Meet featured blogger Brittany Bailey (Pretty Handy Girl) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
Brittany Bailey’s mantra is, “If somebody can do it, there’s a 95% chance I can do it, too.” An avid DIY-er, skilled in home improvement, crafts and sewing, she is the owner of a growing set of power tools and went into labor with her second son while trying to fix the bathtub. Here we chat with Brittany about her blog, Pretty Handy Girl (http://www.prettyhandygirl.com).
CW: How did you become so passionate about do-it-yourself projects and crafting?
Brittany: My parents added onto our home three times during my childhood. During renovations, my mom and dad let me swing hammers and “help” them build. Mom was also an artist and always had craft or sewing projects to keep my sister and me entertained.
Fast forward 10 years ago, when my husband and I bought our first home, I took on some simple home improvement projects like painting, changing out light fixtures, sewing curtains and reupholstering our couch. The more projects I tackled, the more I learned.
CW: When and how did you start blogging?
Brittany: I’d contemplated teaching workshops in my garage on things like using power tools, sewing and home repairs. But my husband suggested I could reach more people by blogging. Three years ago, I wrote my first post and I’ve just kept writing. My blog’s growth has really surprised me. I sometimes feel like I’m hanging onto the tail of galloping horse!
CW: What relationship have you developed with your followers and what subjects or projects have been most popular with them?
Brittany: I think of my readers as friends I haven’t met yet. I craft my tutorials so that even a newbie can complete the project. One of my most popular posts explains various techniques that can be used to distress furniture. Another takes an old window I picked up at curbside and turns it into a unique piece of art. Gals who are ready to move on to bigger things like to consult the power tool primer I put together, including tutorials for everything from caulking guns to table saws.
CW: What type of craft is your favorite and why?
Brittany: I honestly can’t pick a favorite because I love diversity, get bored easily and always want to try new things. My favorite smells are sawdust and coffee. So any kind of woodworking project early in the morning seems to be therapeutic to my soul.
CW: Do you have any suggestions for cool ways to store art and craft supplies?
Brittany: I actually put together a post on the subject. I store my paint brushes and palette knives in kitchen canisters, tubes of paint in an old cash box and colored pencils in the holes of a cheese grater.
CW: How do you balance blogging with your family life?
Brittany: It is a struggle trying to find a balance between the ones I love and things I love to do. I try to write my posts when the boys are at school or after they’ve gone to sleep. Often, I blog about crafts the boys and I do together. They have their own hammers and goggles.
I think my best future tutorial will be entitled, “How to Clone Yourself.”
For more information about Brittany and her blog, visit her at Pretty Handy Girl.
Photos by Brittany Bailey of Pretty Handy Girl.