Feature Friday: Happiness is Homemade

Learn how this NorCal-based blogger got her start in DIY.

Welcome to Feature Friday! This week we chatted with Heidi, the NorCal-based blogger behind Happiness is Homemade. Learn about how she got her start in DIYing, blogging, and find out what some of her favorite projects are.

Tell us about Happiness is Homemade and how you got started.
I started Happiness is Homemade in 2010 as a place to record all of the crafts and activities that my children and I were doing. I never imagined that anyone other than my family and friends would actually read it! It wasn't very long before we started to grow an audience, and I discovered my love for sharing quick and easy projects that others can easily replicate and recreate on their own.

How did you get started in crafting?
I come from a very creative family! I grew up surrounded by people who were constantly making and building things, so crafting and creating have always been a big part of my life.

What is your favorite project that you have done so far and why?
I love, love, LOVE our DIY vintage sheet headboard! It was really simple to put together, and it changed the entire look of our bedroom. It feels so light and cheery now!

Where do you get inspiration for your projects?
Everywhere! I'm never short on inspiration, and my mind is constantly racing with new project ideas and things that I want to try. I always keep a notebook within reach to write it all down! I am especially inspired by little details that I discover while I'm out and about - a pretty tablescape while visiting a friend, an innovative window display at the mall, flowers at the botanical garden...inspiration really IS all around us!

What is your biggest #craftfail?
My biggest craft fail is probably the gigantic pile of unfinished crafts that I have! They weren't actually failures, but they got set aside for one reason or another, and apparently they never made it back to the top of my priority list!

How has your blog changed since you started?
Happiness is Homemade started out as a kid's crafts and activities blog, but over the years we have shifted our focus to include creative inspiration for the entire family. Today we share recipes, holiday ideas, parties, DIY projects, homeschool lessons and crafts for ALL ages!

How do you fit crafting into your everyday life?
I homeschool my children, and we routinely end our school days with art lessons and/or crafts. This allows me to have a scheduled block of time to work on my crafts while the kids are busy creating as well. I usually save my messy projects for late at night after they've gone to bed though!

Are you self taught or did you learn from a class?
I have a bachelor's degree in interior design, and I definitely learned important skills during my graphic design, art and photography classes, but most of what I do has been self taught. Creative projects sometimes require a lot of trial and error, so you can't be afraid to make mistakes. You just have to jump in and do it!

What is your favorite crafting medium and why?
Oooh, this is a tough question! Judging by my own craft stash, I think I'm going to have to say paper. I tend to hoard pretty paper! There are so many gorgeous papers available, and the possibilities for using it are nearly endless!

What was the first thing you ever made?
The very first project that I posted on Happiness is Homemade was my Montessori-Style Crayon Organizer, and it remained my most popular post for several years. We still have this crayon organizer in my boys' art cabinet, and they use it every day!

Thanks for chatting with us, Heidi!