Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crafty Blog Surfin' : A New Snow-Day Guilty Pleasure

By: Annie Chamovitz

From: The Cumberland Creek Mystery Series
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Book 4 Title: A Crafty Christmas 

I don’t know about you, but here in Virginia, we are all sick of the snow. It’s not just the school cancellations, but other events have gotten cancelled—and it’s just plain difficult to get out for groceries and other items that you might need. Enough, already! 

Thank goodness that I don’t have to entertain my boys 24/7 anymore. They are getting older and enjoy alone time, for which I’m grateful. We’ve tried to instill that in our boys by not over scheduling them –like so many of their friends are. You only get one childhood. They need time to be bored, right?

Since nothing is happening in Cumberland Creek because we are pretty much snowbound,  I’m at home, too. I’ve cleaned and sorted so much that I simply can’t do it anymore. I’ve been catching up on some reading, plus I’ve discovered a new guilty pleasure—craft blogs. Ohmigoodness. These craft blogs make it look so easy to make a pom-pom rug, or a birdhouse, or a handbag out of an old sweater.  Plus they make life look so manageable and beautiful in the mean time. As long as I really don’t hold myself to their standards, I’m fine. The minute I do, I start to feel pretty inadequate. But I tend keep them in my fantasy world. There’s no way I’d ever really have the time to become a hardcore crafter—or even really much of a crafter at all. (Except for now, snowed in, but with NO craft supplies. Imagine that.) My job, kids, house, and scrapbooking keep me occupied.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, snowbound and dreaming, check out some of these fabulous crafty blogs to drool over.

A Beautiful Mess is really more than a craft blog. It’s a lifestyle blog with a great craft section.

I love Crafty Chica. She has great tutuorials.

I first found Shimelle Laine as a scrapbooker. She is absuloutely fabulous. She has some great tutorials, as well. I love her approach to scrapbooking.

The Red Thread is definitely drool worthy. It’s joining forced with another popular craft blog and will soon be gone. I’m a sucker for free those prinatables on their site.  But for now it’s still there and you can scroll and scroll and scroll. You get the picture.

I love Poppy Talk—all I can say is any craft blog that includes a rose-hibiscus body butter recipe is a-okay with me.

Check out Mollie Cox Bryan online:
Twitter: @MollieCoxBryan


  1. I am ready for the snow and ice to be done, and I am looking forward to warmer weather (though not for hot weather.... just pleasantly warm). Thank you for the crafty links. :)

  2. I hear ya! You are very welcome. Enjoy!

  3. I'm so glad a bunch of people craft home-made things, so I don't have to. Great links and AMEN to the snow. It's not bad when I am, but very near here, people are having a terrible time! Looking forward to spring, even if it does include my worst week of the year--the one after Spring Forward. Thanks for the post!

  4. Snow and cold are really bad four letter words here in Iowa! It is -6 this AM and not looking good, so I am also ready for Spring....just afraid it will go from cold to hot....that is how Iowa does things....Might be time to move....

  5. I love to look at craft books. So many possibilities. I am all thumbs and don't like to DO crafts, but looking is a lot of fun. And very fortunate to be in CA now and not snowbound!

  6. I am six hours away from my crafts. I have managed to by some yarn and needles. However, my scrapbooking, by rubber stamps and my photo scanner are all far, far away. So are my books, except for the ones I have bought where I am presently located and it is snowing outside. I don't mind the snow, but enough of this below freezing crap.

  7. I feel the same way, actually, about the snow. I don't mind it too much, usually. (But enough is enough!) But you're right--the temps are the very difficult thing to deal with. It makes everything 10 times worse.