Repeat Crafter Me | Sarah Zimmerman
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Meet Sarah Zimmerman; she’s the mastermind behind the site dedicated to free crochet patterns, crockpot cooking, and craft tutorials: Repeat Crafter Me! Sarah is a graphics artist by trade who graduated in 2001 from the University of Washington with a degree in Visual Arts. Like so many of us stay-at-homer’s Sarah began sharing her craft endeavors after having her first child just a few years ago, and the crochet world is very thankful that she did; she is one of the most accessed sources of free crochet patterns for babies that I’ve seen (and I know, I’m a crochet gawker…). Her modern style, paired with simplistic tutorials and color photos, are certainly ingredients for success, and I’m sure her 23,000+ facebook fans will agree with me!
In late 2012 I attended a craft fair in a teeny-tiny Texas town and came across another crochet vendor. I love meeting new sisters in yarn, so I chatted her up and complimented her array of fresh designs that were quite popular that day; a Gingerbread themed hat and legging set, Snowman hat, baby booties, Penguin hat – this girl had some great goods! When I asked about her designs, she told me they all came from Repeat Crafter Me, a designer I had not yet heard of, so I went home that day and did some serious investigations!
To my delight, Repeat Crafter Me was a great resource for free craft projects, recipes, tutorials, and inspiration all in one neat, tidy blog that is very easy to follow! It’s been a refreshing little gem to stumble upon, and I have not been the only one to take serious notice; just this past winter Sarah was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine with an impressive spread of tips on keeping craft space organized!
Sarah and I collaborated to bring you a great little giveaways: I will be donating 1 FREE Blog Ad Space to one fan, and she will be giving 1 $15.00 Michaels gift card to 1 fan! CLICK HERE to enter! Winners will be announced as an update to this post on 5 July, and have 24 hours to claim their prizes once named or these offers are totally void.
6 July, 2013, 6:00 AM MST Update | Winners have 24 hours from now to claim these prizes:
1 FREE Ad Space on Design Wars Blog for 1 fan:
1. Lynette Long – Contact Design Wars to claim.
1 FREE $15 Michaels Gift Card to 1 fans
1. De’Anna Groves – Contact Repeat Crafter Me to claim.
I enjoy following Sarah’s progress for a number of reasons; she’s a positive woman, I can relate to her as a mother and craft entrepreneur, she has fresh talent and designs, and she provides tutorials and inspiration for things that I’m really interested in and are feasible to repeat! Take my lead and check out Sarah’s continued success; she makes it so easy and fun!
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Sarah was kind enough to chat with me for our Design Wars community, see what she had to say and please be sure to share this post after you enjoy!
Design Wars (DW): What are the best words of wisdom you can provide to hopeful / new professional artists?
Sarah Zimmerman (SZ): If you are thinking of starting a craft blog or crochet business, then follow your dream! It is a lot of hard work and can be time consuming but very rewarding. Do what you love and what you are passionate about and you will succeed. A lot of my followers ask me how they can start writing their own patterns. Master the basic stitches and patterns (like a beanie), and know how to increase/decrease. I found that once I knew how to do these things well and without having to look at a patter, I could pretty much experiment with any new ideas that popped in my head.
DW: What are you working on right now?
SZ: I am currently working on a baby blanket for the arrival of my baby girl! We have two boys so I am excited to finally be able to work on some “pink” projects.
DW: Do you follow blogs? What are your favorites?
SZ: I follow a lot of blogs but one of my absolute favorites is Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons. Jill makes the most creative snacks and meals for her kids. There is always a fun (and easy to replicate) food idea on her blog. I am always so impressed with what she comes up with!
DW: Is there a pattern / design you wish you thought of first? Are there any that blow your mind?
SZ: Recently, Tamara at Moogly posted a free pattern for an adorable Lego backpack. It is GENIUS and so simple! 6 bobble stitches look exactly like a lego – why didn’t I think of that?!
DW: Which of your patterns / pieces do you feel best represent you?
SZ: My Owl Hat pattern is by far my most popular pattern. It was also the first beanie pattern that I wrote and I have learned from it and have been able to tweak it and perfect it as I write new patterns. I definitely think this is my signature pattern and am so grateful that so many others like it as well.