Essential Guide #1 – Getting Gauge

Beautiful green wool

Gauge is a simultaneously simple and extremely complicated concept in knitting. While the definition of gauge can be summed up in a simple sentence, how to measure it, why it is important, and the effect it has on knitting isn’t nearly so simple. But that doesn’t mean we can’t tackle it. We can and we will! So, let’s get started…. 

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How to set up your IDEAL art space for kids - 5 easy to implement ideas!

How to Set Up Your Ideal Art Space for Kids

I’m not sure how many art spaces I’ve set up for my little ones over the years. I can count at least nine off the top of my head, but I’m sure there’s more. You see, creative making has always been something my two kiddos have been interested in. Schlepping art supplies in and out… 

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Bias Binding on Silk Datura Blouse |

Sewing with Silk

  This past November I made a trip up to Portland, perhaps one of my favorite cities of all time. There were so many highlights from the trip but right up on the list was a visit to the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store. (read more about Pendleton here) That place is a little bit of magic and for… 

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Crafting Connections - Hand Painted DIY Dresser Drawer Labels

DIY Dresser Drawer Labels

I’m always looking for ways to simplify. Crafty ways to organize and streamline. And in the quest to simplify, organize and streamline; projects get bonus points if it makes life with little ones easier. And these dresser labels do JUST THAT. Whether they are just becoming independent in getting dressed or they are starting to… 

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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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Crafting Connections - DIY Wooden Town

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.