Essential Guide for Beginning Sewists

Essential Guide to Beginning to Sew

When undertaking something new – whether setting out to produce a set, defined product or learn a new skill set  – it’s easy to get swept up and away as you search for a place to just get started. As relatively new sewists, we know just how hard it can be for beginners. You want sewing success. You want to make those adorable pants for your kids or that deliciously modern quilt for your bed or to hem your pants just so. But even though you want it, success is not necessarily guaranteed. Success sort of hangs in the ether, waiting for you to reach out and grab it. But whether or not you’ll grab it depends on a couple of things.

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Five Creative Tools for All Ages | craftingconnections.net

Five Creative Tools for All Ages

I have fond memories of making and creating with my eldest, back when he was still an only child. I remember afternoons in the courtyard, letting him dip his tiny toes into paint and make prints on large pieces of paper. Slow mornings with a batch of play dough, mixing and squishing and molding. Too long afternoons, made… 

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tempera paintings made by a 2 and 4 year old - "edible" paints can be confusing, use the real thing!

Why I Don’t Make Edible Art Supplies

I’ve noticed a new fad in the world of kids crafting – “edible” art supplies. Often this refers to a variety of paints, but can also include things like sidewalk chalk or play dough. And this new fad? I hate it. Truly. Every time I see a new post come out with an edible art… 

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Set Yourself Up for Creative Success | craftingconnections.net

Create, Don’t ReCreate

Just a handful of weeks ago my eldest son and I did a little making for Sparkle Stories – a puppet theater. To be perfectly honest, the project wasn’t anything super special. The theater, a repurposed cardboard box. The puppets, simple wooden spoons with faces painted in the bowl. But when it comes to puppets and puppet theaters, I’m… 

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We're Saying Goodbye to Say Hello | craftingconnections.net

We’re Saying Goodbye to Say Hello

Change. It’s the one thing in life that we can count on, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. Over the past 9 months we have been making lots of changes behind the scenes. Some you may be mildly aware of – like the disappearance of our print subscriptions. Others, however, never made it… 

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Making Homemade Granola with an Easy Granola Formula | craftingconnections.net

Making Creative Magic

I’m pretty terrible at following instructions. Give me just about any project or DIY – from fermenting kombucha to building a bench – and I’ll look at the instructions, skim them even. And then promptly ignore half of what they say. Not because I don’t want to make the finished item or that I didn’t… 

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Summer Crafts for Kids

9 Summer Crafts for Kids Ages 2-6

It’s summertime where we live and boy, it’s been beautiful! After a seemingly never-ending winter that still hasn’t faded from memory, we’ve been enjoying lots of time outdoors before the real heat of the summer descends upon us. There have been popsicles and swimming, outdoor picnics and crafts – lots and lots of crafts! And… 

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Ingredients for Rainbow Popsicles | craftingconnections.net

Colorful Rainbow Popsicles

There are a few things that are natural partners. Things that are better together than alone. Peanut butter and chocolate. Bacon and eggs. Summer and popsicles. Well, you might not have heard that last one, but we think it fits. I mean seriously, isn’t a summer day better with a little bit melted popsicle dripping… 

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What Does “Authentic Art” Mean to You?

Recently we had an interesting discussion over on our Facebook Page about the idea of authentic art (you can read it here). It was specifically in response to an article we posted, but our thoughts on the topic ran deep, as they did with fellow readers, parents and creatives alike. I shared my perspective on… 

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