Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flatlays and Me

So much for making things happen. More than a year of not posting anything. So what have I been up to? So much. Maybe even too much. A dear friend said I have "ADHD" because my interests come and go. I am enthusiastic about certain things but easily move on to the next. Thinking about it, I agree. It may be because of the various Instagram-ers and Pinterest-ers I follow. I follow calligraphers, paper cutters, cooks/chefs, gardeners, interior designers, lifestyle bloggers, DIY-ers, millenial moms, floral artists, furniture makers, bakers, photographers and other artists. And I want to do what they are doing. I want to do them all. Due to that, I may not be doing anything productive at all. Here are my top interests these past year/s.

To those who know me since childhood, this may come a surprise. My Mama once told me, "You should know how to cook; you'll be a wife one day." To which I answered, "I'll have a help." Lo and behold I became a wife and a mom but never hired a help. I wanted to be hands on with my precious baby. And partly because I can't find a relative that can be our helper and having someone I don't know is not an option. I'm kinda paranoid like that. So I don't have a choice but to cook. Then I got tired with the usual dishes and became interested in discovering flavors and ingredients and there's Masterchef. To Youtube I went and learned. And loved going to the market and being in the kitchen.

This is a recent interest because I was too scared to try it due to the statement I heard more than once, "baking is a science; it's precise." But Laura in the Kitchen and Bigger, Bolder Baking encouraged me to just go for it. I did and amazed myself. I already made cinnamon rolls, lime squares, donuts, dacquiose and (sold) mulberry loaf cake and crumble. This bread/pastry lover is dancing to Pharell's Happy.

This, I claim, is my talent. Well, I need to claim something since I'm not blessed with angelic vocal cords or dancing feet. This is my workstation and that's the most organized it can get. Raising my left hand.

Home Interior (and Exterior) Design
We have a bed and breakfast project that started last year. Pinterest, Instagram and Real Living magazine became my best friends during the design process. Hardware store visits became a weekly thing with my husband, who's into construction. There is such joy in designing. Now I want to own multiple homes and shops to design. (dreaming...)

Thanks again to Instagram for this. This interest was fueled by a friend's wedding where we needed to write the Love verses from 1 Corinthians. I discovered it can be quite expensive to have someone do it so I tried to do it myself. It was fun actually but I figured that months or years of practice is needed to make a professional looking board. So I had a big help in making this. (It's an insider secret.) I am happy with the results that I am planning to turn this into a business. Light bulb moment there.

That is me in a big nutshell. I want to wear multiple hats. However, I'm always a wife and mom (in that order) before any of these. But, and a very big but that is, I am God's daughter first and foremost. My ultimate desire every day is to honor Him first. Maybe He'll use these things and skills for me to bring glory to Him. I know more than a couple of times I have blessed others thru these. And that is all because of His grace. The "ADHD" in me may not want to be doing any of this in the future but one thing I pray that will remain always, that I be a disciple of Christ, worshiping Him in being a wife, a mother, a daughter, sister, friend and whatever else I'll be doing.