Monday, October 22, 2018

Meet the Designer: Jeanine from The Crafting Fiend

H'EH! (that is my Canadian way of saying "hey"... in 'dad joke' format...ha!) Now that I have amused myself; Hi! I'm Jeanine Thomlinson! I like to make pretty things and I live on the Canadian prairies with my 2 girls, ages 6 and 8, my husband, and our mini schnauzer named Xena. When I'm not sewing I enjoy gardening and baking bread and reading long books in the sunshine.
I blog over at The Crafting Fiend  about the things I make for myself and my 2 daughters, I am more casual on the Insta with my everyday life, and I am on pinterest too.  I've been involved with the online sewing community since 2010 after I had my first daughter. I started sewing because I really needed a creative outlet to break up the monotony of dishes and laundry and the fetching of snacks for the tiny humans. 
I've always loved creating and how I feel accomplished from the process. This year both my kids are in school full time and I am really hoping to challenge my creativity, processes, and self and have set creative goals for myself to achieve this year. Joining in on the fun of Project Run and Play seemed like a great challenge to kick start myself into gear towards those goals. I really am excited to see what all the amazing competitors and all you sewing a long at home make during this season on Project Run and Play! Now it is time for me to crank up some classic rock and get some sewing started!  

Friday, October 19, 2018

Meet the Designer: Toya from Made by Toya

Inari tee and self drafted box tee

Hi all, I'm Toya and I have a blog/IG account where I post my sewing creations at Made by Toya.
I live in London, UK with my partner and our two daughters where I work as an illustrator and educator.  Passionate as I am about my job, which gives me plenty of creative inspiration and fulfilment, I still find myself driven to create in my downtime too, and over the years I have found sewing the perfect outlet.  An ideal partnership of creativity and practicality, my favourite projects are usually those that are most useful and if there's a bit of upcycling involved that's even better.
With sewing, I love that there is always more to learn and enjoy new challenges, which probably explains my enthusiasm for PR&P.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet the Designer: Sherri from Thread Riding Hood

Hi, I’m Sherri and I write a blog called Thread Riding Hood. I need to pause and just say WOW! I am so excited to be a designer on Project Run and Play! I remember reading along as Katy Dill took on and won PR&P Season One. I’m pretty sure I remember her saying it was so busy that she fed her family pancakes for dinner more than once in a row, so I’ve been stocking crockpot meals in my freezer for a month in anticipation! On a more serious note, I am so inspired by the creativity in past seasons and can’t believe I get to make my mark in this amazing forum.
I grew up sewing and can’t really remember when I started, but I’m pretty sure I hand stitched doll clothes before I was eight. I copied my favourite brand name sweater and track pants in fuzzy purple fleece just after high school and have made my husband’s pajama pants since we got married thirteen years ago.
My first daughter was born around the same time as the DIY blogging industry took off running and I was hooked. I sew anything and everything from quilting to bags and clothes. I love mastering tricky details, drafting “the impossible” and creating things that look professional, not handmade. Squeezing a garment out of too-little fabric or learning how to simplify or speed up a technique makes me super happy.
First and foremost, I am a mom, and I love being there when my girls come home from school. They are my inspiration and my happiest projects are the ones they ask for and choose the fabric. And, I get to work every day alongside my husband – who also owns his own business. I’ve recently started sewing more for him, trying to learn to tailor so everything fits properly.
I started writing Thread Riding Hood in 2012, just after my parents stayed in our home on their yearly visit. I needed something to distract me from missing them and decided to share my sewing. It began as a place to post Canadian sewing content and tutorials, (I’ve got over 100!) and morphed into a sponsorship with Janome Canada, writing for Craftsy and now Bluprint, speaking at conferences and a bit of teaching. My blogging has recently slowed to a more manageable rate – with an 8 and 11-year-old at home it’s busy!
When I’m not sewing, talking about sewing or buying fabric, you can find me reading a book, organizing something in our house or crafting with my girls. I love curling up near a rainy winter window with a book and a cozy quilt.
My freezer’s full and I’m ready to sew – bring on Season 18! I’d love it if you’d follow along: find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.