If you’ve poked around this blog before you know two things in no uncertain terms… I like crafts and I like cats.
So when I see another blogging crafty cat lady I get really, really excited.
Meream is crazy crafty and blogs over at Bored and Crafty. She’s got some awesome projects that are tons of fun and I think that points to a a type of creativity that is all her own. No mimicking projects here – creatively Meream is the real deal.
Plus, crafting is such a huge part of her life. I follow Meream on Instagram where she shares a handmade stamp every day (more about that in the post). Now that’s someone who is dedicated to crafting! I’m so pleased to introduce you to Meream and hope you love her and her work every bit as much as I do.
How did you choose the name Bored and Crafty? I do crafts (mostly) when I’m bored so I went with that. I no longer remember whose idea it was or whether I came up with the name on my own.
What do you hope to achieve with Bored and Crafty? Nothing grand, really. The blog is simply a record of my projects and a way for me to meet other crafty people.
What is your most important, or most used craft tool? Sewing machine.
Do you find that you craft in phases? If so, what have been some of your recent phases? Definitely! I am having a rubber stamp phase at the moment. Sewing is a constant, though, since I sew items to sell.
If you could only craft with one medium for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Sewing, most definitely.
Do you have any tips for working with a particular medium? For any type of craft, I think it is important to soak up the basics from wherever you can. And then do experimentation on your own as far as designs go.
Is there a new type of craft that you’re dying to check out? Knitting and crocheting. And woodworking.
What projects are you most proud of? I love my bags. I use only bags I’ve sewn because they come with just the right amount of pockets, are the perfect size, and are kind on my small frame.
What projects have been the most successful on your blog? The guitar bag, I think.
Where do you often find inspiration for your crafts? Everywhere and everything, to be honest. I see items sold in stores and think of ways to replicate or improve them. I see everyday objects and think of ways to use them in other projects. I see colors, patterns, texture and find ways to make with them.
I follow you on Instagram where you share tons of handmade stamps. How did you get into stamp making? Can you believe that I also got the idea from Instagram? Haha. I saw some people posting photos of their stamps so I decided to try it as well. I found the right size of rubber eraser just before my birthday and when I turned a year older, I decided to carve one stamp a day for a year.
What is the crafting scene in The Philippines like? Is crafting popular? It’s popular in the capital (Manila) but not so much in my city.
Do you find it difficult to get the craft supplies you need for most projects living in the Philippines? Yes! This is one of my biggest frustrations. Do you know that there is no Mod Podge in my city? Sad, I know. What I do is buy from Etsy or eBay or simply make do with what I can get here.
Besides blogging, what are your other interests? Books, cats, photography, thrifting,
Like me, you’re a crafty cat lady. How many cats do you have? Any interesting stories of how you came to own some of them? We have 5 cats. Our newest is Kumare (this is a local term for girl friend). She was a feral cat that we started feeding outside our gate about half a year ago. We assumed she was less than a year old. But when we had her spayed, the vet said that she’s already at least 8 years old. Now we call her Lola (our word for grandmother).
What are your favorites?
- Movie – Amélie
- TV Show- Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland, The Newsroom
- Color – Teal
- Food – Breakfast food
Is there anything you wish you would have known before starting a blog? I go back and forth when it comes to making a business out of blogging. There are days when I think that I should be serious when it comes to SEO, keywords, etc. but then I realize that that might take the fun out of blogging.
What is the best piece of advice you can share with aspiring bloggers? Blog about what you love. Have a voice. Do not annoy other bloggers by commenting on their blogs to “follow me and I’ll follow you!”
You’ve been blogging since 2007 – that’s a long time! Any tips for creating content and staying current with a blog without burning out? Blog about your life (or the things you make) but don’t live just so you can have something to blog about. It’s easy to be tempted to fashion your life in a way that is blog-worthy but this can get exhausting fast.
Anything else you’d like the readers of Dream a Little Bigger to know? I’m tiny. This always surprises people who read my blog and see me for the first time.
Thanks so much, Meream, for taking time out of your busy schedule to interview for the readers here at Dream a Little Bigger! Your craft and creativity is an inspiration to us all!
If you haven’t already, click on over and check out Meream’s blog, Bored and Crafty .
I often link up at these parties.