Tonight I am taking a big step. I demonstrating some craft tutorials on a webcast for some of my fire wives from FireFighter Wife. This is an online community of fire fighter wives that I became a part of earlier this year. I started as a bit of a lurker on their facebook page, when it was public. Then there was a private page, and now we are at the paid membership level (because there are some creepy and drama people out there, and people who want and need what Fire Fighter Wife has to offer are willing to pay). Anywho, I have been taking more and more steps to be active in this community, and I feel like God is calling me to serve with these ladies. Through this group, I have made some amazing friends. I cannot believe how close I am to some of these ladies, and we haven’t even met in person. I have met a few in person though, and they are dear friends!
One of my fire wife sisters, Julie, who I call my twinsie!
I digress. Tonight I get to have fun. I get to show off fun crafts and demonstrate some easy gifts to make. When I first agreed, I just thought it would be a fun thing to do. Then I realized I would be LIVE on camera for many women to see. That, my friends, can be daunting. But you know what I realized, those women love me. Seriously though. I mean, I think it is open to anyone in the public, but a majority of the women will be those who I “see” on the facebook page on a daily basis. And they aren’t gonna judge me. I do feel like I am not as prepared as I should be (which is the combination of my type A personality and also my procrastination), but I did practice talking to myself (the audience) while test running one of the crafts the other day. So I am ready.
Another sister from the website, Tiff, who I met in Central Cali!
Lastly, the big announcement over there tonight (for me) is that I will become a regular blogger on their website. I will still post just as often (or not) over here, but I will be there once a month or so. This is one way that I can definitely serve my fellow fire wives. If you are reading this before 6:30 PST, then keep this news to yourself. If you are reading this because Lori told you about my blog, then hello! Thanks for coming by!
That’s how I feel about life right now. Stuck. At a standstill. There is only so much I can do about things. I was ugly crying in the car the other day when I found out a friend was pregnant (and if you are a friend who is pregnant please do not hesitate to tell me, that’s not usually my reaction, it was just that combined with hormones and emotions and yeah). Like full on body shaking crying and grabbing matt’s handkerchief (ewww) and making noise crying. I knew I was hurting, and I put on Lifesong by Casting Crowns. I was listening to the song about praising him in the storm and it just hit me. In the smack dab center of my chest. After a couple minutes I was good though. I called the hubs to talk about it. Part of the issue is that I have NO CONTROL over what is happened. Neither of us feel peace with getting any fertility testing done, so we are not taking that step right now. So I can only do so much.
The crazy thing is that as I was talking to Matt, I realized he was feeling the exact same thing. He is trying SO HARD to get a job, to get hired full time as a firefighter, but there is only so much he can do. I asked if it helped that he could at least fill out applications and study and interview and he said sort of but not really. I did not fully understand it then, but I see it even more now. I can read fertility books and take supplements and eat the right things, but until it’s God’s timing (or we choose another path (which would be His path and His timing)), then this is all that I can do. And you know what? I’m tired of reading about fertility. I’m tired of taking pills (the last time I took a vitamin was about 3 months ago when I just threw my hands up (figuratively) and said whatevs). Granted, Matt still needs to study and train and become the best candidate he can be, but he can’t hire himself no matter how much he wants it.
So this is when the rubber hits the road. I can wallow and whine about how stuck I am. Or I can live life fully RIGHT where I am. I can take a note from Bobbi and Choose Joy (thank goodness I have a t-shirt with that slogan coming soon) or I can choose bitterness. I can rest in the loving and peaceful arms of my Father. I can lean on my husband, family, and friends. I can workout with my sweat sister and continue starting my new business. I can rock out to iTunes radio or songza and clean my house. I can watch hours of tv and crochet. I can meet with friends for coffee and share about the good things (see previous sentences). So I choose that. I choose life. I choose joy. I choose living and loving fully. I am so grateful to have friends who remind me of that, who pray with me, and who love me. I am so grateful for my husband who loves me so tenderly (even when I’m a brat). Above all, I’m thankful for my heavenly Father who has given me hope and promises. Who is a good God. Who is the reason I can be in his peace and choose joy. The end.
[Also, my good friend just sent me a text to remind me that since Matty and I are stuck together, we will grow together. This is how we bloom where we are planted, not where we want to be planted in five years!! What a great way to look at it, right? God is using us right where we are!]
Ps Shameless plug for my new business / I don’t like posting without a picture… this is the current choose joy shirt. There is another one coming soon…
If a picture is worth a thousand words then I have a million words in my home! I have framed photos and albums all over the house, but the craft room is where all of the rest of the pictures hide. You can see old albums of high school pictures up top, a box and piles of assorted prints, and then stacks of frames without a home. I used to love the collage posters from York Photo, and you can see a few of them below. I had the engagement ones up for awhile, but after 5 years decided to change things up. I do need to organize that stack of printed photos though. I don’t know why I keep printing pictures when I have nowhere to put them. I have a bunch up on our gallery wall, but you can only change those every so often! I also recently found out about shutterfly albums (and how they send out free offers every so often). Those are great for me because I can add a story to them! I recently made albums for our honeymoon, engagement, and first anniversary. So fun!
Do you have an obsession with photos? Any better ideas for storage?
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 26 Day 25 / Day 24 / Day 23 / Day 22 / Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1
I went up north for an impromptu family visit this weekend. I totally forgot to post. So these are going up delayed. I’m cool with it.
Yarn. Oh yarn. How I love thee. I have more yarn in my craft room than I thought possible! Sometimes it really feels like it pours out from all over the place. It does help me to keep from buying more though! When I go to Joanns, even if I see a deal, I think about just how much yarn I already have!
Do you have lots of yarn?
