diary of a crafty momma

confessions of an impatient crafting momma, prone to procrastination & downright laziness.

Venting just a bit…

So, I’m awful at keeping this thing updated. I know. I feel bad. And will try better. Probably πŸ˜‰.

Anyway, back to why I’m finally posting…this Saturday is my 20th high school reunion! Wow, still can’t believe it’s been 20 years 😳. And much as I thought I would want to go to my reunion, now that it’s here, I’m not at all upset about the fact that I’m not going.

As it turns out, I’m completely content with my decision to skip this. In the end it comes down to finances…we just don’t have it in our budget to make the trip down to GA for a weekend. Especially since we’ll be making our annual trip to Charlotte, NC for the Ren Fest later in October. And as a family, we’d enjoy the NC trip much more than the GA one.

But, if I’m being completely honest here (it is my blog, so if I can’t be honest here, then where can I be πŸ˜‰) there’s not really anyone I want to see. What with the creation of things like Facebook and Twitter, whoever I wanted to know about since graduation can generally be found in one of the those 2 places. Or through a Google search. Yes, I know that online is not the same as in person…but it is helpful sometimes.

I went to my 10 year reunion, I didn’t really enjoy it, and it was simply a reminder that I wasn’t popular and there was a good reason for me always wanting to move away from Smyrna. I never have been one for wanting to stay in the same town where I grew up…that just seems odd to me. Yes, I know there are a good amount of people, generations even, that never move from their hometown and if that’s what they want from life than good for them. I didn’t want that…I wanted to move away, I always wanted to move away. And when given the chance, I took it.

So why would I go back? Even if it is just for one night?

I hope, for the planners, that they have a great turnout.

Ok, here’s the real truth…wine induced though it may be.

I don’t think they planned this well. They didn’t announce the date until 2 months before. And then the price for a single ticket was way more than I ever expected to pay…especially given what that money was paying for. But, maybe I’m cheap…And I have no problem admitting that. But the “early-bird” price of nearly $80 was just too much. Especially if you add in my travel expenses…it would total anywhere from $300-$500 (with hotel, gas, food, etc) and quite frankly that was way too much for me to pay to see people who honestly, probably don’t/wouldn’t remember me.

So, that’s that. It’s been 20 years since I graduated high school. And, more truth, there’s only one person I want to see from my graduating class (that isn’t on Facebook or Twitter or any other social media outlet, that I know of) and I don’t honestly think he’ll be there. But, if by chance he is…someone please let William Hendleman know that I’d like to know how he’s doing 😊. *He was a friend, a great friend but nothing more…lest anyone think I’m trying to find an old boyfriend πŸ˜‰*

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taking the leap…

well, i did it.

i’ve opened an online store, selling handmade bags and pouches.

it’s crazy scary and crazy exciting all at the same time.

it’s a bit sparse right now, but i’m adding more things every week.

i’d love it if you would go and check it out…today, tomorrow, next week…any ol’ time you get a chance!

thanks so much!

http://chunkybugdesigns.bigcartel.com/

 

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This is me…

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So I’ve had this post written in my head for a few days now & have finally decided to actually get it out of my head & put it it out there to the world 😊.

This is me…wards (so to speak) and all.

I am a wife…not always a good one, but my husband loves me anyway and for that I am very blessed & grateful.

I am a mom…not always a good one, but my kids love me anyway (most of the time πŸ˜‰). I am also very blessed & grateful for that.

I am a crafter & sewist…not always a good one, but I’m learning. Every mistake I make is a chance to learn & improve. Over the years I have tried many different crafts & think I have finally found my niche with sewing.

I am selfish…this I know & this I try to work on. It’s hard, but everyday I try. Some days are better than others.

I am lazy…with cleaning the house, exercising, yard-work, and the list could go on & on. Everyday I try & everyday I fail…but, I’m ok with that. I probably shouldn’t be, but I am. I prefer to spend my time in my sewing room or on my iPad.

I am approaching my 40’s (I’ll be 38 next month). It took me 5-6 years to be comfortable in my 30’s and I’m really hoping it doesn’t take that long to be comfortable in my 40’s, too.

I am not a writer…I’d like to be, or at least I thought I did at one point. Lately I find that I want to craft more than write & that’s ok…it just means that I’ll write when the mood strikes rather than trying to force it.

