Sallie Dale is our first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. She won our hearts and our Home Maker Hunt with her charming felt flower wreath DIY. Today, she spends her time living in Oklahoma with her husband, cat, puppy and six chickens. When she’s not busy teaching group fitness classes, she’s hoping to inspire Makers everywhere with DIYs on her blog, The Urban Acres.
How does it feel to be the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker?
It’s pretty surreal — to enter a contest with so many talented people and get selected is so crazy. I’m still pinching myself and wondering if this is real life.
How did you hear about The Hunt for the First-Ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker?
I heard about the Mrs. Meyer’s competition from my friend, Courtney. Thanks, Courtney! She Instagrammed it to me and a couple other friends, so I watched the recruitment video and thought maybe I’d have a chance of becoming the first-ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker. So I entered and, wouldn't you know, I actually did win!
How did you decide what you wanted to make and share?
I saw these beautiful felt flower bouquets on the Internet and wanted to bring the concept to life in a way that made sense with the other items in my home, so I thought of a wreath.
Was there a defining moment when you knew you had a talent and passion for Home Making?
My mom has always made a huge impact in my life, as far as Home Making. She was a full-time Home Maker, so I always had that influence. My mom was always crafting and cross-stitching and got me involved in her projects at a very early age.
How do you come up with Home Making projects and from where do you get your inspiration?
I’m so inspired by other people. I love seeing what they’re making on Pinterest and the Internet. Then, I think about how I can change and evolve it to make it my own. My home also inspires me to make every day. I’m always looking for ways to make it better and cozier. And, of course, nature — I’m constantly inspired by being outdoors.
What was the first DIY you attempted to make?
My first DIY was paper dolls when I was very little. I would go to my sister’s office and try to sell them to people for candy. As an adult, my first craft was learning to knit. I made a pair of socks and was super excited about it.
If you could be a Mrs. Meyer’s product, which product would you be and why?
I would be the Honeysuckle Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner because I love Honeysuckle and I like to think I’m pretty multi-purposed.
How do you feel about getting to collaborate with our influencers, Paul Lowe and Grace Bonney?
I’m super excited to collaborate with them. It’s crazy! I can’t believe I get to create DIYs with them! It’s awesome to meet people that are DIY pros.
Mrs. Meyer’s celebrates Home Making successes, but also the projects that didn’t turn out as planned, or that took quite a few tries to get right. Do you have any stories about this?
I have a really great story for this. I like to call these projects “DIYs gone awry.” The first time I made sugar cookies didn’t go according to plan. I was so confident that I was going to do it right the first time, so I made them. My husband comes home and says, “Were you making cookies with ZuZu.” And ZuZu is our 5-year-old niece. I told him, “No, I made them.” And he asked, “Did you make them with your feet?”
It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to make a perfect DIY. What’s your advice to Home Makers who may struggle to get over the hump of perfection?
I think if you struggle with perfection you need to change the way you think about it. If you get it right every time, you’re missing out on an opportunity to grow. You learn a lot from failure.
What advice would you give to other Home Makers looking to showcase their Making acumen?
If you’d like to showcase your skills and get your DIYs out there, you need to start a blog or an Instagram. It’s so easy and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you don’t believe it, go to someone’s blog and look backwards. Their most recent posts will be much better than their initial posts. You just have to start — just do it!
What do you hope to accomplish over the next year as the First-Ever Mrs. Meyer’s Home Maker?
I’d love to show people how to make a simple handmade home and give Home Makers ideas they can take and make their own.