Thursday, September 26, 2013

|an interview| rags to stitches...

Tell us a little about yourself (outside of your blog)!  
Well, I'm the wife of an amazing man who I have been married to for almost 9 years and Mama to two children. I like to still think of them as my babies even though they are 5 and 4. 

How did you come up with the name, "Rags to Stitches"
In 2007 when I was pregnant with my daughter, Katelyn, I taught myself how to sew after not being able to find fun, fashion forward baby products for the mom on the go. After making them for myself, I began making them for friends as baby shower gifts. Soon my friends were calling me to order gifts for their friends. That's how Rags to Stitches Boutique was born. After opening the shop I began a blog, separate from our family blog, so I could market my shop and my products. After finding myself sharing similar personal content on both blogs, I moved everything over to Rags to Stitches, where you can find me blogging still today. While my handmade shop closed last September, I feel like Rags to Stitches, the name, has stuck because it's a reminder of where I started and the journey that God has taken me on from that first stitch on my Singer sewing machine.

When did you decide that you wanted to become a blogger and what (if anything) inspired that?
I knew I wanted to blog the moment I got pregnant. My family lives all over the world and I wanted a way for them to keep up with all the wonderful memories our family was creating. At the time I began my blog, I was reading some other amazing blogs, and they inspired me to begin my own as well. 

Where do you find inspiration for your blog and posts? How do you keep the creative juices flowing?
This is a hard one! Haha. I draw on personal experiences for blog content. From, what I'm loving, to what I'm struggling with, and all the funny moments in between. I keep the juices flowing, but sometimes take a break. It's amazing what a couple days off to refocus can do for the soul and for the blog.

Take us through a typical day in the life of "Rags to Stitches". 
Whew, how much time do you have? Haha Just kidding. No, you better grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. A typical day in the life of Rags to Stitches would begin when my alarm goes off at 7am. I get my kids up and ready for school, pack lunches and get myself ready for drop off. I drop off my daughter at Kindergarten at one school, then my son at preschool on another campus, then I come home and spend about 30 minutes answering important emails before I head to workout at 9am. After workout, I come home, shower, put on a little make up, get ready for the day and then spend a couple more hours doing work for Rags to Stitches and the other company I own, Pollinate Media Group. At 11:55, I jump back in my car and pick up my son from preschool, then we head to pick up my daughter from Kindergarten. Once home, we eat lunch and then it's nap time. Yes, both my kids still nap. It's heavenly and I will never stop making them rest! While they nap, I work. Around 4pm they wake up, we enjoy a snack, some play time, work in reading, maybe go for a swim and then I'm getting dinner ready. Usually I'll let the kids watch a 30 min Disney channel show while I cook dinner. Dinner time is family time, then we do bath time, read to the kids, pray, brush teeth and tuck them into bed. At 8:15pm I collapse exhausted on my couch, turn on the tv, and make sure there are no pressing emails to answer before I zone out. Then bed time is usually between 11pm and 1am depending on how much work I have going on. Whew!!! Did I lose you up there somewhere?! Hehe. 

What are some challenges you face, in blogging with little ones around? 
I sometimes struggle with how much I want to share about them on the blog. Part of me really believes that my experience could help someone else struggling with the same thing, or open the door for advice that could help me in my journey as a parent. Then the other part of me doesn't want to put my kid in therapy someday with all the sharing I do. 

Do you work from a studio/office or do you blog wherever there's a place to do so, in the home? 
I'm blessed to have a husband who is an entrepreneur and one of my business partners for Pollinate Media so we both work from home. We have a studio office space in our backyard that we work out of during the day. Somedays I work from my dinning room table. Depends on if the babysitter is here to keep an eye on the kids.

Many people struggle with sharing their faith publicly on their blog. Since this is something you choose to do on your blog, do you have any advice on how one can share openly
There is no shame in loving Jesus and there are times when I feel so strongly about sharing, I don't think I just do. I think that you can love Jesus and not talk about him on your blog, but if you feel compelled then just go for it. You never know who needs to read those words that day.

Describe yourself in 3 words. 
Quirky, outgoing, strong-willed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 
Shopping, coffee with girlfriends, date nights, shopping... did I say that?

Do you have any other special talents? 
Hmmm, I can ice skate, does that count?

Any future plans you can share with us,  for "Rags to Stitches"? 
To change the world one cup of coffee at a time.

Thanks so much Alissa! LOVED this! You had me cracking up! "Did I lose you?", "Does that count?" Yes. Yes it does. You can find Alissa over at Rags to Stitches! Swing by and tell her hello!

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