From activists and fitness experts to trendsetters and DIY gurus, SunglassWarehouse.com is honored to highlight the biggest noisemakers around. Whether inspiring others, making waves in their industry, or living life to the fullest, we’ve got All Eyes On people making a BIG impact. Take a look at our latest spotlight below, and be sure to check back every month for more interviews in this star series.
Our All Eyes On series highlight for September is the ever-so-artsy Beckie of Infarrantly Creative. This insanely creative (and talented!) DIY blogger is from Greenwood, IN (where our SW headquarters is located!) and knows a thing or two about creating and repurposing items in amazing ways.
Learn more about Beckie’s “roadkill rescues,” tips on how to keep your creativity flowing, and what’s next for this craft queen:
Could you give a brief introduction for our readers about you, your family, and your interests?
Beckie: Hi, I am Beckie Farrant, author of Infarrantly Creative, Knock off Decor, and Roadkill Rescue. I am a mom to two amazing kids and a wife to one handsome guy. I love building furniture, spray painting, sewing, and crafting. Pretty much all of my time is spent being creative in some way, and I kinda get the shakes if I don’t have some project in the works.
We’ve noticed that you are quite the crafty lady with an amazing craft studio. Do you have a favorite craft masterpiece to share? Any crafting catastrophes to warn us about?
Beckie: Oh man, each piece I do is a masterpiece in my eyes. Every time I make something, the sense of awe and pride that wells up is overwhelming. Some of my most recent favorite projects are my Be Grateful Pallet Art and my Wood Shim Mirror.
What’s the most bizarre item you’ve picked up as a “roadkill rescue”? How did you repurpose it?
Beckie: I picked up an old TV on the side of the road with absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it. But it is now sitting in the entryway of my home as a console table, and it is quite the topic of conversation when people enter my house. I decided to chop it in half, add a shelf, and paint it aqua.
Is there a special regimen you follow to keep your creativity flowing for crafty projects and everyday living?
Beckie: Not really. I mean my brain doesn’t function like everyone else’s — that I know. But whenever I see a need in my home, whether it is an organization solution I need or a piece of furniture to help my house function better, it gets my wheels turning. It won’t be long until a new project is born.
Do you have any advice to share with those who may be “craft challenged,” like us?
Beckie: Don’t be afraid to copy! There is so much inspiration in “blogland” waiting for you. Find a project you like online and try to replicate it. When you are happy with the results, you can add some creative flair and branch out on your own. Also, don’t be afraid to try to repurpose something. If it was destined for the trash can, you can go nowhere but up. It takes some of the risk out of it. If you don’t like it, you can throw it away without guilt.
You’ve discussed your entire blogging journey in the series My Blog Story. It seems like this journey has been quite an up-and-down roller coaster experience, if you will. With this experience under your belt, what words of encouragement do you have for someone wanting to start a blog?
Beckie: Be realistic! There is so much talent out there and many bloggers who have been working their tails off for more than 5 years at it. Don’t think you will be a big blogger overnight. Enjoy the little successes and the process of sharing your life with others. When it isn’t joyful to post anymore, then hang up your hat. It is okay! But the cream always rises to the top. If you are talented, you will get noticed.
You were completely transparent in your series Real and Raw — a story that is not only a testament of your faith but also of you overcoming bullying, adversity, and other hardships. Why did you want to make your story public? What do you hope people gain from reading about your life?
Beckie: Great question! I still ask myself that. I guess it is because I am a pretty open book. I want people to see more than just a creative person when they read my blog. My life is so much more than that. I think our past really shapes the type of person we are, and my past is a huge part of the things I am passionate about today. My goal in writing it was for people to see a peek behind the curtain in my life and also to give people hope. Your story is still being written, and you can overcome the places or things you have been through.
What’s next? Any upcoming crafty projects that we can’t miss?
Beckie: What’s next? Hmmmm — well I have taken on quite a few large projects this year with my craft studio, son’s room, and guest room. I think for the remainder of the year, I am going to focus mostly on holiday crafts. My audience seems to love that, and I love the instant satisfaction of doing a quick project. But if you want a whole gallery of projects, I have hundreds of them in my project gallery.