In July, I had the absolute luck of bumping into Rachel (52 Weeks Project) at our pre-alt dinner. We immediately became fast friends after bonding over crafts and life in San Fran. Rachel is one of the most authentic, creative, and just genuinely lovely gals you could ever meet. We’re working on a top secret collaborative project that I hope I’ll be able to share with you in a few weeks. If you love a clear and beautifully photographed DIY, you need to subscribe to 52 Weeks Project immediately. You won’t regret it. Read on to learn more about Rachel:
When did you start blogging and what inspired you to start blogging?
I started blogging in July 2011 because I realized that I wasn’t making anytime for myself. When I wasn’t
working, I was busy hanging out with my friends/boyfriend. I fell into a bit of a rut because I became
disconnected from my personal interests and was spending any time by myself. I decided that even if it was
only 1 hour a week that I would make the time to do something that I love. Now, 2 years later, I couldn’t
imagine having crafting as part of my weekly schedule.
What is your favorite aspect of writing your blog? What do you find the most challenging about blogging?
My favorite aspect is obviously the crafting of the project. There’s a lot behind the scenes that I could do
without, but when I’m physically making the project, I get to tune out from everything and focus of that, and
Even though I do my crafting, editing and posting all in one day, I still think the greatest challenge I face is
not having a designated space in which to work. I typically have to rearrange our living room and work on the floor, which can be frustrating at times. We also have low lighting in our apartment, so when it’s cloudy out, I typically have to shoot photos on our roof. It gets a bit silly and stressful at times.
I think one of my favorite projects that I’ve done recently is my Farmers’ Market Tote. I had never made a
stencil using freezer paper before, so I went into the project a bit nervous about the outcome. Often when I
use stencils things get a bit messy. It turns out that freezer paper is amazing; I highly recommend it when
making your own stencils!
Where do you turn for inspiration?
I think inspiration is everywhere. Often times when I’m stuck on an idea, I just take a look around my
apartment and possessions and think, how could I make this better. Museums also give me a fresh
perspective that I can’t get from the internet.
Such a difficult questions! Even though they kill my feet, I’m going to go with my black and floral Nine West
flats. There’s just something so nice about looking down at flowers everywhere you go.
What was the last great book you read?
What current dream or goal are you working towards (big or small)?
I’d really like to start traveling again. I made a new years resolution to take a trip this year, so hopefully that
comes true! I’m also trying to do yoga 3+ times a week to counteract all the time I spent sitting at a
Do you have a personal motto? If so, lay it on us. If not, do you have a favorite quotation or inspirational piece of art?
Hmm… not sure about a motto, but Desiderata by Max Ehrmann moves me every time I read it. I even
used the line “Strive to be happy” in a project.