24.8.12

Sharing About Me

This has always been a tough subject for me!

For one, I tend to either over-share or share so little that I'm a "mystery" to people. So where is the happy medium? I'm still not sure, but I'm giving you a little glance into who I am this morning and you can judge for yourself! :)

Hi, I'm Celeste and I'm a military wife and stay-at-home-mom originally from California, and transplanted to the middle of nowhere in North Carolina. In a former life I was a chef, and now my kitchen adventures consist of new ways to make Mac'n Cheese and what I can whip up for snacks that my kids will love but not eat up in 2 seconds flat. Oh, and on occasion I make something "grown-up" to share with my hubby when he is home.

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I like the smell of old books, collect vintage ice-cream scoops, and daydream about having a business to pass on to my children someday. 

While my husband is away, (which is a WHOLE LOT now that he is a Drill Instructor at Parris Island in South Carolina), I collect talents and skills. Yes, talents and skills. In these last few months my husband has been away, I've brushed up on my skills as a carpenter and now I'm learning how to install a sump pump. (I uninstalled/re-installed a toilet a few weeks ago-- long story short it involved a 2 year old flushing something down the toilet.) I'm not sure what category that falls under, but I'm definitely coming to appreciate the men/women who do sewage work and plumbing for a living. These are in-demand skills around our house because it usually happens that the big things happen while my husband is away. I'm attempting to come to terms with the fact that I need to stop crying like a school girl and just do the job when it's called for. I'm still a work in progress there. I'm sure one day I will appreciate more the ability to install toilets and sump pumps. Right now, I tend to swear quietly under my breath, (and occasionally out loud--I've learned some colorful swear words from time around Marines), as I'm Googling DIY's and how-to's.


My shop Doodle La, as you can imagine, developed out of my acquired skill of making cloth diapers for my youngest child. I started cloth diapering to save money. I was determined to help out our family how ever I could. I do other stuff, too, though. I draw, paint, sew obviously, make things from clay, love to bake. I guess you could say that I'm a Jane-of-all-trades, and a master of diaper sewing. Making cloth items is what I spend most of my time doing these days to help out my family. It lets me stay home with my little ones, and still help out in the financial side of things. We have 3 kids-- one with Aspergers who constantly makes me smile at the things he says, one little genius who often makes me feel inferior while I make use of Google to come up with answers to questions, and one with Oppositional Defiance Disorder who is teaching me patience and how to be a stronger person. I can't tell you how thankful I am to God that He has allowed me to use my acquired skills to make a business out of it. I get to be "right there" for my kids and still work. It's definitely a balancing act sometimes.

 Sewing allows me to be creative while I work. I thrive on using my hands while I work. The behind the scenes side of the work like book keeping, running the shop online and all those other technical things I've learned through trial and error. I'm a little slower at them because it's not my favorite, but they are great skills to have so I do them. Perhaps they will serve me well later on!

In my leisure time I like to watch old movies. However, I'm usually doing something like folding laundry or installing snaps on diapers at the same time. I think you'd have to take me out of my situation for me to truly do anything leisurely :)

So that is me in a nutshell.

Here's my little family the morning my husband left for South Carolina. Miss him. Love them all to bits.

 So that's the face behind Doodle La!

 Happy Weekend! 


2 comments:

  1. Even though I don't have a little one in diapers anymore I love seeing the lovely fabric you pick out!

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  2. I think you are doing an amazing job!!!! I support you for being a military wife..one of the hardest jobs there is outside of being a mom!!!!! Give yourself a big hug from me...tell those babies that Gigi loves and misses them terribly!!!

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