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!