{Creativity Series} Spark Moms Interview

{Creativity Series} Spark Moms Interview

In May, I launched a blog series exploring the intersection of creativity, spirituality, and motherhood. As part of our journey together, I’m featuring interviews with fellow mom-artists.

This week, I’m talking with Liz Lanza, a friend of mine in real life, and a talented food blogger {The Fresh Plate}, jewelry artisan {After Dinner Designs}, and mom of three boys.  Liz is offering the lovely handmade cuff bracelet pictured for one lucky reader {scroll down to learn how you can enter the giveaway}.

Q: When you became a mom, how did that affect your creativity?

When I became a mom, I found that I started funneling my creative energies through my  kids and their needs. As the boys have grown, I’ve spent countless hours planning themed birthday parties, cute school treats for their classes, and decorating their bedrooms based on their personalities. In the last sixteen years, I have gotten pretty good at it, and I truly enjoy it.

Q: How do you find the time and space in your life for creative pursuits?

I find the time to create when the kids are at school, and at night, after they’ve been put to bed. I usually reserve weeknights and weekends for family time, but I always make time for creating. I have a need to get in the studio and create, and I consciously make time for it.

Q:  What role does spirituality/your relationship with God play in your creativity?

God plays such a big role in my creativity. I struggled for many years with self-esteem, and because of that, there were years of dormant creativity. When I became a Christian, in my twenties, my outlook on myself changed dramatically. I realized that working with my hands and creating things brought me joy. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home with my kids and run a small business that allows me the time to be a wife and a mom first, while still being able to use my creativity on a daily basis.

Q: What is your biggest challenge at this season in your life, in pursuing your creative passions?

My biggest challenge has been trying to juggle marriage, parenthood, and friendships while trying to grow a business and continue to make quality products for my Etsy shop. I have had to learn to say no.

Q: What are your favorite creative pursuits?

I make broken-plate jewelry, accessories, and home decor from bits of recycled plates, cups, and saucers.  So, naturally, I love junking — going to flea markets and barn sales to look for unusual plates, cups, and saucers!

Q: When you do create, what is the payoff? How does it make you feel?

The payoff, for me, is that I get to use my creative energy and recreate pieces of jewelry from broken pieces of china that are unusable. And there is a satisfaction at the end of the day when I know my creations are being worn and loved by my clients.

Q: What would you say to a mom who claims she’s just not a creative “type”?

I think everyone is creative. You just have to believe in yourself and take that leap of faith to pursue whatever it is you love.

Q: What advice would you give to a mom who says she can barely take a shower, so how can she find time to create?

Like all aspects of motherhood, you have to make time. It’s easy to throw in the towel and say you just don’t have time or you are too tired. I do it sometimes too. But once I consciously make time to create, it becomes a part of my routine.

Q: What do you think God’s take is on creativity?

God made each of us with a creative spirit. We need to learn to channel it and ask Him to nurture it.

 Liz is a wife, mother, food blogger, and jewelry artisan who lives in Western Pennsylvania {though she has a move on the horizon!} with her husband and three sons. She has been featured in Edible Allegheny Magazine, Family Food & Fun Magazine, and will have a recipe in the new Gooseberry Patch Grilling cookbook coming out in January 2014.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us how you fit creativity into your busy life and/or what role God plays in your creative pursuits. Earn an extra entry by visiting Liz’s Etsy shop and leaving a separate comment with your favorite After Dinner Designs shop item. The giveaway ends in one week {July 3, 2013}. 


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  1. Wonderful interview! My grandmother was a collector, so not only did she leave full china sets, but also lots of single pieces – and Liz, I love that you give those a new life!
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  2. Great interview!! Thanks for you honest answers and the inspiration to go create something!

  3. Thanks, Liz, for sharing your ideas. Now that it is summer, I am still trying to figure out when to write…I definitely need to spend time with God first before I write as I want Him to be my inspiration…Blessings to you 🙂
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  4. I do struggle with finding the time to be creative. I love crafting, painting…and see so many cool ideas on Pinterest etc., sometimes I even go and buy the stuff..but getting around to making the time to create has been a struggle lately!!
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  5. I LOVE the Broken Plate Mid Century Modern Statement Neklace – very pretty!!
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