The Michaels Makers just wrapped up our favorite challenge yet – DIY Halloween Costumes. Be sure to take a look if you haven’t yet – there’s still time to make your own costume this year! Today we’re featuring Rubyellen Bratcher, the brains behind the blog Cakies. She shares everything from the project she is most proud of (did you know she wrote a book?!) to the stuffed animals she made as a kid. Enjoy!
Rubyellen Bratcher is the author of Let’s Sew Together and popular lifestyle blog Cakies. She has been featured in Family Fun Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Babiekins, Mollie Makes, Apartment Therapy, Design for Mankind, HGTV, and many other print and online venues. A former elementary school teacher, she is a mom to four girls: True, Brave, Soul, and Glow. Rubyellen and her family live in Southern California.
1. When did you start crafting?
I’ve been crafting since I was a little girl. Some of my fondest memories are making “stuffed” toys for my siblings out of brown paper bags and cotton stuffed inside, and stapled all the way around. I have always loved drawing and my dream was to be an animator. Somewhere along the way that changed, but my mom always enjoyed going on extra mile in the creative department for our family, and I think she instilled that same sense into me.
2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project.
I’ve turned a room in our house into my craft space, so I love going in there and make a big mess making something, and the great thing is it has a door so no one sees my giant mess. I love it clean, but it doesn’t stay clean for long.
3. What is your favorite type of craft?
Sewing is by far my favorite way to create, so much so that I’m fortunate enough to have written a book about sewing called Let’s Sew Together (published by Potter Craft).
4. What craft tool can you not live without?
My sewing machine! And I guess scissors – you use those for most crafting projects (sewing and non-sewing).
5. What inspires your blog posts?
My blog posts are inspired by our family life. We might be making something for our house, eating, celebrating, maybe one of the girls requested a particular project, or I’m making something for them.
6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?
I have wanted everyone in the family to paint their own self-portrait. I think it would be fun to see what each girls’ self-portrait would look like.
7. What project are you most proud of?
Besides my book, which was a labor of love, and makes me proud because everyone in the family had a hand in it – I think it is my most recent project of making my own Koushi Lamp inspired by Mark Eden Schooley’s Koushi and Nelson Sepulveda’s lamp. I love the ethereal feel of both lamps, and thought it would be a good craft to make myself. It took me an afternoon, but I love how it turned out. I used copper wire and cheesecloth, and it is indeed exactly what I needed for this space.
8. What project was your biggest craft fail?
When I sew myself clothes, I make a mistake from time to time. I don’t use a pattern and sometimes I make something too short or too tight. I’ve gotten better with time and experience, but the occasional mishap still happens.
9. Describe your craft style.
I love things to be simple and functional, a little quirky, and throw in a pop of color too!
10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?
I love the whole weaving trend! I haven’t gotten into it myself, but I love the textures different weavings have.
11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?
My kids, of course!