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    First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality

    I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like. However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft all the things! I just haven’t been able to get…

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    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…

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    30 Crafty Projects to Complete Before I’m 30

    Happy birthday to me!  I’m turned 29 years old today, and as hard as it is for me to believe, in 365 days I’ll be hitting the milestone of the big three-oh.  I’ve explored many crafty areas in the past, but there are many projects I’ve been dreaming about. I’ve made it my goal to complete 30 projects on my to-do list to complete before I turn 30.  Crazy?  Maybe!  But with 365 days to go, I essentially will need to complete a project once every 12 days.  It could be possible!  I’ll be tracking my progress here on Craftcore. Here is my to-do list for the upcoming year, organized by…