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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Dollar Store Crafts | Heather Mann
The What’s What: Do you love Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, but hate the prices? Well, you can recreate the looks with inspired crafts for $2 and under on this site. And if that’s too big for your budget, try $1-and-under crafts, like these nursery-worthy cherry blossom wall hangings. For just pennies, you can have crafts that would have cost you hundreds, even thousands, at a store. Plus, you can be sure no one else will have your truly one-of-a-kind creations.
The Mama: With three growing boys under the age of 5, blogger Heather Mann knows something about balancing a budget. This Salem, Oregon mom also has a wonderful sense of humor; check out her site CraftFail, where readers share bloopers that are guaranteed to make even the most frustrated DIY-er giggle. On a more professional note, Heather also works on CROQzine, an online magazine about the crafting and indie business.