Meet featured blogger Lisa Steele (Fresh Eggs Daily) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
Lisa Steele doesn’t put all her eggs in one basket. Besides blogging on raising backyard chickens and ducks, she writes about repurposing, herbal remedies, DIY crafts and more. Here we chat with Lisa about her blog Fresh Eggs Daily (fresh-eggs-daily.com).
CW: How did you become interested in crafting and DIY projects?
Lisa: My mom was a grade-school teacher, so we were always doing craft projects at home. She was instrumental in giving me the confidence to use a sewing machine or a hammer to do it myself. Now, I find having a creative outlet is a major stress-reliever when life gets extra busy.
CW: When and how did you start blogging?
Lisa: Several years ago, at my husband’s suggestion, I started a blog to share photos of our farm and our animals with friends. I decided to focus on a poultry-themed blog about a year and a half ago. Besides providing advice on natural chicken and duck keeping, I share recipes using fresh eggs, veggies and herbs, plus do-it-yourself projects and homemade natural household products. My fan base has grown quickly, and companies are paying for ads on my site. That’s helped buy more than a few bags of chicken feed!
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers and which subjects/projects have been most popular?
Lisa: My followers run the gamut from homesteaders to crafters to avid chicken keepers. I use Facebook as a forum for giving poultry advice, and my blog is a library of information. My DIY projects are always popular, including cleaners and air fresheners to use both in the home and the chicken coop, natural laundry products and a market tote recycled from a feed bag.
CW: Where is your favorite place to craft?
Lisa: I converted a spare room into my home office. My sewing machine is set up in front of windows that look out onto our horse pasture and chicken coop. That way I can stay connected with what’s happening on the farm while I’m working.
CW: How do you balance crafting and blogging with family life?
Lisa: Luckily, what I blog about is mainly what I do in daily life. I’m the ultimate multitasker and carry my camera with me at all times. Often, I turn a new recipe I’m trying for dinner into a blog post the next day. My husband knows to ask if he can start eating or if I need to take a picture first.
CW: Where do you find inspiration for your DIY projects and crafts?
Lisa: Pinterest has been a huge boon to crafters and creativity. I find lots of ideas there that I can tweak to suit my purposes.
CW: Why do you prefer homemade over store-bought?
Lisa: I love the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes with giving someone a handmade gift. Store-bought can’t compete with that. Also, knowing exactly what is going into something is important to me. When it comes to natural household products, they smell so much nicer than commercial brands—plus, they work well and are less expensive.
For more information about Lisa and her blog, visit her at Fresh Eggs Daily.
Photos by Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily.