Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mamma Tortilla with Create Studio

This month's interview is with Sarah from Create Studio and boy does she have some super powers. She is a mother of a beautiful two year old boy, a wife, a crafter, a blogger, and many more things. She gave me the great pleasure to interview her and let us inside The Creative Room. Sit back, grab a cup of warm hot chocolate, lower the music and get to know Sarah and Create Studio.

MT:I love interviewing women with super powers . And when I read your blog it sure seems like you have a few! Tell us about yourself and all the amazing things you do.
CS:At first glance I thought this was such a funny question... super powers? me!? Ha! But then the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the only powers I have are super powers! You see, I'm not talented on my own. I was created in the image of a creative God and He has graciously given me every ounce of inspiration. My blog is a resource to bring Him glory and I hope it's doing just that.

MT: What made you want to start Create Studio?
CS:I started this blog a little over a year ago. I had started a craft club that met once a month and I thought the girls who were involved in the club might like to see some of the pictures from our times together. What I first thought would be a fun way to document a couple of meetings has now become a great source of creative motivation and accountability for me. I love to read the comments on the things that I post about. When my readers are excited it motivates me to try harder and think more creatively.

MT: Have you always been interested in crafting/sewing?
CS: I started sewing when I was a little girl. My mom was brave enough to let me use her sewing machine to make little bags and things. I've always loved being creative, but I thought that crafts were kinda dorky until I discovered Jill's blog (Homemade by Jill). At the time, she was a trendsetting crafter living a fun life in New York. She made crafting cool and for the first time I was hit with the idea that I too could make crafts cool! I'm not one to sit back when I'm excited about something, so I set out to find out if any of my friends wanted to make crafting cool with me and our craft club, Create, was born.

MT:Are you currently working any projects that you want to share with us?
CS:I just finished a birthday project for my little 2 year old. It's a crayon and toy car holder that I made out of some old jeans.

MT: Do you have a funny sewing/craft story?
CS: Check out disaster-thwarted

MT:I love your blog and love the stuff you make. Where do you get your inspiration?
CS:I recently read Jane Brocket's book The Gentle Art of Domesticity. She spoke about what she called the habit of seeing: "We must learn to sift through the mass of stimuli we encounter every day and to focus on what inspires us as individuals and, in doing so, create a way of seeing, a way of being receptive to inspiration."

I practice training my eye to see creatively. To look at colors differently, to slow down and give myself time to be inspired by nature, an advertisement, a swatch of fabric... whatever it might be. Inspiration is there, it's just a matter of training your eye to see it!

MT: Right now, I’m trying to figure out how to balance everything with blogging, crafting and more importantly family. Any advice?
CS: I understand! There are only so many hours in the day and so much more that you need to (or want to) accomplish! When balancing my time I try to keep a few things in mind:

#1: Put the big rocks in place first- When managing your time, place a special value on the the things that are the most important. Spend time on those things first rather than the smaller, less-important things that steal your time away. Don't be driven by the urgent, be driven by the important!

#2: Work hard so that you can play hard- Be devoted to the task at hand and do as much as you can when you've go the time. That way you'll have more quality play time later because those smaller tasks won't be a nagging presence in your mind.

This is something we all struggle with! I wrote a whole post dedicated to time managment:

MT: Besides crafting, what are other things do you like to do?
CS: I've got a wonderful little 2 year old who comes up with the most interesting games to play! Right now we are in to building Lincoln Log cities for his dump trucks. My husband and I also lead a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle for a local high school. We love hanging out with those students.

MT: This is probably a really hard question, but what are you some of your favorite blogs?
CS: Well, I've already mentioned Homemade By Jill. That's a favorite for sure! I also love the ones listed on the sidebar on my blog along with the other 67 blogs I subscribe to through Bloglines! (Is that crazy to say that I have 67 favorites?)

MT:I was following your posts when you were creating your new create studio. It turned out AWESOME! What are your favorite aspects of your new room - things you think are important to include in a craft room?

CS:Thanks! The Creative Room was a big family project that my dad, husband and I worked on for many hours!! My favorite part of the room is the natural light and the color of the walls. I love that I can leave the place a mess while I'm in the middle of a project and it's OK! My favorite aspect of the room is the fact that each member of our little family has a corner all to their own with their favorite things. It's a place we all love to go to and enjoy each other while working separately. I also LOVE the fact that there is no TV!!

MT: Any plans in the future for opening an etsy shop?
CS:Oh, great question! I'm not a big fan of making the same thing twice. There are just too many things I want to try right now! Maybe one day though!

Check out Sarah's blog and leave her a comment letting her know Mamma Tortilla sent you:) She has some amazing stuff on there!!

Creative Vibes To You,

Les :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1st Annual Ornament Gift Exchange

Picture by Supergail

I was inspired by this idea from Sewing Dork and my friend Andrea!! Thought it would be great for everyone here to make an ornament and send it off. Tis' the season for giving :). So please join in! There is no skill level required. I REPEAT NO SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED! Who doesn't love getting a little surprise in the mail :)

Here Are The Rules:

1. You have to make one handmade ornament and send it to someone you have never met before.

2. Post a comment below and leave an email address/blog address. You will make a handmade ornament and mail it to the blogger who posts a comment below you. Once a comment has been posted below yours, go ahead and contact that person to get their mailing address. You have until November 25th to post.