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 24 / Day 23 / Day 22 / Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1
So I have a microwave in my craft room. Sadly, I don’t think I have used it in three years! I got from a friend when I was doing soap making. It made it easy to have all that I needed back there. I no longer make soap though (which is a bummer because it’s so fun. I just have so many other things that I want to do!) So do you need a microwave? I should really pass this one along.
I really need to clean this and get it out of my craft room! You sure you don’t need a microwave?
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 25 / Day 24 / Day 23 / Day 22 / Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1
Good Morning! I’m sharing another completed project today! I made this giraffe to use up a bunch of yarn scraps. Sadly, it barely made a dent in my yarn pile! I am making a blanket that is using up the bulk of the yarn though. But, seriously, how cute is this giraffe? Even Matt was impressed. Now I guess I will just set it aside until we have a kiddo?
For more crochet stuff, you can head over to my crochet blog.
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 23 / Day 22 / Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1
This weekend. Whoa. So much good stuff. First off, on Friday morning I officially became an auntie. The most adorable little man ever, Jackson, was born! Sadly, I have not been able to meet him yet (those states in between cause problems), but thankfully I had family sending me pics. Isn’t he the sweetest? Look at that nose!
Next, dinner with friends old and new on Friday night. Bobbi and I met Heidi at Lounge 22. The food was amazing, as always, and the company even better. We already made plans for our next hangout session (and let’s just say it involves Gilmore Girls and wine – can life get any better?)!
Saturday night was full of U of R (that’s University of Redlands, for you Non-Bulldogs) alumni Homecoming shenanigans. First up I met up with the cheer team (there were only two other alums, and they are both the coaches) for the game. It was fun to meet the new girls and watch the game from the ground (not the I could see anything) and totally have college flashbacks. Biggest shocker – a full on naked girl streaker running across the field (and doing flips!!) during the halftime show. I was not ready for that. I’m still a little grossed out! hahaha After the game I headed downtown to meet other young alums for a “pub crawl” which turned into us all hanging out at one pub, the Falconer. A few faculty and staff members were there, and it was great to reconnect.
Monday morning (I know that’s not the weekend, but go with it), Bobbi and I opened up the proverbial doors to Refresh Attire. We have been talking and dreaming about it for months (over a year) and it was awesome to see it finally come to life. We’ve already received a bunch of orders and I am STOKED. I love how the shirts came out, and I am really loving designing more. I actually logged some Illustrator hours last week coming up with a new design, and was quite proud of myself. Our next project launches next week, and hopefully I can catch my breath afterwards.
Wow. So much good stuff. This weekend I should be relaxing, but instead I’m taking Kai and heading up north. We’re going to have a relaxing (ha!) weekend with my parents and I get to meet one of my besties from Fire Fighter Wife. I actually feel like I’m going on a blind date. I think only other bloggers (or people who blind date? lol) can share this feeling. Like, I already know her so well, but we’ve never met. Anywho, back to my Craft Room tomorrow, right now it’s time to hit up the gym with my girl Heather!
Good Morning! I’m back on track! I got a full night of sleep last night and feel much more like the peppy cheerleader that I am at heart! haha Today I’m sharing a few projects from (and in!) my craft room. I recently got a bunch of instagram pics printed from Walgreens (full disclosure a bunch of them were printed off to the side and I was really unhappy with the order, but also too lazy to call them and do something about it). Anyways. I have had the photo frame idea in my head for awhile (read: about a year), but just haven’t done anything about it. I have seen the frame + twine + pics on pinterest and in people’s homes for awhile now. Once I printed the pictures though, I had no excuse. The pink frame was a previous project (pink spray paint on a regular wood frame) that I had grown tired of. To make it twine + pic ready, I just stapled the twine to the back and then hot glued the twine to the front inside of the frame (like where the glass would rest). If I had just stapled it, it was too far back (because you have to staple on the back of the frame). I did the same with the other one, just opted to go horizontal instead of vertical. I think I may spray paint that frame too, for more pizazz, probably black.
The bottom project was completely from my mind. I love it when inspiration comes like that! This summer I made an inspiration wall of my bathroom mirror. I taped pictures of myself that I liked (aka toned while cheering in college) and goals from my summer shred program. After awhile I took them down because I thought it looked really ghetto. Matt was bummed, because he liked that I was trying to motivate myself (and he probably just liked looking at the pics too haha). I realized I could hang some twine and then clothespin (I had these super cute tiny clothespins in my craft room) the pics up and it would look much neater, and still be inspiration. So I picked some of my instagram (and rhonna designs & a beautiful mess creations) pics from working out and hung them up. I really love it now, and it totally inspires me. I see the changes that I have made (because all of these pics are current) and it reminds me that working out is a part of my healthy lifestyle. I also love that I have friends (and a hubs) that will workout with me. So inspiring! This also checks something off of my 29 before I’m 29 list, do something with all of those instagram pictures!!
Have you done any projects with your instagram pictures? Do you have an inspiration wall?
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 22 / Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1
Today I am drained. I don’t know why I am so drained today (before you ask, I know for a fact that I am not preggers), but I am pooped. Today I come to you with my post at 8:30 pm. So late. I know. So today I ask you… What should I do with this fall fabric? I wanted to make a table runner, but I just can’t visualize it. So tell me what to make! I think I have a half yard of each!
So. What should I make?
This post is one in a series of 31 days in my craft room. I’m trying to expand my writing and explore the haven that is my creative space. Previous Posts: Day 21 / Day 20 / Day 19 / Day 18 / Day 17 / Day 16 / Day 15 / Day 14 / Day 13 / Day 12 / Day 11 / Day 10 / Day 9 / Day 8 / Day 7 / Day 6 / Day 5 / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 / Day 1