Monday, April 26, 2010

My Spotlight Monday

What do you get when you mix a standard storage item in your home, mix it with anything that is creative (sewing, crafts & more) and start a blog?

Does this picture help at all?

If you haven't guessed our My Spotlight Monday is...

I love her site and the many different projects she blogs and creates tutorials on.  She is a crafty person and not that other kind, the creative crafty kind! She has so many great ideas from quilting to furniture and home decor.  She has great ideas for a simple budget and in this economy I love seeing those.  

I hope you fall in love with her ideas and she inspires you to become crafty too!

1.  When did you first start sewing and why?

I first started sewing when I was probably in the 4th grade. My mom taught sewing lessons to other kids in the neighborhood and my older sister and I were rounded up to make the class full.  I remember making a drawstring bag to hold my sewing supplies.  Later, I worked for my mom, who is an award-winning Workroom Professional, sewing drapery panels and pillows and stuff like that.  Being a poor college student with a baby made me break down and start making clothes for the wee one.  I just started picking up quilting thanks to my BFF... it is really satisfying! 
2.  Name two sewing blogs you frequent.  
Who DOESN'T frequent MADE?  I love Dana's ideas and courage to make patterns simply by using existing clothes.  And I always get excited when Jill from Homemade by Jill has a new project to share; she is the person who inspired me to start a blog in the first place.  She'll always sit high on the crafty pedestal in my book.
3.  Do you have one thing that inspires you?  
My followers!  I go to every follower's profile and like to learn a little about them.  I have found so many great blogs, good ideas, and motivation through my bloggy friends.
4.  When you are not sewing, what do you do?  I really enjoy reading, watching movies with my main squeeze (usually chick flicks-  Lucky for me, the man doesn't mind girly movies as long as he can watch some ESPN after), and playing with my kiddos, ages 3 and 9 months. And... go to fabric stores, much to the chagrin of said main squeeze.
5.  As a child, what did you want to grow and an do/be?  
I wanted to be a mom/dental hygienist, but when I barely scraped out a C in college chemistry... I changed courses and majored in Home and Family Living with an emphasis in Interior Design.  Not that you can tell by looking at my apartment... now I just dream of publishing a children's picture book and becoming Ree Drummond, minus the cows in the yard.
6.  Anything else to share?
A pitiful fact about me is that I really dislike cooking.  Probably because I ruin nearly everything I touch, but it is the bane of my existence.  I am always so impressed with people (and my followers) who are great at cooking.  Hello, domestic goddesses.  I am not one of them.  I do, however, love to sing and do all things musical.  I am in a small group where we sing together just for kicks and giggles and it makes my week!  I am the choir director and chorister at my church, so music takes up a bit of my time :)
Here are some of her favorite projects she has blogged about.

Her Coloring Caddy (I wonder if one can be made for 180 markers....that would be handy for me!)

(this project I would love to do with our son!)

And the perfect baby shower gift: Ribbon Blanket

My favorites are: 
Her Birthday Banner tutorial.  My lack of skill in paper crafting makes this perfect for me!

The cute Button Yo-yo's

Cuddle Cubes, they describe themselves perfectly!

There are so many more wonderful tutorials and great projects at her site so be sure to check it out!


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