Here I am, less than a month away from the school year (for my son) starting up again and all those things I had thought I’d have tons of time to do now that I’ve left my corporate 9-5 have actually proven to be kind of a challenge. I left my full time job to take on the full time responsibilities of managing our house, doing administrative work for my husband’s business and dedicating time to planning out how to re-build the Just Rotary Blades website.
Without the structure of a full time job and set office hours obliging me to work, I find myself either engrossed in posting on Facebook or searching Amazon for the next cool thing to buy for my new obsession, Junk Journals (which is actually kind of ironic, because junk journals are supposed to be created from ephemera, not brand new stuff).
As you know, Summer, my hobby of choice since roughly 2007 has been quilting. I am not big on being outside because, well, Texas is HOT and I don’t enjoy sweating or exerting myself outside of air conditioning. I’ve never felt very comfortable in a bathing suit and geez, the beach here (Galveston) it has so much SAND and SUN and the water is kind of brown and murky. EWW So not really a beachy kind of person. (Side note, that’s how I knew my husband I were meant to be together, he dislikes the beach almost as much as I do)
In fact, the last few days my son and I have gone to the pool but it’s at the local Natatorium (which he adorably calls the Auditorium) which is an indoor Olympic size swimming pool. There isn’t a concern about getting sunburned and even though they do leave a side door open for a little ventilation, we don’t have as much issue with bugs that we would outside.
OK, so back to Summer activities, I thought we would spend time going to the Children’s Museum or the Science Museum, I guess there is still hope for us, we have a few more weeks before school starts. Maybe we’ll save a trip to the beach for October (I think I finally understand why my mom loves to visit the beach in December) and plan to go camping when it’s cool enough to enjoy having a camp fire and making s’mores.
One thing I have really enjoyed this summer has been the Camp Wanna Craft virtual camp that Cori Speiker (The Reset Girl) hosted. It truly was amazing and has pulled me into a world of paper, glue, stickers, and crafty ephemera that I didn’t realize could be so fun. I totally KNEW that world was there (kind of like the upside-down, but not nearly so creepy, just different) and had visited the world before when I went through a Stampin’ Up rubber stamps, Creative Memories Scrapbook phase. I also bought lots of “mixed media” supplies such as gloss medium and molding paste and fluid acrylics but I never knew what the HECK to do with them. The scrapbook stuff kind of died when digital cameras came along and without the skills or desire to learn the art journal stuff, it just went to the wayside.
Camp Wanna Craft changed that for me, because truly, Pinterest and YouTube can only get you so far. There is SO SO SO much to be said about planned, guided instruction. And remember, I used to design corporate training for a living, I REALLY appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating videos, editing them, loading them to a website and getting all the pieces to fall into place in the end. Also, the community of folks I’ve found in the paper craft community has just expanded my sphere of friends and it’s so fun to see a mix of projects in my Instagram feed!
Well Summer, I believe I’ve said my peace for the moment, although there will be more later so please stay tuned. I know you get a bad rep because of the heat, and bugs and heat but this is my time to practice Hygge (have you seen the post from Bella Magazine about Hygge in Summer?) and cozy up in my air conditioned house and play with all my craft supplies (and figure out how organize everything – that will definitely be a future post!)
If you want to keep up with my day to day crafty craziness, please go find me on Facebook or Instagram, my account is Sew Good Sew Far on both, and say hi because I love to have a two way conversation, as much as I love to talk!