About Me

I find too often that most of what I love and have a passion for revolves around art and design.  I don't just organize the pantry; I make pretty labels and buy matching containers as if it will be printed in a magazine someday. Call me a Martha wanna be; I'd be flattered if you did!

I'm a mother of 2 tots and a full time worker and to make things even more hectic, I created Print Smitten. I find time to create in the wee morning hours, on my lunch break, or once the kids go to bed. As you can imagine, having a 2 and 3 year old is no part time job. In fact, it's a full time job with overtime. Despite the hectic lifestyle already handed to me, I'm just not satisfied unless I'm creating something. Anything from cute packed lunches to next months calendar in trending colors for the season. It's part of me and always will be.

I've dabbled in just about every craft you can imagine. I remember my first encounter with the online marketplace called Etsy. If you don't know what Etsy is, well then stop reading and head on over and be prepared to be amazed. The talent of handmade crafters all in one place is enough to make a girl go broke without thinking twice. It was back in 2007. I remember it like it was yesterday. It changed my life forever. I felt for the first time, part of a community. Accepted and surrounded by like minded people. I never had any friends in the "real world' that I could relate to. I was always the creative one, always the one that people talked about how cute my outfit was or how pristine my home was kept ( not so much anymore ). But, never anyone that I could sit in chat to in person about how that darn crochet pattern has me stumped or how I just bought a pack of thank you cards for $10 that I just HAD TO HAVE. No one got me like that until I found Etsy.

My first shop was a felting shop. I created lovely crochet bowls, threw them in the washing machine and viola! felted bowls! It was so gratifying. I enjoyed it but, get ready for it, It was too much to handle. I know I know, what do you mean? That's a good thing right? It was bad timing. I became pregnant with my daughter and decided that I wanted to focus 100% of my attention to being the best mom I can be. So all crafting and creating came to a halt. I was saddened but so focused on my daughter that I soon lost sight of my passion and moved on with life so to speak. 18 months later, I find myself expecting #2. YAH! It's a boy! What more can I ask for? We were overjoyed and blessed. Our family is complete and we cannot thank god enough for these two blessings.

After Ethan, the youngest, turned 1, I began to feel a void again. Things were calming down. Kids were out of the 'baby' stage and I actually had some time to think about me for the first time in over 2 years. It wasn't hard to figure out that I missed creating, designing and crafting and all the things that go along with it. After much debate, I decided that now was the time to dive right in and start over. But what would I do? I won't go into details about the 3 other shops I opened and closed with in a matter of months and the money spent on supplies only to realize that's not where my heart is. Lesson learned, and Ebay became my friend. I offloaded all those supplies from those failed shops and saved enough money to start Print Smitten.

Graphic Design eh? Yep! My first run in with illustrator was when I had my first Etsy shop in 2007. I saved my hard earned tip money to purchase Adobe Illustrator. I didn't take any classes. I simply taught myself through online tutorials and trial and error. When I think back to all those crafts I dabbled in, the one thing that I enjoyed the most out of the whole process was package design. I got excited to sit down and think of my next cute tag or would spend hours creating a business card and loved every minute of it! My Ah Ha moment came when I sat down one day and reminisced about those days and what stood out the most in my head about those memories. It wasn't the felting, the candle making, the jewelry, the ceramics, the watercolor painting, it was the design, the packaging, the tags, the thank you notes, the shipping labels, my blog, my banner, my avatar. All of it was more interesting to me then the actual craft itself.

Enter Print Smitten. Created in 2012. A very new venture for me. Several years later and several classes and training in illustrator and design, I'm here to make my mark in the handmade community again. I'm happy to be back and this time, I'm not going anywhere! With the love and support from my husband, Marshall, I plan to take Print Smitten to great ventures and am so excited to see what the future holds.

This blog is 100% new to me. Although I'm not new to blogging, I'm new to being serious about it and that's a whole other ball game. My goals for this blog are to bring moms, crafters, businesses ladies ( and gentleman) together who share the same passions as I do. This blog is dedicated to the things I find and love, my daily muses being a mom and of course great design from me to you!

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