Who am I?
I am definitely not a person who will shy away from public speaking or really speaking at all. I am even a person who can whip up a good article about something. BUT ask me to talk about myself .... eeeekkkkkk I am out of here!
I think in general, people are so afraid of coming off as sounding so full of themselves or not full enough of themselves. They are so worried about what other people will think that they hate it. I used to be that way about writing speeches and then I just didn't care anymore. I think that realization and lack of fear came when I was interviewing for jobs. I took a different approach to it than I used to - I looked at it as if I was interviewing the employer to see if I even wanted the job. Took every bit of fear away from the situation. I remember when I was finished my Educational Assistant program and we had to do mock interviews. Everyone was so nervous and I just really didn't care. To me it was just another check in the box to get my diploma and start making money to feed my kids. When the interview was done I was asked if I had any questions. I did. I asked about a program the school board hosted that I learned about while researching their website. He didn't have a clue the program even existed lol He was impressed. He asked when I would be applying for a position with the board and I told him that I wasn't. I even said that I didn't like the boards approach to hiring. (Sometimes I even surprise myself with my honesty lol) He kept insisting I apply. He even emailed me and reminded me to apply. I did and I was offered an interview and turned it down. I had made a choice that I didn't want to work for that board and I stuck with it.
So about me - well I love teaching and sharing what I know and have with other people! Hence the Educational Assistant role. Actually that was result of me applying for a program at college when I was in my 30's to just shut someone up. They kept saying I should and I kept saying I would never get in. Well I got in lol Before that I worked everywhere lol I was a sander in a cabinet company, an estimator at a company which bid on construction jobs and I worked in fitness as an accounts clerk. Oh and I was a PSW for a time too.
I have an amazing husband and 5 amazing children! I am also a grandma to two amazing grandchildren - Colton and Luciana! I love my family and they are the world to me. Sometimes they are the hardest piece of my world however they are my world. (Even if as adults I could sell them very quickly so that I can have 2 seconds of peace. BUT who am I kidding, I would just buy them back for double what I sold them for lol)
I started this company for a few reasons. One, there was a need for a reseller who was in this area, who was priced so that people could afford it and because I wanted to give back to the crafting community. I was off work with hip injuries and knew I wasn't going back. When my mother passed - the small bit of money she left I used to start The Crafter's Hub. I don't regret that decision for a minute. Even when sales are slow or I am working long days, I am so grateful for a fabulous opportunity to get to know you! I would love to give you creative crafters a store where we could all gather and learn from each other and share our knowledge. One day that might be a possibility but I don't think now is the right time.
Something you may not know about me - I hide spoons! I do really hide spoons. If I find a spoon in the house I like and is the perfect size for eating soups and cereals, I will hide it in the cupboard for ONLY me to use. lol I only eat with a certain style of knife and fork too. Oh and glasses and mugs and plates. Yep I am a bit weird that way but that is something I don't really speak of. My kids do - they think it is hilarious.
So tell me about you. Tell me something you love. Something you don't like doing and maybe a secret that you are willing to share. I want to get to know you too!
WOW! I love reading your blogs Tonya and am happy to see the most recent ones. Life sure does hand us so many challenges and reaching out to each other in our communities, sure does help overcome some of the challenges we all face regardless of the differences in them. I am so happy to have found you, when I started my craft adventure!! Total gem you are to our community, and your REAL above anything else!!! I have fell off the crafting horse for a little bit, as I took up baking for awhile and like crafting, it was something I was able to enjoy on my darkest days, even if I had to really push myself, that little feeling of accomplishment once task completed was amazing. I only wish, those feelings would last longer and i didn’t have to suffer through my depression. I’m currently back on board with my therapy and my crafting is now my focus, I love baking buy my waist line is begging me to stop…. after all, Spring is in the air LOL, and won’t be able to hide behind hoodies and tights much longer. Currently, I am using the journal provided by you, and have to say its ALMOST FULL already!! Another tool that is so appreciated. Currently I’m working on some magnets and am also designing some tshirts for my 5 grandchildren, with themes each enjoy. I love my cricut crafting and the endless possibilities it provides to create some happiness for myself and others!!!
Hello… I thought you would say a spoon collection. I had a roc collection and marble collection when I was in my teens. If I visit a river or beach I’d look for unique rocks. Once I found one a gray rock that looked like a frog in Tennessee, USA and another time in the Bahamas I found one a whit rock that looked like a polar bear. I have different coins and keep money from places I’ve visited.
I loved reading your blog also your journals look awesome
Great Post Tonya! You have been a fantastic resource and i am so happy I found you!!
I am a mother to two daughters 10 & 1. I am a stay at home mom who has entered this amazing world of crafting just over a year ago. I have my own small business which I am having so much fun pursuing, I have been in both of your outdoor markets and can’t wait for the next one!! I love trying all of the new things, right now I am dabbling in epoxy tumblers and hoping to add that to my list of inventory for customers. I am not a fan of paper crafts, I’ve tried the cardstock flowers and it’s just too much for hands, I have carpal tunnel so it gets a little too painful for me.
A secret about me… I actually also will only eat with a certain type of spoon & fork haha! I’ve never met anyone else that does that!