I received an email last night about WordPress’ Blogging University and their fundamentals course. Two weeks’ worth of lessons to help me better my blogging skills? At no cost? Sign me up. My first assignment is to publish a “who I am and why I’m here post”. My first reaction was to skip this one. After all, wasn’t that what I did in my first post? But, then I decided to go back and read my first post and I realized I didn’t share a whole lot about who I am and why I’m writing this blog. So, this is my second take at my very first post.
As I mentioned before, I’ve been considered crafty for as long as I can remember. I like making things. I like to help people come up with creative solutions for how to fix or make things. I constantly see items for sale and think “I can make that”. I love reading about how others do this also, and I want to share things I’ve made, things I’ve tried, and even those things I’ve failed at.
My “craftiness” doesn’t just apply to your typical craft projects. I like to include the occasional recipe. I spent several years making jewelry almost exclusively as my craft, so there will naturally be jewelry tutorials thrown in. And, since I’m from a small town, I have to include small town stories—that’s a big part of who I am. Since I love to read, I’ll even throw in book recommendations.
On a personal note, I’ve been married to my college sweetheart, Travis, for 20 years, and we have two daughters—Katie, who is 14 and Hannah, who is 17. We live in a small town in far southwestern Virginia—near the Tennessee and Kentucky borders. I work in human resources at a local 4-year college. I’m also the treasurer at our church, as well as our church’s preschool. We have a Bichon Frise named Ralph and two cats—Raisin and Elsa. I love rainy days, fall, winter, and fireplaces—anything that feels cozy to me. My favorite way to spend the day involves sitting in the recliner with the fireplace roaring, a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee, a good book, and a dog on my lap. Sheer bliss!
Many of my skills were learned from my grandmother, who was an avid quilter. I can remember being at her house when I was no more than 5-years-old and being given scraps of fabric that I used to sew a small flower. She hung that flower on her refrigerator and I can still hear her pointing it out to visitors. She also taught me how to crochet a chain, but that’s as far as we ever got! So, much of what I do is either self-taught, or learned from YouTube, books and magazines.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading about my crafty life—both the successes and the failures. Believe me, there will be both! I also hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better and I want to get to know others as well. It’s fun to learn about the way others do things, and hear about life in other areas of the country and world.