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DIY Sensory Bins for Play Based Learning
Sensory bins are a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills and stimulate imaginative play in your little one! So today's blog post includes a plethora of ideas to create your own at home using items you may already have and others that can easily be found at your local dollar or craft store!
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts
If you have a child in school, you know the heroes our teachers have been through all the pandemic changes. They’ve constantly pivoted to make learning accessible, often thinking out of the box (like FAR out of the box) to...
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Inspiration for Your Virtual or Small Baby Shower

One of the most beautiful things we’ve been taught this past in particular, is how important community is to us all! 

In today's blog, we're showing you guys some awesome ideas for how to shower an expectant mom with love, whether in a small intimate setting or virtually! 

Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, babies - they’re part of the fabric of our lives, and some of them happen regardless of what may or may not be going on. So settle in and get inspired

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Shop Talk: Grace + Parker
We L O V E spotlighting small shops and today we have a treat for you! We asked the lovely Krystin from Grace & Parker to chat about her experience of building a business and a brand! So find a comfy chair, sit down and soak up all her wisdom on navigating the challenges of this past year, and on how to set BIG goals for your business!
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6 Easy DIY Valentine's Craft Ideas

If Valentine’s isn’t the most acceptable time to send cheesy card lines we don’t know when is ;)

So plug in that glue gun, get some scissors and tape and let's get ready to send some smiles to your loved ones ;) 

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NEW Valentine's Craft Kits!
All the LOVE is here!  Valentine’s is just around the corner and we can’t wait to celebrate and make it a special time for our kids! We’ve found that taking the time to focus on a fun craft, holiday, or project with our kids has been such a rewarding experience.
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7 Cheap Storage Hacks from the Dollar Store
FEAR NOT.  Beautiful and functional storage doesn’t have to cost you a mint. Your handcrafting business is growing, and you LOVE having all those supplies at your fingertips, but how to organize them?!  We’ve been there, done that, and have figured out some budget-friendly storage hacks. The best part?  It’s all. at. THE DOLLAR STORE.
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Cara's Favorite Christmas Books

Lights twinkle and eyes sparkleIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Step inside our home and come enjoy a few of our family favorites with us!  

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Tutorial: Christmas Tassel Garland

We have a weakness for handmade Christmas decor items (of course!) and the wood bead garland trend is giving us LIFEYour supplies for this DIY Tassel Garland are minimal and it's such a fun little craft to do. 

We suggest brewing a hot cup of coffee, turning on some Christmas tunes, and playing around with your crafting supplies ;)

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Tutorial: Peg People Dollhouse

Every mom’s dream toy for her children?
One that’s slightly less abrasive on the eyes and doesn’t make any noise :)

Follow along as we use our adorable Peg People and some unexpected Dollarama store finds to DIY a dollhouse - Fixer Upper style!

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Christmas Craft Kits & Ornament Tutorial!

We have been SO busy the last couple months getting our first ever Christmas Craft Kits ready for you, and we’re so happy to have them launch today!! Our Christmas Craft Kits are just as much fun as our standard craft kits, but with the most adorable festive color schemes - These kits are BURSTING with Christmas cheer!

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Your Handmade Shop: How to Finish 2020 Strong & Plan for 2021

As the calendar slowly scratches the dates left in 2020, one thing can be sure - 2020 was the year everything changed. From big to small shops, the fabric of business has and continues to massively change. As the year begins to close, there is never a better time to look at your strategy for your handmade business.

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Tutorial: DIY Cookie Scribe
We launched our adorable Cookie Scribe’s yesterday and we are S O pumped about them! Bakers and Dessert Makers are such a creative bunch - it makes total sense that they would want to make their own unique cookie scribes! Read more for tutorials AND recipes :)!
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Tutorial: Silicone Beaded Wristlet
Sometimes you see an idea in the crafting world and it just hits you - of course! That’s exactly what we felt when we started seeing silicone beaded wristlets! OF COURSE you want your keys on a cute silicone ring! They’re much harder to lose, easier to throw on your wrist as you wrestle a toddler out the door!
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Crafting Your Thanksgiving Table
Crisp, cool evenings & falling leaves can only mean one thing! Thanksgiving is almost here!! We love everything about celebrating Thanksgiving - a chance to rest, reflect and consider the beautiful people and blessings we have in our lives. 
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Tutorial: Play Gym Hanging Toys
If carrying a Play Gym in your shop is new or if you’re considering making one yourself, you may be curious how to make the hanging toys that define these adorable kits!
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1 Wood Play Gym - 3 Incredible Styles!
We wanted to do something fun on the blog and show you just how versatile our play gyms and accessories are. We’ve taken the same play gym and styled it three different ways!
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Back to School (Yay! / Maybe?!) in Style!
We think this bright and glittery blogpost will spark some extra joy and longing for upcoming school days!  Be encouraged by the endless possibilities and creativity you can personalize for your precious littles!
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Tutorial: Sunglasses Strand
The most adorable accessory for your kids' summer sunglasses - perfect for summer months, these sunglasses strands can get wet in the pool and are easy to wash if they get covered in sand!
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Setting & Achieving Business Goals for Your Handmade Shop
Products. Bookkeeping. Income. Growth. There’s so much to learn about starting and running your business. We’ve noticed that finding resources for running a handmade shop are hard to come by.
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Book Review: The $100 Startup
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau is a great book packed with ideas and real-world examples of individuals who developed and nurtured successful businesses with small amounts of cash and BUCKET-LOADS of passion and motivation as investment!  Just like so many of our phenomenal customers!
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