Michelle asked, Where and how did you learn to sew?
I got my sewing machine as a Christmas gift from my in-laws in 2001 & I've taught myself everything I know. When I first set up my machine it took me about an hour to figure out how to wind the bobbin & thread the machine. Seriously! I can't even remember the first thing I tried to sew. Notice I said "tried". There were a lot of projects started & never finished in the beginning because they weren't turning out how I wanted them too & I'd give up, or I'd get to a certain point & be too afraid to continue on. I made baby blankets for my nephews when they were born & I made some curtains for our bedroom. One hung a little lower than the other. Ha ha!
Where do you get all your crafting ideas from?
I spend a lot of time looking around at what other crafters are doing. I follow a lot of crafting blogs & I absolutely love flickr. You can check out my favorite groups here. I never try to exactly copy what somebody else has done, but I think all that looking sometimes triggers new ideas for me.
Inspiration a lot of times comes from outside influences as well. I took a lot from this Target holiday bag for my doily mobile. :)
Alexandra asked, Which sewing books are your favourites and why?
Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol: This book has a lot of really cool projects, but she also shares a lot of helpful information for sewing as well & explains it in such a wonderful way. As if you were sitting on the couch with a friend & they were telling you why it's important to change your sewing machine needle out after every couple projects.
Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter: I just love Lotta. She is so stylish. Her projects are very modern & cool. I love seeing modern & cool handmade items. It makes me feel like what I'm doing is not so "homey" but can also be hip & cool.
Sock & Glove by Miyako Kanamori: This book is adorable. I still haven't made anything out of it, but I am planning to make some of these cutie cute softies for the girls this Christmas. Beautifully photographed & simply laid out. It's a neat book.
misspotts asked, I have a sewing machine brand new and in the box I just don't know how to use it or set it up. Can u tell me how to get started. Like what should I purchase to start sewing. I love the grocery bag holder and short aprons u make. Are those easy and can u point me towards the directions?
I would suggest starting with small projects that you can finish quickly. For me, there is nothing like the satisfaction & the feeling of accomplishment that comes from finishing a project. It doesn't even matter how small it is. Read through your owner's manual. You really just have to go at it! If you are able to take classes at a local fabric store I would suggest doing that as well. Just stick with it & keep trying. You will feel more confident in no time. I honestly still feel like I am a beginner at sewing. There is so much more I still need to learn. Just this week I learned to do a quilt binding. I've been scared to try & you know what...it wasn't hard at all!!
The short apron pattern is from the Bend the Rules Sewing book & the grocery bag tutorial can be found here.
Grace asked, Is there another kind of craft you would like to learn in the future (pottery, weaving, painting...etc)?
I would love to be able to knit. I have tried a few times, but haven't done it consistently enough to get a real feel for it.
Do you still scrapbook?
No. I don't scrapbook anymore. I really jumped into sewing & blogging & haven't felt the urge to want to scrapbook in a long time.
How do you find time to be crafty? I think it's awesome how so many moms are out there helping earn income through sewing and crafting. Y'all are an inspiration!
I do most of my sewing at night once my girls have gone to bed. I do work a little during the day as well, but it's usually just 10 minutes here & there. During the day I pull fabrics together, cut & iron. I usually don't get my sewing machine out until the girls are asleep. It's too hard to focus on them & they usually want to climb all over me while I'm at the machine.