Name: Stacy Hart
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Online home: Hart + Sew
Stacy Hart makes us want to fire up our sewing machine and head out in search of thrifted treasure. With Hart + Sew she showcases homemade and heartfelt sewing projects alongside the vintage finds that fill her kids' closet and her Etsy shop. Stacy's blog inspires us to make stuff and go the extra mile to find beautiful things with a good back story.We first met Stacy when we featured the doll suitcase she made for her daughters, then she was nice enough to show us their room for an Ohdeedoh tour. Between caring for Lark and Little Miss, maintaining Hart + Sew and her Etsy shop and tracking down vintage scores, Stacy is one busy lady, so we appreciate her finding the time to answer our questions. Let's get to know Stacy!
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started blogging about 3 years ago after I had my oldest daughter and stopped working full time. Like a lot of SAHMs it provided an outlet for me to express my creativity, make connections with other like-minded women, and keep myself inspired.
How would you describe Hart + Sew? What is your favorite subject matter?
Hart + Sew is a place where I share my love of vintage and thrifting, my sewing and craft projects - mostly inspired by my two little girls, updates for my etsy shop, and happy moments in my life. I could post about vintage children's clothing every day, especially pretty frocks, but I refrain and keep it to once (or twice) a week. Every Wednesday I host a link up party, Little Vintage Style, where you can show off your little ones wearing vintage clothing. That feature has become a favorite of mine because of the friendships that have formed between the ladies who participate - it is like a support group for vintage loving mamas!
You have some beautiful tutorials on your blog. What is your favorite? What are your current projects?
One of my favorite projects is the felt animal ear headbands. I also love the dollhouse suitcase and am currently working on a couple of new interchangeable rooms for it.
Where and when did you learn how to sew? Have you always been crafty?
What's the best piece of parenting advice you have ever received?
My mother taught me to sew when I was little, and then again when I was actually interested around age 21. I have always liked to be creative, and took art classes and sewed some of my own clothes in college, but I think when I had children I officially became crafty. My girls are my muses!
If you don't have a good reason to say no, say yes. My mother gave me this advice, and I think about it often in situations with my three-year-old. Am I saying no just because I am lazy, tired, or being controlling? If so, then I should get up and play tag with her, or let her get her clothes dirty! Am I saying no because she could get hurt, to teach an important principle, or because she wants me to buy her a 10 pound bag of gummy bears? If so, I am saving her tears and a tummy ache. My mother's advice can be applied in many different ways, but for me it reminds me to relax and let my toddler be a toddler - to allow and even encourage her to experience fun, silly, and messy times, and all the while help her learn to make good decisions and become a kind and fun-loving person.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
Some must-reads for me are Smile and Wave, Cakies, Modern Kiddo, My Sparkle, and Dear Baby.
Thanks Stacy! Readers, keep up with Stacy at Hart + Sew.
(Images courtesy of Stacy Hart)
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