Top 20 Posts of 2015

I started this blog just over six years ago, and it's amazing to see all the changes and growth I've experienced through it. I'm grateful to all of you who have supported me along the way, and hope that you've enjoyed the journey as much as I have! This year has been an eventful one (especially with starting the podcast!), and I have even more exciting things to share in 2016. If you want to stay in the know, I'd love to have you join me for The Monday Maker Motivator--it's a weekly newsletter with exclusive tips and inspirations, as well as first-glimpses at upcoming projects. 

I hope that you had a fruitful and creative year! Here are the top 20 reader faves--plus a few oldies but goodies--I'd love to hear which ones you loved! 

The Maker View Podcast Episode 12 | Tarica Navorro of Kettle & Brine

Photos by Jenn Hair

Listen to Episode 12 of The Maker View in iTunes

This week's podcast episode features Tarica Navarro, an interior designer and creative director of Kettle & Brine, a modern home provisions store based out of Austin, Texas. Tarica talks about how her background as an interior designer infuses her brick and mortar store, and how she shifted gears n her career when she became a mother. Tune in to learn more about Tarica's journey and what advice she gives to anyone wanting making big business decisions. Click through for resources found in today's episode.

Taking Time for Self-Care with Caro Home

This post is sponsored by Caro Home

We’ve all heard the clichés: if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy; or put on your own oxygen mask first. They’re clichés for a reason, and these sayings are even more relevant during the holidays when every mother is on hyperdrive shopping for gifts, sending holiday cards, and preparing festive meals, while still maintaining all the everyday stuff of life. But this can lead to burnout fast. It’s hard to listen to our bodies when we’re used to plowing through feelings of not getting enough done. We shouldn’t push ourselves to do it all, and we don’t have to. I’m doing my best to hang up the holiday hustle this year (at least I’m trying to!), enjoying the moments of each occasion, and taking the time to take care of myself so I can make it through without melting down. Here are my three favorite ways to slow down and practice self-care.

Thrift Store Collector | Board Games

This post is sponsored by Goodwill SA

One of the best deals you can find at the thrift store is board games. You can easily find classic games like Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, but you can also find unique and rare vintage ones as well. We are a big board game loving family, so of course I've amassed quite the collection. Click through to see just how many I've collected (and which one are our favorites!). 

The Maker View Podcast Episode 11 | Andrea Folsom of Crafting Connections

This week's podcast episode features writer and creative Andrea Folsom of Crafting Connections. Andrea has a background as a social therapist, and is co-founder of the online magazine and community Crafting Connections. Tune in to learn more about Andrea's journey and what advice she gives to anyone wanting to live a more creative life. Click through for resources found in today's episode.

Easy Holiday Cards and Gifts with Staples

Holiday gifts for friends and family don't have to be complicated. I don't know how many years I've stayed up way too late wringing my hands over the perfect photo for my holiday card or the perfect gift that will convey just the right amount of love and meaning without breaking my budget. That's a lot of pressure to put on ourselves, isn't it? Well enough of that.

The Maker View Podcast Episode 10 | Joya Logue of Rajovilla

This week's podcast episode features artist and small business owner Joya Logue of Rajovilla. Joya has a background in the sciences, but transitioned to a creative career during her journey as a mother, and now runs a successful small business turning her one of a kind watercolor paintings into glamorous handmade clutches. Tune in to learn more about Joya's journey and what advice she gives to prospective handmade business owners. Click through for more photos of Joya's work along with resources found in today's episode.

DIY Recycled Gingerbread Village

I'm back with another fun recycled holiday craft over at PBS Parents Crafts for Kids. Stop by for the full how-to on your own DIY recycled gingerbread village.

Looking for more sustainable holiday crafts? Check out these ideas:

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The Maker View Podcast Episode 9 | Ryan Beltrán of Elequa

This week's podcast guest is Ryan Beltrán, co-founder of Elequa, an open source water movement. I recorded this episode live with Ryan out at 10BitWorks, a local hackerspace here in San Antonio, where Ryan gave me a live demonstration of Elequa's coagulator--a really cool piece of equipment he helped develop to provide sustainable clean water. Ryan also talks about his background in film and photography and how these two passions influence his work with Elequa today. Tune in to learn more about Elequa and Ryan's experience as a feature film director. Click through for a time lapse video of the coagulator and links to resources talked about in the show. 

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