Interview: Stitched by Crystal

I’ve aged. It’s sad, but true. Though I like to pretend like I am a 20-something, I am a 30-something. What does that have to do with today’s interview? Lately I have met some very young bloggers who are so impressive that I just sit back and wish I had been as put together as they are. Today’s featured blogger Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, is just that kind of girl…

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I feel a little silly “introducing” you to Crystal. She won so many of the challenges this season, I think you all know exactly who she is!

Here are a few of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season.

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DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11

And yesterday she shared her AMAZING upcycled kids art station.

Anyway….Let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Stitched by Crystal

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am mom to a two year old boy and one year old girl and wife to an awesome and supportive husband.  I work part time as an occupational therapist in a large acute care hospital and in my free time I like to craft.  I started my blog in 2011 to document the things I make, it is mostly sewing, quilting, and crafts for my kids.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a little girl.  Both of my parents are creative, my mom paints and sews and my dad does wood working.  My mom taught me to sew when I was young and I have loved it ever since.

How often do you craft?

I craft pretty much every day.  I am and early bird and my kids like to sleep in, you can usually find me at my sewing machine early in the mornings before they wake.  I think crafting keeps me sane, it is how I like to spend my free time and helps me distress.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. Often times I will see something I like in a store and think “I could make that!”  I am always looking at clothing in the stores to see how it was constructed and then recreating something similar at home.  I also like to take things I already have or things I find in thrift stores and use them to make something new.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Fabric!  I love sewing and I LOVE fabric. I have a huge collection of fabric in my craft space and am always buying new stuff.  My husband just rolls his eyes when I come home with another bag from the fabric store or a new shipment of fabric shows up on our doorstep.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would like to learn more about graphic design.  My computer skills are pretty basic and that is one area I would really like to grow.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say eating sugary snacks.  I try to limit my kids sugar intake but I am always sneaking Twizzlers and Skittles when they aren’t around!  I also enjoy some trash TV every now and then.

What makes you smile?

My kids.  It is so fun to watch them grow and develop their own little personalities.  They keep me giggling and smiling all day.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

I love spending time with my family. My favorite times are just lazy days at home with no agenda and nothing we need to get done. I also enjoy swimming, I swam competitively when I was younger and now I enjoy taking my kids to the pool in the afternoons.

How do you stay organized?

Being organized has never really been a strong suit of mine.  I usually have a huge mess in my craft room and 4 or 5 crafts going at once.  I try my best to keep organized with a calendar and to do list on my phone so things done on time, but mostly I just fly by the seat of my pants.

What blogger do you look up to?

That is a hard question, there are so many great bloggers out there!  I really admire Lindsay from The Cottage Mama. She has great style. I love her blog and clothing patterns and she is incredibly sweet. I am also always blown away by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional, she makes the most adorable clothes for her girls, her cookie decorating is out of this world and she throws amazing parties!

Wow. Thanks Crystal!

Don’t leave yet! I am sharing a few of my favorite Stitched by Crystal projects.

 Stitched by Crystal Projects

Old Skirt to Beach Bag | Embroidered Pencil Case | Bunny Treat Bags | Floor Poof

 Kids Baking Busy Book | Dino Hat

 

Interview: Oh So Shabby

My goodness. I feel a little bit like today’s interviewee needs no introduction…

Lynda Oh So Shabby

With five wins this season, Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has won half of the weekly challenges hosted on the site. Incredible!

I thought we’d recap Lynda’s Season 17 wins really quickly.

Oh So Shabby ProjectsOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Rapunzel Pumpkin | Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Seriously. This girl is amazing.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a very proud mother of three girls, 10, 9 and 7 and a wife of an amazing man named Ryan.

I have run my own business for the last 18 years, but my true passion is designing, crafting, sewing, and anything creative I can get my hands on.  y favorite is repurposing. My passion reared its head late in life, actually only about 2 years ago and I am completely obsessed. I am looking forward to many more years of creating ahead of me.

How and why did you start crafting?

