Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Today, I'm definitely thinking that I need some THERAPY.  I get to feeling this way when I'm stressed.  Stressed about the day-to-day, stressed about family, stressed about commitments I've taken on, stressed about things I want to accomplish, etc...

There are a lot of different kinds of therapy.  Psycho-therapy, Speech Therapy, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy.....  Those are all very important, require special degrees and/or certifications, and can be pretty expensive.  I've participated in a few of I'm sure most people have at some point in their lives.

I have a few other kinds of "therapy" that I also find helpful...especially when a professional is not readily available at 10:30pm.  Relaxation Therapy.  This is probably one of my favorites - and EVERYONE could use it...the more often the better.  What is it?  How do you do it?  Let me count the ways....  There's the typical deep breathing/yoga/meditation stuff, Bubble Baths with candles, reading a book, etc...  Retail Therapy is always fun....but can get you into trouble which may cause a need for "financial therapy."  So, I recommended sticking to garage sales, thrift stores, and the Dollar Tree for that one.  Chocolate Therapy is pretty tasty, as is Ice Cream Therapy....but may cause you to need some Treadmill Therapy.  All kidding aside, exercise is actually very therapeutic as well.  Especially when you get to go walking and talking with a good friend!  :)

I really believe that doing things you enjoy can be therapeutic also.  For example, I find crafting to be VERY therapeutic.  I can sit down in my craft room working away for HOURS and not even realize how much time has gone by.  Even if I get frustrated by my intimidating sewing machine....I can always move on to something else to work on.  I especially like projects that don't take too terribly long, so that I have some fairly immediate gratification.  Things that turn out really pretty definitely help my mood as well.  ;)

And finally, although I'm still not entirely sure why, Blogging has turned out to be quite therapeutic for me.  For instance....I was upset earlier, went down to start crafting...but it wasn't quite working for me because my mind was still racing.  Then I started writing a blog in my I figured I might has well grab the lap top and spit it all out so I would feel better and could go back to my crafting.  And guess what??!!  It worked!  Back downstairs I go....Happy Crafting! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011


There is something I have always found quite intimidating.  I've never really had a desire to use it, or learn how to use it, or have anything to DO with it.  I always had my mom, my step-mom, my mother-in-law....anyone but me.  Well, this fall I apparently had a change of heart.  I asked for it for Christmas, and I got it.  It's been sitting quietly on my desk ever since.  Until tonight....
That's right.  I'm scared of my sewing machine.  It just goes so FAST!  My Aunt Jeanie informed me that I'm the one that controls the speed....but I swear this thing has a mind of it's own and goes from nothing to 90 in 1/2 a second!  ....or maybe my foot is nervous too?? 

I've been wanting to try it out.  There are a lot of things I'd like to try.  I decided to start with something simple.  So simple, it's not even fabric!  My first sewing with PAPER.  I searched through my trusty scrapbook paper, cut out some cute designs with a machine that my mom, step-mom, and mother-in-law probably ARE intimindated by:

Gotta love the Cricut Expression
Once I got everything cut out that I wanted to use.  I made these:

Aren't they the cutest little cards you've ever seen?  They combine my love of scrapbooking, with my new found desire to sew!  Now, to be brutally's been a rough evening.  Half way through my first card, the thread broke.  I thought that was IT.  Houston, we have a problem.  MAY-DAY! MAY-DAY!  ....Mommy....HELP!  But, after talking myself out of getting one of my Mom's out of bed, I dug out the instruction manual (because there's no way I remember how my mom showed me to do it).  It took a lot of staring, confusion, and profanity in my head.....but I got it!  And, my thread ended up breaking on about every 3rd card I made this evening....which caused more unheard profanity.  BUT, I'm pretty darn good at re-threading my sewing machine now.  Here are the other two I made:

I'm really happy with how they turned out.  I'm also grateful that I'm starting to conquer my fear....of the scarey, intimidating, sewing machine....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Have I created a Monster??

I LOVE that I've rediscovered crafting.  I'm having SO much fun with all of the new things I've been making.  I feel so HONORED that people like the things that I've been creating, and have been ordering items from me.  I'm SUPER excited for the upcoming craft fair that I'm organizing.

So.....what's the problem?  Well, the problem has started to consume my mind throughout the day and night.  At work during the day, I day-dream of how I can alter a new product - right in the middle of writing a check to pay bills.  Jill looks over at me like "Helloooo."  During my lunch break, I scour over my favorite blogs in search of inspiration for new ideas, new projects, more things that I would LOVE to do.  I get distracted throughout the afternoon, and count-down until 5pm.  I enjoy making supper for my children, and reading their books.  BUT, I don't enjoy cleaning up....and usually end up sneaking down to my craft room to either start a new project - or make space on my table to be able to get started as soon as the kids are in bed.  THEN....I'm up until about 10:30 - 11pm working on new projects and/or filling orders.  It takes me FOREVER to get to sleep as more and more ideas go swirling through my head while I toss and turn and try to shut my brain off.  When the alarm goes off....I'm exhausted.  I find myself resenting having to go to work, and I wish I could just take care of my children, take care of my home, and CREATE....ALL DAY LONG!!!

I don't know if that will ever get to happen.  I am getting pretty tired of having to fill orders at 10pm...I'm starting to wear down.  BUT, I LOVE doing it.  When I'm "working" in my craft room...I don't even notice what time it is.  I don't feel tired when James peeks in and says "it's getting late."  Don't get me wrong - I'm VERY Thankful to have our business.  I don't want to stop working there altogether.  But I'd be lying if I said that I wouldn't LOVE to at least cut back a little....even getting off a few hours early a couple days a week.  I'm 1/2 owner....shouldn't I be able to do that??  HA!  Remember in one of my first posts when I talked about the big "G" word?  That's right....GUILT.  James works SO hard, and SO MANY hours...  Maybe someday it will happen....but for now....I'd better head to the craft room to fill some more orders.  :)