Meet Tasha Donovan of My Creation Corner, a crafty mom from Southern California who makes and sells vintage headbands, clips, and more.
We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Tasha are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.
Tell us the story behind My Creation Corner:
I've been crafting for about seven years. I generally like to give a handmade gift for birthdays and holidays. A number of friends started encouraging me to open an Etsy shop. After a lot of thought, I decided to give it a try. The shop has only been open for about five months now.
I started with fabric flower headbands and since have gone into making a more vintage-style flower and adding it to headbands, elastics, and hair clips. With time I hope to add even more products and styles. It's a work in progress, but I'm enjoying what I've done so far.
How many children do you have?
I have three fun boys ages 5, 3, and 1.
How much time do you spend crafting every week?
This is a good question. Hmm ... I'm going to guess I spend anywhere from 10 to 30 hours a week crafting. That isn't all for my shop, but just crafting in general. As far as crafting for my shop, it just depends on the week.
How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?
I've been crafting since before my first son was born. It's all my boys know. They often are by my side and chatting with me along the way. As they see me making things, they also want to make things. So I let them. They get to use their imagination to create things just as I do. I craft during the day and also at night depending on the project. If it's something I think will be too dangerous with them around, then I don’t do it.
My husband is also a big support. He knows that working on crafts brings me joy, so he supports me also. The two just go hand in hand. I take care of my mothering duties (teaching, cleaning, playing, cooking, laundry), but because crafting is important to me, I find time for it too. I have to learn to prioritize to get it all done.
Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kids?
Photo by Stanford RichinsI share space with my kids. I've gone through many different types of craft space. My first was in a closet in an apartment. I had a table set up with my sewing machine on it and boxes underneath holding my supplies. When we moved into our first house, I got my own craft room. I could make messes and no one saw. (It was generally a mess.) In our current house, there isn't enough rooms so I now have a good size corner of the family room.
This is actually my favorite spot so far. Besides the fact that everyone can see my messy area (I actually keep it cleaner since everyone can see it), I get to be where my kids are. They're interacting and right by me at all times. I can see or hear into every other room of the house from where I'm at, so I can craft and be aware of what's going on all at the same time. I prefer it this way.
It took a few weeks of the kids learning to not touch my things, but kids learn. I set up boundaries with consequences. Any tools that are dangerous, I keep up high. It works great. I firmly believe if you keep your craft supplies out, you'll actually use them. I can craft at all points in my day from anywhere from five minutes to hours. This is how I can get so much done. It works really well for me.
What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?
This is a hard one for me in the sense that I follow literally at least 50 to 100 craft blogs. (Including also having my own craft blog.) Here are just few of my favorites (and many of them have Etsy shops I love too!)
- Cluck Cluck Sew
- Somewhat Simple
- 30 Days
- Blue Cricket Designs
- Today's Creative Blog
- How Does She?
- Joys Hope
- V. and Co.
- It's FUN to Craft
- Inspiring Creations
- Keeping It Simple
- A Window Into Whimsy
- The Creative Crate
- Generally Creative
Flower Clip; $6