A friend of mine introduced me to her handmade jewelry. I had never done ANYTHING creative in my life, but for some reason a little voice inside my head said, “I can do that.” I am not sure why, but it did…

I went on YouTube and learned how to make jewelry. That was the beginning of my obsession of all things creative.

How often do you craft?

At least 3-4 times per week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I do get some inspiration on Pinterest but I really try to sit quietly and come up with my own ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love painting and repurposing old furniture with Chalk Paint, Glazes and waxes.  Paint can make anything look pretty.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d love to be a better sewer. I can basically sew a straight line but that is about it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love roller coasters and anything thrilling.  I have also gone sky diving several times.

What makes you smile?

Spending time with my hubby and three little angels.  And a fully finished redecorated room done with my own hands.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

I have started a women’s social group in my neighborhood.  I love connecting with people and there is nothing more enjoyable that a bond with a true friend.

How do you stay organized?

I called the way I organize, organized chaos. I am not either very organized or a total disaster.  If you walk through my house it looks pretty neat, but do NOT look in the closets!!

What blogger do you look up to?

Mandi, from Vintage Revivals, rocks my world and I love the optimistic positive nature of Lauren, from The Thinking Closet.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Lynda! Now, a chance for me to share a few of my favorite Oh So Shabby posts…

First, you cannot miss the princess bedroom Lynda created for her daughter. It’s not just a pretty room, it’s chock full of amazing furniture upcycle projects. Go, go, go!

Princess Room

One of the stunning items in the room is this amazing chaise lounge

Upcycled Chaise LoungeShe’s also created a fun how-to for this cute ruffle valance

Ruffle ValanceOh my gosh. Tell me these little guys aren’t the cutest? Squash birds.

Squash birdsAnd maybe just go and check out her before and after page. It’s AMAZING!

Interview: Ariean, One Krieger Chick

Today I am excited to share an interview with one of my favorite bloggers, Ariean, from One Krieger Chick.

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When Ariean completes a project is wow. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look back at some of the SYTYC Season 17 Challenges Ariean won.

She picked up her first win with her bathtub to sofa project.

Bathtub to Sofa {3}

 

She also picked up a win for her kid-friendly Halloween candy dispensers.

Halloween Candy Dispenser

So fun!

I am looking forward to sharing a few of my favorite One Krieger Chick projects with you today, but first let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Ariean, One Krieger Chick

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started OneKriegerChick in the Fall of 2012. I had been addicted to blogs for years and my sister kept telling me I could blog too.  So, one day, on a whim with phone in hand, OneKriegerChick was born.

I use OneKriegerChick as a way to hold myself accountable for accomplishing projects around the house..It’s working!  Also, I want to encourage women who feel they are un-crafty  to see how simple crafting and DIY can be.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting as long as I can remember.  My mom is the craftiest woman I know.  I grew up working alongside her…sewing, painting, cooking, building. When I was twelve, I saved my babysitting money to purchase a dollhouse kit and built the entire thing by myself. That was just the beginning of my lifelong love of Interior Design and DIY…

How often do you craft?

Daily…Typically I have multiple projects going on at the same time and am always trying to finish something.  I try to craft during naptime, but sometimes my boys join in on the project too!

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I always feel I have too many ideas and never enough time.  My mind is brimming with ideas!  Naptime is never long enough.  I go shopping or look at magazines, but I especially love going to auctions, barn sales or flea markets.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Old stuff…I love to repurpose objects.  There’s just something about taking an old, discarded item and bringing it back to life in a new way.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

Photography or power tools.  I took classes on both in college, but that was so long ago…I need a refresher course!  I would love to have amazing photos of my boys and also the ability to teach them how to build alongside me.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Hands down…Sonic Peanut Butter Fudge shakes. Darn the half price shakes!  I’ve had to limit myself to one per week this Summer.  I actually buy a large size so I can freeze half for the next day.

What makes you smile?

My three little boys…Especially when they first wake up with bright eyes and funny hair and just want to snuggle.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Besides spending time with my family, I love to read.  I’ve been in a Book Club for eleven years (longer than I’ve known my husband!)

