Don鈥檛 know about you, but Design*Sponge is definitely one of our go-to blogs for creative inspiration. This holiday season, we were lucky enough to team up with Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney to create a pretty sweet DIY kit as part of our Brit Kit Collabs program.

What are Brit Kit Collabs? Glad you asked! We teamed up with eight of our favorite makers, bloggers and designers to create a brand new set of nine exclusive Brit Kits, just in time for the holidays. Head to the shop to check 鈥檈m all out, and read on to learn all about Grace Bonney, the founder of Design*Sponge.

You can get Grace鈥檚 Wood-Burnt Cheese Board Kit right here in the shop starting at $35! Oh, and don鈥檛 forget to check out our cheese board tutorial for more creative inspiration. Alright, ready to hear from Grace? Read on to learn more about her, her favorite holiday traditions and more!

First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself and your company鈥檚 mission?

I鈥檓 a Brooklyn based writer, animal lover and long-time pattern obsessor. In the beginning my primary focus was to create a platform for independent and handmade design, but as the site has grown my mission has become twofold: to support people starting and running creative companies and to help people find the inspiration and tools they need to create a home that feels like who they are.

Why did you decide to start Design*Sponge?

I started Design*Sponge in 2004 as a way to talk about the things I loved that I wasn鈥檛 seeing in print or online. Handmade work wasn鈥檛 getting the coverage or respect it deserved, so I wanted to highlight all the amazing designers making things independently with their own two hands.

When did you first realize you love to make? When did you realize you could do this full-time?

I鈥檝e always enjoyed making things by hand, whether it鈥檚 artwork or furniture. In college, inspired by Trading Spaces, I redid my friends鈥 rooms and starting building ottomans and entertainment centers on my own. It made me so happy to see how the 鈥榬ules鈥 of interior design were only guidelines and that anyone could create a beautiful room on their own.

What鈥檚 one piece of advice you鈥檇 share with other makers?

It鈥檚 all about mise en place for me. Just like cooking, if you have all your pieces prepped and ready to go before you start, and have read through the instructions several times, you鈥檒l be less likely to get frustrated or have something not work out.

What other creative hobbies do you have?

I think creativity is in everything you do, from arranging flowers and cooking to how you arrange things on your bedside table.

The holidays are鈥 for being with family.

My favorite holiday tradition is鈥 taking time off to relax and be at home.

No holiday meal is complete without鈥 stuffing.

My favorite thing to make during the holidays is鈥 mashed potatoes.

My favorite holiday memory is鈥 falling asleep with my first dog, Duffy, in piles of wrapping paper.

Deck the halls with鈥 fresh greenery.

My favorite holiday movie is鈥 The Christmas Story.

All I want for the holidays is鈥 time at home with the people I love most.

The best gift I鈥檝e ever received/given is鈥 anything handmade. I treasure handmade cards and gifts.

My favorite way to spread holiday cheer is鈥 to give back to the people I love. Whether that鈥檚 hosting a dinner, offering to run errands or babysit- the holidays are a great chance to celebrate the people who make our everyday lives happier.

Have you fallen in love with Grace yet? Head on over to the B+C Shop to snag her holiday kit!