Local Gem: C.R.A.F.T

Photo via C.R.A.F.T

Photo via C.R.A.F.T

If you like Creating Really Awesome Free Things (aka C.R.A.F.T), then check out this local blogger and momma, Jamie Dorobek, who just wrote her own book on 100 seriously awesome and super easy projects for kids. So proud of this babe!

Q: What inspired you to start working in the field/Industry? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?

A: I’ve been crafting with freebies ever since I can remember, I just had no idea I could make a living doing it. I decided to start a blog after seeing a link to a blog all about crafts on a family friends blog almost six years ago to this month. I started C.R.A.F.T. the next day!

Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?

A: If you love it, do it. Make. The. Time. 

Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?

A: Oh man, that’s a tricky question! I’m typically the most creative when I have a real life problem to solve. For example: What can I hang above my fireplace that is not a TV, inexpensive, and huge? And then I decide to make a giant, lighted peace wreath and am still loving it! 

Q: What have been your most challenging moments in your career, thus far?

A: The most challenging thing in my career so far is trying to find the right balance of “stay at home” and “work at home mom!" I have an almost 2-year-old son and a newborn. The struggle is real, y’all!

Q: What's your day job (if this business isn't your day job)?

A: I’m fortunate to call blogging my day job. I used to be a high school special education teacher and took the plunge to blog full time in 2012, before kids!

Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?

A: I run away from the project that is discouraging me and likely run to take my son to the park or somewhere fun and likely outdoors. Taking my brain away from the discouragement allows me to refocus my energy and look at the project with a fresh brain when I’m good and ready. 

Photo of Jamie Dorobek, via C.R.A.F.T

Photo of Jamie Dorobek, via C.R.A.F.T

Your favorite band at the moment: I’m so bad at this question! I listen to the same Spotify playlist almost every day. I just checked out my list, and the only artist that has two spots on my playlist is The Hot Sardines!

Your favorite book at the moment :I’m much better at books! The last book I read, is mom-related (shocker!) and titled, "Bringing up Bebe." It’s written by an American expat living in Paris with two littles and speaks to the differences of parenting in France versus the United States. 

Your local Austin gem: I’m obsessed with this new vintage furniture store called Vintage Fresh. I got an awesome dresser and a giant map in the last month!

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