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Feature Friday: My Craftily Ever After
Learn how this blogger got her start.
Welcome back to Blitsy's Feature Friday, where we chat with a top craft blogger about all things DIY. This week we're hearing from Ashley at My Craftily Ever After. Ashley is a wife, mother, and DIY addict living in the Seattle area who spends her days crafting up her own fairy tale ending! Read on to find out how she got her start and which project she's still working on.
Tell us about My Craftily Ever After and how you got started.
My Craftily Ever After was born in December of 2012 after quitting my full time job to become a stay at home mom of three. Soon after, we relocated for my husband's work and bought our first house together. I began looking for a way to express myself and share my journey toward creating my own fairy tale ending. Recently I have returned to work as an elementary teacher and have expanded my blog to include ideas for classrooms and teachers as well!
How did you get started in crafting?
I've always been a maker, and I have always preferred making something myself to buying it in the store. Growing up my mom was a fabulous role model; she was always baking, making, growing or sewing something! I learned a lot of things from her, and as I've gotten older have ventured out on my own. I'm not scared of failing, which makes the process that much more fun!
What is your favorite project that you have done so far and why?
Like most creative types whatever I am working on now is usually my favorite. I put together a faux wedding this summer though and some of those projects are up at the top of my favorites list!
Where do you get inspiration for your projects?
I suffer from pretty consistent insomnia and it gives me a lot of time to think. I often come up with some of my best (and craziest) ideas in the middle of the night. Usually my projects are based in solving problems I have (storage, organization, making things prettier), so whatever I have been working on recently is fair game.
Cats or Dogs?
Cats! We have a 6 year old named Thriller, and my husband got me two new baby kittens this summer, Billie Jean and Maxwell.
What do you love about DIY?
My favorite part about DIY is the satisfaction I get at the end of a project, when I am able to step back and see what I've done. It's an incredibly empowering feeling to know that I created this thing from a spark of an idea in my head. Sometimes things work out just like I imagined, and sometimes they come out better!
What was the first thing you ever made?
So it wasn't the first thing I ever made (I can't remember what that was), but I can tell you a fun story about the longest project I ever tackled. When I was about 16 I decided I wanted to make a quilt. Just a super simple block quilt. So I went to the fabric store and picked out my fabric. Then I tucked it away in a safe place until I had some time to sit down and cut it. Fast forward 2 years to my freshman year in college when I got mono. I was in the dorms in bed for 3 weeks unable to do much of anything and decided that it was the perfect time to cut my quilt blocks. So I cut all the fabric into 12 inch squares. Then I got better and put it all away until I had time to sew it. Fast forward to sophomore year when I got mono, again. This time I was able to HAND STITCH (because I didn't have a sewing machine) half of my quilt squares before getting better and getting back to life. About 3 years later I finally bought myself a sewing machine and set about sewing all the rest of the squares together. I even managed to sew a solid edge all the way around the front face of my quilt! I tucked it away until I found the time to attach the backing and add the batting. And it is still sitting nicely folded in my fabric dresser waiting for me to find the time to finished it...16 years after starting it...
Thanks for chatting with us Ashley! Make sure you visit My Craftily Ever After to check out all her projects!