I love the variety of blogs on the Internet don’t you? It amazes me that people can be so creative and show off different parts of their personality. Recently I came across Michele Pacey‘s blog, and fell in love with it. I knew I had to interview her here for Working Writers.
I adored her answers so much and smiled at her ability to use the word “multi-craftural.” Do you love this woman or what!
Enjoy this interview.
I love your blog, Michele Made Me. When did you start blogging and how did you decide to make it related to crafting?
My younger sister has a lovely quilting blog, Ariane’s Crafts, which she’s had since 2008. She encouraged me to start a blog of my own. I resisted with every fibre of my being for over a year. I wasn’t sure it was for me. I really didn’t feel I had a blogger in me. But as I discovered the rich world of blogs through my sister, I realized (eventually) that a blog could be whatever I wanted it to be. There were no rules. In April 2010, I succumbed to the growing urge and created Michele Made Me. From the get-go, it’s been a general craft blog. I am undecided as to my crafting niche. I am multi-craftural and likely totally fickle; I jump between fiber, paper, sewing, crocheting, quilting. The only constant is my need to recycle and reuse garbage and old stuff. Also I work hard at making unique things, and really putting a little bit of myself into each piece.
I think the recycled craft projects you make are so darn clever. You say you have a huge recyclable stash, so how do you decide when something can be reused and when it’s just “garbage.”
Yikes. Your question reminds me that it’s probably time to purge… I throw a thing out when it’s yucky and can’t be cleaned properly, or when there is just no room for it. This of course means that my basement really isn’t a basement anymore. It’s more of a large hole at the bottom of my house backfilled with recyclables. You see, every bit of cereal box, egg carton, toilet roll (or whatever!) has the potential to be something cute or cool or clever. So my heart goes out to all the unloved toilet rolls and egg cartons of the world… *sniff * Bottom-line: I keep WAY too many recyclables. It’s a problem. Help me.
I like to believe that everyone has at least a little creativity. What can you recommend for people who think they aren’t creative at all?
Oh, I agree with you. Everyone is creative.
Here’s what you do if you think you’re not creative: Take an egg carton (or any clean paper recyclable), an exacto knife, a pair of scissors and glue. Don’t think about the outcome. Look at the egg carton. See its lines and the way it is formed. Start cutting it up into pieces along the lines that you see there. Once you’ve cut the whole thing into pieces, tidy up the edges of each piece with your pair of scissors. Then play with the pieces. Stack them. Squish them. Place them in various formations. Have fun. Build something. Now glue your something together. There. You’ve made an egg carton sculpture. I bet you it’s really cool and creative. I knew you had it in you. Take a picture. Send it to me. I’ll probably blog about it.
Experimentation + Play – Judgement = Creativity.
Do you have a favorite project you’ve done so far?
Let’s turn things to books (our favorite subject here at Working Writers!) What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Wow, that’s a toughie… I think the most interesting book I’ve ever read (which, by the way, is different from favourite or best in my case) is Becoming HumanSuccess Books) by Jean Vanier. It is a quiet and lovely book that made me question the way I think of myself, and the way I interact within my family and community.
Book you’re currently reading?
Where can we learn more about you?
Find me on-line at Michele Made Me where I post three times a week about crafting mostly and life sometimes. Drop-in for a visit anytime. I’d love to have you!