Thursday, November 21, 2013

First Craft Fair

As I mentioned in my previous post, my friend invited me to share a table with her at a craft fair recently. This was not something I had ever considered, but when she brought up the idea it sounded like fun, so I went for it! I'm so glad I did too because my friend and I had so much fun!!


I first started making wreaths about a year ago after one of my long distance friends started making them. They looked like so much fun I had to give it a try. Originally I had planned to make about 6 wreaths for the craft fair, but half way through my second wreath I started playing around with my flowers and imagining them as necklaces.


Going a little flower crazy

I couldn't get done with those wreaths fast enough, I stopped at four so that I could start playing with the idea of necklaces!!









This Seahawks wreath with the astroturf was a lot of fun to create. I'm not a football fan, but my husband suggested I make a Seahawks themed wreath for the craft fair. I loved getting creative with it. It was well received by everyone who stopped by :D


These are the necklaces I created. I just love all of them!! Playing around with the color schemes was one of my favorite parts.


























(I had leftover Seahawks supplies, so of course I had to make a necklace)

I also created these cute little rings. My husband was leaving for a business trip and he was planning to see my mom and sister when he was there. I wanted to send them something but I didn't have much time so I whipped up a couple of rings. I liked how they turned out so much that I made a bunch for the craft fair too.
This one I made for my sister. It's two rings that are worn together. 


This ring I made for my mom. I knew she'd like something a bit smaller. 

And these are the ones I took to the craft fair. 

I can't wait to do another craft fair, I've been working on display ideas since the show ;) hehe! In the meantime I opened an Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/insteadofsheep Drop by!! 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

So anyway, one year later.... (or a lesson in faith)

Let's see, where did I leave off???? Oh yeah, moving from Martinsburg, WV to Seattle, WA. Seriously, I don't get bloggers that move and 3 days later they're totally unpacked and blogging again. I thought it would be totally cool to blog all about packing a house, moving across the country with a micro zoo, discovering our new town, and decorating our new house. Turns out, it takes a lot of energy to do all that with zero time left for anything but maybe a quipy tweet.

Here are some highlights of my year:

July 16th, 2012 -
"This is happening. I'm sleeping in a camper on my driveway! Not the worst way to start the next chapter of our lives."
July 19th, 2012 - Most of our stuff was loaded into an ABF truck, but when we realized it was getting full, it was time to start making tough decisions. It just didn't make financial sense to pay for more space to move the items we had left. There are a few things I regret leaving, like our leaf blower..... umm, helloooo??? What were we thinking??? We were headed to the Pacific Northwest!! But for the most part there wasn't much that we weren't able to easily replace.

On a side note, I highly recommend ABF for long distance moves, it was the most economical way we found to get our things moved and we had a little flexibility because we weren't 100% sure we'd end up in Seattle. Portland was also a possibility (or anywhere along the route of our 5 day trip if we decided we couldn't stay cooped up in a camper together anymore! hehehe!)
"We hired Zac Efron to load our moving truck, I have to say even with a basketball in one hand he did a great job."

July 20th, 2012 - We left our home pulling a camper so we could move with all of our critters. 2 cats, a dog, 2 rats, 2 chinchilla's, a sugar glider, a cockatiel, an eclectus, and a tree frog. The kids stayed behind with their grandparents until we found housing. I was expecting it to be an emotional farewell to the house we had spent a year building and had raised our kids in for 5 years, but surprisingly it was easy.
 "Goodbye West Virginia!!! After living in Martinsburg for 5 years, we have found that while you are "open for business" in front you're still "wild and wonderful" in back. You are a mullet."
July 24th, 2012 - The butterflies I had in my tummy as we finally approached our new home were on par with the day I got married, and the birthday's of our children.
"We're here! We're here! We're here!"
July 25th, 2012 - Hubby got a new office, this is where he worked during the day when we first got here. Meetings took place in the front seat of our car ;)
"All settled in.... Zac Efron is enjoying the campground, plus having him around has a hidden bonus: we get lots of privacy since we look like a couple of nut jobs"

July 31st, 2012 - Our 13th anniversary, my first time actually in the city of Seattle, and we found a place a live!! 
"13 years of a strong marriage is when your husband falls in love with a new city 2700 miles away from home - you drop everything, follow blindly, your boxes are heavy, and when you get there your still smiling and you love your new home too. "
 

August 13th, 2012 - We called this month long separation from our kids the Parental Intermission. We'd been parents for 13 years and we had another 13 left to go until our youngest was out of High School. We pretty much enjoyed every second, but that's only because we knew they were in good hands. We were so happy to have them back.
"My kids are home!!!!"

