Meet Virginia From Fynes Designs

A country girl to the core, Virginia lives in rural NS Canada with her husband and two children. She thrives on adding a splash of color to just about anything and works to be creative every day.

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Virginia has degrees in Animal Science and Interior Decorating, which are put to good use when planning projects for her blog. She also runs a small catering business from her home.

Interview with Virginia, Fynes Designs

When did you start crafting?

I started crafting at a very young age. The youngest of 10, I was often teased because I loved to cut, color and paste all day long, while the other kids were all out getting dirty.

I loved using old socks, toilet paper rolls, scraps of paper and yarn to create “beautiful” decorations, doll clothes and paper mache cats.

10 minute dish towel apron

10 Minute Dish Towel Apron via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite medium to work with?

I love crafting with wood. I can rock a scroll saw and can cut a mean pattern. I make signs for a hobby and just built my first piece of furniture from scratch.

Master bedroomMaster Bedroom Reveal via Fynes Designs

What’s your favorite thing to do (other than crafting, of course)?

I love hanging out with my sisters, hitting yard sales and antique stores and making blanket forts with my kids.

How do you stay organized?

Organization isn’t exactly my strong suit. I have a lot of Post-It notes, an AWESOME momma that helps me with just about anything I ask and kids that don’t mind eating super on top of my most recent product…the kitchen often gets turned into a craft room.

embroidery-craft-kitEmbroidery Hoop Art via Fynes Designs

Who do you admire?

The first blog I started reading was The 36th Avenue. I still love everything about Desiree and her blog and was so excited to meet her at Snap Conference.

In addition, I really admire my two favorite Canadian bloggers – A Pretty Life in the Suburbs and Suburble. It’s a different world up here and I couldn’t do it without them.



Meet Katie From The Crafty Blog Stalker

Meet Katie

Katie has been married to her high school sweetheart for 17 years. Together they have four children. She comes from a very crafty, do-it-yourself type of family and has been creating really ever since she can remember.

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The Crafty Blog Stalker is a tutorial based blog she shares many creative projects, but paper crafting is her favorite!

Interview with The Crafty Blog Stalker

When did you start crafting?

I have written in a journal ever since I could write. Early on I started keeping little memorabilia things like pictures and movie stubs and was taping them into my journal. I had smash books before they were even a thing!  

One of Katie’s favorite projects is this Geometric Monogram Letter.

Geometric Monogram LetterGeometric Monogram Letter via The Crafty Blog Stalker

What is your favorite medium to work with? 

Paper is awesome! There are just so many colors, patterns and types of paper that it just makes my heart happy. I have enough paper that I never need to buy any again, but when I walk into a craft store I suddenly find the need for more.

Paper flower sucker bouquetPaper Flower Lollipop Bouquet via The Crafty Blog Stalker

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

I absolutely love to be out on the trails on my 4-wheeler. I love the wind on my skin and the dirt on my face. That is a good Saturday right there!

How do you stay organized? 

Spreadsheets. I have a spreadsheet for everything. I have one for Linky Parties, one for Pinterest, one for Facebook postings, one to keep track of the number of followers I have on all of my social media sites, and one for youtube videos. I keep my kids one as well to keep track of their chores. I think I may need a spreadsheet to keep track of my spreadsheets!

Who do you admire?

Mandy Beyer, Sugar Bee Crafts I am totally her secret admirer (even though it’s not so secret anymore!) I think she has an amazing eye for color, styling and crafting. I totally want to be like her when my blog grows up.

Painted Medallion Focus WallPainted Medallion Focal Wall via The CraftyBlog Stalker

Meet Shonee From Hawthorne and Main

Shonee loves to craft and create. She started her blog Hawthorne & Main in 2014, right after she and her husband purchased their first house – a fixer upper.

DIY advice from Shonee at Hawthorne and Main

On the blog she shares their experiences in fixing up an older house, as well as home decor ideas.

When she isn’t blogging she loves to spend time with her family enjoying outdoors and nature.  She especially loves getting outside to go for a walk or run.

Interview with Hawthorne and Main

When did you start crafting?

I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. My whole family loves to craft in some way or another. I guess you could say I grew up crafting!

My earliest memories of crafting are of learning how to sew on my mother’s sewing machine as a young girl. I was always willing to try and learn new things.  It wasn’t until my early twenties when I really started to love sewing and I still enjoy it today.

Handmade Pineapple tote bag. Full tutorial available. Handmade Pineapple Tote Bag

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I have so many favorites. My favorite quick fix though, is paint. I am surprised again and again how fast paint can totally change the look of feel of a wall, room or a piece of furniture.

Hand painted Pottery Barn style Christmas ornament tutorial. Huge impact. Hand Painted Pottery Barn Style Christmas Ornament

What is one craft or DIY skill you’d love to master?

I would love to be able to build. Don’t get me wrong…I have tried building many, many times. I guess my biggest problem is my lack of patience and precision. There is a certain exactness that comes with building. I will keep trying and one day I will build something amazing!

These DIY wood stars create the perfect rustic holiday look. This site has a full tutorial for creating the wood stars out of scrap wood. Scrap Wood Christmas Stars

What’s your number one favorite guilty pleasure?

I have a soft spot in my heart for Twix bars. When I was in high school I would go down to the local grocery store for lunch, grab a couple of pieces of fried chicken, bbq sauce and a Twix almost every day. I can’t eat like that anymore, but I do still love a Twix now and again.

Who inspires you?

My biggest blog crush is Mandi, from Vintage Revivals. She has mad room makeover skills.

I also really like KariAnn, from Thistlewood Farms. When I grow up I want to be able to write like her, she is my hero!

Interview with Naomi from Fifty Two Create


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

Naomi Fifty Two Create

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

thrift store dress to party dress

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 |