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One day I realized that no matter what kind of craft it is that soothes your soul and gives your heart moments of joy, as Makers, we all can relate in that feeling. Whether it’s fiber, or paint, or wood, or words or ANYTHING, we all have felt that sense of purpose when creating things with our hands and minds. I have been so encouraged and inspired from each of these amazing artists I’ve encountered and felt that there should be a place to welcome and inspire ALL Makers, from all corners of the creator/artist life.
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Hi, friends! I’m Jessica, a pink-haired and giggly lady who realllllllly loves her fiber yumminess. I’m married to my tattoo artist (I know I’m biased, but he’s pretty amazing), Aaron Carey, and we have two amazing kiddos. We live in Oregon and LOVE it here. Yes, it may rain and, yes, most Oregonians don’t actually own umbrellas, but hey.. if everyone has frizzy hair, it’s not too much to actually worry about. ;)

I began crocheting just so I could make our daughter some items she could keep as she got older. It meant a lot to me to be able to give her such meaningful gifts that I hoped she would appreciate. As things progressed, I found myself selling my makes to friends and family and soon after that, opened my Etsy shop in 2012. After a rollercoaster of successes and failures and feeling burnt out, I chose to cease selling finished items in January of 2016 and began dabbling in the world of pattern design. After many successful (and not-so-successful) designs, I chose to switch things up a bit..

In 2017, after feeling a bit burnt out from the pressures of others waiting (im)patiently for designs to be finished, I chose to spend this year working privately with yarn brands for commissioned designs and I had a BLAST. Being able to create new relationships with these people, try new yarns, challenge myself, and learn new skills really showed me that I am capable of doing anything I wanted. All I needed to do was to be kind, work hard and EARN those opportunities. In addition to commissioned designs, I was also able to embark on a new path I had never done before: blogging.

Let me tell you, the moment you receive an email inviting you to be a blog contributor to the Creative Spark blog on the JOANN Stores website will require you to change your pants. This moment was SO huge for me and truly an instrumental moment in my career. Not only did this huge company SEE me and wanted to work with me, but they also trusted me enough to do this job despite the fact that I had never really blogged before.. Gulp. The first post I did for them was a MESS. But I did it. And each month was better than the last. Just because you don’t know how to do something, doesn’t mean you are incapable. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, that’s YOU limiting yourself. Don’t do that. Dream big and work hard until they aren’t dreams anymore. Your dreams CAN become a reality, believe me. It’s ok to fail a few times because it allows the successes to be even more sweet and even more appreciated. I was fortunate to blog for JOANN for the entirety of 2017.

Today I am so fortunate and grateful to be able to enter a new season of my career - one where I am able to do bigger, more intentional, things. I was able to work with the amazing talents behind Talewind Visuals (do you see these graphics?! Holla at Carly!) to create this amazing website where I can share more of my work as well as share the amazing work and stories contributed by others. I am so proud to be here today, to have been supported by all of you for all of this time, and to finally be able to give back to not only the Makers that encouraged me, but I’m also excited to announce that a portion of the website proceeds are also being given to local charities (such as the Liberty House located in Salem, OR) to benefit children who are facing dark times and deserve to be shown that there ARE good people in this world and they ARE deserving to experience love, compassion and care.

As a child, I dealt with many dark moments and had to overcome lies, self-made limitations, and many traumas. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to see these moments in a new light and can recognize that I am worthy. I am a gift. I am NOT a mistake or any other lie that was told to me. I deserve happiness and even though I have enough skeletons in my closet to fill an entire cemetery, I am not defined by them. Many in this world have not been told of their worth, yet. Many do not believe in themselves or understand how deserving they are of anything good. It KILLS me and it’s one of my most important goals in this life to encourage others and allow them to feel what I feel today.

Many of us have stories to tell. Many of us have dealt with trauma and pain. However, many of us have also discovered the sweet comforts of healing from these experiences. By sharing our stories with anyone willing to listen, we can initiate healing processes for those that needed to hear that they aren’t alone, or that there is light after darkness. By being vulnerable and transparent allows for not only a relatable truth for the audience, it also can institute internal healing for the Maker as well. Expressing our human emotions and granting others the truths that we all are in this together and are all figuring life out through our personal successes and failures, encourages a sense of community more so than just the mere fact that we all enjoy yarn. Many people enjoy being a Maker for reasons that run so deep and so profoundly, that being able to express these feelings with the world around us can lead to rewards we never knew we were capable to gifting.

Your past does not define you. Your actions or the actions of others towards you does not define what you are worthy of or deserving of. It is never too late to take on a new perspective, one that lifts you up, encourages you and makes you a better person. Turn the dark moments into opportunities for growth and to know how NOT to treat those around you. Live this life for others, away from selfishness, and for the glory of God for He is the one who has changed my life and is fully capable of changing yours. You are good. You are beautiful. You are loved. Never, ever forget that.

Ever.

xo, Jessica

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To be a haven for Makers to solely be uplifted and supported while gaining inspiration to build their confidence in themselves as well as within their chosen craft.

