Friday, June 3, 2011

Guest Post by Life as Topher's Mama

We have a guest post from gin, from Life as Topher's Mama.  gin has a great writing style, and writes great stories about her teaching experiences, life as a mom and wife, and her crafty projects.  Take it away, gin!
Life as Topher's Mama

Well hello there!  Let me say I am so thrilled to be hanging out at Handy Man, Crafty Woman today.  I was honored when Laurie contacted me to guest blog.

Without further ado...

I'm gin.  I write a little blog called "Life as Topher's Mama."

I am a mama 14 months in the making to Toph, who lights up my life. I am wife three years in the making to Matt, who is the smartest person I know.  He is a high school math teacher at an inner city high school.  Speaking of teaching, I'm a teacher too.  I am a third grade bilingual teacher at an inner city elementary school.  I love what I do, but some days are difficult and sad (so I blog about them).

On my blog you'll find a mishmash of everyday topics that strike my fancy.  Sometimes I wish I fit nicely into a niche, but it's very hard to fit me into one.  Not one post ever looks the same as the last So, you can read everything from my musings on bathroom etiquette in the workplace, to my baby's penchant for taking his diaper off, to my messy closet, to how I get a little sad on Sunday nights and to my newfound love of crafting.

That's right; I said new-found love.  I grew up in a very crafty home; my mama can make you just about anything you want.  She's great with a sewing machine and has been since I can remember.

I never took to the crafty side of things {but it wasn't for lack of trying on the part of my mama}.  One day, I grew up and bought a house and became very picky about what I wanted in it.  Matt and I have very specific ideas of what we want to grace the walls of our house and we couldn't find anything that suited us.  After feeling sad staring at the blank walls, I had an epiphany:

What if I made it myself?

So the crafting began.  Like I said, I'm not a natural at being crafty.  In fact, I'm crafty-challenged, you could say.  I quickly realized that it doesn't matter because while I am terrible at being crafty, I'm great at following directions.  That's when I found the wonderful, magical art of tutorials.

May I please just say thank you to all of you who write up these creative tutorials that help people like me make beautiful things for my home and wardrobe! 

These are some of the things I have crafted thanks to the wonderful world of tutorials:

Aren't they pretty?
I know they are, thank you!

One thing I've learned as a new crafter is this:
  • You're going to mess up.
  • If you mess up, it's okay.  People's lives aren't riding on you making this centerpiece flawless.
  • You probably won't get it perfect the first time because...IT'S THE FIRST TIME!
  • I have to tell myself these things because I have issues with perfectionism...please tell me I'm not the only one!
I'm not a complete tutorialista.  I have found that reading enough crafting blogs and completing enough crafting tutorials will inspire original creativity.  Here are some things I've created out of my own imaginative volition:

Cool right?

That's me; mama, wife, teacher, wanna-be crafter.  I am a busy girl; my days are long and nights are short (I imagine many of you can relate).  At night, I don't so much sleep as much as I die a little death only to rise again when the alarm clock goes off.  

Hop on over to Life as Topher's Mama and read more about me and my little world; I don't hate comments (in fact I'm obsessed with them), so leave one saying HI!

Again, thanks so much Laurie for having me over!  I think you are wicked awesome.

Thanks for guest posting, gin!  It was great getting to know you.  


Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

These are interesting thoughts on crafting. It seems like no matter how explicit the tutorial, no two people will get the same results, so it's good to not be a perfectionist. Sometimes the less-than-perfect craft project looks better than the original model.

Thanks for the guest post!

Eve said...

You are so awesome, Gin with your fancy pants crafts!! I'm a crafty wanna be. I'm creative, but more on the digital side rather than with crafts. I tried scrapbooking, but then scrapped the idea. Ha! :-)

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

Great post Gin! loved it! you rock girl!

Alicia said...

Thanks for sharing, this was an interesting read.
Alicia xx

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