Blog feature: Make My Day Creative

For the last couple of weeks in my ‘featuring’ series I’ve been featuring Etsy shops, but I’m also featuring blogs too! Today’s featured blog is by a good friend and fellow ex-engineer, Esther. Esther’s blog Make My Day Creative features a range of crafty tutorials and inspiration from the wonderful things that Esther makes. But I’ll let her tell you all about it herself :)

Describe your blog in one or two sentences.

Make My Day Creative is about inspiring people to try something new creatively, and to not be afraid to have a go.

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What made you decide to start a blog?

I started the blog after giving up my full time job due to stress.  For a long time I hadn’t had the time or capacity to do anything creative, and felt like I didn’t have any outlet for my creative side.  The blog was a way of motivating myself to get going again and to acknowledge the things I was doing.  Now I just love doing it and getting comments and tips from my readers and other bloggers!

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Where do you get your inspiration?

Usually, each thing I make is inspired by the person I am making it for, something I have that I want to use up or up-cycle, or by something I have seen that inspired me, usually from Pinterest or another blog.  For example, the Scottie Dog garland I recently made was a pattern for dogs I spotted on Ravelry and thought of my friend who has a cute Westie (not dissimilar to a Scottie!).  When I last saw her she was saying she wanted to add more girly touches to her little girl’s room, which had gender neutral décor.  So I made the dogs into a garland and added pink bows and flowers for a gift.

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What has been the highlight of working on your blog so far?

The fact that people read it!  Also, the encouragement I have received from comments and seeing my posts on sites like pinterest.

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What do you like to do when not working on your blog?

Not everything I make ends up on my blog, but most does and this takes quite a bit of time!  I also love to read, spend time with friends and family, and play games (I have got into arguments with other competitive friends about who is the most competitive…).

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What is coming up in future posts?

I wish I was one of those bloggers who plan out their posts in advance!  I usually only have one post ahead of the last one, and by that I mean the project is done but the post still actually needs writing!  Having said that, you can expect to see more crochet on my site in the future because I have gotten really hooked (sorry) and it is my most popular subject area.

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What are your top three favourite blogs?

This is a hard one!  I like Renegade Seamstress, because she is very creative and fixes stuff without using patterns, so you feel you can do it too.  I also love my sister in law’s site Helen Chandler because she has a way of making everyday life hilarious.  Stitchedupmama is good for thinking outside the box, and her style is quite different to mine which is great for inspiration.

Thanks Esther! I really would recommend checking out her blog for some great craft projects. I have my eye on that basket tutorial… one day when I learn to crochet maybe…

Thanks for reading!

Rachel

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