About Me

In 2004, I decided to start a weblog because I heard that blogging was uber cool, and that it was the way to become popular in the scrapbooking and crafting world. That's who I wanted to be - the cool Martha Stewart. Back then, I also bought into the thinking that "she who has the most craft stuff wins!" I also wanted to have a tangible document of my existence - weird I know... and so my blog began.

In the beginning, I decided to call my blog "{everyday}" because I wanted to share creations and thoughts with my blogging friends every day.

When I began blogging, I was very involved in the crafting industry. I was a consumer, designer, instructor, advocate, demonstrator, and addict. I've been fortunate enough to be part of some incredible companies and have been given awesome opportunities over the years. My work has been published and I've really enjoyed working directly with manufacturers and retailers. On occasion, I continue to do freelance design work on a 'byline' basis and find that it's the best option for me, for now. Please contact me if you're interested in my work. I would be happy to discuss your opportunity and with my schedule.

The following year, I married the love of my life, and began refocusing my time away from scrapbooking and creating and more towards my new family and home. Our family was expanded by a deliciously, gorgeous son who joined our party at the end of 2008. My dreams continue to come true before my very eyes and many prayers of gratitude have been offered for my incredible blessings.

So many of the golden impressions, of what I thought this blog would bring me were wrong. So much of what I thought I wanted was wrong too. I'm not sure if it was maturity or experience that brought it about. In either case, I am so very different today, 6 years later, than I was in that first post of 2004. She who has the most definitely isn't the best - she just has more (and has to find a great way to keep all of it organized and tidy - UGH!). I don't care about being the "best" at everything (or even trying to be the best). I'm more interested in finding and befriending those who are, and fully enjoying their skills and talents. I couldn't care less about being popular or well-known in the crafting world. As long as I am having fun, enjoying myself, and hopefully meeting and making a few inspiring friends along the way - I will consider my blog a HUGE success.

My husband is Steve-o. Our offspring is Fredlet. We're working on making at least another one - hooray!

I decided to change the name of my blog to "Desire to Create Everyday" after reading and thinking about a brilliant quote from Dieter F. Uchtdorf that really touched my heart and spoke to my soul:

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

"Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

"Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty."

Now a days, I spend my time enjoying my family, bouncing from project to project, trying to keep everything in my house together (a never ending or winning battle), feeding my family home cooked meals, singing my heart out, working a full-time job, pretending I'm a background dancer, managing my small business (Heather Ales Designs), attempting to overcome my budgeting strugglesand creating when ever I can find a spare moment.

In September 2002, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who I placed for adoption with the couple that I believe the Lord intended to be his parents. You can read about it by clicking on the "Adoption" tag.

I am a Mormon. Inactive and not the greatest example - but yes I am.

I also teach cooking and crafting classes, including soldering classes. You can find my schedule on the right side bar.

My guilty pleasures include: candy orange wedges, pedicures, Diet Cokes from Sonic, massages, milk chocolate, pizza delivery, and Haribo gummy bears.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Cousin!!!
Found your website and see you are keeping yourself very busy indeed and how creative are You?!
Miss you and think of you often.