Samantha Conner, a former teacher, who juggles being a mom, time with friends and being a wife. For her it’s just a regular day but whether Samantha is pursuing her next goal, project or spending cherished time with her daughters, she has no intention on failing or giving up anytime soon.
When did you realize you were not only creative but crafty as well?
Growing up, I always loved to make things. I have two younger sisters and I loved setting up activities for us to do together. In high school and college, I enjoyed assignments that allowed for creativity. Being an education major gave me plenty of opportunities for fun, themed projects. But I didn’t consider myself ‘crafty’ until after I had my first daughter.
Do you remember your first DIY?
I became interested in DIY when I got engaged. I would spend hours looking through Martha Stewart’s Wedding magazines. Those were the good ‘ole days J back before Pinterest. I made several things for our wedding ceremony- the program, table numbers, and a board for organizing table assignments. I felt so proud that I could say, “I made that!”
What is your absolute favorite thing to make?
That seems to change from month to month. Right now, my favorite DIY projects are anything I can do for my daughters. Recently my oldest daughter turned 9 and I threw a “Pop Star” party for her. I loved making the photo booth, goodie bags and decorating my home for the party.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to a generous, creative man- Jeff. He is so supportive of my ideas and is always up for a project. He does the heavy lifting and wood working in my home design projects. We have two daughters, Afton 9 years old and Maisy 5 years old. They love being creative and helping out however they can. Crafting is something our family enjoys doing together.
Early in your career you were a teacher. Can you tell us about that time and the catalyst that lead you to being a stay-at-home mom.
I loved the privilege of being a teacher. Children are so naturally creative, they inspired me to think ‘beyond the worksheet’ and find new ways to present the curriculum. While teaching, I had my first daughter Afton 11 weeks premature. She was hospitalized for 45 days and then required extra care when I brought her home. Although I had planned to return to teaching, my daughter needed me at home with her. Leaving teaching to become a mom was the best decision I ever made.
Were you able to find support and resources at that time for other moms coping with premature infants?
At that time, 2006, the Internet wasn’t full of niche specific blogs and online communities. In some ways, I think this was a good thing. I couldn’t obsess and compare my baby and mothering abilities to things that I read online. I just had to take day by and day. I was fortunate to have several sweet friends and a great playgroup. We all supported each other and figured things together.
Outside of crafting, what other activities do you enjoy-alone and with your family?
I spend a lot of my alone time running and working out. I have a great group of women that I exercise with. We have done lots of races together- training for endurance and strength is so empowering. I am also dedicated to community service. I serve as the Hospitality Chair for our elementary school PTA, and I am a Home Room Parent for third grade. I love helping out at our school. I am the Director of our youth cheer program, Mustang Panther Cheer. It is a non-profit organization that promotes fitness, cheer skills and builds confidence in young girls. My family and I enjoy weekends filled with sports (my girls cheer, play volleyball, and soccer). We also love being outside in our backyard- entertaining friends and swimming.
What advice would you give to another mom (or women in general) who have a talent/hobby who are not sharing it with the world and don’t know how to get started?
I think lots of women are afraid to share their talents because they think ‘it has already been done’ or ‘someone else can do it better’. But when you think about it, there is nothing new under the sun. The world is full of lots of people doing many similar things, and that’s ok. The world needs all of our talents and gifts. So don’t let fear hold you back! Community and sharing is what enriches our lives.
How do you balance being an entrepreneur, motherhood, being a wife and also taking care of “Samantha”?
Some days I do it well. Other days, not so great J But I keep striving for balance. My husband is very supportive of all my ventures. Making time for exercise each day helps me a lot. And when my girls get home from school, it is all about them. My family is more important than my hobbies and my blog.
If you had to chose an all expenses paid week-long convention which would you chose- Crafts, Baking or Interior Design?
I would choose Interior Design for sure! I love seeing how a room transformation can change a home and a family. I am drawn to beautiful spaces and discovering what steps are taken to create the look and feel of a ‘finished room’.
What’s your favorite color?
Grey. I love wearing it and incorporating it into my home. It can be such a warm, rich color.
What is your favorite DIY TV program?
Definitely “Fixer Upper” . I love that Joanna and Chip are fellow Texans. Their dedication to family and great design are so appealing. “Fixer Upper” always surprises and inspires me.
You previously worked some with some really adorable hair accessories and clothing for girls-is this something you may entertain again in the future?
I spent several years with my own girls’ apparel and accessory line, Samantha Conner Designs. I designed and manufactured my line in the US. It was carried by boutiques all over the country as well the catalog CWDKids. Unfortunately, I was unable to compete with the pricing offered by manufacturers over-seas and trying to ‘do it all’ overwhelmed me. I still love apparel design and personal styling. I would love to find a way to do it again in the near future.
What makes you a connected woman?
I am a connected woman because I am always trying. I try to be the best wife, mother and creative woman that I can. I try to serve my community and our school. I may not always succeed, but I don’t ever give up trying. And that’s all that really matters.
How can our readers reach out or follow you online?
I share a lot on Instagram @craftytexasgirl and on my blog craftytexasgirls.com . I have a Pinterest account (that I spend too much time on!) @craftytexasgirl; Twitter account @craftytexasgirl and you can find me on facebook too- search for “Crafty Texas Girls”!
What legacy do you want to leave for your daughters?
I want my girls to grow up feeling loved and supported by both parents. I think when you are loved and love others in return; you will find a million reasons to be happy every day. I want my girls to know that a smile, good manners and a willingness to learn is more important than what is written on your resume. Finally, I hope they will remember that anything in life can be made fabulous with a bit of hot glue and sparkles.
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