Friday, September 23, 2011

What I've Been Up To Lately...

Okay I'm going to warn you this is a picture heavy post...and there may be some excessive chatter as well. I just feel that I've been kind of missing. I went through a VERY rough spot when The Angel Company closed their doors. It's been about a month and I'm finally feeling a little back to "normal" - as normal as I am anyway, lol!

I was really involved with TAC and when they announced they were closing it was a shock and well it hit me hard. I was disappointed/shocked/upset/unsure. I mean so many emotions! I was contacted by other companies and honestly my hubby and I talked (MANY NIGHTS) about what I should do. I felt as though I HAD to decide right then and hubby was like - why? Why - well aren't I supposed to do something now...I mean so many people are going to other companies so shouldn't I?

One thing about me joining TAC it wasn't a decision I just jumped into. I mean I've always been a crafter but selling product/teaching classes wasn't something I was familiar with. It wasn't until my hubby and I moved to Memphis and I worked at an AWESOME scrapbook store did my real creative side show. So two years after attending a few TAC parties I joined as a demonstrator. I realized that I don't want to just jump into something - especially if my heart isn't in it. And while there are AWESOME companies out there to work for none of them are currently speaking to me...I'm not feeling it in my heart, you know?

So back to the now - I'm been taking time and well trying things that I've wanted to but didn't have the time. First thing I did was rearrange/purge and reorganize my craft room. I took out an oversized craft desk that was being more of a catch all then anything and filled an entire wall with shelving and bookcases. LOVE it - it was what I need to start anew. Then I got busy creating a few scrapbook pages...

Sorry about the pics - obviously not sure how to take a good photo of my 12x12 pages (suggestions, anyone?) I tell you it felt so good to scrapbook again...I have so many awesome pictures and adorable stories that I want to tell/show so I will definitely be trying to do this more!

I'm a HUGE fan of Pinterest and have been finding so many wonderful projects I want to do. I found one to make finger puppets. I keep saying I want puppets for my preschool class so I made some...

I think they turned out so cute but they were time consuming and well I honestly can say I'm so glad I'm finally done with them! Here is a picture of all of them that I made.

Pretty cute huh? I think I got them from the Idea Room...but email me if you want specifics and I'll look them up.

Other than that I'm relaxing and being involved in PTO, Girl Scouts, Abby's Soccer and preschool. I'm taking it easy and watching some tv...so glad that my shows are back! Makes me happy!

Before I (finally!) go, when this all started I was supposed to create a card for FBW. I had the image colored but had not completed the card...well I got that done too...

See things are looking up :D I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

7 comments:

Chelsea said...

Glad to see that you are catching up on projects and keeping busy. :). Having a break is OK ... Take your time!

Seleise said...

love the finger puppets and good for you for following your heart! You have to do what's right for you. Looking forward to seeing what you put together for the craft shows. Love the card and scrapbook pages!

Debra Miller said...

I'm all for taking a break and waiting for something that speaks to you. It is a wonderful feeling to have things organized - I'm almost done myself. Great projects - Great post Michelle!

Karen Wilson said...

Wow Michelle. I had no idea!! I went back and read your "Sad News" post. So sorry to hear about TAC. Wow. I wouldn't jump into anything right now. Just rest/relax and something will come to YOU. Sounds like you're heading in the right direction and look at you, getting all creative!! You should pop over to my scrapbook challenge blog - http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.com/ - we run a new challenge every Sunday and it helps get those pages done!!!

Your card is really cute and you're right, things are looking up!!

Heather said...

Your card is stunnnig! Love the pop of black and as usual your coloring is amazing!

I LOVE love love the finger puppets! How cute!

I am glad to hear you are getting a new normal! I know how hard all the change has been and totally understand. You do not have to decide anything - and I know you will figure it all out and come out on top wether it is on your own or with a new company. Just keep creating and sharing your creations so we can all be inspired! :-) Hugs! Heather

Anna said...

Dude! The scrapbook pages rock! Love the little dress on her dancer page! And the puppets! So stinking cute! I have a hard time with 12x12 photos too. Glad you finished your card too! Such a pretty image!

Anonymous said...

Michelle I told you that you would have your own business in the future and you are on your way. you go girl !! Wanda