I came across Susan Stevenson’s Homeroad blog recently, and really enjoyed the energy and creative spirit she brought to the site. One of the things I really appreciated about her answers (which you’ll get a chance to read below) is the approach she takes in updating her blog. I mentioned a similar approach here and hope that all you “stressed out” bloggers who can’t find time to write will take note. Blogging does require time management but you can do it!
Enjoy the interview with Susan!
I really like your blog and think your projects are so clever. How did you get started blogging to showcase your crafts and creative work?
Thank you so much! I began my blog last fall. I didn’t know anything about blogging until a friend told me about it. When I found the decorating and crafting blog community it was love at first sight. I knew I had found a place to give life to my art. It is a place where I can document my creations and share my ideas with others, all while becoming more computer savvy.
How often do you update the blog?
I try to update my blog 3-4 times a week. I’m usually writing posts for almost 2 months in advance but I often throw in current posts as they are relevant.
Care to share a favorite blog post or project?
One of my absolute favorite projects is my IKEA Cart Re-Make. I woke up at 5am one morning and was painting, staining, and nailing before anyone else was up. By the time the family was awake I had turned a plain bare wood kitchen cart into a very stylish country cart with International Postal stamps on the top. This project was featured on The Kitchn website, IKEA Hackers, as well as many other decorating blogs.
Another favorite project was the Wall Cubbies. I found a piece on the side of the road, distressed it, added some rusty embellishments, a fabric backing and turned it into a small wall unit that rivals Pottery Barn. I love making things that resemble what you can buy in those high end catalogs.
Let’s switch gears to books. I see that you have a lot of great ones listed on your site. What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I love reading books about creating with junk and found objects. One of my favorite series is the Junk Beautiful books by Sue Whitney and Ki Nassauer, they give me all kinds of inspiration. I used to read books all summer but since I’ve started my blog, I mainly read reference books on blogging and creating.
One of my favorite authors is Anita Shreve, I feel like I haven’t read a book by her that I didn’t like. I’ve got to get back to reading more fiction.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can learn more about me by visiting my blog Homeroad, that is where I put my heart into everything I create. Other than that I am a teacher, a wife, and a mother of 4 daughters; one grown and three still at home. It’s like having 3 full time jobs but I have a lot of energy and I love everything I do!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Being creative is just me, I enjoy art of any kind. I’ve spent many years making projects: scrap booking, stenciling, stamping, quilting, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing and wood working. My hope is that I can inspire others to try new things and that I’ve passed down my creative gene to at least one of my 4 daughters.
Junk Beautiful Books That Susan Mentioned:
- Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style
- Junk Beautiful Outdoor Edition
- Decorating JunkMarket Style