Feature Friday: The Pinning Mama

Learn about where Kimber from The Pinning Mama finds her crafty inspiration.

Welcome back to Blitsy's Feature Friday! This week we chatted with Kimber of The Pinning Mama. This Air Force wife and mother of three (all under five--eek!) certainly has her hands full, but always finds time to share her favorite DIYs and recipes on her popular blog. Read below to learn about some of her favorite projects and where she finds inspiration.

Tell us about The Pinning Mama and how you got started.
I started with a friend a little over 2 years ago. We both loved Pinterest and creating anything and everything from the craft room to the kitchen. We weren't brave enough to do it by ourselves but decided we had what it takes to do it together. Since then she went on to pursue other things but I found that I really loved blogging and continued learning more about the craft and sharing all of my crafts and haven't looked back.

How did you get started in crafting?
As far back as I can remember my mom was always creating things. She is wonderful at sewing and loves to bake and I loved doing it all with her. I can remember being bored in the summer and just collecting junk from around the house and using a glue gun paint and glitter to create "sculptures" and what not. I always enjoyed anything creative and was always encouraged to do it by my family.

What is your favorite project that you have done so far and why?
Favorite is such a hard word! But I will say that one I did more recently that I really love was refinishing my daughter's dresser. My husband is a neutrals kind of guy so we don't have to many crazy colors around the house but when we were moving my daughter to a big girl room I knew it was my chance. I bought a huge dresser that needed a lot of love and made it over with beautiful aqua chalky finish paint. I was nervous since it was, well, huge, but it turned out beautifully and I still love seeing it in her room every day. You can see the before and after pics on my Instagram.

I think the ruffled tree skirt I made was one of the longest labor of loves I have done in awhile, but I loved the finished product, and some of my most popular on Pinterest are my easy Growth Chart and the no sew tutu I made for my daughter's first birthday.

Where do you get inspiration for your projects?
Well, Pinterest of course! But really, I think these days with 3 small kids, my inspiration (or motivation) mostly comes from need. Right now we just moved into a new house and I am trying to make a fun play area for the kids. We NEED a lot more organization in there so I am working on a new art area and a dress up area to house a lot of stuff.

What is your biggest #craftfail?
Oh so many! I remember once I was asked to make a quick thank you gift for someone at church and I knew I had some unfinished wooden crosses at home. My plan was to spray paint them and then write a message. Well the wood soaked up all the spray paint and I spent so long trying to fix the paint I ended up freehanding the message. Let's just say my handwriting isn't the best. Between the blotchy paint job and the ugly writing it was really only a heartfelt gift, not a pretty one, but there was no time to redo it. When I gave it to the person that was presenting it to them I made her promise not to tell ANYONE I made it!

What craft product you can not live without?
Paint. I paint everything and love paint. I am a bargain hunter too so many times I buy things that are on clearance and then repaint everything to go with what I want to use it for. I am doing this with a shelf and some tin buckets right now!

Cats or Dogs?
Neither? I have 3 little kids and I don't think I can even keep a plant alive right now!

Are you self taught or did you learn from a class?
A little of everything! I learned a lot from my mom and just playing around with things. I learn a lot from Pinterest and YouTube. I also have had the privilege to be in a few creative classes as well.

Thanks for chatting with us, Kimber!