Reflections on Traveling Light

Reflections on Traveling Light - my recent experiences and discoveries

I’m writing this post to you from the road. For the past 17 days I’ve been on a great whirlwind family and friend visiting, wedding attending, summer celebrating tour of the Midwest.

And, as always happens when traveling, I’ve gotten a chance to step away from the day-to-day routine of our lives and to examine it all a bit…. 

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Organizing Kids Art Supplies in Mason Jars | craftingconnections.net

Organizing Creative Supplies for Your Family

Organizing creative supplies – especially in families with multiple children all working at different levels – is challenging, for sure. But it doesn’t have to be impossible!

Ready to go to the beach! - Messenger Bag - Made by Crafting Connections

Handmade: The Messenger Bag

One of the best ways, I’ve found, to expand my creative abilities is to say “yes” even when that logical part of my brain is screaming “What are you thinking?! Say no! You’ve never done this before!”  (Oh shush mind – it’s creativity, not brain surgery, everything is going to be OK!) So when the opportunity… 

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Supplies for Making a Pressed Leaf Wreath | craftingconnections.net

Make It Together : Pressed Leaf Wreath

Just a handful of weeks ago, I took the dictionary off my shelf and made an amazing discovery. There, tucked between the pages, were the most gorgeous pressed leaves.

Color Block Knit Infinity Scarf Pattern | craftingconnections.net

Color Block Infinity Scarf : to knit and wear

I’ve moved a good fair bit through the years – different towns, cities, states, and countries – but I’ve always lived in places with four distinct seasons. This year, my first in California’s Bay Area, is a bit different. While natives would, I’m sure, argue that there are four distinct seasons; it’s hard for me to see or… 

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Tame the Mess! 6 Must-Have Creative Supplies

When I began crafting with my little ones it was pretty easy – just strip them down to their diaper and set them loose! But as they grew and wanted to do art more often, I knew that going clothes-free couldn’t always be the answer to taming the mess. For one, we live in the… 

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A Time for Retreat | craftingconnections.net

A Time for Retreat

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that last week I had the good fortune to attend a four-day art workshop along the coast of Squam Lake in New Hampshire. And many of you have asked for me to share my thoughts and experiences. But the truth is, I’m not sure that… 

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Close-up of a beautiful beach mandala

Crafting with Nature – Beach Mandala

Have you ever noticed that the most beautiful things in nature are impermanent? Rainbows, sunsets, blooming flowers, even old stately trees will someday fall. I think this is one of the most important reasons for little ones to be exposed to nature, to be able to explore it, notice it, and see how imperfectly perfect… 

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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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