Thursday, March 8, 2012


First Crocus
So...hello, hello!  Fancy seeing you here.  You're probably expecting to see something...I don't know...finished?  Knitted?  Sewn?  Maybe something in progress?  Um...yeah, about all that...

I've got nothing.

Really.  Absolutely nothing.  The past few days I haven't touched the sewing machine, I haven't even glanced at my rotary cutter, I haven't baked a thing, and I have only managed to knit up a few (extremely large) rounds on my Nuvem.  Yep.  Not a whole lotta craftin' going on here.  Instead, the past few days have been spent chillin' out with the Munchkin and giving him some extra loving since he's been missing his Daddy time.  So we've been snuggling in bed while reading Walter the Farting Dog books, building forts in the living room, playing something called "the hat game" (for the record, I'm not a fan of this game.  It involves putting a blanket over our heads and creating a form of tent, while doing nothing.  Apparently no knitting is allowed while playing this game), eating cookies, having dance parties, playing living room bowling, Photo Boothing it up, and having a few outdoor adventures.  I've also been getting a lot of sleep too.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about being well rested!  Spending that much time with a young child will tire you out before the day is even over, so the extra sleep is very much much needed!

I made a few decisions over the weekend to help myself be less stressed.  I've realized and decided that I don't need to churn out a blog post on a daily basis.  Some of my most favourite blogs don't even post every day.  So why do I have to?  Yes, it brings in more traffic if you post daily, but that's not the goal of this blog.  I shouldn't stress myself out about putting up a post when I've got nothing to say simply for the sake of putting up a post.  Not to mention I'm taking away precious crafting and family time by sitting in front of my computer trying to come up with something to write about.  I mean, yeah, I think about blog posts all the time.  More so when I'm in the shower, but sometimes those posts just don't materialize like I want them to or they take a while due to my need to take the photos myself (it helps with my photography).  The stress to post daily is all on me.  It's a stress that I can control, and since coming to this conclusion, I feel...less stressed!

Another decision I've made: I don't need to produce an FO every week or so.  While I do need to do something crafty every day, I shouldn't beat myself up if I can't get a project finished and on the blog within a certain (self-imposed) guideline.  All you crafters out there know just how long it can take to knit, crochet, sew, weave, spin, or whatever, something up.  I don't expect any one else to be a crafting machine, so why should I expect myself to be one?  For me, when crafting starts to feel like work or a burden it no longer is fun, and one of the reasons why I craft is for the fun of it.  I'll even admit that the lack of crafting these past few days has been kinda blissful.  In the sense that I'm not stressing out.  I'm still doing something creative though, I've been taking a ton of photos every day so my creative side is still being fed.  I've even gotten over the idea of having a completely stocked shop (and by completely stocked, I mean having over 30 bags made and ready to go!  I'm crazy, I know!) and have decided to take a break and try sewing something for me.  It's been a looooong time since I've sewn up something for me to actually wear.  I think my disgruntled feelings towards garment sewing is slowly wearing off!

I think taking this mini break has rejuvenated my crafty side and now I'm brimming full of ideas (and energy, woot woot!) and am anxious to turn some of these ideas into reality.  But first, I'm going to enjoy today, which is Women's Day, by eating a ton of chocolate and making cupcakes.  The last time I celebrated Women's Day I was in Russia wondering why my coffee tasted weird (there was vodka in it...I wish I was kidding, but I'm not).  I'll actually see Brett today (he's been working really long hours all week!) and so a few beers are also in order.  But after today, I'll be on a crafting spree!

Happy Women's Day crafty friends!!

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