Interview with Ashley @ Not Just Grannies

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I started “Not Just Grannies” a couple of years (and kids) ago when I first learned to crochet. So many people commented that they thought crocheting was just for grannies and they were not used to seeing a non gray haired person crochet, ergo the title. I started it to show my family and friends my crochet projects. That was really my entry into the craft blogging world and it opened up a whole world of sewing and other crafts. Now it’s the whole gamut.

2.How and when did you start crafting

I was a scrapbooker pre kids, but my crafting really took off when I quit my job to stay home with our first born. I used to get my 40% off coupon each week and go to the craft store to push the stroller around and look for something to buy. As we all know, that can suck anyone in! The scrapbooking branched out into crocheting and later sewing. Different branches are sprouting all of the time. Now I have 3 preschoolers, so I just dream about perusing the craft stores on a weekly basis.

3.How often do you craft?

With so much to juggle with the kids, a part time job as a pediatric speech therapist, training for triathlons, and also a coordinating crafts for the 80 MOPS moms at my church, my personal crafting falls by the wayside alot. I can easily let my yarn and fabric sit for weeks and then attack it for 5 days straight when I have a little time or inspiration. My crafting corner is in our kitchen, so I can’t just shut the door when I’m in the middle of a project. That can be good and bad. It is true that if it’s a priority, one will make time for it. Thankfully it has been a priority that sometimes comes before cleaning and laundry, and my family and I are OK with that.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

My granny and great aunt sewed in the 1930’s when sewing was what girls were taught. They are both master seamstresses and made all of their families’ clothes. That was the norm then, but I hope sewing will never disappear altogether. There is no amount of money spent on factory made clothes that will replace the satisfaction that someone made these clothes with you in mind. I love to see people take pride in things that I made them, even if I had to rip the seam out 10 times. You can’t put a price on that.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric for now. I learned to sew several years ago and bought expensive fabric and a tissue pattern and worked on it for days, then pitched it and cried. Then my sewing machine sat on the shelf and collected dust for a few years. From blogging, I “met” so many sewists that hated tissue patterns, too, and upcycled old clothes for fabric. I decided to tackle some of their tutorials/patterns. I figured that if I messed up, I just ruined a t-shirt from the goodwill pile, so what did I have to lose? The clothes turned out so cute and I have never bought expensive fabric! I am learning about making my own patterns and that has opened a whole new world for me also.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Movie popcorn. We don’t get out much, but when we do get to go to the movies, a few times a year, I get myself a huge bucket of buttery popcorn, eat it all, and get a refill. It’s about $8 and I am sick the whole next day but it’s totally worth it.

7.What makes you smile?

My husband and kids. My husband has a hilarious dry wit and my kids can make me almost lose my cool, and then I’ll see them be sweet to each other and I am in love all over again.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?

I got an e-reader for Christmas and am always reading the latest bestseller. I also run and am training for a triathlon. I just bought a coupon binder and am starting to really get into that. I am blessed to have lots of hobbies and I only wish there were more hours in the day to master everything I am dabbling in.

*You can learn more about Ashley and her SYTYC projects on her bio page*

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