Board Member Introduction ~ Shannon

on October 28 | in Contributors | by | with 18 Comments

Shannon from has been hard at work finding the best-of-the-best for our Handmade Holidays series this year. Her tutorial round-ups are legendary, and she’s creating a great community for sewists on her site. It’s full of fun resources and Shannon’s great, can-do approach to everything. We’re so excited to introduce you to our new Sew,Mama,Sew! Board Member, Shannon! Enjoy her interview today…

Sew,Mama,Sew!: How long have you been sewing?
Shannon: I’ve been sewing for a year and a half. I got hooked by the sewing bug when I first started blogging and got inspired by all the wonderful projects I was seeing on a daily basis.

SMS: What do you enjoy about sewing? What are your favorite things to make?
Shannon: The ability to visualize a project and make it happen without any rules. I’m hopelessly addicted to refashioning & repurposing items in my home. Looking at something in a whole new light & changing it’s purpose is so thrilling & always a fun creative challenge!

SMS: How do you find time to fit creativity (sewing and any other creative loves) into your life?
Shannon: I try really hard to grab it when I can. Whether it’s 6:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m. or even 2:00 a.m., if I’m up and the kids or hubby don’t need me I’m either happily sewing, blogging or knitting. I try really hard to get at least one of those things done each day.

SMS: Do you have a favorite sewing tip or skill that’s made things work better for you?
Shannon: Invest the time and energy into making a happy space you can create in. Design it to be as easily accessible as possible (without dangering the kiddos) so that when you get a chance to sew you can just sit down and get to it. Time is valuable. I recently got rid of our dining area to make way for a new small sewing wall that’s all mine. It’s now precious real estate in my home. It didn’t cost a lot and it sure has simplified and improved my life. Just because sewing may be a hobby for a lot of us doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a special spot, even a little corner to find time to do what truly makes us joyful. It’s worth it.

A new backpack for Shannon’s daughter.

SMS: What’s a favorite thing you’ve made lately? Why?
Shannon: The latest fave thing I’ve made is my daughter’s backpack for her first day of preschool. It was a project that I wasn’t sure was going to turn out due to me adding a lining inside (it wasn’t in the tutorial). It was also one of the first items I made that I got to use my new sewing labels on. It was exciting seeing her go to school with a bit of homemade love with her. She also chose the fabric and helped me to make it.

SMS: Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Shannon: I’m a wife and also a stay-at-home mom to my 3 yr old daughter and new baby girl, happily living near the ocean on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I’m currently learning how to sew (and show you how too), figuring out html (yuck – can we say headache!), crafting (when I have time), parenting (when my 3 year old isn’t throwing tantrums), cooking (when I’m not breastfeeding on the couch), keeping the dreaded laundry pile down (don’t you just love laundry?… Not) and coffee in my system (definitely a necessity) all while sharing it with the world on my blog Come say “Hi!”

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18 Responses to Board Member Introduction ~ Shannon

  1. Fran says:

    Nice backpack ! I’ll have to check out your blog …
    looking forward to Handmade for the Holidays !

  2. ~Helena~ says:

    Howdy, great backpack. wonderful blog. I’ve stopped by a few times.

  3. Love your blog, Shannon. So fun to have someone from where I live featured at Sew, Mama, Sew! Looking forward to this year’s Handmade Holidays!

  4. Runa says:

    Hi Shannon…..needless to say have been a fen of your blog for a while….but its great to see you here…welcome…I just cant wait to see your magic here as well!

  5. Mama Magpie says:

    Yay Shannon!

  6. Emily S says:

    Congrats on being a board member – I love your blog!

  7. Maggie says:

    Woot Woot Shannon! I couldn’t be more excited for you!!!

  8. Christine says:

    I love the colors of the backpack! No one else will have one like this one.

  9. VickiT says:

    Great intro! I LOVE your blog and visit regularly to see what great project you’ve come up with next.

  10. Heather L says:

    I just discovered your blog recently Shannon, and I’m hooked. (but still lurking a bit). Newish sewer here too and super inspired by you! Thanks! (I have a 3.5 year old and 21 mo old, both girls)

  11. Yay, Shannon!! So excited to hear that you are a board member now – you go girl!!

  12. anna says:

    yay shannon! 🙂

  13. Millie says:

    I love your blog, Shannon. She is a great choice for a new team member, SewMamaSew.
    and that backpack is darling!

  14. beth says:

    i have been living under a rock, i guess b/c i only started reading luvinthemommyhood about 3 days ago!!! LOVE HER! And isn’t it nice she hasn’t been sewing her whole life – she learns as she goes!! Don’t we all???

  15. Yay! Hi Shannon!

  16. Stephanie S says:

    Thanks for introducing me to another great blog – I love it!

  17. Considering I am new to the blogging world, and routinely stalk both of your websites – this is great news! 🙂

  18. Alison says:

    I love the colors that you have used Shannon! I am sure that your daughter loves this creation!

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