Monday, September 29, 2008

New Crafting Site!

Hi again,
     I have started a page at Etsy.com to sell some of my crafts.  This is uncharted territory for me, both exciting and nerve wracking.  I make things that are inspire by our natural world.  Hence, my title!  I have always been intrigued by branches, trees, and leaves.  Nature is incredible with the variety of colors, shapes, and patterns.  I love photography and playing with light.  In the last year I have begun needle felting and instantly loved this craft.  I like to try different crafts and really like it when a friend can show me what they are up to.  This is how I learned about needle felting.  
     I started off listing 8 needle felted items yesterday and will add more as I go.  I am also hoping the sun will come out today so I can get some good shots of my photo cards to put up as well.  I have been trying my hand at carving gourds.  When I finish a couple of projects I intend to add them too.  I hope you will check me out.

Introducing MA Naturally Inspired

Hi,
I am very new to this blog thing but felt it was time.  Just yesterday I started a page at etsy.com, a crafters community.  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  I have always enjoyed being creative, but mostly made things for gifts.  A friend started with Etsy and she inspired me.
     I am a mom of 5 kids, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.  Yes, I was pregnant a lot for those 7 years!  I loved having babies.  I have enjoyed every step from learning to walk, talk, eating for themselves, etc., except potty training!  Now I am loving my bigger kids.  Yes, having a teenager is a challenge, but I see signs of the wonderful adult she will make.
     I have been married for 16 years next month to my friend.  We were married on my birthday, in the gazebo on the common, in the town he grew up in and most of his extended family still lives in.  I like my husband and love him.  We like to work together in the garden, on craft projects with the kids, and take care of our chickens, cat, angora bunny, and 4 hives of bees.  My husband is the local 4-H leader.  I am the behind the scenes helper.  
     The motto for our marriage is "We can get through and do anything Together!".  This has been tested through two miscarriages, our house fire in 1996, lead paint problems in our 3rd child in 1998, this same child putting a toy in her ear at age 3 (2000) and is now legally deaf in that ear, and my husband's mother dying of complications to Alzheimer's disease in 2004.  
      This year is just hectic with 5 kids in 4 schools.  I am trying to balance taking care of the house, all the school paperwork and volunteering, and crafting for myself.  I think I am a better person, mom and wife if I get time to be creative in one form or another on a regular basis.  Currently I am liking needle felting, have always loved nature photography, and I have started carving gourds.  Other creative outlets for me are scrapbooking, genealogy research, and gardening.  I love to cook and bake too.  
Fun thing we do as a family are nature walks, letterboxing, extract our bee's honey, make maple syrup, and build things, like the many sheds in our yard.  One of the buildings is my creative escape.  Complete with recycled cabinets (going to be thrown out across the street), windows (free), and door (yard sale).  My husband is great at making something out of nothing. I have learned a lot from him about not "needing" so many things and appreciating what I do have.  
Both my husband and I have teaching degrees, but he is the teacher outside the home.  I am amazed at what a wonderful teacher he is.  The type of students he works with are not the easiest and more than I could handle.  He makes a difference!  I enjoy helping on the kid's classrooms, and on field trips.  I find it fun to work with the teachers and the kids are always fun to observe.  The ones that really enjoy learning are a joy to work with.
     Anyway, I guess that's a good place to start off.  Talk to you again soon.  Thank you for reading!