Happy Friday everyone!
It’s that time again. Time to meet new bloggers and spread the sweetness of *honey*. As you already know, every Friday, I feature a blogger I love and enjoy reading. Today is Friday, so let’s link-up!
As with all blog hops:
1. I ask that you follow me.
2. Grab the button from the sidebar and include it in your post.
3. Link up your favourite post from the week. (no giveaways please)
4. Visit other bloggers who have linked up. Follow who you like.
5. Spread the honey by leaving them some sweet old ♥ comment love ♥ !
The linky can be found at the bottom of this post!
Today I’m featuring Karen from Time Crafted. She is a good friend and a very devoted participant of Let’s BEE Friends Friday here at Bees With Honey. Karen links-up with me every Friday and I love the posts she shares. If you haven’t yet crossed paths with Karen via Twitter, you should follow her @TimeCrafted. She’s a sweetheart of a girl and a fabulously cool friend. She’s super fun and super funny!
Now let’s get to know her!
1. Time Crafted is an interesting name for your blog. Can you tell us how you came up with this name? Also fill us in on how long you’ve been blogging so far.
I caught the blogging bug in February 2009. Initially, my blog focused predominantly on paper crafts, cards, and stamping. Though, I had always wanted it to celebrate all different kinds of creativity. Crafting my writing, photography, and an altered art journal is where I’ve journeyed to this year.
I chose the name Time Crafted because having a blog and keeping the spirit of it’s mission to ‘alter personal time to include creativity, joy & smile worthy moments in our daily lives’ requires me to craft my time to include creative pursuits, to stop and see all those little bits that life offers for a smile, and to keep a blog going. Sometimes I’m successful at it, sometimes I’m not. But, it’s an ongoing process and I’ll keep on crafting my time and hopefully continue to get better at it.
2. Tell us about the dynamics of your family. We would love to meet them!
I’ve been married for eleven years now and we have two beautiful kidlets, a boy in elementary school and a girl who’s about to start kinder next month. I’m home with my kidlets and while at times, we have some additional challenges that come with having a kidlet with autism, we love our family time together.
3. Do you look at the glass as half empty or half full?
Definitely half full! I can find the silver lining on just about anything, even if it’s downright ridiculous. I know of two specific times in my life that I couldn’t keep the optimism going and that just made the challenges I was facing a million times harder. Finding the good in something is somewhat natural, but when it’s not coming on its own, I make a conscious effort to find it. Life’s just a whole heck of a lot more enjoyable when I can.
I admire different people in my life for different things. I admire my brother’s adventurous spirit, traveling each year to far off places like China, Indonesia, Guatemala, Honduras, even trekking up to the Mt. Everest Base Camp. This summer he’s bicycling through Spain and Portugal (though, I just got a postcard he sent from Wales, so he must have headed north too!). I admire my closest friends’ (we’re The Four Musketeers…for over twenty years now) ability to translate friendship into sisterhood. I admire many of my teachers growing up who were so passionate for what they were teaching that it infected their students, myself included. I admire my husband’s silly side, bringing laughter into the house. I admire my son’s strength and his intelligence. And I admire my girl’s pure joy for anything and everything creative.
Who knew that trying to decide what cartoon character I would love to be would lead to so many giggles & debates in our house?! Though, I probably should have seen it coming. lol
One of my childhood nicknames was Tweety Bird, so I have an affinity for that sweet yellow bit. Love how happy that Road Runner is (poor Wile E. Coyote). Give me an invisible jet and I’ll be Wonder Woman. And I do love me some Smurfs! La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, laaaa….
6. How do you decide what to blog about each day? Is there a process you follow or do you just fly by the seat of your pants?
I enjoy sharing wherever the creative spirit takes me: from writing with The Red Dress Club or Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop to photo(s) for a Word-ful/ish/less (who am I kidding?! I can’t do wordless, I’m too chatty!) post on Wednesdays to a creative project or art journal page to sharing some of life’s smile worthy moments, hoping that you’ll smile too!
7. How do you balance your time as a Mom and as a Mom Blogger?
As a few tweeps already know, “balance” can find me up late at night. Though, that can only go for so many days before I crash. So, like many a Mama, I’m still on the hunt for that illusive balance. If you find it beneath a rainbow or Mary Poppins to tick off To-Do’s with a song, give me a holler. I promise I’ll share!
8. Who was your teenage celebrity crush? Who is your celebrity crush now that you’re an adult woman?
Back in the day, I crushed on Patrick Swayze. He’s gone now, but quite a pleasant memory lane to travel down. Now? Not so sure I’ve got a celebrity crush, but do think Hugh Jackman and Gerard Butler are well worth crafting some time to watch!
9. If you were offered the chance to change one thing about your physical appearance and it would be pain free, what would you change?
I’d love a regular ol’ working ankle in place of the one that got pretty trashed in a car accident coming up on fifteen years ago. While that may not be a part of physical appearance, it definitely effects what kind of shoes I can wear…you know, the cute ones!
10. What new and exciting things do you have coming up on your blog?
Just as soon as I get a chunk of time, I suspect I will be joining many of you, self hosting on WordPress. I hear the water’s fine over there!