Thanks for stopping by! This blog has really gone through a lot of transition in its nearly three years of existence. I started it back in July 2009 when I was a road warrior working in retail management but examining my life, the pace at which I was going at and my desire to live more simply. I was facing the reality that despite multiple degrees and careers, I was never happy and bounced around hoping to find the thing that would nurture my soul. Thing is, no job I ever had did that for me, until I took the leap and began working for myself developing a creative life. It was a risky decision considering I had a stable, well-paying job and was willing to leave it all to make eco-crafts in a horrible economy but my husband and I planned for 2 years and completely overhauled our spending habits so that in October 2009, I could do just that – LEAP!
At first, I launched my lil’ business, Green Earth Goodies, on Etsy in early 2010 and liked what I was doing (and loved being at home full-time) but it wasn’t until I took my hobby of decoupage to the next level and incorporated paint to my collages that my artistic life really started and I finally found what I had been looking for all my adult life. In September of 2010 I opened up my artwork shop (j.c.spock on Etsy) and things really took off.
I started working with a non-profit, FORCE (Facing our Risk of Cancer Empowered) and through them and through my artwork, I’ve connected to an entire community of women living with, surviving from or closely affected by cancer. I could never have imagined my artwork would have made such an incredible connection with such a wonderful community.
This blog not only explores my creative/artistic endeavors, but also allows me to share my home life (with David, my wonderful husband of 10 years and our 3 dogs), our life at 8,300′ in the Colorado mountains, nature/scenic photography of the Rockies and Southwest region, eco-friendly tips and ideas, DIY recipes and tutorials, my passion for vintage photos, ephemera/paper and shabby-chic-meets-french-farmhouse antiques, and also a dash of cooking/baking when the mood strikes.
I love coffee and chocolate, wine and cheese, and homemade goods made with love. I love gregarious laughter, hanging out in my PJ’s and spending lots of time with my fantastic hubby. I love cuddling with our dogs, wearing flowers in my hair and donning wild striped socks and mary-janes (even at the age of 37). I’m a quirky girl, who wears her heart on her sleeve and believes in karma. Though not religious, I am a huge believer in the Law of Attraction and believe an attitude of gratitude can manifest wonderful things. I’ve got big dreams but believe they are all attainable.
Life is so good, I’m a grateful girl and so appreciative of you following me along on this journey!!