Since there have been a number of new blog followers recently, I thought I would take a post and introduce myself. Or for some past readers, RE-introduce myself.
I have been involved with paper crafts for the past 20 years. I stumbled onto scrapbooking through a mutual friend and latched on to Creating Keepsakes magazine as my go-to bible. As my own style(s!) began to develop, I was given a number of opportunities to teach at various local scrapbook stores in the Midwest. I absolutely love the lightbulb moment when a class member ‘gets it’. I also love it when they bring in the projects they’ve completed on their own, based on what they learned in our class.
Remember Marie Osmond’s “I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll”? (Dating myself? Oops!) I am a little bit vintage and a little bit clean and simple AND a little bit funky/artsy. Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske and Elsie (then Flannigan) Larson were my scrapbooking trinity when I first started. I suppose I have morphed into some kind of combination of the three.
I enjoy scrapbooking, card-making, lettering, along with a million other crafts – mostly I find a great deal of peace in writing. I have been blogging (albeit inconsistently, at times) for the past five years. It is the free’est form of therapy I know. I very much enjoy connecting with this blog’s readers and hearing your thoughts and comments. When you comment on a post, I feel as if I’ve made a new connection with a new friend.
I have just begun an online shop called Scottie Girl where I have begun selling some of my handlettered prints. Recently, I have been involved with a group of Bible Journalers online who are discovering new ways to study – and creatively document – God’s word. It’s been a fun and faith-filled new adventure.
My husband and I met…well, there’s a story there.
We first met in junior high school. We attended high school together too but migrated to different groups and activities and didn’t really know each other that well. Fast-forward 25+ years. I was working for a non-profit environmental agency and Scott was working for Union Pacific railroad. He noticed on Facebook (one of the earlier versions) the section ‘Someone you might know’ and saw my name pop up. He friended me. I accepted. We began chatting and, well, here we are today: married and crazy about our wacky life together. We are a happy product of our social media world!
Scott has worked for Union Pacific for 25+ years: 11 of those years as a train conductor and 14 in management. All those stats mean to me is that he has been gone a LOT over our 4 year marriage. In May of this year he accepted a new position with the company. He now trains new UP employees about the company as well as how to be a conductor. We moved from Omaha, Nebraska to our hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. He still travels a WHOLE lot, but this time, I get to travel with him! We’ve been to Salt Lake City, Utah, around Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas. We are generally gone 2 weeks out of every month – which seems a little crazy, but at this point in our lives, it works perfectly! I have become a traveling hotel pro and can ‘set up house’ in a hotel in nothing flat. We generally stay in places for 2-3 weeks at a time before coming back to KC for a couple of weeks where we split our time between our parents’ homes in the KC area, helping them with various tasks around their homes.
We are professional nomads. And…we’re loving every minute of it! I usually pack a few sets of clothes but take LARGE buckets of art supplies along with me, skimping on clothes gladly over not having to leave my brushes or typewriter behind!! Even when we are in our home base of Kansas City, we love getting out and discovering new places to eat and visit.
Between us, we have 5 children that are spread out over 3 states, ranging from 18-26 years old – which is really weird since Scott and I both feel as if we are that age ourselves! We are both staring down the barrel of 50 and are excited about everything that decade has to offer us. Bring it on! - we’re ready!!!
I am a Gilmore Girls junkie, an occasional Dancing with the Stars addict, a Downton Abbey snob, a laugh-out-loud watcher of Modern Family and a fearful watch-it-from-underneath-my-blanket follower of The Blacklist. I will crush you in Phase 10 and pretend(ish) pout if I lose. I love chai tea lattes more than a lot of people in my life and prefer the smell of coffee over most anything as a morning waker-upper fix. I am unapologetically fond of social media (links below) but could spend a quiet afternoon with a pile of magazines or a good book (read always with a pencil nearby.) Speaking of which, I am a pen pitbull – woe the one who picks up and uses one of MY favored pens. I love spice candles and Hershey’s chocolate (keep your European chocolate delicacies, I’ll take a good ol’ cheap Hershey’s bar any day!) I am an irreverent, but deeply held believer in Jesus. I am flawed and erratic and suffer from thought-congestion most days, and yet, God keeps having me back over for dinner. My BFWDKMY (best-friend-who-doesn’t-know-me-yet) is Anne Lamott. I stalk her with an unhealthy gleam in my eye. She is my faith mentor and my I-want-to-be-her goal. I am the daughter of an elementary school principal and a 7th grade English teacher – which basically means I can play a mean round of kickball AND yell game threats to you with an astute grammatical correctness.
I deeply thank those of you who have followed this blog for years. You have seen me repeatedly try something, succeed, fail, re-work it, scrap it altogether, go down a different path, retrace, move forward and sometimes, start all over again. I have learned to embrace this way of experimenting with everything that life has to offer us. I have a gypsy heart that loves exploring new areas of interest; it’s the best way I know to keep expanding my head and heart.
I love the idea of consistent features on a blog: DIY, food recipes, scrapbooking/Project Life show & tell posts, personal posts, thoughts on faith, etc. However, I have learned to never commit to a certain time or day for those things to appear. Instead, they are smattered all across this blog from time to time.
If you’re new here, I hope we can be new friends. If you’ve been around awhile, bless your silly soul! Let’s keep talking. Let’s keep dreaming up ideas. Let’s keep creating together!