My husband and I live in Springfield, Missouri with our three year old, Sebastian and are preparing to welcome little Ruby in early November! We have put together a fun, mix-n-match house full of thrifted and repurposed finds and try to get outside for little bits of each day while the mosquitoes are sleeping.
2. How do you include your family in your crafting fun?
I always try to find ways to let Sebastian join in when he shows interest in something crafty I'm doing. Whether that is getting out the paints for him to make something pretty for Mama while I supervise out of the corner of my eye, or help him build a tower out of those same paint tubes, I always try to let him feel welcome in the studio space and allowed to create something with me. My husband and son are both supportive and equally interested in our random trips to flea markets on the side of the highway and can usually find something to entertain themselves with while I scan the booths for things I must have. I let Sebastian take home little tractors or trains that he shows extra interest in as long as the price is manageable. He's learning how to enjoy things for a moment and then putting them back without a big fuss, which is quite mature of him since sometimes I can't manage that myself.
3. How has being a "crafty mama" enhanced you and your families lives?
I think it has made our daily atmosphere a little more colorful and eclectic and encourages thinking outside of the box. I hope to be able to pass along special family treasures to my kids in the form of handmade items that will always remind them of how much they are loved and teach them them to appreciate putting time and effort into gifts. Being able to learn from and enjoy the visual examples of other crafty mamas online has encouraged me to be more thoughtful and intentional in what experiences I offer my family and how to make our lives more rich.
4. What is your all-time favorite craft or project that you have made?
My very first large-ish quilt was started right before I found out I was pregnant with Sebastian and before I knew just how daunting of a task it would be to finish. I started with naive ambition and made a lot of mistakes along the way but still love how wildly colorful it is and the memories attached to it. In a similar way I was working on my first large-ish painting right before I found out I was pregnant with Ruby earlier this year and like to think whatever hormone cocktails were brewing in my body both times were causing me to want to make big, pretty things.
5. Do you have any tips for mama's who would like to get in on the creative fun but just can't seem to find the time or money?
There will always be more things you should be doing elsewhere which can make giving value to creative time feel like a selfish act but it is usually something that leaves you feeling enriched and inspired and can become a shared experience with your family. Planning ahead and communicating with everyone about what you'd like to do will help you protect that time and might even get them a little interested as well. Look for craft supplies such as yarn, fabric or wooden shapes that can be reused. Keep a list of supplies you need to make a project and collect them over time. There are tons of video tutorials on YouTube.com and crafty blogs that can help you start a new skill without spending money on a class. Often times local craft and quilting stores will offer inexpensive classes that leave you with a finished project at the end and a few new friends. Don't be scared to try something new and don't put it off until you have more time. Make some time.
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