3. Please mail your item no later than December 7th.

4. If you are running behind NO WORRIES! Just be kind enough to email the person letting them know their gift is on the way.

5. This is supposed to be fun and stress free.

6. U.S. and Canada participants only please :)

I will post the first comment.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Corn Salad Recipe

This is a great appetizer dish. My aunt and cousin have made this and its delicious. This is the best way of making it so far. The secret is the roasted corn from Trader Joes. I recently tried it with regular corn in a can, not so great.

-a bag of roasted corn (Trader Joes)

-one can of black beans (drain it and rinse lightly with cold water)

-red onions ( you decided if you want it chopped in small pieces or in long pieces)

-1/3 red pepper (chopped)

-1/2 a cucumber (chopped)

-celery (chopped, you decide how much)

-lemon juice (you decide how much to your taste)

-olive oil (1 tsp) Optional

-salt and pepper to taste

-Cilantro (chopped)

Mix it all up! You can add chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes if you choose, I normally don't just because if there are left overs the tomatoes freshness does not last to long. You can dress it up with leaf lettuce at the bottom.



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Super Cute DIY Pillows by V & Co.

Vanessa at V & Co did these really cute fall pillows. It looks really easy to make. She was kind enough to do a tutorial for us. Someone is getting these for Christmas :)

Also, check out So You Think Your Crafty. They are having a craft competition. Its awesome.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Behind the Scenes

I have to admit I am a blog stalker. I love reading and seeing what other bloggers are doing. It's a little bit of an obsession. But, I always wonder how they do it. They look so together. The kids look happy, dinner looks made every night at the same time, and they craft a million things a week. How do they do it??? How do they make time for family, household, and more importantly CRAFT!

This is definitely a challenge here at Mamma Tortilla's house. Sometimes in the middle of the day, the kids will do something or inspire me and I have to run to the computer and type. Well, 1% of the time it actually happens. Other times, its at night when I do most of my blogging or crafting. When I do blog or craft really quickly while the kids are awake, this is what I turn around to............

HAHA! gotta love kids! So the conclusion is no blogging, internet checking or crafting while kids are awake because family is first! I do have some ideas on how I can get a lot of crafting and blogging done. Do you have any suggestions? Would love to hear from other bloggers out there on how they multitask and get things done.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Refashion Friday

We are really excited about today's Refashion Friday. We really did some cute stuff with blah clothes!

Leslie: I took a plain cream scarf and gave it a more modern/textured feel to it. I have seen this type of refashioning in other blogs but wanted to do something different. I was worried how it was going to turn out because of the material the scarf was but I'm thrilled with the results.

plain scarf...booo!!

YEPPIE! final outcome!

Then I got really excited about making another scarf. I got one of my old scarves and .................

Got an amazing green classy scarf!


Okay I started with a large woman's shirt that was quite ugly in my opinion=) I cut the length, shortened the sleeves, took in a lot of material by creating pleated in the front and changed the neckline and added a lovely ruffle. I was thrilled with the results. I wish pictures showed the real results!


See you next week!
Les & Melissa

Monday, November 9, 2009


When I started sewing, my mother-in-law for Christmas put together a sewing kit for me. It came with all the essentials needles, thread, patterns, a book, etc. I owe her a huge thank you for teaching me the basics about sewing(trying to win some brownie points by blogging about her!).

Anyways, the sewing kit came with the standard tomato pincushion (i think that's what it is) that everyone gets as a beginner. Well I decided to retire the tomato and upgrade to a more modern pincushion. Let me tell you, I'm in love :)

Check out Creative Kismet for the tutorial :) This would be a great gift for the crafty person in your life!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Count Down Begins

6 Weeks and Five Days until Christmas! WOW! This means that the little elves are starting to get busy. This year I have informed both sides of the family that they are getting handmade gifts from us :) I'm super excited about this and hope that it continues through out the years.

I've been finding some really good blogs that have tons of ideas for gifts and wanted to share. Hope this motivates you guys to make some handmade gifts :)

Sew, Mama, Sew


One Pretty Thing

Happy Sewing!


Friday, November 6, 2009


This picture is dedicated to my spinach girl!!!!!!!

Made it to Friday:) Its been a busy week this week. From celebrating my birthday to the beginning process of redecorating my laundry room.  WOW!! So sorry there is no refashion friday or any posts this week.  But I'll be back from now on.  The crafting will go on full throttle and so will the posts. 


Monday, November 2, 2009

Vintage Inspirations

Buy Handmade

I'm currently on a vintage kick. Anything vintage is catching my eye at the moment. Something about that old rustic look :) So here's some of the things that I found on Etsy that I would love to have!

Happy Monday!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

And The Winner Is........

Andrea Kimball!! Congrats!! Love the name Lucy for my sewing machine. Here's your super cute handbag I made you...........

Thanks to everyone who participated. There will be more giveaways soon :)

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