I am Blair Stocker, writer and creator behind wise craft handmade. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my husband and retail brand consultant extraordinaire Peter, daughter Emma, son Ian, and cat Gracie. I began this blog back in 2005 to chronicle and share all that I make. I was at home with small kids, and creative time was limited. Somehow seeing it all in one place made me realize that I was still creating all the time, maybe not at the sewing machine, but I was still making and making with intention... developing my own style. It has been the closest I have ever come to keeping any kind of journal. I love this space. These days I post simple diy projects, finished projects, artist interviews, and anything that inspires me creatively. You can access my archives by category on this page.
I am obsessed with any kind of decorating book with a clean, family-friendly aesthetic, filled with easy to do projects for the home. In fact, I'm writing one! It will be published in Spring 0f 2014. It will be filled with projects and handmade ideas for your home and your family, and I promise to stuff it full of inspiration. We all want our home to reflect us. Home should be our refuge from what can be a very tough world, we all need a place that makes us smile and allows us to relax. But if you are like us, you don't want to spend a ton of cash doing it. I hope to inspire you to create things that tell your family's story. I hope you like it.
I have worked as a both a clothing designer and colorist for the fabric and apparel design industry. It's a dynamic, exciting, quirky, often stressful, ever-changing way to make a living. I loved it while I was in it, and for years that world fulfilled my need to create and make. When I had my daughter, I left the industry to be at home with her and without realizing it, home projects became my artistic outlet.
My creative workspace has evolved from a dining room table, to a spare table, room corner, spare bedroom, and everything in between. These days I work in a very white room in our basement, my sewing and crafting studio. Its where you may find me designing and making quilts, crocheting, chiseling the bark off a tree stump, painting, celebrating the occasional amazing thrift score, or upcycling things both for our home and to sell in the wise craft online shop. I also create a new inspiration image each month and post for readers to use as desktop wallpaper on their own computer, to get eveyone's creative side sparked, you can see all those images here. I am also honored to have contributed to several books and publications.
These days, my own creative goals are to work with materials that inspire me, to learn something new, whether it be a new technique, process, or way of thinking creatively. I am always challenging myself to learn something new, just to try it out if nothing else. It keeps life interesting for a restless spirit like me, and it often inspires other parts of life for me. For example, after being a knitter only for 15 years, In 2010 I learned to crochet. I fell hard, and in the summer of 2012, my readers and I crocheted a Granny Square Sampler project, which you can do too. I decided to take a painting class in 2012 and it turns out I love it! (I've never painting a picture in my life, but it was something I wanted to try, so why not?) I've done paintings of quilts I've made and I'm pretty excited this new way of looking at something I love, quiltmaking.
One creative pursuit... leads to another.... and so on.
In addition to the daily postings on wise craft, my husband Peter and I own a retail brand consultancy and brand of chocolate bars). Being our own boss has many benefits, but it means limited funds to furnish a home with. But that has never stopped us. There is so much that can be done with thrift store pieces and a little imagination. When I make or remake something for our home, be it sewing up curtains, repainting a piece of furniture, displaying a collection of heart-shaped rocks we've collected, or making sure everyone is under a handmade quilt at night when we watch a movie together, that a handmade tale has been created in the process. One of making and using. All of these stories are what make up our home, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Our home is truly made by our own hands. Its fun to share it all here.
I truly enjoy reading your comments and knowing you're out there. I try to answer and connect whenever I can. Feel free to say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A sincere thank you to all who read,