In this post, we will introduce you to ReeceMontgomery from Happy Okapi.
Yorkshire Rose Quilters Guild (YRQG): Why did you start blogging?
Reece Montgomery (RM): I taught myself to sew from online tutorials and lots of trial and error. I found I wanted to share what I was learning. I was also seeing that a lot of people (mainly Canadians) were frustrated at not being able to find the beautiful fabrics and notions our neighbours to the south were able to access so easily and affordably. I love shopping online and thought this would be a way to help spread the news about some of the great Canadian resources we have. From there, my passion grew to wanting to share the latest patterns and trends, but still keeping up with Canadian content.
YRQG: How do you connect with your readers?
RM: I try to keep fairly current on my blog, but even when I don't have a new post up, I like to share deals, sales, and new patterns on my facebook page, and you can always see my latest projects on Instagram.
YRQG: Which of the projects featured in your blog are the most popular with readers? Why?
RM: My readers seem to really like when I host sew-alongs. I think this is for several reasons: Some of them really find a second way of explaining things helpful in putting together a complex project. A lot of them already have the pattern, but just need a push to get started. Most of my sew alongs also have discounts and prizes, so it motivates people to complete the project. Lastly, it's always more fun to "work together" even if it's virtually. I usually create a hashtag and all the participants can see what everyone else is working on.
YRQG: How are you celebrating Canada’s 150th on your blog?
RM: I teamed up with some other Canadian bloggers and did a Cross-Canada Blog Tour, with a large focus on bag making. http://www.happyokapi.ca/blog/canada-150-speaking-and-sewing-canadian. We featured Canadian pattern and fabric designers, along with amazing shops. It was a lot of fun and really quite incredible how talented the designers and makers are in Canada.
YRQG: Do you offer any bonuses or special content to your blog subscribers? If yes, do you partner with any other bloggers or retail outlets to offer those bonuses to readers or to increase the reach of your blog?
RM: I do have a sales tab on my site, which I update regularly with sales, including exclusives discounts just for my readers. I also like to have giveaways and try to obtain discounts for readers if it's relevant to what I'm blogging about.
YRQG: What bloggers or teachers are you inspired by?
RM: So many! I love Anna Graham of Noodlehead's elegant and humble style. Conversely, there is nothing subdued or understated about Libs Elliott and I find her energy so catching! Lysa Flower is someone else I find so inspiring, her creativity just blows me away! She's always making something that catches my eye and makes me wish I was faster so I could make one too.
YRQG: Where do you find ideas for your content?
RM: All over! I've almost always got my jaw on the floor when I'm browsing Instagram. I really can't believe the amazing things people create. I don't just follow sewists either, I follow all sorts of artists: metalsmiths, potters, knitters, weavers, even body painters. I find it all so energizing and humbling at the same time. I also get ideas from just everyday life: if I'm looking for something or I see a lot of people asking the same thing, then I realize that's a good topic to blog about.