Hey maker friends!
My name is Mickyla! I was born in a small town as the 5th of seven children. I moved into the heart of Portland, Oregon to attend college at Warner Pacific College. It was at college that I met my husband-to-be, Tim. We married in 2013 and have since been blessed with two daughters (Serenity age 3, and Rosalind age 2) and we are expecting our first baby BOY in August. We are all over the moon to welcome our new little squeeze!
Becoming a wife to Tim has been one of the best choices I have ever made. We have fought through thick and thin to make this marriage work, but thanks to God; we are still here, loving each other fiercely day by day. A lot of people told me that marriage was “hard work” but for some reason, I totally didn’t listen. 😉 It definitely is hard work, but the process of refinement that marriage can unexpectedly impose on you is one of the most sacred and beautiful that I have ever witnessed. Because of our marriage, we have overcome so many personal struggles, and in the journey have grown closer to each other and to God. I am so thankful for Tim and the immense joy he has brought to me over these last five years!
Now for motherhood. 😉 Similar to the marriage refinement I wasn’t expecting; motherhood and all of it’s implications hit me like a train. (I was basically living the Disney dream life before I experienced all of these things in real life so I was essentially clueless 😉 ). Becoming a mother has taught me patience, and continues to attempt to teach me patience (likely against my will) every single day. Learning to lay down my life for small children is so important, but also so so hard. Despite the reality, Motherhood has brought me more joy, laughter, and silliness than I could ever imagine being possible in life. I am so incredibly thankful for the three lives I have been entrusted with.
And Now: Crochet!
By nature, I am not an “artistic” person. This however changed when I discovered the art of crochet and an intense love for yarn. My lifetime bestie, Elani, taught me to crochet on one of our annual fall camping trips. It was November 2016, and the never-ending beloved Pacific Northwest Rain had pushed our endeavors to walk on the beach back into our warm, dry yurt. Elani and Erin (my other life-long bestie) were both crocheting away at their projects and Elani offered to show me how to begin my first ever hat brim. Before this point, I had learned once before how to single crochet, but that had been years before and I had forgotten even the basics of creating a slip knot. Through her patience, I learned that weekend how to make a hat brim and work up the Puff Stitch Beanie pattern from the Hook Nook. (See below for a photo of the camping trip that changed it all!)
This Puff Stitch Beanie was the beginning of an intense rush of artistry for me. I went home, and that same week, took up my first amigurumi pattern, a ballerina mouse. One month later, I had managed to make two mice for my daughters, two mice for my nieces, a dinosaur for my nephew, and a turtle for my friend Erin. I had instantly fallen in love with a craft that I had previously disregarded as an “old lady thing.”
Over the next few months, I picked up crocheting with zeal, decided to participate in some holiday craft fairs, published the Lady Jackson Beanie pattern, handmade all of my Christmas presents, decided to start a blog with Emma, and published the Spring Fling Cardigan.
This leads us to the present day. I am so excited to get this blog up and running as a space for you to find tutorials, patterns, color inspiration, sprinklings of mom advice, pictures of squishy yarn, and just all around crafty fun. Welcome to the blog!