Crafter Q+A: Virginia Fynes of Fynes Designs

Name: Virginia Fynes

Location: Annapolis Valley- Nova Scotia, Canada

Title: Creative maven, mommy, blogger, caterer, baby of the family

Website: www.fynesdesigns.com

Twitter: @FynesDesigns

Facebook: Fynes Designs

How did you get into crafting?

I have been crafty since I can remember. Toilet paper rolls, mismatched socks, and paper mache were a crafty girl’s best friend. From there it was onto my mother’s sewing machine, and my aunt taught me how to knit, with each craft I learned, I wanted more.

Why did you decide to start your own site?

I didn’t really think about it. (We had literally just installed Internet in our house a few months earlier). I wanted to enter a contest and the project had to be posted on the Canadian Living Craft blog. I set one up, won the contest, and then I was hooked.

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

I love to teach people and introduce them to new products and ideas. My favorite blog posts are when I’m given something to work with and I have to decide how to incorporate it into a project. I also love to thrift shop and re-create everyday items, that’s just a side bonus.

What are some of the challenges?

By far the biggest challenge is my lack of computer knowledge. Starting a blog, getting a DSLR, and learning Photoshop all in the same year was a bad idea. There is SO much to learn, I do a lot of research, and I’m trying to network with other bloggers.

What are some of your favorite craft/DIY websites?

 My go to sites are the 36th Avenue, Craftaholics Anonymous, and Tatertots and Jello I think our crafting styles/taste are similar and they are always fresh and bright, plus the May Arts blog because I’m a contributing designer there.

What was your first craft?

My first crafting memories are from my grandmother’s house. She didn’t have many toys but she had small plastic dolls and she would give me wrapping paper and tape to make clothes for them.

What was your favorite project?

It’s hard to choose, but I think I’d say my wedding cake and shadow box.

The cake was false so I made it the week before the wedding. I hand made the flowers, and this was before all the easy ideas that are now on Pinterest. I think they took longer than the 10 layers of icing!

When the wedding was over I arranged all the flowers, our cake topper, my husband’s button boutonniere (which I also made), my hairpieces and a stem from my bouquet into a shadow box, which still hangs in our hallway.

Overall words of wisdom?

Don’t be afraid of trying new craft mediums, take a class, or go somewhere by yourself. Be sure to take loads of photos… even of your 10th kid. (P.S. I’m the baby of 10!)

Check out Virginia’s amazing dry erase calendar board craft here!