Interview with Cameron @ Cameron Homemade

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

I started this blog almost 1 year ago as a way to expand my presence out there in www land.  I have had an Etsy shop for awhile, and about 18 months ago really made an effort to get it better publicized.  The blog is a way for me to share projects with people.  I am always looking at things thinking, “I can make this!” – so I hope someone has been able to fulfill that statement using my tutorials!  Between kids and my day job as an ER nurse, I stay pretty busy – so crafting is my time to chill out and relax.  I do lots of creative stuff with my kids, too.  My daughter recently started helping me sew – she works the foot pedal for me!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I have always been a crafter – I’ve made gifts for my family for a long as I can remember.  My brother once got a rocking horse made out of paper and tooth picks to add to his rocking horse collection (it didn’t rock very well due to some serious balance issues!).  I started studying pottery in high school, and if I had been a little braver, would have pursued a career in that!  Now, I just have a wheel and a kiln and dreams of someday opening a little pottery.  I also enjoy just about every other kind of crafting there is.  

3.How often do you craft?

Daily.  Or very nearly.  I am lucky enough to have a whole room devoted to my supplies and machines, so I don’t have to clean up my work space to eat dinner!  

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I am inspired by just about everything – of course, Pinterest is an amazing source of ideas, as is the internet in general.  There are so many awesome tutorials, and the beauty of the information age is that when I don’t now how to do something, I can just Google it!

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

That is a really difficult questions, and it seems like the answer changes weekly.  Clay will always be my first favorite, but it is not very compatible with the hectic schedule I’ve got going on right now.  I would have to say cloth – all kinds – from rustic burlap to gorgeous decorator prints to fun cotton quilting fabric and flannels.  You can make so many different kinds of things with cloth, and it is easy to stop in the middle of a sewing project if you need to attend to real life.  Clay is not so forgiving.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Reading blogs and other websites.  Actually, reading in general, but if I start a book I have to read it to the exclusion of all else until I’m finished…so I stick to blogs and other creative sites online.  I try to keep up with my favorites, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done that I have on my mental lists!

7.What makes you smile?

My kids.  They do and say the most hilarious, thought-provoking, endearing and sometimes naughty things.  My 2-year-old son has most recently started sobbing “I’m so sad,” every time he cries, which makes it even more sad.  And my 4-year-old daughter is always surprising me with her vocabulary – her recent favorite words: exquisite, gigantic, and comfortable.

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

I love taking pictures, which I suppose could be a kind of craft, but it is my other favorite thing to do.  While my family (especially the short ones) are my usual subjects, I also try to capture those beautiful moments out in nature.  I use the endless internet to learn about settings on my camera (a Canon Rebel Ti3? – I am too lazy to get up and check!).  My latest success if taking pictures with a blurred background, and I’m getting better at it all the time!  The hardest part is keeping up to date with photo albums – I have thousands of pictures and only 9 photo albums.  And no, they don’t each hold 1,000 pictures!

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  1. says

    a woman can do almost everything when she sets her mind to it! this is very inspiring story; balancing a family, job and pleasure of blogging is not often easy, but it is possible 🙂