Thursday, November 26, 2009

So many wonderful friends!

Mmmm...the turkey is roasting, dinner is on its way, and I have done almost nothing! I am so thankful for good friends this year!



Speaking of friends, here are some friends I made this year. The pilgrims were gifts for my daughters' teachers and I barely got them done in time. Once they were done, I liked them even more and wished I had made more of them. Somehow, by the end, I forgot how much work the project took--sound familiar?

I also made a turkey friend (with a whole lot of cutting-out-the-wood-help from my best friend, my husband) as a gift for my wonderful friend who is making the great dinner today. We hope to fend off the children with lollipop "feathers" so they will have plenty of room to fill up on good food!



I am thankful for many things and friends are at the top of my list, too!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Moving forward--with or without me!

I am quickly learning that life just keeps moving whether I am ready or not.

I have spent a long time trying to get my blog running and set just the way I want it (before I change it again!) and trying to get the etsy shop stocked. Neither project is done or ready, but time isn't standing still either. For now, I am going to press forward and let things fall into place as they can.

Thanksgiving is almost here and I have had plenty of time to reflect upon the things for which I am most grateful. Of all of the things that I love to do, my family is my most important work-in-progress. As such, I have reminded myself repeatedly that I need to spend time with those that matter most instead of getting one more project completed just the way I want it to be. Difficult at times, but important.

Please don't give up on my blog, my projects (or lack of) or the etsy shop--it can only get better!

Well, then, who even wears flowers?

Okay, I am not really flower-wearing, nor are my girls, and certainly not my husband, but I love the name nonethless.

My mom always had lots of different projects going on. She tended to finish hers while I am a great starter and not such a great finisher. My Dad always had a lot of projects as well--he has built several homes and, thus, can build or fix just about anything. I always say to myself, "I can do that (or my mom or my dad can!)!" when I see great ideas. I wonder where I got that from?

I have a lot of creative interests and have varying degrees of success with each. I am definitely not an expert in any of them and don't even claim an amateur skill in most of them. But, 'I can do it," or I will go down trying most of the time! Of all the crafts I do, I think I have crafted the art of sewing the best. It is definitely the one with which I have had the most success. I have sewn lots and lots of dresses and other outfits for my three girls. I have avoided sewing for others because I have been so worried that they wouldn't like what I just spent several hours making. I have finally stepped out of my comfort zone and started sewing for others and it has been good.

I am a rule-follower when it comes to sewing. I like patterns, I understand patterns, and I want to follow a pattern. Because I have sewn with a pattern for so long, I understand how clothes are put together. This is good when it comes to mixing things up and getting creative. On the flip side, I am not really good at scrapping the patterns and going out on my own--too scary, still. But, I am learning to be more creative and to enjoy it.

It is also very important to me to sew things that look professional and not "homemade." This means it takes longer to make it right, but it is so worth it. Sometimes, this gets carried too far, in sewing and other crafts, and I am not happy with something until it looks exactly the way I have pictured it in my mind. That kind of attitude can be self-defeating sometimes, so I am learning to overcome it. One way I am doing this is to change what I am making to something else. I have been so inspired by others' blogs, especially the re-purposing and upstyling that I am seeing so much of. This is really teaching me to be more creative and more accepting of projects.

That being said, I also enjoy painting, furniture refinishing and painting, crafty kinds of crafts, baking, fabric and felt, scrapbooking paper and tools (can't seem to actually create), and collecting creative ideas.

This blog is my way to share with you my learning process as I work on projects I love. I am learning so much from other creative blogs and it has inspired me to create and share. I hope to inspire someone else in the same way.

I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom to three daughters (twins and a toddler) and have all of the resposibilities that go with those jobs. That means this blog will be about some of that, too, because that is the biggest part of my life even before the craft and sewing projects. I spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning and doing laundry and probably just as much time trying to figure out how to not do those things or at least make them more simple!

I hope you enjoy learning about my projects, pieces of our lives and how we enjoy doing the things we do.

Monday, November 2, 2009

About Me

First, you should know: I don’t like having my picture taken.
Never have, never will.
On the other hand, I just can’t seem to get enough pictures of my children!

West1

My family is my greatest passion and my top priority. I am wife to one great guy and mom to three wonderful girls. They keep me sane and make me insane all at once. And this is the way I like it.

I sew and craft as often as I can. I tend to get a lot done or nothing--not sure what happened to balance in my life, but I enjoy each and every day with or without a project. This blog is a record of some of what I do. I hope it will inspire you to create just as I have been inspired by other blogs.

We live in Michigan. We’ve lived a lot of places, but this isn’t one of the ones I pictured. It turns out I love it here! Had I known we would be staying indefinitely, I would have bought a farmhouse to fix up instead of a regular 'ol house in the suburbs. But, I work with what we've got and there's always a project here.
Still dreaming of a large farmhouse in the country, though!

West4
Do you have a question? Do you want to feature me or link to something I have done?
By all means, please contact me!
I am a bit obsessive about checking email unless I am busy and then I'm not.
Please be patient, but don't freak out if I email right back either!

I am really enjoying this adventure in blogging. One of the things that makes me completely excited is seeing my projects featured on someone else’s blog. That makes me certain that someone out there in Blog Land is enjoying my work! These are some of the places my projects have been featured:

I was featured buttononeprettythinghomemade craftsThese Magical YearsU Create  Keeping It Simple Birthday Wedding cakes crafts partiesPhotobucketPhotobucketToday's Top TwentyTotally Tutorials BlogVisit thecsiproject.comPhotobucketI was featured greenFeatured at Make and TakesToday's Top 20childmadePhotobucketabc buttonThey are talking about me at CraftGossip.comPhotobucketUndertheTableandDreamingSuzy's Artsy Craftsy SitcomJoin  us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend wrap   up           party!Reviews and Giveaways mmm buttonPhotobucketSpunky Junky featured button 





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