I have been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but I haven't made time for it....until now. I have no clue if anyone wants to read what I have to say, but I think it might be good for me to get my thoughts out in writing. There is a lot on my mind at times, and I enjoy writing, so why not try and see where it takes me. Feel free to leave a comment if you actually take the time to read this. I promise I will thank you personally.
So, where do I begin? How about with a little bit about myself. I am 37, almost 38. I have been married to my husband Andrew for 10 years this June and together we have our miracle son, Damon (who at the time of writing this is 5 months old.) When I was 5 I started playing the piano. I guess I wanted to play because my older sister played, and I probably thought I had to do everything she did. Who knew that it would end up being my career path (more on that later). Playing the piano was the start of my creative journey. I never really practiced like I should, so I knew I had some natural ability when it came to that. (I'm kicking myself for not practicing more - I could be even better than I am.) (If any kid or student of mine is reading this - go practice, you will thank yourself later!) I stuck with piano all through college where I had the strictest teacher but he taught me the most about practicing. It wasn't always about playing through the whole song, it was taking things apart and making smaller sections smooth that really helped make a song perfect. I am forever grateful for what he taught me. I went on to become a general music teacher in a few school districts, but was let go because of budget cuts so I decided that wasn't where I needed to be and concentrated on private lessons as my full time job.
All while teaching music, I tried my hand at many different creative items such as cards and water tumblers. I bought a cricut machine and I was pretty much hooked from day one. I loved being able to design different items and watch them come to life. As word got out that I was able to make certain things, I was asked if I could make other things. That is where Notable Creations came to be. I couldn't just make cards for the rest of my life - well I probably could because I own so many rubber stamps but that's a whole other topic! - so I was always willing to try something new. I don't even remember what came next. I know my parents got me a sewing machine for Christmas one year and I was hooked on that as well. There is nothing like creating something out of nothing. If you have seen any of my posts on facebook, you know I have a little addiction to buying fabric. You just never know when you might need a specific print. My mom and I go on girls trips just to shop at the fabric stores (and go to the casino...shhhh!). My basement is filled with all different prints, but I still end up buying more! I don't know what I like more, sewing or designing!
I love what I do and I believe that I am pretty good at it. Right now I am trying to juggle a 5 month old, all while dealing with this lovely pandemic, and being able to fill all my orders. Somehow I am actually more productive with a baby than I was when I didn't have him...imagine that! (3 hour naps are an amazing thing!) If I didn't have him, I would be living in my basement with my 3 machines (I didn't mention I have an embroidery machine as well) just crafting away. Every order is something different and it really keeps me on my toes, but I wouldn't have it any other way. If you are still reading this - feel free to ask me any questions about what I can and can not make. (I don't do stuffed animals made out of onesies, but I do make birth announcement stuffed animals!) I look forward to making your next notable creation and please, feel free to share my name with anyone that might be looking for something custom. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope it brought you some joy - laughing at how random my thoughts are! Until next time....