Category Archives: Grow

Tips and tricks for growing plants, children and your crafty business

Beautiful Dreams Butterfly Dream Catcher

Butterfly Dream Catcher by LauraBrayDesigns.com

My daughter hasn't had very many bad dreams in her life. She didn't have night terrors when she was young,and I think she's woken us up twice in ten years because she had a bad dream. (Don't send hate mail, we just lucked out!)

She has, however gone periods through periods of time when she's afraid at night when she goes to bed. In the past, we've utilized our "La Oof strategy" to overcome her fears and occassional bad dreams, but she's getting older, so I thought I would introduce a new way to deal with her fears. Based on the Native American tradition, dream catchers have been helpful in calming her fears lately. Of course we got creative, colorful, and cute with our dream catcher and  I shared the tutorial over on the Smoothfoam blog last month. You can personalize yours however you like. Maybe your child loves flowers or cats or cars. Gather up some inexpensive items that bring peace to your child and glue them on! Your child (and you) may sleep better for it.

Butterfly Dream Catcher by LauraBrayDesigns.com

*Disclosure: I am paid design team member for the Smoothfoam blog.

Holistic Bookkeeping

Holistic Financials

The one thing I hear the most from my coaching clients is that they don’t want to do their financials. Accounting/bookkeeping can be overwhelming and many entrepreneurs are afraid to look at their numbers because it might show that they are failing. What they don’t realize is that they are making themselves suffer even moreContinue Reading

Picnic Calzones Recipe

Picnic Calzones Recipe::LauraBrayDesigns.com

(A recent picnic.) When I was a little girl, my parents made a huge effort to take us on day trips every weekend. There were six of us, so that weren't fancy day trips. They were usually a drive into our local mountains for a hike or a trip to the beach. (That's me, totallyContinue Reading

Summer is for Reading

Summer is for Reading with Laura Bray Designs

Summer is for reading, isn't it? And for libraries. I remember my childhood library in Mentor, Ohio. There was a bay window with a cushioned seat. I remember sitting there, and reading and watching a storm roll in and seeing my mom pull up in her big, black suburban and rushing in to fetch meContinue Reading

Process Journal

Keeping a Creative Process Journal::www.laurabraydesigns.com

Lately, I've been keeping a process journal for all my projects. Whether painting, crafting, or writing, I record my thoughts, feelings, and ideas about the project. This is beyond a sketchbook in that I am doing a lot of writing. When I'm frustrated or come across a problem, I write about it in my processContinue Reading

Mother’s Day Musings Series: Favorite Creative Books

Favorite Creativity Books for Kids: LauraBrayDesigns.com

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

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

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

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

Organizing Paperwork in Your Home

Organizing Paperwork:: LauraBrayDesigns.com

I think one of the biggest struggles in our home is to harness the constant flood of paperwork that comes into our house. Between mail and schoolwork, it feels like a constant battle. Especially for a neat freak like me! I hate clutter. And I especially don't like piles of paper on my counters andContinue Reading