It is like quicksand. I had a friend a while back tell me I should get into jewelry, I sluffed it off. I was busy painting and finding a job in graphic design. Now 9 months later from my initial stamped metal class and I have invested more money than I care to share. More time than I thought I had and absolutely love it. I feel like I am just skimming the surface with beading and stamping metal, but feel like the possibilities are so vast. Baptism bracelets are no longer enough, I need more. So I am exploring. Maybe ornaments, maybe bookmarks, maybe more jewelry. I don't know, but I love creating things. I just spent some more money tonight on patina and looking at buying a Vintaj Big Kick. I will definitely be showing off my new creations. Until then here is my meager bookmark. Can't wait to get my loot in the mail! Oh and thank the Lord the kids are in school. I have work to do!
A while back my friend and I were commiserating on how difficult our toddlers were. I think I was just starting to refer to Ainsley as the honey badger and she just painted her whole body with my mascara. She then said "The days are long and the years are short". A common phrase that I had heard in the past, but never fully realized. Now as a parent, I get it. I say this often now and has become my mantra. My son will be starting Kindergarten next Monday and I find myself saying where did the time go? Seems like I just came home from the hospital with him last year. Seems like it was just yesterday that he took his first steps and said his first words and the same goes with Ainsley. I catch myself getting years mixed up because they go by just that fast. Just to torture myself a little more, I decided to do a one year album for Calvin and I hear myself saying again, where did this year go? I often wonder what I did before I was pregnant. I was definitely a lot more relaxed and my house was definitely cleaner. I didn't have to share my make up or my food for that matter. To jump in the car to go to the store was quick and easy. Restaurants were a norm. I actually went shopping for myself ALL the time. My car was clean and smelled good. I showered alone and took a bath all alone. I actually watched adult TV and no not porn! Overall life was easy. Funny thing is that life before kids seems stale in comparison to my chaotic, smelly, messy life that I have right now. It is hard, but oh so rewarding. When Ainsley comes in the house with a fresh mud pie oozing through her fingers, dripping on my freshly vacuumed carpet, I scream of course. I then remind myself that the days are long, but the years are short and to embrace it and try not to miss a second, because in a heartbeat that mudpie will be her car keys and she will be driving off to college or to see her boyfriend in Tallahassee.
I am a jack of all trades, but I feel as if I am a master to none. Always trying new things and once I start getting too familiar with one medium, I seem to change it up. At least that is my motto. I pick up hobbies like a dog picks up ticks. It is a sickness. I am a mother to three beautiful babies. My oldest is 6 and my youngest is 18 months. Yikes! People ask how I find the time, but this truly is my sanctuary. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my kiddies and work out my passion for creativity. I also have a great partner in my husband, Jed. He is always willing to help me out in my crazy antics. I am bona fide (love Oh Brother Where Art Thou). I graduated with a degree in fine arts. In my prior life, I worked as a graphic designer and owned a party rental business. I feel like I every year I hit the ground running. I guess that is how I like it.
I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful children a 3 year old and a 1 year old. It is a good thing they are so cute because otherwise I am not sure we would make it out of the toddler years. My husband is simply amazing and puts up with all my crazy ventures.