Crafty Superstar

Paper Umbrella

Craft along with Ella from Paper Umbrella

Ella Nimmo
Portland, OR
Special Education Classroom Assistant

What are your hobbies?

Crafting is my main hobby outside of work…there’s not a whole lot of time for much else! But when I have time I love cooking, inventing cocktails, playing music, traveling (or dreaming about traveling), exploring my city…Lately, I’ve gotten into doing more photography. I started a feature on my blog to help me learn more each week and push myself to improve. I love that it is becoming another creative outlet for me. I also spend a lot of time doing volunteer work for a local organization that works with immigrants and refugees…this kind of work is another (totally unrelated) passion of mine.

What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?

I really love to do a bit of everything…one week it will be sewing hair accessories, the next minute I will be really into spray-painting everything in sight. I especially love scrap booking and other paper crafts, but I don’t do it enough these days.

What do you craft along to?

I’ve recently become pretty obsessed with the Lorde Pandora station, so that’s my go to for crafting sessions. I also really love the Camera Obscura and Beach House stations. If I’m doing a more time consuming project I like re-watching old episodes of “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s my favorite guilty pleasure sitcom, and I’ve watched so much of it that it doesn’t really require my full attention (key to avoiding poking/cutting/gluing together your fingers!).

What was the first project you ever made?

I couldn’t tell you what the first thing I ever made was, but I was constantly creating as a kid. I remember painting masterpieces on my little easel at a young age, creating Papier Mâché masks, designing and sewing elaborate Halloween costumes with my mom…I was really lucky to have two very creative parents.

What are your favorite items to make?

I love coming up with creative ways to recreate things on my wish list that I can’t afford – new throw pillows, jewelry, home décor, etc.

Which other craft blogs do you love to read?

I was introduced to the world of blogging through A Beautiful Mess, so I’m always checking in there. I also love The Bandwife, DesignLoveFest, Honestly WTF, You Are My Fave...just to name a few. I am constantly clicking around the internet, pinning, and collecting inspiration and ideas everywhere I look.

Ella Nimmo
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mix cocktails, make jewelry, take photos.

What's your favorite...

TV Show
The National
Portland, Oregon. Love my city.
Moulin Rouge
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Currently, sea foam green!
Saag paneer (or any other Indian curry)
Craft Shops In Your Town