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Featured Friday: Sarah from Frills for Thrills

By on August 3, 2012

I am thrilled to have Sarah from Frills for Thrills to be guest posting today. She is pregnant with her first child, a little boy! I found her page through Merrick’s blog who was featured here on her Mommy Style. I loved Sarah’s blog and style so much that I asked her to do a similar post but to talk about Pregnancy style. here is her post.

Hello Perfectly Imperfect Mom readers!
My name is Sarah and I blog over at Frills for Thrills. Most of my posts are pictures of my daily attire, accompanied by some thoughts on life. 
Sometimes funny and sometimes deep… you never know what you’re gonna get! 
Fashion has always been a passion of mine, and blogging is just one way for me to enjoy the beauty and creativity of getting dressed every day. 
By the age of three I was dressing myself and doing my own hair. I always had a distinct style and knew what I liked and what I didn’t. Diva much? Hahaha! 
My self expression through clothes only grew as I did and I looked always looked forward to getting dressed every day. 
That is, until I got pregnant.
Some of my friends say they loved being pregnant because they had an excuse to have a big belly. I don’t mind having the belly, but sometimes it’s just uncomfortable! Add to that the fact that your self-esteem is the lowest it’s ever been (at least for me it has), so it’d be nice to fit into some of those items in your closet that make you feel pretty. 
By about the time I busted the zippers on my favorite pencil skirts week ten of pregnancy, I  promised myself I would still make an effort to get ready every day (hair, makeup, and something besides the stretchy pants and oversized tee that sang my name). 
For me, someone who has always expressed myself through dress, I knew this was just one way to boost my daily confidence and embrace my new body with a little more joy! 
But as I’m sure you know, relearning what looks and feels good on my new body versus the body I’d had since I was eighteen has been a project! 
There are three wardrobe tips I’ve found to be pretty consistent during my pregnancy and I’m here to share them with you! 
1. When nothing seems to fit, overcompensate with accessories. We all have those days when we give in to the stretchy pants and oversized tee I mentioned above, and that’s OK. Try taking it a step up and wear at least one piece of statement jewelry or a fun colored accessorie! 
{About 6 Weeks Pregnant}
2. Layer something structured over something snug. As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll want other people to notice. Accentuate your cute bump with a fitted tank and a structured blazer to hide your new curves (i.e. love handles) and flatter your old curves that disappear by the week (i.e. your waist).
{29 & 23 Weeks}
3. Show off your legs. I’m sure they’re looking tinier than ever beneath that baby belly you’ve got, so show them off in some shorts or a stretchy skirt. And if you’re stable enough, some heels! 
{30 & 27 Weeks}
As I said earlier, these are all things that I’ve found helpful while getting dressed during my pregnancy.
They may not work for you, but I encourage you to try something on besides those stretchy pants! 
I promise you’ll feel more confident in your new body, even if you happen to be one of those women that love being pregnant! 
And disclaimer: I totally throw on my “uniform” (i.e. sweats) the second I walk through the door…

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Featured Friday Poster: Merrick from Merrick’s Art!

By on July 20, 2012

I recently was cruising around Pinterest (Shocker!) and found a pin about Merrick’s blog. I instantly became obsessed with how creative and stylish she was. I immediately emailed her and asked her to do a featured post. I know many new Mom’s could use some of her awesome tips and ideas. I am thrilled to welcome Merrick to Featured Friday. Here is an amazing guest post from her!

Hi there, I’m Merrick from Merrick’s Art, where I blog about sewing, style, and family life. I’m excited to be over here on Perfectly Imperfect Mom today talking a little bit about Mommy Style.

Before I became a mom, I was a student, and then spent a few years working as a project manager for a local company. Both of these required getting dressed every day, and looking both put together and appropriate. But once my little Peanut was born, I was suddenly thrown in to the world of staying at home with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no one caring what I looked like. And yet, I could count on one hand the number of times I haven’t gotten dressed and put on makeup for the day in the last two years since his birth. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Here are six reasons I get dressed and ready (which, for me, includes hair and makeup) EVERY morning:

