Name: Aimee Larsen
Location: Chattanooga, TN area
Kids: 3 boys, Cooper 7, Evan 4, Jake 2
Homespun-Threads fits right in with our theme this month. It's a great combination of craft ideas, tutorials, and the everyday life of Aimee's family.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I attempted blogging a few years ago and turned into a serious blogger about a year and a half ago. I loved sewing and baking and working on fun projects with my boys. Blogging was simply an outlet for my creativity and to record for myself my thoughts and memories. Soon after I started blogging, I realized I could also use my blog as a tool for other women who also loved to sew, craft, bake, etc. The plus side to working hard on my blog is that when I go back and look at my past entries, I am touched by the memories my blog holds. My blog has been my best tool for organizing my life.
Tell us about your blog and your favorite things to post on?
HomeSpun-Threads blog features the things I have made or projects I have attempted and loved. I try to only put my best foot forward at all times but all of my readers know that I am notorious for typos. I make no apologies. I am a mom of 3 boys and I barely have time to post these days much less take the extra 10 minutes or more to correct grammatical errors. I am receiving my Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist, so it's not that I can't do it…it simply is that I have no time. As a reader, once you get past my quirks as a super fast typist whose spell check doesn't work hard enough, you will find I have done my very best to share the coolest stuff I know how to do. I love learning how to do new things, so I assume my readers do too.
My favorite posts have to be about my boys. Those are the ones that I laugh and cry about, but I don't expect my readers to appreciate them like I do.
I LOVE to sew…love, love, love it. I love to take something I know how to make and create a tutorial or pattern that is as easy to follow and make as possible. Nothing I share is too hard for even the beginning seamstress. My belief is that if you can sew a straight stitch you can sew anything.
What are some of your other favorite blogs?
I may only be one in several 100 thousand but I do love reading NieNie. I am not as fascinated about her accident or her recovery like many other readers maybe. I am more fascinated with her love of life. I love going from page to page on her blog. Each one has a spark that shares with the world her love for her family. The passion she and her husband share so openly and the beauty she finds in the little things is so inspiring.
I love the Pinkerton Projects. Jen is one of my favorite people. She's a darling online friend as well. I think I live vicariously through her. She has three little girls that I simply adore. God blessed me with three boys but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have been just as happy with three girls. Jen is a lot like me but without the boys. I love her eye for photography and aspire to be as great at it as she is. I know that there are a lot of great photographers out there but I love her style. It's hers and she owns it!
I have been reading Thrifty Décor Chick before she was somebody. I feel like as a reader from way back when, that I helped to discover a diamond in the rough. This chick has got it going on when it comes to decorating on a budget. I admit that I have mimicked some of her projects around my house.
And last but not least is Ohdeedoh and I'm not just saying that. I've been reading Ohdeedoh for a LONG time. Mostly, I drool over the nurseries. I have gotten tons of ideas for toys. I wish I had more time to decorate for my children; their playroom needs a serious update and I look directly to Ohdeedoh for inspiration.
What are some favorite recent projects?
One of my favorites was my Poppy tutorial and I'm am totally into painting words on my walls. I want them to be permanent so I want them to be beautifully hand painted around my home. I have been meaning to feature a few new ones but I haven't had time. My new favorite word wall is "Please Flush". Don't forget, I live with 4 men. Before Christmas I had to whip up baby gifts left and right so I love my baby bib tutorial and my baby shoe patterns. I also love my "I'm Bored" jar, but my oldest son said just a few days ago, "We never use that jar anymore." Whew! No wonder, those kids haven't been bored in ages. But it's there if we need it. My other favorite project is my chalkboard top kitchen table. I think I'd paint everything with chalkboard paint.
How do you find the time to do all of these projects?
I don't find time- time finds me. I don't have time to look for time. If I do need time, I set my alarm to go off earlier in the morning or I stay up later at night. It's not always about finding time around here that is the problem; it's about having the energy to do it all and still get my beauty sleep.
Don't forget to check out Aimee's shop as well- she's got tons of crafty ideas, patterns, and even some free downloads!
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