Welcome to Molly Makes Do:  A place to walk together, learning to live the life you want by making the best of the life you've been given.

I am a wife and a mother.  I am a multiple miscarriage survivor.  I am a artist, a crafter, a reader and a gardener.  I am a Catholic.  I am a passionate homemaker with outside job.  I am a dedicated educator of my children, who uses public education.

I hope to see you here on this journey.

I would love to hear about your blog, contribute writing or hear about a product to promote.  You can contact me at mollymakesdo at gmail dot com.


  1. Molly,
    Nice to meet you. I found your blog via Ravelry. We are similar in many ways, although my 3 children are already grown. We live on a farm in California and grow much of our own food. I work as a library media tech at a school not far from our home.


  2. I think your blog is Super Sweet so I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging award. Click on the link for instructions. Congratulations!!! http://notyouraveragezoe.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/supersweet-blogger-award

  3. Molly,
    I really enjoy your blog. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can check it out here.

  4. Oh! I knit an eight foot long Dr. Who son for my son when he was about 13. Now the younger one is a huge Dr. Who fan at 13 too!

  5. Hi Molly,

    I somehow came across your blog through a Twitter link to your AMAZING post "Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know." Now after reading some of your more recent posts I just wnated to tell you what a wonderful blog you have. I will be back!

    A couple things: can I put a link to the above-mentioned post in my blog "The Fun Librarian?' Of course I will give proper credit. Also, would you mind telling me what font you use for the text of your posts? And size? It is perfect.

    I just added you to my Favourites - looking forward to more good reads? Oh, by the way, I love your approach to the colouring on the walls. I wish I had had that outlook when my children were little. I do a lot of laughing now, but then, I'm not so sure. I guess that't the point - years down the road, will this matter to me?

    All the best!

    1. Please do share! I never thought a list of books from my bookshelves would strike a chord with so many people!

      I believe the text font is Trebuchet size 12px via blogger.

      In my defense, there was a lot more cursing of the husband for not cleaning up the wallart than I care to admit ;)

  6. Aww I love that you are into Doctor Who! <3

    1. Only the finest of nerdings here =)

  7. Molly,
    Found you on Catholic All Year, and was delighted to read that you're an Iowan! I'm originally from Cedar Rapids, but am now living in the middle of nowhere Minnesota (God's second favorite state). I'm also a Catholic and so happy to hear that you are too: congrats and welcome! I'll look forward to reading more of your posts.
    God bless!
    PS: Not into Dr. Who, but saw that Jane Eyre made the list of Girls My (Theoretical) Daughter Should Know. I definitely approve.

    1. Thanks for visiting! I love Minnesota too - spent a lot of time in the Northern part growing up! After rereading Jane Eyre a few months ago I'm even more in love with that book than ever!

  8. I found you on Carrots for Michaelmas. I live in Iowa, in Spencer. Where are you? I haven't found many other IA Catholic bloggers... Although I do know Laura, who posted above me!

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  10. Dear Molly,
    Pleased to meet you. I chanced upon your blog via Little House in the Suburbs blog and immediately looked at your book list of Books for Girls. Being a self-proclaimed book nut and the mother of two daughters, (ages 19 and almost 25), I was delighted to see the following on your list: The Chronicles of Prydain, which I read to them much earlier than they would have been able to read themselves, and the Wee Free Men series by Terry Pratchett. Oh my goodness, you had me at "Crivens!" I was a young girl when Harriet the Spy was published and it was a favorite of mine. Thanks for what you are doing and I look forward to following your blog-full of ideas and suggestions. Best wishes to you and your family.

  11. I would love to have you read my eBook - No Christmas for Olivia


    No Christmas for Olivia

    Today through Monday, October 11 - 14, the first book of my second eBook series is free! I know you will love reading about how Olivia learns the true meaning of Christmas.

    If you are thinking of a book for a gift this year - No Christmas for Olivia would be a good one! Download it, read it, share it, but most of all, Enjoy it!

    In the story, Olivia is hurt and angry that her family is going to visit Aunt Fran in Phoenix over Christmas vacation. It means there will be no trip to the tree farm to cut a Christmas tree. Her beloved decorating traditions will go out the window. And absolutely no snow on Christmas Eve! Olivia decides to skip Christmas this year. Her parents can make her go to Arizona but they can't make her enjoy the holidays! Follow Olivia out to Phoenix as she learns the true meaning of Christmas.

    Mary Ellen Shea Clifford

    Link to the Holiday Series:

  12. I would love to have my eBooks on your Amazon list. They are written for young teens to share with their mothers, sisters, aunts and best friends.

    For the next few days - December 16-20 the first book in the Holiday Series, "No Christmas for Olivia" is free.

    This giveaway is a celebration of my first Internet interview which is featured on:


    Merry Christmas - enjoy the free eBook. Mary Ellen


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