You Should Be Reading… about crafts!

I love organizing. And I’m good at it. I love to *think* about crafting. And I love to *think* I could be good at it. But the truth is, I’m not. My mom tried to teach me to crochet as a girl but I just couldn’t get it. I never had much interest in sewing and my machine sits gathering dust. But I am really good at recognizing other people’s great crafts! So here are 8 blog posts to check out with other folk’s awesome talents at crafting.

1. Emily @ Jones Design Company – Gathered Flower Tutorial. I actually might be able to do this.  A simple running stitch… not too bad. And so many cute uses!

2. Melissa @ 320 Sycamore – Thrifty Handles For Furniture. Tying a knot? I can do that!

3. Amy @ Wanna Make Something Of It? – DIY Muffin Tin Marbled Crayons. Reuse of something broken… hooray!

4. Michelle @ three men and a lady – “Wash You Hands”. A great reminder for little ones and much cuter than what they have in the public restrooms!

5. Jen @ Simply Living – Painted Teapot. I have no use for a tea pot. But if I did you bet your bottom dollar I’d want it to be cute like this.

6. Kim @ It’s a Crafty Life – Picture Frame Key Holder. Cute + Functional = Love.

7. Tiffany @ The DIY Club – Spring Kahuna’s. Just for fun.

8. Beth @ Unskinny Boppy – Pottery Barn Inspired Ladder Lantern Hanger. Simply gorgeous. Beth is an awesome Alabama blogger who was fortunately spared any major home or personal damage in last week’s horrific tornadoes.

You Should Be Reading

As we move forward into Spring, it’s a good time to keep life in perspective.

1. Keeping House by Nester @ Nesting Place – an excellent recap of what homekeeping and organization is all about.  It’s not about being perfect.  It’s about finding what works for you.

2. For When You Don’t Live Up by Emily @ Chatting at the Sky – Sister of Nester, Emily offers wonderful refreshing insight for a woman’s soul. 

3. Frost Yourself by Allison @ VAMH – This is an awesome, easy, inexpensive and attractive solution to jewelry storage.  Thanks for inspiring us, Allison!

4. Does Saying No Mean You are Lazy by Laura @ I’m An Organizing Junkie – We all need to know our limits and boundaries and embrace them.  Another great read on this topic is Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend.

5. Paper Goodie Bags {tutorial} by Emily @ Jones Design Company – I have many talents but crafting is not at the top of that list.  However, I do believe that even I can make these adorable bags.

6. 30 Day Cut The Clutter Challenge by Jo-Lynne @ Musings of a Housewife – Apparently Jo-Lynne and I were thinking alike at making March a declutter month.  Her progress is inspiring.

7. The Gift of Laughter by Jill @ The Diaper Diaries – We all need a good laugh and the embedded video of Bill Cosby & his chocolate cake for breakfast is an all-time favorite around my house.

8. Decorating a Large Wall by Shelley @ House of Smiths – Sometimes we get so stuck in how things are that we can’t see how they could be.  I love the “style shift”

Blog Hopping

Today I’m blog hopping.  I like to spend time reading a lot of other blogs for a number of reasons… to “meet” other great bloggers and learn from them, to find ideas that would be helpful for my readers, and to keep a pulse on what kinds of issues real folks are facing that I can help with.  If you’d like to check out a few new blogs this week, pop over to KDBuggie’s blog.


Around the (blogging) World in 8 Posts

This has been a rough week in the Brown house.  Everyone has been sick.  Mostly me and Mr. Brown.  All our normal routines, including work, have had to be adjusted or just plain left behind for a few days.  Hopefully this weekend we can get in a thorough disinfecting of the house and get everyone healthy again.  In the meantime, here are some other blogs you should be reading.  I picked these 8 because they speak to where my family and life are right now.

1. Ten Minute Tuesday by Susan @ The Confident Mom – Just a simple reminder of where I get my strength.

2. When Just The Minimum Is Enough by Monica @ Your Life. Organized.

3. The Perks of Caffeine by Shelly @ Shelly Ventures

4. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread by Heather @ Join Us, Pull Up A Chair – I just wish someone at sea level would make it for me and send it!

5. Four Common Obstacles to Completing Chores by Erin @ Unclutterer – and remember, when you’re an adult, they aren’t really “chores,” they are just called “life”

6. Loosen The Grip of “More Stuff” by Rachel @ Small Notebook – Rachel’s family is a great example of not being weighed down by stuff as they just made a major life change and moved to Italy!

7. 5 Elements to Building a Successful Blog by Brian Gardner – great advice!

8. surrounding beauty… by Daniella @ dress design decor – these photos just make me smile.

Around the (blogging) World in 8 Posts

An update from my bathroom mini-makeover.  The reviews are in and they were positive!  Mr. Brown’s comment “It looks so fancy.”  I believe this was his code for “it looks nice, hope I don’t break anything.”  And my 3-year old’s response was “Mama, you forgot to do ALL the bathrooms!  You didn’t do MY bathroom!”  Apparently I need to do a non-breakable version for my kids!  Hmmm…. ideas are brewing!


These are a few posts around my blog reader that really captured my interest this week:

1. Valentine’s Day decor @ 320 Sycamore – I’ve been working on my own Valentine’s Day decor this week (look for pics soon) and this was so adorable I had to share.

2. The 4-Week Menu Plan @ Robin’s Nest – My friend Robin is a happy homemaker and a school teacher.  And this adorable and functional meal plan is something I could learn a lot from!

3. In Today’s Economy @ Deliver Away Debt

4. Winter Wonderland (& cupcakes!) @ Domestic Simplicity – My friend Lillian is an amazing mother and has such great days with her kids.  There were about 5 I wanted to copy this week!

5. The Good Marriage @ Catholic Mom – Only 45 more years to go for Mr. Brown & me!

6. Make The Bed You Want To Get Into @ Nesting Place – a good reminder about keeping things simple and functional

7. b, d, p, q Spinner @ I Can Teach My Child – this is such a cute way to teach these letters to little learners

8. Screw The Joneses @ Your Life. Organized. – thoughts on being happy with your own life and not worrying about everyone else.

What’s your favorite blog (besides this one of course?)  Leave me a comment with a link!