The Truth Comes Out
Yes, it's true, I was kicked out of my 8th grade sewing class. You see, at a very early age I was convinced that I was not good at anything creative and so I made it very difficult for my teacher to teach me...*very* difficult...and I'll spare you the details, but after a particularly "difficult" exchange I was unceremoniously asked to leave, which I did, and then did not pick up a needle and thread, paintbrush or any real art supplies again for 10 years!
It's funny how you can believe something about yourself that's not true *for so long* and then one day, you realize what *is* true and everything changes.
That's one of the reasons I started this blog so many years ago, because I want to encourage readers like you to be creative even if, (especially if) you've always thought you weren't.
Everyone is Some Kinda Crafty
I believe all of us are creative, it's in our DNA, because the One Who made us is a Creator. I hope to encourage you to explore that creative part of who you are. Maybe you'll even find out it's a bigger part of you than you thought.
You'll also find me reminding you how much Jesus loves you. I mean seriously, do you get how much God loves you? It's unfathomable really. I talk about it a lot though, so you might start to fathom it if you hang out with me some (I'm completely sure that you're not supposed to use "fathom" as a verb).
Free Patterns, Printables and Craft Tutorials
I love making things, but I love sharing the things I make with *you* even more!
Some of my new favorite things to make are printable journaling cards for pocket-style scrapbooking. If you have an idea for a theme drop me an email and tell me about it and that might be the next one I work on!
I Can't Wait to Meet You!
One of the best parts of having this blog is meeting people like you. I would love to get to know you better, so if you have a minute, say hello in the comments, catch up with me on pinterest or twitter and sign up for free updates to the blog!
So What's My Story?
G R O W I N G
The 60's (it was the *late* sixties by the way, ha!)
That first picture is a photobooth photo of my mom and me. She was very young so we did a little growing together.
L E A R N I N G
The 70's (yes, I'm wearing baby go-go boots. I was hip even then...do people still say hip?)
Next is my little brother and me. We were children of the 70's in every sense of the word. We loved Donny & Marie, wore underoos (Wonder Woman and Spiderman) and did not wear a bike helmet or a seatbelt. Those were the days.
B E C O M I N G
The 80's (proudly rockin' the side pony tail and sweatshirt mini-skirt)
This is where my story really gets interesting, because I met Jesus and it changed the course of my life. I also moved to South Africa with my family and began to learn what faith was all about.
B U I L D I N G
In the late 90's, and back Stateside, I met my amazing husband and we began building a family and a life together. He encouraged me to quit being who others had told me I was and start pursuing who God had called me to be.
D I S C O V E R I N G
The dawn of a new millennium brought a new day for me as well in that I discovered that I loved art and creating and teaching. I felt like a bird realizing she could fly.
I quit my day job at a human resources firm and began working part-time for a local scrapbook store where I taught classes, helped design a product line, wrote a book and eventually traveled all over the U.S and Canada doing what I loved. I also started writing what would become this blog.
B E L I E V I N G
Today (what do we call this? the 10's? the teens? it's weird not knowing.)
After the birth of my second son I longed to get off the road and be home with my family so my husband and I took a leap of faith and I became a full time stay-at-home-homeschooling mom, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I was able to spend time with kids, learn how to cook, clean my house (occassionally) and begin exploring creativity in a way I never had before.
I started making things and drawing things, I learned to crochet and embroider, I painted, I started an art journal, I even started digital scrapbooking!
It took a few years, but today I'm confident and resting in God, as the woman He created me to be. I'm so thankful for the blessing of being a wife, mother, teacher, artist, friend, crafty blogger and the woman whom Jesus loves. :)
I don't know what the next decade has in store, but I hope you'll stick around with me to find out.
Digital Scrapbooking Elements Used: Templates-Digital Design Essentials, Valorie Wibbens and Amy Martin at The Lily Pad;
Papers and Elements-Allison Pennington, Just Jaimee, CD Muckosky, One Little Bird, Paislee Press Lynn Marie Designs and Quirky Heart all at The Lilypad
"You have looked deep into my heart Lord, and you know all about me." -Psalm 139:1