Interview & Giveaway with Margot of Newfoundlander at Heart

Shop Name / Link:

Where else can we find you on the web:

Tell us a little bit about your shop:

I have always been interested in crafting, and in 2008/2009 I spent some time living and working in Newfoundland, Canada. I stayed with a local couple who lived a very traditional and self-sufficient lifestyle. When I returned to Ontario I decided I wanted to try and live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, which led to my blog, where I share daily adventures in gardening, cooking, baking, preserving and crafting. I also decided to open a shop that included things that were inspired by my time in Newfoundland, as well as my everyday adventures outdoors.

What items can we find in your shop:

Currently you can find hand hooked home accessories, such as coasters and trivets; Newfoundland Nature Photography, shots taken while I was living in the beautiful Gros Morne National Park; and boot beanies, Newfoundland can be wet and cold, and these little bean bags will absorb moisture from your mitts or boots and can be dried and re-used.

What is your creative process like:

It really depends on the day. Sometimes I have the energy and the drive to create and I go non-stop for hours. Sometimes I need a lot of prep time, thinking about what I want to create. When I am in the middle of a project I like to sit in my big comfy chair with a large cup of tea and work away with some music or a good movie. Unless it is a sewing project, and then I have to sit at my sewing machine, but the music or the movie is usually still in the background.

Where do you get your inspiration from:

A lot of my inspiration for the hooked rugs comes from examples I saw while in Newfoundland, it is a traditional activity which many women are trying to keep alive. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature, my time spent outside, and the seasons. I love to hike, and I live in the country near a river so there are always interesting things to be seen outdoors, also so many colours and textures no matter what the season or geography!

What are your favorite things to make for the shop:

I love to hook rugs, but it is a very consuming process, which is one of the reasons I am making coasters, and trivets their smaller size allows me to complete them more quickly. I also take breaks and work on other activities so I don’t get sick of the long process.

What do you hope to add to the shop in the future:

I just ordered some supplies to make some small keepsake necklaces, I collected many things beach-combing while I was in Newfoundland and I’ve decided to turn them into some more beautiful! I also have some totes in the creation process right now, using up-cycled materials! So excited!

Any deals or specials going on right now:

You can get 25% off anything in the shop right now, with the code holiday25.

Anything else: I would just like to say thank you to Ashley for being such a supportive and inspiring blog friend! Because I love her blog and her blog readers I am offering a little giveaway package! 1 hooked coaster, 1 pair of boot beanies, 2 of my most popular prints in 5×7 and 1 necklace (the newest addition to the shop!), so basically a sample of everything from the shop! Read below to find out how to enter.

Enter below after the jump!

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  1. What a great interview!! It's great to hear that traditional forms of arts & crafts (like the hooked rugs) are being kept alive by younger generations, such as yourself, and are even crossing provincial borders!

  2. Thanks for Sharing.

  3. love the boot beanies