Saturday, September 26, 2009

Why I have been absent....


I just wanted to let everyone know why I have been silent for so long. Since my last post in the end of May, I had gotten really involved in some craft swaps and everytime I finished an awesome project I couldn't post pics here because my swap partner hadn't received their item yet and I didn't want to spoil the surprise! And I am going to school online full-time and school has been especially tough since I started my BA (it's very fast paced and hard!). So I have been crafting and I do have lots to share and I promise I will get on the ball and share it all with you! But that's not the main reason for the lack of posting....


...So the beginning of August I leave for my 22-year old sister's boot camp graduation from the Marine's (I love her. She is my hero.) and when I got back from the 4-day trip....yeah, my fiance breaks up with me. We have been together since November of 2005. We have two children together, my wonderful 3-year old son and my beautiful daughter of only 18 months.

My kids at ages 1 and 2...


I knew we had problems but it still came as a complete shock to me (though he doesn't believe that's possible). He drops this on me the day I have a HUGE paper to write for a class I was already at risk of failing AND I was right in the middle of the biggest craft swap I have ever participated in. But whoever said breakups happen at a "good" time in life anyway. Then after he tells me that we're done he decides that he doesn't want to be in the same house as me so "we" can have "time to process" what's happened. So then I was basically homeless although he says he didn't kick me out....

....so at almost 30 years old I have been staying at my mom's house with both my kids, sleeping on a queen-sized air mattress in my mom's back family room. No closet. No computer of my own. All my craft stuff at my previous home with my ex-fiance. Needless to say, it's been rough.



But here is the good news! In the midst of all this chaos there is a stream of light shining down through the clouds. My mom and I rearranged her craft room (yes I have an equally talented and wonderful mother!!) and organized all her stuff to make room for my stuff too! We are now sharing a craft room and spending amazing, quality time together crafting every night! And the even better part is that we are starting two businesses together!

We have a dream of quitting our "day-jobs" and somehow crafting for a living. We have started two Etsy shops and are starting to make items to sell on our shops. We have also just signed up for our first craft show that will be in November! I am happy as a clam that my mom is crafting again. And her and I get along so well when we are sewing and crafting. I see promise in a new day and I know that everything will be fine.

Me, my mom (pregnant with my baby sister) and my other sister...


I don't believe for one second that God gave my mother to me and me to her, with such talent and vision, for us not to be meant to do something amazing with our collective talents. If I could wish for one thing in this life, besides giving my children a happy existence, it would be to enable my mother to quit her job and open the boutique she has always dreamed of. I want her to die a happy and VERY old woman who works because she LOVES her job and not because she HAS to. I want her to die with a smile on her face, peace in her heart, and the feeling of fulfillment that comes with doing something she loves....creating.

With that said...I will be posting regular updates again. I have a backlog of projects to share from the last few months. I also will share the opening of my two Etsy shops when I have them fully setup. I want to have some contests with prizes, hopefully soon, and I am going to create a new Christmas craft project list for 2009 like I did last year. You can see last years list here.

Thanks everyone for their continued support and patience with me during these especially tough times. I love this blog and I never want to stop sharing with you all. Thanks for listening to my especially long rant. Mwah!