Interview: Stitched by Crystal

I’ve aged. It’s sad, but true. Though I like to pretend like I am a 20-something, I am a 30-something. What does that have to do with today’s interview? Lately I have met some very young bloggers who are so impressive that I just sit back and wish I had been as put together as they are. Today’s featured blogger Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, is just that kind of girl…

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I feel a little silly “introducing” you to Crystal. She won so many of the challenges this season, I think you all know exactly who she is!

Here are a few of the projects Crystal has shared with us this season.

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DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray | Rainbow Baby Quilt Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow Case

Upcycled Art Station Tutorial - 11

And yesterday she shared her AMAZING upcycled kids art station.

Anyway….Let’s get on with the interview!

Interview: Stitched by Crystal

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am mom to a two year old boy and one year old girl and wife to an awesome and supportive husband.  I work part time as an occupational therapist in a large acute care hospital and in my free time I like to craft.  I started my blog in 2011 to document the things I make, it is mostly sewing, quilting, and crafts for my kids.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a little girl.  Both of my parents are creative, my mom paints and sews and my dad does wood working.  My mom taught me to sew when I was young and I have loved it ever since.

How often do you craft?

I craft pretty much every day.  I am and early bird and my kids like to sleep in, you can usually find me at my sewing machine early in the mornings before they wake.  I think crafting keeps me sane, it is how I like to spend my free time and helps me distress.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I draw inspiration from everywhere. Often times I will see something I like in a store and think “I could make that!”  I am always looking at clothing in the stores to see how it was constructed and then recreating something similar at home.  I also like to take things I already have or things I find in thrift stores and use them to make something new.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Fabric!  I love sewing and I LOVE fabric. I have a huge collection of fabric in my craft space and am always buying new stuff.  My husband just rolls his eyes when I come home with another bag from the fabric store or a new shipment of fabric shows up on our doorstep.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would like to learn more about graphic design.  My computer skills are pretty basic and that is one area I would really like to grow.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I would have to say eating sugary snacks.  I try to limit my kids sugar intake but I am always sneaking Twizzlers and Skittles when they aren’t around!  I also enjoy some trash TV every now and then.

What makes you smile?

My kids.  It is so fun to watch them grow and develop their own little personalities.  They keep me giggling and smiling all day.

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

I love spending time with my family. My favorite times are just lazy days at home with no agenda and nothing we need to get done. I also enjoy swimming, I swam competitively when I was younger and now I enjoy taking my kids to the pool in the afternoons.

How do you stay organized?

Being organized has never really been a strong suit of mine.  I usually have a huge mess in my craft room and 4 or 5 crafts going at once.  I try my best to keep organized with a calendar and to do list on my phone so things done on time, but mostly I just fly by the seat of my pants.

What blogger do you look up to?

That is a hard question, there are so many great bloggers out there!  I really admire Lindsay from The Cottage Mama. She has great style. I love her blog and clothing patterns and she is incredibly sweet. I am also always blown away by Jess from Craftiness is Not Optional, she makes the most adorable clothes for her girls, her cookie decorating is out of this world and she throws amazing parties!

Wow. Thanks Crystal!

Don’t leave yet! I am sharing a few of my favorite Stitched by Crystal projects.

 Stitched by Crystal Projects

Old Skirt to Beach Bag | Embroidered Pencil Case | Bunny Treat Bags | Floor Poof

 Kids Baking Busy Book | Dino Hat

 

Interview: Oh So Shabby

My goodness. I feel a little bit like today’s interviewee needs no introduction…

Lynda Oh So Shabby

With five wins this season, Lynda, from Oh So Shabby, has won half of the weekly challenges hosted on the site. Incredible!

I thought we’d recap Lynda’s Season 17 wins really quickly.

Oh So Shabby ProjectsOrganization Station | First Birthday Highchair | Themed Trick-or-Treat Bags

Rapunzel Pumpkin | Upcycled Girl’s Vanity

Seriously. This girl is amazing.

Interview: Oh So Shabby

Tell as a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a very proud mother of three girls, 10, 9 and 7 and a wife of an amazing man named Ryan.

I have run my own business for the last 18 years, but my true passion is designing, crafting, sewing, and anything creative I can get my hands on.  y favorite is repurposing. My passion reared its head late in life, actually only about 2 years ago and I am completely obsessed. I am looking forward to many more years of creating ahead of me.

How and why did you start crafting?

