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Welcome to The Artisan Life!

Hi, I’m Natasha, a hardcore DIY geek who would rather buy $35 worth of supplies and do it myself than pay $5 for a factory made version of the same item. If this sounds like you, too, you’ve come to the right place! I’m such a crazy DIY-er that I made everything for our wedding except my dress, his suit, and the chairs.

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Yep, the veil, jewelry, and flower arch seen above were all me. We even self-catered and made the lawn games! That’s the level of DIY love you’ll encounter here. =)

So what is “The Artisan Life?”

In 2015, my dad passed very suddenly and unexpectedly. I never thought I’d loose a parent while I was still in my 20s, and the experience has affected me greatly by showing me how we never truly know how much time any of us has left. It served as a reminder to “live out loud,” pursue each day with passion, and reinforced my commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. I strongly believe in the healing power of creativity and activity.

In a few words, ‘the artisan life’ is daring to be yourself, which is, as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, the greatest accomplishment.

to be yourself is the greatest accomplishment

For me, being true to myself means sharing what I create in the form of crafting tutorials, recipes, and handmade items in my Etsy store. I also absolutely love giving things away for free, which is why I post free “Motivational Monday” printables almost every week and show how to make many of my best-selling items.

For a while during and after college, I allowed myself to be mislead by people who told me being “me” was weird, that making things was weird, that reading instead of watching TV was weird. I didn’t create much and tried to be “normal,” and it made me miserable. At 24 I somehow felt old and like I’d already missed out in life. Even though I’d graduated summa cum laude from the honor’s college at my school, I found myself working an unfulfilling minimum wage job until one day my boss and his friend sexually assaulted me. (No, don’t panic – it wasn’t anything ‘major,’ but it was certainly highly inappropriate.) It was a real wake up call. Instead of showing up for my next shift, I handed over a letter explaining I couldn’t work there anymore with a self-addressed stamped envelope for my final paycheck. The next week, I found a new, better paying job in a field I loved, signed up for dance and aerial hoop classes, and, in retrospect, got back on my path to creativity. I met a man who supported and encouraged my creativity, followed him to Hawaii, and got married beside the Pacific Ocean.

If parts of my story sound familiar to you, I invite you to join me here at The Artisan Life.

Whether you’re working on rediscovering your creativity or developing it for the first time, trying to stay true to yourself in a world full of distractions, or just want something both tasty and healthy to put on the table, I hope you enjoy your stay on the blog and come back soon. Comments from people ‘on the same mission’ are worth far more to me than any paycheck I’ve earned!

I also invite you to join my weekly email list. On Fridays I send out an email with a photo and snippet from the prior week’s posts, which helps you keep up to date on the latest freebies, tutorials, and recipes. Best of all, just by singing up you gain access to high resolution 8×10 “Motivational Monday” printables that I create nearly every week! To sign up, just use the box on the top right of the page.

 

I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Life Coach who is all about self-love and personal empowerment. If you feel like you could use some help in these areas, then please visit my page on self-love or available yoga practices.

I absolutely love sharing knowledge and connecting with others who are on the same journey – I really hope you decide to join me and create the life of your dreams!

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