Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Interview with BozenaWojtaszek @ Etsy


When did you become interested in quilting/sewing?
I was taught to sew by one of my grandmas when I was 9. I loved sewing at an early age, so it was just the matter to get the knowhow. But the talent and love for sewing I inherited from my other grandma. Of course I sewed my own clothes; I also knit, crochet and embroider.

How did it evolve to the artwork you are doing now?
I love all crafts but sewing was always my biggest love. And I mean sewing by machine. I like to embellish my works with beads or embroidery but it is just an addition, the main fun is done by machine. And I was trying to make art quilts not even knowing they are quilts.


Where do your ideas come from? Care you share your creative process?
Nature (as seen in plants and their fruit), culture (art and history but also material culture) and emotions (personal and social). Some years ago I "discovered" that kitchen and food related themes cover everything. Since then I stayed focused on those topics with small excursions into the woods (my trees) and medieval art. I love to discover connections and relations between everyday small things and big ideas.

My creative process isn't a secret - I have a blog where I share it and it turned out that it depends on many factors. Sometimes I just like the color combination of some veggies and I want to translate it into fabric. Sometimes there's an idea, the mood and I have to find the elements to carry it into my art. But one thing is constant (and it always surprises my viewers) - I don't start with drawing. I can't draw. I can sketch some idea, a plan but to execute it I have to go through tons of pictures and drawings of others to choose the most interesting for my elements. And then I pull up my fabrics and they tell me what to do next!


What is your favorite item? Tell us why?
As of today my piece "They see" (image below) made in 2009. Why? I don't really know - it was very nice to sew but it is even more interesting to hear what the viewers see in it. It turned out that this piece is very meaningful and evokes so many interesting associations that it is hard to put your eyes off of it.


How did you find Etsy, and what made you decide to start selling your work?
I always wanted to sell my works. But I know it is difficult to sell fiber art online. On the screen it looks just like a colorful picture, you can't see the main part of textile - softness, texture, warmth. So when I discovered Etsy (through the fellow artists) I decided to give it a try. What I like the best in it, it is that's rather easy. I'm not a computer geek but it is easy even for me :) I can change the picture or the description of a piece to make it viewer friendly.

What challenges have you found in your work/business?
The hardest part is marketing. I'm rather shy person and I don't like to talk about my art. I can answer questions if the arise or if someone is interested in something. But I can't stand and say "people, come here, what a beautiful work I do". All the SEO matters are a real pain for me.


Do you do this fulltime? If not please tell us about your “day” job.
Yes, I'm full time artist, although now I'm full time etsian :-)

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
Textiles from my grandmas - kitchen towels, doilies, tablecloth.

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Curiosity.

Find Me:
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BozenaWojtaszek
Blog: http://textilecuisine.blogspot.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bozenawojtaszek

Monday, September 26, 2011

Blog Giveaway: Halloween Scallop Tags by PamCreates

A little bit about Pam:
Hello, my name is Pam; I am a part time worker, full time student (teaching here I come) and always a mom for my wonderful daughter.

I started crafting when I was just a little girl with my grandma and mother. My family has always been crafty and artistic and so it was only natural that I would also enjoy it. My daughter is also following in my footsteps and making me very proud with her wonderful works of art. 

When I am not crafting we love to go hiking, Camping, gardening in my yard and do anything else outdoors. Me, my husband and daughter live in Montana with our two cats Bear and Angel and our three dogs Cody, Phayleen and Lucy.

About the giveaway item:
I love making tags for people to use, especially at the holiday. I created these tags that can be used as gift tags, place cards for holiday dinners or added to scrapbook layouts or banners
. Winner will be able to choose one of the following items.

This giveaway is open to US and Canada only!!



Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you if you win!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.


MANDATORY ENTRY
Visit Pam’s facebook at PamCreates and “like” her fanpage using your personal page. Leave a comment here with your facebook name.

BONUS ENTRIES
Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you if you win!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1 entry: Visit Pam’s shop at PamCreates, browse around, and leave a comment here telling us what your favorite item is!

1 entry: Heart Pam's shop at PamCreates and leave a comment here with your Etsy username.

