Name: Cheri Heaton
Location: Sandy, UT
Website: I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Kids: Rex (2 and a half) Baden (10 months)
When you're a mom-blogger, finding a quiet time to sit down and write out your thoughts can feel almost impossible, but not for Cheri Heaton of I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. Somehow, Cheri manages to stick to a daily writing schedule and, as a result, her little corner of the internet is packed with fabulous photos, great tutorials and the most amazing playroom we've ever seen — you remember the mailbox and the apple tree right? I Am Momma Hear Me Roar is not only full of craft tutorials but is a great resource for those looking to repurpose clothing, pick up sewing skills and tackle adorable projects (just check out the bed she made). She's the queen of cute stitching and can bleach print with the best of them. Several of our favorite tutorials are listed below, but we greatly encourage you to hop over and flip through and see all that we weren't able to include!
Her work speaks for itself and her dedication to daily blogging makes for some seriously good reads. We had a moment to sit down with this super-star mom and ask a few questions and here's what she had to say...
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have a personal family-oriented blog that I started three years ago, but my craft blog is about 2 months old. I absolutely love blogging. It helps me organize my thoughts, focus on the positive, and socialize with other women while I'm home with my kids. I started following some craft blogs a few months ago. It was fun, but I felt like I was in the middle of a great conversation with duct tape over my mouth. I wanted to speak up and share some of my own ideas. I decided to start I Am Momma to have fun sharing ideas with others and to document my projects. I love creating. It's just in me and it makes me thoroughly happy.
Tell us about your blog...
I do original tutorials four times a week (Monday through Thursday). My projects include clothing refashioning, decorating, painting, photography, whatever else I can come up with. On Fridays I try out someone else's tutorial and provide the link so my readers can try it too. Saturdays I get on my soapbox about a random topic and Sundays I tell you one fun thing I'm grateful for. Can you tell I like to be organized and know what to expect? Yeah, I'm a nerd. I also favor boy projects, since that's what I've got and because I think there's a need for boy ideas. You won't see a lot of frills and tutus in my corner of the blogworld.
How do you find time to be a mom and run a successful blog at the same time?
Motherhood is the most amazing thing I have ever taken part in. It's definitely hard sometimes, but I want to think of it as empowering rather than restricting. I don't want to think of my kids as a ball and chain. I think motherhood provides a billion opportunities to do, to learn, and to create. I hope my blog encourages that. I want to empower women.
I try to weave my duties together as much as possible. I make things for my boys a lot. I let them help when they can, whether it's letting Rex stuff a pillow or hold a paint brush. (Warning: this can go wrong. I caught Rex dipping a toilet brush into my paint can once. Nasty!)
I try to do as much as possible during their naptime and bedtime. I also find that if I give them some quality mom time with my full attention then they are more understanding when I tell them I have something I need to finish. I definitely don't have it all figured out, but I want my kids and husband to recognize that they are always first in my book. I actually used to be a full-time musician, but I switched paths to find something that could mesh more with my family life.
Where do you go in the blogosphere for inspiration?
I love looking at photography, crafting, and any kind of DIY blogs. The sites I hit pretty regularly are Made, Ruffles and Stuff, So You Think You're Crafty, and How About Orange, One Pretty Thing and Craft Gossip. For photography blogs, I love Tara Whitney and Simplicity Photography.
What are your favorite types of diy projects to do?
I am such a sucker for anything involving my kids. I probably spend the most time on their bedrooms and the playroom. I think that might be because I still feel like a kid on the inside. I got giddy when we installed swings in the playroom or when I showed them the apple tree. I scheme up ridiculously huge ideas for them in my head and get extremely excited. I've been working on this big, interactive, wall-mounted train for the playroom that I am ecstatic about. (That description sounds vague right now, but you'll see it on my blog relatively soon.)
When did you start sewing and how has it influenced your life?
I watched my mom sew while I grew up. She is incredibly talented. I was always in awe of what she did, but I never really tried it myself (other than one hideous jumper that I made with her help in high school). I bought a sewing machine two years ago and have used it more and more each month. It's so much more fun and gratifying to make something than it is to buy it. I'm not a pro, but I can already look back and see I've come along way. I now save all our old clothing to use for other projects. The sewing has helped me spend less. My little boys will be wearing mostly things I've made or embellished this summer. It makes me incredibly happy to see Rex prefer the shirts I've made him over the shirts I've purchased. He would never remove his mustache shirt if he had it his way.
Are there any projects or types of crafting you've been wanting to try but haven't yet tackled?
Wow! I could make a ten page list to answer that! Eventually, I would love to learn how to knit, quilt, and garden. I really want to learn more about woodworking and furniture building, too.
Finally, what is one great piece of parenting advice someone has shared with you?
Everyone always says to appreciate this time when my children are little because it flies by. I really try to do this. I don't want to wish away these moments, even though I feel like I'm changing diapers every couple of seconds. Whenever I pass an elderly woman, I notice that their eyes light up when they see my boys. I can see on their faces how much they miss these moments. I can see that someday I will be one of them and I don't want to have regrets. I try to remember that when I'm having a tough day.
Make sure to check out Cheri's latest projects and on-goings over at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar!
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