Hi! I’m Ashy.
(PG’s dress crocheted by Ashy)
I wanted to take the time to tell you about myself, so you get to know the person behind the creations.
In order of priority to me, I am a Christian, wife, mom, and physical therapist. I volunteer for our church media team, music ministry, and young adults’ ministry. I have an amazing husband, JV, who supports all I do and picks up all of my slack! He is an amazing Christian leader in our home, a wonder partner, a loving and patient daddy, and an extremely hard worker! I am outrageously blessed to call him my husband! I am a mom to a beautiful and sweet almost two year old (Precious Girl or PG) and am expecting our second daughter (Darling Girl or DG) this summer. I work full time (40 hours a week) outside the home as a physical therapist for people with brain injuries. I am so lucky to get to make a difference in people’s lives every day in this position and help people learn how to be independent again (whether it is walking, returning to work, returning to active parenting, etc.)
I am also an amateur painter, baker, crocheter, and miscellaneous crafter. I enjoy being able to take a pile of supplies and create something that did not exist before! Regardless if it is a pantry full of ingredients, a stash of yarn, or a pile of paint tubes and brushes; they are waiting to be made into something new and wonderful!
One of my favorite things to create is gifts (of any sort). I love being able to give a friend or family member something that I created especially for them. It is wonderful to be able to say without words, “I love you enough to take the time to make something one of a kind that is perfect for you!” Once, for a Secret Santa gift, I crocheted a scarf with an OU (Oklahoma University) logo on it (this did pain me as a diehard Nebraska fan!). When my co-worker opened it, she said, “This is the most thoughtful gift I have every received!” (She was a speech therapist, they choose their words deliberately, haha!). It made me feel so special, and I know that whenever she wears that scarf, she will think about me and the fact that I CARED enough to make it for her.
Another thing that I love about creating is it can become a generational gift: both the items and the talents. My mom taught me to crochet when I was young (probably around 8, but I don’t really remember). She also taught me to cook, bake, sew (a little bit, she is WAY better than me, as I really only know the basics), read, draw, etc. (She is a mom! They teach you everything, right?!) I love that I get to share these things with her! It definitely brings us closer being able to share hobbies.
In terms of items, my mom also gave me a sweater HER great grandma crocheted for her when she was a baby! This means that my daughter got to wear a dress that her great, great, great grandma made! I love that legacy! My grandma on my dad’s side crocheted a lace last name for each of her children and grandchildren which she framed and gave as a wedding gift to each couple, which is prominently and proudly displayed in each family’s home. She has also crocheted each grandchild and great grandchild a special baby blanket. I hope that one day my kids, grandkids, and beyond will look at things that I made and have that same heart-warming feeling of legacy!
When it comes to my creative process, I have had to overcome my perfectionism. When I was younger, each time I started something, I would expect the perfect outcome; which is highly unrealistic, as I am an amateur with no formal training in any of these creative outlets! I have learned that sometimes I start with a plan, then end up winging it a bit; and that is okay. Sometimes my creations turn out as “fails” and I start over or trash it; but sometimes, I feel like I’ve had a streak of brilliance! Either way, it is a learning experience! And, after all, that is what life is about. Nothing will ever be perfect in life, as hard as we may try to make it appear that way on social media!
I have also had to learn to be patient. I have to wait for the timer to go off in the kitchen, I have to wait for the paint to dry, I have to wait to start a crochet project until I can buy the yarn (COVID quarantine anyone!) Oh yeah, I am not a patient person by nature. I want things done now! This has led to some of my “fails” such as muddy colors in paintings and under-baked cakes. Oops! With practice, I have learned to allow the time needed to complete my projects more successfully….but it is still a challenge sometimes!
Okay. Enough about me! I am ecstatic that YOU have chosen to connect with me! I hope to be able to share some of my enthusiasm for creating with you and to inspire YOU to begin, continue, or grow YOUR creative outlet!