How do you stay organized?

Ha…Ha…I don’t.  I go in phases…some weeks are better than others.  Most days, I’m just trying to stay above water.

What blogger do you look up to?

There are a few, but Myra from My Blessed Life has been a favorite for years.  She is one of those women who radiates beauty inside and out.  I admire her grace, mothering and design style and have always thought she would be my ideal neighbor…We could cook and DIY while our boys play!

THANKS SO MUCH ARIEAN!

Here are a few of my favorite One Krieger Chick projects…

One Krieger ChickDIY Entertaining Caddy | Crockpot Chicken Salad | Laminated Fabric Cushion Covers | Fabric Scrap Wreath | Mason Jar Light Fixture | Snowflake Wreath

Interview: Michelle, Delicate Construction

A few weeks ago while I was traveling, I bugged up my posts and the interview I had planned didn’t get posted the way it should have. I am making up for it today and I think you will agree, that this crafter’s interview was well worth the wait!

Today, I have the opportunity to introduce you to a blog/blogger who’s website url is one of my very favorite – Michelle, from Delicate Construction. Delicate Construction…Why couldn’t I come up with such a lovely, memorable name?!

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Michelle’s Season 17 projects were all amazing – this was a hard group to compete with…

Perhaps my favorite project was her super-cool wood shim wreath.

Wood Shim WreathI can’t wait to create one and put my own spin on it…

And now, on to the interview…

Interview: Michelle, Delicate Construction

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

My name is Michelle and I am a wife to an amazing hubby named Wade, mommy to a feisty red headed 3 year old named Avery, and full time caregiver to a 23 year old with Fragile X and Autism named Scott who has become like family. My blog is my place to share all things crafty, frugal, and domestic while connecting with other amazing ladies taking a similar journey.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have always been creative, but I did not hit my crafting groove until I became a Wife and then a Mom. Scott started living with us when I was 6 months pregnant and so in a few months our family had doubled in size which changes priorities. I had the same interest in creating and shopping but a much smaller budget, I was determined to not let that stop me and take it as a new challenge. If I want something bad enough, I will make it happen, even if it takes some hot glue and nails.

How often do you craft?

Daily, sometimes when I do not even mean to! Just the other day, I was putting something away in my craft room and in the next second I was sitting at the sewing machine putting together some pillows. Crafting is my outlet; I try to make time for it every day.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I find inspiration all around me, mostly in things that I need or want for my home or family. If a wall is looking bare, I will start brainstorming ideas, which generally leads to many others that are completely unrelated. I write it all down. When I am in a funk, I go back to that journal and look for something that peaks my interest to kick start my creativity.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Lately, I love woodworking. I got a saw for my birthday last year and I have been having a blast cutting, creating and building various signs, wall hangings and accessories. But, in all honesty, I haven’t met a medium I don’t like.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would love to master sewing, while I can do the basics, I would love to be able to create elaborate outfits, curtains, slipcovers and more!

What is your guilty pleasure?

90 calorie anything; granola bars, brownies, whatever, eaten in our bathroom or my bedroom so I don’t have to share.

What makes you smile?

The feeling of accomplishment; whether it is the satisfaction of a project coming out the way I desired, my daughter enjoying a craft or game I created for her or my husband appreciating a home cooked meal done perfectly.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Couponing! I fall somewhere between a normal couponer and an extreme couponer. I love a deal, but I love getting things for FREE even more! If I am able to save money on the things I need, it offers me a little more for the things I want.

How do you stay organized?

Organization is situational. During a project, it is downright impossible; my craft room will look like a tornado went through it. But after it is over, I am able to go through my materials, put them away and clean up the room for the next project. I am a super fan of dollar store storage bins, closet hanging cubbies and mason jars to keep things sorted and separated.

What blogger do you look up to?

I would have to say my Bloggy Bestie, Kara from Mine for the Making. She is always the first lady I text with random questions about social media and plugins. We have gotten each other through the potentially traumatic Blogger to WordPress switch, texted our outrage during craft competition shows and shared the highs and lows.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MICHELLE! It’s been a pleasure getting to know you better.

