Evija, creator of From Evija With Love took home the Best Craft Blog Award at the 2017 Amara Interior Blog Awards as the judges couldn’t get enough of her fun, engaging and insightful craft projects she shares with her readers. Evija talks to the IBA Blog about what’s next for her and the blog next year and what her favourite craft projects are to document…
What inspired you to start your blog?
I have always loved to craft and create something out of nothing but somehow along the years, life got in the way and I had to concentrate on my studies and work. I would make something and take before and after pictures and show them to my family, who always supported me and encouraged me to pursue my passion. My dad sadly passed away 3 years ago and crafting, painting and upcycling became my little escape from the world and in a way was my therapy. I would get lost in my creativity and for a moment everything was ok again. My blog has become my little world, where I can share my passion and share my story. I am trying to show people that with a little creativity anything is possible.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
If you are truly passionate about something, share it with the world! It can be very daunting at first as blogging can get very hard and confusing at times, but if you love and enjoy what you do it will never feel like work.
Where do you think your blog will take you now?
I would love to think I will become the next Kirsty Allsopp, who is the queen of crafts in my eyes but it does not happen overnight. I would love to work with some amazing like-minded people to create something great, inspire others to ‘give it a go’. If great opportunities come from this, I would be extremely happy! I have always said I didn’t start this craft blog to make money, I did it to feed my soul. I think my blog can only grow and become better, so I am really looking forward to what the future holds for me and From Evija with Love.
What are your favourite types of craft posts to create & why?
I love doing projects involving random household items or old things that are put together to create something new and beautiful. I have cupboards full of old jars, bottles, interesting items I have found in charity shops or “saved” from a burn pile at the amenity site. There is something nice about giving a new lease of life to something that has been forgotten. I did a few upcycling projects this year, where I salvaged an old drawer and turned it into a lovely centrepiece or used an old glass jar and fittings from a lamp to create a Moroccan inspired lantern. The opportunities are really endless, you just need to be able to see beyond the surface. My favourite projects most often are the ones that don’t go to plan. I normally have a vision of what I want to create, but it doesn’t always happen the way I had intended. My fellow creative once said, there are no mistakes, just happy accidents and I definitely agree with that 100%!
What is the biggest lesson you have learned from blogging?
I have definitely learnt a lot since the first post I did. Blogging is not as easy as I first thought, there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. Doing the craft sometimes becomes the easiest part! I think the most important lesson I’ve learnt is to stay true to yourself and be original, don’t try and blend in with the crowd. There is nothing wrong about being different. Sometimes my ideas seem a little crazy (my rice Christmas ornament for example!) and not everyone will like them, but as long as I am happy with what I do, that is the most important thing I think… I always say embrace your creative craziness, who knows where it will take you?!