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When I Grow Up

As an itty bitty little one, I dreamt of becoming a ballerina, with pretty pink frilly tutus and pale pink ballet shoes. I did dance for a while, starting when I was 3 years old. ¬†I don’t remember quite how long I danced for, but you all know I am not the most graceful of beings. ūüôā

Then I wanted to be a teacher…. I always loved school supplies!

 

Then for a brief moment I decided I wanted to go to college for accounting and become a CPA… ¬†An A in high school accounting does not an accountant make… I was never one to be tied to a desk and crunching numbers….

As a grown woman, I’ve found that priorities change… Goals change…

THANK HEAVENS for that! ¬†I mean would you REALLY wanna see this girl in a pink tutu????!!! ¬†I THINK NOT! ¬†I don’t even wanna see that! ūüėČ

Instead, making a conscious decision, I want to be kind and caring; generous and forthcoming; sincere and genuine; creative and free-spirited.

As I’ve grown up I’ve learned that the path I’ve ended up on is exactly where I’m meant to be.

As I’ve grown up I’ve chosen to be understanding and empathetic.

As I’ve grown I am proud. ¬†Proud of where I am today and proud of where I stand today.

I may not have it all, but I’ve got what matters… a roof over my head, a job that I love, a pretty fantastic family and some phenomenal friends.

Yes, disappointment will surface now and again… but with every disappointment comes a fresh start or a new beginning.

About a year ago, I got a fresh start that I didn’t ask for. ¬† ¬†Looking back on the situation nearly a year later, I see it not as a door slamming in my face as I surmised at the time. ¬†Not at all. In fact it was a huge door opening for me.

I got the chance to be what I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be. ¬†Something, well someone, I’ve been destined to be since the very moment I was born.

Stepping out of my comfort zone, into an unknown future, having not a clue in the world where I was going or what I was doing…

That’s when I decided exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up…

I just wanted to be me.

That’s it. Something that I’ve been doing since the day I was born… JUST BEING MYSELF. ¬†Living life and doing what I like to do…

Loving my music… being “crafty” and creative… learning new things… spending time with family and friends.

I think that’s good enough, don’t you? ¬†I do.

 

As always,

 

 

 

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

Usually I am singing as loud as I possibly can.

This year I’m lucky if I carried a tune inside my head.

I was VERY far behind in my holiday preparations this year. 

Usually my tree is up and music is playing and my other tree is up right after Thanksgiving. Usually it’s all up and out before most find it acceptable.¬† Yes… normally I am one of “those” people.

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But I was just so far behind that it almost doesn’t seem possible that Christmas can be over already.¬†

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I was so incredibly busy & all kinds of outta sorts for all kinds of

reasons….

1.) Craftiness had been prosperous leading up to Dec. 25th.  From a huge order for 26 frames to individual special orders to preparing for my final craft show to oodles of Christmas gifts that needed to be made.

2.) I normally didn’t have to work the day after Thanksgiving at my old job but as you all know I started a new job in August. One in which I didn’t yet have time to take off & therefore had to work.¬† I must say though that I am not complaining.¬† I am so THANKFUL¬† to have a job.¬† Since starting at this company I’ve had several different positions but now I am officially full-time in a permanent position as a project coordinator. It is a challenge that I like. A job in which I am constantly learning and figuring things out. It’s going to take time to get used to it… to get adjusted… especially after only knowing early childhood for the last 8 years, but I’m loving every minute of it, even the stressful days. So I’m not complaining just stating that I used to be off that day & get my stuff up.

3.) Health issues suck. Feeling like crap sucks. Every minute of it sucks. I’ll spare ya the details but all has not been peachy in the health department and I’m working on getting things checked out & taken care of¬† Bleh!!! I don’t like missing work. I don’t like having to cancel plans…

But back to Christmas … I’ve stated numerous times that I simply love Christmas & everything about it.

This year Christmas was nice… family visits … food… laughs… giving of gifts…

But for me something was missing this Christmas.¬† I just don’t know what it was. Perhaps it was the fact that I never actually felt completely ready. I still have decorations half made for my apartment & couldn’t finish a couple gifts I had my heart set on.¬† I didn’t listen to my Christmas songs nearly as often as usual. I never even saw the Grinch… not even once.

