You guys, I am so excited to share today’s interview with you. Over the past couple of months, I have gotten to know Season 16 winner, Hayley, and she is one amazing girl. While her projects are wonderful and she’s very creative, what really shines through is her happy, positive spirit. I will miss emailing with her every week (hint to Hayley, stay in touch mmmkay?!)
Hayley has shared some great projects with us this past season.
Removable Fabric Wallpaper | Rainy Day Redo | The Busy Blanket | Vintage Ladder Arbor | Hot Air Ballon Necklace | Ruffled Mermaid Costume | Watermelon Mojitos | Kids Grocery Market | DIY Pallet-style Artwork
Interview with Hayley, Welcome to the Mouse House
1. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My name is Hayley and I blog at Welcome to the Mouse House, where I chat about crafting, sewing, decorating, cooking, and just general family life.
I started the blog 5 years ago to keep our families up to date on our kids, but the blog grew more than I ever thought it would! I love the direction it has taken and it is so fun for me to share my creativity with my readers.
2. How and when did you start crafting?
Growing up, I was always a crafter…. coloring, painting, decorating, sewing. For Christmas and birthdays, I would always ask for art supplies and craft kits and would ooh and ahh over new colored pencils and watercolors.
Even during college, I would figure out ways to make my apartment pretty by making curtains, painting walls, making artwork, and designing new bedding.
I was the college student that spent a good part of my time building a dollhouse. Seriously. I built a McMansion dollhouse and it has electricity. My friends definitely thought I was wacky.
3. How often do you craft?
Because of my blog and my Etsy shop, I find myself crafting almost every single day. I am constantly decorating my house, sewing clothes for my kids, helping my friends fix up their houses, and finding new mediums to work with.
4. Where do you get your inspiration?
I try to avoid getting my inspiration from online, because I feel like it sways me too much. I often find an item at a shop or a thrift store and I look to see what can make it better or different. I do the same with fabrics…. I buy fabrics and wait for it to inspire me. A fabric may sit in my craft studio for a year before I realize that I have the perfect dress for it and it always works out!
5. What is your favorite medium to work in?
Fabric. Or paint. It is hard for me to decide.
I have been sewing since I was a little girl and it is a huge passion of mine. I can honestly say that I sew about 5-7 days a week and my daughter’s closet is busting at the seams with handmade goodies (my son has quite a bit, as well!) Fabrics are gorgeous and pretty and oh so fun to collect.
Painting furniture is also a huge part of my life… I find furniture pieces that have great bones and I know that paint is the simplest way to make an old piece new again. It is awesome to see the transformation for very little money.
6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Wine. In a box. Haha, just kidding. Trashy reality shows, like Real Housewives or The Real World. I seriously watch those on my laptop while I sew or craft. It is awesome.
7. What makes you smile?
It is so cliche, but my kids crack me up on a daily basis. My daughter is three and a half and my son is almost six. The things that come out of their mouths is hilarious and so innocent! I wish I had kept a running journal of all the funny moments because I worry that they will wash away from my memory.
8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
Shopping for craft supplies? Does that count? Other than that, I love to just chill out with my husband, eat some good food, and watch The Walking Dead. Oh, and I love coffee.
Hayley truly is a wonder with fabrics. I thought I would share just a few of the amazing fabric-related tutorials over on her site…
You can find loads more over on her site here.