Q: When did you first start getting into DIY and crafting?
A: I've always enjoyed working with my hands and building things. My dad was in construction and could do anything with a piece of wood, but once we started a family is when I got really into it.
Q: Who inspired you to start crafting?
A: My daughter inspired the crafting bug in me. When I was pregnant with her, I all of sudden wanted to know how to sew and glue things!
Q: What was the most memorable craft/project you ever created?
A: Probably my daughters blanket. I made her crib bedding, and at 6 years old she still carries that thing around everywhere. It makes my heart smile.
Q: Why is crafting worthwhile to you?
A: I love creating something with my own hands and having that sense of accomplishment when I stand back and look at what I've made.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: Everywhere. A lot of the things I make are to solve a problem. Like if my kids leave books everywhere, I build a bookshelf. My goal is to become more organized!
Q: Any advice to those just starting to get into crafting?
Don't feel like you have to be "crafty" in order to craft. Just start small and follow a few tutorials, and the rest will come with time.
What are 3 craft supplies/tools that you can't live without?
Scissors, Paint, Foam Brushes. It seems like I use those for everything. And, when I build projects: Miter Saw, Drill, and Kreg Jig. Those are necessary to get started in building furniture.
What's something you have yet to create, that you dream of creating some day?
I want to build a tiny house and completely decorate it. Ever since I saw the craze, I've wanted one. I love the idea of finding all these creative ways to fit a lot into a small space, and decorating it would be so fun! Imagine turning crafts into multi functional items!
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