A friend of mine introduced me to her handmade jewelry. I had never done ANYTHING creative in my life, but for some reason a little voice inside my head said, “I can do that.” I am not sure why, but it did…

I went on YouTube and learned how to make jewelry. That was the beginning of my obsession of all things creative.

How often do you craft?

At least 3-4 times per week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I do get some inspiration on Pinterest but I really try to sit quietly and come up with my own ideas.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I love painting and repurposing old furniture with Chalk Paint, Glazes and waxes.  Paint can make anything look pretty.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I’d love to be a better sewer. I can basically sew a straight line but that is about it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I love roller coasters and anything thrilling.  I have also gone sky diving several times.

What makes you smile?

Spending time with my hubby and three little angels.  And a fully finished redecorated room done with my own hands.

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

I have started a women’s social group in my neighborhood.  I love connecting with people and there is nothing more enjoyable that a bond with a true friend.

How do you stay organized?

I called the way I organize, organized chaos. I am not either very organized or a total disaster.  If you walk through my house it looks pretty neat, but do NOT look in the closets!!

What blogger do you look up to?

Mandi, from Vintage Revivals, rocks my world and I love the optimistic positive nature of Lauren, from The Thinking Closet.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Lynda! Now, a chance for me to share a few of my favorite Oh So Shabby posts…

First, you cannot miss the princess bedroom Lynda created for her daughter. It’s not just a pretty room, it’s chock full of amazing furniture upcycle projects. Go, go, go!

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One of the stunning items in the room is this amazing chaise lounge

Upcycled Chaise LoungeShe’s also created a fun how-to for this cute ruffle valance

Ruffle ValanceOh my gosh. Tell me these little guys aren’t the cutest? Squash birds.

Squash birdsAnd maybe just go and check out her before and after page. It’s AMAZING!

Interview with Naomi from Fifty Two Create

 

Today we’re talking to Naomi from Fifty Two Create.

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Naomi is a two time challenge winner. She picked up her first win with her brilliant thrift store shift to party dress makeover.

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If you’ve not yet seen the transformation you’ve absolutely got to go over and view the post now. It’s crazy-amazing.

Naomi also picked up the prize in our week six ruffle challenge, with her alphabet ruffle quilt.

Alphabet Ruffle Quilt

While checking out the ruffling video, you’ll be delighted to Naomi’s lovely British accent.

Interview with Naomi, Fifty Two Create

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

I started Fifty Two Create at the end of October 2012. I had been sewing and crafting for a little over 6 months and I wanted to remember all the projects I had made. I decided I would love to set myself a challenge of creating something each week for 52 weeks of the year and so Fifty Two Create was born. I know so many people who think they are not creative so I also wanted my blog to show my developing novice sewing, knitting and quilting skills so that people would feel less intimidated by getting crafty.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

Like most people here I have really been crafting since I was little. I have always enjoyed the process of making something. I love that angst when the project isn’t going as planned or doesn’t look like it did in your mind and then that *kerching* moment when another idea develops and it evolves into something better. I love that!

3. How often do you craft?

I am usually working on several projects at once and I craft or sew most evenings. It is my ultimate way of relaxing. I will usually be found at my sewing machine, pins scattered all over the floor, wine precariously balanced on the shelf alongside fabric, scissors and my camera to capture my latest endeavor.

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Sometimes it comes out of something that I need or would like. I love celebrations and birthdays. They are the perfect excuse for me to make the day feel special with my crafty creations. I have been known to invent celebration days so I could pull together several craft ideas around a theme I had in mind. Obviously Pinterest is also responsible for my ever increasing list of things to make! I am also my mother’s daughter and therefore a hoarder at heart because you never know what you can make from 12 milk bottle tops (nb. I have recently thought of a perfect use for these!) I really love finding a use for collected items or toying with a particular object because somewhere it captures you and then enjoying the process of making it into something you love.

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric. It has to be fabric. I love the variety. I love that you can turn it into literally anything. No joke, an amazing afternoon for me would be just spent in my local fabric shop. My daughter has learnt to ‘need’ the toilet as soon as we enter the shop to get me out of there quickly! My mind starts roaring with ideas once I see all the different prints. Yes, definitely fabric!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Oooh that is a hard question. My guilty pleasure would have to be a dollop of trash tv with a great fabric pattern at hand, a rare steak with garlic green beans and a huge glass of red. Okay so that’s several and this actually not far off most evenings (is that bad?!!)

