1.Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I started making name signs as gifts for friends having babies years ago. People always asked if I sold them, so about a year ago I decided to take the plunge and open an Etsy shop. I realized that many of the shops I enjoyed were the ones tied to blogs–I loved being able to “peek” in on the seller’s life. I guess I’m kind of creepy that way. But to me it made the Etsy experience that much more personal and enjoyable. So I decided to start a blog around the same time–I guess I’m an exhibitionist and a voyeur :0) I figured it was a way to get my name out there, share the projects I was doing, and also as a bit of a “diary” while my kiddos were growing up. (It’s just too hard to keep up with those “Baby’s First Years” books, am I right?) I’m enjoying the whole experience of blogging, and even though my Etsy shop is temporarily closed, I love doing that too.
2. How and when did you start crafting?
hmmm…well, necessity is the mother of invention. I come from a long line of cheap-o’s. Why pay good money for something you can make yourself? Call it a family tradition–my mom and aunts were a bunch of DIYers, refashioners, thrift shoppers and upcyclers from long before it was trendy or blogworthy!
3. How often do you craft?
I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. When I’m working on a project it consumes me–nothing, and I mean NOTHING else gets done. Picture kids running haywire half-clothed and gnawing on stale crackers through a filthy house while I’m wrapped in a glue gun cord and pieces of thread wearing yesterday’s jammies. Now you know how Kim from Bugaboo works. I kid! ) Honestly though, I do tend to go in spurts–when I get an idea, whether it be a home dec project, a sewing project, whatever–I run with it till it’s done. Then I pack everything up and vow to be more balanced next time in my crafting and force myself to cook a healthy meal. But you know how that goes…the next inspiration strikes…and before you know it it’s dirty kids and stale crackers again…
4. Where do you get your inspiration?
Anywhere. Other blogs are always a great source of inspiration. I really consider myself more of a “sewer” (as in “one who sews”, not an underground pipe for yuck) than a “crafter”, so I love looking at runway photos or fashion blogs and translating those ideas into outfits for my girls.
5.What is your favorite medium to work in?
In line with the last question, I’d have to say fabric. I can get lost in fabric. And when I make something that turns out the way I envisioned it–I’m just that much more addicted.
6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Ah! Where’d this question come from??? Well, I guess I’d have to say coffee. Anytime, anywhere, any type–hot, cold, iced, foamed, flavored, decaff, regular…I’m not picky.
That and any potato product–like Bubba–boiled, broiled, fried, whipped, mashed, smashed, diced, sauteed, baked…okay, now I’m hungry. And thirsty.
7. What makes you smile?
Of course my kids. They all have great senses of humor and crack me up on a daily basis. I love having a bit of a bigger family–and watching them together always brings a smile to my face (and maybe a tear to my eye, depending on how hormonal I am). And of course my husband–he’s my daily support and just hearing his voice makes me happy.
Okay, enough of the mushy–I love British humor, dry wit, and intelligent sarcasm. THAT makes me laugh out loud.
8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
I’m a reader. Reading falls under the same heading as crafting & sewing for me though–I get completely consumed. So I have to limit the amount of books I bring in the house or I’m up until 2 am saying “just ONE more chapter…”. I’ve been known to steal my kid’s books when I get really desperate. I can’t even have the newspaper delivered to my house–I will read it front to back every day of the week if I do–and a momma of 4 and 7/9 just doesn’t have that luxury.
I also have a great love of photography. With digital photography now it’s become so, so easy. About a year ago I got a Canon Rebel and Photoshop Elements, and having been teaching myself how to use them both (along with the aid of so many great tutorials and tips found online). I was privileged to do my cousin’s wedding back in October–which was a ton of fun and a great honor. It’s something I would love to explore more once I have this baby! )
*If you would like to learn more about Shannon and see her SYTYC projects you should check out her bio page*