Which is when we received a blessing from God to leave the 3-story townhouse we were renting and move out.
It was an answered prayer in that we had been wanting to move out.
The area didn't feel safe any longer.
It was tough keeping up with 3 levels of things and we just were tired of it.
The owners foreclosed on the house and the bank offered us "keys for cash".
The 11 days it took to donate, trash, pack and move were so hard, but I did it with joy.
I was so happy to go.
I was so happy to get away from that area.
I was so happy to downsize.
So many positive things came of it.
Even bought a cake to celebrate our last day there... lol.
(here's a quick snapshot I took of the last time I saw my old craftroom)
We have yet to find a place to live.
Either we're really picky, or God is guiding our steps.
Which is okay, but it has been a very frustrating, exciting, humbling, overwhelming, fun, uncomfortable, life-changing, adventurous, spiritual, freeing and boring experience.
Yes, all that. lol.
It's a process that I know God has taken us through, and I believe the reason was to mature us spiritually.
For us to truly TRUST in Him.
My plans last year were so different from how I see my future now.
I wanted to be a stamp designer.
I wanted to be on a few DT's.
I wanted to Filofax my blog posts, my laundry sessions, my craft time.
There could be other reasons for this direction in life, but I haven't figured those out yet. lol.
Through this I have learned so much about myself. About the areas of my life that need work.
Things that need changing. Things that need growth.
Inner things no one knows about.
Not even me.
Making more time for Him and less time on things that carry no weight or value for my eternal life...
but that's another topic that I didn't mean to get into here...
If this has peeked your interest, read more about my personal/spiritual growth on my personal blog here.
(i tend to update it monthly)...
So how & where have I been crafty?
In my parent's dining room, out of my IKEA Raskog cart...hehe.
It's been very challenging (in that I don't have access to all the supplies I own), but that has pushed me to be more creative.
I started out with whatever was already in my cart, but along the way I was forced to add supplies that either I REALLY needed and didn't have. Or that I did have (stored away), but didn't have access to, like a paper trimmer.
And today, as I worked on personal errands and looked over to my cart, (thinking to share a photo of my little "craftroom" on IG), I felt ashamed at how unorganized and messy it looked. So I spent the last hour cleaning it up, trashing clutter (like left over pieces of whatever), and organizing it better.
In the side buckets I have a stash of those MME, Jillibean & Bella Blvd sticker labels (that I'm obsessed with). I also have another bucket of tools (glue, scissors, etc.)
In the front 2 buckets I have things like washi, twine, sequins and flairs.
On the 2nd tier I have stamps, inks and diecuts that either came pre-cut (like by October Afternoon & Amy T.), or that were leftover from my Silhouette cuts, or that I cut by hand from pattern paper.
On the side of the cart in a tote I have my 12x12 paper pads and 12x12 alphas.
When I get the urge to enter a challenge or smash a page, I simply pull the cart 12 inches closer to the dining table, set up my laptop to play some music, and get to crafting.
The cleanup is so quick & easy, that I'm considering downsizing my craft supplies EVEN MORE once we find another home.
I'm excited to start over.
My desire last year was to destash, downsize, declutter, sell, donate and trash.
I even read 2 books about it!
And with this process, I have been able to do all of that.
Even though I'm currently (somewhat) limited, it has taught me to be appreciative of everything.
What's important in life.
What I should spend more time on.
And that I really don't need every single washi tape or 6x6 pad in existence!