My Handmade Home

Fabric Scrap Basket | craftingconnections.net

I make a lot of stuff. But this past year as I stepped back from work and suddenly found myself parenting kids rather than toddlers and babies, I’ve made more than ever.

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DIY Ice Lanterns Tutorial - a beautiful winter activity for kids

DIY Ice Lanterns

February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” -Shirley Jackson Though we are indeed at the end of February, much of us in the US are still buried in cold, ice and snow. With countless snow days and “danger cold,” as we… 

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How to encourage life-long creativity in your kids (hint: it's not nearly as hard as you think!) via Crafting Connections

Creative Kids : How to Make it Happen

Up until last year neither of my kids went to school outside our home. They were young and I felt that being home with me was the best choice for our family. This year, however, things have changed and suddenly I find myself spending 2 hours shuttling my eldest to and from her school. We… 

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Art projects to do with babies and young toddlers ages 0-2

Art + Baby? YES!

Babies and young toddlers are a fun, active bunch – constantly out exploring their world. As a creative parent, perhaps you’d like to start introducing your little one to art and making…but how? Many people think that babies are just too young, that art simply can’t be done with a little one who is so,… 

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DIY Wooden Block Buildings

Andrea and I have both been doing a whole lot of purging in our homes. All of a sudden it seems two things are happening. First, our kids are transitioning; toys that used to beloved favorites are becoming increasingly irrelevant. The joy, and sorrow, of growing it seems. Also, we are both finding ourselves in a place… 

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The beginning of The Everyday Beautiful project - inspired by 3191 Miles Apart

The Everyday Beautiful Project

Just over a year ago, Crafting Connections went through a pretty momentous change. It wasn’t seen as much here in this space, but behind the scenes we were reeling. You see, after living just blocks away from each other for years in Chicago, Danielle and her family made the move across country to California.

You Should Knit : : Putting Down the Phone and Choosing Craft | craftingconnections.net

Mama, You Should Knit

“Mama, you should knit,” my four-year-old said one morning last week. “Why do you say that?” “Because you’re just toodling around on your phone,” he replied.

working on our story - accordion book tutorial

DIY Kid-Made Collaborative Accordion Picture Books

There is something magic that happens when you put words to your little one’s drawings. When you capture their stories you elevate their words, showing how important their tales are. Today we’re going to make simple accordion books so little ones can tell stories of their own…but instead of drawing or writing by yourself, you’ll be… 

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DIY Ploymer Clay Snowmen Mug Buddies | craftingconnections.net

DIY : : Polymer Clay Snowman Mug Buddies

This past December, when we visited family and friends in the Midwest, my little ones were really looking forward to seeing snow. After a full year away from the realities of Midwestern winters, they have a sort of romantic notion of the season. We all do. As luck would have it, or lack of luck as… 

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