I am a wife, mother, crafter, creator, selfish, lazy, not good with aging, non neat freak, non clean freak, sometimes cook & baker, sometimes writer just trying to figure out what I want from the rest of my life.

Thanks for following along πŸ˜€.

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Quick update while I workout…why not?!

This will be interesting…I’m finally updating here while I workout…multitasking at its finest πŸ™‚

So, I’m back on a workout/exercise schedule I can live with…riding our exercise bike for 11-12 miles 5-6 days a week. 2 weeks in & by now, honestly, I would have given up, but I have a goal of losing 10 pounds before we head back to St. Croix in June so there’s no giving up this time.

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our workout corner

We had Jordan’s first ever slumber party this past Friday and everything went off without much of a hitch. The girls all seemed to have a great time & Jordan told me it was the best time she’d ever had! (She’s been saying that a lot lately, but I’ll still take it!)

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Jordan’s party invites…thanks to my Silhouette Portrait

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Birthday “wreath” per Jordan’s request

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Goodie bins for the girls

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I added their names in vinyl…they picked out the color they

So far it’s already been a busy month…my old sewing machine broke so I had to get a new one & my husband was sweet enough to let me get the really nice one that I’ve wanted for the last couple years. We’re calling it my early anniversary/Mother’s Day/birthday present and I am loving it!

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my new Singer machine!

And because the new machine was going to be bigger than the old one (it has a removable extension table), I took that opportunity to build myself a new sewing table.

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work in progress…one leg painted, one more to go

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the finished table…ready to be used

I still have some doll furniture to finish for Jordan, I’m working on lots more clothes for my spring & summer wardrobe, and I’m a pattern tester for the first time (so excited about that & I’ll post more about it when I can). So I’m busy, busy, busy and naturally things get neglected…like blogging or cleaning or laundry or all of those things. But, I’m slowly catching up with all those things & will eventually find a groove that works for me!

I’ll work on posting pics of all the clothes I’ve made so far…but for now I must get to all that neglected laundry before we’re all left naked!

 

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what i should be doing…

i should be cleaning the house.

i should be folding the mountain of laundry that i have piled up on our bed.

i should be loading the dishwasher.

i should be filing the last few months worth of paperwork from my husband’s business.

but what i should be doing and what i’m actually doing are 2 completely different things.

because what i’m really doing is surfing the internet in search of new sewing patterns & trying to decide if i really should buy made by rae’s ruby dress pattern. (link included πŸ˜‰ http://www.made-by-rae.com/2013/09/ruby-dress-top-pattern-is-here/)

there’s a big difference between what i should be doing and what i’m actually doing.

and i’m totally ok with that :)!

p.s. i’m also reading

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a goal & a mantra for 2014

now that we’re nearly half way through the first month of 2014, i figured i should finally get to my blog.

i’ve determined that i’d like to make the majority of my wardrobe for this year. the exception being jeans & undergarments…yes, there are patterns out there to make them, but there are just some things i’ll leave to the experts. so, i’ve written out my list of patterns to work on each month, bit the bullet (so to speak) and bought some of the more advanced patterns that i’ve been wanting to try, and will just generally be sewing up a storm so that i can keep myself dressed in as many handmade items as i can. i’m really excited about this…i’m finding that i enjoy making clothes for myself & there are so many wonderful fabrics & patterns out there that i want to try so this should be really fun & a great learning experience! πŸ™‚

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my list of sewing patterns to make for myself this year

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small sample of the newest patterns i’ll be working with

and as part of my sewing goal, i have started trying to build in at least one day where i have to finish one of the many projects that i’ve started, but for whatever reason put away before i finished it. i’m calling it #finishfriday & have so far finished up an altered seafarer top that i originally cut in december & finished up a julia women’s cardigan pattern that i had recently purchased. i’m hoping planning to write up reviews for those projects later this week…another part of my goals for this year, blogging more & finally putting my thoughts/reviews of the many sewing patterns i’m trying.

