1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Hi, I’m Erin from Erin’s Creative Energy. I am the mother of two rambunctious little boys and the wife to former Army man turned project manager. Life is never dull being surrounded by so much testosterone. Even both of the dogs are male. It’s a good fit for me since I love power tools so much. I’ve even been voted as President of my local woodworking chapter. My blog is all about what inspires me and my creativity. I do everything from photography, to woodworking, to crafting and so much more.
2.How and when did you start crafting?
I would spend my summers with my grandparents from the time I was 5 all the way through highschool. My grandmother loved to crochet (how is it that is one of the things I haven’t been able to do?), as well as plastic canvas and sewing. My grandfather did wood working and would build model sized gas and steam engines where he would machine most of the parts himself. Between the two of them, they never told me NO to a single creative whim that I had. It’s because of them that I developed a love of expressing myself through arts and crafts. I can’t thank them enough for that. From that love of creating, it was the perfect fit for me to pursue it in college and I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
3.How often do you craft?
I typically work on my creative endeavors when the kids are sleeping, unless I find something fun that I would love their help on. As they get older, the more helpful they are and less destructive.
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! Art school did teach me that you can draw inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. If you are in a creative rut, go out and explore something you have never seen or try something new. It gets the brain fired up!
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Wood or watercolor. But, stained glass is getting pretty high on the list. I will do and try practically anything, but have found I am not good when it comes to knitting or crocheting.
6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching far too much TV. I am a sucker for reality competitions where the contestants have talent. I am having a lot of fun watching American Ninja Warrior and So You Think You Can Dance right now.
7.What makes you smile?
My children, my ridiculously goofy husband and finding grammatical errors on public signs. (Hoping I haven’t misspelled anything in this post now). I also love people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
Congrats again on your win Erin! And here is what she won…
Whimsy Couture makes some of the cutest patterns for little girl clothes I’ve ever seen – and some ready made stuff too! Not only are the patterns adorable, but you can sell any garments made using the patterns in your own shops. They have 66 patterns available so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. I’m loving the little romper. Be sure to follow the Whimsy Facebook page for great updates and such
Hi I’m Lisa Leonard, my desire is to create simple, lovely pieces that can add meaning to the everyday. I love to touch my necklace throughout the day and reflect on my husband and my sweet boys. Whether it’s a special bracelet or fun piece of décor we want to make sure that each item is a work of art.
At Poppy Tree Frames we fully understand that the best memories are ones that are captured, and our delight is framing those treasured snapshots in frames that are bold enough to make a real statement yet remain elegant so as to not distract from the subject. Poppy Tree Frames are a small crew of artisans, wood-smiths and lovers of the brilliance of the old world and the pervasive whimsical and artistic aesthetic of today. Offering 18 customizable frames styles in 42 colors and 49 prints we are excited about what we are pouring ourselves and like a father proud of his son, indeed we are proud of what we have begotten and want to share our craft.
I design baby, kids, and women’s shoes over at www.shoeology.etsy.com and www.sweetpeapattern.etsy.com. I create beautifully illustrated tutorials to teach people how to make shoes just like they see in my pictures. I sell them as PDF patterns so people have the convenience of downloading them in a very short amount of time. That way they can get started right away. Please visit my Facebook page to get regular updates on new patterns!