1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Let’s see. I’m a full time engineer and a mother and a wife who too often gets too caught up in being an engineer, a mother and a wife! I’d prefer to watch Pride and Prejudice while balancing a bowl of strawberries and a jar of Nutella on my stomach, but since that can’t be every night, I’d figure I’d better find a slightly more productive hobby. My blog is where I share what I do when I’m not zoned out in front of the tv at night.
2.How and when did you start crafting?
I’ve been making things and drawing things and designing things since I was a little girl. My parents took me to an open house festival once and I came home and designed my own subdivision of homes, floor plans and all! I don’t know when I moved into crafting,since that encompasses so much, but I would build things out of Legos and whatever else I had around. I learned how to sew way back inmiddle school, but didn’t really get into it until college when I made my first pillow.
3.How often do you craft?
Ha, that depends on my mood and the amount of work that needs to be done around the house. The more chores to do, the more I want to hide in my craft room and work on something. Other days, I just want to curl up on the couch and do nothing at all. Hmm, I guess that means I never really want to do chores!
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
I usually get motivated because there’s something I want but can’t buy, or can’t afford (same thing). Then I look around on the internet and use images I see to inspire a solution. I like going to bed with a creative problem and spending those quiet minutes before falling asleep on brainstorming ideas, although I never seem to remember to have a pad of paper nearby, so I have to recreate my thought processes in the morning!
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
I think I like paper. I’m not very good at sewing, even though I think the possibilities are endless there. But I seem to do ok with paper – drawing or designing a graphic, folding origami or playing scrapbook – the possibilities are pretty endless with paper too.
6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Going to my local grocery store and getting the “medium” (which is huge) ice cream cone. Or watching
a West Wing marathon…again.
7.What makes you smile?
My son’s antics, his giggles and his temper tantrums when he gets sooo dramatic and falls on the floor like the sky is falling, even though it’s only because he has to wait a whole 2 minutes for dinner.
8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
I love to read! I want to say I love to read GOOD books, but my reading history will prove that I will read
whatever child/teenage trend (magic? vampires?) out there as well as classics, cheesy historical romance, or serious non-fiction.
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As a crafty busy mom of 5, my Etsy business is my way of feeding my frenzied fabric/craft supply addiction and getting my designs out of my head and into real life.
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