Hi! I'm thrilled you stopped by my little online space where I share my crafty ventures, the occasional baked goodies, a few graphic design projects and printables and some diy home makeover undertakings.
A country girl living in a suburban community my heart is woven into everything that wide open spaces brings. Some day I hope to get back to the countryside, hopefully sooner than later. I love God! I am a Wife to an amazingly strong man, who I refer to as "My Handsome Hubby", Mommy of 3 gorgeous, gregarious children, Designer, Dreamer, Thinker, Baker of lovely confections and breads, Gardener... and much more! Without further ado here is my precious family. They are the reason I do the majority of what I do in an effort to make our house a home.
All photo's by Stephanie McFarland
So why a blog?
I stumbled upon blog land via a college friend who also has a blog and the more time I spent viewing her blog and other amazing women's diy projects and beautiful creations I knew I wanted to be a part of this wonderful community. So I took the plunge. It's been a slow go finding my way and figuring out what I really want the focus of this space to be. I'm still working on that so please be patient with me. I started an Etsy Shop as an extension of Blue Sky Confections making Bicycle Basket Liners and I hope to grow that venture this coming year by adding additional handmade items.
Where does my blog name come from?
I started blogging around the time I had my third baby. She is such a precious and sweet baby girl, now three, I call her my "Blue Sky and Sunshine Baby". I originally wanted sunshine in the name but then decided it would be much to long. Then I tried to come up with one word that would encompass all the things I enjoy and when I saw the definition for confection it was a DONE DEAL!
• A dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients
• an elaborately constructed thing
• a fashionable or elaborate article of women's dress
• The action of mixing or compounding something
What has shaped me?
Family, friends, and teachers have all played a part. I blame my urge to be a perfectionist on my father. (insert smile) While growing up I observed him being so precise with every detail, on every project, around the house as well as in his profession. If specs said to build something one way he'd always build it better, use higher quality supplies and never skimp on the details. One memory that sticks in my head is the time we had to bring boards to school for volcano projects. My board had to be cut perfectly but he didn't stop there. My dad then took the time to wrap it so perfectly and tape it in just the right spots so it wouldn't get damaged in transit on the bus. Isn't it funny the things we remember? That sticks in my mind to this day. I get my craftiness and baking propensities from my mom. She always had fresh baked cookies or some kind of yummy snack waiting for us when we got off the bus. She loves gardening and yes even makes the most wonderful rough cut soaps. I love my parents so much! They taught me how to be a productive, thoughtful member of society by example. Thank you mom and dad!
Then off to college where the drive for perfection was intensified by professors that would except nothing less than the best. Just ask some of my friends in the same program. There was a guy who had his project thrown across the room. Yes. It was a tough program to get accepted into the 3rd and 4th year of and if you did the professors saw something in you worth cultivating. It was in college that I met a few women that I to this day consider dear friends even though the miles and time separate us. We have a kindred spirit.
Can't forget to mention my marriage of 15 yrs. and the three babies we've been blessed with. Boy that has changed my life for the better and it sure doesn't allow me to be self serving. There's always someone that requires something from me and I'm happy to be the one God entrusted with the job.
A few snippets:
1. I enjoy a good cup of coffee and I always need flavored creamer. My favorite being pumpkin spice but it's only seasonal.
2. You probably won't see me without makeup EVER.
3. I love horses and grew up pleasure riding. I would like to ride again someday soon. My oldest recently became part of an IEA Riding Team and it is so much fun to watch her flourishing along with her peers in this sport.
4. I am a hopeless creative and there isn't one medium that captures my attention for long periods of time. Translation - You'll see lots of different stuff! I admire the women who have found that one thing that they are so passionate about and it just oozes out of them. Someday I hope to be that woman.
5. I sing and was part of an amazing praise team for five years and before that sang with a couple women from my hometown one being my sister-in-law. I love harmony and hope to learn guitar in the near future.
6. I eat to many sweets and need to start working out but haven't found my mojo for that despite everyone around me running marathons.
7. My claim to fame was the day a logo I designed was on the "Oprah Show". It was not the focus of the show but none-the-less it was on my television screen and I remember my stomach fluttering and my heart pounding. The logo was for Hickory Hill Furniture and for whatever reason the company was featured that day and the rep lifted up a cushion on a sofa and ta da right before my very eyes a logo that I had designed. There's talk of the "Oprah Effect” and when highlighted on her show or in her mag business takes off. I wasn't featured on the show but a girl can still dream.
8. Oh, I can't forget to mention the celebrity I met and had the chance to work with. Drum roll please!
Morris the Cat! He's everything you'd think he would be. Funny, furry and feline like but also very professional. He was wonderful to direct in photo shoots! His
9. Here's a good one. I hand painted protest signs that were going to be used for some cause. I was just out of school and was hired freelance to paint signs that "looked like they were painted in someone's garage". So folks don't ever believe that protests are grass roots. More often than not there is some big money paying a marketing firm like the one that hired me to hand paint signs that get distributed amongst guinea pigs.
I've stepped away from all that fabulousness to stay at home with my 3 beautiful kidlet's. I still take on freelance projects so if you like my work shoot me an email. A momma still has to have her creative outlets and you're part of one of them if you're reading this blog.
I'm so glad you've taken the time to visit! Please come back!