Meet featured blogger Ali Ebright (Gimme Some Oven) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
Ali Ebright’s philosophy on life and food is one and the same—good things are meant to be celebrated and shared. When she’s not busy creating recipes, she has her hands full with craft projects. Here we chat with Ali about her blog, Gimme Some Oven. (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com).
CW: How did you develop your passion for food? When and how did you start blogging about it?
Ali: I’ve always been someone who loves to eat! I grew up with an amazing mom who cooked creative, healthy and delicious meals for our family to enjoy together. I only began to cook myself when I was in college. My friends were more than happy to serve as “taste-testers” as I began teaching myself the basics.
After college, I found myself talking with friends who were wanting to learn how to cook, and was constantly emailing my recipes. So when I heard of food blogging, I thought it seemed like the perfect place to organize and share my favorite recipes. Four years later, I can say that blogging has turned into one of the most incredible gifts in my life.
CW: Why did you decide to launch sister blog sites?
Ali: It’s been such a joy watching Gimme Some Oven grow over the years. Then last year, I was thrilled to be able to launch four sister blogs to go with the main site—Gimme Some Film (about movies/TV), Gimme Some Life (lifestyle), Gimme Some Reads (books) and Gimme Some Style (crafts/DIY/fashion). Food is one of many interests in my life, so it has been wonderful to have the site be more well-rounded with some of my favorite topics.
CW: Who is your DIY/craft/style project editor?
Ali: Liz Stevens is our blogger for Gimme Some Style. She is creative and perfect for the blog. Most of the projects she comes up with on her own, but we are often collaborating to share ideas or help tweak and refine projects that we have brainstormed.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your blog followers?
Ali: They are some off the greatest blessings of my life. They amaze me daily with their kindness, encouragement and support of the site, and their faithfulness to come back week after week. I love talking with them over social media, comments or emails and all the better if we get to meet and talk in person. My day is made when I hear someone has tried my recipes.
CW: How do you balance crafting and blogging with family life?
Ali: Blogging can be unbelievably time consuming. There are so many days when it feels like the to-do list is never-ending. But Liz and I both say friends and family are the best things about our lives. We both make it our first priority to schedule social time and then make blogging fit around that.
CW: What’s your top secret for photographing food so it looks almost too good to eat?
Ali: Whether you have an expensive camera or an iPhone, everyone can learn how to take great food photos. My first advice is to turn off your flash and try natural light, which makes food look more appetizing. Try to experiment with angles. Getting down on the level of the food or backing way up and showing the plate in context on the table gives an even yummier perspective.
CW: Do you enjoy playing with your food and developing edible crafts?
Ali: Liz and I both love to get creative and see what new ideas we can create for the blog. Often we are inspired by Pinterest or just by a trip to the grocery store or craft store where we wander the aisles and dream. We also credit many of our ideas to friends and readers who email in requests or suggestions.
CW: What’s your greatest reward as a blogger?
Ali: My four years of blogging has turned into one of the greatest, most rewarding experiences of my life. While it has been an amazing opportunity to learn more about cooking, photography and blogging, the greatest reward has been connecting with so many wonderful new friends around the world. My readers and the blogging community are some of the most supportive and inspiring people I know, and I’m grateful that the blog has connected us. They are a gift!
For more information about Ali and her blog, visit her at Gimme Some Oven.
Photos by Ali Ebright of Gimme Some Oven and Liz Stevens of Gimme Some Style.