Crafting Connections

By Andrea Folsom | Crafting an authentic, connected & creative life.

DIY Dresser Drawer Labels

I’m always looking for ways to simplify. Crafty ways to organize and streamline. And in the quest to simplify, organize and streamline; projects get …


DIY Ice Lanterns

February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” -Shirley JacksonThough we are …


This corner of my kitchen makes me happy all the time! A collection of mostly vintage finds, with some handcrafted and new pieces mixed in. I can't wait to see what this collection looks like in 50 years! -Andrea

It's birthday day here in our house which means we are elbow deep exploring new to us books and toys. This gorgeous volume - Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska - is a stunner. Beautiful illustrations and chocker bock full of the nonfiction goodness that my newly six year old adores. -Danielle

We found these books at the library today (as we were searching the stacks for biographies about Charles Shulz) and we are all a bit enchanted. Do you have any of the Ed Emberley books? -Danielle

If this isn't true joy, I don't know what is!! -Andrea

Sometimes I really miss making print magazines. I love the physical act of turning the pages, experiencing the images and colors in a way that's tangibly different from digital. I'm glad to have complete sets of both our Seasons and our Senses magazines. -Andrea

This is going to be a good week - yes indeed! // I love starting my day or week with a positive sentiment, hoping for the best, no matter what may come. -Andrea

So, I made these two blouses (and I'm super ridiculously over-the-top proud) but I have NOTHING to wear with them! Wonder if you have any suggestions? Bonus points if it is a pattern I can sew!! :) {And now I'll stop all the silk blouse spam!!} PPS If you want to learn more about the patterns I used and alterations I made, it's all on the blog. Link in profile 👆👆👆

A box that held something for me got an update from my little ones with simple watercolor paints - the result is beautiful!! -Andrea

I'm pretty attracted to solids/neutrals when I sew and decorate my home. But when it comes to spinning I like COLOR!! -Danielle

It's only 9am and already my table is covered with this. So much making. So many supplies. The fact that this is how they want to start most of their days makes me super happy. (And also a little overwhelmed) -Danielle

Here's a little creative tip for you - tape up your little one's art inside your cabinets! It's a great way to showcase their work, elevate it, showing them how important their creations are, and best of all, what a wonderful sight each time you open the door!

This little scene makes me happy every. single. time. -Andrea

This is why I make - why I create. For those real-life skills that make something beautiful and, more importantly, functional. And seeing this little one happily cuddle up in her new mama-made quilt? Well, I don't think my heart could be any happier. -Andrea

Andrea and I have a new project in the works in the background. For awhile we were just feeling creatively stuck, unable to proceed. After a good talk yesterday, I'm feeling inspired. Excited. And I'm diving in. This, friends, is going to be so awesome. I can't wait to share. -Danielle

Creative Kids : How to Make it Happen

Up until last year neither of my kids went to school outside our home. They were young and I felt that being home with me was the best choice for our …


Art + Baby? YES!

Babies and young toddlers are a fun, active bunch – constantly out exploring their world. As a creative parent, perhaps you’d like to start …


DIY Wooden Block Buildings

Andrea and I have both been doing a whole lot of purging in our homes. All of a sudden it seems two things are happening. First, our kids are …


The Everyday Beautiful Project

Just over a year ago, Crafting Connections went through a pretty momentous change. It wasn’t seen as much here in this space, but behind the scenes …


Mama, You Should Knit

“Mama, you should knit,” my four-year-old said one morning last week.“Why do you say that?”“Because you’re just toodling around on your phone,” he …


DIY Kid-Made Collaborative Accordion Picture Books

There is something magic that happens when you put words to your little one’s drawings. When you capture their stories you elevate their words, …


DIY : : Polymer Clay Snowman Mug Buddies

This past December, when we visited family and friends in the Midwest, my little ones were really looking forward to seeing snow. After a full year …


Sick Days with Kids - Keeping it Simple, Slow, Creative

Just last week we had the first round of stomach bug to hit our home in 2015. There are so many things that I don’t love about sick days including …

Make Your Own Out & About Art Box

Life for little ones is very full. Each day is an adventure filled with so much new. New places. New people. New experiences. New learning. It can be …

Furoshiki Wraps for Gifts & More

‘Tis the season of gift giving both in the US and of course, beyond. And with gifts comes the question – how will we wrap it? We used to tend towards …

DIY Puppet Theater

Sometimes crafting is about the making – either the process or the product that results from the tools you use. But sometimes with crafting you move …

Johanna Winter-Harper :: Creative Life Interview

Today we are excited to continue our interview series with creative individuals and families we love! There is so much inspiration and creative …

Kids Art Supplies on a Budget

When we welcome folks onto our mailing list we ask them the following question:<p><b>What’s the ONE THING that’s holding you back from living the creative</b> …