It is such a great pleasure of mine to feature a blog that I read religiously: DIY Mommy, and I am even more thrilled that she is the "Designing Woman" we get to feature on Breakfast Television today.
The DIY Mommy, otherwise known as Christina, has been creating beautiful, easy-to-do crafts since 2009. Alongside her family, which includes two darling daughters and a loving husband, Christina has taken the local blogging scene by storm: she's been featured on CTV Edmonton Morning Live as an expert of Mama Blogs, has partnered with companies such as Lowe's and Nokia Canada, and even earned herself a Yeggie in 2013 for "Best in Family or Parenting." Needless to say, she is amazing and an inspiration to bloggers everywhere.
Let's meet Christina and get inspired to find our own creativity!
Hi Christina! Can you tell us a little bit about where you got the idea to start DIY Mommy?
I started the site when my first daughter was about 6 months old. I loved making things for her (clothing, skin care, blankets etc.), and people kept commenting on them. I thought having a website where I shared what I created and how would be a great outlet for me. My blog has turned into so much more than just DIY baby projects now - it's my own little personal and diverse journal where I document all of my creative endeavors and write about bits of my life as a mom too. I've had so much fun with it, and it's enabled me to meet so many wonderful people over the past few years!
When did your passion for DIY projects begin? Were you always crafty?
I grew up in a very creative family. My mom sews, knits, crochets, gardens, decorates and crafts and she taught me almost everything I know! I'm the oldest of five kids, so my parents often had to be creative with our resources. They were fantastic examples on how to do things yourself to save money and learn new skills. I've loved to craft as long as I can remember. DIY projects are definitely my favourite way to spend my free time - they're so fulfilling!
Who are your favourite mommy bloggers at the moment?
I have a lot of love and respect for hundreds of mom bloggers that are writing right now, but some of my favourites are:
Where do you find inspiration for new DIY crafts & recipes?
Browsing Pinterest and other blogs is something I find very inspiring. I'm also inspired by necessity. A lot of my DIY's are things that my family needs at the moment, so I take advantage of that and write a post on a creative solution I come up with for a practical problem.
What do you love most about being a Canadian blogger?
I find that Canadian bloggers are incredibly friendly and so fantastic to network with. It's so much fun to be a part of a group that's so inspiring and helpful.
If you had one piece of advice for new moms hoping to take the DIY route, what would it be?
I would advise new mamas to not put too much pressure on themselves - especially for the first 6 months of motherhood. It's emotionally, physically and mentally draining to be a new mom and you have to give yourself a lot of grace. If you find that DIY projects are a great way to take some "me time" like I do, then sprinkle them in here and there when baby is happy or sleeping. I also like to involve my children in my projects as much as possible so that we are all entertained together!
You are also an avid cookie baker! What is your go-to batch to bake for a party?
Oh dear. There are a lot of cookies that I love. That being said, I often fall back on this classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with an interesting ingredient that makes them super-soft.
Can you tell us what your next DIY project is going to be?
I think I'm going to tackle decorating our formal sitting room. Currently it's a tangle of random furniture and storage, but my Hubby's moving his desk from there to the basement this week so that I can start to make it look pretty. I'm so excited! It's the first room you see as you walk in the door of our home and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
What is your favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
My number one choice would be napping. A close second? Working on a quiet craft like knitting or baking.
Could you share a few of your past DIY posts that are your fav's?
You just welcomed a baby girl to your lovely family, please tell me it keeps getting easier, right?
I did! She's the sweetest little thing, but she's oh so sensitive (which is a tricky personality when she's baby number three)! There are definitely challenges to every age and stage of childhood (and I know there are more to come for me since my oldest is only 5), but there are also so many joys. My 5 year old can now wake up on her own, prepare her own breakfast cereal, read a book or watch a movie while I nap, and help her little sisters - but I admit I still think she's growing up too fast! Enjoy those little baby wiggles and coos - and every stage of baby and childhood - while they're happening right in front of you.