Top 50 Mom Craft Blogs, 2012
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Who isn't something of a DIY enthusiast these days? Whether your interest (and aptitude) is more Martha Stewart (the queen of "from scratch") or Sandra Lee (the princess of "semi-homemade"), Babble's 2012 list of the 50 best mom craft blogs has something for everyone. DIY doesn't just give you inner satisfaction; it can save you money on everything from your children's wardrobes to baby shower gifts, all while making them that much more special. Plus, you don't have to be Mary Poppins to realize that DIY can take a rainy day on a weekend or during a school vacation from drab to fab.
This is Babble's second annual compilation of the craftiest blogs on the block. In addition to recommending their favorite sites, our panel of industry insiders and craft lovers looked at last year's winning list and reader nominations and painstakingly narrowed down the abundance of talent to 50 total winners for 2012. (It was no easy feat!) Winners are organized in the following categories: Best DIY Projects, Overall Presentation, Best Projects for Parents, Best for Kids, and Most Beautiful (based on the quality and creativity of the pages and photography). If you see something else inspiring out there on the inter-webs we've missed, by all means nominate it here. Get ready, get set .... get creative! - Amy Levin Epstein
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Lil Blue Boo | Ashley Swenson Hackshaw
The What’s What: Lil Blue Boo makes our list again this year for its gorgeous DIY clothing ideas, equally gorgeous photos of her children (posing as mini models, naturally), and creative crafting ideas for the home, like vinyl lettering that can create different sections of one playroom (in her daughter’s case, she now has a “kitchen” and “market” section for her pretend cafÃ©). But things got even more personal when Ashley shared her battle with cancer that led to the removal of her uterus and the loss of her long, blonde hair. The blog – and Ashley – are even more inspiring than ever.
The Mama: Ashley and her mini-me, “Boo,” make up this relatable blog that highlights Ashley’s personal story as well as what she creates for her art business (which includes touching children’s portraits and skillfully done art murals). Like many of us, she hasn’t ended up where she started – early on, she was an investment banker but wanted a better quality of life. One thing that hasn’t changed – she admits to still starting her day with a Diet Coke and either a McDonald’s bacon egg and cheese biscuit or goldfish crackers. Our kind of gal! If you love Ashley’s designs but aren’t up for screen-printing yourself, you can purchase them here.