  1. It gets my day started. I am not completely ready for the day by 7:00am, like my old work days, but even being ready by nine or ten gives me the whole day to get things done.
  2. It makes me feel more productive. There is nothing that makes me feel more lazy and less productive than walking around in my pajamas and bed-head until 5:00pm. Nothing would ever get done if I didn’t get ready every day.
  3. It makes me feel confident. When I wake up in the morning, I certainly do not look my best (surprise, surprise). Putting on makeup, doing my hair (even if it’s just a top knot or a pony tail), and throwing on even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt makes me feel infinitely better about myself.
  4. It makes me a better mom. Carrying on from #3, feeling confident makes me a better mom. I am more patient, more fun, and more energetic when I’m happy and have taken some time to take care of myself
  5. It allows me to walk out the door any time. It is hard enough to get out the door with a child, but adding getting dressed and presentable to that is just crazy. You’ll never get your errands done. Taking fifteen minutes in the morning to get yourself ready makes it easy to walk out the door (without being embarrassed) any time of the day.
  6. It is a favor to my husband. You guys. I cannot talk about this enough. Coming home after a long and tiring day of work to a messy house, a smelly and sweats-clad wife, and crazy kids is probably the LAST thing a husband wants to do, regardless of how much he loves you. Despite how crazy and busy my days are, I always make an effort to straighten up the house and put on a little lipgloss or perfume around 5:30pm before he walks in the door. He just deserves that.

So now that you know why I do it, let’s talk for a second about how I do it. Because some people think that getting ready every day (especially as a mom) takes way too long, doesn’t allow for comfort, and just isn’t worth it.

Here are five of my go-to Mommy Style outfits that make me feel put together, are super comfortable, and are just as easy to throw on as a baggy t-shirt and sweatpants.

1. stretchy pencil skirts

skirt: made by me, t-shirt cardigan and sandals: target // skirt & sandals: target, graphic tee: made by me

 I just recently discovered my undying love for stretchy pencil skirts. I’d always worn pencil skirts to church or work, but with a graphic t-shirt and a pair of sandals, they can be very casual, so cute, and really comfortable. 

2. jeans & t-shirts

red jeans: f21, scarf: bought in London, tee: hand-me-down (heart by me), flats: payless // jeans: gap, belt: husbands, leopard flats: steve madden via platos closet, button up: target // jeans: abercrombie, tee: hand-me-down, belt: local boutique, necklace: gift, sandals: target // jeans: h&m (maternity), tee: target, necklace: c/o wild about jewelry, wedges: old navy

 Jeans and t-shirts are probably the easiest thing for a mom to wear, right? But it doesn’t have to be so basic. Add a scarf, tuck (or half tuck) your shirt, add a skinny belt, or a big statement necklace, and suddenly your jeans and t-shirt ensemble is put together and pretty, but still comfortable and simple.

3. lightweight dresses

pink dress: target (maternity), cardigan: target, flats: h&m, belt: local boutique // maxi dress & leopard belt: target, cardigan: local boutique, necklace: c/o lisa leonard designs

As with pencil skirts, dresses were something I only wore to church or work in the past. But lightweight, stretchy dresses (especially maxi dresses) are the most comfortable thing you could possibly put on. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long, but you look fabulous.

4. tunics & leggings

tunic: made by my mom, cardigan & leggings: target, leopard flats: steve madden via plato’s closet // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target // tunic: made by me, leggings, sandals & belt: target

 Tunics have become a summer staple for me. They are so simple and effortless, and beyond comfortable. Add a fun belt or a cardigan, and you step it up just a little bit more.

5. pattern mixing

jeans: gap, striped tee: lucky brand via sams club, cardigan, belt & sandals: target // dress: gap maternity t-shirts (turned into a dress), cardigan: f21, boots: target // jeans: f21, top: old navy, belt: target

Pattern mixing is one of those things that is a bit scary at first, but can transform even the simplest of mom outfits if you do it right. Two easy rules to start out: use patterns that are in the same color family, and keep one pattern smaller than the other. Give it a try — you’ll suddenly look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you actually did!

So there you go. Six reasons to take care of yourself as a mom, and five easy ways to do it. Thanks again for having me!

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Featured Friday: Elise from I Heart Pears!

