Interview with Janine from A Bunch of Bishops

Awe, man! It’s always so hard to say goodbye to one of our crafters, especially when they are as sweet as Janiene…I hope you will stick around today to learn more about her and maybe even visit her site A Bunch of Bishops.

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Tell us a little about you and your blog.

I’m a Wife of 1 and a Mom of 3. I love the Lord and seek to glorify Him in all that I do. I drink iced coffee every day (confession, sometimes I drink it all day long). I like to mosaic, crochet and make things with paper (I love paper). I also post on topics such as God, money, my kids, recipes, and my thoughts on life.

How and when did you start crafting?

I was 8 years old when my sweet Grandma put a crochet needle in my hand and taught me how to chain stitch. Then, she taught me how to make a scarf, then a blanket, then a hat. I loved those summers, crocheting with my Grandma. I taught myself how to cross stitch, embroider, and sew doll clothes. I got my first sewing machine in High School and made everyone I knew a set of curtains for their home. I worked at a paper company through college and was paid to fold paper and create samples of paper crafts. I love to craft!

How often do you craft?

I craft whenever I can now a days…which is probably once a week or so. I have to craft at night mainly because of my adorable 2 yr old who wants to “help” me with everything I do.

Where do you get your inspiration?

From necessity, lol. I craft things that I will use in my home or give away as gifts. My crafting is spontaneous and of necessity, but always fun!

What is your favorite medium to work in?

That is so hard! I have more than one favorite. Paper, tile and yarn would be my 3 favorite mediums.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Iced Coffees – YUM!!!

What makes you smile?

My 6 year old has taken a liking to telling jokes. He has some funny jokes that he has learned. Sometimes he tries to make up his own jokes, and they just kill me! My favorite is “Knock, knock”, then I would say “who’s there?”, then he says “pineapple smile kid”. I don’t get it, at all, but he is dying laughing, and that makes me smile and laugh too!

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

Spending time with my husband. I just love being with him. It does not matter what we are doing, or where we are, he is my favorite.

Here are some of my favorite crafts from A Bunch of Bishops…

A Bunch of Bishops Blog

1. Wooden Ladder Tellis 2. Map Top School Desk 3. Rocket Ship Piñata 4. Handmade Tic Tac Toe  5. Homemade Coconut Oil Deodorant  

Interview with Kim @ Maiden D’Shade

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1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I’m an introvert. I’m very happy to be alone doing what I do. I think that’s why I enjoy blogging because it’s kind of “behind the scenes”. But even in the blogging world I’m not very outgoing. Doing this contest was somewhat out of my comfort zone, but it’s been fun. My favorite color is purple, which you’ll find in my bedroom, and my summer car is purple :)  I really like cars. I blog when I have something to share. But I also host a link party every week. It’s pretty low key, too. I just like to keep things simple!
2.How and when did you start crafting?
I don’t know when I started crafting. I think I have all my life, thanks to my Mother. A friend and I made a tie for our Math teacher in high school that had a real gold fish swimming inside it, because he wanted one. And who couldn’t use extra brownie points, right?
3.How often do you craft?
Certainly not as often as I’d like to. It’s usually when the need arises. I’m often asked to decorate for various functions. I tend to be crafty for those things. Sometimes I have a good idea for my home and craft then, too.
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Often from others ideas. That’s usually what gets the wheels turning in my head. Sometimes I have my own idea and figuring out how to make it work through trial and error is what inspires me. I like troubleshooting.
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Probably wood. There’s so many things you can do with it and to it!
6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Thrift shopping.
7.What makes you smile?
My family.
8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
Watch movies at home!

Congrats again Kim!

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!


Interview with Jenna @ Silver Lining Crafts

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

okay, there’s not THAT much to tell about me (i’m a little young, 12) but I do some some key things. I was born and raised in a little small house in Georgia, yes I am a country girl! My Parents were divorced when I was 5 and I had alot of mixed emotions about the situation then. I needed a way to escape the stress, and I think thats where my love for crafting began. Ever since then I’ve loved it! I started my blog just to know that my ideas were “out there” and I guess it Kind of escalated!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I began crafting when I was somewhere around 2. I have pictures of me sitting at my grandmothers feet as she was sewing my sheep Halloween costume! But I didn’t start using a sewing machine until this year so I’m still a beginner. But like I said, I think I started because of my grandmother.

