I’m a maker by nature. I honestly don’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something! I’m sure it started as coloring pages, but quickly progressed into a full on obsession by the time I was 5! My mom had a sewing room and that’s where I made all my creative messes. Mom taught me how to hot glue when I was 6, and cross stitch when I was 7. When I was 10 my mom showed me how to operate the sewing machine. I made pillow, after pillow, after pillow! One of my favorite memories is an after school craft store trip that resulted in both of us learning how to knit and kept my hands busy for the next 3 years.
My mom got the Martha Stewart magazine so we were always doing craft projects from that. Before Pinterest, Martha was all there was! We made a stuffed dog from old socks, an acorn wreath, an a gingerbread house that I am so sure Martha would be proud of!
I LOVED going to Hobby Lobby after school to get some new craft project and then we would always go get take-out Chinese food. That was the routine, crafts and Chinese. To this day, if we go to Hobby Lobby together, there is a good chance we’ll Chinese food, too! It’s our thing!
I am oh so thankful for all the time, money, and countless Hobby Lobby trips. I’m thankful for what she taught me about homemaking and how to be a good wife. She taught (and continues to teach) me just by the way she lives. The memories we made while we were making are absolutely priceless to me.
I’m older now, & I realize there are a lot of people out there who didn’t have what I did. They didn’t have a mom who invested time or taught them basic life skills. There are a lot of people who do not have good memories of their childhood. This is why I do what I do.
I love sharing tips for homemaking and crafting, DIYs and recipes, but really these are ways to get people to spend time with their family, which we don’t do nearly enough of. I don’t remember any of the hot glue creations I made when I was 6, but I do remember sitting with my mom when she taught me how to do it.
I do Workshops every month, and yes it’s a great way to learn something new, but really my hope is that you’ll use this as an excuse to spend time with someone you love. Shared experiences bond people and bring them together! Maybe you’re a mom, and this could be YOUR opportunity to make something and make memories with your daughter the way my mom did with me. I have several coming up this Spring and I would just love if you’d join me!
And lastly, momma I hope you read this and I hope at this point you are a little teary eyed — I am! Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you did for us. You invested so much time into me and I am continually thankful. God blessed me richly when he gave me a mother like you.