Interview with Kim @ Bugaboo, Mini Mr & Me

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I’m a former wannabe actress turned wifey and mama. I started my blog in an attempt to recapture my passion for the creative process, as well as my SANITY. Adjusting to staying at home was, at times, a rough transition and I found that focusing my creative energy on some hobbies definitely made me a more sane person, a more complete version of myself and, well, a nicer mom.

2.How and when did you start crafting?
I’ve always crafted. When I was young, I was a tomboy, but still enjoyed drawing, modeling clay, and playing with the lumps of bread dough my mom gave me. That drive to create has always been alive in me, in many different forms, from writing to theatre. I didn’t start crafting with so much passion and abandon until about a year and a half ago, though. Now it’s practically a way of life.

3.How often do you craft?
Everyday. Even if it’s just a little something. I always have about 10 projects going on at once.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?
EVERYWHERE! Of course I use the internet a lot – checking out blogs and other favorite etsy shops and brand names. I didn’t realize that the internet was literally BURSTING at the seams with creative blogs, and that was a fun discovery for me. I’m always bookmarking things to try. I also get inspiration from my family – especially my kiddos, or just from wandering around aisles aimlessly. Sometimes all it takes is viewing a random object at just the right moment to get the sparks flying. I’m also very inspired by nature.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
Well, that’s a hard one. I absolutely adore mod podge and paper, but lately I’ve been gaining momentum in the fabric area. I am generally a much more CRAFTY person than SEWY person, but I’m starting to really love fabrics of all kinds – especially knits. And, I know this isn’t technically a medium, per se, but my husband has a bad habit of calling me “The Wreath Lady” which makes me think of some 80 old woman smelling of moth balls as she pokes hideously fake flowers into straw forms. But I do love wreaths. I can’t explain why.

6.What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate. Does that even count? I mean, isn’t that everyone’s? Baked goods of all kinds. Especially cake. And Donuts. And muffins. Yep. I’ve got a problem.

7.What makes you smile?
bug and mini, my little kiddos. Gosh, those two are hilarious! There can’t be anything funnier than a 3 year old going on 30 and a 1 year old who’s already a drama queen. Also, when my husband cleans the kitchen. Which is pretty much all the time. I love that man.

8.What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
I love to write! Which is the main reason I combined the two and started a blog! I also love to read (all genres, but especially sci-fi/fantasy/mystery/suspense-type stuff). I love theatre and have a long-range plan to get back into when the kids are older.

*You can learn more about Kim on her bio page*

Interview with Melissa @ Sew Like My Mom

*Melissa is our Season 6 Champion! She won 7 of the ten weeks! You guys must really like her :) Congrats Melissa!*

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

I’m Melissa and I’m a SAHM to my 2 little girls. I started Sew Like My Mom last June to share my sewing projects with family and friends, and to keep a journal of sorts of the things I’ve made.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I always crafted as a kid and enjoyed making things whenever possible. My Mom was great about having us actively participate in crafts for holidays and let us go all out for school projects. I started sewing in high school, but only dabbling. I branched out a little in college, but have really come into sewing and crafting the way I do now in the last 3 years.

3.How often do you craft?

Usually every day! It’s a rare day that I don’t sit down to my machine, get together supplies for a project, or spend hours tracing appliqués on Heat n Bond.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

I get inspiration from everywhere! At first I was only able to copy other people’s ideas, but the more I stretch my imagination, the more I’m able to put my own twist on things I see. My girls inspire me a lot, too, because I’m always thinking of things they need or could use.

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Fabric. I love to sew and to stretch myself to learn new sewing techniques. I’m quickly learning to love paper, paint and many other mediums, though!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

TV and Cherry Coke! When I have a free evening I love to snuggle under a blanket and get caught up on my DVR.

7.What makes you smile?

My girls. They are more amazing than I ever could have imagined!! Also the support of my husband makes me really happy. He’s an incredible man and I’m blessed to have all 3 of them in my life!

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

Spending time with my family. My husband’s job is pretty demanding so we don’t have a lot of family time. It makes me treasure each moment we do get together!

*You can get to know Melissa a little bit better and see all of her SYTYC projects on her bio page*

Interview with Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy has done a fantastic job this season and finished the season as our runner up!  Congratulations Amy!

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

I amy Amy: wife, mama of three, and avid homemaker, sewer, and crafter. My corner of the blogging world is known as Positively Splendid, and it is a place where I like to share about my passion for all of those things.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I come from a long line of creative people, as my mom was the “Martha” of our neighborhood growing up and my dad is an oil painter. I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t dabbling in a creative endeavor of some form or another, but I’m sure it all started with something akin to cutting out magazine pictures with my first pair of safety scissors!

3.How often do you craft?

My creativity honestly comes in fits and starts. There are periods when my mind is truly dancing with ideas and things to explore, and others when the juices simply don’t want to flow. During the times when I’m particularly inspired, it isn’t at all unusual for me to work on something each day.

4.Where do you get your inspiration?

Having a background in public relations and marketing, I find magazines to be particularly inspiring. If there is a new magazine on the newstand with something lovely on the cover, I am like a moth to a flame: I just can’t resist! I love being able to turn through the pages and take clippings of the things that jump out at me: a color scheme, a particular fabric pattern, a quote, a recipe. I keep a notebook of the things I find that I also like to keep close to my nightstand. I find that great ideas tend to come to me in the middle of the night!

