About Me

The short of it: I create to feel my best!  I'm a bookkeeper by trade and manage our family's rental properties to pay the bills, but my passion is sewing! 

The longer version:  I knew from a very early age that I would always be creative and I vowed to have a creative job.  I have dabbled in some creative businesses of my own (country and primitive woodcrafts, candle making, bags, and even had my own sewing shop for 3 years).  Looking back there has been a common denominator in the unsuccess of my adventures and that is I was at the point with all of them that I needed to grow or let them go.  I chose the later.  It never seemed to be the right time and I was never in a place that I wanted to let go of being creative and manage a business.  Those life experiences have changed my thinking.  I don't want to let go of my creative freedom and be pressured to make in order to pay the bills.  I guess if you look at what I do for a full time job now, which is rehabbing houses with my husband, I can stretch it to be creative.  We do have to think about layouts, paint colors and landscaping, etc.  Aside from plumbing and electrical we do all of the work ourselves so most days leave us exhausted.  If you asked me 12 years ago if I would like to work with my husband the answer would be a definite no!  It did not come easily but somehow we manage to make it work and have found a groove to our work life and home life.

As for my home life, I have 2 sweet girls who I look at every day and can't believe I have been so blessed with them.  I have a hard time concentrating on work when they are around.  1.) because they ask a million questions and want me to see everything, the other is I want to see everything. We have 2 cats, Wiley and Cinder.  You will see Wiley from time to time dressed up in hats and jewelry but not Cinder, she likes to join me on the couch for my late evening handsewing or you can find her curled up in a scrap fabric box and that's about it.  Winnie is our 15 yr old Pug/Chihuahua mix.  He is the cutest, happy-go-lucky, cooky little guy and has a inherited a definite pug personality. 

About me personally: I'm in my late 30's.  I'm an introvert...most of the time.  I like to get physical activity naturally (gardening, raking leaves, landscaping projects) not by exercising.  I don't like to watch TV much but when I do it's a PBS Masterpiece or Pioneer Woman.  I have found that I need a lot of sleep.  I love to read but it makes me sleepy.  I am an anxious person but you wouldn't know it if you met me.   (I've been told this several times.)  I've only recently realized this anxiety stuff and have begun to work on it.   I used to be able to stay up super late but now I would much prefer to go to bed at 9 and get up while it's still dark and quiet and everyone is sleeping to enjoy a coffee, some computer work or hand-stitching.  (That's helped with anxiety.)

The why of starting this blog is that I wanted a place to keep a record of my projects and some of the little things that happen in my life.  I love to read other peoples blogs and sometimes it's nice to know that there is someone out there who has similar tastes, habits and lives.  It helps to keep us all a little saner in the busy and chaotic world we live in.  I've gone back and forth on the blog thing for several years and I have decided that I'll do it when I have the time and not worry about it otherwise.