August 21th, 2012 - Found lots of fantastic freebies like these... (I have soooo much more on this to share another day :D)


August 25th, 2012 - Saw Fun. perform practically in my backyard

September 4th, 2012 - My last "baby" started Kindergarten!! That was my bipolar day: HAPPY! sad :( HAPPY!!!! sad :`(


November 22nd, 2012 - Went to CA for the first time in years and met our nephew!!


December 1st, 2012 - Drove into the mountains and cut our own Christmas tree


January 7th, 2013 - Talk about a heart flutter, my baby is turning out to be a little DIYer just like me. She turned a little closet into an LPS (Littlest Pet Shop) paradise



February 25th, 2013 - Added a precious little family member, Paisley


March 23rd, 2013 - My Bailee Bird learned how to sew


April 25th, 2013 - Went to the Tulip Festival, I haven't seen this many tulips since I was a little girl living in the Netherlands!



May 30th, 2013 - Embraced the Seattle look for my birthday


June 19th, 2013 - My son who was born 4 weeks early at 6 pounds 3 ounces, graduated Middle School at about 6 foot!
"Summer vacation has officially begun!! This has been an amazing school year for our kids. I can't praise our new school district enough. With 3 kids in school we've been in regular contact with at least 20 teachers and staff members. They've impressed me! They never stop working, we've even received email responses late on Sunday evenings!! For the first time I really feel like our kids are being supported by their schools. The schools were a driving force behind our move last summer and I can now say, without a doubt, that it has all been worth it."

July 16th, 2013 - Explored more of our beautiful state




August 23rd, 2013 - Much of August we spent under the stars watching movies in our parks. One of our FAVORITE summertime activities
"It's movie night at the Marina, showing Grace's favorite: Dolphin Tail!" 
September 3rd, 2013 - Our last day of summer and a new phase of my life begins. Grace is in first grade this year, no longer my half-day Kindergartner, so it's time to find something to fill my days with.


September 4th, 2013 - My son started High School!! I was so scared that it would be too much for him to handle, I kept waiting for a phone call from the school. At 3:00pm Peter strutted in, declared that he loved High School, and that he sat with the cheerleaders at lunch! The year has continued to go well, this is what the whole move was for.

October 19th, 2013 - Tim's parents came for a weekend visit and we drove to Leavenworth for the Oktoberfest. It was so much fun!
"After we finally bailed on the traffic jam last night, the person behind us yelled out their window to us "QUITTERS!""
November 9th 2013 - This is probably the most exciting thing I've done in a while. About 2 weeks prior my friend was dropping my daughter off at our house and noticed my wreath that I had recently made for Halloween. She told me she was thinking about getting a table at a craft fair because she was going to make infinity scarves out of fleece, and asked if I would be interested in going with her and bringing some wreaths. I have NEVER considered anything like this before, but it sounded like fun so I said yes. We both had zero stock and 2 weeks to prepare so we worked our tails off to get ready. I was so happy to be crafting and creating again. The event was a bit slow, but perfect for a couple of newbies like us. It was exciting to see people enjoy the items we brought. We can't wait to find another fair to go to!!





So, that about sums up my year (+) hahaha! When we first moved it took us awhile to figure out how to arrange the house (a 70's split entry) and make it work for our lifestyle. I didn't even have my computer up and running until a couple months ago, but now that things are calming down I'm hoping to have a blog post now and then. Since we are renting my normal DIY habits have been very restricted and I don't feel I have much to share, but now that I've started crafting again I can't wait to share my creations. I also have some insane finds that I can't wait to post. 


This year has been about following instinct, taking chances, being scared, and letting go. We knew for awhile we were stalled where we were. We needed to make a change, but we were thinking too small. We were so paralyzed by fear we couldn't dream bigger. A flippant remark about moving blossomed into a full fledged plan. Suddenly it started feeling right, and staying put started feeling wrong. Sometimes we had to wait for the plan to fall into place, and while it was scary we never felt panicked. We took it as a sign that we were on the right path as our plan unfolded and the doors kept opening. It was simply faith that got us here and we are so thankful.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quick check-in

I have much to write about and update, but I've been without my computer for awhile so I will have to wait until its set up again. But for tonight I wanted drop by for a minute to say hi and post a picture of the view I'm enjoying....




Unmmm..... Can you turn your head??? I hate doing this from a phone!! LOL 


And a close up. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Zac Efron lays flooring!


Wow!! Zac Efron put down the sub floor yesterday and already has the new flooring half down. 
Traffic Master Allure really is the easiest floor!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Zac Efron relaxes


Today Zac Efron installed the murphy bed, now he's ready to curl up with a good book.

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