About Me

About Me

I’m so glad you’re here. Hope you are enjoying some time where you can create for your home and family. If you’re new to Say It With Simplicity, sit down with a cup of coffee and make yourself at home.

My original presence as Say It With Simplicity began as I began sharing some of my handcrafted cards with other card makers. Over the years, I began to share other types of posts as I created new crafts.

One of my first loves, is basket weaving. For years I had an Etsy shop and sold a few of my handwoven baskets, but I had never spent time growing basket weaving into more than a hobby.

When my youngest child was in his middle school years, I began learning how to grow my Etsy shop and experienced a jump in growth as an Etsy seller. I also grew a larger local following as I got into my community, began to teach basket weaving and sold more of my products at the local level and from a newly created website.

During this time, my Say It With Simplicity presence was put pretty much on hold as I worked on my basket weaving business.

Setbacks

It was very encouraging to finally see my little business coming together, but a couple years ago I experienced a huge set back.

Tendinitis and bone spurs kept me from weaving very often and it was difficult to get new products made for my Etsy shop. My health care provider suggested that I quit weaving, but for a long time I resisted.

However, as thing grew progressively worse, I could not tolerate the daily pain in my hands. I finally had to stop and put my Etsy shop on “vacation”.  It was very, very discouraging.

Another Crafting Journey

I learned how to sew when I was 10 years old, and have enjoyed many projects over the years. During this time I found sewing a much easier craft and also started working on some quilting.

Yes, this is really my sunny window and Singer Treadle!

Wood signs were another interest and I started to making a few. My vintage sewing machines, and my Silhouette Cameo became my new best friends.

While I was busy creating my own therapy, I decided to dust off my Say It With Simplicity blog and start sharing some of my creations again.

I Hope to Inspire You

Be open to experimenting to find those creative endeavors that you are truly passionate about. Create what you love, not just what you see others making.

I love to create, but I don’t have an unlimited budget. I’m learning to use

  • thrift store supplies
  • scrap wood
  • up cycled items
  • clearance items
  • my own stash
  • and more.

Signs make with thrift store frames and clearance fabric

Created with thrift store frames and a clearance dinner napkin for just a few dollars.

But What about Time?

I want you to know that you don’t have to have LOTS and LOTS of time to create wonderful, heartfelt projects for your home and family. We all have the same number of hours in a day. As we let distractions get in our way, we lose much of the time that we could have spent working on a project.

Set aside 10, 20, 30 minutes to craft. In time, you’ll find ways to have more time than you realized you had.

Challenge Yourself

As you experiment and learn new skills, you will find crafts that you enjoy and do well. Continue to take advantage at opportunities to grow in your craft. Watch videos, go to conferences and by all means share them with others.

For me, the ultimate goals of my crafting journey are to share my work with others and also to teach my skills to others.

I hope you’ll continue to visit with me on Say It With Simplicity and as always, enjoy creating for your home and family TODAY!