Today, I’m so excited to introduce you to an amazing blogger friend of mine, Allie from Call Me Sassafras! Allie’s blog is full of quirky goodness. I love how Allie channels the quirky and unique into something we can all relate to on her blog! Not only does Allie maintain her own great blog, she’s also a DESIGNER too! I got to interview Allie, so that you can all get to know her better and fall in love with her and her blog like I have!
First off, tell us a little about yourself and your blog!
Hellooo new friends! My name’s Allie, NOT sassafras, but I do blog over at Call Me Sassafras. I like to call my blog a place to celebrate uniqueness, intelligence and positivity! That means I blog about the things that make me unique, like design or books or music, but I also blog about slightly nerdy topics like why I think Marie Curie is awesome. And lastly, I’m a pessimist trying to be a little more positive on a daily basis. Visit Call Me Sassafras and you’re sure to find lots of sass and fun things!
Your blog’s name definitely stands out in a crowd! What inspired it?
Call Me Sassafras was actually inspired by my long-term boyfriend H (he likes to pretend to be mysterious, so he’s just H on the blog). When I’m sassy (ahem, always), he calls me sassafras. I’m trying to convince him to make a blog called Call Me Sasquatch (he’s sassy AND tall) but he just hasn’t gotten around to it…
In addition to being a blogger, you’re also a designer! How did you first get started in design, and what advice do you have for those considering design?
Funny story actually, I started designing when I was maybe twelve or thirteen on a sort of network for aspiring writers. For some reason, it was really popular to have pictures with your names on them for signature on messages, so I would make those for the other people on the site. Looking back, they were all really simple, but that’s where I started!
If you’re looking to get into design, first get Photoshop. It’s crucial. Stop using Paint. The honest truth is that you’re probably not making many pretty things if they’re coming out of Paint unless you’re unusually skilled. Second, notice what you like in a design. This can be on a blog, a billboard, in a magazine, whatever. Then try to make that design yourself or figure out how they did it.
Tell us a little about some of your passions, and how you express those through your blog?
I’m passionate about helping other people accept their quirks. I believe that we are all amazingly quirky people but often hide those. So I aim to celebrate my own quirks publicly to inspire other women to embrace their own quirks. That’s why I sometimes include dinosaurs in my designs –I think dinosaurs are the coolest thing ever! That’s why I’ll post about Marie Curie or books or whatever I want. I never want my blog to fit into a box.
You recently started a Busy Blogger’s Book Club! What’s that all about and how can bloggers get involved?
You love to read, I love to read, but we’re both busy. So to put those two together, I created the Busy Blogger’s Book Club. (You don’t have to be a blogger to read along). Basically, we all read a book from the 15th to the 15th, meaning this round ended on Tuesday. There are even two books to choose from–a nonfiction and fiction option. There are no rules! Read if you want, write a post if you want, link up if you want. And midway through the round, I’ll set up a survey so you get to vote on the next book!
It’s all about encouraging women to read intentionally, even when life gets in the way. Stop by TODAY to find out the books for October/November!
What is your favorite part about blogging? Least favorite?
I love the community that comes with blogging, as does every blogger, I think. As an introvert, I love being heard. But sometimes I feel a lot of pressure as a blogger. I’m still new to this thing (just got here in May!) and it’s hard not to compare followers and whatnot.
When you lack inspiration for blogging or designing, where do you turn to get your creative gears turning again?
As for designing, I just keep my eyes open! One recent design I did was inspired by a poster I saw at Cracker Barrel, for real guys. Pinterest is also a wonderful resource to see new fonts, designs and browse colors. For colors, I love design-seeds to look at new color palettes.
For blogging, a lot of my inspiration comes from my daily life as well as the people around me. I keep a notebook with ideas for posts to make sure I don’t forget anything.