Welcome to CHILDMADE!

Hi! My name is Sheri, and welcome to Childmade! This site is my outlet for rebelling against the fact that I have to deal with computers all day long during the week, when I'm really an artist at heart.

Here you will find a wide variety of fun and interesting things to do with your child, for your child, or even by yourself for yourself! Creativity begins when we're a child with our first drawing that mom hangs on the fridge, or our first playdoh dinosaur that dad displays on his desk, but it never really leaves us, does it? The creative child in us simply looks for bigger and better projects.

I'm a work-at-home mom looking to fulfill my need for a creative outlet. My young son is a real trooper about playing along with my crafty endeavors, and will generally offer a sincere appreciation when I show him what I've come up with lately. Usually he'll even give it a try himself, and it's always a thrill for me to watch him add his own creativity to the project. I have more ideas than I have time, and the problem is just magnified when I see all the great ideas being posted on some of my favorite blogs.

On my tutorials blog, you will find a wide assortment of projects of my own design, plus some that I found that I just wanted to give a try. A few of the ideas are discoveries, but the majority are originals that I designed myself. I tend to wander around somewhat aimlessly in my creativity, so there's a bit of a variety, and my ideas are usually catered more towards children. Though some of my designs might seem a little tough for young children, I've learned over the years that generally kids would rather make something more significant, even if they can't do it well, than make something that will probably be thrown in the trash in a week.

One of my first crafting loves is to make something out of trash. Spent light bulbs, soup cans, bottle caps, etc. are free and can all be found in abundance -- two aspects that have always been critical to the workshop I help coordinate at my church. And when free isn't an option, the dollar stores have come in at a close second in providing the base materials. You'll find a lot of both in my craft designs.

But it seems the left and right sides of my brain are always competing, so while the right side is driving the crafty activities, the left side is trying to do it in a logical manner. I love to surf the net for inspiration, but I found my list of bookmarks was getting too big to manage in a practical way. So my logical side jumped in and suddenly my home page was born (plus I got to learn a little web design in the process.) There you'll find a huge selection of inspirational ideas with links to articles and tutorials for all sorts of projects. I hope you'll check it out. You're bound to find something you like.

On my blog, you'll find a weekly summary of the 10 most popular links from my home page that were added that week. It's a great way to keep up on current stuff without getting bombarded with too much information.

While you're visiting, add your own creative links to the perpetual link party. It's very simple, just like a typical link party. Link to your specific post (not your site), then select your best photo to showcase -- first impressions are everything! With your submission, you'll get instantly listed under the "View by Site" link, which will show all of your submissions for your site. You also get to assign search tags to your link, to help others to find it. Take a look -- you might find a few of yours there already. If you don't have any of your own crafts to link, take a minute to check out what others have submitted.


As I watch the history to see what people are searching for, I am amazed at the number of people that are looking for off-season craft ideas -- like Christmas crafts in January! And categories like Teacher Appreciation which are never off-season. I hate the thought of some of these wonderful ideas getting lost or overlooked just because they're a few months old.

Give it try! I can't wait to see all your crafty projects!

I'd love to hear your feedback about the site, too -- even the bad stuff. Afterall, I can't improve it if I don't know what would make it better.

Enjoy! And thanks for visiting!

19 comments:

  1. What a fun site! Thanks for linking my craft! That made my day :)

    I'm becoming a follower right now!

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  2. Thanks for the sweet comments and for linking my baby skates & hairdo hat. I LOVE what your doing with this - I totally agree with all your points! I'm now a follower too:)

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  3. What a great site. Have only just discovered it - and the fact that there is a project of mine included here. Thanks! There is tons of great ideas here - much better than my own bookmarking system. It'll take me hours to go through it all. Really cool!

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  4. Great site, thanks for visiting my blog and linking up my mini PB tree project! :)

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  5. I am soooo thrilled to have found your site! This will now be my #1 go-to place for inspiration. I blogged about your site today, and though I don't have a huge readership, I'm hoping it will drive some traffic your way. Thank you so much for doing this. :)

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  6. Hi there! What a great idea! Thanks for visiting and linking up a few of my projects :)

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  7. Thanks for such a great site. So many inspirations !

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  8. Thanks for adding my activity! Just found your blog today and I love the search possibilities! :)

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  9. I just found your site through your link to my project. I am so excited to find another site that really enjoys creating HANDMADE items and sharing the ideas.

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  10. I love your blog and I just added it to my list of high-profile blogs that feature craft tutorials, party ideas and Etsy shops. Feel free to come by if you want!

    HowSweeterItIs

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  11. thank you so much for linking to my tin can lantern project. i just lost a good 45 minutes reading all your great links! i am a fan!

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  12. Such a pleasant surprise, thank you so much for adding my links to your blog!

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  13. Hi there! Thank you for including my tutorial :)) I'm very appreciative!

    xo,
    Tracy/Creme de la Gems

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  14. Brilliant idea and it is a great resource. Thank you! New Follower! Hope to see you at True Aim :)

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  15. many thanks !! your blog is very interesting...thanks for sharing greats ideas...!!
    besitos andaluces

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  16. Hi' my sun ask's if there is practising wsomewere

    Tnx.

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  17. It's really good for me to make with my son!

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  18. Hi Sheri,
    I know we have never met before but you are now my new best friend. Love your site and can't wait to try all the wonderful crafts with my 2 children. Thanks Lisa

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  19. Hey Sheri!!!
    Fantastic, can't believe you've done all this! I am only eleven but I've done ALL these things with the kids I babysit, they loooove these ideas, specially the water balloon flip flops... So cool and can't wait for more!!
    Love to all,
    Emi

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