Shey B

January 27, 2015
by shealynn


I’ve been kinda itching to start a business again.

I’m itching to make things for people again.  I don’t miss the stress of owning my own business though.  I don’t think people realize how stressful owning your own business truly can be.  But my biggest hiccup with starting a business right now is because what I remember the most about owning my own business was the time.  The hours spent sewing, emailing, buying new supplies, prepping, cutting, ironing, etc.  The times I missed out on doing things with my family.  SO many things I didn’t get to do because I had to sew.  I loved my business.  Truly loved it.  And maybe someday I will start something.  Maybe soon, maybe not.  Who knows.

While I was nursing Brooke this morning I was thinking about this subject.  Thinking about my increasing want to create on a regular basis.  I was brainstorming and trying to figure out a way I could push myself to create on a regular basis for fun.  Not for a business.  And that’s when I decided.

From now on, I am going to create something at least once a week and share the tutorial here on my blog with all of you!  Kinda like what I did in May of 2012.  But instead of one daily, it’ll be weekly… sometimes more than that.  This will fulfill 2 things for me.  It will give me a reason to blog regularly and it will get me creating regularly like I want.  It will also fulfill that need of starting a business as well except I won’t be making money, but that’s ok.  I’ll post a new tutorial every Thursday.  This way if you decide you want to make what I have shown it gives you the weekend to do so. If I have the time then I’ll post other tutorials or stories, etc.

Anyway.  I’m excited about this!  I’m excited to put my blog to use again as well as my hands!  Maybe I’ll even do video tutorials sometimes too.  Especially since I no longer have a DSLR.

I’ll also repost my most popular tutorials from May of 2012 as well for you guys starting next Monday.


I’m baaaaaack!!!  ;)








January 15, 2015
by shealynn
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Everything old is new again


Today I was using the microwave.  I was standing in front of it quietly chanting “hurry hurry hurry”.  Kinda like those old Mervyn’s commercials where the woman is standing outside of the store with her face and hands pressed against the window saying “open open open”.  Yeah.  So I’m standing there willing my microwave to work faster when Mason comes up to me and says “old me mama, old me”.  So I pick him up and as he becomes level with the microwave he begins to get excited.  And when he gets excited… like really excited, his body starts to shake and he throws his hands out and just wiggles them and then he starts wiggling his feet.  It’s so damn cute.  So he begins saying “OH WOW!!  OH WOW!  OH WOOOOOOWWWWW!”  And he starts shaking and wiggling and giggling.  And I just watch his face.  I observe this entire moment so closely because it made me smile so big.  It made me realize that something so lamely simple to me, like the microwave, which I’ve seen work a million times, is so amazingly miraculous to him.  He got so excited about the microwave and soon I realized how contagious his excitement was because I started getting excited watching him get excited.  haha!

When was the last time you honestly got that excited over something?  I mean downright shaking and wiggly giggly over something?  I don’t even remember.  But watching him take in the workings of the microwave just made me realize how much fun it is see things through a child’s eyes.  I’ve had several moments like this with Mason, but he was the most vocal with this one.  He wasn’t just shaking and wiggly giggly, he was communicating his excitement loudly.  I love how things that are old news to me become new to my kids.  Just watching their eyes light up and their expressions change several times… it’s quite something to witness, and it’s something you simply can not witness without smiling right along with them.

Makes me realize how much we take advantage of.  Good thing I have 2 little ones that will make me stop and smell the proverbial roses on a daily basis.


I know this is such a random post, but it was just something I wanted to write down and remember.  Do you ever have moments like that?  Moments you know you’ll forget soon if you don’t write them down relatively soon after they’ve happened?  You get me then.  ;)



January 12, 2015
by shealynn
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Let’s try this again

It seems that I have good intentions to start blogging again, but then I get pregnant.  And with pregnancy I am just too tired to sit and blog.  But it’s a new year and I’m not pregnant!  Brooke is our 4th and final and since she sleeps through the night, I figure I can sit here a few times a week and blog.

I am not sure if I will actually stick with it.  I am not committing to it.  But I have good intentions.

Over the summer, Mike and I made the hard decision to leave North Carolina for good and move back to Arizona for good.  It was hard moving away from my parents again.  We moved the weekend before Thanksgiving.  My husband drove my Suburban across country and I stayed a few extra days with my parents and then flew out with my kids.  Alone.  12 years, 8 years, 22 months and almost 3 months old… That was rough.  ;)  The truly bizarre thing was once we touched down in Arizona I felt like I was home.  It was almost like we had never left in the first place!  I can’t describe it.  But I’ve never felt it like I felt it on that day.  It was very overwhelming.  But it made me optimistic.  My 12 year old… not so much.  But she’s ok now.  As much as I hate the Arizona heat, I have just come to realize how much I actually do love it here despite that.

One thing that I swore to myself before we moved was that I was going to meet lots of moms out here.  I wanted to hook up with women that had children as well.  I wanted to have women over for coffee/tea/soda/water, and playdates. I wanted to have girls nights out.  I wanted to make friends.  North Carolina I had friends.  A few.  And those friends I will always love and I will always talk to, text, Facebook message etc.  I will see them when we visit too.  But here, it’s different.  Here there are more homes, there are more people.  So with that in mind, I knew I wanted to force my normally introverted self out there into the community and make some lady-mommy friends.  And I am really achieving this!  I’ve hosted women and their children from my neighborhood at my house for a little holiday mug/ornament swap and their children decorated gingerbread houses.  I’ve had several coffee dates with some awesome ladies in my neighborhood as well!  And we have girl’s night out this Saturday!  I can’t remember the last time I had a girl’s night out!  Really never happened in North Carolina.  I can honestly say that this move was such a good thing.  And not just for me.  Zoe has friends that live within walking distance.  Angelina is making a lot of friends too!  There are a couple parks less than 5 minutes walking distance from our house too.  I can walk to The Coffee Shop or the grocery!  Life is good!

And on top of all that, I’ve gotten the need to work with my hands again, so crafting has begun.  In a big way!  I was telling someone the other day that my husband might just send me to “crafters rehab” if there was such a thing.  haha!  I have this want to “create all the things!”  But I see it as a good sign.  This blog will now become the place that I will write about creating.  I’m itching to share and to create all the time these days.  Creating is something that I do once all of my children are tucked in at night and my husband is on the couch playing Destiny with his buddies.

Arizona has brought out a different side of me.  A good side.  I’m having fun!  And not just with my kids, but with other ladies who are quickly becoming friends!  I am having fun by myself… creating on my Silhouette, my Cricut Explore, wood-burning, sewing, crocheting, painting, and soon to be cookie decorating!  I hope to get a new camera soon as well because I’m itching to take better photos!  So stay tuned!  I can’t wait to load this blog up with not just my thoughts, but my ideas, my creations and lots of pictures!  I miss blogging!  SO here’s to good intentions!  ;)

I just got really excited typing this post out.  I’m excited for 2015.  It’s so cliche to say it but I truly believe that The Best Is Yet To Come.  Life is so good and I feel so blessed!  I have no idea who will read this, but honestly?  I don’t mind if people don’t.  It’s just nice to get a post out there.  And hopefully one post turns into another and then another and so on and so forth!

Here’s to a new year!  Happy 2015 you guys!