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Getting Started…

Hi everyone! Jen here, taking a crack at my first ever blog post….here goes!!!

First and foremost, I want to say thank you for taking a moment to stop by and check our page out!  Katie and I are incredibly excited to start this journey together and share our projects with you.  This is something I have thought about doing for years but always felt like I might not have the time to actually do.  Then, the other week, I had yet another conversation with my husband about how I’d like to blog but didn’t think I’d have enough time, and then later that evening Katie texted me and said “help me think of a name for a blog!”  So I replied “um…I was just talking to Dan about this very topic today…any chance you want to partner up and do one together?”.  Since it just made sense, and since Katie and I love any excuse to spend more time together, here we are, blogging about our creative and crafty projects together!

 

Why I want to blog

I have been crafting since I can remember.  As a kid, my mom would sit down and help me make whatever we could think of to make.  My first memory of crafting is making puff-paint shirts and sweatshirts with my mom, aunt and cousins.  I also have a really early memory of making little bird’s nests out of mini stick wreathes, fake flowers, and those tiny mushroom birds that were really popular back in the 90’s.  One of my favorite things I made when I was a teenager was little clay hippo which my mom actually still has, minus the broken off tail.

I get a lot of joy out of making things, and I know my voice is one in a million talking about “how to” do these types of things, but I hope to share my style of how to do them and I hope you’ll see how that makes them different, even if just a little.  My full-time job is all about creating or improving processes and I plan to put that skill I have to use in how I go about sharing how to do crafts.  I’m pretty good at explaining things (at least I think so hah!) and I’ve always thought it would be fun to explain my creative process and to share what I make with others – if I can make it you can, too!

 

What I will be posting

While I plan to post “how to” information in the future with tutorials, photos, and even videos, I figured I would spend my first few posts sharing some of my past projects to explain what kind of crafts I am into and what you can expect to see in the future as far as DIYs go.  While I can’t say exactly what I will be making the future, since I like to try out a plethora of different things, I can say that some of the main things I have been working on as of late are:

  • Baby Mobiles
  • Felt Flowers
  • Paper Flowers
  • All things hand-lettered

Katie is a master crochet-er and will be sharing her tips and tricks.  She hand made both of my kids baby blankets which I and they will treasure forever!!!

I’m so excited to see her posts and might even learn to crochet myself after following her tutorials!

It would be remiss of me to not state here and now that I am also a photographer.  I’ve been hired to photographed events, families, newborns, weddings….but what I really love photographing, simply put, is natural beauty.  I don’t mean women without makeup…I mean just the beauty all around us: landscapes, sunsets, relationships between people caught in candid moment, the innocence of children, flowers….really, and anything that catches my eye and make me think “I want to capture this moment or this vision in a snapshot”.  So, I will be sharing some of my photography on this blog (and revamping my website, link forthcoming) because it is a big part of who I am and what fuels me creatively.

I hope you enjoy reading my and Katie’s posts – I know we will enjoy sharing our crafty projects with you!  You can expect to see us post new content at least every two weeks on the regular – we will take turns posting and will probably end up doing some collaborative projects down the road.

Ok, bye for now!

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Working While I Work…

Hey everyone! This is Katie coming to you from my awesome job! You may or may not know that I work in a dispatch center for law enfrocement and I work the graveyard shift, so there is often a lot of down time; which subsequently works out well for me! I’m lucky enough to be able to do two things that I love at the same time.  I’ve been working for my department for just about 17 years now and couldn’t love it more! I enjoy being able to serve my community and support the men and women who protect us and put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis. Jen’s brother also works in law enforcement so supporting our men and women in blue is important to us both.

When I have down time at work I’m always working on some sort of crochet project. The project I’m currently working on is super special to me because of who it’s for; Officer Ames.  I have been working with Officer Ames now for about 5 years (probably more to be honest). I first worked with him in a big communications center and only knew him by voice and call sign, but even then every officer a dispatcher works with are like family.  One night just like every other night worked before, my friend was working our busiest radio, and she had a unit asking for an additional unit because the driver was being uncooperative.  Officer Ames went en route to assist his fellow officer; shortly after getting on scene shots were fired and Officer Ames had been shot

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At this point, like I said previously I didn’t know Officer Ames personally but my heart stopped as did everyone else’s in the room, which was about 20 dispatchers.  There was a wave of silence that was eerily unusual in our center as we all waited to hear if the shots were fatal.  Luckily Officer Ames survived and went on to return to full duty; and now I work with him in a different smaller center where I get to see him and work with him a few times a week.

Officer Ames saw me working on a blanket I was crocheting for a custom order and asked if he could order a blanket from me.  I was honored and of course agreed.  Now to say this blanket has been a pain in the butt is an understatement HAHA!! but I just remember who it’s for and what he’s done for me and everyone else in our community and I continue to pour all the love and prayer into it while I work. I will hopefully be finished with the blanket in the next week or so, and I’m so excited to show you guys!

Thank you for reading and being apart of our blog! Remember to support your local law enforcement, they need it now more than ever!

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Our New Adventure!!

Welcome to our new blog! We are Hedge & Fox, Katie and Jen; two best friends of 20 plus years on a new adventure of expressing our creative ideas together and bringing you some fun DIY tutorials for crafts, crochet, hand lettering and more! We are so excited to be on this journey together. Our page is still being developed and content being made so keep coming back to check it out!!