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Hello 2012!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am very new at this crafty thing.  I am now however, new to the idea of it.  I grew up with a very crafty mom.  I never understood why, she would want to spend her time, cutting, gluing, taping, sandblasting, baking, icing…the list goes on.  As  a teenager had so many other grand ideas of what to do with my time.  There was so much to do, so many parties, concerts, amusement parks and so on that I needed to go to with my friends in between working part time, and playing soccer for school, the park and the YMCA.

Even once I moved out of the house, got married and started a family of my own, I gawked at all the time and money my mom spent on crafting.  It just made no sense to me.  As my family expanded dabbled in scrap-booking which is still somewhat on the back burner. I also  picked up a crochet hook while on bed rest in a attempt to calm my worries of the pregnancy. It never really developed into a love but I picked it up here and there to amuse myself. Again, neither of these developed into anything I LOVED.

While growing up my mom decorated cakes.  That was her #1 true love.  Every birthday I had, she decorated an elaborate cake.  Every event I needed a cake for, she was there to save the day.  I was always in awe of the masterpieces she came up with, yet had no interest in producing a masterpiece of my own.

About 2 years ago, my mom fell ill.  While I’d like to think my mother immortal, the reality of it is, she isn’t.  It hit me, that one day, she will not be here to decorate those cakes for her grandkids, and then what would we do?  How would my kids know the wonder of saying “my mom/nana” made that cake, when people gasped at how beautiful it was?  So I signed up for my first cake decorating class.  Since then, I have taken a handful of classes, accumulated a substantial collection of supplies, and have even signed on as a Wilton cake instructor.

Here I am 2 years later, and I am a decent cake decorator.  I volunteer to make cakes for everyone.  And when they love it, they recommend me to friends and am sometimes able to make a few dollars.  Does it stop here?  NO!

A few months ago, I’m not exactly sure what prompted me to pick up my crochet needle, but I did. And guess what?  It took.  I am very much a beginner.  I have no clue how to read a pattern.  I watch a ton of youtube tutorials to accomplish anything, but I love it.  I am obsessed.  Christmas was tight this year, and so everyone close to me received crocheted gifts.

With the new year came a yearning to show my accomplishments. My husband has been working on a website for me to show my cakes.  I of course, decided that I also needed to show my crocheting accomplishments.  I did have a blog once years ago, that I kept up for a little over 2 years, but my desire to keep up with it sort of dwindled away until now.

I am determined to make 2012 a better year.  My hopes for the year are to decorate many more cakes, crochet as much as possible and try even more new fun crafty projects.  Of course with the fun comes the not so fun.  I need to get my house back in order, lose all the weight I have put on over the last few years, and be a better mom and wife to my husband and kids.   I’d like to chronicle my accomplishments, and keep track of my goals, and hold myself accountable for those things I need to work on.  So here I am…Crafty and determined.

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