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Crafty tutorials and inspiration

Tween Crafts

Tween Memo Board 2

When I started this blog, way back in 2007, my daughter was two years old. She was my muse. Most of my crafts were very cute, and they were geared towards toddler and then elementary-aged girls. Flash forward to 2016. My daughter is almost 11 and is heading off to middle school next year. My baby toys and crafts aren't really being to much use anymore.(*Sniff*) So I've come to a point in my design work where I need to decide if I am going to grow my designs alongside my daughter. Of course, I could still create craft tutorials for the moms out there who still have little ones, but I really like having my samples played with and used around here. One of the driving factors of my blog and business is to create projects that are useful as well as crafty and pretty and I feel like continuing to design projects for little children goes against my "craft it to use it" philosophy.

Something Blue Headband

But a tween? I can't count the number of times I've complained to myself lately that the tween age group doesn't inspire me. That I don't know what tweens like or want. But you know what? I need to remember I felt exactly the same way about babies, then toddlers, then elementary-aged girls and I always found my way. I found my way by applying my creativity to find solutions to the challenges of motherhood-from keeping my daughter's beautiful hair out of her eyes to finding ways to keep her entertained at dinner and I will find my way as we enter the tween years, the teenage years (gulp), the college years, and on and on. Accessories, school supplies, room decor-are all things tweens want and need and I'm sure I'll come up with ideas that I could never have imagined before I began to mother a tween. I hope you'll come on this journey with me. We live in a wonderful time right now. A time when women can grow their businesses and brands right alongside their children. Isn't that amazing?

Altoid Dollhouse

If you still have littles, all my past projects are still here and I hope you will visit them. But I invite you to read the new posts too as I'm hoping to blaze a trail for you.

Now, after that long-winded essay, I want to introduce you to one of my very first tween-specific projects! A Memo Board! In pink and black flowers, which I've been told is a most excellent color combination according to a certain 10 going on 11 year old I know. And it makes me happy because I'm going to use it as a tool to help my daughter be just a little more responsible and independent when it comes to preparing for her day. You can find the full tutorial over in my guest post on Eileen Hulls' beautiful blog. Here's to growing as mothers right alongside our children!

Tween Memo Board 1

Patio Chair Makeover

Pillow Badge

One of my favorite things to do in the Spring is to freshen up my patio for the warm months ahead. I don't have much of a design budget though, so I usually try to add one or two new items and then I "shop" around my house and mix and match the things IContinue Reading

Pretty Pencil Holder

PencilHolder1

People who know me in "real" life would never believe this, but my studio is a mess. I'm neat freak when it comes to my home, but my studio? It looks like my high school bedroom. (I wasn't always concerned with being neat, right Mom?) Every once in awhile I go through and get organizedContinue Reading

A Day in the Life of Kunin Felt Enthusiasts Blog Hop

LB April Hop 2

Welcome to "A Day in the Life of Kunin Felt Enthusiasts" blog hop. Join us for a day with Kunin, from morning until night, whether a mug rug to enjoy your morning coffee from, working in the garden or a welcoming wreath on the front door, you are sure to be inspired by the greatContinue Reading

Monogrammed Herb Pots

Herb Pot Place Settings

It's almost Wedding and outdoor party season! I love to set a fancy table and these cute, monogrammed herb pots can really elevate a table setting and also serve as gifts for your guests.They would be great on Mother's Day gifts too. What would you use them for? You can get the full tutorial onContinue Reading

Printing with Vegetables

Printing with Bok Choy

When I was little I hated to eat vegetables and I spent a lot of time finding ways to get out of eating of them. When I was a toddler, my super-fun godfather would quickly eat my peas when my mom turned away. When I got older, I taught my younger siblings how to putContinue Reading

DIY Faux Nature Specimens

Egg Speciman

I've always been fascinated by the Victorian-age habit of collecting nature specimens and all that went along with it. From the walks through the English countryside, tea drinking, collecting, cataloging, sketching, and then displaying of in cabinets, the whole thing is just so interesting to me. It kind of shows you what people did beforeContinue Reading

DIY Mini-Notebooks for Your Creative Planner

Travel Notebook 1

I love tucking a cute, mini-notebook into my planner. I usually use it to make shopping or errands lists when I'm sitting at my desk then, when I'm heading out the door, I just slip it out of my planner and take it along with me. There are a lot of notebooks out there youContinue Reading

Glue Gun Tips and Tricks

 Glue Gun Tips and Tricks::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I've been working as a designer for Adtech since November and have become a bit of an expert on glue guns (if I must say so myself). I have to admit, I used to be a little scared of glue guns-I worried about burning myself, or leaving it on and burning down my house.  IContinue Reading

DIY Easter Baskets

Easter Basket Beauty Shot

Easter is almost here! Can you believe it? When I was growing-up Easter at our house was on par with Christmas. My parents didn't believe in "spoiling" us by buying us gifts for no reason, but they would more than make up for it on the holidays. So, while our friends would get one basketContinue Reading