I've been really digging in and doing some organizing and purging of my craft room this past week. Defiantly realizing that I tend to keep anything craft related.. sure that someday I may need it! lol
Time to narrow things down a bit.
I've really been a crafter all my life, but in about 2000 it became more than a hobby. I've loved traveling, teaching, and designing, and most of all meeting amazing people and making new friends. It was something I never imagined myself doing. I was so blessed to have people to believed in me and my abilities. (usually more than I did myself).
As I was going thru all the things in my room, it sure brought back memories.
I will always be a "maker". Its' something I just have to do. Life has different seasons, and we seem to know when we are needing change. These last couple of months have been bitter sweet for me. I knew I was ready to step back from my Design Team requirements and have more open time for ... well.. whatever :) It was something I've been thinking about for some time but still, it was hard to actually do.
As I was going thru the things in my room and organizing.... I looked at the products from the companies I had worked with over the years and realized even more ,why I loved them and worked with them for so long. They were owners who worked so hard to put out amazing products and are just genuinely good people!! Two that stand out are Sandy Redburn (Crafty Secrets owner), and Jodi Stanford (Fancy Pants Designs owner ). I can't thank them enough for the opportunities they gave me. Amazing people!
As I went thru things... those were the products were some of the main ones I kept, and will continue to use.
I sat down last night and created a card using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage images.. and it was like coming home.
I sold and donated so much and still.......
And yes, it still over flows to the upstairs hall closet. I was kind of disappointed that, after getting rid of so much ... it really didn't look like I had. I guess it's because all the bins are there, they just aren't as full. lol Since I'm not teaching, I don't need 20's and 30's of everything.
It feels good to have king of "taken inventory" of the things I have. That way I'll remember to actually USE them. lol
I was looking thru old photos of Trade shows and teaching to share here, and boy that was a trip down memory lane, all it's own. Some of these were even before digital cameras.lol
Below, and Amazing teaching cruise with Crafty Secrets
Trade show Class
I also realized that as of last month, I've been blogging for 12 years! I will continue to blog. It's just part of what I do now. lol
So back to the present. We had some crazy storms here last night. They had been saying we were going to get some nasty weather for days, so we were keeping an eye on it. I was working up in my room when I noticed it start to roll in.
Dan was at work., but I was getting radar updates from him and both boys.
Jarad send me this photo from there place
This photo was taken and posted by Haylea LaMar, on Facebook. It's just a couple of miles up the road from us. Trust me, at this point we were taking cover.
And Wes got this one as it was passing.
It was a bit scary, but passed by without any tornado's touching down. Some had damage from Hail.
Thankful it was not more serious.
This saying seemed fitting to close this post with