This week I’m debuting a series of interviews in honor of Mother’s Day, called Creative Moms. It’s an opportunity to hear from other artsy moms out there on how they juggle their work, and creativity, all while being a stellar mom.
We kick off the series interviewing Ez of the design and style blog, Creature Comforts. Ez has generously given us her time to answer a few questions relating to being a creative mom. She runs not just one, but two etsy shops and her blog has thousands of followers. With an eye for beauty, she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve had the privilege to meet via the blogosphere. Here is her interview.
1. First, tell us a little bit about yourself.
It’s always tricky talking about oneself, but I guess I could say firstly that I’m a mom (to a wonderful 10 year old) and also that I’m a lover of beauty found in unexpected places. I write my blog Creature Comforts full time and also take photographs and run two little shops on the side. It’s a busy life but a good one, and I’m thankful for it every day.
2. My son is only 6 months, but I look forward to doing creative projects when he gets a little older. Is there anything of note you did with your daughter when she was young to pass on your appreciation for art and design?
Ever since my daughter was a wee thing I’ve always made an effort to let her be involved in whatever craft or activity I was working on at the moment. This has posed challenges for me, as I am a bit of a perfectionist and I’ve had to learn to be okay with cookies that were overdone or paint spilling on the carpet, etc. One thing that I say often now, is that there are no mistakes in art… only opportunities to try something different. This has helped to ease the pressure I think we can feel when we hold ourselves to an unreasonable expectations of “perfection”… and has taught us both to love things in every form…even the “less than ideal.”
3. Does she have any emerging art talents?
I think all parents think their children are talented, and I’m certainly no different. I guess what I love most about the creative side of my daughter is that she is not afraid to try new things. She is always dabbling in some project or other. While I would love for her to pursue an artistic career-path, her current passion is for acting. She is ridiculously funny, dramatic and is always creating fantastic skits with costumes, music and the whole kit n’ caboodle. It’s a delight to watch her doing something that she loves so much.
4. What keeps you inspired and motivated to create while still being a mom?
Some days are tough… I’m not going to lie. But in the end it is my daughter who inspires me most of all. I also try to take a few quiet moments to myself each day… nothing major. Sometimes it’s just reading a magazine while sipping tea out of a pretty teacup (you’d be amazed by how much upgrading from a boring mug to a pretty cup can brighten your day), or a short walk outside to snap a quick photo or two of something floral. Nurturing ourselves is sometimes the last thing on our to-do lists, but it is so important. It does take effort to make it happen, but when I set a few minutes aside for myself each day I know that I am a happier person overall, and this effects everything I do in a positive way.
5. How do you maintain a balance between motherhood and the work you do?
Balance is something I’m still trying to work on, but over time it’s getting better. For me the most important thing is that my daughter knows that even though I’m working at home (and busy a lot of the time) I’m always here for her. We also set aside special time each week to just hang out and have fun together. Saturdays are generally family day (I try to stay offline as much as possible), and Sunday’s we have scheduled picnics outside and often take walks around the neighborhood (or play games indoors if it’s yucky outside).
6. Who are some of your favorite artists and why?
Oh man… there are so many that I adore. A few of the first ones that come to mind are:
Heather Smith Jones
I own work from all each of these talented ladies and I can’t get enough. I feel that there is a certain wistful longing or sadness behind their pieces that really draws me in.
7. And lastly, what are your mother’s day wishes?
We are moving to New Jersey (from California) in a couple of months and this will probably be the last mother’s day I will spend with my Mom for a long time, so I’m wishing that the day will be filled with lots of memory making and fun. My other wish has already come true… and that is that I have the privilege of being a mom to the greatest kid in the universe! Really!!!
These images taken from Ez’s amazing flickr photostream.
Thank you so much Ez for taking the time for this interview! It’s so inspiring to hear about how you fit creativity into everyday life.
Check back tomorrow for day two of the Creative Moms series!