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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Make It and Love It | Ashley Johnston
The What’s What: We love a buffet, and MIALI sure has a smorgasbord of offerings, from fashion (dolman-style shirts!), to homemade Valentines and covered buttons, to subtle fitness inspiration (if Ashley can do a 4-mile race, so can you!). Like what you see but nervous about jumping in without a little help? Some of her most popular patterns are for sale in the “Shop” section. We also love that readers can share their own creations on an open Flickr account. What’s a blog for if not sharing ideas, right?
The Mama: Despite that communal Flickr account, Ashley Johnston originally created Make It and Love It as a private website – really to pass ideas between family and friends. The mom of three toddlers (the last was a whopping 11-pounder at birth – yikes!) has moved her brood often in the last few years, from Idaho to Georgia and soon to Colorado (her hubby is finishing med school).