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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The Southern Institute | Jenny
The What’s What: The Southern Institute might sound like some sort of south of the Mississippi think tank, but it’s actually a casual, communal affair. We love the weekly link party that Jenny has coined “Creative Me Monday,” where readers can link to their projects as well as their blogs. This is also a place where true DIY-beginners can go to dip their toes into the crafty waters, with simple yet stylish ideas, like a tank dress or reusable snack bag (more eco- and wallet-friendly than its plastic cousin).
The Mama: Jenny isn’t a Southerner or a crafter by birth but started sewing and DIY-ing a few years ago while reading blogs similar to the one she now helms. Because her background isn’t in “the biz,” Jenny’s tutorials and recipes are simple enough for even the most craft-impaired mom to follow.