1 entry: If you purchase an item from PamCreates please leave a link here.

1 entry: Pin one of PamCreates’s items on Pinterest. Post the link here.

1 entry: Post one of PamCreates’s items on your Facebook fanpage. Post the link here.

1 entry: Follow this blog publicly using Google Friend Connect (located on the ride sidebar).
Already a follower? No problem, just let me know!

1 entry: Submit this giveaway to a linky or link-up list and leave the link here.

1 entry: Blog about this giveaway and leave a link here.

1 entry: Follow MyHobbyShop on Twitter and leave a comment here with your Twitter user name.

1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link here. You can tweet once per day and each tweet will count as another entry, just make sure you leave a separate comment for each tweet.
Win #Halloween scallop tags perfect for #gifts #scrapbooking or #decoration http://bit.ly/pBo1Ut #blog #giveaway Ends 10/7! RT @myhobbyshop

GUIDELINES/RULES:
Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday, October 7th

The winner will be chosen by Random.org. I will have the winner announced by October 10th and he/she will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If a winner cannot be contacted, another winner will be randomly chosen.

*** If you would like me to host your next giveaway please feel free to email at myhobbyshop.etsy@gmail.com or convo me on Etsy ***

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crochet Mama

What do your parents do for a living?


This is a picture of my family. My brothers, sister and my mom, standing in her white dress glowing on her wedding day.

My mom has always been an artist. For as long as I can remember she was always painting, crocheting or just decorating. She lives, eats and breathes art. In 2009 she married a man that supports her in every way possible with her passion. It helps that he's an artist as well. He's a wonderful painter & musician.


I have to admit her crocheting skills are amazing. She works without patterns. All her designs are originals. She works from home and travels to various places doing craft shows. She is constantly getting compliments on her work.

I developed my passion for crocheting from her but I still have a long way before I can do anything remotely as beautiful as the clothing that she makes.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Cheer Bear

Who's your favorite Care Bear?


Did you know that items from the 1980s are now considered vintage? How does that make you feel? I grew up in the 1980s and graduated in the 1990s so for me its a little disturbing.

Why are the Care Bears considered vintage? Maybe because they have been around since the 1980s! According to my kids, that was a long, long time ago!

I can't remember for sure how old I was when I received my first Care Bear. But I have always had a soft spot for Cheer Bear. Maybe it was the rainbow stomach, or the fact that it was a pink bear? I just loved it.

A bear that was happy and perky, who helped other cheer up when they were having a difficult day! Now how can you not love something like that.





Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Last Day

If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you want to do?


I love the beach. I find nothing more relaxing than sitting on the sand listing to the waves of the ocean. Its so calming and soothing.

If I had one day left to live, I would pack my family up and spend the day at the beach. Just that simple. I would want to spend the day with the people that mean the most to me.

We must remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed. So live each day to the fullest. Live the life you've dreamed. Live a life of love.





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No One Said It Would Be Easy

At the beginning of this month I set off to challenge myself to blog on a regular basis. One of my major issues is writers block. So I compiled a list of random topics.

I was excited as were the wonderful blog that signed up to join me in the 30 day blog challenge.

Well as you can tell I haven't been very diligent on posting daily. I chalk it up to my lack of time management and focus! I really don't have a good excuse. Hey, it wouldn't be called a challenge if it was easy!

I am not giving up yet. I can still do it. I just need to stay focus! So stay tuned to some awesome blog posts. Feel free to call me out if I am not sticking to the plan. We all need accountability, right?

In the meantime feel free to visit some of these lovely blogs and encourage them to continue their 30 day blog challenge.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interview with Misscongeniality @ Etsy


Tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a quirky, former teacher, stay-at-home mom, who loves to sew. I detest chick flicks and heels; but, I love pink, polkadots--and given the opportunity, I would live in flip flops and dresses. I can't pick up a book, because once I do, I can't put it down (that's probably why I was an english teacher :). And if given the choice between a vacation at Disney World or a secluded beach, I'd pick the later.