Now I get to share a few of my favorite Delicate Construction projects.

Delicate ConstructionLego Party | Plastic Knife Wall Art | Back-to-School Cake
Cupcake Liner WreathSlinky Pumpkin

Interview: Emily, The Benson Street

I first met Emily online last year and though we didn’t really get a chance to chat at SNAP! this last year, I did get to “see” her in person. I am so happy that she participated in SYTYC Season 17, because it’s been such a great opportunity to get to know her better.

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While I should have be the one cheering Emily on, every email she sends comes with a cheery, uplifting note. What a difference she’s made in my life these last two months.

Interview: Emily, The Benson Street

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I love to craft, celebrate, cook, thrift, read, shop, and decorate. I enjoy working on projects and finding ways to share them. I hope you enjoy my simple ideas and are inspired to create along with me. When I’m not blogging, I’m normally reading a good book or out shopping.

I started my blog a little over a year ago as a motivator to get my projects done and to challenge myself. I share crafts, holiday ideas, DIY, home décor and recipes. I never knew it would grow into something I would love so much and have gained so many great friends.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting for most of my life. My mom is the craft queen. She has this awesome craft room that I’m trying to replicate. She had everything crafting I could want growing up. She had paper, hundreds of rubber stamps and so much more. I still go to her craft room to this day to stock up.

How often do you craft?

Crafting is a part of my life. I craft just about everyday. I find it therapeutic (sometimes stressful) and very fulfilling when I complete a project.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I get my inspiration from everywhere. It can come from nature, the mall, magazines, pinterest, etc. I find that it is easier to stay creative when I continue to push myself to create new things.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

This is such a hard question. I love working with wood and paper crafts. Wood is so versatile because it can be used in huge or little projects.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I want to master power tools. I would love to be super tough and get down to building things with huge power tools. Sewing would be a close second though.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Shopping. I just can’t help myself. My husband thinks I have a problem. Maybe I do. Maybe I don’t. I’m just glad there isn’t a shopaholic’s anonymous group near me.

What makes you smile?

The little things in everyday life make me smile. Sunsets. Being with family and friends. Creating. Hanging out with my nieces and nephews.  You know the good stuff.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Going out with friends. I love to just talk and be with people. Paired with great food makes a perfect combo.

How do you stay organized?

Stay organized? I’m not sure if I ever am organized. I have a planner, my phone, a notebook. So I try really hard, but then half the time I try to keep things organized in my mind. Not always the most reliable.

Organizing around my home, I try to use different storage options to keep everything in its place. If they don’t have a place, I try to find a place for to put them (sometimes that takes a little while).

What blogger do you look up to?

I can’t pick just one, so there are really a few bloggers that I look up to.

I really love Camille, Kristen & Elyse of Six Sisters’ Stuff. They are pretty much really awesome. Their blog has been really successful, but they are way down to earth. They never made me feel like I had a small blog or wasn’t really that cool. They were fun girls in real life, which is more important than in blog life sometimes.

Since I can’t pick just one, the other one is Ginger Bowie of Ginger Snap Crafts. She has been super nice and helpful to me in the last few months. I am glad to have her as a friend. She always is trying to help other bloggers and make them feel special.

Here are a few favorite projects from Emily’s site…

Highlights from The Benson Street BlogFall Wind Chimes for Kids | Rubik’s Cube Costume | Souvenir Washer Necklace |
Silverware Kitchen Clock | Ribbon Wire Baskets

While you’re thinking about it, go follow Emily on…
Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest 
Twitter

Interview: Krisha from Jacks & Kate

I think I first came across Jacks & Kate about a year and a half ago when Krisha linked up a project to Show & Tell, over at SNAP! It was love at first site for me and I’ve been enjoying her site ever since.

(Note to Krisha. Yes. I have really read your site for that long and don’t know if I have ever commented – oops! Just so you know, I think you’re great!)

