Anyone who has ever encountered the force of nature known as Cathie Filian knows that she’s a bubbly firecracker with a penchant for seamlessly melding creativity, sincerity and business savvy. Her particular gift for crafty enthusiasm is absolutely contagious.
Cathie created, produced and co-hosted more than 100 episodes of the HGTV & DIY lifestyle show Creative Juice. She also created and hosted the Emmy Nominated mini-series Witch Crafts. Cathie has also appeared on numerous network shows, specials and promos for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network. She is the author of several books, including the recent release 101 Snappy Fashions. She also writes Home Hobbies, a monthly syndicated newspaper column for United Features and she contributes to national shelter publications such as Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Womens World, Life Magazine and many others. Along with 7 other women, Cathie selected to be one of the faces for Dove Beauty: Real Women Real Beauty.
It sure makes you wonder what fuels the creativity of this very busy lady. I recently set about the task of answering that with some old-fashioned Q&A.
HOW DO YOU CRAFT YOUR LIFE (How do you bring the craft / DIY spirit into your everyday life)?
I don’t know how to not craft my life……it is all I know. If I have a spell with no making – I go stir crazy. I try to think creatively as I approach life. I like to look for creative solutions to everyday problems and I enjoy the challenge of DIY.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT MEDIUM AND WHY?
I love glue because it sticks things to other things. I have a huge collection of different glues. I have special paper glues, gem glues, hot glue…..you name the glue, I have it.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT CANVAS AND WHY?
Fabric! I am a fabric nut! I stated sewing when I was 8 years old and still sew today. I love that it can be stitched, painted, glued and stapled. Fabric can be used to create a couture gown or a sofa toss pillow. For me, it the most versatile craft canvas. I just love fabric.
IS THERE A SKILL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO YOUR CRAFTING REPERTOIRE BUT HAVE YET TO LEARN?
Really fancy cake decorating or really fancy cake eating.
WHAT ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF IN YOUR CRAFTING CAREER?
So many things! My TV show, my books, my product lines, my failures and my dare devil attitude towards crafting are all on the top of the list for things I am proud of. If I had to pinpoint one thing I am most proud of, it would be that I have always made a living being creative. My first job was working at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I worked there all through high school and college. After school, my first job was in the fashion industry working for Betsey Johnson. After that, I did costumes for film and TV for 10 years. I learned so much behind the camera, that when I stepped in front of the lens it just felt natural. I am very proud of my show Creative Juice and our Emmy Nominations. I feel very blessed to be in a creative career.
WHAT ARE YOU THE MOST PROUD OF THIS YEAR?
I am really proud of my new line of tools for working with hot glue. Hot Glue Gun Helpers were a “daydream” kind of idea that has blossomed into a full-blown product line. The tools solve a problem for crafters and they help prevent burns – something I am very proud of. I teamed up with Plaid Enterprises to make and market the tools. It has been a long process because we invented something totally new! It has been worth the wait.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING? WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE?
Deadlines! Just kidding, although they do help with timelines. The things that keep my creative juices flowing are beautiful prints, colors, vintage images, fashion, music, cooking yummy food, glitter, fabric, paper, wine, laughs, sharpies, mod podge, photography, blogging, gardening and my family. It is the awe and a-ha moments that keep me coming back for more. The moments when something is completed and you know it, you know when to stop. Or when your inspired ideas have materialized in front of you. Another good moment is when you can see one thing and can picture it as something totally different.