The Hook Nook Life Blog is a community effort to uplift and inspire the people around us through our crafts, our wisdom, our encouragement and, most importantly, our stories. We find it so important to share the wealth of knowledge and wisdom we collectively possess to expand the growth of our community and the benefits we can share as a whole. To inspire all generations to experience the joys and pride in making with your hands, no matter the medium, and to strengthen our self-confidences at the same time. To love yourself is the most rewarding and fruitful gift that you can give yourself, and to watch your own skills and talents blossom before your eyes can ignite you in ways you never knew were possible.

Not only do we want to create a stir within everyone who spends time on this forum, we also want to be a source of support for those that feel as though they don’t have or deserve any. As a collective body, we are happy to announce that we are donating a portion of proceeds to local charities such as Liberty House and ABC House. These particular organizations are wonderful resources for those in the Linn, Benton, Marion and Polk counties in Oregon, USA who work with children, youth and their families to overcome the crisis of abuse and neglect. As a teen, I visited the ABC House out of need. Now that I am an adult, I can see the importance of these places and the impact they have on victims. To be able to donate and give back to these places while also sharing my story and, in turn, providing comfort to those who are battling similar pains is truly such an amazing gift in my life. Thank you for all that you are allowing us to do by simply supporting our community.

So, cheers to doing BIG things in our world and within ourselves. We are worth it.

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Jen Evans

Jennifer (Jen) Evans is a full-time Maker in Oregon working alongside both Jessica Carey from The Hook Nook as well as Heidi Swapp with American Crafts. She has been an artist for as long as she can remember, but it wasn’t until after the birth of her first child when her twin sister encouraged her to audition for a local design team and won which initiated her career in the craft world. Today, a decade later, she has the amazing opportunity to work with one of the leading paper crafting companies in the world as Heidi Swapp’s Marketing Specialist and Educational Assistant. She thoroughly enjoys encouraging others to fuel their joy with crafts and taking the time to keep their memories through scrapbooking and other memory keeping arts via her blog, Create Often. In 2016 she was gifted a one-on-one crochet class with Jessica Carey which quickly blossomed into a partnership. She has been Jessica’s assistant since January 2016. You can typically find Jen wrapped up in a cozy blanket by the fire on those chilly Pacific Northwest days, or outside in her garden enveloped by the flowers that inspire her.

Megan Webb

Megan lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia and works full-time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a Digital Account Manager. While she's managing websites and social media accounts for high-demand clients, she also gains the benefits of digital media and online branding experience. Creativity has always come natural to Megan, to which she's gained passion for both writing and crafting. While her professional career allows her an outlet for writing and branding, Megan's hobbies revolve around graphic design, crochet/knitting, and photography. If there's a word to describe a typical free day in Megan's world, it's "Crafternoon".

Sarah and Emily Photography

Sarah and Emily are a sister duo of wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographers currently based in Salem, Oregon. They are two creatives with different eyes working under the same vision, shooting with a combination of fine art and documentary styles of photography. They found The Hook Nook through Instagram and were instantly drawn to Jessica’s style of crochet and her passion to initiate a community that can be proud of what they are creating! You can find more of our work on our site, see it here!

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Hello lovelies!

My name is Katie Kizer!

I grew up on my family’s 55-acre farm in Oregon. When my parents split up when I was just in kindergarten, I became very introverted and reflective. I found myself asking a lot of questions, wondering why there were so many conflicts, and seeking solutions in which would help myself and my family all get along. Although I didn’t voice my thoughts much, I sure had a lot of them! Processing the chaos that surrounded me became a full time pass-time. I had an intense desire to explore and understand the world through my own lens. 

Upon a lot of personal reflection and expressive thought, I began sharing my hardships, my triumphs, and ultimately my biggest life lessons in a journal. With hesitancy at first, I shared my journal entries with those closest to me. What I had imagined were only personal life lessons, ended up being valued, treasured, and sought out by my friends and family. That’s when I decided to begin expressing the content from my journal entries in other avenues, such as in front of a live audience in my classroom of third grade students, and in front of a global audience in the videos I post and share on YouTube. The feedback I have received, by simply sharing what is true in my heart, has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.

It feels as if only yesterday I was living a completely different life, so introspective and reserved.  And yet today, I am happy to have created a life in which embarking on adventures where I get to travel, reflect, write, teach, make videos, and express my truest and most authentic self is my daily jam. As I learn to dive deeper into my soul and to embrace the beauty in each of my moments, I continuously discover how to live more fully in the dreams I had once only envisioned.  My sincere wish is that as you read on, that each and every one of you feel a spark of inspiration, that you learn to recognize your own value and the value of your moments, and that you embark on your very own version of an empowered reality, too!

Know you worth. Know your value. You are entitled to living the life of your dreams.

It’s easy to get caught up in the ruckus of everyday life. It’s easy to get down on yourself. And, it’s easy to stop trying when it feels like it’s always going to be this way.