3.How often do you craft?

When I’m not at lacrosse practice or hanging out with friends, I’m either playing doctor (your never too old:) or crafting.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from upcoming events, or common interests with my friends and family. I also can’t go to bed at night without planning something! I am big on planning for sure, so crafting is definitely my thing because It takes planning but at the same time its so free!

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I really enjoy working in paint and paper. They just have so many possibilities with their characteristics. You can make anything with paper and tape!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is probably Tres Leches Cake. Its something that I don’t really get alot of or NEED alot of:)

7.What makes you smile?

My Baby cousins make me smile because they bring so much happiness to the world. everytime i see them they are grinning from ear to ear!

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

I am so fascinated with the medical field so I really like watching trauma shows and like criminal justice shows because I learn alot from them.

Interview with Angela @ Better After

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

Hi, I’m Angela! I’m a retired middle school teacher. Now I have the even cooler job of being a mother to an adorable 2 year old boy and a teeny tiny girl who will make her debut this June.

I blog over at Better Together with my two sisters. Since my sisters and I don’t live near each other, we started our blog in an effort to stay more connected. We have three very different hobbies and interests… crafting, cooking, and exercising. In an effort to learn from each other we created Better Together: A place where together we can inspire each other to try new things in hopes that we can be a little better everyday!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I think I was a born crafter. I grew up sewing and doing cross stitch with my mother. Then I became a school teacher and my creativity shown through in decorating my classroom, and through fun class projects. Then once I become a mother it started to manifest in projects for the baby, the home, and in decorating for almost every holiday.

3.How often do you craft?

I try to complete at least one project a week.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I get inspiration from everywhere… Walking down the street seeing someone with a cute purse or cute outfit. Or while perusing Anthropologie or their catalog. And of course now I find it all over pinterest.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I love to sew!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Gummy bears :) If it were possible to live just on gummy bears alone, I would be one happy woman.

7.What makes you smile?

My husband, my son, my daughter(coming this June), my sisters, a warm spring day, a good chick flick, chocolate, cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake ;) And finishing a project that turns out even better than I imagined.

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

Writing and traveling. I dream of one day writing a book while traveling through Europe.

Congratulations Angela on your 2nd place win!!

*You can learn more about Angela and see her season 11 projects on her bio page*

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Hello my name is Melissa and I am the creator behind Yarn Blossom Boutique!  My love of crochet began as a teenager when I taught myself how to make afghans and other simple projects.  My knowledge and experience grew over the years.  However, I would go months without picking up a crochet hook because of my love to create anything crafty with my hands.  In college I studied interior design and floral design and enjoyed working in these fields, but my biggest dream came true when I became a mommy and was able to stay home with my kids (now ages 4 and 3).
I loved being a new mom, but really missed having a creative outlet.  Then I remembered how much I enjoyed crocheting and discovered it was the perfect medium for me!  I was constantly making items for my kids or friends and after being asked repeatedly if I sold my creations I began to think about starting an Etsy shop.
In March of this year I took the plunge and Yarn Blossom Boutique came into exsistance.  I LOVE creating crochet patterns.  It is the perfect design outlet for me and gives me the opportunity to share my creations with others and see them have joy in working with their hands as I do!
TwistyNoodle.com is a website where teachers, parents, and kids can create and print free coloring pages and worksheets.  Kids love to personalize their pages! TwistyNoodle was created in 2010 by Nicola Kramer.  She is a stay at home mom with two little boys who have a passion for coloring.

