Monday, June 27, 2011

The Name Game: During Quiet Time

I am so thrilled to have Amy from During Quiet Time here today playing The Name Game. She does the most amazing linocut designs, and then prints them onto fabric. I have enough of her wonderful designs that I consider myself an official collector. This will be a picture-heavy post, but you will soon understand why. Not only does she do amazing things with fabric, you will love her photography skills as well.
1. How did you choose During Quiet Time?

(wouldn't you just love to spend a little quiet time here, reading a book?)
I started my blog at my husband's insistence. I was pregnant with my now 2-year-old Penelope and was spending too much time analyzing my every twinge and pain of the first trimester and worrying about losing her. My husband thought I needed something to pour my energy into besides worry. He sat down at the computer and said, "OK, what do you want to call it?" During Quiet Time was the first thing that came to mind simply because I find time for my creative endeavors while my children rest in the afternoon and once they are asleep.
2. Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us?
I am really terrible at catchy names. While I would have happily considered other names, none came to mind and this one wasn't taken so we went with it!
3. Now that you are recognized by During Quiet Time, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?

I have mixed feelings about this one. Right now,"quiet time" in our household equals naptime but once my children are grown, I will still have a need for my own quiet time and I will continue to fill that time with sewing and printing fabric and making art. What I don't like about the name is that I feel like it labels me as a mother first because the name choice is so closely tied to the nature of my days while raising children. Honestly, in my day-to-day existence, my role as mother does come first. But I like to think that my blog is my place, someplace where I am not a mother of three but a creative person with a need to make things! I didn't pick up sewing as a hobby once I was home with my children. Rather, I found time to continue to nurture my creative side once I became a mother.

Thanks so much, Amy!

Be sure you take time to go to During Quiet Time and say hi.

Also head over to her etsy shop, so you can "look and see" what she has available. I bought this fabric to make something for my son, who is an optometrist. Perfect, isn't it?

I probably have never mentioned this before, but one place I have always wanted to visit is Ireland. I love Irish music and step dancing, have nearly ever CD recorded by the Chieftains, have seen Riverdance live twice and listened to my Riverdance CD so many times it's almost worn out. Unfortunately, actually visiting Ireland is not in my near travel plans. Instead, I have the next best thing--Sarah from  FairyFace Designs will be here next week, all the way from Cork, Ireland! You won't want to miss it.


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Diane H said... #

Thanks for the wonderful introduction to Amy and her amazing creations.

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Wow - she's a clever lady x

Linda said... #

Thank you for letting us get to know Amy a little better!

Amy Friend said... #

Thank you so much for inviting me to share a bit about myself on your blog Cindy! I loved seeing what pictures you chose.

Unknown said... #

A lovely piece about Amy and During Quiet Time. I love Amy's blog and it's nice to find out a little more about it (and its creator)!

Needled Mom said... #

What beautiful work!!!

Pomona said... #

It was lovely to see those beautiful pictures of Amy's work. She is very talented and I am a great fan of her work, and proud possessor of one or two of her creations.

Pomona x

Carla said... #

Thanks for the introduction, Cindy! Did you know that I also like Irish music and dancing....saw the 12 Irish Tenors at Branson this spring!

Poppyprint said... #

Hi Amy!! It won't be long 'till you have a whole lot of quiet time when all 3 kids will be in full day school!

felicity said... #

I loved this interview and I love Amy's blog - thanks, Cindy!