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I love Krisha’s kids crafts and party ideas. There’s a whole lot of awesome going on over there…

Interview with Krisha from Jacks & Kate

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I’m a former Etsy shop owner, turned blogger. My roots are in sewing, but I like to dabble. I blog about life and whatever idea pops into my head.

How and why did you start crafting?

I’ve always been a crafty person. I started crafting (sewing) for profit after I was laid off from my banking job. Oh, and I was 4 months pregnant with my second child.

How often do you craft?

Um…everyday, every minute of everyday. I craft in my sleep. I’m crafty that way. Seriously though, it never shuts off.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

Magazines,my kids, other blogs. Also, staring at something long enough usually produces some sort of a spark of creativity.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Fabric.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

Crochet.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Binge watching Netflix.

What makes you smile?

That’s easy…Target. Oh and my three crazy children – Jacks, Savannah and Annabelle.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Once upon time, I used to love fishing. Though, I don’t get to do it so much these days.

How do you stay organized?

Um, yeah. That’s not happening so much these days. I may seem like I have it all together. That is simply not true. I’m a crazy mess!

What blogger do you look up to?

I simply adore Rubyellen Bratcher of CAKIES and Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day!

Yay Krisha! It’s been so very fun getting to know you!
Now it’s my favorite. I am sharing some of my favorite Jacks & Kate posts.

Jacks and Kate BlogFabric Feather Headdress | Baking Cup Party Lights | Hexagon Pillow | Party Hats | Easter Treats

Interview: Dru from Polkadot Poplars

It’s not very often that I have, or expect to, work with a contestant that I actually know in real life. Dru, from Polkadot Poplars, actually lives near me and I am fortunate enough to have met her in person. I was oh so excited when she tried out for SYTYC, because well, she’s absolutely lovely!

Dru is a craft industry insider, having worked for several large craft companies, and I am excited for you to get to know her today!

Interview: Dru, Polkadot Poplars

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a wife, mother to four, and grandmother to 10. I’ve been fortunate to live around the world while my husband served in the Army. I have been very lucky to have worked in the papercrafting and crafting industry for many years. I blog with my three daughters, who continue to amaze and inspire me. We love sharing our ideas, loves, and lives with our readers.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have loved being creative since I was very young. I was fortunate to have two creative grandmothers who taught me many different types of crafts. I started a crafting business selling at boutiques 25 years ago. I’ve also taught craft classes to my friends and craft groups.

How often do you craft?

Several times a week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I get my inspiration from all over. My children and grandchildren, the outdoors, looking at books and magazines, and I have a crazy active mind that never stops. I stay creative by always being involved with a group or a job that forces me to stay crafty and I love it.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Wow, tough question. So many to choose from. I would have to say paper. It’s so versatile.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I recently took up artistic painting and love it. I hope I can get better and better at it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I hate to say it, but I love staying up really late and sleeping in. I love the quiet hours I have to myself at night.

What makes you smile?

My family, being outdoors, and good food.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Traveling, reading, and watching reality shows.

How do you stay organized?

I have a tendency to not be as organized as I would like, but I am working on that. I do multi-task well and try to clean up each project after I’m finished before I start something else.

What blogger do you look up to?

So many. I enjoy bloggers who have similar goals and values to my own. I follow those who have interesting stories and variety to their blogs.

Yay! It’s been so much fun sharing a little bit about Dru. Now I thought I would share a few of Dru’s projects that I LOVE…

Polkadot Poplars Craft Room Organization | Child’s Homework Desk | Fall Door Decor | Zucchini Bread

Dru shares her blog with her daughters. They’re all very talented in their own right and I thought I would share a few of their fun projects as well…

Polkadot PoplarsPallet Wood Arrows | Pottery Barn Inspired Monogram Headboard | Pallet Board Sign

Contestant Interview: Justynn, Creative Life Antics

One of my favorite things about working on SYTCY is the opportunity to meet incredibly talented individuals that I might never have encountered otherwise.

Justynn is one of those that I probably wouldn’t have ever met without SYTYC, but now she’s someone I can watch and say, “I knew her way back when…” Yes. She’s that talented.