Interview with Amanda @ Simply Homemade {and what she wins!}

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

Well, I’m a mother of 5. I love most anything vintage, and I have an unhealthy relationship involving fine chocolates. I adore my family but almost daily need my alone time. While my blog isn’t politically inclined I definitely have an interest and hold strong opinions….so don’t get me started!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I’ve been crafting for forever. When I was a little girl I would make furniture for my Barbies out of cardboard. I once made a tube of “lip stick” out of a rounded fat red crayon, complete with a push up feature and a handy lid to top it all off. When I was 12, I started experimenting with a sewing machine. Everything about sewing intrigued me and still does. High school is when I started going crazy with the sewing. I sewed most of my formals and one of those was from old drapes from a thrift shop. Talk about re-purposing!

3.How often do you craft?

It depends. I go back and forth between being a super amazing house keeper and crafting every day. It’s one or the other I’m afraid.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things: pictures, my kids, nature, necessity…. To be honest, I’m most creative when there’s a problem to be solved. I work well under pressure (husband wouldn’t agree…I can get cranky). Maybe this is weird, but a lot of my ideas pop into my brain while I’m in the shower.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Sewing is my favorite. It’s so completely satisfying to shape a flat lifeless bit of fabric into something useful/wearable.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Häagan-Daz makes a Dulce Dulece ice cream that is to die for. I have many guilty pleasures but that one is my favorite.

7.What makes you smile?

Listening to my babies play make believe…those are the best sounds in the world!

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

I {heart} singing. In high school, my friend and I thought it would be pretty rad to start a girl band. She played guitar and I was lead vocals. We even recorded a cd…..it’s pretty embarrassing. Now, I participate in a community choir. I also plan to go back to school and master in music.
Amanda finished as the second runner up this season.  Congratulations Amanda!  Our kind sponsors have put together a few gifts for her in appreciation for all her hard work.  Thank you Amanda for all your insperation and thank you sponsors for helping us show our appreciation!

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Interview with Kimberly @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & me

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

I began my blog almost exactly two years ago as a creative outlet. I found myself starting a lot of projects and hobbies and finishing nothing and I thought a public forum, like a blog, would be the best way to hold myself accountable. I HAVE to bring my ideas to fruition if I want something to blog about! I think I’ve come pretty far from my humble beginnings of not knowing how to work my sewing machine and burning the mac and cheese. I’m no expert – but I love sharing all of my creative endeavors; cooking and baking, crafting with my kids, sewing, repurposing, and even some photography. I try to tell it like it is – which means sharing my failures as well as my triumphs, even when I’d rather delete them than admit they happened!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

My family is pretty creative, and my mom always had something going on with us when we were kids. When I was younger, I’d rather climb trees than learn embroidery, but I always had the opportunity to create when I wanted to. As I got older, I started crafting in more earnest. I usually created scrapbooks and other paper projects. I put this aside somewhat during the final years of college and right after I got married but once I became a stay at home mom, it seemed like the perfect time to break out my dormant crafting skills and hone some new ones.

3.How often do you craft?

All the time! If I’m not sewing, then I’m usually up to my eyebrows in mod podge, and if I’m not doing that than I’m creating something with my kids. To me the creative process is just as fun and gratifying as the finished product, so I’m generally always working on a project – usually several at once.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Where does everyone get their inspiration?? Pinterest of course! I also read a whole lot of blogs and try to gain inspiration from our everyday lives. For instance, watching my kids play will often spark a creative fire for some toy or clothing they simply “need.”

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Oh, jeez. Hardest question on here! I’ve dabbled in a lot of things since starting my blog – photography, paper, fabric, sewing, painting, etc… so it’s difficult to really narrow it down. I suppose if I had to pick one “medium” I really LOVE it would be “pre-owned materials.” I just love giving new life to things that were once something else – and that includes clothing, fabric, books, art, furniture, home stuff, you name it!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Heroes. Did you guys watch that whole show – every season? I can’t help it, ever since I started it on Netflix I just can’t stop. I’m in the middle of season 4 and sometimes I can’t think of anything better to do than curl up with a Diet A&W under a cozy blanket and watch two episodes in a row.

7.What makes you smile?

Easy. My kids. My hubby. Chocolate. (Not always in that order)

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

Write. That’s why I combined those two things with my craft blog! I also love to read. When I’m not drowning in five projects at once I’ve got my nose stuffed in some “must read” between coats of paint.