What I’ve Learned By Writing A Crafty Blog

When I started this blog, I really was not even sure if anyone would read it. I wanted to document the crafts and activities my little one did, but I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in what I wrote. I had just over 1,000 visitors the year that the blog launched. Since then, this blog has grown and evolved in ways that I could not even have imagined!

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A good craft blog can give readers a constant source of inspiration. Whether you love sewing, making art with your children, or just a good DIY project, there is something out there for everyone. Many crafting blogs, like ours, also feature lifestyle content, travel tips, and even recipes! Some other bloggers choose to focus on tutorials for one particular type of crafting.

Pinterest can be a wonderful resource but reading full posts from craft blogs is a great way to bring your crafting up to the next level. My readers not only find new project ideas, but sometimes they even find a new favorite kind of craft! If you are new to the blog, I’d love it if you took a look around to see what inspiration you may find!

This past year was a big year for the blog. Although I had taken on a few sponsored posts in the past, I really focused on turning my hobby into an income source this year. It is a wonderful feeling to watch a hobby turn into something more. Blogging can be a fantastic experience, but it also can be stressful at times. During the beginning of the pandemic, I wondered how current events would impact my blog. I found myself with less time to write once we had to take my daughter out of daycare, but I also found a lot of new readers! Even though my primary focus has always been empowering parents to get crafty with their children, in 2019, a majority of my most popular posts were travel related. Posts about our trip to Disney were especially popular. While we had hoped to go to Disney in 2020, it never happened. We still have a trip planned, but it has been rescheduled twice now. In 2020, I saw a shift in what my readers wanted to see on the blog. My kids craft tutorials have gotten more views than ever before. Knowing that my writing is inspiring other parents to create crafty memories with their little ones during these difficult times means more to me than I could possibly describe.

Today, I want to share a few things I have learned from the past few years of blogging! One of the most important things I have learned is that is it extremely important to read what other, more experienced bloggers have to say. Reading interviews with fellow bloggers has helped me reflect and explore my own goals as a writer and an influencer. I have also learned that quality is better than quantity. I used to push myself to post at least three times a week. Now, I post about once a week. By giving myself more time to think about what I will write, I am able to put more creativity into each post. The next thing I have learned is that it is important to have fluid goals. I re-write and reflect on my goals each month. The last thing I’ve learned is that although monetizing a blog is wonderful, it should never be a blogger’s very first goal. Although some bloggers can monetize pretty quickly, it can also take years. It is easy to get frustrated and burned out if making an income is your primary goal.

I hope this post can inspire you to dive into blogging or to just check out some of our crafty projects! If you are thinking about starting a blog, or have already started your blogging journey, I wish you a wonderful, creative, and productive 2021!

We Are A Mask Wearing Family

In my family, we wear masks when we go out into public. At the beginning, it was a struggle to get my three-year-old to wear one, but now she is an excellent mask wearer! In our state, masks in public are required, but even if they were not, we’d still wear them to help keep ourselves and others safe.

**This mask pouch was gifted to us. All opinions are our own.**

I know some people have some pretty strong opinions on why they will not wear a mask. In the past, I’ve upset some people by posting my pro-mask opinion on our Facebook page. The most common argument against mask wearing is that we should not let the government control us. Let’s get real for a second. The government literally assigns us a number at birth so they can track us. We follow tons of rules and regulations on a daily bases for the good of society as a whole. Wearing a mask is not some giant conspiracy, it simply cuts down on germs!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about mask wearing! One problem we have encountered when out in public is finding the perfect place to store our masks when we take them off to eat! It is not safe to just lay them on a table or bench and they can easily get knocked off the table if we put them on a napkin.

This reusable & washable mask pouch is the perfect way to keep your mask safe while you are not wearing it! It is so pretty and very well made! As a bonus, the company who makes them  donates 5% of the proceeds to a non-profit organization that funds research for rare childhood diseases.

You can get the mask pouch here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08LM7RN97

Ways To Cut Down On Your Pandemic Stress

This year has been both incredibly short and incredibly long all at once. Social distancing, lack of childcare, and the thought of possibly getting sick has caused me a huge amount of stress and anxiety. At the same time, I can not believe the year is about to come to an end. I feel like we just celebrated my daughter’s third birthday and now she is about to turn four! A return to normal feels so close, yet so far away. Today, I want to share five things you can do to take care of yourself physically and mentally while you wait for normalcy to return to your life.

