Living a life that LOVE MADE and making things that are HANDMADE
My name is Karina, and I am the voice behind Lovemade Handmade. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, Ashton, since 07.07.07 and am the proud & ever-so-amazed mom of our son, Addi (8) and our two daughters, Zali (5) & Kari (almost 2 going on 32).
You’re probably wondering “Why Lovemade Handmade?“ What does that even mean? Well, let me tell you…
Lovemade is the word I use to describe the culmination of all God’s goodness towards me… and the life I’m living as a result of that love. Everything I am, everything I do, and everything I have is the unmistakable result of what unconditional Love can make. Handmade because I enjoy creating things with my hands… and pouring my love and heart into it all. Hence, my tribute to naming this blog the way I have: Lovemade Handmade.
I’ve spent the past 10 years of my life celebrating marriage, having babies, basking in motherhood, and practicing the art of homemaking and homeschooling. Along with that, I’ve spent the past 5 years teaching myself how to sew, creating my own sewing patterns, and mastering the ins and outs of photography.
I am obsessed with all things Handmade – if you couldn’t already tell! I consider handmade products & projects to be so special as it takes hours of research, trial & error, frustration, and perseverance to complete a project. To me, Handmade represents love as it requires a person’s time, energy, ideas, heart, and knowledge to be poured into whatever it is they are making at that moment. Simply put, Handmade is a product of someone’s life experiences – and I love a good life story!
Speaking of a good life story, the one I share with my husband is a wonderful one! Ashton is a musician and works full time as a solutions consultant for a software company. Without his support, hard work, and dedication, I wouldn’t have the privilege of being a homeschooling mom. I adore him and all he does for our family. He’s simply amazing – well, 87% of the time, at least. Haha! Seriously, those who know him would agree, and I am so proud to be his wife and call him my husband… plus, I think he’s hot.
We try our best to raise our children surrounded by love and creativity because if we can’t create a life we love, what is living anyway?
When it comes to creating a life we love, a huge part of that includes homeschooling our kids. We have been homeschooling since our eldest, Addi, was born. It’s a lifestyle we believe is best for our family and I’m gladly welcoming the opportunity to do it. I don’t mind having my children around every moment of the day – in fact, that is the part I love most! I love their company… and they seem to like mine and each other’s just as well.
Every day, my kids inspire me to embrace the gift of life and to love those around me whole-heartedly and without reservation. They inspire me to go after my dreams – even if it’s one step at at a time.
The way I see it, if you love something, learn how to do it… AND DO IT. Life is way too short! It’s about living now, not tomorrow or years from now…
Here at Lovemade Handmade, you can expect to see me sharing about my adventures in life – which includes motherhood, homeschooling, marriage, sewing, crafting, photography and my many other creative endeavors.
Hope you come back around often! 🙂
All my love,
Sewing/craft INSTAGRAM @ lovemade_handmade
Lifestyle INSTAGRAM @ lovemade_life