One of these things is not like the other…

In honor of my husband’s upcoming birthday, I thought I would share with you the Top Ten Things My Husband Hates Strongly Dislikes About Living With a Creative Minded Person (or maybe just me).

For a little backstory- In case you don’t know, I am very much a coloring outside of the lines person while my husband is very structured and has a (slight) OCD problem…self diagnosed of course! We are the perfect example of opposites attract when it comes to housework, function of our brains and how to define the word CLEAN!

Before - After of my mini pallet project.

Before/After of my mini pallet project.

So without further ado…The Top Ten Things the Hubby Hates Strongly Dislikes about Living with a Creative Minded Person

  1. House Work Seems like a Waste of Valuable Time to Me. Honestly, whoever set the standards that the wife needed to be the one to clean and cook should be punched in the throat. Men can do those things just a well as women if they practice enough. *my dad is a fantastic cook*  Lucky for me, my husband is a pro at doing his own laundry, vacuuming our house, dusting and cleaning. He is even great at making sure I get my laundry done and hung up so that I don’t live in a world of piles of clothes on the floor, overflowing clothes baskets and having to do the dreaded *sniff* test to decide if this is a dirty pile or clean pile. (Side note – anyone who ever visited my room in high school knows that these were real problems at one point in my life). Although, according to the hubby I still have a long ways to go in my training, I have made some serious strides in my cleaning skills…SERIOUS STRIDES PEOPLE. (pretty sure my hubby would have never taken me on a date had he seen my high school room…hindsight 20/20, sorry Mom and Dad)10891797_10153037968748628_2222333700614422228_n
  2. I live in ORGANIZED chaos. To every outsider that walks in to my house/craft room (or maybe just the hubby) it may appear to be a room full of clutter and messes, but somehow and by some miracle in my crazy brain I can tell you exactly where about anything you are looking for is and why it is where it is. (Except for when I *lose* the occasional something and then it is just gone, plain gone…like my diamond necklace from the hubby, or the birthstone ring from my parents…*insert sad face emoji with tears*)
  3. My brain is constantly in motion. My husband is the sort of person that at the end of the day he just wants to chill…watch TV, drink a beer, play play station, grill a big, juicy steak and fall asleep in his easy chair. That is his thing and I respect that, but I drive him nuts when I am constantly scurrying around the house, asking for his help and assistance and making the house smell weird with my different paints, glues, sealers, sanders, and everything in between.10653480_10152883195638628_8596461180494173556_n
  4. I am a night owl. To go along with the point above, while he is in chill mode or autopilot at night I am out in full force. I get my best work done after 9 pm most nights. And when I am not working on a project, on my computer or in my craft room, I am laying in bed on my phone scoping out new project ideas. I don’t know how many times he has complained about being on my phone while he is trying to snore in my ear and I am thinking of 20 different things I can do with the barn window I just scored from my favorite antique store. 
  5. I always have a project…or projects. At best I have 5 different projects going on at the same time. Or what is supposed to be projects. To the hubby, these hidden treasures are just clutter in our house, garage, little shed, my parents, and his parents. If only I had a button to extend time or pause time would I be able to complete all my projects. So to him my creative ideas just equal more stuff in our lives.
  6. I like junk. Most of the items I bring home as my projects have been check marked in the hubby’s brain as junk. He has toted them to the dumpster and closed the book on their story. However, when he turns his back his wife (usually with the help of his mother (aka my mother in law)) climbs into the dumpster, totes the junk back out, sneaks it into the garage and waits for the right timing to begin my next project. The saying, ” one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is definitely a life motto for me and a cringe worthy statement for the hubby. However, although he doesn’t share the excitement I have, I think he usually likes my completed projects. ( or maybe that is just because that is one less thing in our house)


    The project that sent me to the ER! Isn’t it awesome!

