CraftOManiac

Meet featured blogger Jen Larsen (CraftOManiac) and get craft tutorials from her blog.

Jen Larsen of CraftOManiac

Jen Larsen of CraftOManiac

Jen Larsen of CraftOManiac

Patriotic star-shaped topiary craft

Patriotic Star Topiary Craft

This patriotic topiary makes a star-spangled statement. Click here for the step-by-step.

Ribbon Lamp Shade Craft

Ribbon Lamp Shade Craft

Brighten up an old lamp by adding classic ribbon ruffles. Click here for the how-to.

 

Stay-at-home mom Jen Larsen says the best thing she and husband Kevin have ever crafted are their four children. She loves chocolate, handbags, thrift shopping, chubby baby thighs and Elvis, as well as decorating and taking photos for her website. Here we chat with Jen to learn more about her blog, CraftOManiac (craft-o-maniac.com).

CW: How did you become interested in crafts?

Jen: I’m a fun, fairly loud, girly girl who loves crafting, DIY projects, cooking, sweets, hitting antique shops and laughing until I cry. For as long as I can remember, I saw my mom sewing and making plain things pretty. As a teen, and later a newlywed, I got into decorating. When I became a new mother, I learned refurbishing, using what I had, or creating something on my own was beneficial to the pocket book.

CW: How has your blog changed since you started?

Jen: At first, it was designed by me and very homemade. Then my techy friend Heather gave it a beautiful look and layout. I have also had wonderful opportunities to review products and host awesome giveaways. I’ve also had a chance to contribute guest posts to amazing blogs I look up to.

CW: What kind of relationships do you have with your followers? What posts or subjects have proven most popular?

Jen: The most rewarding thing about being a craft blogger is the wonderful, creative friends and mothers you get to know through emails, blogs and Facebook. They share similar loves and are loads of fun.

A lot of my readers were inspired by my design for a pretty paper cone wreath and how I decorated my craft nook super cheaply.

CW: How do you balance blogging with your family?

Jen: I do my best to craft and blog when the older kids are at school, during naptime or in the evening when they’re all in bed.

 CW: What’s the laugh-out-loud funniest craft you’ve made?

Jen: One summer, my kids had been driving me bananas. If I had heard the words “I’m bored” one more time, I would have packed my bags and flown to the Caribbean. (Yeah, right!) Instead, a light bulb went off and I came up with the Bored Board with ideas for fun things they could do.

 (Web Bonus: Check out Jen’s craft tutorials for a Patriotic Star Topiary and Ribbon Lamp Shade.)

For more information about Jen and her blog, visit her at CraftOManiac.

Jennie Larsen 1 June 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Thank you so much for this amazing feature. It really is an honor. Yours Truly, Jen-COM

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Sofia Jacobsen 2 July 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I have crafted most of my adult life but had a stroke a few years back and my hands do not work like they use to!!! I have done latch hook for years and made many things even gifts!! But I can not do that any longer or do embroidery..So my sewing and craft set and grow dust!!!

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