Make and Takes Kids: 3rd grade boy, 1st grade girl, and preschool girl If you're a crafty type, then it's more than likely that you've already heard of Marie LeBaron and her site, Make and Takes. We've featured plenty of her clever crafts here, like this snowman kit or these St. Patrick's Day rainbow pots. Marie's site offers a wealth of crafts, DIY projects, recipes and family ideas that could keep you busy for years. Marie started her blog as a place where she could organize all her craft project and share a few "make and takes"--easy projects that produce a fun end product. Over the years, her readership has grown along with her content, and she now features work from contributors as well as reader-submitted projects. You are guaranteed to find something you like, whether it be an easy recipe, a great holiday craft or even advice on common parenting issues. Marie's endeavors have led to an exciting new opportunity, and her first book, Make and Takes for Kids: 50 crafts throughout the year, is coming out imminently. Read on to find out more about what makes Marie tick!
When did you start blogging and why? I started almost 5 years ago. I'm a former teacher and had lots of ideas over the years and a blog seemed like a perfect place to put them all in one handy place! Your site has grown immensely over the years. Did you expect to find the large online community that now follows you faithfully? I was just like anyone who starts a blog, happy to get that one comment, even if it's from Mom! So it's been fun to have my blog continue to grow and have so many faithful readers. My community is good to me! You're coming out with a book very soon! What was the most difficult part of writing it? What was the most fulfilling? The whole process of book writing has been incredibly fulfilling. It's something I've been wanting to do for years, even before the blog. From start to finish it was an adventure. I'd have to say the most difficult part of it all were the deadlines. I was in the middle of running a home and blog, and getting ready to move. So the hardest part was making time to sit down to actually do it. But once I did, the crafting and writing went smoothly and came naturally.
Do you come from a crafty family, or have your experiences in early childhood education and teaching inspired your creativity? I do come from a very creative family. Most all of my siblings are crafty, as well as my mother. She's an amazing seamstress. But I would also have to say that I developed more of a crafty side through my early childhood education. Where do you go on the internet for inspiration? Right now Pinterest is one of my favorite for ideas. There are so many creative people out there. I'll often do a search for something, like Halloween, and after viewing some of the sites featured, ideas of my own will pop into my head or I'll be reminded of a material or supply I haven't crafted with in a while.
What's the best piece of parenting advice anyone has ever given you? To take time every night before bed and talk with each of my kids, asking them about their day. I think it helps them feel validated and know that I care. It also helps open up a conversation to anything they might be extra excited or worried about. Thanks, Marie! Readers, be sure to check out all the amazing projects and ideas over at Make and Takes. (Images: Marie LeBaron) Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll now begin featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family."