My name is Caroline and I am a craftaholic.
The past 6 years I have been working full time in a rather stressful environment for a technology company. I'm also the mom of a 4 year old, the wife of a great guy that is a complete technology geek, and the owner of a fixer-upper house. All of this happen to suck in a lot of energy and I had been denying my creative side an output for a while. Those days are over. Not only do I paint, cook and bake. Now I sew and quilt. I even have a great creative space just for it.
Late last year, I stumbled into the craft blogging world. That's when the dam broke lose. I was addicted. Since then I've been needing my daily dose of blog reading and my crafting fix too. It didn't take very long until I naturally had to start a blog. At first it was only an output to my daily frustrations, and it still is sometimes. But it is so much more.
A couple of months ago, my sweet old grand mother passed away. Combine this with a pretty nasty phase at work, I was in a depression tailspin. No energy beyond that needed to care for the bare minimum. For weeks I stayed cooped up at home. Not one bit of creativity left. Not even enough for cooking.
Enter Craftaholic Anomymous (a blog I have been following for the past 6 months or so), and Linda, Craftaholic in Chief. In the deep of my slump I stumbled on her "Christmas in July" gift exchange. Somehow the post stuck something else in me. I do love challenges. And this was one. Create something with a deadline. And suddenly, the creative me was back at the wheel. Since the gift exchange, the mojo is back. I've been tackling at least a project a week since mid-june. So I recently divided my blogging in two outputs: the original journal/relief blog and this one, the creativity blog... I feel reborn
This is what I made for Erika, my "Giftee" - An evening clutch
And these are the cute hair clips I received from my "gifter" McEnzey