Declutter Your Home

I don’t know about you, but I am finding cleaning difficult since my daughter is not currently in preschool. I have been working towards getting rid of things that we do not need because it is easier to clean if we have less stuff laying around! Every December, we also do a deep declutter in my daughter’s playroom. This year, I must get rid of more than usual because being stuck at home all these months led to extra online shopping and she’ll require room for all the new toys that she’ll be getting for Christmas and her birthday!

Cut Down on Alcohol and Junk Food

I know this may be a hard one! Making healthy choices boosts your immune system and just overall makes you feel better. I gained way more weight than I want to talk about during the first few months of the pandemic, so now I’m working towards a healthier lifestyle again.

Look for Ways to Assist Others

In a time when it is easy to feel very hopeless, you may find some joy in helping others. I know that I always feel better about a bad situation when I feel useful. Helping others doesn’t have to be expensive either! It could be as simple as donating some things you no longer need or leaving a little hand made gift on someone’s doorstep!

Be Kind to Yourself

When practicing self-care, don’t forget the “self” part. The language you use when thinking about yourself is important. Take time to appreciate how well you are doing in these exceedingly difficult times.

Use Less Social Media

Social media is a great way to connect with friends and family in a safe way. It can also very easily become time consuming. I have had to learn to use social media very intentionally. I have also removed about 50 people that I never speak to in person from my Facebook friends list because the content they shared just didn’t add any value to my timeline.

I hope these tips can help you as we head into 2021. I’d love to hear from you! How are you doing? What are you looking forward to most once all the restrictions are lifted?

Christmas Tree Counting Activity

December is almost half way through and we are busy getting ready for the holidays! Today, I want to share an easy holiday counting activity! This activity is perfect for toddlers or young preschoolers and you will only need a few materials that most people already have around the house!

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Materials Used

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • A Marker
  • Scissors

I started by cutting out six tree shapes from green construction paper. Next, I cut out about 25 little circles from red construction paper. After that, I glued the trees onto a piece of white paper.

After the trees dried for a few minutes, I randomly wrote a number one from six on each tree.

I had my daughter tell me what number was on each tree and then glue a matching number of red circles onto it.

This easy to prepare activity is a great way to practice counting and number recognition!

Book Suggestions

Little learners enjoy pairing educational activities with a book!

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Upcycled Clothing Projects

While decluttering and organizing our home, I noticed we have so many unused clothing items! We donate everything that is in great condition, but that still leaves us with things that are not nice enough to pass along. Today, I want to share some great upcycling projects that can easily give new live to old clothing!

Blue Jean Tote Bag

Upcycled Denim Storage Bins

DIY Reusable Hand Warmers

T-Shirt Headband

DIY T-Shirt Pillow

Photo Credit: Creative Green Living

T-Shirt Shopping Bag

DIY Jean Skirt

Recycled Jean Patches

Upcycled T-Shirt Pillow

Photo Credit: Creative Green Living

Fabric Bookmark

Farm Girl Apron

Daisy Jumper

Blue Jean Barbie Bag

Photo Credit: Craftsy Hacks

DIY Headband

Cozy Boyfriend Pillow

DIY Sweater Wreath

T-Shirt Bracelets

Upcycled Jeans Picnic Blanket

Photo Credit: The Boondocks Blog

T-Shirt Wall Art

Shopping Bag

I hope you enjoy these upcycling projects!

I’d love to hear from you! Have you recently transformed old clothing into something new? What did you make?

Shape Turkey Craft

It’s hard to believe, but the end of November is almost here! We don’t celebrate the history behind Thanksgiving, but my toddler is obsessed with turkey related crafts and activities this year! Today, I want to share an easy craft that is perfect for kids from one to four with slight modifications based on age and ability level!

Materials Used

  • Construct Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A Pencil, Marker, or Crayon

We sat down at the table and I asked my daughter to name three shapes. After that, I wrote the shapes she named on a piece of paper. Next, I cut out the shapes. I also cut out the shape of feathers in multiple colors. If your little one doesn’t know their shapes yet, you can just pick some out! If your child can use scissors, they can cut the shapes themselves!

After the prep work was done, I read each shape name to my daughter and she got to work making her shape turkeys!

Sara’s shirt is from our shop! Check it out here!

My daughter insisted her turkeys needed eyes, but that step is completely optional!

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