Meet Maya of Maya*Made

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Name: Maya Donenfeld
Location: Upstate New York
Web site: Maya*Made

We love the fact that one of Maya's mottoes is, "Finding beauty in each day..." If you've been to her site, maya*made, or have read us oohing and aahing over her work, you know she certainly lives by that motto.

Interview and more photos, below the jump.

Maya's projects and How To's produce inspirational, fun and functional items -- many of which can be made with repurposed items. On her site, Maya writes, "I find happiness in making unique children's spaces, toys and clothing. Sustainability is key to the many things I create."

Why did you start blogging?
A little over a year and a half ago I was hired as the design consultant for a local children's resale shop, Mama Goose. They were relocating to a larger site, and I helped establish their new look, created child play spaces, and window displays. This was my first job outside of being a full-time mother in almost a decade. It was exhilarating to use so many of my skills in such a public setting. Many of my Mama Goose projects transferred easily into DIY for the home, and I wanted to share instructions with other parents. A blog seemed like just the right way to document it all, while sharing "how to's". Maya*made has been a fantastic way for me to share my ideas, while becoming involved in the dynamic online craft/design community.

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How do you find time to make all of your projects?
December is a very busy month for my family. We celebrate three holidays and two birthdays all over the course of a couple of weeks. Since many of the gifts and most of our holiday decor are made by hand. We've begun already! My sewing machine runs late into the night. I have a series I began last year on my blog called Simple Gifts. I'm continuing it this year with a tutorial a week on various handmade holiday projects, many of them using green and recycled materials. It started last week and will flow right into mid-December.

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What has been your family's favorite 'maya*made' creation? What's your favorite?
My children definitely loved the Simple Summer Pavillion the best. What child doesn't love a fort? It was quick and not very labor intensive, so there was fairly instant gratification. I loved it because it bridged their age difference and morphed into mulitiple play scenarios, because it was so open ended. It's quite magical when something comes together so quickly. Sometimes the simplest projects turn out to be the most memorable.

You inspire so many DIY bloggers out there with all of your lovely projects. Where, in the blogosphere, do you go for inspiration?
I travel to many each week, here are a few that I don't miss:
Children: Ohdeedoh,The Crafty Crow, and Bloesem Kids
Creative Parenting: SouleMama, Quince and Quire, and The Artful Parent
Design: AT and Remodelista

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Finally, what is one great piece of parenting advice someone has shared with you?
The greatest gift you can give your child is your time.

Thank you for sharing, Maya. For more visit Maya's Web site, maya*made.

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