Emma Smith is the author of Kids Craft Room, which recently appeared in the Top 10 UK Crafts Blogs. Emma’s blog focuses on child-centred activities to promote self-expression, self-esteem and creativity. We spoke to Emma about families and friends connecting, unicorns and working with PRs.
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a creative outlet and to share easy tutorials with preschool children and parents I was working with at the time. I never dreamed that it would become my full-time job but here I am and I’m loving it!
What’s your favourite craft?
I couldn’t choose an all time favourite craft that I’ve done as each new idea gets my full attention and passion while I’m creating it! They are all my favourites!
What do you think the place of physical crafts is in a digital world?
In our busy digital lives, arts and crafts are a great way for families and friends to connect and relax. They’re a super way to unwind and get into the moment, and a fantastic creative outlet for everyone regardless of age.
How much do trends in crafts affect your blog?
Trends don’t really affect my blog too much but seasons and holiday celebrations most certainly do. The last few weeks for example have all been about Christmas and then we’ll be moving on to winter and Valentine’s Day. Things don’t stand still for long.
What will the 2018 trend be?
I have no ideas what the trends for 2018 will be! This year unicorns have been huge but next year who knows? I’m not a keen guesser I’m afraid.
How do you like to work with PRs?
I’m totally happy for PRs to connect with me via email and love to chat through ideas with them so that I can come up with something super special for a client.
What’s your favourite craft brand/company/shop?
I love any store that sells nik-naks and odds and ends of craft materials. I love to rummage through and can’t resist the pull of pretty buttons, fabric or paper designs. I’m a bit of a hoarder!
What other blogs do you read?
One of my all time favourites is Red Ted Art. The lovely Maggy Woodley shares loads of creative ideas for kids and grown ups. I also really enjoy Crafts On Sea. Kate shares lovely and simple ideas for doing with preschoolers.
Emma Smith and Kids Craft Room are both on the Vuelio Influencer Database, which is the UK’s leading influencer database available to the PR and communications industries.