Friday, January 31, 2014

Thank You...

For the last few days I have been thinking about how I got here.  To this point in my life.  This is mostly because of the amazing opportunities that have presented themselves lately, but also because of the class I am taking with Melody Ross right now (link below).  Today, while running around town, I specifically was thinking about how I got here in my crafty life.  Where did it start?

Well, I always did like redecorating my bedroom as a kid, and I made Barbie house from scratch and had more fun doing that then actually playing with Barbie!  In Girl Scouts we did crafts here and there and I always enjoyed them, but by the time I got to middle and high school I had convinced myself that because I could draw, I could never be considered an artist.  In college I think I saw some TV show that showed how to decoupage, so I went out and bought some papier mache boxes, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge and went to work.  That was the first time I remember thinking to myself, "I can do that!"

Many years later, a friend and work colleague asked me to go to a scrapbooking class with her.  I was dubious.  I mean, what was I supposed to scrapbook?  Pictures of my cats?  I went anyway, and we loved it.  They soon opened and Archiver's near us, and we started attending their Friday night Scrapfest.  We both, very quickly, amassed a huge quantity of "stuff."  Pattern paper, brads, eyelets, ribbon (oh the ribbon!), rubber stamps, inks, markers, chalks, and a die cut machine -- first an old school Sizzix, then a Big Shot, then a Cricut, then a Pazzles.  My basement looked like a scrapbook store with all that stuff (mostly because I am Type A and must have organization).  

More recently I rediscovered a love for jewelry.  Well, I have always LOVED jewelry, but I decided to go back to making my own.  At the time I was a sales consultant (read: direct sales flunky) for a jewelry company who sold (and sells) lovely soldered shadow-box style pendants.  They are beautiful and can be worn on a variety of chains that the company also sells.  I didn't love the prices, however, and then I started seeing handmade versions here and there at craft fairs.  Finally, again, "I can do that!"  So I sought out classes to learn how.  Luckily for me I found an amazing teacher who does online classes (see link below) and after much practice (and swearing and burning myself), I not only make my own jewelry, I sell it too!

So this entry is a giant thank you.

Thank you to my mom and grandparents who just let me be, allowing me to build whatever came to my little head.

Thank you to Amy S., my college roomie, who got to deal with my Mod Podge messes in our dorm room during my senior year.

Thank you to Amy B., my dear friend and former colleague who not only re-sparked my creative spirit by taking me to that first scrapbook class, but also dug in with me, spending way more on supplies that we probably both still haven't used yet.  We spent many Saturdays in my basement, working away together!  She was also very good at humoring me when I did happy chair dances over things I made that I liked.  ;-)

Thank you to my husband of eternal patience, Jason.  Not only does he allow me to spend most of his paychecks on craft supplies (ha!), but he also dutifully tells me how cute everything is and tells me that I am talented, even though he knows I don't believe him.

It's pretty amazing to have so many people to encourage and support me as I walk this path! 

Melody Ross and Brave Girls Club -- The Walk

Terri Brush Designs -- Online classes and live classes

1 comment:

  1. So proud of you & THANK YOU for sharing your gifts with us.