Crafting is not only a way to express my creative side, but it is also my connection to others. The variety of people that I have met through craft shows and classes, walking through fabric aisles and in online communities, has enriched my life. Crafters see a world of possibility around every corner. We see opportunity in discarded glass containers and potential in torn clothing. We are never far from a needle and thread and always carry a notebook for when inspiration hits, which it does quite often. We are do-it-yourselfers that like to dabble and make mistakes, knowing that however a project turns out, we will learn from the process. We are a group that encourages one another, that shares what we have learned, and that look out for each other.
So when my boys were born, there were two things I knew for certain (everything else was up in the air). First, I knew that I wanted to do my part to protect the natural world so that when my boys had children of their own, the Earth would still be there for them. And second, I wanted to raise hands-on boys, boys that were excited to create, to craft, and to care. And from those two goals, my eco-friendly baby business was born as well as this blog.
Over time this blog has evolved into a reflection on what it means to raise engaged and empathetic boys. And my hope is that through these reflections, we all grow - me, my boys, and this community of readers - and that we learn from one another, challenge one another, and cultivate kindness.