Usually I am more than happy to leave all my decorations up through January & into the beginning of February but this year I’m kinda ready to pack things up now….

If only I was feeling better… if only I had a bit more time…

All I know is I pray the Magic returns to me next year… as I always hold close the magic & miracle that is Christmas.

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Call in the search parties, I am alive… but it feels good to be missed!

Helllllllooooooo there!

Contrary to popular belief I have not fallen off the face of the earth.

You can cancel the missing person’s report and round-up the search parties.

I am alive and well so nooooooo worries!

Busy, busy, busy with the family plus having had training for work last week and my hours changing and the whole DST thing, I’m slowly gathering my bearings and getting used to things.

I must say though, it feels pretty awesome to know that some of you have missed my writings, or even just missed me and hearing my nonsensical ramblings. ¬†Good people you are I tell ya! ¬†Thanks for checking in and up on me. ¬†I assure you I miss y’all too…

I’ve been keeping notes though on things I wanna share here so be prepared; when time is on my side, you’ll be sick of hearing from me! ūüėČ From new framed craftiness, to a couple of top five lists paying respect to one of my absolute most favorite movies in the entire world to some topics that are rather “risque” in comparison to my normal nonsense.

The wheels are a turning, just needing the clock to stop ticking so quickly all the time!!!  That or a couple more hours in the day for fun things, NOT work.

Who’s in favor?!?

 

A Touch of Mae

Take one of my nicknames which was also the name of my maternal grandmother and cross it with “Touch of Grey,” one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs and you have “A Touch of Mae.”

About a year ago I came up with this name for my crafty adventures…

In that time I’ve done 6 craft shows so far with one more to go the first weekend of December.

Some have been great… some far less than great…. But I still love doing what I’m doing with it.

Aside from craft shows, ¬†special orders and gifts have kept me busy through most of the year. ¬†From personalized items, to requests for specific colors and quotes, to wedding details, I’ve had a total blast with it all.

That’s why you’ll still find me crafting away most nights….

THANKS to Pinterest, I got the following lovely ideas! ¬†Here is my take on different projects I’ve found… Let me know if you like them. ¬†While you’re at it Pin some! ¬†ūüôā

Back to crafty land I go!

I may be many things, BUT…

I’m not a seamstress…

I am an “artsy” person.

Paper crafts. Painting. Doodles.  Writing.  Poetry. Music. Upholstery.

I have piddled with minor sewing projects… ornaments, Recovered pillow, gift bags, curtains, and even altered some clothing for Halloween costumes in the past.

Thankfully none of these projects needed to be precise in measurements & such because I can’t stitch a straight line to save my life. ¬†I’ve tried and just can’t do it.

I do have an awesome old Kenmore sewing machine I got at an estate sale for a whopping $15. ¬†BUT, my mum¬†requisitioned it some time ago since she’s a busy bee making quilts. (She CAN sew in a straight line!)

I’ve seen patterns for things that I only wish I could tackle, but it’s just not meant to be. ¬†Purse, shirts, skirts and the like. ¬†I can’t make clothing.

AND of course… today while feeding my pinning addiction on Pinterest, I came across these beautiful shirts.

DIY shirts. ¬†The problem being I can’t do it myself.

Sooooo….. who’s gonna make ’em for me?!? ¬†ūüėČ

Ummmmm, yes please! ¬†Love each of the styles…. Love all of the colors. ¬†I want them!

THANK YOU More Design Please for making my brain spin with all the awesomeness I spied on your site.

Actually, this website has a TON of fabulous things to take a gander at… Food, Art, Decor & ¬†DIY projects of all sorts. ¬†Let’s just say it is bookmarked and presently occupying several tabs on my browser screen… even as I should be in bed but can’t stop the addiction of peeking at all the goodies this site has to offer!

So to all my fellow “artsy” peeps… the painters, the DIY-ers, the writers, etc. ¬†take a peek and see what you think! ¬†I’m thinking you won’t be disappointed!

And to the seamstresses out there…. I’ll be your guinea pig model if you wanna give these shirts a try! ¬†Just sayin’