Is there a story behind your store name?
My store name is my daughter's nickname. Sice she was a toddler, I've called her that, but always sarcastically. I love her dearly, but she's a grumpy old soul. Over time, the name seems to have fit the business. I've moved into making aprons and dish carriers, both are items associated with being congenial.

How did you get started with your craft?
When I was 8, my parents gave me a sewing machine. At the time, I thought it was the worst present ever. Now, not so much. For 20 years, I sewed on and off. It's been in the last 5 years that I've started to become serious about sewing as an art. I take various technique classes and plan to eventually get a Master and Design Certification from the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals.

How did it evolve to the artwork you are doing now?
I started sewing small things like doll clothes, pillows, decor items, etc. I would sew just to make things, not paying attention to details or precision. I began teaching high school, and sewing fell to the wayside. I had kids, stopped teaching and returned to sewing. Perhaps it was motherhood, who knows, but I looked at sewing in a different way. I began reading about techniques, stiches, thread tension, etc. I started taking classes and really began to see sewing as a handmade art, not just a "craft." My friends saw this in my gifts, that they suggested that I start selling them.


Where do your ideas come from? Care you share your creative process?
I love to browse magazines (i.e. Threads, Sew News) and books. I also LOVE small quilt stores (there are some in Shipshewana, Indiana that i frequent a lot.) The small stores tend to carry fabric from designers like Amy Butler and MODA lines. My ideas always start with the fabric. I look at the fabric and think until an idea just "feels right" for apron ties, or an apron lining, a dish carrier flower, etc.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created? Why?
My favorite creation is my large casserole/dish carrier. All the carriers I had seen, only carried 1 dish or rectangular pans. I wanted to create something that could carry a variety of items from large bowls to cupcake trays. Plus I wanted something that was unique and pretty. I spent several months, and more than several mistakes, creating a casserole carrier that is truly one-of-a-kind.

How did you find Etsy, and what made you decide to start selling your work?
My college age cousin pointed out the site to me several years ago. I like the simplicity and user friendliness of it. I also love that the customers understand and appreciate a handmade item. They shop etsy for the craftsmanship, rather than just a bargain.

What challenges have you found in your work/business?
My biggest challenge has been a "production vs promotion" dilema. So much of small business succes depends on promotion in blogs, posts, facebook, art shows, etc. But at the same time, you have to devote time to producing a product that you can promote. It's a blancing act that i'm still learning how to do.


Do you do this fulltime? If not please tell us about your “day” job.
For the past two years, I have done this part time. Actually, you probably couldn't even say that. For the past four months, I have been preparing to promote and produce for my business full time. All my kids are now in school, so now I have time to fully devote to it.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
It has to be a toss up. It could be the stuffed animals I made for my kids from their baby clothes. They adore the animals, and I love that. Or my favorite could be my daughter's first communion dress that I'm making. I've taken my wedding dress and deconstructed it and am using the material for her dress.

Your top 5 most played songs on playlist?
Matt Kearney: Hey Mama
Josh Wilson: Savior, Please
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars: Nothin On You
Lee Ann Womack: Last Call
Jason Chain: You Got Me

Find Me:
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/misscongeniality
Other Site: www.shopmissc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shopmissc

Coupon Code:
20% discount using the code HOBBYSHOP

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Interview with Yury4465 @ Etsy


Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Leningrad, USSR. I was studying in school affiliated wit Academy of Fine art. After that I was admitted to the Academy of Fine Art on department of architecture. I came to the USA in 1989 and started to work as sculptor and artist. Later, I was working as an architect for many years, mostly in “entertainment architecture”- casinos, theme restaurants in different cities of the USA. Lately return to Fine Art and classical portraiture. I reside in New York for more than 20 years.

Is there a story behind your store name?
No story behind store name, just make it catchy

When did you become interested in art?
In my childhood. I was drawing and painting as I can remember myself. I was studying art and architecture in Academy of Art in Leningrad. Since 1989 I live in USA.


How did it evolve to the artwork you are doing now?
I always considered different styles, different options.

Who or what has been most influential in your art?
Italian old masters.

How would you describe your creative process?
Simple, just paint what on your mind, like take a dictation, and with fewer mistakes as possible.


