As I sort and unpack I find all sorts of little gems from my past life. Some I roll my eyes and wonder why I ever saved it…some I smile and cherish the memory.
Today was one of those “cherish the memory” moments.
Back in June of 1997 I had my first project ever published. At the time I did lots of crafts and sold them to bring in extra money for our family. At the time the kids were all pretty little with five of them from 2 years old to 10 years old. I was a stay at home mom and this was a way I could bring in a bit of income. Like designing quilts, it was a feast or famine type of job. Spring and Fall meant going to craft shows and selling the wares. Summer and Winter meant long hours of making the same craft over and over and over again. I don’t miss it.
In the process of it all I designed a scarecrow that was attached to a sunflower seed packet. About the same time the magazine “Crafting Traditions” was holding a contest for the best scarecrow craft. My project didn’t win the contest or even place for that matter. They did however ask permission to publish the craft.
I was so excited! I was going to be published. I was even more excited when I saw the cover of the magazine. My little scarecrow made the cover.
From there the small town local paper even did a piece in the newspaper about it.
I was so flattered. I still am but looking back and seeing that..and seeing where life has lead me since then, it makes me smile.