Archive for August, 2008

School starts…

It’s that time of year that is so exciting if you have kids.  This year is bittersweet because I have to go back to work after being on maternity leave for almost three months.  So it’s my last day home all day with the munchkin.  Do you always have thoughts of grandure when your schedule changes??  I ‘m going to get up early and do yoga before work… I’m going to pre-plan dinner in the crockpot so it’s ready everyday… kids will do homework right after a snack…haha

Then the weeks pass and I realize that nothing has changed.  Any advice for actually making the changes?  I am very thankful that I am at least going to work part time.  I worked full time until I was induced and we are thinking with 5 kids now that I need to be home after school.  We can’t afford to have me stay home all day but hopefully that will change in the future.  And since I have been promising some pictures, here you go…

First day of school

First day of school

and a spring time photo:

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August 26, 2008 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

I am not giving up.

This is hard work.  The doubt starts to creap in.  The loneliness becomes self-evident.  I know what I need to do but DANG, this is difficult.  But I’m working though it and am just going to research and prep more.  Who knew you couldn’t just sit down at the end of the night and discuss your day?  Well, I guess I could but how boring would that be?  I could do that in my journal.  I have all these thoughts that jump around in my head through out the day but it is hard to cohesively write them down.  Not to mention that I’m not a writer and don’t really want to be one (professionally that is).

So don’t worry, the better posts are coming….  with pictures.

August 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

Too much to think about

How happy is this face?  I have a huge list of projects to get accomplished:

– take pics of art kits and post to etsy

– figure out how to add codes to the sidebar and have it work

– finish my ripple afghan

– finish and post my crowabout contribution

– view this weeks video and lesson from Kira’s workshop

– practice sewing pouches

– print some great tutorials to try (maybe I can figure out how to link to them)

Wheww, so much stuff, so little time.  Oh, and put away laundry and go grocery shopping.  I have so many interests that are pulling me apart.  I need to research many things and am conflicted about information that I get.  For example, is it wrong to list my favorite blogs on the sidebar?  Do I need to ask first?  Oh I feel like such a newbie. 

Oh well, I’ll just write and I’m sure someone will tell me if I’m doing something wrong.  LOL.

August 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

There was a bat…

in my house last night.  Then I woke up at 4:30 swearing that there was another one flying around our room.  I am 99% sure I saw it but we can’t find it and haven’t seen it again.  Oh well.  I wish I had my camera out but I was too busy ducking then allowing hubby to shoo it outside.  I didn’t realize that they are so small. 

It’s been a couple of days but I’ve been busy getting the kids ready to go back to school, then the day after that I have to go back to work from maternity leave.  I really wish I could stay home all day but at least I’m only going back part time.  Feeding kids is a little more important than creative time.  I’ve been taking photos of my kits and you can see the first two at my shop.  This goal I’m actually doing well on.  I am going to be adding some travel art kits and journal kits too.  Just wait….  before Sept 1st. 

I have been reading some more great books that I’ll show you tonight.

August 19, 2008 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Found great books

Thanks for coming back!  I went to the bookstore yesterday and found a great art book in the kids section.  It is from KLUTZ and while I haven’t tried any of the projects, they look fun.  It is not a generic craft book where you make things out of toilet paper rolls.  It includes metal crafting, painting and photography without a camera.  It is called “A Book of Artragious Projects”.  Found here.  It really includes everything needed to make the projects. 

The picture above is the pile of books that I have gotten in the past few weeks.  I usually don’t buy so many at one time but I do have a couple of excuses reasons.  My birthday is tomorrow. (yah!)  And I’m changing creative ideas so I love the inspiration.  And I haven’t bought any in a long time.  A couple of those are for the kids and I to do together.  My oldest son has really gotten into the idea of creating art and I thought it would be fun to do some stuff together.  In fact I had a great moment when I was working on a collage and just fooling around with painting the background.  He came up to the table and told me that I was a great artist.  Wow.  I don’t even call myself that and he was so impressed.  It was just one of those times when your heart swells. 

I’m really trying to write daily but at the very least every other day.  I’m still figuring out all the kinks so each post takes so long.  I would like to add blogs that I read, activities that I’m involved in, etc so if anyone has any tips, let them fly!  It is all new language to me and it is humbling to see how much I have to learn.

August 15, 2008 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

I’m late

I told myself that I would start writing on August 1st.  The best laid plans…  But I’m only two weeks off schedule so I’m trying to convince myself that it isn’t too bad.  And really no one would have known until I said something.  But in the pursuit of being honest I felt it needed to be mentioned. 

So now that you all know that I’m a procrastinator due to perfection I feel like you are all warned.  I am stating for the world to read that it all begins now.  My goals, my dreams, my efforts can be viewed, critiqued and discussed by all.  If anyone would like to that is.  I don’t think the question is who cares, but what do you think? 

I can only be me and hope that it helps someone else or inspires them or provokes some sort of emotion.  We are not alone but connected in our curiosity. 

So what is my blog about?  It is about my trials and efforts to create and try new things.  So much inspires me and I want to try it all.  At the moment I can minimally crochet, take pictures, sew and make altered art pages.  I have knitted in the past but lost all memory of how.  I really enjoy planning projects but somehow fall short of finishing most of them.  So my goal is to stretch my comfort level and post my projects to give myself the boost to finish them.  Some of them may be months behind everyone else but I am now judging my work on me and not anyone else.  There will always be someone faster or better or more accomplished but I will no longer be that perfectionist who is scared to start or finish my project. 

So welcome!  Enjoy the ride and the glimpses into my soul.  I hope we get to know each other and feel free to open up.

August 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment