Friday, August 17, 2012

Fall Farm Photo Shoot 2012

So, thanks to the urging of my sister I dressed Gunnar up in all his cowboy attire and took him out to the family farm to get some late summer early fall photos of him. In a half hours time I shot 74 photos and came out with 18 that I like so I am feeling like it was a successful morning. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Search for Satisfaction

Excuse the poor quality of the picture...I had to be my own model and take the photo with my phone  all the while trying to reign in my bubbling excitement...not a very easy task. 
Excuse the poor quality of the picture...I took it with my phone.
For the past few months I have taken a short hiatus from doing anything really crafty because nothing really motivated me. I spent most of my time being ridiculously bored with no creative outlet and walking through my scrapbook room staring at things and wondering why I couldn't get motivated to do anything. Finally I cam across a pattern for a coat and decided I was gonna try and make one for myself. I got the pattern traced and cut out (which I have found is the worst and most time consuming process of sewing clothes) and finally started putting it together a few days ago. As I progressed with the pattern I became more and more excited about the project. Once I got the hood and upper body (minus the sleeves) of the coat done I was so excited I did my happy dance (yes...I have a happy dance...courtesy of my sister...she taught me) and proceeded to wear the partially finished jacket around for the next two hours. Last night I was able to get one of the sleeves done and attached ( the hardest part so far...with the worst instructions...guess I will have to youtube it...I love youtube) and did another even more excited happy dance to which Gunnar fell over on the floor laughing like crazy over. Then I wore it around again for a while...not quite two hours this time...but pretty close. Anyway, the moral of the story is that I have finally found some creative satisfaction...doing something new and something useful! I can actually wear this coat and when people ask me where I got it I can say: "Yep, I made it!".

Monday, December 12, 2011


Through my life my only experience with pregnancy was with my mother and my sister. My mother had my brother when I was seven years old and so that bit of my experience is extremely limited to impressions of a growing belly and the wonder of a new baby. When my sister became pregnant in 2006 it was a whole new story. I was able to ask questions and see how things progressed but even then it was not the same as being pregnant myself. Finally in 2008 I became pregnant with my son Gunnar and started walking the long road of pregnancy. There were many things I was not prepared for and many things that I was and many things that I never imagined I would experience. Overall I was blessed with what my doctor called "a boringly perfect pregnancy", and when disaster stuck I was not at all prepared. I never even thought that something would go wrong.
In October 2009 I found out I was pregnant for the second time and in November 2009 I found out it was an ectopic pregnancy or a tubal pregnancy and was ordered by my doctor to take two shots of MTX (methotrexate) in both hips. Although I was aware at that point that it was not a viable pregnancy terminating it was the hardest thing I may have ever done. I remember sitting in the doctors office with tears running down my face trying to muster the strength to even stand up and walk out of the room. I felt utterly defeated, confused, and resentful. Why did this happen to me? Why after such a perfect first pregnancy was my second such a complete disaster? For months I was unable to look a pregnant woman in the face or feel real joy for their circumstances. It is a feeling that I have never quite been able to leave behind me. Still, I feel it a bit ever day.
In August 2011 I found out I was pregnant for the third time. After two and a half months of exhausting weekly blood tests, two ultrasounds, a viable heartbeat and baby picture...I miscarried in early October. "Again...this cannot be happening to me again!" was my only thought. With this loss came true despair and bitterness. It was all I could do to not feel real hate and anger when I saw a pregnant woman or a newborn baby. Now I just feel a deep gut wrenching sadness that I can hardly control. The kind that drives you to eat a whole bag of milk chocolate chips and cry until you cannot see and are gasping for breath. It has been two months and I sometimes find myself frozen in desolation with tears running down my face.
Recently a friend of mine has become pregnant for the second time. I am so completely happy for her and also ridiculously envious at the same time that it sometimes makes my head spin. I sat looking at the picture of the two pink lines and cried...and cried. It continues to be so hard for me to see any facebook posts, or blog updates, pictures of bellies, and pregnancy complaints. I feel like I die a bit every time I see them.
Still...I have hope. The anger and bitterness has faded to an exhausted memory, and I am now left with only the anguish and desolation. Everyday is still a struggle but I hope the struggle gives me strength. It is my wish that writing all this down and sharing it...facing it aloud will help with that struggle and give me hope. Hope to try and try again.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

About a week ago recieved my VERY early Christmas present from my amazing husband and after I signed the pad with the UPS man and did a very energetic happy dance I started unpacking it and set it up in may craft room. I have since only tackled a few projects and played a bit with the stitches...I have not really done a whole lot. Truth is...I am a bit intimidated by this machine. It is about 3 times bigger then my Kenmore Mini Ultra which I have been sewing on for the last seven years and does just about anything and everything you can imagine. I was completely awed by it when I saw them demonstrating it in HSN (yes...we are occasional HSN watchers) and it looked super user friendly but now that it is unpacked...I am just a bit overwhelmed. What is a woman to do? I guess I am just gonna have to dive right in and see where it goes. Maybe I just need to find the right project to get me going...maybe that new coat pattern I bought with do the trick!