Author Archives: Laura Bray

Book Review: Creative Scarves

Creative Scarves Book Review by LauraBrayDesigns

I know a lot of my friends back east don't even want to THINK about scrarves. But I'm not talking about those kind of scarves! There's a new book out, Creative Scarves: 20+ Stylish Projects to Craft and Stitch and it's got a creative ideas for every season! So, for those of you who are OVER Winter, I thought I would point you in the direction of the Spring and Summer Chapters! From Ombre-Dyed, Doily Scarves to Floral Doodles, you are going to find great inspiration for crafting up the scarf as an accessory. I know I was! Check-out my version of the Floral Doodle scarf. Actually, in my case, I used a pashmina and used Tulip Fabric Markers to create a light-weight shawl to wear during cool Spring and Summer evenings.

Doodle Scarf by LauraBrayDesigns

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book for this review, the opinions are mine. The book links are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission on sales made via that link.

Mother’s Day Musings Series: My Favorite Books on Parenting

Mother

Mother's Day is a month away and I'm finding myself reflecting on my nine (almost 10!) years of motherhood. While I don't claim to be an expert, I've learned a few things over the years that I really wished I had known earlier in my journey. So I thought I would do a little seriesContinue Reading

This Way to Earth Day: Arrow Memo Board

DIY Arrow Memo Board by LauraBrayDesigns.com

Welcome to the Walnut Hollow and Kunin Group blog hop! April 22 is Earth Day and we are celebrating with a very special blog hop. Kunin Felt and Walnut Hollow, two “Made in the USA” companies committed to eco-friendly practices and quality products partner to bring you indoor-outdoor home decor projects.   At Kunin Group,Continue Reading

Semi-Homemade Easter

Give yourself a break! Semi-Homemade Easter//LauraBrayDesigns.com

Remember Sandra Lee of Semi Homemade fame? She would doctor-up cake mixes or store bought food to create something that tasted homemade, but without the amount of work homemade food can sometimes take. Today, I wanted to talk to you about "Semi Homemade Crafting". I think sometimes people don't attempt to craft because they feelContinue Reading

Eggcellent Easter Crafts

Easter Crafts using Smoothfoam Eggs

I love using Smoothfoam eggs for my Spring projects. Why? Because I HATE blowing out egg shells! But seriously, I thought I would share a few ideas of ways I have used the eggs for my crafts. Oh! And I threw in one Christmas project too, so save a couple of eggs for December too!Continue Reading

Doodled Snack Tray

Make a Doodled Snack Tray: LauraBrayDesigns.com

My little family loves to have what we call "Cocktail Hour" on the weekends. It usually happens in the afternoon. My husband makes a fun, new cocktail for the adults and mixes up a Shirley Temple for my daughter. I create a fancy little snack tray, and then we sit around together, talk about theContinue Reading

Right Brainers in Business 2015 Video Summit

Sailboat Quote copy

I am currently in the midst of taking the Right Brainers in Business Video Summit. I signed-up on a whim and I'm so glad I did! People who know me best usually tell me that I have the ability to switch between my right (creative) and left (business) sides of my brain, but sometimes thatContinue Reading

Introducing the Mod Melter!

Mod Podge Melts Selection

My buddies at Plaid asked me to share the news that the Mod Podge Mod Melter is now available! Remember the accessories my daughter and I created with Mod Melts? Well, I used a Mod Melter for that project. It's an updated version of the glue gun. What I love most about the new ModContinue Reading

The Lifecycle of a Sketch: Meet Annabelle

Annabelle

I thought it might be fun to trace the journey of a piece of artwork from sketchbook to finished product(s) today. Here's the story of Annabelle, a recent sketch I did. It all started with a little sketch. One day, I sketched a few characters. Just for fun. And then I named them all. (KnowContinue Reading

Easy DIY Tote Bag & A Giveaway!

DIY Tote Bag by Laura Bray Designs

My regular readers know my love of tote bags. I take them shopping (to save the environment) and I have one designated for each of my daughter's activites. I even have one packed and ready so, when we are out and about, my daughter has a few things to keep her busy and maybe aContinue Reading