YOU will remember Justynn, from her great challenge projects and her HUGE memo and organization station tutorial.

Memo Organizational Board

Contestant Interview: Justynn, Creative Life Antics

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Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

Well, I’m Justynn (pronounced “Justin” like the boy’s name) I’m in my 20s, and I’m addicted to crafting.

I’ve only been blogging since April, but I’ve been lucky to fall into a few things which boosted my blog right along very quickly.

I’m a pretty laid back person, I love joking around and I only speak sarcasm. When I’m not crafting (which is rare) I hang out with friends and family, I read a lot, I like to camp and be outdoors. I’ve your very typical tomboy. I’ve been told that I’m weird and goofy and I’m proud of it.

How and why did you start crafting?

I honestly can’t remember when I started crafting, I think I’ve been doing it my whole life. My mom is a very crafty person especially around Christmas. Even before I was born she made a Christmas ornament for every member in her and my dad’s family (it was well over 100 ornaments at one point). When I was old enough I started to make my own and help with the ones she made. I think that was the “beginning of the end” as they say…

How often do you craft?

Every week. I can’t seem to go more than a few days without creating something. Which is why I started Creative Life Antics, I wanted a place to document everything.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

Staying inspired is probably the hardest thing about being creative. There are times I NEED to make something, but don’t have any inspiration for what I want to make.

I often take ideas that I’ve found elsewhere and put my own twist to them. My friends and family have been harassed to no end by my constant banter of “well I think I could tweak it a bit.” I like bouncing ideas off people, I think you can gather a lot of information just seeing how someone else reacts to your idea, which could spur a whole new set of ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love to BUILD things. I recently really got into my new saws and sanders and drill/nailers that I requested for Christmas (that’s a whole different story) and nothing that can be cut with a miter saw has been safe since then. I redid a mirror for a Pinterest Challege, been building boxes and art pieces, my latest big build was my very own mini wood rack for my tiny once car garage. I’m contemplating finding a new home just so I can have an extra “project/ woodshop”.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d like to learn how to weld. I’m not sure that’s a “craft skill”, but I’d like to be able to make furniture pieces and I think that’s definitely a skill I’d like to have.

 What is your guilty pleasure?

A bowl or carton of ice cream and all my recorded DIY and series shows on TV. I tend to not watch a lot of TV during the week so on Saturday and Sunday while I’m doing chores and working on projects I usually have it running all day playing my favorite recorded shows or HGTV.

What makes you smile?

Having a really great time with friends or family, my boyfriend and his dog, and doing fun outdoor activities.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Favorite thing to do other than crafting would be camping and kayaking. I love sitting around the bonfire after a long day paddling around a lake or river. My arms are usually so sore they can barely roast a marshmallow but everything feels perfect. Plus camping is a great time to sit in a hammock and read. Which is another favorite activity.

How do you stay organized?

Hah, this is kind of a joke because I don’t think I’m organized at all, but I’m often told otherwise.

I’m a very visual person, so color coding and baskets or clear bins work best with me. I have a HUGE IKEA dresser in my office that only contains craft supplies and it’s full… I need more storage.I just recently created a wood rack in my garage for scrap wood, and I bought like 20 clear bins from Home Depot a few weeks ago when they were 50 cents each. My basement is in the midst of getting a shelving unit wall for all of my storage down there as well. HOWEVER, as far as laundry/ dishes/ my bedroom… yeah organization is clearly the last thing on my mind. It’s bad. REAL BAD.

What blogger do you look up to?

I really look up to Katie Bower, she’s just the total package – supermom, famous DIY blogger, gorgeous family, I love her sense of humor too. She says it how it is and doesn’t make and excuses or apologies for that. I really admire her.

If we were talking NON-blogger, I’d say Betty White. Come on… who DOESN’T want to be Betty White?!

Awe Justynn, we love you!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite Creative Life Antics projects with you today too.

Creative Life Antics HighlightsKitchen Utensil Herb Planter | Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Cups | Zucchini Tomato Lasagna |  Magazine Skull Art | Peg Board Candy Corn Decor