Meet featured blogger Amy Williams (thenshemade.com) and get Valentine's Day craft tutorials from her blog.
Amy Williams is a work-at-home project administrator who balances a part-time career with all things domestic. A busy mom, she’s happiest when she has a creative project in the works. She’s into scrapbooking, playing with paint and paper, and jewelry making—and her blog colors match her home décor. She likes chocolate chip cookies without the chips and believes that kindness matters. Here we chat with Amy to learn more about her blog (Then She Made…) and how she first got started with crafting.
CW: How did you get started with crafting and decorating projects? Why did you launch a blog?
Amy: Crafting is something I’ve enjoyed from a very young age. As for blogging, I started in 2010, after my family made a big cross-country move from Maine to Colorado. For several months after that, I was in a creative funk. That’s when I decided to start a blog as a central place to share my latest projects with family and friends. It was one of the best things I’ve done! Not only did I connect with family but with so many other interesting people as well.
CW: How has your blog changed since you started? What surprises, challenges or rewards has it brought you?
Amy: My blog has remained true to its beginnings as a place for tutorials on easy-to-make crafts. My most memorable surprise was when someone pointed out my blog stats and showed I’d had visits from Asia, South America and other faraway places. It floored me! I still get excited whenever I get a new follower or a reader pins one of my ideas on Pinterest. It’s pretty cool that others find what I do useful.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers? What posts or subjects have proven most popular?
Amy: I find it really interesting how it feels like my readers are my friends even though I’ve never met them. I love it when they leave comments or email me. The posts with step-by-step tutorials are always the favorites. My paper baskets can be used to hold lots of things. I filled mine with homemade muffins. A cute seasonal craft is my sock snowman. Jewelry is popular, too, like my clay pendant.
CW: How do you find time for a job, family, crafting and blogging?
Amy: At first, I felt like keeping balance meant giving up things I loved. However, I’ve learned that balance isn’t about giving something up, it’s about “and.” I’m a worker AND a mom AND a crafter. Once I understood that, it made it easier for me to allow myself the time needed to focus on all three things. (Well, let’s be honest. I’d rather be crafting and blogging instead of working.)
For more information about Amy and her blog, visit her at thenshemade.com.