Floor Coverings International Burlington ON is pleased to bring you the latest installment in our Designer Influencer Interview Series. Ontario’s own Susan Flemming is a home and garden DIY expert and creator of the wildly popular blog Super Mom — No Cape! You can follow Susan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and BlogLovin’.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am Susan Flemming and I blog at Super Mom – No Cape! I’ve been happily married to my best friend David for almost 34 years. We have 3 amazing adult children.
Over the years, I’ve worn many hats. David was career military in the Canadian Armed Forces until he retired in the year 2000. I was proud to keep the home fires burning all those years. Retired army wife is still a hat I proudly wear.
However, the hat I am most proud of wearing is that of mother. I was a stay-at-home mom until our youngest graduated college in 2012. My role as a mother has changed over the years but no matter how old I and they get or how far away they may live… I love being their Mom.
I’m also more than a bit of a gypsy. I’m often asked where I’m from and that always poses a problem. We moved a lot when I was a child and of course army life brought its own moves (our daughters were born in Germany.) After David retired, we continued to live that gypsy life by moving first to Maui, then Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and back to Canada.
Out of all those places though, Maui was the one place that became home of my heart. One day we hope to return there to live.
Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?
Super Mom – No Cape is actually my second blog. I’m a writer and started out back in the mid-2000s with a blog on my writing site. I loved connecting with other writers, but there were so many things that I wanted to share that just didn’t fit with the writing side of my life.
Our oldest two were away in university and even though we’d tried our best to prepare them, they would often call home for this recipe or that recipe or questions on how to do something. We began referring to those calls as Phone Homemaking 101. By 2008, our children were encouraging me to start a blog where I could share all the things I’d taught and was continuing to teach them.
Super Mom – No Cape evolved into what it is today as I discovered what my readers wanted to learn about. My most popular and rewarding posts are my tutorials. I love getting letters from readers saying that they’ve made something from one of my tutorials or that a recipe has become a family favorite.
It is that connection that I enjoy the most… knowing that I’ve helped someone or inspired someone to make something they’ve never tried before makes all the long hours creating posts worth every minute.
How would you describe your design style?
That’s kind of a tough question to answer.
Our home is an eclectic mix of furniture and art that we’ve collected during our travels.
From our antique dining room set with ornately curved legs to the Art Deco sewing machine cabinet my husband refinished for me to our most recent furniture purchase of a new steel grey couch featuring clean, modern lines… somehow they all work together to create a home that I feel reflects not only who we were in the past, but also who we are now as empty nesters.
Where do you find most of your inspiration?
Now that one is easy!
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I’m inspired by the places we’ve lived. For instance, I’m working on a Block of the Month quilt pattern inspired by our years in Maui. I’m calling it Aloha Days.
I am also constantly inspired by the work of fellow crafters and artists both online and in person.
Nature inspires me. I love flowers and birds. And I am most happy when I’m by the ocean.
Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.
We’re so early in 2017 that I’m still designing all the projects that I’ll be bringing to my readers in the coming months but the project I’m most proud of from 2016 were the two quilt blocks that I designed for the In Our Garden Block of the Month. I was one of 11 designers who took part in the year long project.
I’d designed quilt blocks for my own personal use but never for a wider audience. The challenge to stretch myself creatively and logistically in ways I’d never done before gave me greater confidence in other areas of my life.
I hope you’ll come visit me at Super Mom- No Cape!