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.
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