Woohoo, it's Blog Gem time again and this month I got to interview the lovely face behind Caught on a Whim. I discovered this fabulous blog quite recently and have been smitten ever since. It ouzes creativity and adventures; two things I love! So, without further ado, lets find out more.
Hello there, who be the face behind the blog?
Hi! My name is Erica. I love crafting, hiking, dancing and spending time with my husband and two mischievous pups. I share all my crafty adventures over on my blog, Caught on a Whim. My projects cover everything from crochet, sewing, jewelry making, art, decorating and whatever else catches me on a whim!
What's your creative space like?
I recently turned our spare room into my crafting space. Right now, it is a work in progress as I'm in the midst of decorating it. It's been great watching all the pieces fall into place over time. The process of decorating can be so creative and fun! Currently, I've been building some shelves to create some much needed crafty storage space. A crafty gal sure does accumulate a lot of stuff, doesn't she??!! I'm also hoping to paint my craft room soon... if only I could decide on the perfect color... ;)
If you had to take only one of your crafts to a desert island, what would it be and why?
Oh, goodness! That's a hard one. I'd probably go with crochet. It's the craft I've been doing the longest and is the one I always go back to. I love that it's so portable. You can carry it around just about anywhere! I almost always have a bit of yarn and a crochet hook in my bag. You never know when you'll have a few minutes to squeeze a some crochet stitches into.
How do you work and get inspired?
I tend to have a lot going on at one time in terms of working on crafty projects. I've usually got a crochet and sewing project in the works in addition to other little random projects I'm working on. It's a bit haphazard, but it works for me and definitely keeps me busy!
I keep my eyes peeled for inspiration everywhere. You never know when it will hit you. When inspiration does come to me, I keep a notebook at hand to jot my ideas down... we can't have those ideas getting lost in my forgetful mind!
What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog?
I think the best advice for anyone wanting to start a blog is to take the leap and go for it! Start your blog and share your vision with everyone. Don't worry about it being perfect, you'll learn and grow with every project and post. My blog is constantly changing and evolving over time. The more you blog the better you will become. You'll find your own unique voice and be able to share it with the world. Also, be sure to reach out and connect with other bloggers. One of my favorite parts of blogging are the friends and connections I've made.
Is there a story behind the name 'Caught On A Whim'?
I think the hardest part of starting my blog was picking out the name. I was stumped for a long time. I wanted something I would love and not get tired of. While I was brainstorming, I carried a notebook around to jot down words or phrases that popped into my head. It's funny to see all the random things that jumped into my head at the time. After a while, I kept coming back to the Caught on a Whim phrase, so I knew it was a good fit.
If you could go to a Creative Blog Award dinner with any 5 people/fictional characters (dead or alive), who would you choose?
And finally...book & tea or film & wine?
Ooooooo, that is a hard one... can I have both??! I'll start the day with tea and a book and finish it up with a movie and some wine. I'm the kind of girl who likes to have her cake, and eat it too! ;)
Thank you so much Erica, it's been truly wonderful hearing all about what inspires you. That's fantastic advice for anyone wanting to start a blog - just start! And oooh, your table at the craft award dinner sounds like one I would want to sit at! Thanks again!
I hope you've all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem. Stay tuned for December's gem!
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