Monday, March 2, 2015

She Reads Truth & Art

    I've been struggling lately with being happy with who I am right now. I've had some stumbling blocks that, I'm not going to lie, have really knocked me down. I found out right before the semester was going to start that I wouldn't be able to go back. It certainly wasn't the news I was wanting as I was about to being working on my senior art exhibition. The semester before had more downs than ups, but I had hoped this would be better.

    Little did I know that this would be a time God would give me to truly find myself again. I've been making small weaving pieces. Let's be real here, they are basic kid types of weaving. Somehow with doing that though, I actually found myself really enjoying it. It was nice to just create again for no one other than myself. I had become so reliant on my professors' opinions of what I needed to make that I managed to lose my voice. I honestly still haven't found it, but it's a slow process.

{I made this on an embroidery hoop}

    So that leads me to today with She Reads Truth. I've been trying to do their Bible in a Year study, and I'm actually sticking with it this time. Well, there was a point where I got behind 2 weeks, but I'm back on track and it's such a great feeling. Today's reading was Exodus 34-35 and Matthew 17. The verse that really stuck out was:

    This verse really hit home for me today. I've been struggling to see myself as an artist outside of an academic setting. I have no idea how to create without getting a grade for it. I'm getting there, but it's not easy. I hope that with time and faith, that I will get there. But for now I'll keep making and finding my God given skill. I hope this will lead to more confidence in what I make and who I am as an artist.

As Always,
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


It has been way too long since I've been on here. I've come to a point in my life where I need to be as real as possible with the people around me. Sometimes, this doesn't end so well. I've decided that I need to get over my fear of what you, my dear reader, think of me. So this is my confession: I'm not perfect. Nope not even remotely close to it, and I've finally accepted that it's alright. I've decided that from now on I'm going to be completely real on here {flaws and all}, for no other reason than I owe it to you and myself.

I've finally come to this point where the things I need to say, need to be heard. I may not be right, but I will be real. Going forward, I have no idea where this little blog is heading towards. All I know is the few things that interest and truly excite me will play an influence. I want to expand the gluten free side more. Hopefully there will be more recipes and maybe some reviews. I also have become invested more in fibers and what it means to me. Maybe I'll have some tutorials on here, who knows.

Lastly, I really want to have more of my faith on here. Since this is my blog, I feel it's only right to be completely honest. I don't want to force my beliefs on anyone, so if you don't like it, don't read it. I hope that you can respect that.

All this to say, that this is my attempt at not worrying/stressing over what anyone may be thinking of me. Well at least negatively lol. I hope that you stick with me on this ride.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

It's School Time

It's been far too long since I've been on here. The understatement of the year: Life is crazy! Y'all I'm not even kidding here it's super cray cray. But it's good too. I think the last time I was on here was right before Dragon Con. Well what I got to see of it was amazing, until I got food poisoning :/ After that was Garth Brooks concert, which was amazing and a trip to Savannah. Macon played Savannah and I couldn't say no to a trip to watch my team play. Other than that, my time has been spent with being in the studio, reading/studying, and if I'm being honest more time watching Netflix than I care to share. It's gotten so bad that I stopped doing a bible study/ having God time altogether. I've felt so stressed and lost lately. I just want to be able to keep my head above water. So for now, this is my life. I'm making a concious change to wake up and spend time with God before I do anything else. How are you? How's your life? Is school taking over?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday Musings

I've been meaning to write this post for a week now. OOPS! I'm one day in to the second week of classes. I have finally reached senior year y'all!! The first week was a bit hectic to say the least. The Saturday before was an all day SAI affair. It was really good to get down to business. Monday started with a bang of 3 classes. I have Art History at 10, Research Methods at 11 and Spanish 3 at 1. As long as I remember to grab lunch during my break, I do fine. Wednesday I have a longer day. Research Methods lab from 12-1250, and my senior class from 5-645. Again, as long as I plan when to eat, the day goes smoothly. Friday is super chill with the same schedule as Monday but starting at 11. The best part of my schedule, NO TUESDAY OR THURSDAY CLASSES!! I'm beyond thrilled that I actually got it to work that way. Those days are my dedicated studio time. Last week was spent with me trying to finish my Weiss costume. I found out that one of the people in our group is leaving the day before Con. I figured there is no point trying to break my back to finish this costume in basically a week with classes.

That brings me to this week. Today was pretty chill, nothing too crazy. Of course tomorrow I'll be spending time in the studio {mainly helping a friend}. Wednesday is the usual schedule, but as soon as I get out of class, I'm driving to Marietta to prepare for stuff for Con.

*Be prepared that I may not make my weekly posts as much. MM will typically talk about the previous school week and what's going on.
**This post was written last night

As Always,
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

1 Year Gluten Free Anniversary

It has been a year since yesterday that I had my colonoscopy and endoscopy. A year from today that I've been gluten free. I'm here to tell you, my life is so much better for it! I'm not going to lie, it was a struggle at first, but I found so many blogs to help me along the way. Click here for more of how I became gluten free.

So what's it been like this past year? Well I'd be a liar if I said I never had a slip up. There have been a few times that I've gone for the regular soy sauce with my sushi instead of going without. Or better yet that oh so delicious pizza from IVP that I just couldn't resist. The number of times I've cheated are so few, but I certainly paid for it after.

It's moments like that, that I truly realize why my body is so much better without gluten. It makes me realize that the idea of those foods is so much better than the pain and discomfort I will have from it.

Some key things to help stay gluten free:
1) Pinterest is your best friend - I have so many pins for gluten free that I don't know if I will ever cook all of them.

2) Have a good support system. - My family and friends have been great with supporting me. T's mom is also gluten free, so it's nice to have someone to relate with.

3) Being glutened at first is a good thing. - Now listen, I'm not saying you should not be gluten free, what I am saying is it's good if you know exactly how your body will react. If you get glutened on accident, your body will tell you. This means that you will know, if you are like me, that your stomach will hurt. Your body could also react in a different way.

4) Learn to love food. - I already enjoyed cooking before becoming gluten free. The love of cooking grew from having to become more creative with what I ate. Again, Pinterest is a great resource.

If you are new to being gluten free, please contact me with any questions at thecraftingcoop{at}gmail{dot}com. I truly love being gluten free and healthy. It's almost like I have a new life, a better life.

As Always,
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