If you love food, crafts, or just having a good time, you’re going to want to add The Pattern Princess and Victoria Pietz to your list of favorites! Her blog is a gorgeous collection of ways to craft, save money, and more. So in this edition of Meet our IBA members, let’s give a rousing hello to Victoria Pietz!
Bio: I have been married to the same man for over 37 years now. I have one daughter that is getting married soon. We have a corgi dog, a few cats, a horse, and a donkey. My husband and I operated a dairy farm for years. I always worked off the farm too in restaurants, preparing taxes, at an automotive dealership, and eventually a two-year college where I continue to work now. I went to school part-time for many years until I finally achieved my doctorate in education. Now that I am no longer milking cows and going to school, I have some me time and my passion for creativity is shining. My blog is about easy crochet patterns, great tasting recipes, sewing and quilting ideas, starting a bog journey, or just a bit of this and that. I hope to inspire other people to be creative.
What do you blog about on The Pattern Princess?
I blog about all things crochet, recipes, sewing, creating, saving money, blogging, holidays – and anything in between!
How long have you been blogging? What motivated you to start?
Since January 2017. I have finally have a bit of me time and wanted to get my creative side going. I would love to be able to retire some day and do this full-time.
What is your favorite part of blogging?
The creativity and putting the story together. I am getting better and better at taking pictures.
What is the hardest part about blogging for you?
Learning how to set up and manage a website. It is all new to me. Making sure that there are no mistakes and what I am blogging about makes sense to the readers.
Who is your favorite blogger – and why?
I like Sewrella because she provides such detail in her blogs. I kept her website in mind as I developed my website.
What do you do for fun when you aren’t blogging?
I love to cook, crochet, sew, craft, and spend time with family and friends!Meet IBA member Victoria Pietz of The Pattern Princess. They blog about crafts, patterns, saving money, and so much more!Click To Tweet
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I didn’t know how to even read a crochet pattern until last year. My grandmother taught me the basic stitches when I was ten or so. When I was young, I made bookmarks and other small projects. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties and very poor that I started crocheting again. I could buy ten dollars of yarn and make a nice blanket for someone. I would do a small swatch of stitches to make sure it blocked out and just make a whole blanket. That is what I did for years. Then I didn’t have time for many years to crochet anymore. Now that I have a bit more time and can read a crochet pattern, I have had a whole new world open up. I love it!
What did you do before you began blogging? What skills do you have?
I always had more than one job. I farmed for years and to help pay bills, I also cooked in restaurants, was a service manager in an automotive dealership for many years, and now I am a dean of a division at a two-year college. While working a few jobs and taking care of my family, I also went to school part-time for many, many years and finally completed my doctorate of education January 2014.
Have you been published anywhere else either online or in print?
Gosh, years and years ago, I wrote a children’s story and a column about small business finances for a blog. I have had my dissertation published.
What do you hope to achieve with your blog and online presence?
Entertain, educate, motivate people to achieve their dreams!
One of our favorite things about the IBA is how we meet so many amazing and wonderful bloggers (like Victoria) across the blogosphere. So make sure you stay tuned to meet more amazing and wonderful people!
Until our next member interview and feature,
Haley & Kimberly
Meet other IBA members:
- Meet Debby Burns – the Security Diva
- Arantxa Pardo – A Fabulous Health and Happiness Blog
- Meet Alex: Harry & Lexy’s Workshop Makes Food Fun for Everyone
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