A Little About Me

photo by Mary Hurlbut Photography

Welcome to Folk Haven!

My name is Karen. I am a stay at home mom to an active toddler boy.

This blog features my adventures in sewing and upcycling things for my son, ย friends’ children and for my Etsy shop. There may occasionally be other sorts of crafting as well.

Here also I reflect on our experiences with Attachment Parenting and all that it entails for us. We are a co-sleeping, baby wearing, extended nursing family. We are fans of Love & Logic and believe in gentle discipline.

Finally, this blog serves to document Eli’s childhood for family and friends living far away, and for Eli to look back on when he is older (’cause it has become ever so apparent that I’m quite a failure in my role as Keeper of the Babybook.)

I’m glad you’ve dropped by. Enjoy your stay and come again soon!



  1. intrepidtraveller said,

    December 29, 2011 at 8:14 am

    What lovely little creations you have made…just checked out your etsy page- that elvin hat is adorable! I will keep your site in mind for my younger cousins birthdays next years! Best of luck with the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. February 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    So finally, I headed over to check out your blog, and woman, you are way further down the blogging road than am I! I hope to learn a lot from your experience in the blogosphere. I see we’re taking on a 3rd blogging sister into our mastermind group. Looking forward to figuring out what’s next with the help of my blogging sisters. So appreciative of your insights and information! Let’s be in touch real soon!

  3. cindy said,

    February 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Hello! I found your blog from another blog in which you liked her busy bag post ๐Ÿ™‚ I am organizing a busy bag swap via US mail. Not sure if you are still interested in that type of thing. If so, please join us ๐Ÿ™‚ There are a few spots left but the sign up is closing soon ๐Ÿ™‚


    • February 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      I love the busy bag idea, and would enjoy doing this sometime in the future. My son is still quite young for this and we are so busy with other things right now I don’t have time to be preparing that far in advance. But thank you very much for taking the time to invite me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dawn said,

    February 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Karen, so pleased we’re reconnected. I’d love to link up on Facebook, Twitter or email.

  5. April 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Great stuff! I have a similar parenting style and am heavily into upcycling, so I’ll watch your blog with interest!

  6. mamacino said,

    April 30, 2012 at 2:21 am

    What a lovely blog you have. Thanks for stopping by at mamacino x

  7. Nicole said,

    May 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the like and checking out my blog : )

  8. lesliesholly said,

    May 12, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hi. Karen. Thanks for coming by and liking my blog post today! I am so impressed with the things you make. I’m not at all crafty myself–all I make is people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • May 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks for visiting me back and leaving a comment! People are the very best thing that one could ever make!

  9. Susanne Mari said,

    May 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for visiting! Love your cute yet practical craft ideas:)

  10. Steenie320 said,

    May 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Hi KAren – thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. What I love about the social media world is the people that you happen upon- I too was a baby wearer and advocate of attachment parent -I say was, only because my baby is now 6 and I can’t carry her anymore. Dr William Sears took me through it all with his wonderful books and even now I refer to them as she gets older. I carried her til she was 3 and breastfed her til she was 2 and half. Its lovely to meet like minded people. I also have to say that I LOVE your toddler jeans and am quite jealous as I would very much like a pair myself! Great to meet you, keep in touch. Cx

  11. May 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love the pic on your home page – so quiet and peaceful

  12. Jennifer said,

    May 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    very cool! awesome, awesome blog you have here! thanks for the “like”! love your ideas! (ok, could i have any more exclamation marks in my comment?!!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 1, 2012 at 7:46 am

      I’m so glad you like my little corner of the blogosphere! I often feel like I’m using a ton of exclamation points when I comment too and then I feel weird about it because I just don’t speak that way. But then the comment just doesn’t seem right without them. So the remain. Or I use happy faces. Or both! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. LubbyGirl said,

    June 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Just found this today – thanks so much for the “Like” on my recent post. Love your ideas here – especially the one for the little hashi chair/bridge/etc out of cardboard. I’m always looking for REmissionary ideas, and for stuff I can make for when my friends with kids come over (mine are grown and gone, no grandkids sad to say), or for when we do the Rent-A-Kid thing (take somebody’s kids to do something fun). So enjoyed looking around here!

    • June 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

      I’m glad you enjoy it. I hadn’t heard the term REmissionary before. Is it regional or did you coin it for your blog? Either way I like it.

  14. June 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Glad I found your blog, really like your ideas.

    • June 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

      It’s nice to “meet” you. I’m now following your blog as well. I really like reading about the cooking and exploring you do with your boys.

      • June 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Thank you, going to get my sewing machine out next week, determined to learn how to use it!

      • June 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

        Have fun! I’d love to see what you make if you post about it!

  15. June 16, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    What a fabulous idea for a blog!
    My daughter’s nearly six and I’ve been doing attachment parenting – didn’t actually realise there was a name to it, as it just happened. Apart from anything else, she loved breastfeeding!!

    • June 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

      I know what you mean. I’m sure we would be parenting the same way even if we hadn’t come across any books on the topic. Eli just responds best to “attachment” sorts of parenting practices.

      • June 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

        I think that a lot of children would but people are often constrained by other influences on their parenting, such as what their own parents did and what people around them think. That probably goes for any parenting style, though.

  16. amysworlds said,

    June 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Hey there Karen, thanks for dropping by Amy’s worlds!

  17. Molly said,

    June 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    The owl softie in your Etsy shop is super cute!!

  18. Oster's Mom said,

    July 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi. Iโ€™ve just nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Iโ€™m not sure if you participate in any of the blog awards, but I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share your site with others. See http://discoveranddevour.com/2012/07/12/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-thank-you/

    • July 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m very honored that you picked me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve stopped participating in the awards only because I’ve done them before and now I feel funny doing additional posts full of facts about me. I do appreciate the nomination, nonetheless. I’m glad you were awarded this as you really deserve it. I enjoy your blog very much!

      • Oster's Mom said,

        July 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

        Thanks, Karen! I also enjoy your blog. Have a great weekend!

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