FEATURED MAKER: Stephanie Rose + “Garden Made” Book Giveaway!

Please welcome our newest Featured Maker: Stephanie Rose! Stephanie is a Master Gardener, author and creative mastermind behind her blog, Garden Therapy. Stephanie and I started working together in the blogging world almost five years ago and I am so excited to learn more about her life and work today. She has also graciously offered us a signed copy of her new book, Garden Made to give away to one lucky winner! See details on how to enter at the end of this post…

stephanie-gardentherapy-a5-1600x0Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I’m a Master Gardener, author and the creator of the crafty-gardening blog, Garden Therapy. I make garden projects in my small, urban Vancouver (Canada) garden to show the world that everyone can get a little garden therapy, no matter what your knowledge, skill, ability, or garden size!

What do you make and sell?

I mostly make crafty garden projects as I love to be out in the garden all year long. I also make all my own natural beauty products and soaps, plenty of handmade gifts, and a bunch of healthy recipes from the garden. I don’t sell the products I make, but instead share the DIY instructions so that everyone can learn to make them too. I have over 700 projects on my blog, Garden Therapy that you can browse through, as well as a print book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, and three eBooks:

What made you decide to take the leap and start your own creative business?

In 2006 I had to stop working at my corporate job due to sudden illness. I was hit hard and suffered from crippling pain for many years. After a few years of being confined to bed, I was able to slowly start moving. I used gardening as a way to heal my body and strengthen my mind. I learned to use gardening, photography, and writing as a way to add joy to each and every day.

How did you get started and when did you launch your business?

I began blogging as a way to reach out to others and ease the isolation. I met plenty of lovely people like me and began to share not just what I was making, but HOW I was making it. When I started to feel like I could begin working again, I decided not to go back to the corporate world, but give blogging and writing a shot as a full-time gig. I’m happy to say that it has worked out better than I had hoped! I’m able to work from home, spend time with my family, and do what I love for a living.

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Do you have any philosophies or ideals you try to represent with your work?

I’d like the projects I make to inspire others to try making themselves. While I do really love all the beautiful handmade creations around my home and garden, I love it more when I see that someone has made it for their own home or garden. I know that they are spending their time feeding their creativity and enjoying the garden.

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What’s your process for coming up with ideas for new products?

Generally I have a long list of things I want to make so I gather the materials in my studio and get to them when the time is right. Sometimes that is days, other times it can be years. I may find a birdcage and keep it for 2-3 years before one day turning it into a succulent planter. Or I could see a candle planter at the garden center and rush home to make one that day!

Where do you look for inspiration?

Because I craft from the garden, I look for inspiration on garden tours, garden centers, catalogs, and in parks. I collect materials wherever I go and keep them in my studio until they become something.

What does your workspace/studio look like?

I have a garden full of creative projects and a studio space to store all of my stuff. One day the studio will be set up for more than just storage but until then you can find me out here in my play garden.

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie's Play Garden

Hopscotch Stepping Stones featured in Stephanie’s Play Garden

What are some of your favorite tools or techniques?

I love to work with outdoor succulents which are colorful and ornamental. I also like to work with lighting in the garden. I’ve made citronella candles out of tin cans, solar lanterns from mason jars, and a little solar chandelier out of a hanging basket.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve overcome in your business? Or something you tried but didn’t work the way you planned?

A few years back I started an Etsy shop to sell some of the things I made and quickly learned that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t like packaging, shipping, and all the non-creative work involved. I enjoyed making the crafts and writing about them so I wrote a number of books to sell instead.

What does a day in the life of Stephanie look like?

About ¼ of my time is gardening & creating, ½ is writing and editing, and ¼ marketing and website housekeeping. I try to spend a little time outdoors or gardening each day to ensure that I continue my recovery and stay healthy.

Visit Stephanie’s blog, Garden Therapy and check out her YouTube Channel!

Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing your story with us! Do you want to be our next Featured Maker? Visit our Contribute Page for more info!


Enter to Win A signed copy of Stephanie’s book!

We are so excited to be giving away a signed copy of Stephanie’s new book, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden & Your Life. The giveaway starts today, April 6th and will end on Wednesday, April 13th. We’ll announce the lucky winner on Thursday, April 14th. Just click on the link below to enter. Good luck everyone!

Stephanie's book, Garden Made

Stephanie’s book, Garden Made

CLICK HERE TO ENTER TO WIN!

Comments

  1. says

    Thank you so much for sharing a bit about what it’s like to be a garden blogger! I’m so lucky to have a job that I love and allows me to stay healthy. Good luck to everyone who enters the draw!

    xoxo
    Stephanie

    • HeatherE says

      Great interview! Stephanie’s blog posts and newsletters are always inspiring and chock full of great ideas and information!

  2. Chelsea says

    What a wonderful post. Its such a shame that she became so ill but what came of it really is something beautiful.

  3. Becky says

    Always love and look forward to this blog! Thank you for your time and talent! Excited to get back in my garden😊

  4. says

    I’ve enjoyed Garden Therapy blog for a while now. The creative energy coming out of that blog and this one is fabulous.

  5. Jamie says

    Stephanie, Thank you for sharing your story with us. You are an inspiration to me. I live in an apartment and I have a small space to plant flowers. Flowers help me to forget the physical pain I am in. I am disabled and don’t make a lot of money, but I still find a way to have what I need in my little garden. Shopping the dollar store helps a lot. My son bought me most of what I have so far this spring. I hung up plastic pots with hemp string on the wooden fence and it looks so nice. A gardener always finds the room for plants! Thank you for your blog and for the fun ideas!

  6. Rhonda Orozco says

    I always enjoy reading your blog! You have great ideas for the garden! I look forward to creating things for my garden this spring.
    Rhonda

  7. Marieke says

    Hello Stephanie, I recently found your blog (an article to make beautiful stepping stones) and love it. I hope to win your book, so I can take the ideas with me in my garden in Holland 🙂

  8. Marty Musser says

    For the last few years, I’ve only dabbled in container gardening inside our home because we rent. Though we love the house and will likely stay in it for at least the next several years, so I’ve been thinking I might as well take the plunge and start some gardening outside. I do have a few small rosebushes in a bed in our front yard, but other than that I have no experience with real gardening. This book seems like it would be a great resource for me!!

  9. Lauren Faczan says

    Just recently found Stephanie’s blog and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. Very inspirational and a wonderful resource for learning! Thank you for sharing her story, too!

  10. Emily Smith says

    What a great looking book! Looks like some great projects in there to do with my boys. 🙂

  11. Iona says

    Thank you for the lovely tips and tricks! It was great to learn from you, Stephanie. I’ll be sure to keep your advice in mind the next time I garden 🙂

  12. Carolsue says

    I wish I had your green thumb! Such beautiful plants.
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