Meet featured blogger Mollie Johanson (Wild Olive) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
Mollie Johanson shares her crafty life with her readers by bringing her creative loves of doodling, embroidery and printables to her blog, Wild Olive (http://wildolive.blogspot.com). We chatted with Mollie about how she got her start crafting, advice for other crafters, and why all her crafts have cute, smiling faces.
CW: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started with creative crafting and how did that lead to blogging about crafts?
Mollie: Since I was young, I’ve been crafting. I come from a creative family, so I suppose my getting into this line of work (if you want to call it that!) was inevitable. I studied graphic design, but somewhere along the line I started doodling more. Stitching my doodles, drawing on things, coming up with fun little projects and printables… I love it!
CW: What changes has your blog undergone since you started?
Mollie: When I first started my blog, it wasn’t focused on crafting, but it got my mind off the stressful things in my life. Over time, I found that spending more time on my blog and crafts made my life even better. The biggest surprise to me has been that my blog has allowed me to become more of a creative person that I ever would have expected!
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers?
Mollie: I like to say that I have the best readers in the whole world. Really! My followers are so encouraging, leaving sweet comments and sending emails “just because.” Wild Olive feels like a community, not just a blog.
CW: What posts or projects have proven most popular?
Mollie: The coffee embroidery patterns that I designed are very popular, and my stable ornament still gets plenty of attention. I also wrote a series on embroidery basics, which remains a regularly visited set of posts.
CW: How do you balance blogging with your family life?
Mollie: Even though I’m not married and don’t have kids of my own, I do live with my big family, including young brothers and sisters. They are all pretty good about letting me work on things when I need to, but life gets full. I try to sneak in little bits here and there, and get others involved with the fun when I can.
CW: What’s the best piece of advice you have to share with other crafters and craft designers?
Mollie: The process is just as important, if not more important, than the product. If you’re not enjoying what you’re working on, why do it?
CW: What’s the significance behind the smiling faces that appear on your designs?
Mollie: As silly as it may sound, I think things are better with faces. They’re just so cute! I love how a simple little face can instantly give character to an everyday object.
Interview by Kaitlin Stainbrook. For more information about Mollie and her blog, visit her at Wild Olive.
Photography by Mollie Johanson.