Why I Am The Way I Am

Sooooooooooo, you wanna hear all my deep, dark secrets?
Well, I guess I won’t make you all wait any longer, so I’ll just jump right in……hope you don’t find my life as boring as I d…zzzzzzzzzzz.
Sandy asked:
1. Mayonnaise or miracle whip? (ha! how’s that for easy)
Well, actually neither one (what!!) Yeah, I started using sour cream awhile ago cuz it’s healthier (go with Daisy for pure ingredients) and I LOVE the tangy taste. I usually use the “light” kind, though (still great ingredients).
2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian for a long time……but then around high school I realized how much schooling you have to take and ended up working at McDonalds for my first job.
How’s that for karma…..I worked at McDonalds, and at my high school I was known as “McDonalds Girl” ‘cuz in my senior year I was a manager and would give out free food coupons…….and THEN I ended up marrying a McDonald  HA!!
3. Dream car?
I would LOVE to (someday) own either a Rolls Royce, vintage Corvette Stingray, or Jaguar!!! But I’m nearly there, as I am now driving a super-sporty Saturn minivan (man, seeing it actually written down makes a little part of me die inside)
4. Dream occupation?
I have it already!!!!!!! (is that the right answer for a mom to say?)
Maybe once the kiddos are a little older I would like to do something with foreign language (I speak French and a tiny bit of German, but want to learn more) or traveling alot.
How did you learn how to do so many different kinds of crafts and how do you get your ideas?
Well, I didn’t learn all at once, just kinda pick up new things as I go along. I love a good challenge and  working hard to figure out how to do it….it makes me feel so MacGyver~ish :)
I get some of the best ideas (or find the best ideas) when I set out to make something out of nessesity like this, this, this, or even this! I also get TONS of inspiration from other things I’ve made, other AWESOME bloggers and websites like Martha, Pottery Barn, BHG, etc. And if I see something I really want, but don’t want to pay for……I try to make it instead  :)
Katie asked:
I want to know more about your adoption. How and why did you decide to adopt? Why did you do an international adoption? Why Russia? How long did the process take? What did you love about it? What did you hate? Tell me all about it:) On a side note, I think you are awesome:)
First of all…..Thanks!!!! I think you’re awesome too! :)
As for our adoption……you can read about the “whys” here in longer version, but mostly it was all because that’s the way we felt we needed to do it with baby #3 (and where we felt we needed to look for her)
It took exactly 2 years from start to finish (Feb 2008-Feb2010)
The parts we loved were: Once we found out who we were going to be bringing into our family, Meeting her for the first time, and OF COURSE finally bringing her home!!
The parts we didn’t like were ALL THE REST!!!! Especially the looooonnnggggg waiting.
CBear asked:
Favorite household chore?

Ummmmmm, none of them. Oh wait, does eating ice cream while watching LOST count? No? Well then, defer to my 1st answer.

Lease Favorite household chore?

All of them!

Favorite sound?

My kiddos laughing and having fun (Aaawww!)

Least favorite sound?

Spoons in the sink disposer.

Favorite word?

Hmmmmmm, well I’ve been trying not to say crap anymore (sorry Char :) since my kiddos started saying it too. So, my new word is “criminy.”…….Don’t ask.

Favorite book?

Like ever? I would have to go with….(no, not Twilight) Anything Sherlock Holmes and Jane Austen (especially P and P). but I like reading a good variety.

Favorite movie?

Definitely The Princess Bride!! Who can resist Westley and Buttercup? or the super romantic line: “As you wish”

Favorite kind of craft?

Well, I love paper crafts alot cuz they are usually cheap and pretty quick :) But mostly I LOVE “Freecycling” crafts!!!!!

Favorite holiday memory?

Sneaking and opening Christmas gifts before Christmas with my older sister…..and then carefully wraping them back up after :)

All time best thing you ever ate?


Barbie and Craig asked:

I’d love to know how you have the energy to craft after you put the kids down to bed! :)

For some reason, I’ve ALWAYS been a night owl, so I seem to get a second wind at night AND I seem to be able to think better (I wonder why…..maybe no “mommy, mommy, mommy!!!” every 30 seconds)

What is your favorite craft to make WHILE watching tv? (That way I can do something and hang out with the hubbs at the same time…otherwise I end up upstairs and we spend the evening apart :( )

Anything repetative or easy (so I don’t have to pay much attention and can watch my show :)

What shows do you watch?

Umm, nothing anymore since all the seasons are over :(  But, I LOVE crime dramas like Law and Order (regular and CI), How I met your mother, Big Bang Theory, CSI, LOST, Accedentally on purpose, NCIS.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever made?

My kids! Even though I didn’t make them all :)

What’s your favorite baby gift to give?

It really changes depending on what I feel like making at the time, right now I guess it’s sassy screen~printed onsies.

How old are you? ;)

Next week (the 16th) will be the 2nd anniversary of my 30th birthday :)

I love your blog, and I have no idea how I even found it. Are you LDS? Maybe that’s how :)

I want to know when do you craft?

Basically whenever I can fit it in!! I would love to be able to do it all at night….but then you guys wouldn’t have any purdy pictures to feast your eyes on along with the tutes :)
Is your home super organized?

Not at all!!! And I’m not just saying that to make you guys feel better.
Basically….how do you do it ALL?

I don’t. I do all the nessesary stuff that keeps everyone here alive and the rest of the time I (try) to do crafts or blog about doing crafts or help my friends do crafts. By bedtime, I’m usually ready to poke my eyes out with a spoon and often think about taking up drinking.
Marilyn asked:

You inspire me, so I’d love to hear where you get your ideas and inspirations. Favorite types of crafts to do, AND please tell about your workspace – or post photos. (Maybe I just missed them. A link to photos, perhaps?)

Well, for the first 2 questions, just see above.

For the third one….just feast your eyes on this post and see for yourself.

Ok, so my butt hurts from sitting here and my brain hurts from thinking too much, and I’m sure you guys are tired of hearing (seeing) me ramble……so I will be back tomorrow with the rest. Stay tuned!!!

Have fun!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. I loved this post. You must have a great sense of humor. Also my Maiden name is Emily MacDonald. I always wanted to marry another MacDonald just so I wouldn’t have to change my last name.

  2. It was cool hearing you answer the questions. I love Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, and Accidently on Purpose too! Too bad they cancelled AOP :( Anywho, keep up the good work!

  3. The sour cream idea is a good one. We actually use real mayonnaise (when we do use it) because of the ingredients, but sour cream is such a better option! I am going to give it a try!

  4. It was so fun to get to know you a little better. I loved your clever answers and you are so inspiring. Love your blog

  5. Fun to get to know you better! Love some of your answers–they made me laugh:).

  6. This was such a great idea. I loved your answers and the questions too!

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