1: How long have you been blogging? Why did you start?
I started my current blog in May 2008. Prior to that I had a blog associated with my photography business that was primarily for posting sneak peeks for clients from their sessions. When I started to step back from my photography business I found myself still wanting to blog. During that transition time I started my current blog, Under the Sycamore. It quickly became so much more than client sessions. Now that I am no longer a ‘working’ photographer it is just a hodge podge collection of things that make up my days.
2: How did you discover the blog world? What is the first blog you followed?
Goodness, I have no idea. I imagine it was related to another photographer. When I started my photography business I realized blogs were a great way to share a few pictures with clients and they could share the post link with friends and family too. I have no idea what blog I first followed! I’ve had 3 kids since then…I don’t remember much these days!
3: What crafting material/tool can you not live without? [besides your camera]
This is such a hard question. I’ll go with my hot glue gun. Really you can do just about anything with a hot glue gun if you had to. You can glue curtains instead of sewing them. Glue things to wall. Glue things together. Add traction to the bottom of baby shoes. Patch holes in little boy jeans. Fix LegoMen. If you let it cool for a moment you could even try to glue little bottoms to chairs so they don’t keep getting up and down during dinner time. Hot glue gun…..
4: What is your biggest DIY disaster moment?
I have so many of these! The most recent was sewing a $100.00 bill inside and envelope! [see THIS post] It was a prize for a crafting contest and I thought I’d be creative by sewing ruffles from an old shirt onto the envelope. I didn’t pay close enough attention and I sewed the $100.00 cash prize into the envelope. The next day I had to explain to the bank teller what I did and ask her to exchange it. Nice job, Ashley.
5: What is your #1 tip for new bloggers?
Be you. What makes your blog unique is YOU. Don’t get caught up in what other people are doing on their blogs. Be encouraged and inspired by others, but on your blog let it be a reflection of you. You are a uniquely made and have something to contribute to the world that no one else does, simply because they are not you!
See for yourself @ Under the Sycamore!