Friday, July 15, 2011

The Creative Mama Series - Georgia Leigh

I am honoured to be hosting a score of super talented crafty mamas sharing their wisdom, crafting and snapshots of their beautiful lives. This is ‘The Creative Mama series’. Join me every weekend for a wander in these ladies crafty shoes. Guest posts, stunning photography, inspiration, interviews, poetry and giveaways...all coming up. Magic aside it can be hard work this mama business, put your feet up a minute and join us. Hopefully there is always something here to give your day a lift.

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My name is Georgia Leigh and I'm a fabric-aholic!

My husband and I, plus our six kids (I know!), live in a place lovingly referred to as Happy Valley. It is a beautiful mountain valley in the Wasatch mountains of Utah. I homeschool our oldest kids (9, 7, and 5) and mostly hope that the rest (4, 2, and 4 months) don't find the corn syrup and marshmallows while we're busy with that. I hate cleaning, cooking, and laundry but I love spending time with my kids and soaking up their individualism. In my "free" time (hardy har har) I play the violin in our local symphony and love a good book.

What’s your creative outlet? Why do you craft? When do you make time to craft?
Sewing has become much more than a craft for me. I learned how when I was little - maybe 8 or 9 - but didn't really sew regularly until I was married. I had this intense NEED to create something. To make something useful and beautiful with my hands. Now it is more of a skilled trade, I think. Sewing is very complex - I think it exercises your brain in a different way and there aren't any substitutes for it. I feel like music is the same way for me. I feel very lopsided when I'm not participating regularly in the symphony, like I'm not completely whole. At the same time, sewing has also become work. Because our Etsy shop is so successful it is an important part of our income, so it is more work than play sometimes. Your creative space – what does it look like?
My creative space is a humongous disaster area. Think FEMA. In fact, the biggest investment of time for a new pattern or video tutorial is getting my space clean enough to take pictures in. I am lucky enough to have an entire corner of a centralized room in our house, though. I enjoy being in the middle of things while I'm working.
How did you learn your craft? (Did your mama/grandma craft? Self taught?)
I was lucky because my mom taught me! Her mom taught her and so on and so on. I think this type of chain became very rare in the 80s - 90s but is going to come back again with our children.
Do you do any crafting with your kids? Are they into it? Can you suggest a project that your small ones have enjoyed?
As much as I'd like to, I just don't get to all the great things I dream up for my kids. But I can say that they have access to all kinds of art, sewing, knitting, and paper-crafting supplies. Our dining room table often looks like some sort of warm fuzzy crafting bomb went off on it. I have one daughter who loves to sew and make all kinds of random items that have no use whatsoever. I have a son who has been taking knitting/crochet lessons from a retired elementary school teacher in our neighborhood. My four-year-old daughter cannot physically fall asleep until she has colored something EVERY night. She's been known to fall asleep with a marker in her hand, leaving a big splotch of color on various surfaces.
Can you give us some tips on how you juggle being a mama and working from home?
I'm not sure I can offer any tips because I don't juggle very well. Because we homeschool and I run a business from home, I just don't have enough hours in the day to do everything. A LOT of things go by the wayside and I just have to deal with it and not beat myself up over it. I try to get the important things done every day and hope that the less important things will fall into place.
GEORGIA'S GIVEAWAY...your choice of three Georgia Leigh patterns from her shop! So much to choose from for the lucky winner! (The car visor CD holder sewing pattern is nothing less than genius...i tell you from experience.) Just leave a comment on this post to be in the running to win. All comments go into the magic hat to be drawn at the end of the week by the smallest member of the household.

You can find Georgia on her blog, Georgia Leigh Designs, HERE.

Her patterns can be bought at her shop HERE.

AND, and and...Georgia has a nifty series of learn to sew videos on you tube...view them HERE.

Giveaway now closed folks...but check out the other Creative Mama Series posts and giveaways ...every weekend there are more lovely crafty mama's interviewed!


  1. I've been eyeing up several of her patterns lately, I would love to win!

  2. I've just had a wee snuffle around Georgia Leigh's Etsy shop and now have my fingers firmly crossed that I am one of the lucky winners. Gorgeous gorgeous patterns.
    Thank you for running this series, such fun to be introduced to creative Mums who I haven't yet discovered.

  3. oops I don't know if my comment whent through or not! Apologies if this is a double up. Love the idea of hosting a creative mamas series that is definitely cool and my fingers are firmly crossed here too. Miriam

  4. Ooh pick me pick me!! What a great idea for a blog-series. Can't wait to meet some of the other creative mamas out there.

  5. Great interview and cute patterns!

  6. Bless your heart! You must have come here to earth with an abundance of patience!
    Wonderful ideas, creative use of colors, and WOW!
    I sure hope I win, I can just see my grand daughter in these!

  7. Thanks for the chance.. I saw a lot of patterns for kids and baby from her blog.... I would like to win those......

  8. Love her patterns, thanks for the chance to win some!!

  9. I follow her Georgia Leigh for a while, that's how I learned of this giveaway. I'd love to win one of her patterns.
    Thank you for the awesome chance...

  10. I just found your shop and am in desperate need of some new patterns!

  11. What a lovely and down to earth post, my kind of mother. Please count me in for the giveaway :)

  12. Thanks for the chance! Her stuff looks great and I would love to sew up the toddler quilt!

  13. Please pick me! I love Georgia! She is AMAZING!