9 knitting patterns you hope to make in the following year.

I’ve also seen them for sewing projects, especially garments, or for crafty goals in general.

2018 Make Review

With the end of the year closely approaching as I write this, it’s time to take a look back at my year of crafting.

I had some great successes!

And also, didn’t even start most of my goal projects.

Ha!

What can ya do?

Hello Again

You may or may not have noticed that this page and the blog have been pretty quiet for a few months (or 9), and there wasn’t any kind of announcement or goodbye.

As happens in life, we had a few months full of “hiccups”.

And as hiccups usually do, they just kept coming, now matter how much we wished they would stop.

And now I feel refreshed, reenergized, and excited to get back to it.

So all of this is to say, hello again old friend! I’m so happy to see you again.