Handmade Conversations: Daily Crafting with Sarah Goldshadt

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012

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Daily crafting may seem like an impossible dream, but with Sarah Goldshadt's book "Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Project", crafts become sweet but fast projects that take less than 10 minutes and basic craft supplies. So, if you're looking to fill up a tiny time of stress-free crafting, Sarah has the paper crafts and sewing notions for every day of the year. She also shares her favorite tips for fitting daily crafting into your minute-by-minute routine.

Sarah Goldshadt
Do you craft daily? What does your normal routine look like?

In a perfect world I would tackle a craft project every day and make the projects that are constantly swimming in my head. But I typically spend my days as a freelancer designer working for various magazines. Thankfully, I'm a big morning person, so I spend the first few hours of my day catching up on emails and blog posts and squeeze in a project or two if there is time. Otherwise, I'll make things over the weekend. I enjoy crafting in the sunlight the most.

Other than time, what are some common reasons people don't craft daily or even regularly? Any way to overcome these obstacles?

I think my non-crafty friends get overwhelmed with projects as they don't really know where to start or buy supplies. I think the answer is going to a local craft shop and buying supplies like colored card stock, scissors, felt, glue and maybe a sewing needle and sewing thread. Once you have a few supplies on hand it's easier to make a project here and there. Or instead of tackling one small project at a time, make a few to keep on hand or host a mini crafting party.
Sarah Goldshadt
What are the benefits of fitting crafts into daily life?

I think the happiness factor. You feel proud once you finished a project, and to be able to display or gift the project to a friend or family member is priceless.

Many of your projects are charming but simple, and simple is often rare in the crafting world. What are the benefits of simple crafts?

You don't have to invest a lot of money or time with simple projects. And they are projects that kids and adults can enjoy.

Image credits (from top): All images from Sarah Goldshadt

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Sarah Goldschadt is the author of "Craft-A-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects," published by Quirk Books.

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  • by andrew dewar
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    andrew dewar

    Thanks for the interview. I agree with you about simple. There are many benefit to keeping things simple, but it seems very hard to do. The hardest of all is knowing when a piece is finished. I like the approach you have taken in your book: use a motif in a number of different pieces. Recycle, reuse, rejoice!