Meet featured blogger Kierste Wade (Simply Kierste) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
A wife and mother of five—when Kierste Wade isn’t chasing her twin 3-year-old boys, painting her 5-year-old twin daughters’ nails or chatting with her son, age 14, she’s running, reading, baking, playing the piano or crafting. Here we chat with her about her blog Simply Kierste (simplykierste.com).
CW: How did you become interested in crafting and blogging?
Kierste: When my husband and I married, we were poor college students with a limited budget. So I came up with cute, inexpensive ways to make our house a home. I kept paper files on each project until a few years ago, when I organized and moved everything to a blog. With two sets of young twins, I found blogging was a way for me to connect with other adults and keep my sanity.
CW: How has your blog changed since you started?
Kierste: In the beginning, my blog was mostly meant for me, family members and friends. But as other bloggers began to feature my projects, and I attracted actual “readers,” I started writing for them. I’m lucky to be able to show what I create to others. It’s like sharing a piece of myself.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers? What posts or subjects have proven most popular?
Kierste: I adore my readers. They are the best! I love all their comments and emails. The feedback is so kind, it proves that all the time and energy I put into projects are worth it.
CW: How do you balance blogging with your family?
Kierste: The majority of my crafting and blogging happens at night when the kids are in bed, and I use naptime to take photos and edit my projects. I take weekends off—that’s our family time—and my husband is incredibly supportive. The nice thing about having your own blog is that you get to make your own rules. If I can’t post because the kids needs me, that’s okay. Family still comes first.
CW: How do your youngsters give you “kidspiration?”
Kierste: I strive to create a home of learning, creativity, organization and fun—and that goal inspires many of my projects. Things can get crazy with five kids around, so anything that keeps us organized is valuable. Also, I love holidays and try to make them extra-special for my family. These things have sparked everything from homemade soap bubbles to chore charts.
For more information about Kierste Wade and her blog, visit her at Simply Kierste.
Photos by Kierste Wade of Simply Kierste.