A couple of weeks ago Carrie, from Right Sides Facing, emailed me to see if I'd be interested in joining in this little Blog Hop. I've been following her on Instagram for a while now, there she shares lots of fun family pictures plus lots of great sewing makes as well. She is new to the blog world, but not to sewing! You must head over to check these awesome alligator shorts (so cool!) and this dress and this skirt...she's really kicking off her blog with some fantastic stuff!
I love getting to know a little of the "back story" behind people and their blogs. Often times we only talk about the things that we make but less about what makes us make. So, thanks Carrie for asking me to join!
Why do I write?
I started this blog when it was just me at home (a new home) all day with a baby and a toddler. At the time it gave me a sense of "purpose" and a creative outlet. Before I started blogging I was making and fitting in a bit of creativity into small bits of free time. The blog writing began with hopes of inspiring others to do the same. I write to share my projects with others and hope to inspire others to make and create as well. I really believe that everyone has creativity in them and when given a little bit of time, the right materials and a little bit of practice everyone can make something unique and special. But, while the writing began with the hopes of inspiring others I have found that it also inspires me! Writing this blog inspires me to try new things and think creatively. It also inspires me to encourage creativity in Violet and Henry, who are far from being a baby and toddler now!
What am I working on? I currently have a long list of things to make...I'm thinking about making myself a new coat this fall. I'm looking forward toward SSW and have plans to make myself a new dress! I've also got plans for a new bag in the works, a chair to fix up, some custom orders from my etsy shop, maybe some craft show making, and as you might expect some new kid clothes are on the list as well. But, currently I don't have anything I am actively working on. I'm not one of those people who can start a project and then put it aside for a while. I'm the type who has long lists but can really only manage making one thing at a time. Often times I prepare projects and have them waiting in the wings, but typically the making happens one at a time. That's part of the reason I have such a difficult time committing to craft shows, there's too much making all at once!
How does it differ from others of its genre?
I'm not sure exactly how my blog and it's writing and projects differ from others doing the same...partly because it doesn't neatly fit into one particularly genre. Much of the time the projects here are sewing centric but, while I do love to sew, it's not the only thing that I like to do. I like to try to switch from sewing to kid crafting to fun family photo sharing. The things that are made around here whether they are sewn or crafted are often heavily influenced by Violet and Henry's ideas. For instance, when sewing clothes for them I usually try to involve them in some way. Sometimes this takes the finished project in a different direction than I might have originally expected, but more often means that they will actually wear the things I make them. As far as the kid crafts, many of those begin from their own creative ideas! I'm not sure I really answered the question, but...
How does my writing process work? For me the writing process begins with the inception of the project itself. Often times I think of a project and think about the blog post even before it's made. I sometimes write blog posts in my head while I am out running in the woods or running errands. The next step of the writing process happens when I am taking the pictures. I like photos. I like them in other people's posts and therefore like to use them in mine as well to "tell the story" themselves. I edit photos, choose them and make collages before I even begin to write my blog posts. When my photos are ready I'm ready to begin writing "around them".
So that's it...a bit of "back story" from me and this blog. Next, it's time for me to pass the "virtual baton" along to two other bloggers...YAY!
First, I'm passing it along to Melissa, from A Happy Stitch. You might remember that she and I collaborated together last summer during our Backyard Art Series. Since then we have really enjoyed getting to know each other more and more through emails, etc. and joke about the possibility of one day being real life neighbors (of course that's not likely to happen, but one can hope!). And so, it's always nice to learn a bit more about your friends right? She will be up next Monday (September 22) with her blog hop answers, but in the meantime Melissa has loads of great sewing projects to peruse...fantastic boys clothes (jeans even!), clothes for herself, I really love this dress and these shorts, and quilts, plus some great tutorials! Stop on by to check it out.
The second person I am passing the Blog Hop along to is Jennifer from Classic Play. Jennifer is a blogger friend who does actually live near by but we still haven't had a chance to meet in person, shameful! Someday... I am always so inspired by Jennifer and truly admire her, as a parent, person and blogger. She has such a great way with words and sparking meaningful conversation. She seems to really push herself to take leaps of faith. Plus she is hugely creative! She to will be up next Monday (September 22) with her blog hop answers, but in the meantime stop by to join in her Friday Happy Hour conversations, watch these videos ( I promise you that they will be inspire you and your children to try something new!), try these scones, check out her new project (with husband Dave) South of Brooklyn, and these goodies too!
I hope you've enjoyed this! Have a great day!