Tuesday, April 7, 2015

They Always Said I Had A Face For Radio

Today, I was given such an amazing opportunity, I got to talk about Made New and Rebuild on a local radio station.  I am completely stunned by how quickly people have offered to help and bring this business along. I am blessed by some great people in this town.  

I am completely humbled and amazed that this person, who growing up most people didn't even know she could talk, gets to be interviewed and gets to teach classes. It is certainly amazing, and I can't believe that I get to do this.  My heart and my spirit are full.  I am so excited to see where this ride takes me.  

I was hoping to get to take an outfit photo today, since I was wearing a shirt that I am particularly excited about. It is from Take Heart Apparel Co and twenty percent of the profit goes to one of a few charities that you get to choose from.  I chose the A21 campaign.  However, it was raining pretty hard all day and soaking wet is not a good look for anyone.  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday 2015

It has been such as perfect Easter Sunday.  This morning I went to church with my family and friends, then I grabbed coffee before heading to a cookout with Rebuild.  After that, we went to my grandparents house for a turkey dinner.  It has been such a great day so far.  I am hoping to work on some things for Made New, but after I get in a customary Sunday nap.  I  loved getting to wear my handmade jewelry for Made New this morning, it made the outfit feel so much more special.  

The dress and shoes are from Old Navy, and I made all the jewelry, which will hopefully be available online sometime this week.  

I hope that you all have a lovely Easter! 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Made New

I have been a little absent from everything these past few weeks because I have been working on a huge project.  This is such an amazing opportunity, and I am so thankful that I have been given this opportunity.  I would like to introduce what I have been working on.  This is Made New.  It is a company of sorts that I am starting here in Huntington, WV.  It is in the early stages right now and I still planning, but it is real.  The basic idea is that I will be teaching classes to local women who are going through a tough time right now, and then we will be selling the products that they make to give them some extra income and to earn money with dignity.  I will be working with a local non-profit that is run by a friend of mine that helps women in poverty, prostitution, and struggling with drug addiction.  It is so crazy that I was given this opportunity, I never thought in a million years that  I would be teaching a class of any kind, let alone basing a huge idea on it.  It's totally crazy, and yet it feels so perfect.  Right now I am trying to start selling some things that I have made, to raise money for class supplies, and I am planning what some of the first classes will be.  I am so thankful that God has allowed me the opportunity to help other people, it just blows my mind that this is something I am going to get to do.  If you want to keep up with what we are doing, you can keep up with us on various social media until we get our Etsy shop up and running, which I will be sure to announce here.  

Instagram: @madenewco
Twitter: @madenewco
or on Facebook as Made New Co 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lazy Sunday


I would love to build a house like this is the woods behind our house.  I can't imagine having this kind of place to retreat to and and enjoy.  This house is definitely dream worthy.  I would love to fill the walls with art and I can't imagine a floral couch and a vintage bed frame in the space.  I love that this is in West Virginia too...part of me hopes that this is close to where we live, their backyard is as dreamy as their cabin.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Creative Jealousy

I have been thinking quite a bit about creative jealousy.  When I say creative jealousy, I am talking about how my creativity, and I'm assuming some of your's as well, is affected by the creative output or ideas of others.  This is especially troublesome when it comes to the internet and blogs.  So many times I have been feeling creative and then I get online only to be discouraged because people are creating work that I find more creative or higher quality than what I am creating.  Or thinking that I will never be as creative as so and so, so why even try. It was only lately that I even realized that I was doing this.  I mean even when writing this post I found myself comparing it in size, quality, and content...and I'm writing about comparisons.  I would sit and look at all these projects that people created, and instead of using their creativity and being inspired by their creativity, I just don't even try.  It's an attitude that can be deadly to personal creativity and your creative output.  It was only when I realized how good I feel when I am creating something and how it makes me feel that I decided that I need to figure out how to push through my own feelings of jealousy.  I have trying to make a real effort to push though and actually create something even when I don't feel like it.  I had been thinking over this post for a few days, but then today I read a post on The Dainty Squid and she was essentially thinking the same things as I was.  She was talking about how a great way to push through these feelings is to just create anyways, just create anythings.  As long as you are putting brush to canvas, pen to paper, or whatever other creative outlet you choose.  As long as you do it, that's what really matters.  Comparing yourself to other people in any area of your life is rarely a good thing. I am learning it too, but I know that it is so important to be who you really are and to do what you love.  Fill your life with beautiful things, whether you think you can or not, and whether you feel like it or not.  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Am I A Theater

We are currently experiencing this ridiculous snowstorm that is affecting a good bit of the country, with about a foot of snow around here.  I even got a snow day from work, which is something that I never thought I would get as an adult.  I haven't left my house in three days, which means I have gotten a lot done, but I also have been doing quite a bit of loafing and thinking.  I have been reading a lot, which tends to make me very introspective, I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

I have been thinking about how quick we are to put on an act.  One book that I have been reading is Scary Close by Donald Miller.  I haven't finished the book yet, but he discusses how the deepest craving of the human spirit is to be fully known and to be accepted anyways.  However, we can't be fully known and fully accepted because most of us are not fully known, it is for this reason that many of us do not feel fully accepted.  We are all so quick to act out a theater.  We are all actors in a play and we all think that we are the only ones that are acting in our play, when we aren't really the main actor.  All of this has me thinking, how much of who I think I am and pretend to be is actually me, and what is just a theater that I am putting on.  What parts of me are real and what parts of me are parts I pretend are real, to get some fake acceptance from others. I think that we who spend more time online are especially guilty of this, putting out only the sparkly clean bits of our lives. Most of us pretend to be interesting, when really there are real parts of us that are actually interesting.  It's some deep stuff to think about. That's what snow days do to me I suppose, make me get all introspective and deep.

Thanks for putting up with my crazy deep thoughts for today.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Walking In The Woods

 I got a new camera for Christmas, and I am still trying to figure it all of the bells and whistles of it, so I thought what better way to figure it out than a walk in the woods after a fresh fallen snow.  I love the way the photos came out, but that probably has more to do with the fact that I love the way the woods look in the snow.  It wasn't an extensive hike, I basically walked around the edge, but it was still so serene and peaceful.  Something about the woods make me crave adventure but also poetry and deep thoughts.  I am always in a good mood after I spend time outside.  I also messed around with my new instax mini and had so much fun with it as well, but I didn't take many photos since I am super stingy with my film.  I'm way to cheap to take photos that I don't plan out, but I am trying to work harder on that since sometimes the best photos are spontaneous.  It was a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can't wait to mess around with my camera more.