Sunday, May 15, 2011

Handmade Crafts Blog Tour: Thrift At Home

I know I have been a little late on this tour - suppose to happen in April and it is now MAY. Time seems to be catching up with me lately - it has a funny way of doing that. So today I put my foot down and said today is the day to start the tour. I thought I would start my tour with Margo from Thrift At Home. Her blog is full of cool tips, thrifty fashion, and yummy recipes. Also her stories about her little ones will make you smile.
So here is Margo in her own words:
Why do you blog?
I blog a record of what I make/do as a homemaker and mother - so I can remember it.  It's also become a way to hang over the back fence, online, with other mothers and women to talk shop. Readers ask good questions and give me ideas and recipes - I love it!


What crafts do you like to do?
I sew things - clothes for my kids, a few clothes for myself (I want to make a dress this year!), kitchen things, quilts, ruffle scarves, flowers, marker/crayon rolls, curtains. . . I have dabbled in other things - knitting, card making, painting, flower arranging, jewelry making.


Do you sell your crafts online, in a store, or are they just for
you? If you do sell them for others - where can one purchase them?
I have an etsy store for things I sew: hotpads, hanging oven towel, ruffle scarves, and flowers. - www.ThriftatHome.etsy.com
I also sell curated vintage patterns as I come across good ones.

What is your favorite blog to read?
 ooooh, hard to choose!  I read so many.  The Sartorialist is always interesting to me, introducing me to new style things, some of which are very inspiring.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I pay attention to what I am instinctively drawn to, especially colors, and after a while, I start playing with those colors or combinations in fabric.  I am inspired by clever solutions people come up with in their homes, making do with the things they have on hand.  I deliberately allow limits in my art because those limits force me make new connections and solutions - for example, I use "found fabric," meaning I don't go to the fabric store and buy what I want.  I upcycle it from old clothes, a friend's stash, a creative reuse store, or the thrift store.

If you can meet one blogger and spend a day with them who would
they be and why?
 Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse. . . because her life seems attractive, from her blog, yet unusual.  She seems to have mastered the balance between housework and art, so I'd like the insider's view on that.

Is there any crafts you would like to learn how to do or have
taught yourself to do?
I would like to explore weaving because I have always loved getting close to plaid and studying the way the colors intersect and change.  I would have so much fun choosing colors to weave together - plus, you can make really useful items from a loom.
Thanks Margo for joining the tour. Your blog has inspired me to make some really cute business tags like your business cards. I ♥ them. So hop on over to Margo's blog Thrift At Home - make sure to say Hi and also there are some super duper cute ruffle scarfs in her shop (I'm not gonna post a picture you have to go see for yourself).
I will continue the tour next week with another wonderful blog and shop!
(all pictures are courtesy of Thrift At Home - and like all pictures used in this tour ~ please ask the owner of the photos for permission to use them. Thanks)

6 comments:

Carol A.Bender said...

Thanks, I enjoyed the tour. :)

Margo said...

thank you so much for having me first!! I'll enjoy seeing who comes next.

Tracy said...

Very nice, Margo!

Opendoor Studio said...

cute blog! love it!
martha
opendoorstudio.etsy.com

Helena said...

What a lovely idea! Thanks for the tour and introducing another creative person! xoxoxo Helena

Sharon said...

I'm more interested with your full of cool tips, thrifty fashion. It would be nice if jewelry making will be involve. :)