Growing up I was surrounded by crafting. Thanks to my mother, I was blessed to learn how to sew, cross stitch, knit, and garden at a young age. This is what I remember when I think of my childhood – ridiculously bright homemade clothing, tacky painted footstools (footstools made by my carpenter dad, and painted by my 8 year old self), cross stitch bookmarks, a knitted sweater that was way too tight, and picking fresh strawberries and raspberries from the garden. What more could a child want?
My first job was even at a local craft store. I loved this job at Country Needleworks. They had stamping, and quilting, and cross stitching and scrapbook stuff.. it was like a little slice of heaven when I walked in those doors.
That upbringing has evolved into my love for photography, crafting, painting and gardening. Crafting is such a general term I feel as though I must divulge further into what that includes.. What you would find in my “craft room” is things from scrapbooking supplies, a sewing machine, buckets of acrylic paint, a couple knitting projects I started and never seemed to get around to finishing, buttons (because they’re pretty), a window from my parents garage that I have wonderful intentions for, some wood that I am planning on making decorative signs out of and even some home interiors items that I hung on to from school and the furniture store I used to work at.. So while it’s a wide spectrum of things, I would say it keeps my interest because I never have just one thing to do!
I struggled for years to find how I could combine all of these areas of enjoyment into one activity, it seemed so.. impossible. When I was on maternity leave my amazing husband, Ryan, and I were on a walk discussing what I could do to accomplish this and out came this idea.. It seemed like a large task and time consuming as a new mom, but when a challenge presents itself, you have to face it head on, right? So here it is, PurposefullyHome.com, the ultimate combination of the activities I love to do!