We first came across Steph of Make and Tell on Instagram (look how gorgeous her feed is!), and couldn’t help but gape over her creativity. As an admittedly non-creative person, we love pouring over wonderfully styled photos to garner inspiration. Make and Tell is Stephanie’s DIY and creative blog: read our interview to get to know this crafty and artistic woman.
Wonderland Organics: Hi Stephanie, tell us a bit about your background.
Stephanie: It’s funny, when I was a child nobody would ever have described me as ‘the kid who couldn’t sit still’. And yet as an adult that’s pretty much exactly what I’ve become in terms of my career… I’ve dabbled in lots of areas and can’t seem to make up my mind!
One thing that’s certain is that I’ve always loved art. Drawing, painting and crafting were my favourite ways to pass the time as a child, to the point where at one stage I fully intended to be a graphic designer. But for various reasons I ended up studying psychology instead and after graduating with honours I worked for several years in research; first at a clinic, then a magazine followed by a university. Somewhere around this time, I rediscovered my love for design and enrolled myself in a short-course while also starting a business making wedding stationery and holding down a job in admin to pay my mortgage (see what I mean – I can’t sit still!). The wedding stationery didn’t stick, but my love for design certainly did and that’s brings me to where I am today.
Wonderland Organics: We can tell your passion for design for sure! How did Make and Tell come about?
Stephanie: After running my own business for several years and constantly juggling many bespoke orders with a part time job, I started to seriously burn out. As much as I loved designing for my clients, I wasn’t getting any time to create for myself and that started to take its toll on my state of mind and my work.
So I decided to scale the business back and in the free time I now had, I started Make and Tell which served as a space where I could design to my heart’s content and share my creations with fellow crafters.
Wonderland Organics: It’s wonderful that Make and Tell got to be a creative space for you. What’s the best part about blogging for M&T?
Stephanie: Can I say everything? That sounds like a cop-out but I swear it’s true! I love the creative thrill I get from coming up with new projects, I love making things, and I even get a buzz from non-crafty tasks like styling photos and writing posts. Make and Tell challenges me in so many ways, and at the moment, every part of it is fun and exciting. I truly hope it stays that way for a long time to come!
Wonderland Organics: We love how you style your photos! What new things do you have planned for Make and Tell in 2015?
Stephanie: I’ve got an exciting collaboration coming up mid-year with some of my favourite DIY and lifestyle bloggers which I’m thrilled about, but I’m afraid I can’t share any more details just yet. And as always, I’ll be sharing lots of home and party projects throughout the year.
I’m also planning to do something fun for my amazing email subscribers – I’ve been toying with the idea of sending a monthly email packed with extra news, exclusive freebies and possibly even a craft project or two. I think this is the year that becomes a reality!
Wonderland Organics: You’ve got us on the tip of our toes! We can’t wait to see what your collaborations are. Where do you find inspiration?
Stephanie: In the strangest of places usually! Like in the colours of a passerby’s blouse or the patterns on the leaves in the garden. Which is why I find that going outside for a walk is one of the best ways to clear my head if I’m in a creative rut. Having said that though, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and find I also get a lot of my inspiration from the gorgeous imagery that my favourite bloggers and crafters share. There’s so much talent out there, it just blows me away!
Wonderland Organics: Pinterest is the best! What are your current DIY obsessions?
Stephanie: Oh, I have so many at the moment! The projects I’m loving right now include pretty much anything that has watercolours, leather, marble, evil eye motifs, brush strokes or is Scandinavian inspired. Oh, and fruit. That one may be ‘so last summer’, but pineapples still float my boat. 🙂
Wonderland Organics: Who doesn’t love pineapples? What is a typical day like putting together Make and Tell?
Stephanie: I still have a full time day job, so everything Make and Tell related gets done outside of work hours. My typical day starts with me struggling to get out of bed as early as possible (which doesn’t always happen, I’m not good with mornings!), taking photos of the projects I’m working on at the time, hurrying to get through breakfast and then hopping on a bus to work. I use the travel time to and from work to catch up on social media, but other than that, I pretty much don’t touch anything blog related until I get home at the end of the day. I find that nights are ideal for writing posts and getting on top of my emails because by that time there’s no natural light to take photos.
Anything I don’t get through before and after work on weekdays I’ll try to fit into my weekends… my days are crazy busy, but I love it too much to quit!
Wonderland Organics: We totally agree- natural light is the best for picture taking. Do you have any advice for entrepreneurs?
Stephanie: I must admit, I’m kind of hesitant when giving advice to business owners because… well, I’m still working a day job! Having said that though, in my journey so far, I’ve found it’s truly important to dream big and to be doing what you love to do. That vision and passion will be the fuel that drives you to put in the necessary hard yards to make your business a success. It’s certainly what drives me through the late nights and early mornings – I would never have gotten this far if I didn’t absolutely love what I do.
Wonderland Organics: Thanks for the advice Stephanie! What’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog/site?
Stephanie: I love your articles for healthy living! I terrible if left to my own devices – I’m a sucker for all things sweet and am hopeless with exercise, which as you can imagine is an awful combo. Having your tips on hand to help me be more considerate of what I eat, how active I am and what I put on my skin is just fantastic!
Thank you so much to Stephanie of Make and Tell for talking with us today! What are your favorite DIY obsessions of Make and Tell’s or your personal favorite DIYs to do? Let us know in the comments below.