Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Sometimes it's better to start somewhere now then to start somewhere later



Hi. I'm back!

*Gulp* I have major butterflies in my stomach as I'm typing.  I have written many drafts only to abandon them.  I can't believe it's been 7 years since I've posted.  Insert bug-eyed emoji here.  Oh how I have missed this.

Where have I been?  Hmmm.  That's a complicated answer but let's just say wherever I have been and whatever I have gone through I have found my way back to myself.  Actually an even better version of my previous self before stuff hit the fan.  All my prayers have been answered.  My girls and I are healthy, happy, secure and thriving.  

Once life had become more stable I began to really miss blogging, crafting, DIYing etc.  I had also been contemplating getting back to selling my creations on Etsy.  I felt I was finally in a place where that side of me could be nurtured again. 

But I was scared, unconfident. I felt like a has-been, uncool, not good enough.  

How was I going to find the time and energy to stand out, to be successful? Social media is flooded with images of "success".  How was I going to fit in?  Did I even want to?  Would I have to change to be successful?  The idea of being inauthentic in order to be successful paralyzed me. I had worked so hard to come back to myself, jeopardizing that was triggering.  So I talked myself out of it.  I was happy working part time, being a mom/taxi, housekeeper, and occasional crafter. At least that's what I told myself.

And partly that is true.  Those things make me happy.  But something was missing.  So I began searching.  Listening to motivational podcasts, reading self help books, and taking personality tests (I'm a 1 wing 2 btw and an INFP).  To be honest these only made me feel more inadequate and raised more questions in my head.  But I trudged on hoping to find something that would help me figure it all out.

Taking a break from all this heady stuff I decided to listen to one of my favorite podcasts Young House Love has a Podcast.  John and Sherry are so cute and funny and somehow manage to teach me something while making it lighthearted and fun.  They are geniuses!  In episode 152 they interviewed Miranda Anderson from Live Free Creative.  She was so inspiring!  Immediately I cut my YHL podcast short (sorry guys, promise I went back later to finish 😊) and headed over to Miranda's.  The first podcast I listened to was Episode 1: Why NOW Is The Right Time.  It's about "why you can and should get started TODAY on the thing you want to do."

Miranda had a lot of great advice in her podcast but one sentence stood out and had the biggest impact on me.

"Sometimes it's better to start somewhere now then to start somewhere later"

I truly believe that you have to be open to things in order for them to make an impact. 

LIGHTBULB.  MOMENT.

This quote gave me permission.  Forget those insecurities and just do it.  So what if I have no clue how to successfully market my Etsy shop.  Who cares if no one reads my blog posts.  Who cares if I only have a few followers.  I will figure it out.  This stuff makes me happy.  Creating, writing, learning.  All of it feeds my soul.  So I just started.  I made an instagram post and announced I was back at it.  The sales, the comments, the likes, all of those are bonuses.

So here I am.  Scared out of my mind but doing it.  And it feels great!
Talk soon!

Love, 
Andi

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jingle Bell Junk Swap

 
Well hello there!!! How has everyone been? I have missed all of you so much!  Life is good but my priorities have taken a major shift and unfortunately I am still not able to make a commitment to blogging on a regular basis. I know you are all out there making and doing amazing things and I am sorry for not being around to see it all!
 
Speaking of amazing people and things...I have been lucky enough to be apart of a super groovy holiday junk swap featuring some of my nearest and dearest...
 
 
The idea was to spend less then $5 on a vintage item and send it to the person whose name you had picked.  I was picked by Janel from Nellie Bellie. Once you received the item(s)the challenge was to use it somehow to make an ornament or decoration of some sort.
 
Well here is what I received from Janel...
 
 
I am going to be flat out honest...until this weekend I had NO clue what I was going to make. I was hoping that procrastination would be the key to my inspiration. And thankfully this time I was right! Ha!
 
I have been wanting to use this vintage Christmas book for awhile now but was having anxiety about cutting it up.
 
 


 So I bit the bullet and picked out this page...
 
 
 I cut out the bear family riding in their sleigh and glued it onto a larger circle of scrapbook paper.
 
 
I reinforced the paper by gluing it onto a piece of cardboard. 
So where does my items from the swap come in?? 
Well you can't see them in the picture but in my items from Janel were these cool plastic ovals...


Cool right?! Here's what I decided to do with them...

 
Oh and I added some glitter...in aqua of course!!  What do you think?? I love it!

Now we were supposed to make one ornament but I was on a roll so I made another...


The money clip came in my goodies...and since the images were angels I just felt 'Noel' was the best caption.  The whole thing took 5 minutes to make. I glued scrap book paper in some cardboard, glued on the money clip, wraped some trim around and then stamped on the 'NOEL'.

Feels good to be creating again!

Now make sure you go check out everyone elses creation for the junk swap and snoop around their blogs too...they are some very talented ladies, and good people too! :)
Here are direct links to everyone's blogs:

Bliss Ranch, Five Days..Five Ways, Junky Vagabond, Nellie Bellie, Primitive and Proper, My Third True Love, The Bold Abode. The Thriftress, Vintage Drama, and We heart DIY

And if you are curious who got my item, click here.




