With a new house and a new baby on the way, Erika Buckley found herself excited for the future, yet worried how parenthood would affect her sense of self. "It seemed like all the things had I kept putting off (writing more, trying to make a career in something more creative...) were suddenly in danger of evaporating before they ever had a chance to start," she says. But after a realization that many of the bloggers she follows and loves are moms, she decided to start Yay For Handmade! while awaiting the arrival of Baby Boy Buckley in June.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Kate Bowler/DomestikatedLife
Hallmark usually gets all the credit when it comes to Valentine's Day, but — rather than focus on commercialization — local lifestyle blogger Kate Bowler of DomestiKated Life instead celebrates all things handmade: the giddiness we all experienced as schoolchildren, trading homemade cards in paper desk-side mailboxes; the sweetness of spontaneous romance and friendship and all things pink and heart-shaped.
So, when we found out that Kate was co-hosting a "Girls Night In" DIY workshop this Saturday with west elm Fenway, we just had to sit down with her to pick her brain for this week's Maker Moment. Read on to find out how Kate earned her glitter-glued stripes in all things crafting, as well as how to grab a spot at her event — where she’ll be teaching the sewing technique for created stitched felt hearts for pins, sachets, etc. (shown above) while lucky students nosh on complimentary Valentine’s Day cupcakes from Boston bakery Sweet.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Christine Koh
Master multitasker takes on a whole new meaning when talking about Christine Koh of Medford, a violinist and brain scientist turned graphic designer, blogger, and author. Not only is this mother of two girls one of the top ranked "mom bloggers" on the Internet, through her popular local parenting blog BostonMamas.com (as well as a sought-after consultant to some of the biggest consumer brands in the country), she continuously inspires her friends and followers by finding the time to keep fit and craft — even during the holidays! — on top of her successful career. If you're hunting for that elusive work-life balance, Koh seems to have the roadmap.
With her new book Minimalist Parenting, co-authored with Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks, now on shelves, we sat down with the force of nature herself to find out what drives her to make stuff and make time for it all — including how she manages to take Thursday afternoons completely off from work for quality DIY time with her older daughter, Laurel — in this week's Maker Moment.FULL ENTRY
Photos: Lei Ann Resurreccion
In the crafting community, when crisis strikes we know exactly what to do: we make things & sell them to raise money for the cause.
In this week's Maker Moment, we're excited to introduce local fashion blogger, acupuncturist, Kung Fu instructor, avid DIY-er, and all-around Renaissance woman Lei Ann Resurreccion, who recently picked up her needles & hooks in epic fashion to make dozens of handmade baby hats as a fundraiser for the Philippines. Tomorrow in Watertown, Resurreccion will be selling her "woodland creatures" crochet baby beanies at the 3rd Annual Mount Auburn Club Holiday Fair for a $20 to $30 suggested donation — with 100% off the proceeds going to Typhoon Haiyan relief.
Want to learn more about this selfless local maker? Read on.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Instacraft/Ulysses Press
If you're new to crafting, one of the most intimidating factors and obstacles to getting started can be collecting the right tools for the job — not to mention learning the techniques.
Using simple items from around your house, craft store supplies, skills possessed by anyone who's passed 3rd grade, and — surprise! — no fancy tools, author Alison Caporimo has put together a project guide full of 5-minute DIYs with her new book InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More (Ulysses Press, 2013).
Maker Moment: Crafting to build community with pastor, lobbyist, and bike-commuting yogi Reverend Laura Everett
Photo: Leise Jones PhotographySometimes it can be difficult to comprehend seeing mentors or authority figures out of context — running into your company CEO at the gym, or seeing your dentist in a reenactment costume on Patriot's Day — but Reverend Laura Everett transcends her role in the clergy and as executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, seamlessly blending her maker and mentor lives by using crafting to build community.
A young, hipster religious leader big on bike commuting, yoga, sustainability and social media, Reverend Everett uses canning and other hobbies to connect with her congregation, her larger community in Jamaica Plain, and Bostonians at large, tapping into that deep vein of self-sufficiency and Yankee ingenuity inherent in New Englanders.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Mark Craig
As a hearty New Englander, Andrea Williams grew up learning the names of plants and animals native to the Maine shores. Her inlaid stone and metalwork jewelry is grounded and breathtaking, like that Atlantic coast. Her line, Bound Earth, is based in her belief that jewelry isn't just a status symbol to raise us up, but can instead bring us closer to nature, the place where the materials come from. Check it out in person at CraftBoston today and tomorrow.FULL ENTRY
Covered with bright colors, playful patterns, and images of fauna of all types, you can't help but feel happy when looking at Hannah Niswonger's pottery. Born into a family of printmakers, quilters, knitters, and painters, it's no wonder the joy of craft comes through in Hannah's work. We caught up with the Winchester resident for an interview before today's CraftBoston show opens:
About the Authors
Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
|Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »|