Sunday, October 30, 2011

who is creme de la gems {part two}

If you are reading this post first- 
you might want to also read part one

Aidan (a.k.a Bubba, Bubba-Bean, Bubs) entered our lives 10 years ago.
And although his "attitude" shown in the photo looks rather horrid-
he is the most loving, charismatic & gifted boy.  I write about Aidan the most
because unlike his brother & sister, he still lives at home.
He gets caught in mommy's camera crossfire.

I'm not a writer.  So why do I blog?

Having a blog is a great way to connect with others, and meet others
who share similar interests.  A blog also helps show the real me.
That I am a silly, messy, creative girl, stuck in a 40-something body.

What I want you to know is this...
I almost quit working with polymer clay the first week of giving it a try.

I hated it.... despised it!  I thought it was boring.

But my sister, who had been crafting with polymer clay for several years begged me not to quit.  I am so glad I stuck with it... because it wasn't shortly thereafter that "it" hit me.  I could see in my mind, how to create shapes into beautiful things.  Shortly, I started creating mermaids, ballerinas & princesses- 
I was hooked!  
(Our aunt was a very talented, successful clay artist)

(a few of my very first designs)

One of my wishes is that this blog will be a place for you to stop in and say hi- we have "this" in common, or "that" in common... or that you might take away with you; a fun tutorial.  
Like I mentioned earlier... I am not a writer.  So forgive me if I misspell a word or if my posts are full of grammar errors.  I just want this blog to be a positive place to share :)

Right now what I am most grateful for, is that I have been extremely blessed to turn my passion into a business. The past two years, I've taken on the responsibility of our family's sole provider.  Not necessarily by choice, but out of necessity.  The economy has not been kind to my hubby's line of work.  Because of the financial burden, I've included hand stamped sterling silver jewelry designs into my little company.

Being our family's primary provider has been a BIG struggle for me (did I mention BIG??).  On bad days, I feel like giving up & getting a real job. Just the other day I wanted to crawl up into a little ball & wait for the waiting to be over...if that makes any sense to you? But most days, my job brings me joy & fulfillment.  Seriously...?
I can't imagine a day without Creme de la Gems.  



after year...


after year...

I've kept my faith and will keep my faith (at times by a thread). But I know the waiting will end.
HE never gives us more than we can handle, right?

One last thing......


Jackie said...

I LOVE you sis! And I am SO happy that you didn't give up on clay! You are an amazing artist and an amazing person!

Anonymous said...

I am so proud. Very good job, Tracy. - dad

Mique said...

Tracy- I loved reading part 1 and 2. It's so great to get to know you even more. I love your constant smile and upbeat attitude. I love that Dirk & Aidan come to QBM with you- the love between you 3 is very apparent.
Once again I am grateful to have the Market to connect with amazing people like you. Your talent is unbelievable and your heart even bigger.
Can't wait to see you soon!!
xo, Mique

Jennifer said...

Fun to read more about you. I can't believe you almost gave up on clay - you are so talented!

Anonymous said...

Although it makes me sad for you to say stamping jewelry isn't your passion, I am ever so happy you're still making it.

Don't get me wrong, your clay creations are incredible. Unfortunately my 3 daughters are to old to wear the cute hair cookies, necklaces, etc. I adore the princess necklace but people would probably think this forty-something woman was crazy if she wore it in public. ;)

I am though extremely excited to see what kind of jewelry combinations you create with the new beads!

Thank you for sharing a part of your world with us.

Unknown said...

I can so relate! I am a K-teacher and have just started blogging the past year. I to have been the sole money maker for the past 4 years. (My husband being in the same boat with the economy.) I started my blog more for my own sanity! I needed something to get rid of all of my frustrations with the world! So I have now enjoyed blogging and crafting in the very little extra time I have. Sadly, enough this seems to be way more common than it should be. My thoughts are with you and your family! Keep up the great work!

Tracy @ Crème de la Gems said...

Thank you everyone :) Your comments mean so much to me! It took me a long time to get enough guts to write about my life, but Dirk (my hubby) was very supportive! He is the sweetest and most loving man (besides my Dad) xo, Tracy

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

It is great to get to know more about you. I am glad you did not give up on clay. You and your sister are amazing artists and inspire me every time I see your beautiful creations. I also LOVE reading your blog. :) melanie

Sara said...

Love your blog :))

Jessica said...

SO I found your facebook through the giveaway with Little Blue Boo. Crazy in love with your mermaid necklaces! I want one for myself and my four year old daughter. Also, I just moved to the Midwest from San Clemente a year ago, such a small world! Love your work! :)