Meet Ali Edwards of Ali Edwards

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Name: Ali Edwards
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Web site: Ali Edwards

We've witnessed Ali's great knack for creating beautiful bedrooms out of thrifted and simple items several times here at Ohdeedoh. First with her son's room and then her daughter's. We already know she has great taste, now we can find out a bit more about the woman behind the rooms.

Interview and more photos, below the jump.

Ali describes herself as, "...an advocate for not making things more complicated than they need to be and embracing imperfection." We love that!

Why did you start blogging?
I started back in 2004 simply as a way to document and record daily happenings. A lot of my posts were snippets about life and what was happening with my son Simon and my work (creating and writing for a scrapbook magazine). It has always been such a great tool for storytelling.

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How do you find time to make all of your projects?
At this point in my life creating and making stuff is part of my full time job. My work has evolved to the point where I now have daily childcare for my one-year-old. I try to keep most of my work between 8 and 4 but often find myself back in my office later in the evenings. That often just depends on project deadlines or what has happened during the day.

I treasure the flexibility of working from home. My work day is a combination of business tasks and creative projects - sometimes all one or the other - but most of the time it is a combination. There is no way I could do what I do without childcare.

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What has been your favorite creation? What's your son's?
I have a few favorites. One is this photo-filled type-drawer.

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Another is a scrapbook I created after our trip to Disneyworld in 2006. I really feel like it captured the trip with words and photos. I asked Simon what his favorite was and he sat down and looked at this one for a good half-hour. I'm going to say he likes this one.

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You inspire so many bloggers out there with all of your terrific scrap booking projects and decor savvy. Where, in the blogosphere, do you go for inspiration?
Soulemama
Molly Irwin
Zenhabits Family
SimpleMom

Finally, what is one great piece of parenting advice someone has shared with you?
A friend of ours once shared this suggestion with us: rather than saying "don't do that" or "don't talk like that" or "don't behave that way" turn it around and say, "Does Mommy do such and such?" or "Does Daddy do such and such?" That subtle shift in language has made a difference in the way we approach certain situations with Simon.

Thank you for sharing, Ali. For more, visit Ali's Web site.

Since our inception, we have loved hearing from all of our readers as well as reaching out to several in the blog community. You are mothers, fathers, wives, husbands all writing about your families, style and what makes you tick. To continue fostering this great blogging community, we'll now begin featuring close-ups of our favorite family and design blogs as part of our "Big Blog Family".