How did you get started in your handmade business?
I decided to find new and broader market for exposure.

What are your plans for the future?
To get known as an artist to more people.

If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) who would it be and what would be served?
Indefinitely, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Brueghel. Serving raw steaks.

Find me:
www.etsy.com/shop/yury4465
www.ModernArtOnLine.com
www.ArtByTarler.com

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Blog Giveaway: Vintage Book Page by PrintsByFormedByFire


I am very excited to bring you this wonderful giveaway sponsored by Kim and Larry from PrintsByFormedByFire.

A little bit about Kim and Larry:

We are a husband and wife team, who got started making jewelry, which is where the formedbyfire part came in. That led us to making glass beads. Our artistic muse has taken us to many places. She's led us to make paper, to photographic prints, to our book page prints.
By day, I’m an art teacher. My love of art led me to the love of my life, Larry. Twenty years ago, I painted a fish on his business window, and we have been inseparable ever since. By day, Larry is the energy behind all things formedbyfire.
We spend our free time, combing through antique stores, finding vintage books that we transform into art.

About the giveaway item:

This is a winner’s choice giveaway! The winner will be able to pick their choice of ONE print from this wonderful shop.

This giveaway is open to everyone. Will ship Internationally!!


Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you if you win!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

MANDATORY ENTRY
Visit this's shop at PrintsByFormedByFire, browse around, and leave a comment here telling us what your favorite item is!

BONUS ENTRIES
Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you if you win!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1 entry: Heart Kim and Larry's shop at PrintsByFormedByFire and leave a comment here with your Etsy username.

1 entry: Follow PrintsByFormedByFire on Facebook.

1 entry: Follow PrintsByFormedByFire blog publicly using Google Friend Connect (located on the ride sidebar). Post your user name here.

1 entry: Follow PrintsByFormedByFire on Twitter and leave a comment here with your Twitter user name.

1 entry: If you purchase an item from PrintsByFormedByFire please leave a link here.
Be sure to use Coupon Code: 4BLOGSPECIAL for 20% off your purchase.

1 entry: Pin one of PrintsByFormedByFire’s items on Pinterest. Post the link here.

1 entry: Post one of PrintsByFormedByFire’s items on your Facebook fanpage. Post the link here.

1 entry: Follow this blog publicly using Google Friend Connect (located on the ride sidebar).
Already a follower? No problem, just let me know!

1 entry: Submit this giveaway to a linky or link-up list and leave the link here.

1 entry: Blog about this giveaway and leave a link here.

1 entry: Follow myhobbyshop on Twitter and leave a comment here with your Twitter user name.

1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link here. You can tweet once per day and each tweet will count as another entry, just make sure you leave a separate comment for each tweet.
Win #vintage book page print #art for your home. 
http://bit.ly/oBgL5W #blog #giveaway Ends 9/23! RT @myhobbyshop

GUIDELINES/RULES:
Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry.

This giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday, September 23rd

The winner will be chosen by Random.org. I will have the winner announced by September 26th and he/she will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If a winner cannot be contacted, another winner will be randomly chosen.

*** If you would like me to host your next giveaway please feel free to email at myhobbyshop.etsy@gmail.com or convo me on Etsy ***

Friday, September 9, 2011

And The Winner Is...

I apologize for not posting the most recent blog giveaway winners! Here is the list:

Kiss N Make Up Pouch by SewBeastly - winner is laurie1993

Back to School Giveaway by aLittleCard - winner is Denise G

Girl's Flower Clip by Flower Me Boutique - winner is my oh my ellie

Congrats to all the winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Please check out my other Giveaways and spread the word so I can keep these giveaways coming!

♥ Lily

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Interview with Jpgphotography @ Etsy

Wait For Me by jpgphotography 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, I'm Julie and I currently I work as a full time graphic designer in northern San Diego. I grew up in many places due to my father’s military job, so I had the pleasure of living in Seattle, San Francisco, Virginia Beach, and an unbelievable 5 years in Japan as a teenager. But San Diego has always been my home town. I also have a Japanese bobtail cat that I adopted while in Japan, and he continues to be my photographic muse. (although usually unwillingly!)

