Confessions of a serial crafter today! I just like to make things and I just like to try new things! Nothing wrong with that, unless you are wanting to weed out the many things in the house that make it full and harder to live a minimalish lifestyle! Maybe that could be my new thing for YouTube -- Mininmalish Mania!
But, back to the crafting collective! I'm trying to think of my personal history of crafting. Here's what comes to mind: sewing, knitting, a wee bit of crochet, embroidery, crewel embroidery, soapmaking, candlemaking, papermaking, cake decorating, photography, beads for all sorts of stuff, making doll clothes, fabric painting (remember those puffy paints?!), block printing and then there's the supplies for drawing/painting that I've been picking up here and there but haven't really done anything with yet!
There's an untested craft that hasn't made the list. I know, strange! It's called Diamond Painting, at least I think that's right. I heard about it at a retreat 3 or 4 years ago from someone working on it. I really didn't get the allure at the time.
Fast forward to January 2021. I'm getting some thread or something from a JoAnn store. On the way down the aisle, I see a display for Diamond Dotz Painting kits. Out of curiousity, I took a look so I could see what something like that cost to do. I don't know, maybe I was hoping it would be real crystals and way too spendy to even dabble in. I could see that it really wouldn't break the bank to try it, but all of the pictures ringing any bells for me, except for way down on the bottom, I spied a box of greeting cards that could be blinged up with Diamond Dotz. Among those cards, there was exactly one that really spoke to me and that's what you see below.
I just missed getting this into the Golden Globes!
Not trying to be a Negative Nelly here, but I thought maybe I could share some of what goes on during our real life as real humans! Bob and I hoped for so long that we would one day be able to step away from the workforce and be able to carry on for as long as possible doing the things we had put off doing. It seemed like such a pie-in-the-sky sort of lifestyle! What would we do? Would we be healthy? Would we even like retirement? What if one of us got sick? What if one of us was left alone? And on....
One of our most hoped-for goals was to have the time to go places for more than a week or 10 days at a time. We have never had high paying jobs and that's ok. We knew how to live within our means and carried on. We knew that retirement was not going to bring a big pot of money with it! So the only real way we could travel much was to do it on our terms, which means economically! That's what led to our choice to get ourselves a comfortable home on wheels and see what develops. And it's still developing, and we're having a good time. But in the interest of transparency, I'll clue you in that there are little bumps along the road, too! Things happen, and you change.
Just like this agave plant in Arizona, growing all happy in its spot until a wildfire comes along and changes things! Hopefully there will probably be some new growth on this guy, but only time will tell.
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Hi! I'm Pam! Join me on this journey through the next steps of life!