Friday, August 9, 2013

What I'm Working On

At just about 6 weeks I'm starting to find a little bit of "free time".  Who would have thought it you put the baby down in their crib to nap they actually sleep and you have your hands free to do other stuff!  Today I started pulling some stuff together from the craft room to start working on some sort of Project Life/Baby Book hybrid project. So here is what is on my "work table" (and by work table I mean coffee table because my actual "work table" is a mess with Etsy stuff):

1.  A journal for writing down letters to Anna, stories, and notes of what we are doing during the day.  Hopefully to then transfer into a baby scrapbook.
2.  A huge stack of Studio Calico monthly project life kits.  I love these kits but haven't used any of them!  I am thinking of starting Project Life now (in the middle of the year) to document Anna's first year.
3.  A traditional baby book - you know just in case the Project Life thing doesn't pan out!
4.  The project life Baby Edition that I bought back in January and haven't started on!
5.  Project Life page protectors - so I can try to organize and plan out where my photos will go before I print them (so I don't end up printing all 700 photos I took last month and just print the ones I want to use in the book!)
6.  A baby monitor so I can hear when Anna wakes up.  Shhhhhhhhh......

And here is a cute picture we took last week of Anna (and Dustin) at 5 weeks old:


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Meet Anna

Meet Anna.  She’s the reason I have been missing from the blog. 

Ok maybe that’s not exactly true; I mean Anna is only a month old so I guess I can’t exactly blame her for being gone for a whole year.  Truth is I needed a break – the last couple of years have been busy and stressful and creating and blogging was just one more thing I felt like I HAD to do.  Creating should be fun and if it’s not fun its time to take a break.   

I have thought about writing the “where have I been” blog post a million times over the past year and most of the time haven’t gotten past the first sentence. If you know me or have been following my blog you know I do this a lot:  I get really into something for a period of time then I just stop, and then eventually I decide I want to come back and write a “sorry I was gone but really I promise I’m back now” post.   This is why my blog is so perfectly named “Bursts of Creativity” because my creativity comes in bursts.  But its not just “creativity” that comes in bursts: I do this with all things:  bursts of Etsy, bursts of blogging, bursts of exercise, bursts of decorating, and so on.  Some bursts are longer (I threw myself into my etsy shop for a good two years before I started to get burned out) and some are short (yeah the exercise burst never seems to last more than a couple months). This is definitely a cycle for me -and it's genetic (thanks Dad!).

So I’m starting over.  This blog began as a place to share my latest crafts and little bits of my life with family and friends.  Then I got it in my head that I was going to be the “next big thing” in craft blogging (please read that with a little bit of humor and sarcasm) and the blog became about making things so that I could create tutorials so that I could get more followers.  I want to go back to simple – just sharing what is going on in my life.   So now the blog will be a place to share all of my bursts – whatever I am into at the time.  I do hope to get back into paper crafting.  Anna is going to need a baby book and I have a stack of Studio Calico Project Life month kits waiting to be used!  I also just hope to share stories of our life with Anna– those stories may only be interesting to her grandparents but I am hoping that I can get back to a place where this blog is fun for me – and if that means only 10 people are out there reading well then I am grateful that 10 people are interested enough to read this!