By on June 29, 2012
Hi, I’m Elise from I Heart Pears which focuses on sophisticated nursery and baby shower designs.  I love finding great ideas and walk my readers through rooms to point out where you can see great design.  Recently I have found so many great baby boy nurseries focused around a nautical theme.  Here are some great design boy nautical nurseries.
This gorgeous nursery was designed by Candice Olson which has so many great details all over this room.  My favorite thing in a nautical nursery is a compass placed on a ceiling around the ceiling light, which you can see really clearly in this picture.  The curtains have stripped panels and I love all of the pictures and art on the wall.  This room uses softer tones for a calm feeling in the room with sporadic bursts of reds for accents. Found at www.decorpad.com



In nautical nurseries I have found, many have navy blue on the walls and even with stripes.   This nursery below uses an equal width stripes with the navy blue and white going half way down the wall to the wainscoting (nursery from www.creativeinteriorsbg.blogspot.com).  I also love the sailboats hanging from the ceiling as a mobile, which would be a fun project to create, and the white furniture from the crib to the glider creates a clean and lighter look in the room.  


More great stripes in this room, this time the blue and white stripes are a different width.  This wall space has been used really well with matching black floating shelves, equally positioned around the crib, and a matching the black crib.  Above the stripes the designer placed the baby’s name in block white letters which stands out perfectly against the navy wall.  If the whole wall was painted navy blue, the room would feel really heavy, the white wainscoting breaks up the room and creates a lighter feeling.  (found on www.hgtv.com).




In this nautical nursery, the designed placed netting and rope in the corners and along the walls.  A common theme in these nurseries are stripes, and navy blue and white like we see in this nursery.  The designer for this nursery also used white furniture and focused more on a sky blue for the walls, crib bedding, rug, and glider cover.  (Found at www.mommiecouture.com).



In a nautical nursery, you can also use a whole mural on the wall like this beautiful lighthouse art.  The white furniture gives the room a soft feel and the anchor carpet on the floor really makes a statement and is great on the wooden floor.  If you look close you can find hints of baby blue from the knobs on the dresses, crib bedding, diaper hamper, and changing table.  (From www.projectnursery.com).




Here is another great navy blue room with white furniture.  The walls also have stripes on one of the walls along with stripes on the crib bedding.  My favorite thing is the starfish design on the wall.  This design might have to be placed a little higher when this little boy is older and can stand in his crib, but I love the idea of the paddle with the name and the starfish hanging down.  (From Chic Cheap Nursery).





Pottery Barn is always filled with ideas that inspire me.  This crib is positioned in a bay window and has blackout curtains to block in the light.  This room is beautiful with the curtains open and the pennant detail in the window really gives a little detail to this window space and acts a little bit like a mobile by the crib.  The accents from whales and anchors can be seen and this room has wooden accents from the crib, glider, and outline of the picture frames. (From Pottery Barn Kids).





Here is another brown crib with brown accents throughout the room.  I thought this nursery was unique because of the beautiful artwork on the wall behind the crib.  Definitely a focal point in this room. I like how this focal point wall has a deeper blue with light blue stripe going across, and the adjacent wall we see is that lighter color.  I also like the tan curtains that match the color of the glider. (From: www.roomzaar.com).


Here is another baby boy nursery with a compass around the ceiling light.  All around the walls and floor you see a tan/beige color giving the room a light feel.  The black crib is definitely the focal point from its position and bold color in the room.  I prefer a lighter feel in a nursery so I would have probably used a cream colored crib with navy sheets (to go with the navy accents all over).  Besides the compass on the ceiling, I love how the bookshelves are filled with items from lighthouses to sailboats.  So cute (from www.designdazzle.blogspot.com). 
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Featured Friday: Cady from The Bloggy Mommy

By on June 22, 2012

Cady, tell us about your family.
My husband, Joe, and I will celebrate our sixth wedding anniversary in September. Our daughter, Lucy, was born in November 2009 after our first attempt at IVF. Joe is the Director of Marketing for a science museum, and I am a freelance writer and run my own social media marketing business while staying home with Lucy. We are all die-hard baseball fans (yes, 
even Lucy!). 

 Give us a description of your blog.
My blog is a way for me to remember what happens in our day-to-day life and is something that I hope Lucy can look back on when she’s older. I talk a lot about things we do, holidays/celebrations and what I like to call Lucy-isms. I also post recipes and DIY ideas. 

