So, how have you been?
I know it’s been a long time, but I quite needed this hiatus to work through a few things.
First, without completely boring you to death, I have had some health issues (nothing that ended up being major) that I let take over a chunk of my time. At first I was just a big bowl of worry before they could figure out what was going on and really, I stopped doing anything that made me happy. Don’t get me wrong, I was still fulfilling my role as a part of my family, but even they knew I wasn’t quite myself. Then, once we figured out what was actually going on, I just kind of let those things rule the roost for a while.
Second, my husband has been dealing with some issues since he was in a car crash about a year and a half ago, which has put limitations on some of the things he normally enjoys doing. Which in turn affects me, as I really can’t stand it when he’s not feeling himself. I am a natural born worry wart.
Lastly, I had to take time to think about why I really started this blog in the first place. Originally, I wanted it to be a place where I could share my work and feel part of the papercrafting community, while helping to show others that they could easily do the same things.
While I still do want to do those things, I want to share SO MUCH MORE.
I have always been a crafty/artsy person since I can remember.
- Imitating the country crafts that my mom and aunt made for craft shows.
- Tracing and coloring my color-books (but not just coloring, coloring them perfectly).
- The scrapbooks I made of my favorite boy bands and actors (New Kids on the Block, Kris Kross and Jonathan Brandis) from the teeny bopper magazines that I would hoard my money for.
- Drawing portraits of my cousins.
- Drawing and painting on my bedroom walls.
- Writing short stories and poetry.
I found papercrafting after attending a D.O.T.S. (now known as Close To My Heart) catalog party in 1998 where I bought my very first supplies to make handmade Christmas cards. I have been hooked since! I attended stamp camps and classes at the local scrapbook stores as much as possible and then finally started teaching in 2006. What first started out as 5 people quickly grew to 250 for a local scrapbook store who put on this huge event called Scrapbook Extravaganza (which is still going on yearly!)
(Scrapbook Extravaganza 2010)
For as shy as I am and as awkward/intimidated as I felt, I loved teaching! That is where my true passion is and also where I have the least amount of confidence.
So, I had to ask myself if I really wanted to even keep this place going. I mean, I haven’t even been here for 4 months!! Did I miss it, or was it not even a blip on the radar?
For sure I missed it!! I kind of felt like I was missing a family member. But, I also think I took it for granted. Just because I missed connecting with you doesn’t mean that you missed me.
Well, I am hoping that you did and that I can make up for all of the lost time.
I have been working on some things that I am really excited about and can’t wait to share with you.
But, before I get too far ahead of myself, I would really like to hear from you. What are your thoughts and feelings? What would you like to see or learn from me?
I truly appreciate you being here and would love your opinions!
P.S. I have a super special post coming up at the end of next week that I would love for you to come by for!