My name is Amanda.  I met the love of my life in college and we have been together for over 10 years and married for almost 7.  In 2008, we welcomed a vivacious little girl named, Ivy, into our family.  We have another baby on the way and due in August, but we decided not to find out the sex.  Gabby and Drummer are our spoiled dogs and between all of us, we have a crazy household!  We call ourselves the Dale Family!

Geoff, Ivy, and I at Christmas 2009

I was raised in Texas, went to college in Texas, and currently live in . . . Texas!  I am a work-at-home mom and I design, customize, and rent wedding decor (www.highfiredesigns.com).  I am definitely one of those super busy moms who is constantly on the go whether on my way to a mommies group, purchasing floral for the biz, or chasing Ivy around the house . . . everyday is busy and never boring!

In my spare time, I enjoy crafting and do-it-yourself projects.  I love tinkering around the house and I am always up for a project.  Solving problems and coming up with designs solutions is one of my favorite things to do.  I am also a trained sculptor . . . but after years of teaching ceramics to high schoolers, I now find myself in my ceramics studio if I have the time.  Molding and shaping clay is one of my passions!  I also enjoy reading, especially sci-fi.  Cooking seems to be something I am becoming more interested in and with few acres we live on, I hope to become a gardening master.

Writing in this blog provides me a creative outlet for my artwork, but also allows me the opportunity to talk about my day-to-day activities.  My hope is to inspire others through creativity, laughter, and solutions!  Happy reading and blogging!