Meet Stephanie our wonderful Spotlight of the month for November! She comes from Edmonton Alberta, Canada and is the eldest of 3!! She met her spouse back in Canada during her High School years, where he was serving a mission for his church. While on the mission, Jakob and his missionary companion got to know their family as her parents would often invite them over during holidays and slow periods. Through these times Stephanie and Jakob became fast friends carving pumpkins, playing Disney Scene it, and singing Christmas carols. It wasn’t until two years later, shortly after completing his mission, he told her he had loved her all that time.
Now after being married 7 years, she is still grateful for choosing her sweetie. She sees her husband as a gem. One who will put the kids to bed, support her in her projects, and encourage her with occasionally doing her own thing. Every once in a while she says, he looks at her like she is pretty out there with some of her project ideas but doesn’t say a word. Later when she shows him the finished product, he is always in shock at how well it turned out while at the same time, acts like he knew all along it would be great. Ha ha! Regardless, she loves seeing his reaction. They have now expanded their family to 4 members with their 2 little ones ages 4 and 3. And, they recently announced one more is on the way!!
Stephanie says she wasn’t always project minded nor naturally creative, which I am not sure if I believe! 😉 Back in Nevada when she was first married, while attending a year of business school, she brought home a shirt she had paid $80 for after a long day. A price that was “for a shirt a lot more than they could afford,” she said. When her mother-n-law discovered this she felt a glimpse of inspiration. It was time to engage in thrift training! This began their “Daughter-n-law Training,” where they met up several times a week to hunt out and work on different creative projects together. Stephanie says she looks back on these times as wonderful memories.
From an early age Stephanie had learned to sew from her own Mother, a Home Economics Teacher, and had grown up doing so. But she didn’t really know how it would be useful in her adult life until her Mother-in-law began these lessons with her and started showing her how useful it was in thrifting! She showed her how she could change up already made clothing with a few sewing tweeks into something she would love for a fraction of the price of buying new! This led into other areas of being thrifty like making homemade laundry soap and sewing activity/quiet books for her kids to do during church.
Just this year she began venturing into reupholstering and woodworking furniture projects. Stephanie also credits her creativity to pinterest and how convenient it is with technology to share ideas. There is so much out there to create and learn, she always has a list of things she wants to do next!
I think a lot of us have experience trying to be thrifty but just don’t feel so good at it or maybe are a little burned out because of a few too many not so wonderful finished projects! This is where we need Stephanie!!! Please, I told her, tell us your advice to get pumped again! With this she was very understanding and glad to pass along her honest advice of how she is able to side step this. Yay!
Just go for it– “Don’t be afraid to try something that you are uncomfortable with and keep a good perspective about it.” You are learning each time you try, so you really can’t go wrong even if it doesn’t exactly turn out as planned. Just enjoy learning and be open to developing different skills.
Patience– “Be patient,” she says “with finding things on your ‘want’ list. You don’t need it right now. You will find it cheaper or even free by just waiting it out a little.” She keeps a running list of her wants in her head. Then when she is occasionally browsing thriftstores or out and about, she eventually finds these items. She isn’t necessarily looking for them but since they have been on her mind recently, they just seem to stand out. “Don’t be so eager to check it off your list, it may take a little work” she says. “You can’t be lazy or impatient about it. Just like working for money you are working to save money.” Practice just a tiny bit of patience and you will reap great dividends.
Learn from Friends– “Call a friend, find out what they are interested in. See what they do, then hang out, and work on a project together. Have a specific project in mind and say ‘I want to make this, can you make this?’ Then set a time work on it together.” By doing this, she says you will learn a wealth of different skills and have way more fun with a friend by your side.
What wonderful advice! Okay, so I interviewed Stephanie mid-month last month which means I’ve had some time to put this advice into practice. It works!!! All three of these points really helped me. I know they will help you, too. TRY it!
You are amazing Stephanie! Regardless of what you may say, you are most definitely creative and uber talented! Check out her creations at her Etsy shop Little Baby Bliss or her craft blog at getyourcraft.blogspot.com!! Thank you Stephanie!!
Disclaimer: Stephanie’s disclaimer is that meal planning and getting kids to eat what she eats is definitely a struggle. With doing Cheerleading growing up she struggled with body image and feeling good. She has learned that when she is active and engrossed in creativity, she is her happiest. Thank you for being so open with us Stephanie. You are so talented, clever, and inspiring. We love you!