When we become overwhelmed, it is only a signal. You see, the feelings and emotions that are triggered by events are only there to help you to guide your sails. The winds are constantly blowing - that’s inevitable. As is change. What we do with that sequence of moments is entirely up to us. How we respond, what we think about the external environment, and what we think about ourselves in the process are all up to us.

You see, we are given choices at all times. We are given opportunities indefinitely. However, if you have habitually not taken a step out of your comfort zone, then those moments of decision come with self-doubt and that feeling of being overwhelmed. Possibilities can be turned down and growth and expansion can be denied, if you are not purposeful with your focus. 

What you focus on, what you think about, what you feel, you become more of. To have internalized a societal norm that adult life cannot be happy or satisfying, and that it surely must be difficult is tragic. It is important to remind yourself of your worth. Be the greatest version of you there ever was. Don’t allow yourself to slack because your commitments to yourself are the most important ones. Build your own trust, and stand confidently in your own strength. With ambition, leadership, and inspiration, live your dreams!

“You can let your struggle defeat you, or you can let your struggle define you.” -Jamie Chirio

Where do you find the line between visualizations in detail and having too specific of expectations for your outcomes? Knowing exactly where you are headed is necessary if you want to get somewhere, but what do you do when things don’t pan out as you had imagined? Or, more importantly, how do you not take it personally when a messy situation appears in your life? Because it will!

Over the last year, and the past few months in particular, I have developed new habits and routines that have allowed me to flourish and stay in a high vibrational state. It feels good to feel in control and purposeful with the feelings, thoughts, and actions I let linger within me. Yesterday, though, some major curve balls were thrown at me. I found myself falling back into old patterns of thought. Feelings of unworthiness, like I am not enough. Feelings of shame, like other people expected me to be something or someone I did not show up as. They crept in. Knowing that I take full responsibility for my life, I found it extremely difficult not to crumble under the heaviness of the experience at hand. I was looking at what I wanted and resonating with the fact that it hasn’t shown up in my life. My resistance only extrapolated my uneasy feelings. I was attached to an idea. And, I was judgemental about why it hadn’t shown up in my life. 

“Non-resistance, non-judgment, and non-attachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.” -Eckhart Tolle

Holding onto these feelings spiraled me deeper into a disgruntled unhappiness. I cried - hard. And I felt defeated. I felt as if I had broken, and that the very fact that I wasn’t okay, wasn’t okay. I could feel myself being binded by these limiting thoughts. And then I got scared. My fears and insecurities about slipping back into an unhealthy, self-sabotaging frame of mind crept in. Now, not only was I resistant to the present, but I was anxious about the future, because I had pinpointed what I disliked about the past. It felt like a vice - and I panicked a little because I felt out of control. I felt scared that the ways I used to respond to conflict would just always be that way, and that I’d forever be bound by this crap!

But then it hit me.

Everything happens for a reason. We pull experiences into our lives based on the lessons and understandings we still need to comprehend and apply. I started to ask myself some questions.

  • Why do you feel scared?
  • What state of mind do you want to be able to meet difficulties or obstacles with?
  • What patterns/habits need to be broken? And what do they need to be replaced with?
  • Who are you at your core? And where can you grow?

By asking these questions of myself, my focus shifted to a much more creative and malleable thinking substance. I had tapped into a world of possibilities again instead of being rigidly stuck in one limiting perspective. 

I cannot say that I have broken through all of my barriers just yet, but I know that I have identified where the barriers are. I see them. I am looking them dead in the eye and I am choosing not to ignore them. I am choosing to face the failure that is before me and I am instead choosing to make peace with it. Seeing this in my mind and adopting a more peaceful state changed the way my body felt. My shoulders dropped. My brow relaxed. And I could breathe more easily.

Are you really ready for the life of abundance at the magnitude you have requested?

 

Moments of difficulty are only checkpoints. If we can carry on in the same direction while and after experiencing what I am currently going through, then we will demonstrate that we can handle the life of our dreams with the responsibility and the care that they deserve.

God (and the universe) is/are communicating with us at all times and it is important that we actually stay open to the opportunities that are before us. Challenging circumstances are here to remind us that there are infinite amounts of possibilities and opportunities in our lives currently. Staying open and saying yes to the ones that are there is key, because staring at the one or two closed doors you had high hopes and expectations for that are closed, will get you nowhere. And, being stagnant doesn’t allow your energy to be in motion, which is its natural state. 

What I want others to understand, myself included, is that it is okay to not always be on top of your game. It is okay to feel weak and defeated from time to time, but you can’t stay there. Use those temporary losses of self-esteem and direction to notice what’s next for you. Notice the awareness that is lacking or the lesson embedded within the difficult moments. Give yourself permission to feel all that your experiences make you feel and adjust your GPS. Obstacles present themselves solely for us to meet them openly and to redefine our old ways.

Face your failures. Welcome your reality. Recognize the value in your moments. Understand and become aware of yourself. Change your limited focus. Widen in. See the full picture. Appreciate, and revel, in the beauty.

It’s not always easy, but it’s when it’s most difficult that you can level up the most if you allow yourself to.

Warmest wishes,

Katie Kizer

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