Meet the Contestants: Katie & Janel

Hi there lovelies! My name is Katie and I blog over at my little slice of the internet: Sweet Rose Studio. I’m so stinkin’ excited to be a part of this season of American Crafter!

059LogoMy blog was started as a way to originally show off my photography clients, but it’s quickly grown to a place where I show off all of my favorite things: pictures, parties, family life, and all things crafty. I’ve found I’m just no good at forcing myself to focus on one thing; I want to do it all!
I was lucky enough to get to marry my high school sweetheart and since that day nine years ago, we’ve added two beautiful {but crazy!} kidlets to the mix. I used to be an elementary school teacher, but now I’m lucky enough to get to stay at home with my family. On any average day, you’ll find me more than likely in my jammies with a camera around my neck, a glue gun in one hand and a sippy cup in the other. Life is short; why limit youself, right?

Katie 🙂

Hi all…Janel here from Hating Martha...imperfection at it’s best! First I should explain my blog name… I don’t hate Martha. I don’t know Martha. Well, I do. Lots of Martha’s. All very nice. But I don’t know THE Martha. I am sure she is a very nice person and quite lovely. But…I hate the idea that is Marthaism. It seems to be similar to Skinnyism (an unrealistic standard) We look at standards of homemaking, decorating, cooking, motherhood, you name it and judge ourselves. Standards coming from magazines, t.v., and many other places. Great places! Places I love to peruse. But…who lives in a magazine? Who lives on a t.v. set? Not me… I hate that women feel pressured to bake, cook, clean, craft, relate, care for children, decorate, work, organize, and who knows what else…at a ridiculous standard. An impossibility.We miss life. We miss our children. We miss the JOY simply in doing. We miss the fact that we can. That we have the resources. That we have the ability. That we have people to care for… We have people! Hating Martha is my own resource in a way. I am creative to my core. Without an outlet. This is my outlet. In the process I hope to show life at its best. Messy. Sometimes pretty darn near perfect. And remind myself that it’s the littlest moment that makes the biggest impression. Not the beautiful cake. The homemade costumes. Or the decorating. or…or…or… It’s the kiss, the smile, the giggles, and the I love you. I could tell you all of my fantastic crafts. Or fabulous room re-do’s. Or amazing success’ in sewing. But in truth…I am most proud of this…

 

Do you so those smiles…can you tell those are some fun, happy, full of personality kids?
That beats my little old blog any day.
But…all that fun and personality screams hello when you come over to my blog.
Cause who can keep joy and creativity all to themselves? Not me.

 

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