Category Archives: Create

Crafty tutorials and inspiration

Pinterest in Real Life

Homemade Dryer

I've been on a mission to work on my Pinterest marketing. It's one of my biggest referrers to my blog, yet I usually spend the least amount of time on it. That's silly, right? Anyway, since I've been over there, pinning away, I decided that maybe I should start actually DOING some of the tutorials I pin. Maybe even actually COOK some of the recipes. Innovative, right? To keep myself accountable, I will share my results when I actually use Pinterest ideas in REAL LIFE!

My first real life experiment was to make DIY Dryer Sheets-tutorial by View from the Fridge from my Homemade Cleaners pinboard. I don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets. They are made for the environment and bad for my machine. I was using wool balls in my dryer, which worked well, but I was kind of intrigued by the dryer sheet idea. It totally works! My laundry came out soft and had a faint, natural, lavender smell (the essential oil I used). It was easy to make too. Since I regularly use vinegar and essential oils to clean, I already had everything I needed. Right now, I'm combining the wool balls and the dryer sheet method. I like that the balls help my laundry dry faster and I like the way the dryer sheets actually make my clothes softer. Try it! You'll like it.

Summers and Bedsheets

Make a set of summer sheets with Laura Bray

What is it about summer and sheets? Am I the only one who has strong, summer, childhood memories about bedsheets? We spent a week every summer at my grandparent's house in Ohio. Hot, humid nights. With Raggedy Ann sheets. Sheets that were so incredibly soft due to my grandmother's intense washing regimen. Sheets that smelledContinue Reading

Fork It Over Blog Hop

Fork it Over Fabric Hot Pad by Laura Bray Designs

I'm so excited to host a super fun and inspiring blog hop, featuring my new fabric design, Fork It Over. I gathered a bunch of my very talented crafty friends and asked them to make some fun projects using my Spoonflower fabric. The projects they came up with just warmed my heart. It's amazing toContinue Reading

Fork it Over Blog Hop: Doll Aprons

Doll Apron Close-up

I'm so excited to be hosting a really fun blog hop on Monday that features my new Spoonflower fabric, Fork It Over. For my project, I created some really cute doll aprons for my daughter's dolls. She got the new American Girl baking set for Easter and, of course, her dolls needed aprons. I thinkContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: Favorite Creative Books

Favorite Creativity Books for Kids:

Ready for some more motherly advice? Last week, I shared some of my favorite child-rearing books, this week I wanted to share some recommendations for my favorite craft books. All of these books have wonderful advice for introducing creativity into your family's life. Creativity has been one of the most important ways my daughter andContinue Reading

Free Printable: Mason Jar Labels

Free Printable Mason Jar Lid Labels::

I'm so excited to be a guest blogger over The Country Chic Cottage today. I'm sharing how I use mason jars as part of Meal Planning process. To celebrate, I thought I would whip-up some cute jar labels for you. You can print them out on regular paper, cut them out and slip them ontoContinue Reading

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 areContinue Reading

This Way to Earth Day: Arrow Memo Board

DIY Arrow Memo Board by

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//

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