Welcome to Laura’s Crafty Life! My name is Laura and my focus here is to inspire you to craft a creative and well-lived life. I create simple craft projects and themed party ideas. I also share organizing tips and tricks, plus our adventures in renovating a home.
I started this blog as a personal blog but realized a lot of what I was sharing was craft projects. I decided to focus on crafts and DIY to share with all of you what I love to do most – create! I am hoping to inspire you. You CAN make beautiful things for your home, family, and friends.
I have been crafting since a young age. I used to watch all the old sewing shows on TV and recreate quilt squares to make blankets for my Barbie dolls. My mom also instilled a love of creating in me. She used to sew my clothes, designed a doll house and then a real house, plus made me Barbie clothes I still treasure. She passed away from cancer when I was only 8 years old, and that had a big impact on my childhood years growing up.
As a girl, I used to create elaborate memory books from my trips to visit relatives as a young girl. As I got older, I became very interested in paper crafting, scrapbooking, and memory keeping. I don’t have much left from when my mom was alive and I wanted to be sure to preserve as much of my story as I could for my future children.
Along with my love for scrapbooking came a love of all things creative. I love to create home decor for our home, DIY big projects around the house, and create beautiful holiday and party decor. I also have found a great love in creating free printables and digital art.
I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks to make crafting easier. I love being able to share what I have learned by being a long time crafter with all of you. It doesn’t have to be hard or intimidating to make beautiful things!
In the early 2000s, I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington and obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology.
I originally thought that I would go on to pursue my Master’s degree in genetic counseling, but life threw a few curve balls at me. I had been pursuing two bachelor’s degrees and worked part-time. I completed one and thought I would go on to finish my second Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. I was totally burned out from school, so I decided to take a break before pursuing my master’s degree.
After college, I was working as a daycare teacher and wasn’t making ends meet. I moved to Arizona to be near my parents and take a job doing medical billing. I still planned on going back to the midwest where I grew up to get my master’s degree.
Soon after moving to northern Arizona, I met my now husband, in a bar of all places! Small town life doesn’t leave many options for entertainment in your early 20s. We fell in love, got married, bought a house, and started a family. There was no going back to the midwest now! My husband and I have been married for 13 years.
We have two beautiful kids. We also have three cats and some fish. Recently we have started raising chickens, and a couple of ducks. I share much of our silly farm antics over on my personal Instagram page.
I am so grateful and blessed that I get to be a maker and do what I love. Being a self-employed business owner is a tough job, but being able to be creative each and every day has been a dream come true. My schedule is flexible enough for me to be there for my kids in a way I know I wouldn’t be able to do with a traditional job.
Being a mom is my first and favorite job of all! I definitely thought life would slow down a little bit with both kids in school, but we seem to be busier than ever. I am loving this stage in life!
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