What has been the most exciting part about becoming a mother?
Every stage is more exciting to me than the last. Right now, I’m excited that Lucy is starting extracurriculars. She’s in a summer gymnastics class that she loves, so we’ll likely be signing her up for a year-round class when this one ends. She also enjoys soccer, so we’re thinking about signing her up for that in a couple of years. It’s so much fun to be driving her to class, and I know it will get even more fun (and hectic!) as we add activities.
What has been the top baby products you used?
We loved our small diaper caddy, which we used for diaper changes in rooms other than the nursery. The travel first aid kit was a great product too, and we LOVED the sling pack we got from the hospital after Lucy’s birth. Using that was SO much easier than lugging the big diaper bag around.
What were the baby products you had that you never used and wish you hadn’t bought?
We never used our swing because Lucy hated it and wouldn’t sit in it. One of our cats loved it, though. 🙂 We also never used our sling or back carrier, both of which we got as gifts. I just never had any need or desire to use either one since I would simply put Lucy in her bouncer when I needed to do things around the house. I think I’m in the minority on this one as most moms I know LOVED their slings and carriers.
What is your favorite blog post that you have done?
Probaby the one on Lucy’s birth. We struggled for several years to get pregnant and went through IVF, and there are pictures in it that make me tear up even now, two years later. 
Tell us how people can find you on the web. 
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Featured Friday: Erin from Hoping for Our Own Peanut

By on June 15, 2012
Erin with her husband Tom and sons Gavin and Trevor

Tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband, Tom, and I just celebrated six years of marriage. We have two sons, Trevor who is 2.5 and Gavin who is 3 months. We live in a suburb of Chicago. Tom is a Cook County Sheriff. I stay home with the boys and watch a few children at my home.
Trevor
You are now a happy mother of two beautiful boys but from reading your blog we see that it took quite the ride to get there. Tell us about how you first came to discover you were infertile and what you felt. 
Gosh, let me take a minute to let my mind rewind! Tom and I got married young. We wanted children right away. While most people our age were worried about where they were headed drinking Friday night, we were worried about why every pregnancy test only had one line on it. We tried on our own for about 9 months and then decided to see a specialist. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I had to make that appointment. A lot of infertile women say they had a feeling they would struggle getting pregnant. I never had that feeling! I went to my first RE(fertility doctor) appointment at 20 years old. We had every test under the sun done and everything looked great. We fall under the unexplained infertility category. I think that was/is more frustrating than simply being diagnosed. You are considered infertile if you have been trying to get pregnant for a year with no luck. Not knowing why we can not get pregnant was/is a harder pill to swallow.


IVF seems to be the final step to conceiving a child in the infertile world. Did you try other options first and if so what were they?
Yes! We did a few months of clomid with monitoring. I always have great response but no pregnancy. We moved on to IUIs with injectibles. I did four months of those before deciding to move forward with IVF.
Gavin
Many women feel very alone when they struggle with infertility. What advice can you give them?
Go online!! I have made some lifelong friends via my blog. There is something about finding someone who knows exactly how you feel. I have gotten the best support from my blog,  in good times and in bad. My other advice would be to be open about your struggle. Of course, that is not for everybody. But, it’s the only way you’ll find someone in real life that may have the same issues you do. 1 in 8 couples suffers from infertility. Chances are, some of your friends and family are dealing with a similar issue!
Having two boys now, do you see yourself having more children?
Yes, please!! I have always wanted 5 children. Tom jokes that 5 is a circus and 4 is plenty. J We made the agreement that if we get twins next time, we will be done. There is a big gamble doing another cycle because there is always a chance of multiples. I will be seeing my RE this summer to get the ball rolling..
Has infertility affected your marriage at all?
Oh, yes! It has made our marriage SO MUCH stronger. Our dream of being parents wasn’t handed to us. We had to work for it. Make sacrifices. But, we suffered together. Tom cringed while giving me shots. He held my hand as we waited to see if our baby had a heartbeat. He cried when I miscarried. He told me everything would be okay. He is my best friend and greatest support. I love him so much more than I could have imagined. And yes, I do attribute lot of  it to our infertility struggle. That and watching him as a father to our sons!
Tell us about your sons. 
How much time do you have? Haha
Trevor is the best. He is at such a fun age. He is super active..running, climbing, playing sports. He is smart. He can recognize every letter of the alphabet and spell his name. He loves books and could be read to all day. He is all boy and yet the biggest sweetheart. He says the funniest things. His love for his younger brother is intense and I am constantly amazed at how natural it was for him.
Gavin is such a little snuggler! His favorite spot to cuddle and sleep is mine or Tom’s chests. He smiles and talks all day long. He just rolled over and found his feet. He is a peanut compared to Trevor. He brings so much joy to our family and has made our hearts a little bit fuller.
Thank you for reading and thanks, Bren, for this opportunity!
You can find me bloggin’ over at www.terobertson.blogspot.com.
My email is TERobertson18@aol.com.



