Nobody’s Perfect

Nobody’s Perfect: Blogging!

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 | 4 comments

{Click here to read about the reasoning behind my Nobody’s Perfect series!}

sunflower taken at baby shower

I took this photo this weekend at a baby shower.  Good, right?  I’m getting better every day!

Today I’m starting a slightly-more-than-one-week class that is hopefully going to help me a LOT.  If you look in my sidebar over there on the right you’ll see a button for Content Brew.  It’s run by an amazing blogger, Melissa, who runs momcomm, and happens to work for the amazing Burts Bees, too.  Rad, right?

Melissa is going to enlighten us with how to plan the content for our blogs more efficiently. I need this.  I need this soooo bad.  I’m hoping a magic wand is involved somewhere.  And maybe some glitter.

In the last few days I’ve come to understand that I have lots of goals, and no plan.  I have so many things I want to accomplish, and no way to get there.  Don’t get me wrong- my life is AWESOME and I totally made the right choice in leaving my teaching career.  And I know I’m learning right now because I am so uncomfortable.  I have no idea what I’m currently doing, I just know what I want to be doing.  I’d be a great visualizer if I could just get a second to sit down and do it.

My biggest challenge is that I want to be a present mother to my children.  I want to play with them, sit with them, read with them, and create with them.  At the same time I am yearning, dreaming of being this creative, independent woman with a job/business/career that allows me to be creative and independent all by my lonesome.  I need some me time.

The ultimate conundrum is that the only time I have to work on these dreams is at night.  And the rub:  I need sleep like nobody’s business.  If I don’t get a good night’s sleep, I am dead on my feet.  So I can’t be a night work horse- it just won’t work.

All this is to say that I’m using this week and this class to reassess my approach to blogging, crafting, creating, and sharing.  I want to do it so desperately, and yet the way I’m working right now isn’t working on many levels.   I want to put quality content out there.  I want to improve the content I already have, and do many more behind-the-scenes improvements for my blog.   It’s overwhelming thinking about all that I need & want to do in order to consider this little plot of mine a success.   But I want to do it.  Small steps, right?

 

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Nobody’s Perfect: The Craft Room

Posted by on May 7, 2012 | 3 comments

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a marvelous weekend.  Mine was busy and full of fun!  The main part of my weekend was spent at the Hullabaloo Family Music Festival here in San Diego (Rancho Bernardo, really, but San Diego, nonetheless).  It was a great success and I’m happy to be on the flip side of it so that I have an event under my belt.

Last night as I wandered my house, I realized that, in preparing for the festival, I had let a LOT of things go.  And so I give you another installation of “Nobody’s Perfect.”  To read about the background of this series, click here.

I have long dreamed of having a beautiful craft space, full of aesthetically pleasing nooks and crannies to store my supplies for sewing, Mod Podge-ing, and more.  The reality, though, is that I have to “make do” with what we have and can afford.   Combine that  with several weeks of preparing things for the festival, plus a birthday party coming and Mother’s Day…. I’ve been kind of busy.  I’ve also been horrible about cleaning up after myself.  As a result… well, take a look-see for yourself…

 

This room is also our guest room, hence the bed.  Hence the flat surface.  Hence the mess- it’s too easy to just open the door, toss something on it, and shut the door without realllllly looking to see how bad it is.

The bed from another angle.  Lots to clean up in here!

My sewing table.  There’s no way I can sew here right now- and I have a lot of projects to do!

Even the floor is…. a mess!  Time to get to it!

And clearly, from the quality of these photos, you can see that I’m still working on mastering my new Canon.  I’m happy to report that I’ve registered for a workshop later this month, so hopefully things will look much improved starting in late-May, early June.

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Nobody’s Perfect: Countertops!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 | 2 comments

If you’re new to Crafting Crazy, check out this post to find out about my new series, Nobody’s Perfect.

