I’m not sure how I stumbled across cut,cut,sew….but I definitely remember being impressed with both her style and her attention to detail. this girl doesn’t just sew…she creates amazingly beautiful garments!! and while my own boys are grown now, I remember (fondly) how difficult it was to find time to sew without the help of extra little hands. be sure to visit her blog cut,cut,sew to see some seriously beautiful craftsmanship. and now….here’s Kelly!
1: What has been your greatest professional challenge and how has it affected you and your business?
I don’t have a sewing business…a lot of people seem to respond to my handmade items by saying “You should sell those!” or think I should be making money off my blog or whatever. I think it is great, people who do that- but for me it is all about artistic expression. It’s my creative outlet, I love it, and so far I have made zero dollars from it, haha.
2: Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? And your biggest distraction?
My inspiration comes from other bloggers and makers, but also from the fashion world in general. I try to spend some time every now and then perusing Pinterest and just cruising around the web. I keep a Pinterest inspiration board for anything that strikes my fancy…I also keep a sketchbook in my purse so I can jot down ideas on the go- people I see in great outfits on the street or whatever. My biggest distraction is probably Instagram, I have a bit of a problem there.
3: What has been the most surprising outcome of your creative journey?
Just that I am doing it at all, haha! 8 years ago I was living a totally different life- I was an airline pilot, I travelled all the time…sewing was totally not on my radar, and now I think about it constantly!
4: Is there one project that will always hold a place in your heart? Why?
The only items I get sentimental about are the birthday dresses I sew for my girls every year. They have a lot of memories wrapped up in them for sure, and I won’t get rid of any of them!
5: What’s next? Where do you hope to be in 5 years? 10 years?
I don’t have any big plans really, just to keep doing what I do now which is buy way too much pretty fabric and make project lists that are miles long and totally unrealistic.
On a Personal Note:
1: What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? Any guilty indulgences?
My perfect day involves shopping at my favorite fabric store, sewing, and donuts. Maybe catching a movie. Not necessarily in that order.
2: Where would you travel if you had no restrictions on time and money?
Australia! I have been fascinated with Australia since reading Bill Bryson’s book “In a Sunburned Country”. It would take a lot of time and money to see the whole thing.
3: How to you balance work/home/family/everyday life? How does your family deal with all the demands on your time?
I am lucky to be able to stay home with my kids full time. I generally only sew at night, but occasionally if they are playing well together I will sneak in some sewing during the day. I try to put my family time before my sewing/blogging time, for sure.
4: What’s a typical “day in the life” for you? Are you a morning person or a night owl, all work before play?
I am definitely a night owl, but my kids wake me up pretty early so I have been enforcing an 11pm bedtime on myself. I spend a lot of time playing, I am lucky that way.
5: What’s your favorite rant? What’s your soapbox?
I try not to rant, but my soapbox is usually along the lines of “Why can’t people just be nice?” I try to be kind to the people that I interact with, both in real life and on the internet.
Bonus Points for Extra Credit:
What is your most hated chore, and how do you handle accomplishing it?
Picking up Duplos!! Why do we have so many! I make the kids do it, but it takes forever and involves lots of whining, it’s the worst.
Thanks for joining us Kelly and allowing us a little peek into your life and creativity! You’re such an inspiration!!