I’m on the hunt for great blogs! When I see a blog I love I naturally want to find out more, and that was the case with Jamie Smith’s C.R.A.F.T. blog. As someone who enjoys crafting on the cheap and re-purposing old materials, I had to find out more about her.
Enjoy this interview.
I really adore your blog. How did you get started blogging about crafting with freebies?
Creating with freebies has been happening since I can remember. I grew up with a wonderfully crafty mom who would take me to Good Will to my little hearts content 🙂 The free part is easy when you are a kid with no money! (i.e. college decor and corn lamp) I discovered blog world while reading friends family blogs and came across one with links to craft blogs. I was hooked. I’ve always loved acronyms, and C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things) fit perfectly! The “C” first stood for crafting, but soon changed to creating to leave the doors open to creating trips, parties, or recipes! I’ve been blogging and loving it since February 2010.
How often do you update the blog?
C.R.A.F.T. is updated Monday through Friday. Monday is a linky party called Making Monday Marvelous. It is open to crafts, DIY’s, recipes, or any other marvelous idea…There are usually at least 300 marvelous ideas to check out! Tuesday- Friday are posts written by me about my current adventure in creating really awesome (mostly) free stuff or the occasional round up of a DIY idea that inspires me (paint chips, DIY headboards, craft rooms just to name a few)
What do you look for in the things you find to determine if they’d be useful as a craft project?
I rarely bring something into my home without a vision and a timeline. My house is way to small for that, and clutter makes me crazy 🙂 The most recent project I worked on was a beach inspired baby shower. On a bike ride, I came across 6 galvanized tin buckets in the trash. They were free and semi beach related, I knew I could do something fun with them for the shower. I allowed them to clutter the craft room until inspiration hit! I have no doubt that the buckets will be used in more projects to come. (C.R.A.F.T. is going to have 2 weeks of baby shower madness starting 7/26/11)
To answer the question, a craft project “thing” must have 3 qualities: 1) it must be a great deal or free 2) I must have a semi plan and reasonable timeline in my head for the thing 3) size – the smaller the thing is the better chance it has of coming home!
Care to share a favorite blog post or project?
My 3 favorite projects today are: Junk drawer organizer, suspended desk, and “I’m sew very happy” printable! I love opening my pretty junk drawer, I’m sitting at the desk right now, and I’m SEW very happy is just cute, and free to all!
YES! I go through phases with books, my current obsession is anything by Jean Sasson. I loved the Princess trilogy, and stalk Half Price Books to find more books by Sasson. The trilogy reveals the frightening reality of a courageous Saudi Arabian princess and her daughters. I have a few books (and lots of magazines) on my nightstand including: Water for Elephants: A Novel, A Little History of the World, and a Good ol’ Martha Stewart Living Magazine!
Where can we learn more about you?
I share tid bits of my personal life all throughout C.R.A.F.T. For the most up to date diy project pictures, struggles, dinner ideas, weekend trips, and daily happenings check out the C.R.A.F.T. facebook page. Just for fun, here’s a little more: I’m a full time special education teacher, grad school student, wannabe gardener, fried okra lover, lip gloss connoisseur, and I really, really don’t like olives. Did I mention I love interior design and all things thrifty 🙂
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you, Cherie, for having me here today 🙂 It was fun to reflect on my crafty obsession! I’m such an “in the moment” person, that I often don’t take the time to reflect on past projects!
Books by Jean Sasson:
- Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
- Princess Sultana’s Daughters
- For the Love of a Son: One Afghan Woman´s Quest for Her Stolen Child
- The Big-Ass Book of Crafts
- The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line
- The Complete Book of Retro Crafts: Collecting, Displaying & Making Crafts of the Past