What the Craft?
There are lots of reasons why Craft Remedy came to be and why its growing and around to stay. The name “Craft Remedy” came to me one day, as most things do at the most random of times. I was in the middle of a design project for work and I was itching to make a “me project”. You know the kind that serve no other purpose than to give you a boost, take a break, clear your head, or feel like you accomplished something when other wise you feel that you aren’t accomplishing much. I love therapeutic projects and they have always helped me to calm my stress, bring a sense of purpose, and force me to make a plan for everything else.
I remember calling my husband on the phone and sharing my brilliant blog name with him. I am sure his eyes rolled about 40 times in his head because the last thing I had time for was starting up another venture. My mom would have said lovingly that “I need another idea, like I needed a hole in my head” and a hole is not a convenient thing. So I got as far as reserving a domain name and messing around with some logos and that was that. It sat that way for at least another year or two.
Those next few years were busy and challenging. We moved and between 3 people, we had 4 surgeries in a years time. My health, food allergies, and all that had taken a toll on me and work was busy, family was busy, and life was busy. It was so stressful! My life was changing and I was moving from one stage to the other whether I liked it or not. When they say that kids are only young for a short time and to enjoy it. They really mean it! It’s too short and I mourned how quickly having little ones at my feet came to an end. Though I love my work as a Product Designer (and still do) I began to take on more and bigger projects as my kids grew. I started to become out of balance. I found that balance through my little projects and I loved doing them for me and my family and sharing them with my friends and family.
Whether it was reupholstering furniture or building furniture from scratch, I loved having a list of potential projects and loved doing last minute projects, whether it be a school poster, making a costume, or building a fort. And its not always a craft project. It could be working on teaching my kids to read, working on being better at time management, working on keeping my naturally messy ways less messy. There are so many different kinds of projects everyday!
Bucket List Opportunity
One fall day, I sat down to the television, something of which I rarely let myself do when I was working. And relished in a moment of watching Studio 5 while eating my lunch. They showed their first House Crash, and said they were taking applications for more House Crashes. I literally dropped my food and ran to my computer to apply.
I was exhilarated and prepared and sent off an email in a flourish. Getting to watch the show live, versus on the DVR gave me a head start. Having pictures of all my projects ready to go gave me the hope that they would for sure contact me. And then two months went by. Bummer. I thought for sure I had a chance.
And then when I was in the middle of madness preparing for a trade show for a new bag brand I was launching, I got an email. What!?! They wanted to come to my house and film that week. Ummmm….I am covered in saw dust, have to finish building this booth, ship it off to Vegas, plus finish other presentations and work obligations, pack for a week long trip, plan for my kids schedules while I was away on said trip, and oh ya, clean my house!!!! But yes, I could NOT pass up on this opportunity. It was a bucket list item opportunity! So I worked, and cleaned, and cleaned some more and got ready.
The craziest part of filming that House Crash was once the filming was over, I just hung out in my kitchen with Brooke Walker eating some strawberries, and chips and dip and thinking. HOLY COW!!! And also thinking, ‘I feel like I am floating outside of my body now’, and ‘I feel like I have know this person longer than 30 minutes because it was so awesome to chat like two long time friends!’ Thanks Brooke Walker for being so much fun!
And so in order to continue to have even more fun on Studio 5, Craft Remedy came to life. I needed a place to post all those projects I was talking about on TV. I couldn’t do it alone as I still had a business to run, and a family to take care of, and health to balance, and so I lucked out that my sister-in-law is a pretty awesome business partner and is willing to work with a crazy person like me. Breanna has the love of making and creating beautiful things along with the incredible internet/marketing ninja skills that make us a great match. She has done so much to get Craft Remedy to where it is at today.
If this was all just a way to get self praise, that would wear out in minutes. That has no staying power. I want to help people, I want to inspire you! What I hope you get out of Craft Remedy is the inspiration to try new projects, make new plans, reinvent yourselves, create to help yourself, create to bless those around you, and keep moving and improving and not giving up no matter what life throws your way.
I was at the store the other day and the checker and I began to chat. She shared with me how she had tried and failed at college and so she didn’t want to try again. To that I said, “Keep going, keep trying!” You are NEVER to old to try something new! My grandma started and finished college in her 60’s and did many more amazing things in the years following. Maybe I’ll take up the clarinet when I’m 80 and have finally taken a dance class and dance with Jean’s Gold Girls at the Jazz Games! (Haha)
So if we can inspire you to try out some of our crazy, silly, inventive, and hopefully useful projects and recipes we will feel like this whole adventure is worth it. You are worth it and it is worth it to try, and try some more, and try new things, and remedy all life’s funny quirks, dramas, projects and problems with a Craft Remedy.
Make your list, collect ideas, write down the things that make you excited, motivated, and active. Some, you might be able to try now, some might be for later, but always keep adding to that list, and pause to take stock of where you are at and where you’d like to go. Here are just a few of the things on my never ending list: Golf lessons, Chinese Language Lessons, Painting Lessons, Time for Meditation, Fitness/Running, Healthy Eating, Build a Piano. Some are possible now, some might happen later, but either way, I will never be bored because there is always some to do, improve, or to take a moment to reflect on.
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