Thursday, September 27, 2012

Apartment hoppin' and blog choppin'

Hello to the 3 people who still read my blog :) How are you guys?  Life is finally starting to calm down.  I am still working full time and living with my sister and my girls.  We recently moved to another apartment in the same complex. Blerg. Our neighbor below us was "noise sensitive" to put it politely and it became clear that silence 24/7 would be the only way to make him happy. Soooo my landlord moved us to a different apartment and our stress level has gone down tremendously! The new apartment is pretty much identical EXCEPT I no longer have a large walk in closet in my living room :( So my craft supplies do not have a home.  I am thinking tons of shelves and cubbies.  Here is where they are hanging out now...




Not exactly ideal but it is what it is...for now.  Since life is calming down I am getting the decorating/crafting/blogging bug.  I am itching to get back into the swing of things!  Here is our apartment in it's current state.  I have a ton of ideas and can't wait to get crackin'!!

Kitchen corner with mismatched chairs 



Happy fridge!

My mom made me this awesome tray for me...thanks mom!!


Sadly my sunburst mirror did not make the move, but that is why hot glue was invented!! :)


 Once the mirror is repaired it will go between these two bookcases. Please ignore ugly antenna.



New hallway rug

Itty bitty bathroom

A client at work gave me this campaign dresser :) 6 drawers of awesomeness...now to pick a paint color.  Any ideas?



Decorating while renting definitely has it's challenges but I say bring it on! 

Now that I am getting my mojo back I was thinking a revamp of my blog.  Like a fresh start. What do you guys think? Should I leave it the way it is?  I had some fun the other night with backgrounds.










As much fun as it was, I don't really like any of them! haha!  Would love your thoughts!
We'll talk soon.  Later gators.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

(B)ig (H)uge (G)inormous news!!!

Hello everyone! The week is halfway over! Yay! Wednesday is my day off and tonight my sister and I are taking the girls to the county fair! Can't wait to eat crappy fair food and lose lots of money on impossible to win games!! Real all american fun!  haha!

Natalie is almost back to herself. She has her check up this morning.  Hopefully she will get the okay to eat some normal foods again. She is tired of yogurt and applesauce!  It's been a roller coaster but all and all she has handled it like a trooper!  Thanks for all the well wishes!

So in my last post I mentioned I had some big news. Like really big.  I have been holding on to this little tid bit of info for months and it has been hard to not blog about. What is this news?  Did you get a hint from the post title???

No? Well how about this...


Those would be three copies of the Holiday Craft issue from Better Homes and Gardens. Oh yeah and one of my crafts is in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I still can't believe it!

When I received the email from the editor, I was 95% sure it wasn't real. I mean this stuff doesn't happen to little ol' bloggers like me! But sure enough it was legit!  Yay for that!!


Wanna see what craft they featured? Remember these....?


When I got an advanced copy in the mail I was expecting this...and only this...


 
...which by the way, was exciting enough!!
But when I opened it up I saw this...



What the whaaaaaaaat!!!  Front page of a section!!!

Look there is my name...IN A MAGAZINE!!!!!


I about fell over!! BHG thinks I am a designer! haha!

I am among some really cool creations by other talented ladies.



And look...I'm even credited for my work :)


In all seriousness,  I am truly honored and thankful for this opportunity!! Thanks to all of you 10 people that still read my blog ;) I'll be available to sign autographs after the press conference. hehe.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Queen, surgery, and a new Etsy shop.

'ello, 'ello!  Everyone enjoying watching the Olympics? I am borderline obsessed.  Okay maybe that is exaggerating. Kinda. I just love the variety of sports and the fact that it is in London makes me love it that much more. And how about the Queen? What a good sport she was...jumping out a plane and all. ;) Although during the parade of nations she seemed a bit stiff.


he he. You never cease to amuse me pinterest.

In other news, Natalie got her tonsils and adenoids out on Monday.  She did REALLY well! Slept most of day one, yesterday she was up but resting all day and even ate some noodles. Today she seems a bit more sore but still recovering well. I am just looking forward to a winter without strep!  Lily is up next for surgery, the tubes in her ears have not fallen out after 2 years so they have to remove them.  Recovery from that is much faster!

For those of you who are keeping tabs on the topics to be discussed, as mentioned in my super original post title, we are up to the last and final topic. A new Etsy shop!!  No, not mine but close.  My sister's!! She is a fantastic artist and painter.  Right now her shop is still in the beginning stages.  Not that I am an Etsy pro but I am going to help her as much as I can so you guys can also see how talented she is! So pop over to Kilora's Kreations and take a peak.  Make sure to check back often as her inventory will be increasing and different things will be tweaked. If you want, show her some love and hit that favorite button!  And if you have time, feel free to stop by my shop, I won't be mad if you buy something...just sayin' :)

I'll be back really soon to share a BIG announcement!! I'm mean BIG people! Seriously. It's huge.




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