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current works in progress, maxi skirt & julia cardigan

i have also decided to embrace a simple 3 word mantra, let it go,Β  for this year & hope to live up to that as i go forward. i tend to overthink & hold onto things for longer than i really should, so, “let it go” is the perfect thing for me to work on. fingers crossed that i can learn to just let go & let it all go.

so, while i do have other goals in mind for this year, i’m off to get sewing & let go of all my expectations of getting everything done in one day…there are 7 days in a week & there’s no reason why i shouldn’t take advantage of all of them ;)!

i’ll come back to share my other goals once i finally figure them out :)!

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being lazy…just because

today is a lazy day, just because.

so while the kids are at school, i’m spending the day snuggled up with one of the cats & watching a bit of Netflix & Doctor Who (oh, how i love Netflix & a Doctor Who marathon!)

plus, tova #4 isΒ  turning out to be a pain in the ass, so i’m taking a break from it before it completely drives me crazy.

also, i have tons of Christmas crafting to get to in the few days & weeks, so any lazy day i can take before the craziness begins is a bonus in my book!

so, today is a lazy day…tomorrow i will take on whatever craziness comes!

my snuggle cat for the day

my snuggle cat for the day

my halloween costume, since i forgot to include a pic last time.

my halloween costume, since i forgot to include a pic last time.

the tova causing me problems!

the tova causing me problems!

oh, and i found out that my blog theme has different backgrounds to match the seasons…so, i’ve changed to the winter one (i didn’t like the fall/autumn one & it’s nearly winter anyway).

 

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putting myself out there

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and in another effort to further put my little blog out into the world, i am now on bloglovin…or i’m at least trying to be (hoping the link works, fingers crossed).

 

 

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momma’s night out

i am a big matt nathanson fan…i just love his music. so when he announced his touring schedule some 4+ months ago, i was thrilled to see charleston on the list & bought myself a ticket the day they went one sale. (yes, i bought just 1 ticket…my hubby is not a fan of matt’s music or of crowds & someone needed to watch the kiddos. plus, i really do like going to concerts by myself).

so, i was very excited when last night finally arrived & i was headed out to the music farm for a much needed night out!

he put on a great show & i was not disappointed, and in the process of watching the show i learned a few things about myself…look at me always trying to learn something, even from my entertainment πŸ˜‰

so, i learned that i can park in parking garages without the fear of hitting/driving into a concrete wall (it’s happened before & i’m not proud of it & yes, sadly, i was sober when it happened), i really like small venues, being by myself has good & bad sides…good side: i can stand wherever i want; bad side: there’s no one to “save my spot” when i go to the restroom or get a beer, but sadly, i still haven’t learned to wear the appropriate footwear for 3.5 hours of standing.

also, with last night’s concert i figured out that i am too old to be around 20-somethings (and there were a lot there) it just made me feel like “the old girl in the room” even though i am younger than matt nathanson (he’s 40! & i’m 37).
of course, that’s not going to stop me from going to concerts, i’ll just have to remember to have extra patience that day.

and more & more, i’m learning to leave my phone/camera in my purse, just enjoy the show, & not worry about taking pictures. of course, i did take some pics, bit blurry but i had to try. (his drummer has the biggest afro i have ever seen on a white man & i tried desperately to get a picture!)

and for those less than familiar with matt nathanson, these are 2 of my favorite songs of us. enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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waiting for inspiration & motivation

it’s been a crazy week here & i’m seriously slacking on my blog updates…as well as all my usual household responsibilities.

and i’d like to blame it on being so crazy busy, but that’s not it. it’s more me being crazy lazy than crazy busy…which isn’t surprising to me really.

i seem to be going through some kind of weird funk & although it’s not the first time, it is the most recent & i had, foolishly, thought that maybe my “weird funk” days were behind me. sadly, i was wrong.

i am still working on clothes for myself, but at this point, if something can go wrong it is…yesterday i spent 30 minutes trying to figure out why my serger didn’t want to serge…i never did figure out what was wrong, i just kept re-threading it & the problem seemed to work itself out thankfully before i completely lost my temper.Β  today my seam ripper seams to be a permanent part of my right hand with all the ripping of seams & re-doing of things. sewing seams together is much more enjoyable than taking them out.

my seam ripper…a best friend & worst enemy all rolled into one.

so, that’s where i am right now…being in a bit of a weird mood thanks to a weird funk and just waiting to be inspired by something or motivated in some kind of way.

 

 

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