Meet featured blogger Heather Mann (Dollar Store Crafts) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
Heather Mann has been a crafter, writer and entrepreneur since she was a little girl selling polymer clay beads and scrunchies door to door. The mom of three boys says her favorite crafting tools are a sewing machine, hot glue gun and googly eyes. Here we chat with Heather to learn more about her blog, Dollar Store Crafts (dollarstorecrafts.com).
CW: How did you become interested in crafts and what inspired you to start blogging?
Heather: Thanks to my mom and grandma, I grew up doing crafts. I continued to make things as a way to cope with the stresses of having small children of my own. I tried selling my creations on Etsy, but didn’t enjoy the repetition of making the same thing over and over. Instead I concentrated on writing craft tutorials. I had a personal blog for many years before I started one dedicated to dollar store craft ideas.
CW: How has your blog changed since you started? What surprises, challenges or rewards has it brought you?
Heather: The mission has stayed the same—to make cool things with dollar store supplies. I started out as the sole writer, but now I have an editor who oversees the site, as well as a few contributing authors. A big event for me was appearing on Martha Stewart’s show last year to show off a dollar store Halloween costume I made.
CW: What kind of relationships do you have with your followers? What posts or subjects have proven most popular?
Heather: I keep in close contact with my fans on our Facebook page, where I post questions, ask for ideas and feature reader projects.
One of the most popular projects on my blog is a designer-inspired tiled mirror made with duct tape and glue. People also love the beaded chandelier I made from old Mardi Gras beads. Another attention-getter is a filing cabinet revamp that ended up costing $5. My favorite project transforms unattractive plastic hooks into shabby chic-inspired wall hooks.
CW: How do you balance blogging with your family?
Heather: I realize I can’t do it all, so laundry might not get folded. My husband is an amazing father, and we share the load around the house. I try to take time each day to do something with each of my children. I’ve been helping with arts and crafts in my sons’ classes at school. That’s really fulfilling.
CW: Do you still make time for dollar store runs—and what kind of treasures do you come away with?
Heather: I’m always inspired by everything I see at the dollar store and manage to go about once a month. There’s so much stuff in my crafting stash! Among my favorite things to craft with are place mats, vases and headbands.
For more information about Heather and her blog, visit her at Dollar Store Crafts.