Today’s Creative Blog used to be an exclusively feature site, featuring a different creative blogger almost daily. Now I’m sharing Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers as a way to help you get to know some of your favorites. Today, I’m asking Stephanie from Somewhat Simple a few questions.
Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers | Somewhat Simple
I met Stephanie at my very first blogging conference in Arizona. We were wearing the same color and she was darling! She drove a bunch of us to dinner and I was lucky enough to sit next to her. We’ve been blogging friends since and I will usually get to see her at least once a year! Kim: Why did you choose to start a blog? And what do you hope people learn and take away from visiting your site?
Stephanie: I actually started a blog when my family moved from Orange County to Phoenix in 2005. It was just an online journal I kept for my family so we could keep in touch with our loved ones. I would occasionally post a craft tutorial just to show the grandmas what the kids and I did that afternoon, but those tutorials were being found by Google and pretty soon I was getting comments from random blog visitors from all over the world. It was exciting and encouraging, but also a little scary- I loved their comments, but I didn’t love that these strangers knew more about my family than I wanted them to- where we were planning to vacation, what school my kids went to etc. So in 2009, I made my family blog private and created Somewhat Simple for all my crafty ideas. The rest is history!
Kim: If you had to choose a paint color to live with the rest of your life, what would it be?
Stephanie: Eek! I am a girl who LOVES change, so the thought of being stuck with anything forever (besides my family!) scares me!
Kim: What would you consider your biggest decorating secret or strength?
Stephanie: My decorating style is very simplistic- I like a clean look without a lot of clutter. I think I have a great eye for details and accessories that can decorate a room without adding too much “stuff.” Knick Knacks are great when used sparingly!!!
Kim: How did you choose your blog name?
Stephanie: I thought so long and hard about what to name my site! I thought of all the cute combinations of my kids names, my favorite colors with memories of my childhood …. it was stressful and nothing seemed to fit! One day while brainstorming with my friend about it, I said in frustration, “I want a name that is plain and somewhat simple”. She looked at me and said, “Somewhat Simple- that’s it!” I went online that night and bought the domain. I’ve had name remorse SO many times over the years and wanted to change it, but I’m so far into it now, it would be a major pain. Not to mention I don’t want to have to brainstorm again to figure out another one!!!
Kim: Mac or PC?
Stephanie: PC- I had a Mac a few years ago and I didn’t love it.
Kim: If you suddenly had a full weekend to yourself, what would you do?
Stephanie: Sleep in, maybe craft or redecorate a room. And eat whatever I felt like eating without having to share my snacks and food with little mouths.
Kim: If you had a 5 minute shopping spree at your favorite craft store, what products would you grab first?
Kim: If you had a 5 minute shopping spree at Home Goods, Pottery Barn, etc… What would you grab first?
Stephanie: Linens. I love a new set of sheets, a comfy throw blanket or a new tablecloth for my dining room.
Kim: You’re having a party…..what appetizers would you serve?
Stephanie: This Buffalo Chicken Dip
Kim: Night owl, or early bird?
Stephanie: Night Owl- for sure!
Kim: What is your favorite room in your home and why?
Stephanie: I love my family room. It is the place we spend the most time as a family and with our friends. It is comfy and cozy and also close to the kitchen so snacks are easily accessible. And I love snacks.
Kim: Before blogging, what did you do?
Stephanie: The same thing I do now, just with a lot less pictures of the creative process! I’m a stay at home mom of 5 kids that keep me very busy. But in our “free time” (if there is such a thing) I enjoy baking and creating with them. If I didn’t have a blog, we’d eat the treats we made together fresh from the oven without waiting ’til I snapped some pictures first. Oh, and I’d have less emails to answer. My inbox can get pretty scary!
Kim: Do you ever think about giving up blogging?
Stephanie: I used to think about quitting monthly! But I figured out a schedule and a system that works for me. I formed an amazing team of contributors and assistants that freed up a lot of time. I now have less “mom guilt” and more time to focus on things that I want to focus on- my family and my home. I love my blog and haven’t thought about quitting in probably 2 years now!
Kim: What’s one thing you don’t think your readers know about you?
Stephanie: I hate mushrooms.
Kim: What’s one of your favorite blog posts?
Stephanie: I love this Dry Erase Glass Calendar because it is simple to make, but very functional! I love something that is as useful as it is pretty!
Well, there you have it! Now you know a bit more about Stephanie. What would you ask Stephanie? Head on over to Somewhat Simple and see what she’s stirring up! Always something inspiring on her site.
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