This Friday we're going behind the scenes and meeting Plaid Creator Abbey DeHart of "The Cards We Drew." Abbey began crafting at a young age, doing Mod Podge projects with her grandmother. Years later, when preparing for her son's first birthday party, she started developing the blog we all love today! Check out the full interview with Abbey below, and head on over to our Instagram
today for her Insta-takeover!
Q: When did you first start getting into DIY and crafting?
A: I crafted with my grandma and mom as a kid, so I guess it’s always been a big part of my life. I’d say after my kids were born I started getting into it more as I crafted for their parties or to decorate their rooms and it’s grown more from then on.
Q: Who inspired you to start crafting?
A: My grandmother definitely inspired me. She used to run crafting classes in her community, and had an impressive craft hoard herself. She has since passed, but I still remember the crafting supplies she used to bring to our house when we were kids.
Q: What was the most memorable craft/project you ever created?
A: My favorite craft/project is hard! I did a Farmhouse Sign for my mantel a few months ago and I think that may be my favorite, mostly because there is a lot of sentiment behind the words that I put on the sign.
Q: Did you do arts and crafts as a child? If yes, who did you do them with?
A: Yep! I used to do them with my grandmother and my brother. We made mod podged plates for just about every holiday imaginable, my mom had a mod podge plate for every single occasion!
Q: Why is crafting worthwhile, to you?
A: Crafting is almost therapeutic from the standpoint that it makes me think hard, get creative, and come up with imaginative ways to do things. It’s very satisfying to have people say they love something in your house and ask where you got it and I can answer, “Well, I made it.”
Q: What is your favorite aspect of crafting and creating?
A: I LOVE it when I come up with one of those “ah ha!” moments and realize I’ve stumbled upon an idea no one else has done yet. It’s very satisfying and I try hard to be a trendsetter vs. repeating what others have done.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: I find inspiration from style blogs and popular retailers like Target and Pottery Barn. I like to read magazines to look at popular trends, but then take those trends and put my own spin on them to create something unique.
Q: Any advice to those just starting to get into crafting?
A: Not every craft will be as awesome as you imagined it in your head and sometimes that ok craft in your head turns out amazing. For every craft success story, I’ve probably had equally as many fails. Even the most avid crafters have unforeseen issues in their projects, so just because something doesn’t work out the way you had hoped, learn from it and keep trying. You’ll win some, you’ll lose some! It’s all about the vision!
Q: What are 3 craft supplies/tools that you can't live without?
A: My hot glue gun, mod podge, and the new FolkArt Painted Finishes in Barnwood. LOVE that barnwood look!
Q: What's something you have yet to create, that you dream of creating/crafting some day?
A: I REALLY want to learn to hand letter and/or use watercolors. They’re both really popular right now and so pretty!