November….. a Month of Thanks…. Creativity

Today I am thankful for being blessed with creativity. I have always been artsy, if I can make it myself, I will. My creativity is such a large part of who I am. What would I be without it?

I think I owe a lot of thanks to my mother, who always encouraged my creative side. In fact, her laundry room became the craft storage room when I was a child. We were always painting, gluing, coloring, or making jewelry. And I truly believe that because of her I am able to express this part of me so well.

My mind is constantly looking for projects; things I can make and design. I have been blessed with the ability to not only look at something for what it is, but look at and see what it can become. I call it vision.

When I am stressed or upset about something I am able to throw myself into a project and take out those frustrations on it. Usually ending in some pretty cool thing.

A few days ago, while thrifting, I came across this huge rack of really funky neck ties for CHEAP!!!!! And they were pretty much all awesome prints and colors. You know, the ties us women pick out. The ones that we think are really pretty & stylish, but most members of the male species wouldn’t be caught dead in. So, we buy them for our men, and they wind up at a thrift shop somewhere just waiting to be created into something new. I went ahead and decided to buy a few (ok , a bunch) of them and got to thinking as soon as I got home. I couldn’t wait to get started. I could feel the creative juices pumping through my veins just dying to be released.

What I came up with, was nothing short of what I consider to be pretty freakin awesome!

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I just can’t get enough of it! How cool would it be to take two ties that belonged to someone special to you: grandpa, dad, husband; and turn it into someone beautiful that you can actually wear and keep close to your heart.

Talk about a conversation piece. I’ve only worn it out the house once, but I’ve had at least 10 people stop to ask me about it. It really makes you feel good in your soul when you receive complements on something you created yourself.

“Creativity is not the funding of a thing, but the making of something after it is found.” – James Russell Lowell

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

I will never be able to be thankful enough, for the gift I was created with. It is who I am, burned into my soul, without it I would be lost.

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A Peak Into My Crazy, Beautiful Life

I like to consider myself to have always been a bit of a confused person. As a little girl, I would have had a hard time telling you exactly what it was I wanted to be when I grew up. As I got older, the question became even harder to answer. It was a heavy subject for me, one that I could never really come up with a solution too. Having lots of big ideas, I would begin planning how to put things into motion, never being able to convince myself any of those ideas were something I would honestly want to do for the rest of my life. One thing I always knew I wanted was a family. Having grown up as an only child, and the youngest (by 5 years) grandchild in my family, I spent a lot of time & holidays pretty much alone with the exception of my parents. I longed for a family of my own that would be close; lots of people, big holidays. It was the one thing in my life that never changed.

In the summer of 2008, after moving away for college, I was brought to a hole-in-the-wall bar called “Yesterday’s”, and briefly introduced to a guy named Clay. I didn’t think much of it at the time. Hardly even held an actual conversation with the guy. Little did I know, he would be the one to make all those dreams come true.

After dating for a little over a year, I convinced him to marry me. I knew he was the man I was destined to spend the rest of my life with. We were married in May of 2010 and welcomed our first child, Sawyer, in May of the following year. It wasn’t long after celebrating his 1st birthday, we found out that the Lord had blessed us with a 2nd pregnancy. Stevie Rose graced us with her demanding presence on April 6, 2013.

After years of struggling to figure out what my purpose was in life; what it was I wanted to spend forever doing; it finally became so clear. I wanted to be a mother and a wife! I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing nothing other than that. Building a family, loving my husband, and raising my children is what I was designed to do.

Being a stay at home mom can absolutely be a challenge at times. Especially since my husband recently took a job working overseas in Africa. If given the chance, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This blog will basically be a place for me to express my thoughts and share my ideas. There will be no specific subjects, and my feelings won’t get hurt if no one ever even reads it. And hey! If they do, then great. I’m sure they’ll get some laughs at the very least.

So until next time…… Au Revoir!

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