What made you get into photography?

I have always been artistic, drawing and art being my main form of expression. When I was a child, when anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I immediately piped up ‘Artist!’ While photography always seemed fun, it wasn’t until 3 years ago that I got a taste of what photography was really like. My boyfriend would often bring his Canon DSLR on our outings, and told me that I could use the camera at any point to take some shots… well, needless to say, he could never get the camera back! He had to basically pry it from my snap happy fingers. After that, we were practically shooting every weekend. I was completely addicted. Every photographer always wants to evoke emotion and capture a moment in a photograph, but for me if goes deeper than that. To me, it seems like people often go about their daily life in a hazy state, unaware of all the beauty around them, many times in unexpected places. I'm guilty of that too. Photography has taught me to slow down, observe the world around me, and be patient. I suppose I’m trying in the best way I humbly and humanly can to show in my photos what God has intended us to see, and what is always there, if we just take the time to absorb our surroundings. At least that’s my goal every time I hit the shutter button.

Face Palm by jpgphotography

Where does your passion for your art come from?

I think as humans we all have this desire to create something beautiful, whether it be visual art, music, or literature. My mother has always been artistic, and we would often draw or color together. It was times like those that fueled my creativity when I was younger. Art class was always my favorite in school. As I got older, I found it was something I never lost interest in. I suppose it’s that fulfillment and excitement of the artistic journey you take when you are creating. With photography, I get a natural high from the whole process. I can be on a chilly beach cliff in the winter, tripod set up, the wind biting at my back, and shivering fingers hovering over the shutter button, waiting for the perfect moment… and I am having the time of my life. Plus, creating in general just feels good.

What made you decide to sell your photographs?

One night a few months ago as I was editing my images, probably listening to the Labyrinth soundtrack for the umpteenth time, in my total 'happy place' of sorting and editing images from my various photo excursions, and my mouse clicking feverishly with various Photoshop tinkering, I suddenly felt a strange pang that I couldn't explain. Here I was, doing what was my idea of a fun time, detached from the world for a few hours, and absorbed by warm glowing pixels. This is when my mind started to wander. What would people think of my images? Would anyone love or buy my images? Then the bigger question: Would anyone even ever see them? I create photographs because I relish the entire process, from picking the time of day to shoot, to hunting down a particular subject, to picking just the right lens and fiddling with the camera settings, to composing the shot, and finally, editing the image to tell a story. It is all very self-fulfilling, and just plain fun, and yet here I was, with that nagging pang that would not go away, and gigs of photos burning a hole in my hard drive, hidden from the world.

I decided that night that I wanted to share my love of photography with others and seek an avenue to not only display it, but sell it. To be honest, I was curious if anyone would invite my work into their home, and maybe selling some shots could help me afford some photography gear I had my heart set on. After much thought, I remembered a site called Etsy, where I had bought a vintage Brownie camera once. The thought that someone loves my work enough to buy it, and display it in their home or give as a gift… it’s just an unbelievably good feeling. I had made a brave and conscience decision to get my work out there into the universe, and I have no regrets. And just last week I set up a photo display in a new shop in my town, The Rustic Sparrow, where they are selling my prints now. It was very exciting. It's like a snow ball effect!


Second Star to the Right by jpgphotography
Which is your favorite photograph and why?

When I first read this, I thought ‘What a hard question!’ Then I realized I had the answer all along on my Etsy profile page:
‘I can't say my favorite photo is in this collection... because I'm fairly certain that photo is going to be taken tomorrow.’
It’s so true! As I evolve and grow, I like to think that the next great photo is just around the bend, almost within reach and waiting to be taken.
I can tell you one of my most memorable was ‘Face Palm’, a photo of a seal I shot in Kauai, Hawaii. I almost stumbled onto him as I was walking the secluded beach... I made sure I got a safe distance away, got my zoom lens out, laid down on my stomach, with my chin in the sand, and snapped away. Every time I see that shot I smile.


What memorable responses have you had to your work?

