Happy Monday everyone!
Today I’m doing something a little different. My friend Melissa over at A Happy Stitch invited me to participate in this “Blog Hop”, which is a fun way to not only find out a little more about the reasons behind why we bloggers, blog, but also a way to discover some new blogs to follow! So, I’ve been asked to answer some questions. Here we go…
Why do I write?
I started blogging in 2009. Yikes, that seems so long ago! My very first post was actually titled, “Why Blog?” Blogging back then was a way for me to re-connect with myself…the “me” outside of being a Mom and Wife. Any stay at home Mom knows how easy it is to lose themselves in the love of their children. It is very satisfying and rewarding to be and do everything for your family…until one day it isn’t. Something happens or you come across something that reminds you of who you used to be, and you realize that you’ve forgotten who that person is, and how to be her. That is what happened to me. That “something” was me uncovering my old sewing machine which was hidden in the depths of my basement junk…I was quickly reminded of my long forgotten crafty being and how happy sewing made me!
Re-discovering sewing (and my crafty self) was the catalyst for starting my blog. I wanted to ensure that I never lost myself again, and a blog would hold me accountable and provide me with a purpose for sewing.
Over the years, much has changed. Sewplicity transformed into a successful small business which allows me to continue being a stay-at-home Mom (which is priority #1 for me). My blog has become a way for me to “give-back” and provide inspiration to other crafty folks out there through creative ideas and tutorials. It also allows me to share fun and healthy recipes since cooking is a huge part of my daily life. My blog has also introduced me to photography, which quickly became another huge passion and has literally changed the way I view the world.
So to sum it up, I write because it keeps me in touch with who I am. It provides me with constant inspiration, allows me to share my craftiness with others and most importantly makes me a better Mom & Wife.
And just a fun fact, my logo was designed with my 2 girls in mind. Each dragonfly represents one of my daughters, one larger, one smaller. If I were to ever get a tattoo, my two dragonflies would be it!
What am I working on?
Right now I’m just getting back into the swing of things from a laid back Summer. My priority has been to catch up on my custom orders and all the fun accounting and tedious paperwork that comes from owning a business (3rd qtr. taxes are due!). But I’m also hunting for some inspiration so I can create some new tutorials. I have been testing some patterns, acquiring new fabrics and just sewing for fun!
How do I differ from others of my genre?
Hmmm….this is difficult. There are so many blogs out there, it’s hard to really define how I am different. My blog covers everything from sewing to crafty kid projects to cooking to daily hectic life! I just focus on being a busy, crafty Mom. Whether or not that makes my blog “different”, I’m not sure.
How does my writing process work?
Ha, I have to laugh at this question. I know in order to be a truly successful blogger, you need to be organized, thoughtful, determined and most importantly have a blogging calendar. Well, I’ve tried to be/do all and failed miserably. Had you known me pre-blog and pre-children you would know that I am fully capable of all of these things, but given Mamma-hood, increased craftiness and being responsible for all aspects of my business, home and family, I now am a master of none. It’s crazy, really. I’m pretty surprised how I’ve achieved what I have!
In short, writing happens:
> When I have time; and
> When I am inspired
> When the mood hits me
That is pretty much the truth of it! What I can share with you is that when I have a tutorial to write, I AM pretty methodical. My sewing room becomes somewhat of a photography studio. I have special lighting and backdrops set up and I am very thoughtful about what pictures I take and how I take them. Once I download and edit my photos I begin the task of writing my tutorial. My words accompany the pictures, not the other way around. By doing this I am able to successfully engage both my visual and cognitive learners.
And now I am passing you along to another blogger. Hannah Eisenberg of Organic SEO Press. Hannah is the owner and CEO of this amazing consulting company who has the know-how to drive relevant traffic to any website. A fun fact about Hannah is that aside from her background in I.T., she has a love for all things fabric and sewing. Oh, and she is also the mastermind behind the look and functionality behind my website!