I am a mother of two wonderful children, Josh and Caitlin. I haven't always been the perfect mom, but I have always tried to be the best mom that I could. We have had our share of laughs, tears and frustrations. Life isn't always easy, but we make the best out of every situation, learning along the way--always growing and changing.
My mother is responsible for getting me interested in art. When I was a child, her and I would go to our local Dairy Queen to get a hot fudge sundae, then we would drive to the levee that was behind our home in Belle Chasse. We would spend a few hours painting and drawing the scenery. One of my first paintings was a watercolor of a fish. I enjoy the fact that the gift of creativity was instilled in me by my mother instilled and that I can use that in my career.
I have been teaching art for 15 years. I enjoy my job, but sometimes it can be a little trying. I would love for everyone to enjoy art and the process as much as I do, but that is not always the case. But every year, I get a handful of kids that amaze me with their natural talents and that makes it worth the while.
Crafting is something that I have always enjoyed. I enjoy learning new techniques and seeing how other people utilize different techniques. YouTube has become a site that I use often to learn new techniques or brush up on some that I may have some familiarity with, but need to tweak my skills.
A couple of years ago my mother-in-law gave me my first Cricut machine. I started out by making simple cards and cutting images to use in my classroom. This past Mother's Day I was gifted the Cricut Expression and I have really enjoyed learning how to use the machine.
About three months ago I started making handmade journals and also learned how to make the Word Book photo albums. I have been spending the last couple of months gaining more experience with working on the Word Books, which I have found I enjoy creating very much.
I think the biggest reward of crafting and creating is seeing the smiles on people's faces when they are presented with a personalized gift. Knowing that something I made will make someone smile is worth every minute, not to mention the time I get to spend doing something that I really enjoy.