7. What makes you smile?

Without a doubt my daughter, except she usually makes me laugh because she is hilarious. Aside from her, a fantastic coffee (never fails), a warm bed, the waves of the sea and someone cooking for me.

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

It is such a cliche but spending time with family and friends. However, if I take them and crafting out of the equation the next thing that comes to mind is work. I do love my job (in the NHS). A perfect mix of engaging, challenging and inspiring. (Caveat, I am on annual leave as I write this and the heart always grows fonder…!)

I have so enjoyed getting to know Naomi better. She’s really about the sweetest thing in the whole world…

Whilst we’re on the topic of Naomi, I thought I would share a few of my favorite posts.

Fifty Two Create

 

Shell Jewelry | Child’s Art Dress | Fancy Easter Eggs | Transport Play Map |

Cinnamon Christmas Decorations | Childs Wool Poncho |

Interview with Melissa Delight

Today’s interview is with Season 16 Contestant, Melissa.

Melissa DelightedMelissa is a two-time challenge winner. She picked up her first win with these awesome squirt gun curtains during our “kids can do” challenge.

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Her second win came during our outdoor challenge. You cannot miss her tutorial for the amazing whisky fire pit. It’s one of my favorite projects so far this season!

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Girl is AAAAMAZING!

Interview with Melissa Delight

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

The idea to start a blog came while wandering the aisles of JoAnn Stores, talking to my mom. She laughed, because I tend to get really excited about something and then switch to something entirely different. I call my blog Zigzags and Blossoming- the Story Behind Delighted. I am constantly being asked, “How did you do that? Will you teach me?” Having a blog where I can showcase some of my ideas is fun. I am not the best at keeping it up to date, but I promise to be real and always try to be better! :)

2. How and when did you start crafting?

Crafting has always been a passion of mine. I LOVED the “project” assignments in school and can remember specific assignments from every grade level that challenged my creativity. In middle school my grandma gave me her sewing machine and a week of quilting classes. Boy was I proud of that quilt, second place at the county fair. There was only two entries, but it was awesome anyway!

3. How often do you craft?

I zig and zag! Sometimes the house never gets cleaned because I am in “project mode” and you all know you do not just stop that ;) Then there will be weeks where I am not feeling creative and lacking inspiration. As a nurse, I only work 3 days a week- 12 hr shifts, so I have the ability to craft often!! Lucky me!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

I love the challenge of creating something new from something old or repurposing. I get a big thrill when people compliment an item in my house or a piece to an outfit and I can say, “Thanks, I made it!” I take the pups to Home Depot and wander the aisles just thinking creatively. I see cool I-Want-That things at stores and immediately ask myself if I can make it. In other words I am annoying to shop with. I even thought about making my wedding dress, but alas one of my bridesmaids said she would take my sewing machine if I did that!

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I do not necessarily have a favorite medium, but more a favorite concept. Why spend a ton of money if I can make it myself for cheaper?! :) This goes for decorating, food, crafts, clothes you name it!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate!! Dark chocolate to be specific.

7. What makes you smile?

Teaching new dads how to diaper and swaddle their babies! Also? When my guy comes home and says, “Did you make that?!”

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

I LOVE setting out on adventures! No real agenda, just the open road and my boys. We have gotten ourselves into some fun, scary, humorous and always entertaining situations! We one time decided to camp in our car in Whistler. The border agent said, “How long will you be here?” We told her two nights.  She asked us why we had so much stuff. When we told her we were camping she exclaimed, “HERE?! It’s November!” We know and we had an incredible time!!!

Be sure to catch up with Melissa:  
Blog: http://zigzagsandblossoming.blogspot.com/
Etsy: www.befeellivedelighted.etsy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delighted/194574020578043?ref=hl
Twittter: @MelissaDelight
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MelissaDelight/

Unfortunately Melissa wasn’t able to compete in this week’s ruffle challenge, but she would have entered a fun ruffle turkey.

turkeyTo see how this project turned out, be sure to pop over to her site!

 

Interview with Nat from Nat Mac’s Knick Knacks

Today I am excited to share an interview with Natalie, from Nat Mac’s Kick Knacks. I hope you have as much fun getting to know her as I have.

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

My name is Natalie, but my friends call me Nat. I am a stay at home Mom to three kiddos. I like thrifting, crafting, scrapbooking, and cooking. I like to stay busy and always have something I’m working on. My blog is a hodge-podge of all the things I love.

