Interview with Kat @ Sew Chibi

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

Well, my blog is about my children.  It’s called sew chibi because “chibi” is a Japanese word for super cute, mini versions (usually of anime characters) like children, well sorta.  And my blog is about my sewing adventures for my chibi princesses! product of what’s swirling around in this crazy noggin of mine! Mostly, that means lots of sewing for my family (well, mostly my two little girls).  And just regular ol’ family adventure time stuff too!  My husband and our little family just moved across country, from Philly to Portland about a year ago, chasing greener pastures (or just green really.  And maybe a house that I could touch all the sides of 😉  that meant no row home!).  I also have an Etsy shop called Sew Chibi Designs.  Aside from sewing, I work in a wine bar, so if you have any questions about wine, cheese, or beer or just want to dork out about it, I’m your girl!!!!!!
2.How and when did you start crafting?
Really, I starting crafting, well, sewing anyways, in September 2010.  I registered for a sewing machine and was so eager/ intimidated to take the thing out of the box for about two months, lol.  That’s been the longest time it’s ever sat idol since!  I never had any formal training.  I get all my skill from this modern age of interwebs and lots of books.  So a lot of stuff I sorta taught myself (and had to learn the hard way!)  Besides my aunt who lives in Louisiana, no one in my family really sews except me.  I’ll never forget what I made first too:  a t-shirt transformation to a dress for my oldest then 2nd birthday party.  I had no clue what I was doing… looking back at the seams of that dress, while still cute in theory, I cringe and think “I would die if someone who knew better saw those seams!  EEK!”
3.How often do you craft?
Pretty much whenever I don’t have a baby attached to me or work or errands to run. So like 5 minutes.  Ha!  It feels like that sometimes!  Honestly, truth be told and all that, I wake up, make the kiddos some breakfast and I plop myself down in my sewing chair and start drafting new projects (if I’m not already elbow deep in a current project.  Then that’s a whole other kettle of worms!).  I try to take breaks when I come off a particularly time-consuming project or worse, sew alongs (my husband brags to everyone when I’m done one of those!).  But those breaks never seem to be long!

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

My kids.  Music.  Movies.  My kids.  My husband.  Pinterest. Nature.  You know; the usual.  Sometimes, the fabric itself will inspire me or a technique I want to do will grow into an entire outfitJust drawing things out helps a bunch.  My kids… 😉

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric It’s where I started and a part of about 97% of what I craft!  I am a complete fabric junky and I save almost ever bit!  Even serger scraps are saved for a future stuffing project!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Video gaming with my family!  We play the board games and most definitely Mario Party!  What else?  My favorite indie rock bands from Philly.  Ahem, the three most important fermentations:  obscure old world wines and anything Austrian (yes Austrian and not Australian!), cheeses from County Cork, Ireland, beers from the east coast and anything by Port Brewing.  More craft beer please.  Fabric we covered already…zombie flicks (like Shawn of the Dead)… Hot dogs from Chinatown. Louis C.K. stand up. Root beer floats.  Dry humor.  Watching anime. and foot massages from my hubby 🙂

7.What makes you smile?

Besides all of the above?  Well obviously my kids.  They are so damn cute and loving and sweet and FUNNY! My husband, because all we do when we’re together is try to make jokes!  Comments on my blog, lol 😉  Watching my kids play together and hear them laughing from each other’s hilarity. My family.  Again my kids smiling at me is hard to resist smiling back.  Kindness.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
At the end of the day, my favorite thing to do is to relax and watch something funny on Netflix with the fam, (bonus points if it’s Mel Brooks!)  Geek out about beer and cheese with my husband.  Play with my kids.  Spontaneous adventures.  I’m sure there’s more!  But that’s a great start!
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