I have said numerous times how much I despise flat surfaces sometimes.  All they do is attract clutter. And more clutter.   One of my biggest aspirations is to live a life free of clutter. To have systems that work for our family in not only keeping us organized, but also clutter-free.  Note:  I said aspiration.

The reality is that clutter comes with kids unless you really stay on top of it and make it a priority.  I do make it a priority when I know we’re having people over in large numbers, or especially people we don’t know well.  We can’t have them thinking we’re normal, right?!

So here’s my imperfection for this post:  our kitchen counter.  We have an old, circa 1970s kitchen, complete with avocado-green oven and cooktop, wood paneling, and white formica countertops.  My husband grew up in this house, so there’s lots of history here.  History, however, comes with tired appliances and countertops that stain if you don’t clean them up immediately.   We are blessed, though- we have a home.

 

This photo was taken just before Valentine’s Day.  For some reason I thought it would be fun to have Anna make all of her Valentines, complete with letter stickers for each child’s name.  Yeah- nice idea in theory.  I also love the over-ripe bananas.  The box at the end of the counter was a lovely Valentine goodie box from my sister in Kansas.  There are craft bowls, water bottles… you name it.  Ooo- I even see some pipe cleaner creations.

On a good day this counter has lots of space.  And it’s clean.  Those days, however, are rare. It’s the catch-all of the house.

Where is your clutter zone?

 

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Nobody’s Perfect

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 | 3 comments

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to feel deflated after surfing around the blogosphere?  Or even the internet in general?  Don’t get me wrong- I love a good Pinterest session as much as the next person, especially when I’m looking for ideas and inspiration.  But there are moments where I have to catch myself and say, “Whoa, there, Nelly.  Simmer down.”

It is so easy to look at all of the beauty that people create, organize and put out there, and then walk away thinking, “I’m not enough.  I’m not doing enough, I’m not making enough, I’m not DIY-ing enough, I’m not _______ enough.”  And you know what I think?

Enough is enough.

So I’ve decided to start a new series here on Crafting Crazy.  It’s called “Nobody’s Perfect.”  In this series, I’m going to share with you my imperfections.  Things in my house that look horrible/crazy/disorganized/imperfect.  Projects that fail.  Anything that isn’t perfect is fair game.  My goal?  To help dispel the perfection myth that seems to be so easy to buy into.

I want to make things because I like making them.  I like the process.  I like the journey.  And if, in the end, I come out with a beautiful project to share, rad.  If I don’t, it’s okay.

So for our first installment of Nobody’s Perfect, I give you… our front yard.  If you’re new to CC you may not know that we live on about 2 acres of land.  A lot of it is  undeveloped and we have grand plans for it once we win the lottery can afford to make it into something useful like a raised garden extraordinaire, or add more citrus trees, or something- anything, really.  This part of our yard is what you see as you pull up to the house or drive on the lane that runs the length of the property.  Needless to say, we’ve been a bit busy with a big project in another area, and our yard… well… just have a look-see:

 

Some of the weeds are taller than my son.  For reals.  He’s almost 3.   When he and my daughter go out and play right now, I have to remind them, “Watch out for the gopher holes!”

I think I’ve seen our neighbors actually shake their heads in dismay as they drive by.  Really.  They love us.

Here’s a wider shot of our lemon tree, which I wrote about recently.  We also have six pine trees on our property- all of them are Torrey Pines, and they all started as Christmas trees when my husband was growing up in the very same house we’re in.  Cool, huh?

Here’s something else that’s not perfect, but I’m totally in love with it.  This wagon.  My husband got it from a neighbor’s garage sale last week. It’s OLD.  Rusty.  It’s probably been so lonely, and now it has a new life.  Right now it’s primary job…

Pinecone holder.

And one last bit of imperfection.  I thought this was a really strong weed.  Nope.  It’s a baby tree.  Poor thing.  We’ll have to cut it down because it’s too close to our entry sidewalk.

 

 

*I should mention that I was most inspired by this post from Heidi of Crafterminds.  I read this post when it came out and it’s stuck with me ever since!  Thanks, gals!

 

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