Up Close and Personal

I just spent the weekend at the SNAP! conference. It was amazing!
There is nothing like getting together with a huge group of talented, creative women who totally get you.
I met women that sew.
Women that use power tools.
Women that make jewelry.
Women that share my spray paint addiction.
Women that spend hours taking and editing photos.
Women that decorate.
Women that are trying to find a balance between blogging and family time.
Women dealing with divorce, infertility, betrayal, abuse, wayward children, unemployment, and a host of other trials.
I met women who choose to smile in spite of those trials.

I was taught, I was inspired, I was uplifted.

I am so grateful for a husband who encourages me to attend these wonderful conferences, and then holds down the fort while I am away.

I learned a lot while I was there, but I think the biggest thing I took away was that I need to be a little more “real” on my blog. I tend to just post the instructions for tutorials, the recipe photo and tips, and the before and after photos of my projects.
I’ve been afraid of interjecting anything personal because I didn’t want to bore the heck out of you. But I’m afraid I’ve become a bit of a fact spewing machine. I’ve lost a little of the connection I love to feel with my readers. I want it back.

This has been a whole lotta words with no photos, so I don’t know if any of you are still with me. If you are. . .

In keeping with the whole “being more personal”, I’m sharing a few things you probably don’t know about me. I hope we can still be friends. πŸ˜‰

1- This is the current state of my craft room:

Jealous, aren’t you?

2-I cannot stand to write with a dull pencil. It gives me the heebie jeebies like fingernails on a chalkboard. I currently have 3 boxes of mechanical pencils in my cupboard, just so I’m prepared. I know, I’m a freak.

3-I would rather scrub toilets than unload the dishwasher. I loathe unloading the dishwasher. I’ve been known to wash dishes by hand rather than have to unload. Told you I was a freak. πŸ˜‰

4-There is not one room in my house that is totally finished. Not one. Some are 90% done, but some are only 20% done. Sometimes I think it would be easier to move.

5-I am the most uncoordinated person that I have ever met. I can trip walking across carpet in my bare feet. For reals. High heels are totally out of the question. Which is a huge bummer because I am only 5’2″.

6-I wear my ugly pair of crocs almost every day, because they are comfortable. If you look closely in this photo, you can see them.
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Classy, no? I am happy to report that I do draw the line at wearing them in public. I do have a small degree of pride left.

7-I’m pretty sure that when God was handing out math skills, I was in the kitchen making refreshments. I have a college degree, but I still have to use my fingers to add. After my kids pass 3rd grade, I can’t even help them with their math homework.

8-It’s been so long since I washed the sheets in my boys’ bedroom that our entire basement smells like a locker room. I have to hold my breath when I walk down there.

Feel better about yourself? I am sooo not perfect. No one is. We just need to accept ourselves (and each other) for who we are. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. We all have quirks. And that is OK. Actually, it’s awesome!!

Hope you all have a fabulous week! Now I’m off to tackle stinky laundry and piles of crap! πŸ™‚


  1. I do love that you posted pics of your craft room. Mine looks very similar. When meeting other women, I can many times tell if they are “real” or not. Real women will admit they have a messy house, a dirty ring in the toilet, or regularly step in kitty throw-ups! Thanks for being real!

  2. Shantalle says:

    Lol! I have lost my pride I suppose entirely. I wear my ugly, purple, comfortable crocs outside in public everyday to walk my son to school. Today I even sported socks underneath them, sexy huh πŸ˜‰ I’m with ya on the dishes, I’d rather do anything other than dishes, it was in our marriage “contract” that the hubs does the dishes, smart huh!!

  3. love this, and love you! forget my kids sheets– I haven’t washed my sheets since before hannah was born. we sleep in spitup these days. ah the confessions…

    • I put off washing Tyler and Justin’s sheets forever because I hate putting them back on the bunk beds. It takes forever!

  4. Haha! Thank you so much for sharing your “humanness”. πŸ™‚ I always stop following blogs that give off a sense “perfection”. Whether they’re intending to or not.
    Now I love your blog even more!

  5. I love this! I’d swap you unloading dishes for cleaning my toilets anyday:)

  6. It was so great rooming with you at SNAP, Kara. I am so glad to have met you and that I had the opportunity to get to know you a little bit. I think you are awesome just the way you are πŸ™‚

    • I feel exactly the same about you Gwen! You are talented, kind, and fun to be with. I had the bestest roommates!

  7. You are way cooler to me now!!

  8. Yeah, Now we are friends !

  9. OMG, you mean you are normal!! Holy Freakin Crap!!! Maybe this post made you feel better & I am VERY glad for that. BUT……………..if you haven’t noticed lately by your fan base, we don’t necessarily care WHAT your home looks like so long as YOU are happy & posting happy crafting stuff that makes us ooooh & ahhhhhh. People that DO care what your home life looks like, (for judging reasons) DON”T matter!!!!!!God Bless Your Mess!!!
    Speaking to YOUR face from MY heart, Chelle kweenbee_612@yahoo.com

  10. Wow, this could be me, lol. Our family office looks like your craft room. i don’t own a pair of crocs, but I do have a comfy pair of “athletic” slip-ons that look like crocs with the toes missing. I wear them every day, but not in public (not unless you count the walk down the street to my parents house). We don’t have any rooms in our house that are finished either..in fact the more we seem to accomplish, the more we realize needs to be done. And my kids sheets…I don’t even want to go there,lol. And yes, I have a college degree and can’t do math…I told my husband once the kids reach a certain age math will be his department to teach. Love this post…glad to know a little more about you and to see that we are all similar in some ways! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Michelle! I totally laughed at your line “the more we seem to accomplish, the more we realize needs to be done”. Oh my gosh, that is so true! LOL!

  11. Oh my God Kara……. I kept waiting for one fact to not mirror me, but they all did. Sorry, I know what you will be like when you are my age. And yes, you will still be using your fingers to add.


  12. Kara, I love this post and I ADORE you!! I’m so glad you were our roomie at SNAP. I learn so much from you and I just love being around you and feeling your strength.

    • Thanks so much for letting me be your roomie! You are awesome! When I’m pregnant I am literally a bump on a log. You were totally your happy, friendly, bouncy, fun self. I don’t know how you found the energy. You rock!

  13. We could so be friends! From kids sheets to comfy shoes to not fully finishing a room to math skills… I had already pictured you as a “real” person from reading between the lines in your posts πŸ™‚ I appreciate all you do on this blog!!!

    • I just wish I could have a huge get-together with all my readers. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I feel like all of you really are my friends, but it sure would be fun to meet you!

  14. Fun blog post – thanks for sharing! I live in a 2bdrm 1-1/2 bath small place and never feel like my rooms are done either! Some progress along faster than others. your daughter is so cute! Kudos for admitting you wear crocs. I dont even own a pair. I would rather do dishes than toilets but when I was single and lived in AZ I used paper plates a lot so I didnt have to do dishes. These days my husband cooks and i do dishes. It works for now πŸ™‚

    • Hmmm, I wonder if I could talk my husband into that plan. Either that, or I should start using paper plates more often. LOL!

  15. Kara! Loved this! Meeting you was so awesome, you are exactly the fun, talented girl I thought you were! And I too am tackling my piles of smelly laundry from while I was at SNAP πŸ™‚

    • Aw, thanks so much Cyndi! It was awesome meeting you too. That is my very favorite part of conferences! Here’s hoping we can both finish off those piles of laundry. I’m getting close. πŸ˜‰

  16. It was so good to see you this weekend, Kara! I can’t get over what a little angel that sweet girl of yours is! πŸ™‚


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