Meet featured blogger Shannon (Madigan Made) and get craft tutorials from her blog.
The “Clark Kent” of blogging, Shannon is a pharmacist by day and a crusading crafter by night, helping readers find solutions for home decorating dilemmas. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and wheaten terrier, Mr. Madigan. Here we talk with Shannon about her blog Madigan Made (http://www.madiganmade.com/).
CW: How did you get started with crafting and blogging?
Shannon: When we moved into our own home, I wanted to fill it with pretty things, but we didn’t have a large budget. So I crafted with thrifted finds and created decor that expressed our personalities. As a sideline, I’d thought about making and selling handbags online, but then I came across DIY decorating blogs. I thought it would be fun to document my own projects. That’s when Madigan Made was born.
CW: How has your blog changed as it’s developed?
Shannon: It took time for me to find my blogging voice and my focus. I started out including several recipes, but I’m not the best cook. So I decided to concentrate on my strengths. Now I post primarily decorating and crafting ideas. It’s been rewarding connecting with other bloggers, online and in person, who share my creative passions.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers?
Shannon: I love communicating with my readers on my blog and in other social media. Their feedback on my content is always fun and helpful. Over time, I’ve learned their favorite projects are the simple ones. A popular tutorial shows how to make a necklace out of dollar store ponytail holders.
CW: How do you balance blogging with your career and family?
Shannon: It’s very challenging! Both my husband and I work full-time, and I craft and blog at night and on weekends. I break it up into manageable chunks, working on a project one night, and writing posts or editing photos the next. The social media is a constant distraction, though. As much as I want to connect with others online, it’s important for me to unplug and make time for loved ones and staying healthy. That includes going to the gym—to counteract my chocolate habit.
CW: Where are some of your favorite places to go thrifting?
Shannon: I probably shop at local thrift stores the most. But I also love browsing flea markets, garage sales and antique malls. All of them are great places to find something unique for your home that you can’t buy everywhere else.
CW: What’s the most unusual item you’ve upcycled into something cool and crafty?
Shannon: In one of my treasure hunts, I found an old fishing rod rack. I transformed it into the cutest holder for my sunglasses.
For more information about Shannon and her blog, visit her at Madigan Made.
Photos by Shannon of Madigan Made.