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Featured Friday: Ashley at Our Happily Ever Afters

By on June 8, 2012
Ashley with her husband Kurt, son Liam and daughter Evy Kate
Tell us about your family and how you came to the decision to adopt.
My husband Kurt and I were married in 2007. In 2009, we welcomed Evy Kate into the world (by pregnancy). She was (and is!) an absolute joy! Adoption had always been something that I thought was great, but it was never something that I was confident I would do. Kurt felt the same way; we loved the idea of adoption but honestly, we were probably those people who, at the end of the day, would say “It’s just not something we’re called to do.” Well, God had other plans! 
In the wee hours of the morning on July 22, 2010, I was looking at a friend’s blog. I knew they were adopting from Ethiopia, and I had even looked at her blog before. However, something happened to me that night. As I was looking at this blog, I literally felt my heart break in two and I felt the presence and calling of God like I never have before. I just KNEW God was saying to me, “Why not you? Why not YOU?” I realized in that moment, as I cried and cried in front of my computer, that the only thing holding me back was fear. And as it says in God’s Word, “God has not given us a spirit of fear.” I knew that He would equip us if we would only be obedient. 
I told Kurt the next day, and he took about a month to pray and think about it. It took him awhile to reconcile the idea. Not because of him being opposed to adoption, but because it’s a completely different way to add to your family. This is typical of me and Kurt – he processes major things BEFORE they happen; I process them afterwards. Those were very hard days for me. I felt so alone in my calling and I ached for Kurt to be on the same page. That was a way that I knew this was God’s call on my life – I’ve never felt so confident about something in my life. At the very end of September, I cried to Kurt and told him that we would just not proceed. He said he would seriously petition God and seek Him even more earnestly. The next night, he told me that God had taken away his fear, and that we should proceed with the adoption. I WAS SO EXCITED and so thankful that God brought us together in this calling.
I had been researching for these months of waiting in prayer and determined that South Korea was where God was leading us. We sent our paperwork in early October (we used Holt International) and we brought Liam home exactly a year later on October 21, 2011!

Why did you and your husband feel international adoption was best for you?

Honestly, we were just called that direction by God. We never felt a peace about domestic adoption. Of course you get the people who ask, “Why adopt internationally when there are so many babies here in the U.S.?” My answer to that is simply, “God.” He directs people in different ways. The point is, there’s an orphan crisis. This isn’t a competition between the United States and other countries, and this isn’t about promoting the U.S. economy or something. An orphan is an orphan, and we’re called to do something about it – whether it be here in the U.S. or internationally.


What did you feel was the hardest part of adoption? What was the most rewarding part?
Initially, the hardest part was the waiting. The emotional roller coaster was unreal. You literally enter the “Adoption Bubble” and you feel like you live and breathe paperwork, calling for status updates, and anxiously waiting for updates on your child. I will say that, in my opinion, there’s much more anticipation that builds up, even more than a pregnancy. I think in pregnancy you have your baby right there in your womb with you all the time. Of course you’re excited, but with an adoption you’re not anywhere near your child. You have no idea if they’re going to be taken away from you (that rarely happens, but still – it’s a fear), etc. There are so many unknowns and fears. 
Now that Liam’s home, I would say that the hardest part is navigating how to bond with and parent a child who was raised by other sets of people (in another culture) for a year and a half (or however long). It’s just hard. I had the added complexities of having a biological child first. Some moms aren’t this way, but I bonded with Evy INSTANTLY. It was truly an intense love at first sight. With Liam, it’s been a process. It’s taken time, and we’re still in it. 
The most important things that I’ve realized is that you’re ALWAYS changing in how you feel about your children. You always love them, of course, but your love deepens as time goes on. It doesn’t matter if your children are biological or adopted; love deepens with time. Another thing I’ve learned is that ONLY GOD can bond hearts. He is the ONLY ONE who has the power to knit hearts together (that applies to everything – marriage, etc.). We can’t do that in our own power! Once I realized that I can’t force things to happen and I can’t force my heart to feel something, it released me. I knew God would take care of us in every way – including emotionally.