One that comes to mind was a feedback on Etsy that stated ‘Thank You for taking such a beautiful photograph and offering it up for sale. Having this image to look at every day will inspire me to create beautiful work...’ I can’t tell you how great that made me feel, that I could be inspiring to a fellow artist… no words can describe how awesome that is.


What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

I would tell them to not get discouraged. Sales do not always happen overnight. Love what you do, believe in you work, and believe in yourself. My boyfriend once told me: There is only success and success waiting to happen. I’ve always remembered that.

What is the biggest mistake you have ever made (business or personal)?

I would say doubting myself and my abilities as an artist. An artist can be their own worst enemy, and see flaw in anything they do. I try my best to remain positive and believe in my work.

Apart from creating, what do you do?

Outside of photography, I enjoy baking sweet calorie laden confections for my family, boyfriend, coworkers, or anyone else who will eat them. I also love roaming bookstores alone for hours, and daydreaming/researching future travel destinations. Right now it’s all about some sort of California road trip! Or maybe the Caribbean… or Europe... a girl can dream, right?


What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I know more about coffee than anyone should know. I became a coffee master at Starbucks when I worked there during graphic design school, I have toured a coffee farm in Kauai, gave a PowerPoint presentation about coffee in college, lead a coffee tasting seminar, and have tasted dozens of varieties. Ironically, I actually prefer tea! Earl Grey. Hot. Straight up. Or maybe a milky spicy chai. ^_^


Find me:
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jpgphotography
Blog: http://jpgphotography.typepad.com/blog/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jpgphotography.etsy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/_jpgphotography

Select Prints Available at Gallery & Shop: The Rustic Sparrow
128 E. Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Rustic-Sparrow/250280608317335

20% entire purchase in my store, use the code: JPGPHOTOGRAPHY
Expires Oct. 31, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fluent In One And A Half Languages

How many languages can you speak?



I was born in South Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents. When I was growing up everyone around me spoke Spanish: our family, friends, people in the neighborhood, everyone. It was normal for us.

Then when I was nine years old we moved to Ohio. Well lets just say it was a big culture shock. I can honestly say I can count on one hand the number of Hispanics I went to school with growing up, not counting family. Our family fell out of the habit of speaking Spanish on an everyday basis. By the time I reached high school I could barely scrap a few words together to form an understandable sentence. This is even after three years of Spanish class. Unbelievable right?!

So to the answer the question I would say I am fluent in one and a half language. Weird I know. I speak English fluently and I can understand Spanish almost completely. But for the life of me I cannot get my mouth to speak the words that form in my head. I'm not sure what my problem is. So at the most I speak Spanglish. I start with some Spanish words and throw in a few English ones to complete my sentence! My husband is amazed at how I could sit and have a long conversations with my Abuela. She will talk to me in Spanish and I will respond in English. Hey it works.

I do feel as if I am losing a bit of my heritage/culture since I don't speak fluent Spanish and I didn't teach it to my kids. I have told my husband that I want us as a family to work on learning Spanish next year - as part of our New Years goals. I think it would be good for us as a family. So we'll see how it will all work out.

How about you? How many languages do you speak?




Thursday, September 1, 2011

At The End Of The Day

Day 1 - A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was

How was my day? Let's see it's almost ten o'clock at night and I am just now getting an opportunity to write this blog. I made it home, got everyone fed and off to bed. Its been a long day! Work was challenging as usual but I won't bore you with the details.

The highlight of my day was rushing home to watch my oldest play in her volleyball game. When I get there I was a little surprised to see that the building was dark. As I made my way to the gym I realized the electricity was out and here I thought they were just doing their part to conserve energy!

After a half hour of darkness the lights finally came back on and the games began. This is my daughter's first year playing high school sports and we are so very excited for her to have this opportunity. She is very passionate about volleyball and enjoys playing it. I love cheering for her and her team from the side line. And I have to be there on days like today when her team just couldn't pull off the win.

This evening games presented a lot of challenges for her and I. Everything from the way the team performed to the lack of communication from the coaches. Although things didn't go the way we would have liked I wouldn't have wanted to spend my evening any other way.

Me and my beautiful daughter

I would love to hear about your day...




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