Monday, July 27, 2020

The Return


Hey, hey, hello!

Wow, I can't believe that it's been two years since I last made a blog post! I knew I was going to take a hiatus but I didn't think it would be that long! So much has happened to me and my household in the last two years...getting a job outside of the home, turning that job into a permanent full-time position, the Kid entering middle school, moving house (eleven years of being in the old place means eleven years of accumulated stuff), and of course, a world wide pandemic that we're all currently going through. That last one? Yeah, that's a biggy. But I'm not going to go into that today.

I had been thinking about reviving the good ol' blog since last summer but then got really busy with work and trying to figure out that elusive work/life balance (I never did). I thought about the blog again at the beginning of this year but life events started to kick into high gear and once again I found myself too busy to even knit or craft, let alone to try to write out a blog post. Fast forward to today and I've been furloughed for almost five month now with absolutely no idea when I'll be recalled back to work. While the new place isn't completely unpacked (I still have a lot of downsizing to go!), my days are no longer completely consumed with packing/unpacking, and since the Kid is off school for the summer I actually have time to craft...and to finally sit down and write a blog post! Yay!

Bare with me though...it has taken me what feels like  f o r e v e r  to get this measly little post together. On top of cleaning up and deleting all the spam comments left on previous posts, sorting out the new Blogger stuff, and how to make the blog mobile friendly (luckily, it was a one-click fix...phew!), I've completely forgotten how to edit my photos, what font I used for the watermark, and how to even attach a photo to a post. I'm sure there are other things that I've forgotten about but I'll worry about all those when I come to them. For now, I'm going to give myself a break and remind myself why I stopped blogging in the first place. In case I never mentioned it, I stopped because I was putting too much pressure on myself - by either trying to finish a knitted project weekly or monthly as a way to create content, by trying to post several times a week, trying to keep up with daily posts on Instagram...and for what? To fit into a community that I never felt like I belonged to in the first place? Blogging, knitting, and sewing just stopped being fun for me.

So what does this all mean going forward? Well, for one, I'm going to move at my own speed. I had started this blog way back in the day as a way to keep track of all my crafting projects and I've revived this blog for this very exact reason. While I plan on posting once a week, I'm not going to freak out if a week or two goes by without a post. I'm not going to stress out that I still can't find my DSLR camera and will have to use my smartphone to take photos until I do. Not every post will be about knitting as I've rekindled my love for sewing (one of the positive things about my move!) and am trying to use this stay-at-home pandemic time to sew myself a new wardrobe and if I ever go back to work, some new work clothes. I've also been giving quilting a proper try. Before my move I had cashed in all my gift certificates and purchased a Cricut Maker. I have no idea how to use it but take great pride in completing three projects successfully! And, like the rest of the world during this pandemic, I've been baking. Lots of baking.

So...all this to say I'm ready to go on some crafting adventures! Do you want to come along for the ride?

Until next time...

 Happy Crafting! ♥

5 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see you back! You were one of my favorite knitting bloggers and your posts were definitely something I looked forward to checking during my PhD. Welcome back!

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  2. Welcome back! Glad to see you in my feed again :)

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  3. Welcome back!!! Missed you out here!

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  4. Welcome back! I hope you find a groove here that works for you and compliments your life instead of complicating it. Thanks for sharing.

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