Grown Up School Supplies with Expressionery + $250 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

You know when your kids go back to school and you’re just a little bit jealous of their shiny new school supplies?...more

Crockpot Chicken Tacos with Peach Pineapple Salsa

Have you ever had fresh Georgia peaches? They taste like nothing else! Last month, I shared a recipe for Crock Pot peach cobbler, inspired by my love of peaches grown in the south ....more

Pattern Release: Holly Jolly Stocking

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest PDF sewing pattern, the Holly Jolly Stocking! Looking for a Christmas stocking pattern that’s fat-quarter friendly and easy for beginners? This step-by-step Christmas stocking sewing pattern will guide you through making a simple lined holiday stocking with a cuff and hanging loop ....more

Etsy Giveaway from Most Precious Gift: 5 Winners!

Today we’d like to welcome Ashton Tennial, owner of the Etsy shop Most Precious Gift and newest Craft Buds sponsor! Most Precious Gift carries a variety of adorable headbands, hair bows and more! Ashton was inspired to open her Etsy shop by her three spunky little girls (5, 4, and 2) ....more

How to Print and Use PDF Sewing Patterns

Sometimes, it’s the little sewing tips and tricks that really help to get us motivated to finish that next project! Today, I’m sharing with you a little tutorial on how I like to print and use PDF sewing patterns. Unlike a paper sewing patterns, PDF patterns must be printed on your home computer and printer in order to use them ....more

Back-to-School Teacher Gift: Candy Caramel Apples

With summer coming to an end, kid-friendly recipes and activities help make going back to school more fun. These fall-inspired candy caramel apples are tasty, fun and easy to prepare—even with younger kids. Wrap a couple up in cellophane sheets with some ribbon for the perfect gift for teachers on the first day of school! ...more

Citrus and Mint Baby Quilt + Free Pattern

Do you love quick baby quilts? One of our most popular posts of all time on Craft Buds is my Quick Triangles Baby Quilt, and I was inspired by that project to design another free baby quilt pattern that’s great for beginners as well as experienced quilters looking for a weekend project! The colors of this quilt were inspired by a design seeds color palette my friends picked for their little girl’s nursery ....more

Berry Peach Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

We know that the Crock-Pot is an essential appliance for many home cooks looking to make soups, roasts, dips, and appetizers. But have you ever tried making desserts in the slow cooker? I’m excited to share my first ever recipe on Craft Buds (see Mary’s great recipe posts here!), and of course it would have to be a dessert! ...more

Adding Skirt Pockets: Tutorial and Free Pattern

Welcome to Craft Buds any new readers following along with the Skirting the Issue! If you haven’t heard, it’s a month long event over at Simple Simon & Co. and we’re happy to be a part of it! ...more

Monetize Your Craft Blog with Affiliate Ads

One of the biggest questions I hear from craft bloggers is, “How do I monetize my blog?” For those who want to make money blogging, selling ad space through an ad network like Google Ads or BlogHer is one of the more popular ways to earn income via your blog. Ad networks like Google pay a set amount based on pageviews (the number of visitors to your blog) and click-throughs (the reader clicks a banner). Of course, you can also work out deals where you sell sidebar advertising (on a monthly or yearly basis) to relevant sites, but joining an ad network is a relatively low maintenance way to start earning passive income on your blog ....more