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I grew up in a very talented family. It must just be something that’s in my blood. I started doing little crafts when I was pretty young. When I was in Junior High I got really big into scrapbooking. When my hubby and I bought our first home I started crafting a lot more. Most of my holiday decorations are things that I’ve made with my Mother-in-Law.

3. How often do you craft?

I try to craft as much as possible. Sometimes it’s more often than not. I like to do at least one new craft each holiday.

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

I think you can get inspiration pretty much everywhere. Currently though it’s hands down Pinterest. I spend far too much time on that website!

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

Seasonal and holiday crafts are my favorite. I think it’s especially fun for my kids since they are still pretty young.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

I have lots of guilty pleasures. Fountain cherry cokes, peanut butter M&Ms, reality TV, Ben and Jerry’s icecream, Pinterest.

7. What makes you smile?

As cheesy as it may sound my hubby and kiddos. It’s hard to stay mad when you live at my crazy house. I also have a hard time not smiling when I watch Jimmy Fallon, The Colbert Report, Modern Family, Blades of Glory, Flight of the Conchords, Disney Movies.

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

Again, another cheesy answer, but spending time with my family. Summer is great for quality family time. We have lots of outings, swimming, camping, game nights, movie nights at the drive-Inn, and bbq’s. Our lives are pretty hectic during the school year so it’s nice to re-center in the summer.

Thanks so much for participating with us this season Nat!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, get to know Nat a bit better by visiting her site. You will get to see a lot of fun posts. Here are a few of my favorite, just in case you missed them…

Nat MacPeeps Topiary
Valentine’s Day Ribbon Heart
I’m Lucky Art
Barbie’s Dream House
Stuffed Scarf Owls

Interview with Jesika from Craft Geek

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy learning a little bit more about our contestants and I am excited to share a little bit more information about Jesika from Craft Geek. Read up, she’s adorable!

Jesika Craft Geek

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

I am the youngest of three and the only girl. I grew up in a household of people who love to cook. I started crafting when I learned how to sew. Growing up I made bows and headbands for my softball teams. My blog is my outlet to talk about crafts and food as much as I want.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

One random summer I found the sewing machine, I asked my mom to show me basics and I started making my own bags.

3.How often do you craft?

How often do I craft or how often do I think of crafting?  Haha. I tend to craft about 3 days a week minimum. When I am not crafting, I am drawing out crafts to do.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Magazines, Pinterest, random ideas that pop into my head.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

I really love fabric, it may or may not be an obsession.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Hmm guilty pleasure… that is a tough one but I really just enjoy watching my tv shows on the couch while snacking on some food! I don’t know if being a couch potato is a guilty pleasure…

7.What makes you smile?

A lot of stuff makes me smile but really I just like to see people enjoying the life that they were given.

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

Does cooking count.. or is that considered a craft?! I really love to cook, bake, but not clean!

We didn’t get to enjoy Jesika’s outdoor craft, but you should pop over to her site and watch for more information…She created the most delightful basket liner for her beach cruiser!

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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 Amber @ Craft Me Perfect {and her great prizes}

Amber was our second runner up this season.  She did a fantastic job each week.  Here is a little bit more about her.

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

Craft Me Perfect is a blog all about craft projects I create throughout my life. Many ask where I got the name “Craft Me Perfect”. I know that God is the thing that is perfect, so I strive to be more and more like Him every day of my life. (Even in crafting).

2. How and when did you start crafting?

I have always loved art ever since I could hold a pencil and a paint brush. My favorite class has always been art. In fourth grade I began sewing in 4-H. I will have to admit, it was hard at first, but I quickly learned more about it and loved it so much!! In 2010 I started making cards for my friends and family. This branched off into me starting to scrapbook.

3. How often do you craft?

I craft anytime I get a chance. I love making gifts for my friends and family so that is a perfect time for me to work in a craft project! On average I craft once a week but much more in the summer! I enter over 100 craft items in my local fair every year!

4. Where do you get your inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from friends, family, and of course Pinterest! If someone says they need a wedding card then I start brainstorming and sketching ideas. So I guess I also give myself inspiration.

5. What is your favorite medium to work in?

My favorite medium to work with us fabric. You can do so much with fabric whether it’s making fabric flower bouquets or stuffed animals or a skirt.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Honeydew melon, ice cream, and chai tea lattes

7. What makes you smile?

Family, Children,  and the Sight of someone genuinely worshipping God

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

Playing card games with friends and family and shopping of course!

Congrats on runner up Amber!

And here are the prizes she will be receiving from our super cool sponsors.

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