I'm a 30-something mother to Arden and Hadley, my adorable little girls whom I love more than my arms can hold. My husband Dave and I have been married for 5 years. We have two black labs named Laser and Sophie, and three cats named Erwin, Otto, and Poe. We didn't start out intending to have a menagerie, but between his cats (Erwin and Otto), my cats (Bailey and Frank), losing two cats (Frank and later diabetic Bailey) fostering a PAWS With a Cause dog (Laser), the PAWS dog getting "career changed" and we decided to keep the frustrating but loveable lug, adopting a friend for said lug (Sophie), and finding a discarded black cat (Poe) just before Halloween one year, stuff happens. I'm a sometimes runner and former (and hopefully future) marathoner. I spent over ten years training and teaching Muay Thai and while I miss how empowered and fit that made me feel, I really don't miss the time investment or all the bruises!
I've been crafting as long as I can remember. I made doll's clothes while staying with my grandma on her antique Singer. My mom taught me how to cross-stitch when I was little, and we sewed a whole bedding ensemble for my cabbage patch doll Krissy Lynn. Later Mom taught me how to crochet (which I've since forgotten and recently re-learned), and let me go with her to her monthly craft group, and occasionally sit in on her weekly stitch gathering. As an adult, I learned how to quilt, and tried to start my own craft group where a friend taught me how to knit. During my pregnancy, my nesting instinct took the form of sewing and knitting, and I made burp cloths out of cloth diapers, quilts for expecting friends, and knitted like a woman posessed. After Arden was born, I made my husband and my brother-in-law "man slings" after Dave kept poaching my pink one. Now, I have a small business selling "simply sweet designs for tiny people" on Etsy.
My Dad was a home builder and instilled in me a can-do attitude. I'm not afraid of power tools, and am willing to try anything once. I've tiled my own bathroom, re-fashioned an antique window into a shadow box/shelf, made a rolling ottoman out of a drawer, and re-screened a sliding door to name a few.
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