Category: Homemaking

How to Use Craftsy As a Learning Resource

Craftsy is an online video-based class provider in the crafting niche. It’s a great learning resource! This post will show you how to use Craftsy as a learning resource to help prepare you to be an excellent wife, mother, and homemaker (if that’s not your aim, you may have landed on the wrong blog ~ but go ahead and read the post. It’s adaptable!).
Hint: No learning budget? No problem. Read the post anyway. It’s for you too!
How to Use Craftsy As a Learning Resource
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First, a little more about Craftsy.
Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes on sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, cake decorating, photography, cooking, baking, drawing, painting, embroidery, jewelry, paper crafting, woodworking, gardening, weaving, spinning, and more.
You can build knowledge and skills in homemaking basics with cooking and baking classes, pursue special homemaking interests with topics like sewing, knitting, and gardening, and round out your personal development with topics like drawing and woodworking.
Here’s how. 🙂

Take Online Video Classes

The obvious. 🙂 Like I said, Craftsy offers HUNDREDS of classes. Some are Craftsy classes, some are third-party classes.
You can view all classes here and filter by topic and price range. Prices range from $.9.99 to over $100. Class sales are common so if you simply can’t swallow the price of a class you want to take, be patient and vigilant. It may eventually come around to a price you can handle. 🙂
Major categories of interest:
When viewing individual class categories, you can also filter by skill level and other factors. Yay!
Classes vary but each class page offers a ton of information about the class: what it includes and what to expect (including reviews!). Once you purchase a class, it’s in your “class library” and you can view it at any time.  Some classes are also available as DVDs. Clicking “DVD” under “Format” on the class page will show you more information about the class in DVD format. 
Hint: try a free class (more info below) first to make sure your device can handle the class videos.


Take Free Classes

Yes, free! They’re “mini” classes but do teach and are also a good way to test out the Craftsy system to see if it’s for you.
Some highlights:

Complete Knife Skills Cooking Class

Sew Ready: Machine Basics Sewing Class

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills Quilting Class


Use Craft Patterns

You can use patterns to learn new techniques or to help you with skill-building projects. Some patterns are free!
On the All Patterns page you can filter by category, skill level, price, and more.
Pattern pages for specific skills offer even more filtering options:
Patterns are digital downloads from Craftsy and from other sellers/designers. Pattern pages contain lots of information, including reviews.

Use Project Kits

Project Kits can make conquering something new easier. Instead of spending your time and energy on finding all the right materials for your project, you can just jump right in and focus on learning new skills.
Here’s the project kits page where you can filter by category (i.e. craft), project type, and price level.
You can also shop for kits in individual skill sections, such as sewing, which gives you more filtering options.
Hint: There are kits under $10.

Use Craft supplies

How do you learn from supplies? Well, mostly you learn from supplies by using them. You learn to crochet by crocheting, you learn to sew by sewing, etc. Any supply source (such as Craftsy) can help you do that! Craftsy‘s supplies include fabric, yarn, sewing tools and notions, and cake decorating supplies.
You can also learn a lot about a craft simply by browsing supplies (as well as books, patterns, and classes) and reading their descriptions. It’s a great way to:
Figure out if it’s something you want to pursue
Get started by learning about the materials and tools used
Build your knowledge about materials and tools when you can’t afford books or classes
Learn what’s on the market (which is important knowledge in itself) and it’s relative quality and usefulness

Read the Blog

Craftsy also has a blog which includes informational posts on all of Craftsy‘s topics (sewing, knitting, gardening, woodworking, etc. ).


Get Ideas for Your Next Projects

Craftsy offers lots of ideas, including member’s projects, to inspire you. You can even keep track of ideas you like by adding them to your favorites.
You can find “Ideas” under each category’s main page (i.e. Quilting, Sewing, Knitting).

Download Free  Guides

Free, downloadable, Craftsy exclusive how-to guides. Need I say more?

Have you used Craftsy in any of these ways? What are you going to do next?





A Home of My Own

I wrote this on an old blog almost exactly ten years ago.  Looking it over, I don’t see any reason to force my older self to add commentary to it, even though it’s so short (I wasn’t a blogger by trade back then so I didn’t pay attention to word count!).


Here you go . . .  my thoughts on “a home of my own!”


A Home of My Own



I want a home of my own. I really want a home of my own. Though I am content and happy, and I’d rather live here at home than anywhere in the world, I want a home of my own.

Sometimes my desire is just that natural desire every woman possesses. Sometimes it’s because I want to run a house my way. Sometimes I am lonely, and want a friend and companion who belongs to me more than he belongs to anyone else. Sometimes I have had an encounter with one of my mother’s threadbare dishtowels, which she will not throw away!

I have long known it is my duty to be faithful where I am, to take up the duties that present themselves to me now rather than just longing for something else in the future. I learned that as a teenager and have been reminding myself of it ever since. The other day I opened my Bible and my eyes fell on this verse–and only this verse–and it drove the nail of realization in even deeper.

And if ye have not been faithful

in that which is another man’’s,

who shall give you that which is your own?

Luke 16:12







P.S. My mother is not a packrat. She just likes to get all the use possible out of a dish towel. 😉 I like to turn them into “cleaning rags” a little sooner than she does. Now I just ask for permission when I think it’s time. Problem solved!


Someday . . .

Looking forward to finding love? Having a home of your own? Being the bride? Someday . . .? Read this!

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The Three Basic Methods of Storing and Organizing Recipes

If you don’t already have a recipe collection, someday you will. While many of the recipe you use may be in cookbooks, you’ll likely have at least some that aren’t: gifts, your own creations, magazine clippings, etc.


The Three Basic Methods of Storing and Organizing Recipes


There are many ways to store and organize recipes, but only three main types of storage (unless you just, you know, toss them somewhere, but this is about organized storage). Switching from one to another isn’t necessarily easy, especially as your collection grows, so put some thought into what basic strategy is best for you before you try to figure out the details.

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Definitions: Order #1


Regular arrangement; any methodical or established succession or harmonious relation; method; system.


Source: A 1913 dictionary

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How and Why We Sift Flour (micro post)

Ever wonder why we sift flour? Or if there’s a method to it? Find out in this article from Craftsy


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Definitions: Management #2


The act or art of managing; the manner of treating, directing, carrying on, or using, for a purpose . . . .


Source: A 1913 dictionary.

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Definitions: Management (#1)


Using resources to achieve goals.


Source: I remember this as the definition of management given in the textbook for my home management course in college.


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Definitions: Protector (#1)


One who, or that which, defends or shields from injury, evil, oppression, etc.


Source: A 1913 dictionary

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P.S. Isn’t is a beautiful thought that the husband, as protector of the wife (and, of course, of the family as a whole), shields her from injury, evil, and oppression?


Definitions: Nutrition #2


In a more limited sense, the process by which the living tissues take up, from the blood, matters necessary either for their repair or for the performance of their healthy functions.


Source: A 1913 dictionary.

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