About Me

If you were a fly on my wall you'd likely find me taking pictures of my kids, knitting, sewing, turning junk into useful things, cooking when I'm in the mood and cleaning (cuz I have to).

I learned to knit and sew when I was younger but picked it up again a few years ago.  Besides learning the basics from my mom I've used books and online tutorials to expand my crafty skills.  Now I am trying to balance my Pinterest addiction with getting food on the table, oh and my job.

More about me
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I am married to Jeff, my high school sweetheart.  This is our winter formal picture from 1990.  Awwww.

 Nine years later we were married.  Three years later we started a family.

 I don't talk about it much but Ava is our miracle baby.  She was born 3 month early and weighed only 1 lb. 12 oz.  Oh we went through some ups and downs those first few months but today she is a delightful nine year old love.  Watching her grow up I swear is like seeing myself as a child.

Three years after that Erin joined our family.  Whatever they say "it" is, she's got "it".  Erin is witty, bright and a constant source of entertainment.

When the girls were in preschool I stepped up my crafting skills and decided to open an Etsy shop, My Kangaroo.  I named it after our NICU experience with Ava.  Kangaroo Care is when preemies are held right against their caretakers skin as a way of regulating their heart rate and breathing.

My girls inspired me to make fun toys for my shop.  Our crayons were the biggest sellers.  They were selected for LMNOP's 2008 Ultimate Gift Guide (here).  I was also honored to be one of 16 crafters selected for the craft book My Kids with My Crafts (here).  It was a success in my book but life got busy and I decided to give more time to my family than Etsy.  I still list things now and then and may get back into it again in the future, we'll see.

In addition to being a mom and crafter I'm also a speech language pathologist who has the privilege of working with some very awesome elementary school kids.  As much as I love staying home I also love my job.  I feel like I am part of a team that is making a difference in kids lives which makes my weekdays rewarding and less job-like.

I'm not a writer but as soon as my sewing machine arrived on my doorstep I found a new path open up to me and I wanted to document that journey where ever it led me.  So I started a blog (read about it here).  Since then I've learned to sew, began knitting again, started a garden and countless other little crafty projects.  I have no idea what I'll be making 6 months from now but I'm fairly certain that I will be making something.

Thank you for taking the time to read my rambling about the past, please stop by often and leave me a hello in my comments.  I'd love to hear from you.


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