5.What is your favorite medium to work in?

Without a doubt, fabric! In the last few years, the scope of gorgeous fabrics readily available to sewers and crafters has absolutely exploded. There is something so intoxicating about having a new, uncut piece of fabric on my table: it’s my version of an empty canvas!

6.What is your guilty pleasure?

Fast food! My husband jokes that I am a walking contradiction: a foodie with a penchant for Chick-fil-A.

7.What makes you smile?

My family. It sounds so trite, but there is no other blessing that could possibly eclipse the joy of being a parent.

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

Cooking. I honestly find that cooking and crafting have an immense amount in common, as they both let you take elements that cannot stand on their own and combine them to create something spectacular. It is such a terrific creative outlet! I am so fortunate, too, to have a husband who loves to be in the kitchen (and eat!) as much as I do, so it is something we can do together each evening to connect.

*You can learn more about Amy and see all her SYTYC projects on her bio page*

Interview with Becky @ Corduroy’s Closet

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

My blog started when I started making things to sell. It was named after my oldest daughter, Corduroy. I wanted cool clothes for her, skate/surf onesies and couldn’t find them so I made them. Apparently they only make those kinds of things for boys. It has evolved from items that can be bought to anything I make. I love taking pictures and this blog has been a fun place to showcase not only my crafts but my photos. Some good and some bad.

2.How and when did you start crafting?

I have been crafting for [Read more...]

Scraps Only – Week 8 (with results)

Well, here we are…the top three crafters!  We still have Amy @ Positively Splendid, Meredith @ My Magic Mom & Melissa @ Sew Like My Mom.  There stuff has been great up to this point and they don’t disappoint this week either.  But first we need the results from last week.

Melissa took home the prize again with her Nursery Canvases.  I think they are so cute!  And I love that you could customize theme with any theme or fabric.

Becky had to leave us this week though.  Her DIY Wallpaper is such a great idea, but I guess people had babies on the brain.  I loved the idea.  I’m starting to love bold patterns on walls more and more so this would be a great way to do it.  Be sure to check out her blog Corduroy’s Closet to keep up with all her crafting.

I’m excited for this weeks theme…Scraps Only.  I have this problem where I can’t throw fabric away, not even the tiniest little piece.  The ladies sure give some good ideas of how to use them!

Craft #1 – Positive Attitude Pail – Meredith @ My Magic Mom

For scraps week, I decided to make a fabric basket. I wove strips into this form to make a rectangular pail shape. Then I added a handle to carry it around easier. The button on the side makes it easy to move the handle up and down.

I can think of so many uses for this fabric container, but I decided to make it into our “Positive Attitude Pail.”

I filled the pail with note cards and wrote positive messages on them. Some are inspirational quotes, others are personal affirmations and some are words of [Read more...]

Interview with Ashlee @ I’m Topsy Turvey

1.Tell us a little about you and your blog
My blog, like me, is a little crazy. It’s all over the place. I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago for my family, then I started a food blog for my recipes and cakes. And finally last year I started a craft blog. It got to be too overwhelming trying to keep them all current so I consolidated! Now my blog is crafts, cakes, food, vlogging and a bit about parenting my special needs children (Asperger’s). ‘As well as my [Read more...]

Interview with Nicole @ Cole’s Corner & Creations

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

Hi ya’ll! I’m Nicole (AKA Cole) and I blog over at Cole’s Corner and Creations.
I’m a stay at home mommy to three sweet kiddos and wife to one handsome guy.
I’m pretty laid back; I’d rather sew than clean; I’d rather eat than cook but I do love to bake and eat baked goods. I come from a big family and they mean everything to me. I love to sew for them. That’s what you’ll find out about on my blog! Come on over and say hi!

2.How and when did you start crafting?

As long as I can remember. One Mom is one great gal and she was always inspiring creativity in her 5 kids. I’m the oldest girl and I’ve been sewing since [Read more...]

Wall Decor – Week 7 (with results)

Well, we’re down to our final 4 crafters.  I can’t believe we’re more than half done with this season!

Melissa was again our winner last week with her Little Red Infinity Dress.  Isn’t it awesome?  my problem is that I would never be able to figure out how to switch it up and be all cute like that :)

We had to say goodbye to Ashlee though.  Her Week of Red {accessories}  would be awesome for a gift.  And you could do it in the persons favorite color.  Be sure to check out her blog, I’m Topsy Turvy, to check out her life after the contest.

This week’s theme is something I love to look at, but don’t have nearly enough of…Wall Decor.  And here’s another reminder of who’s still in the contest.

Becky @ Corduroys Closet
Melissa @ Sew Like My Mom
Meredith @ My Magic Mom
Amy @ Positively Splendid

Craft #1 – Nursery Canvases – Melissa @ Sew Like My Mom

We’re renters. So when we moved into our home, right before our baby was born, I had a hard time decorating her room. The walls are a caramel copper color and while not necessarily a “girly” shade, I fell in love with Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane fabric and thought the prints, reminiscent of the 1940′s, complimented her brown walls.

I made some curtains and a few crib sheets, but [Read more...]