  7. Sometimes my projects are more than I can chew. I like to think I am Joanna Gaines, or superman (I mean the two are pretty much one in the same) and that I can do anything. However, realistically, my woodworking skills are lacking and power tools are not always my best friend. Sometimes my “plan” isn’t the safest or most practical way to do things *hence having Justin take me to the ER for my first stitches at like 10pm due to a craft project gone wrong…remember the saying my best work gets done late at night…All I really remember is a lot of blood, me trying to pass out, waiting in the ER forever, and still feeling the needle when they stitched me up and now a nasty scar. He loved it and me at that moment (insert sarcasm), I digress* So sometimes I have to throw in the towel on a project and take a different route and just give up.
  8. Hobby Lobby is my best friend. I think this is why my husband put me on a budget Jan. 1, 2016. So he could better track my Hobby Lobby spending. That store is a little slice a heaven for me. My brain gets to flowing, my eyes get wide, my heart is pumping and I just want to craft and craft and redesign my house and redecorate. However valuable lesson to all readers and Hobby Lobby shoppers – We only buy things when they are on sale, because at some point in the rotation everything in the store goes on sale. *Bonus tip* Download the Hobby Lobby app so that you always have a 40% off coupon so if you fall in love with something not on sale you can use the coupon to buy it and it is on sale again. I am pretty sure Hobby Lobby ranks with Kohl’s in my husbands brain and to him Kohl’s is the Devil. *Insert tangent- the saddest part of this story is that I know my way around Hobby Lobby better than the grocery store. One time I completely directed my mom around the store to all the things she wanted by phone*
  9. I am not very good at cleaning up my messes. When I complete a project I just want to bask in its glory. Take pictures, share with my friends, and either find the perfect home for it in my house or someone else’s. I don’t have time to clean up the mess I just made. *insert angry husband who if he were in a cartoon his head would be spinning in circles and steam pouring out his ears* I can’t help it that hot glue is so messy, it leaves strings everywhere… #craftgirlprobz
  10. He doesn’t think I am doing anything. The hubs has a hard time visualizing the progress that I see. Where I see progress he sees a bigger mess. One day after a full weekend locked away in my craft room, binge watching HGTV and DIY while working on “projects”, barely remembering to eat, sleep or shower, I was so excited for him to come home so I could show off my new completed projects and model them. He takes one look at my craft room and my stuff and says ” I can’t tell that you did anything, did you sweep or do any laundry this weekend. The house is  filthy!) *insert a balloon being popped and flying around the room as the air gets let out*
Shameless Plug- Latest project - These to signs are for purchase. See me for details.

Shameless Plug- Latest project – These two signs are for purchase. See me for details.


I am sure as my husband reads this he will say something like “Step 1 is admitting you have a problem” and I am glad everyone knows you are a slob now but what he sees as messy I see as creative. So hears to my hubs for “dealing” with me and my big ideas and playing along. Just like Miley, my brain “Can’t Be Tamed” and being creative helps me keep my sanity and brings me joy; just like playing NFL and MLB on his play station does for him. Here’s to a Happy Birthday to the Hubs and Thanks for putting up with my creative junk gypsy mind.


Day 27 – Better Late Than Never

Sorry to all of my faithful followers that I am a few days behind in my blogging. Due to some unreliable internet during our Thanksgiving trophyshadowholiday travels I have gotten a bit behind. But, as the saying goes it is better late than never so here it goes.  Today for post number one we are taking about trophies and using them in DIY. Back when I first started showing we received trophies all of the time, especially in 4-H and as much as I love those trophies and the accomplishments they represent I no longer have space to display them. So the first idea I came up with was to pull the engraved plates off of my trophies and put them into a shadow box. A late night trip to the emergency room later  and a few days later I came up with this cute little piece for our home. (Disclaimer: Maybe wear thick gloves when you take the engraved plates off the trophies or find a better way than using a butter knife 🙂 )

After I made my shadow box I saved some of the tops of my trophies to make a coat rack like you will see below. Since I have shown and won awards for 5 different types of livestock (cow,pig, sheep, goat, and horse) I saved one of each type and plan to put it in a farm themed nursey or room later down the road. I then donated all the rest of my plateless trophies back to my local extension office to be re-used for awards in the future. Since then I have found some more great ideas to do with trophies besides collecting dust on my shelves and on top of the entertainment center.

Almost to the end!! 30 Days of Agriculture and 30 Days of Farm Related DIY.

