Rosie O'Donnell wears many hats: comedian, actor, mother, humanitarian. Turns out each one of those hats is hand-decorated by Rosie herself. Her hobby is making arts and crafts projects. We asked Rosie to talk with Scholastic kid reporter Samantha Group, age 12, about her hobby and her new book, Crafty U: 100 Projects the Whole Family Can Enjoy All Year Long.
Sam: Your book is dedicated to your mother: "a very crafty woman." Was she your inspiration?
Rosie: Yes. My mom was into crafts and sewing. I remember at Christmas she would take a mirror and spray fake snow around it and put little metal ice skaters on it and a village with lights. She died when I was a little younger than you, Sam, but I remember the moments when we got time to spend together.
Sam: You said you find arts and crafts relaxing and you like to listen to music while you work on a project. Who do you listen to?
Rosie: A lot of Joni Mitchell, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Elton John, Celine Dion, and Gwen Stefani. I love her! I love The Beatles, too. And Kanye West.
Sam: What do you tell kids whose projects don't turn out the way they expected?
Rosie: I say there are no mistakes in art, and you should never try for perfection because there's no such thing as perfect in art. When you make arts and crafts, you're making a memory. You remember whom you were with, what you were doing, what you talked about, and what it felt like.