As part of the HOMEMADE FUN blog tour, I've been able to share the news of my book and visit with some really creative families and individuals in the blogging community. It's been quite amazing. My guest today is Betz White, crafter, blogger, and author of Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials.
When I think of Betz White- I think green- partly because her latest book is called Sewing Green and also because like me, she loves the color green. She practices repurposing with fabric in the greenest of ways. She's a craftsperson to the utmost and totally clever at every bend with her projects and ideas.
Here are a few questions I had for the talented Betz White:
R: Welcome Betz, thanks for taking the time to join the blog tour for HOMEMADE FUN! I can’t help but admire your refreshing craft style. Your colorful blog is a wonderful resource for ideas and projects too. When I look through your latest book Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, it’s obvious that you are a master of your craft.
B: Thank you so much Rae, I'm glad you are enjoying Sewing Green and my blog!
R: Betz, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask you how got you started on the road to creativity and crafting. Did you grow up in a home environment that encouraged crafting and making things? Can you tell us a little bit about your early creative influence?
B: My family has always been very craft oriented. My parents are quite handy and have prided themselves on saving money over the years by doing things themselves, such as sewing our clothing or refinishing furniture. As kids, my brothers and I spent many nights around the kitchen table with my mom doing all sorts of crafts. My mother also taught me to sew and knit at a young age. One of my favorite family crafting memories is making sand candles while vacationing at the beach!
R: I also admire your genuinely clever and practical ways to repurpose everyday material. How has recycling and repurposing influenced you family life as much as your craft life?
B: My husband and I often hold onto things because "we might need it someday". In support of our hoarding tendencies, we believe in my grandmother's mantra of "waste not want not". It's always better to reuse or repair something if you can, rather than buying new. It saves money and requires a little creative problem solving, which I love. Also, it's really important for us that our children know that running out and buying something isn't always the best answer.
B: Absolutely! Both boys love to draw and our youngest is really interested in making things. As when I was a child, our kitchen table seems like it is used more for crafting and making stuff than it is for eating a meal. Plus having my studio in the house, accessible to the kids, makes it so easy for them to jump in and start creating. Everything is at their fingertips.
R: As a blogger, I appreciate the variety of blogs which encourage a home based crafting and creative lifestyle. What is one of the most valuable and fun aspects of blogging for you?
B: I love the community that is fostered both by having a blog and by commenting on other people's blogs. Working at home (even if it is a dream job!) can be a little isolating. I love that I can share ideas and show what I'm working on and then receive feedback about it. Over the years I feel that I've gotten to know other crafters and have actually been able to meet some of them in person. This network that we are able to create for ourselves is truly amazing and it means so much to me to be a part of it.
R. You offer so many crafting and sewing tips on your blog. I'm sure many people appreciate your generous attitude towards sharing ideas. I encourage everyone to visit Betz's blog and get to know her simple, useful, and at times quite fanciful ideas! Thanks for visiting My Little Hen!
B: Thanks Rae!
Betz has offered her Reversible Bucket Hat as a party favor to My Little Hen readers. To win a PDF (very green) pattern of this very cute and handy summer hat, just leave a comment about one simple thing your family does to be "green"...
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