By now, the secret’s out of the bag. I changed my name. I’ll still answer to Oh My Gluestick, but after a long deliberation and lots of soul searching I finally made the switch to Little Ashwell House. When I started “my little craft blog” over six years ago, I did so with the intention of documenting the things I did with and for the littles. I wanted to be able to show them a journal of our creative times together. I had no idea the journey Oh My Gluestick would take me on. What was intended as a quasi scrapbook would bloom into a business that would again morph and grow into something else.
Crafting is still a passion and when I get to use my glue gun, there’s a giddiness that just can’t be controlled. I think what has driven the need for the change for so long and not being satisfied with my brand was that Oh My Gluestick felt very singular. Sure it’s my voice, thoughts, and execution but the driving force has always been the family and our home. My husband and our children live very much in the heart of everything I do. Not a single decision is made where I don’t think about how we all fit into the equation. We are my favorite design created by the hands of a bigger Creator. My journey is a path that I couldn’t have mapped out on my own. The life lessons and struggles along the way have been incredibly humbling.
I’m exactly where I want to be, in the middle of our not so small family in a smallish house where it’s noisy, messy, and wonderfully made with more love than I deserve. It is here you will find me in my “paint clothes” rearranging and redesigning our gallery walls again and again and again or painting furniture in what should be a formal dining room, but is our music room, library and shared craft space. It is here you will hear laughter, shrieks and catch glimpses of naked bodies streaking through the house while I try to photograph a project I’ve just perfectly styled in the best light possible. It is here you will find me hand painting signs with Princess, my mini me, or at my computer designing graphics to brand a fellow designer’s business. Here, you will witness my love for the kitchen and creating meals to delight my people. Here, you might catch me swearing under my breath at the sewing machine or sweating out on the deck in the glaring sun while I try to make our outdoor space livable again after one too many junk hunts. Here, you will find me at my best, my worst, my most confident and most vulnerable. Here, my brain never stops because it is safe, full of inspiration, and love.
I don’t know what lies ahead, but as long as I’m with my people and have their blessing, I’m where I’m supposed to be.