Monday, January 5, 2015


   Hey crafty peeps! Today's post is not a crafty post, but more of an update on my crazy life! I haven't talked or seen many of you since the end of November/beginning of December, and a lot has changed since then!

   First, you might have noticed that I haven't been putting up as many blog posts the last couple months. The holidays are my time to put business in the backseat and enjoy the season and my family. However, you might have also noticed that I don't have a lot scheduled in the next couple months either! Well there's a good reason for that, too!

   Now don't panic....I'm not giving up the CTMH business or crafty time, but for the next couple months I won't be able to do as many of my classes and events either. I's sad news, but life has decided to keep me busy elsewhere.

   So here's a couple reasons why I'm overwhelmed and my schedule is insane at the moment:

1. We have decided to start a basement remodel on our house.

    Yep! We decided to start the year with another huge project! This time, though, we're hiring it out to get finished in a professional and timely manner (and to save my sanity). So we're meeting with designers today, talking with contractors, and planning our space! It's going to be craziness around here, but it'll be awesome to get this space finished! 

2. We also are preparing to sell our house in Ankeny, IA.

    Ummm yes....we have had wonderful tenants living in our old house for the last 3 1/2 years, but they are ready to get a place of their own! This means that we now have an empty house to deal with starting in February! We have decided to sell it instead of re-rent it so that it's one less thing on my plate to manage. This means that there are updates and cleaning to take care of, appliances to replace and fix, painting, staging, and finding a realtor! Soooo yeah....this means a lot of my time will be spent in the Des Moines, IA area in February and March!

3. We will be taking our Annual Florida trip at the beginning of February.

    So on top of having these other two huge things going on, we also will be out of town for 2 weeks at the beginning of February for our Annual Florida trip. We're excited to see family and visit our nieces and nephews from Seattle, Washington (which we haven't seen in a year), and we're ready for some warm sunshine, too! However, this makes planning workshops impossible in February.

4. Lastly, the honest factor!

    My last reason is more of a chance to be honest with all of you. I haven't crafted a thing since the middle of November. I have all of the new products and projects in mind, but I haven't had a chance to touch any of it for a long time. So this has also affected posting artwork, upcoming workshops, promotion artwork, etc.

    I am hoping to have some crafty time these next two weeks before we leave for Florida, but we'll see what I can do. We still need to put Christmas away, clean our house, and take care of some beginning of the year business stuff, too (yay taxes, dues, and other time consuming paperwork).
   It's been quite overwhelming, friends, and I just wanted to keep you all in the loop! I will try really hard to get ahead soon, but please be patient with me as I try and get through all these crazy new hoops!

    Definitely keep checking this blog and my Facebook business page for updates, and feel free to contact me with any questions or orders that you would like to place in the next couple months! Thanks for understanding, friends! I hope you all are getting time to get crafty this month! I would love to see what you're making if you do! Until next time:

Here's to life, love, and creativity!