After high school at 18 years old, I went straight into the U.S. Air Force. I joined as a communications technician and also did a short stint in training. I loved what I did while in training because I loved getting to interact with people everyday. After I got out of the Air Force in August 2009, I finished up my Bachelors in Business Administration in October 2009. Well, because timing is everything, there were no jobs…NONE, so timing definitely was not on my side. I lived in Las Vegas at the time and the unemployment rate was ridiculously high. I decided to go back to school for my MBA with a concentration in Human Resources. Finally, as luck would have it, I got a job as a secretary. Not exactly what I was looking for at the time, but it ended up being the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I learned a lot and met some amazing people during that time. That job was cut short because my husband’s company decided to move us to Germany…no complaints here!;) I was very excited about the move and ready to start looking for work with my newly completed MBA…however, it proved to be much harder than I thought. Because my husband is a contractor and not a military member, I don’t have a whole lot of an advantage over other military spouses to get a job on the base.
The one thing I asked my husband for when I got here in April 2011 was a sewing machine. I had always wanted to learn how to sew, but I never had the time. With a young child running around, and working full time, plus doing school full time, there was no way I was ready to take on a new hobby. I have always been creative and done a few cakes on the side for my daughter and some friends, but never gotten the time to do some sewing. My friend got pregnant shortly after we left to come to Germany and I was feeling horrible. I wanted to be there so bad to share her pregnancy with her and experience it together because she was there for me when I was pregnant. Instead, I learned how to sew so that I could decorate the baby’s room. It was a blast. There is nothing better than making someone smile with a handmade gift that you created for them. I just love it.
Next, I wanted to learn how to crochet. My Grandma Doll taught me how to knit when I was younger, but I only ever learned the knit stitch, never learning the purl, or how to cast off. I decided to take on that challenge and figure it out. I would have given anything to call her and ask her how to do it, but unfortunately, she passed on in October 2009. She also crocheted a lot and I never got a chance to figure that one out, but thanks to the Internet, I was able to teach myself. I fell in love…instantly. There was something so fun about seeing a ball of yarn and thinking of the amazing things you can make with it.
After sharing some of the projects that I have done on my personal Facebook page and getting such positive feedback, I decided to start this blog so that I could teach others what I have learned as well as sharing the projects that I enjoy doing. If I can inspire one person to pick up a crochet hook, knitting needles, or learn to sew, then I am happy. I learned the majority of what I know about those three on YouTube….sad, but true.:) Gotta love technology!! This blog also allows me the ability to show all of my friends and family the crafts that I am doing from all the way here in Germany. I hope you all enjoy this blog as much as I do. Thanks so much for stopping by and learning a little bit about me.