"My Desk Monday"

LOOK! I made my self my reminder sign :). And it’s sitting right next to my adorable new desk calendar from Studio Mela!

You can download yours below, but first a few words relating to all your wonderful comments on this post.

I just want you to know that I try to represent my real life on this blog … but this is a platform for my creative endeavors and my business. I hope that this doesn’t make me or my life appear sugar coated or un-real. So here is a little reality check on my ‘real life’ …

  • I am a typical first born Type A personality. Anal if you will (but ewwww, I’ve always hated this term). I crave order, I need a plan, I love lists and in order to keep my sanity I keep our home generally tidy and picked up.
  • Because of the above and because I was blessed with a husband and child who both (mostly)  pick up after themselves, my house stays in good order. So if I have to take a week off from ‘deep cleaning’ because I have too much sewing … it doesn’t stress me out too much. 
  • I only have one child. He is now is school all day. While this often breaks my heart to not have him with me all day, it does give me a 6 hour block of un-interupted time five days a week.
  • My husband and I have been dealing with infertility the last 6 years. This has been one of the hardest walks I’ve gone through.
  • We have one car. Two years ago our ‘second car’ died and we haven’t replaced it. We are fortunate that my husband has a car he can drive to/from work. The rest of the time we share :). Said car has over 100,000 miles. It will need replaced. I’m a little scared of that day, but we’re trying to financially prepare.
  • I like to get 8-9 hours of sleep every.single.day. I function best when I get this much sleep. Does this mean I might be missing out on 7-14 additional hours of sewing for the shop a week? Which could me more sales? Sure. Is the sacrifice of my health and happiness and thereby my family’s health and happiness worth it? Not at all.
  • I am totally content to not leave the house. Like … I could go days and days without leaving the house or my yoga/lounge pants. If someone brought me a Starbucks iced tea every other day? I might be able to go weeks. 
  • My husband has had an incredibly crazy medical history the last 8 years. It has drained our finances and put us through many months of worry. He currently has blood clots in his arm and leg.
  • My son gets to start orthodontic care just before he celebrates his 7th birthday next month.  Boo!
  • I rarely put the laundry away (but hey, it does get washed!).
  • I waste too much time on the internet that I could be using for much more worthy things.
  • I like several Bravo reality shows way more than I should. I really, really, really like The Real Housewives. I’m not sure what this says about me?!?
  • That said, I almost never sit and watch TV. To me it is a waste of time. I ‘watch/listen’ while I sew. If I do sit and watch, it is a movie night with the family, my sweets or a quick lunch break for me. I almost always have a project in my hands. Same goes for sitting in the car … either riding as the passenger or waiting for my little to get out of school … I have a project.
  • I’m not always the friend, sister or daughter I want to be. 
  • I’m not always the wife I want to be.
  • I’m not always the mother I want to be.

See? I’m just as real as you are. And while my problems may pale in comparison to yours … or seem a lot more difficult … it’s life. Life can be messy and wonderful and terrible and incredible.

So … just because I only share a snippet of my life, please understand my life is just as real as the rest of yours :).

Now let’s end on a happy note …

As promised, here is the image for you to download, print and frame. I used a frame from the $1 bin at JoAnns. Just click the image to be taken to the file hosting site.

Remember to let me know if you play along with “My Desk Monday.”

Happy Creating!


  1. I love honesty posts with the sugar washed away. It brings us all back down to earth and helps us focus on what’s really important :)

  2. That sign is perfect :)
    and all that you listed? Makes you human… and the more we can all realize that we’re all in the same boat, the better!

  3. Hey Andrea! You are totally the REAL DEAL – <3 ya for it too!! It's your positive attitude and loving heart that make you so awesome! Love the sign - SO going to find time to print and frame that.

  4. Thanks so, so much for sharing, though I really hope someone didn’t “guilt” you into having to explain why you can do the things you can, why you have what the things you have, or why your life may seem perfect on your blog. To me, you should be able to share what you want to share, when you want to share it.

    So, agian, thanks so much for sharing! But please don’t ever feel like you *have* to. I love your blog the way it is. :)

  5. Love your little sign. Love this post. Thanks for sharing your heart.

  6. I can’t tell you how much your post touched me. I understand the purpose of your blog is to celebrate and focus on your creative side and I applaud that. That being said it was amazingly brave and genuine of you to share some of the more “real” parts of your life. Thank you for doing so in a way that was transparent with out being negative or whiny. Truly and encouragement and very uplifting. Love the sign! Such a good reminder. Philippians is by far one of my favorite books!

  7. You already know you have a friend in Kansas who thinks you’re awesome. :)

  8. Love the sign, love the list, and your life sounds amazingly like my life – other than our only child is almost 21 (still at home) and she has asthma while hubby and I are – knock on wood – still healthy. We’ve been a single income family since she was born and it has its own great aspects, as well as its struggles, definitely.

    I think you’re doing great! {{huggs}}

    I’ve posted this week’s current desk pics at http://tambocreates.blogspot.com/

  9. WOW!
    Love the sign/reminder!!!
    And wish my desk was THAT neat!
    I need to pop over to your SHOPPE!
    Happy Week!

  10. I love the real life in this post, but I hope you didn’t feel pressured to post your reality. I love bloggers who post real life, but I believe people should post what and how they want on their own blogs. I’m not one to share the personal details on mine all the time. It’s your space. Do with it what you want to.

  11. Ahh Andrea, you know I love the real life stuff, so I of course loved this post so much. It breaks my heart you have been struggling with infertility, and so sorry about your husband’s medical problems too. Now that we all know a little about what’s going on with you and your family, we can pray specifically for those things. So that’s what I’m gonna do right now. Love you!

  12. This was a beautifully written and honest post. Thank you for sharing

  13. I’m a new reader, and this was an absolutely amazing post. I look forward to reading your blog from here on out. :)

  14. I featured you today on Today’s Top 20! Hooray!

  15. You inspire me! You have such joy in the face of hardship and I can see God through you. You also inspire me creatively. I LOVE your reminder sign AND the pink/white calenar hanging on the wall– where did you get that? If you only had a dime for all of the times I’ve asked you that 😉

  16. Fabulous post! Thanks for keeping it real. Your action and creativity are very inspiring!

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