Yay, it's that time of the month when we delve into the face behind a blog and find out who they are. This month's Blog Gem is a blogger I discovered recently. I love everything about her blog - the design, colours, photography and writing and above all, how inspiring it is to read. So, wanna know more? Me too! Lets dive on in!
Hello there! Who be the face behind the blog?
Hello! My name is Chloe, and I write the craft blog Stone Cold Comfort. Sewing and knitting are my two favourite things but I love crafts of all shapes and sizes - if there were more hours in the day I would definitely take a pottery class, learn to dye my own yarn, block print my own fabric and dabble in jewellery making too!
I'm a real nest builder and I love designing and making things for my home (usually in Liberty print!) and sharing my makes on the blog. My blog really took off when I started turning my ideas into step by step tutorials for people to follow at home - I love seeing what other people have made
using my tutorials and how they've put their own spin on them!
When I'm not crafting I'm usually hanging out with my seven month old daughter Orla, feeding ducks, drinking coffee and trying to spot deer in the park!
What is your creative space like?
Right now my workspace is in the corner of the living room where I have my Grandad's old draughtsman's table set up by the window and my sewing machine in residence permanently. Before Orla was born I had a whole spare room to myself but I actually much prefer being here in the middle of things. Having my sewing machine winking at me out of the corner of my eye really motivates me to be creative in the evenings, instead of flopping in front of a film! Under the table I have a big wicker basket where I keep all of my 'works in progress'. I keep each project in a separate bag along with the relevant thread, pattern pieces etc, so everything is kept organised. I find it really helps having a creative space set up permanently so that if I find myself with a spare 15 minutes on my hands I can just jump on my machine and go!
If you had to take only one craft tool to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
Good question! I think that would have to be knitting needles and yarn (or does that count as two?!) as they're so versatile! I don't think I could ever get bored of knitting or feel like I've learned enough, so that would definitely keep me occupied on a desert island.
How do you work and get inspired?
'Too many ideas, not enough time' is the phrase that immediately springs to mind. Inspiration isn't a problem for me but deciding what to work on first and finding the time is. Ideas for projects usually come because there is something I'm in need of. Rather than go out and pay top dollar for something that's made using inferior materials, in questionable conditions and will be owned by thousands of other people, I would much rather make it myself and use the money saved to by the best fabric or yarn I can afford!
What top tips would you give to anyone starting a blog?
For someone looking to start a creative blog, I would say let the creativity come first and think about the blogging second. Blogging for bloggings sake is over (for me at least) so I would say just start making and doing and the rest will fall into place. You don't need to make tutorials if you don't want to - people will still love seeing photos of your work and hearing about your creative process. I've found the creative blogging world to be really friendly so don't be afraid to get in touch with bloggers you admire and be chatty!
Is there a story behind the name 'Stone Cold Comfort'?
The name is deliberately vague as when I started my blog five years ago I just wanted a creative outlet of some kind and didn't have any idea what direction it might take. I chose 'Cold Comfort' after the book 'Cold Comfort Farm', which I love and added the Stone to kind of put a twist on the phrase - so instead of Cold Comfort, which is obviously not comforting at all, you have Stone Cold Comfort which is just straight up comfortable!
If you could go to a Creative Blog Award dinner with any 5 people and/or fictional characters (dead or alive), who would you choose?
I would have to invite Debbie Stoller - editor of Bust magazine and author of the Stitch 'N' Bitch books, and thank her for teaching me how to knit all those years ago! I would also want William Morris to be there to talk about prints, a housewife from the 1940's or 1950's to natter about vintage knitting patterns and both my Grandmas who were incredibly creative but passed on before I really got into crafts myself. I use the craft supplies I've inherited from them every day so would give them a hug and say thanks.
And finally...if you had to choose one song to represent Stone Cold Comfort, what would it be and why?
Without a doubt it would be 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' by They Might Be Giants. It's just so cheery and uplifting, which is what I hope my blog is!
Thanks so much, Chloe! It's been absolutely wonderful hearing all about your creative world. And, that's a flippin' excellent song choice - love that song! Also, great advice about the blogging world - just being yourself and letting everything fall into place is definitely what it's all about.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Chloe and happy blogging!
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