Today we’re talking to Naomi from Fifty Two Create.
Naomi is a two time challenge winner. She picked up her first win with her brilliant thrift store shift to party dress makeover.
If you’ve not yet seen the transformation you’ve absolutely got to go over and view the post now. It’s crazy-amazing.
Naomi also picked up the prize in our week six ruffle challenge, with her alphabet ruffle quilt.
While checking out the ruffling video, you’ll be delighted to Naomi’s lovely British accent.
Interview with Naomi, Fifty Two Create
1. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
I started Fifty Two Create at the end of October 2012. I had been sewing and crafting for a little over 6 months and I wanted to remember all the projects I had made. I decided I would love to set myself a challenge of creating something each week for 52 weeks of the year and so Fifty Two Create was born. I know so many people who think they are not creative so I also wanted my blog to show my developing novice sewing, knitting and quilting skills so that people would feel less intimidated by getting crafty.
2. How and when did you start crafting?
Like most people here I have really been crafting since I was little. I have always enjoyed the process of making something. I love that angst when the project isn’t going as planned or doesn’t look like it did in your mind and then that *kerching* moment when another idea develops and it evolves into something better. I love that!
3. How often do you craft?
I am usually working on several projects at once and I craft or sew most evenings. It is my ultimate way of relaxing. I will usually be found at my sewing machine, pins scattered all over the floor, wine precariously balanced on the shelf alongside fabric, scissors and my camera to capture my latest endeavor.
4. Where do you get your inspiration?
Sometimes it comes out of something that I need or would like. I love celebrations and birthdays. They are the perfect excuse for me to make the day feel special with my crafty creations. I have been known to invent celebration days so I could pull together several craft ideas around a theme I had in mind. Obviously Pinterest is also responsible for my ever increasing list of things to make! I am also my mother’s daughter and therefore a hoarder at heart because you never know what you can make from 12 milk bottle tops (nb. I have recently thought of a perfect use for these!) I really love finding a use for collected items or toying with a particular object because somewhere it captures you and then enjoying the process of making it into something you love.
5. What is your favorite medium to work in?
Fabric. It has to be fabric. I love the variety. I love that you can turn it into literally anything. No joke, an amazing afternoon for me would be just spent in my local fabric shop. My daughter has learnt to ‘need’ the toilet as soon as we enter the shop to get me out of there quickly! My mind starts roaring with ideas once I see all the different prints. Yes, definitely fabric!
6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Oooh that is a hard question. My guilty pleasure would have to be a dollop of trash tv with a great fabric pattern at hand, a rare steak with garlic green beans and a huge glass of red. Okay so that’s several and this actually not far off most evenings (is that bad?!!)
7. What makes you smile?
Without a doubt my daughter, except she usually makes me laugh because she is hilarious. Aside from her, a fantastic coffee (never fails), a warm bed, the waves of the sea and someone cooking for me.
8. What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting)?
It is such a cliche but spending time with family and friends. However, if I take them and crafting out of the equation the next thing that comes to mind is work. I do love my job (in the NHS). A perfect mix of engaging, challenging and inspiring. (Caveat, I am on annual leave as I write this and the heart always grows fonder…!)
I have so enjoyed getting to know Naomi better. She’s really about the sweetest thing in the whole world…
Whilst we’re on the topic of Naomi, I thought I would share a few of my favorite posts.