May 30, 2011

where I get creative {an interview with Caroline Urdaneta}

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Caroline Urdaneta from Salsa Pie!

Tell us a bit about your background.
Well, I am originally from South Carolina but I moved to Maryland about 10 years ago. I have a B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture and worked all throughout college at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens in Clemson, SC as a student horticulturist. I dabbled a little with my own floral design business soon after graduation but then I decided to shift gears. I have such admiration for floral designers--they are meticulous workers! After that I worked in a few art galleries and then landed a position as Assistant Curator of Sculpture at the world famous Brookgreen Gardens (which has the largest collection of American figurative sculpture in the country). As a hobby, I've always loved painting, but I've never shown any of my own work. It's mainly just something that makes me happy. So, as you can see - I kind of have a mixed professional background. After having children we made the choice (and financial sacrifice) for me to stay at home with them. It's really been the busiest, but best time of my life.

Describe your Creative Space.
Our home is small and we have four small children so there really is no room for me to have a separate place to create. Instead, the children and I work on most of our creative projects on our kitchen/dining room table. I have a corner cabinet where I keep most of our craft supplies. When we are ready to do something crafty, I fetch the supplies (which are always kind of random) and we just go for it. My dream is to have a special little room where I can create, sew, paint and even develop my own photographs one day. But until then, we make this work!

Describe your typical Creative time.
With four children, I very much have to seize the moment! And while I am not very organized in the sense that I don't have a big schedule or planner of how I create things, I am always planning in my head. I think "How will I do that?" or  "Oh, okay, I can paint it this way or we can do it that way" all during the day. So, when the time finally comes that I (or we) can sit down and do something, I have a very good idea of what I'd like to do.

Two things you can't live without.
Hmmm. This is hard because I love to blog and I couldn't without a camera and a computer but if I weren't blogging it would definitely be my morning paper (we read the Wall Street Journal) and the library (so I can check out books!) Did I cheat on that question? I think I actually chose four things!

Do you have any routine or rituals in your work and creative habits?
When it comes to blogging, I've incorporated the photography in with our crafty moments so I guess that's a part of the ritual. It's funny but I suppose the readers don't always imagine what it must look like for a craft blogger to create something all while documenting (photographing) what they create. It can take some getting used to but once it's a part of the routine, it becomes a part of the art too.

How do you keep focused?
I don't always. Sometimes I feel depleted of ideas, unfocused and I am not as easily inspired. I think that's a natural cycle for any creative person. During moments of not feeling energized with creative aspirations, I find that means I need to spend more time just "being" with my family.

What is your primary source of inspiration?
My children. Children are so spontaneous and they love all things colorful. I think when we think more like children, we are not only more fun, but our creativity improves. Motherhood has been the most creative period of my life.

What part of your creative process do you enjoy the most?
Both the "lightbulb" moment of an idea and then seeing the idea come to fruition.

Thank you so much Caroline for sharing your home, family and creative space with us!!

Caroline's Blog 


  1. Thank you for including me in this series, Anabel!

  2. that was so much fun to read! thank you!

  3. Oh my, I LOVE this home! And that cushion with the Ikea fabric, it's the fabric I missed out on.. I love how honest she is but how incredibly crafty and creative she is too. I can't imagine how she manages 4 small children, a beautiful home and blogging! I agree with Jane, that was really fun to read. : )

  4. I am STILL in love with your girls beds and one day, if they are still for sale on that website, I will buy one for my girl!

  5. that is one gorgeous bedroom. She seems amazing I'm going to check out her blog now! :)

    <3 Belly B

  6. I love her creative process! So much fun pictures too!

  7. good to see Caroline here. She is such a sweetheart and an amazing mom! Beautiful interview. Loved reading it. Wish you both a sunny afternoon

  8. wowww she has an amazing house! i seriously love this series, can't wait for my turn :)


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