Hi! My name is Sara. I’m a 30-something stay at home mom to my 10 year old son Bug and 5 year old son Fidget and wife to my Darling Hubby for nearly 13 years. I live somewhere in the Great State of New York with our dog Max and our cats Cleo and Ham. I’m definitely a cat person.
I am the shop owner and master crafter for Sarandipity Handmade on Etsy, opened in April 2012. I sell handspun yarns and have recently forayed into hand dyeing roving and yarns. If you have a request, please convo me. I do occasionally do hand knit blankets or no knot fleece sewn blankets, but I’m moving toward just the handspun and hand dyed items. I’m also over on Big Cartel at Sarandipity Handmade.
I enjoy reading books (both on my e-reader and paper) while curled up under a warm blanket on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate or tea (African Rooibos and Decaf Earl Grey are my favorite). My favorite types of books are romances and mystery, with the occasional sci-fi book thrown in the mix. I’m not a fan of paranormal romances, but did enjoy the Twilight books as well as the movies. And no, I’m not a Twihard, despite the fact that I’ve knit 2 sweaters based on the one Bella wore in New Moon!…I enjoy writing (I’m very wordy and say things as I see ’em!), doing crafts (knitting, crocheting and spinning mostly, and I occasionally scrapbook and sew), cooking/baking (and eating), watching tv and movies (yay for Netflix) and roleplaying (yes, as in Dungeons and Dragons). My favorite character I played was a 7’5″, 350 lb minotaur barbarian in our Thursday night game. It was a lot of fun.
I love Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh and have a large collection of stuffed animals, clothing and ceramic figurines. I haven’t collected many more items (aside from clothing) since Bug was born and a few years ago, I whittled down my collection to just a few pieces that I love.
A weird fact about me…I’m a numismatist (aka a coin collector) and have a small collection of coins from around the world, mostly gathered through friends in other countries or ones that I’ve come across that were accidentally in circulation as if they were US coins. My friend Suzy, from Northern Ireland, contributed to my collection with several Euros and Pence when I met up with her in Chicago, IL in 2006. 😀 A former co-worker who is originally from Denmark gave me some old coins from there as well. In 2013 my Darling Hubby went to England for work and brought back some more coins for my collection.
I enjoy writing (hence the reason for the blog). I’d love to eventually write a book (maybe a children’s book) and have it published. I’m just not sure on the topic! I wish I was creative enough to write knitting or crocheting patterns, but, alas, I’m not good at making things up on my own.
A little background info: I grew up in a rural backwater town and graduated from High School in June of 1998 (wow! It’s been 17 years already). I was a member of the National Honor Society. I played flute, alto saxophone and trumpet in band (concert, jazz, and marching) and spent most of my study hall time in Junior and Senior year volunteering in a special education classroom in the attached Elementary School. The typical overachieving brainiac, band geek, you might say!
I attended The College of Saint Rose for Elementary Education where I worked at the Neil Hellman Library as a Student Assistant (aka work study student.) After experiencing actual classroom time, I found teaching wasn’t for me (I realized that I’d love to be the little one room school teacher like in Little House on the Prairie and not in today’s schools) and took on a full time job as the Circulation Coordinator at the library. During my time at Saint Rose, I married my high school sweetheart in Howe Caverns on September 7, 2002. I continued to work at the library until my son, Bug, was born on January 30, 2005. I’ve been doing the stay at home mom thing ever since and recently added Fidget to the mix on May 17, 2010. He’s been in Pre-K for nearly a year and has changed a ton. I’m enjoying the freedom I have with the house to myself for a few hours a day.
There you have it…me in a nut shell…