One of the best things about being a craft blogger is the genuinely nice people you find in the online crafting community. We don’t know what it is (maybe only nice people like to craft?) but we’re always so pleased to find friends in the blogosphere who seem like they’d also be great to know in real life.
Through one our faves, Nikki of Nikki, in Stitches, we met Shannon of Sweet Stella’s. Shannon is a true artist (seriously, she has a degree in it!) who poured her creativity into crafting after she had her son. We knew she’d make a perfect candidate to tell us what drives her to create and we love how honest she was about how she re-found her passion:
“I craft because it gives me a chance to breathe. It lets me sit back and relax, and become centered in an otherwise really crazy time of my life.
I’m a new mom (my son is currently 11 months old, and a very very busy boy!) so I craft for an opportunity to be me. When I became a mom, I was immediately overwhelmed and began to quickly lose track of who I was…and what was at the center of my core, which is my art. By the time my son was two months old, I had very much lost myself, and had become overwhelmed to the point that I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. My art…my craft…has kept me sane. It has kept me level. And it has provided me opportunities that I could never have dreamed of. Now my work is off to the GBK Productions Gifting suite for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, and who knows what is around the corner after that!”
Don’t you love that? I thought it was doubly nice to hear about a mom who is so honest about what can happen to you after you have a baby and how she needed to take some time out of each day to tend to her needs.