Did you have any concerns on how bringing a new child into your family would affect Evy Kate?
Of course. But I would’ve felt that way if I had gotten pregnant with my second child. Change is hard, however you do it. I actually never questioned Evy’s ability to love a sibling. I knew I would be the one who would struggle – and I’ve been right! They adore each other. Evy got an instant playmate. Of course there have been difficult sibling moments, but that’s completely normal.

Tell us about the first time you met Liam.
Alongside Evy’s birth, it was the most profound experience of my life. I wrote a detailed post about it at this link http://www.ourhappilyeverafters.com/2011/10/bringing-liam-home-day-two-in-seoul.html
Are you and your husband doing anything as a family to ensure that Liam knows about his culture?
We have connected with several people who are fully Korean and some that have Korean heritage. We plan to talk with them and also have Liam spend time with them as he matures so that he always feels connected to the country of his birth. We also bought gifts for him in Korea that we’ll give to him when he’s older (a Korean drum and a traditional name stamp). I think the biggest thing we’re aiming to do is have an ongoing conversation with Liam about his story. We want it to be a comfortable, honest, and frequent thing that’s discussed in our family. We don’t want him to feel like he’s constantly straddling two cultures; it’s more like we want to validate, honor and celebrate his heritage while keeping him secure in the family that God has created for us and him.


While in Korea, did you meet any other families adopting? If so, do you still stay in contact with them?
We didn’t meet any in Korea, but I met a LOT of adoptive Mommies in the blog/facebook world while we were waiting to travel! Those women are invaluable to me. We went to an adoption conference in March and all met up for the first time. It was AMAZING, and we plan to make it a yearly thing!
Do you plan to adopt again?

Kurt and I just talked about this a couple of nights ago. I think we definitely see ourselves adopting again. In fact, I’m almost sure we will. It’s just a matter of God’s timing. We feel called to pregnancy for our next baby, and we’ll just go from there. The best thing is that God has already authored our story – we just have to seek Him to find out what it is.



You can find out more about Ashley’s story from her blog.
Our Happily Ever Afters
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Featured Friday: Craft Crazy Mom Maria!

By on June 1, 2012

Hi, I’m Maria! I’m the lady behind the scenes at Craft Crazy Mom. A mostly self taught crafter, DIYer, lover of fabrics and all things vintage. I also happen to be a proud Navy wife and mother to a little girl (with one on the way).

Give us a brief description of your blog and why you decided to start blogging in the first place.
The name pretty much says it all, Craft Crazy Mom. I like to share tutorials on fabulous furniture refinishes, my crafting exploits, as well as the insanity that can be my life. I originally started my blog for my small business Bijou Baby Boutique, but juggling a blog, business and family can be impossible and something had to give. Thankfully my wonderful business partner took over the production portion of the business which left me lots of time to spend with my amazing little one and time to do the things I love, crafting, design, and blogging. 

After seeing all your amazing DIY projects I have to wonder what inspired you to make such beautiful creations? 
 Every single thing I create is inspired by something different. Sometimes it’s out of necessity, boredom, a pretty piece of fabric or a random idea I get in the shower, but the biggest inspiration by far is my daughter. I can help it, I love making fun and beautiful things for her. Although she’s still a little young, she gets excited when she spots something new in her room. That inspires me to keep doing what I love, especially for her. 
What is your favorite piece so far? 
 That’s a tough one. Would it be weird if I said I don’t have a favorite? I craft ALL.THE.TIME. and if I’m not making something, I’m thinking about a new project. I do however have a special place in my heart for my furniture makeovers. I love being able to see and use something I spent so much time creating.

  Does your daughter, Vanessa, benefit from your creations? 
 Yes and no. I do create a lot of things for her, almost every piece of furniture in her room have been refabbed thrift store finds and the decor is almost 100% things I’ve crafted, but she’s still a little young to understand. I guess I won’t feel she benefits until she asks me for something she wants or needs and me being able to give it to her. 

 What has been her favorite piece? 
 Hands down the ottoman. She climbs and sits on that thing every day with a silly grin on her face. 
 How does your husband feel about your DIY projects?
Everyone needs an outlet for their energy to stay sane. We both understand that I need to be creating and crafting and that he needs to play sports. Although he may not be on board with some of my fabric choices or paint colors, he’s always been supportive of my creative ventures. Lastly where can we find you so everyone can check out all your amazing projects. 
You can find me at: www.craftcrazymom.com
Twitter @diymaria
Facebook – facebook.com/craftcrazymom
Pinterest – pinterest.com/craftcrazymom

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