Meet Virginia From Fynes Designs

A country girl to the core, Virginia lives in rural NS Canada with her husband and two children. She thrives on adding a splash of color to just about anything and works to be creative every day.

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Virginia has degrees in Animal Science and Interior Decorating, which are put to good use when planning projects for her blog. She also runs a small catering business from her home.

Interview with Virginia, Fynes Designs

When did you start crafting?

I started crafting at a very young age. The youngest of 10, I was often teased because I loved to cut, color and paste all day long, while the other kids were all out getting dirty.

I loved using old socks, toilet paper rolls, scraps of paper and yarn to create “beautiful” decorations, doll clothes and paper mache cats.

10 minute dish towel apron

10 Minute Dish Towel Apron via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite medium to work with?

I love crafting with wood. I can rock a scroll saw and can cut a mean pattern. I make signs for a hobby and just built my first piece of furniture from scratch.

Master bedroomMaster Bedroom Reveal via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite thing to do (other than crafting, of course)?

I love hanging out with my sisters, hitting yard sales and antique stores and making blanket forts with my kids.

How do you stay organized?

Organization isn’t exactly my strong suit. I have a lot of Post-It notes, an AWESOME momma that helps me with just about anything I ask and kids that don’t mind eating super on top of my most recent product…the kitchen often gets turned into a craft room.

embroidery-craft-kitEmbroidery Hoop Art via Fynes Designs

Who do you admire?

The first blog I started reading was The 36th Avenue. I still love everything about Desiree and her blog and was so excited to meet her at Snap Conference.

In addition, I really admire my two favorite Canadian bloggers – A Pretty Life in the Suburbs and Suburble. It’s a different world up here and I couldn’t do it without them.



Meet Katie From The Crafty Blog Stalker

Meet Katie

Katie has been married to her high school sweetheart for 17 years. Together they have four children. She comes from a very crafty, do-it-yourself type of family and has been creating really ever since she can remember.

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The Crafty Blog Stalker is a tutorial based blog she shares many creative projects, but paper crafting is her favorite!

Interview with The Crafty Blog Stalker

When did you start crafting?

I have written in a journal ever since I could write. Early on I started keeping little memorabilia things like pictures and movie stubs and was taping them into my journal. I had smash books before they were even a thing!  

One of Katie’s favorite projects is this Geometric Monogram Letter.

Geometric Monogram LetterGeometric Monogram Letter via The Crafty Blog Stalker

What is your favorite medium to work with? 

Paper is awesome! There are just so many colors, patterns and types of paper that it just makes my heart happy. I have enough paper that I never need to buy any again, but when I walk into a craft store I suddenly find the need for more.

Paper flower sucker bouquetPaper Flower Lollipop Bouquet via The Crafty Blog Stalker

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

I absolutely love to be out on the trails on my 4-wheeler. I love the wind on my skin and the dirt on my face. That is a good Saturday right there!

How do you stay organized? 

Spreadsheets. I have a spreadsheet for everything. I have one for Linky Parties, one for Pinterest, one for Facebook postings, one to keep track of the number of followers I have on all of my social media sites, and one for youtube videos. I keep my kids one as well to keep track of their chores. I think I may need a spreadsheet to keep track of my spreadsheets!

Who do you admire?

Mandy Beyer, Sugar Bee Crafts I am totally her secret admirer (even though it’s not so secret anymore!) I think she has an amazing eye for color, styling and crafting. I totally want to be like her when my blog grows up.

Painted Medallion Focus WallPainted Medallion Focal Wall via The CraftyBlog Stalker

Meet Jessica From Designer’s Sweet Spot

Jessica Cramer has two degrees in Apparel Design. She is a homeschooling Mom of 4 boys who loves to cook, sew, garden, knit, DIY-anything, and paint furniture.

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When she’s not creating she is teaching her kids, spending time outside or listening to classical music.

Interview with Designer’s Sweet Spot

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I started my blog in 2009. I needed a new creative outlet. For years we had been renovating our home and we were trying to sell it right when the real-estate market crashed. I thought that if people could see how beautiful our house was on the inside, and learn the story behind it, it would sell. It didn’t sell, but I discovered that I really enjoyed blogging and sharing my creations, and have been doing it ever since.

When did you start crafting?

I was always a creative kid. Other girls would spend hours playing with their dolls, I would spend hours making clothes for my dolls or building houses and furniture for them to live in.

By the time I was 12, I had moved on to refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing my own clothes. I was fortunate to have other creative people around me for inspiration when I was growing up.

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I am working on learning to knit. I really enjoy it, but find that I lose concentration after a while and drop stitches. I mix up patterns all the time. Women who knit amaze me, I would love to master it someday.

How do you stay organized?

I am not organized at all. I seem have “pockets” of organization. For example, I keep all  my blog supplies in a big china cabinet on our back porch, but that’s as far as it goes.  I tend to organize things by color or project, which makes complete sense to me but confuses everyone else.

What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

My biggest guilty pleasure is soaking in a bubble bath with a glass of wine and some beautiful classical music. It relaxes me and helps me focus mentally.

Who do you admire?

There are so many talented bloggers out there, my favorites have to be:

Karianne from Thistlewood Farms, because she’s so funny and clever.

Donna from Funky Junk, because she can make anything old into something beautiful.

Rhee from Pioneer Woman, because my family loves all her recipes.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” Georgia O’Keeffe

Celebrate the Holidays with Projects from Designer’s Sweet Spot

Rustic holiday decor

Timepiece Christmas Ornament | Rustic Wood Wreath | Gold Snowflakes

Meet Shonee From Hawthorne and Main

Shonee loves to craft and create. She started her blog Hawthorne & Main in 2014, right after she and her husband purchased their first house – a fixer upper.

DIY advice from Shonee at Hawthorne and Main

On the blog she shares their experiences in fixing up an older house, as well as home decor ideas.

When she isn’t blogging she loves to spend time with her family enjoying outdoors and nature.  She especially loves getting outside to go for a walk or run.

Interview with Hawthorne and Main

When did you start crafting?

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My whole family loves to craft in some way or another. I guess you could say I grew up crafting!

My earliest memories of crafting are of learning how to sew on my mother’s sewing machine as a young girl. I was always willing to try and learn new things.  It wasn’t until my early twenties when I really started to love sewing and I still enjoy it today.

Handmade Pineapple tote bag. Full tutorial available. Handmade Pineapple Tote Bag

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I have so many favorites. My favorite quick fix though, is paint. I am surprised again and again how fast paint can totally change the look of feel of a wall, room or a piece of furniture.

Hand painted Pottery Barn style Christmas ornament tutorial. Huge impact. Hand Painted Pottery Barn Style Christmas Ornament

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would love to be able to build. Don’t get me wrong…I have tried building many, many times. I guess my biggest problem is my lack of patience and precision. There is a certain exactness that comes with building. I will keep trying and one day I will build something amazing!

These DIY wood stars create the perfect rustic holiday look. This site has a full tutorial for creating the wood stars out of scrap wood. Scrap Wood Christmas Stars

What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

I have a soft spot in my heart for Twix bars. When I was in high school I would go down to the local grocery store for lunch, grab a couple of pieces of fried chicken, bbq sauce and a Twix almost every day. I can’t eat like that anymore, but I do still love a Twix now and again.

Who inspires you?

My biggest blog crush is Mandi, from Vintage Revivals. She has mad room makeover skills.

I also really like KariAnn, from Thistlewood Farms. When I grow up I want to be able to write like her, she is my hero!

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.


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!


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