Day 26 – Feed Sack

Feed sacks have gone through many different phases. Starting out as cloth based that was turned into clothing and curtains and things for your home, to becoming a more woven material, to now more likely being made of a paper based or plastic like product. Some had vibrant colors and patterns carefully put into them, now covered with logos, instructions and ingredients. I know at our farms feedsacks have been piling up for years, so if you happen to be crafty with current days feedsacks or stumble across some of the original cloth based ones, check out the Farm Related DIY projects below. Only four days left of 30 Days of Agriculture. Stay tuned for tomorrow to see MY FAVORITE DIY item and projects yet!!! Be sure to check out my pinterest board to find instructions or more information on all DIY projects and photos used on these posts.


Day 25 – Perfect Transformation

I can slightly remember from my first years of showing dad bringing a “feedbox”, feed shovel, and feed scoop so that he could hand mix the feed while we were exhibiting cattle at a show. Luckily, we no longer have to pack those added items and we use the dump and eyeball method. However, I do still see feed scoops around today while at the shows. Most of them now though are pretty bright colors and are made of plastic and would not work for today’s DIY ideas. But, if you are lucky enough to come across some old school or metal feed scoops “scoop” them up to make these really cool lighted wall scones. Perfect for any country themed home. These may be an essential in my future home!

We only have 5 days left of 30 Days of Agriculture and 5 more days of Farm – Related DIY so don’t miss out!

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Day 23 – Climbing to the Moon

In honor of being a part of the 12 Hour World Record Climb Attempt today at the Hilton Springfield today’s DIY is centered around ladders. By the way this was by far one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced as when he finishes today he will have climbed Mt. Everest at least one and a half times. AMAZING!!!!

Check them out…..

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Day 22 – Stop Digging!

My close family and friends know that I am good at digging holes. Not literally but figuratively. I have always been a dreamer and someone who wants to do it all and take on the world. Due to this sometimes I find myself in a deep hole that I am not always sure I can get out of but I usually do. I blame my mother for this because she too takes on more than she should at times because she has a good heart and likes to help people in need. Unlike her I have learned a powerful word, NO, I just sometimes let me dreams take over my reality. Anyways, enough about me, back to the DIY, today’s blog is centered around none other than the shovel. Yes, I said shovels! Check out these really cool DIY projects below. We have almost made it to the end, don’t stop checking out the blog yet, I have saved the best for last!!! And be sure to hang in there with others blogging 30 Days of Agriculture.


Day 21 – Barbed Wire

I don’t like barbed wire. Let me rephrase that, I don’t like working with barbed wire. I always get caught, rip my clothing, or cut myself on it. I know it serves a great purpose on the farm, but I am not graceful enough to be around it. However, I do love things made out of barbed wire and I have actually have barbed wire crosses in my house. Due to my bad reputation with barbed wire and my recent DIY mishap that landed me my first stitches and in the emergency room you won’t see me tackling any of today’s DIY ideas anytime soon, but if someone else wants to make them for me that would be great.


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We are getting a day closer to the end…check out those still blogging 30 Days of Agriculture and come back tomorrow for Day 22 of 30 Days of Farm Related DIY.


Day 20 – Feeling Like the Tin Man

My mother’s favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz” and although it is not my favorite, I can recall most of the movie from memory due to watching it some many time and my mother reciting it to me. If you recall the movie when the Tin Man was discovered he had to be oiled before he could move. Today’s DIY revolves around oil cans. Have you ever considered decorating an oil can and putting it in your house? Today’s projects consist of locating an old oil can, cleaning it, painting it, and adding a few modifications to turn it into a cute little picture holder. See the three examples below and check out my Pinterest board for links.

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Day 19 – Feeling Lucky?

I realize I am a day behind so today is your lucky day. Not only are you going to be lucky enough to have two DIY post, but we are also talking about lucky horseshoes today. Although, horses are no longer used on our farm, at one time they were. Due to that we have horse shoes roaming around many of our barns. Horseshoes can be great for DIY and I found alot of awesome things you can do with them. So check out this photos below and my pinterest board to get the ideas flowing. I have also added a link on my Pinterest on how to clean horse shoes and ready them for arts and crafts.


I have almost made it and so have the others that joined me! Be sure to check out other blogging 30 Days of Agriculture and check back later today for Day 20!