When I told the hubs I was taking a bit of a break from blogging, he asked me if I was feeling okay. Then he asked me why I needed a break from a hobby that is fun for me. Good question. I think it all reached the point where it really wasn't as much fun anymore.
A while I back I met a fellow quilter who complained about sewing bloggers who post too much about their kids and family. She said, "I don't care about them or their kids. I just want to see their quilts and sewing projects." I was really taken back and didn't know exactly what to say. I've thought about this statement a lot over the past few months. I accept the fact that this is her opinion; I just don't agree with it. I think one of the best parts about blogging is connecting with others who love quilting and are struggling with some of the same issues in life that I am. I like knowing bits and pieces of their day-to-day lives. Her statement made me think a lot about how I blog, what I write about and why.
I started this blog only because it was fun to share my projects. Having lots of readers wasn't my initial goal. That changed as my blog started to grow, and I felt pressure to post even more projects, tutorials and continue out-doing past projects. As a friend said, it's like keeping up with the Joneses. I was trying to keep up with other bloggers while my available time to sew was quickly decreasing due to kids' needs. I feel I'm getting back to that point where I just want to share my projects. I just want it to be fun. The posting will probably be less frequent. There will be less tutorials. I probably won't be great about posting my process, but I will have a lot more fun just sharing. I don't want to make this into a business, I just want to enjoy it. That's what it's about.
A few weeks ago I took a break from Reader as well. I realized I was spending too much time looking at everyone else's ideas and wasn't working on my own. I didn't read any blogs for almost a week. Then I went through and purged. I deleted almost half of the blogs from my reader. Lots of them were the ones I realized that just make me feel like a bad mom in general--you know the ones. They make a gazillion craft projects, have perfect houses, perfect photos, cute kids, and amazing vacations. I know it's all part of their business. They just don't share the bad stuff. I just didn't want to read it on a regular basis anymore since I'm trying to cut back on screen time as much as possible.
So that's where it's at for now. We'll see how things go.
Onto fun things:
The current Color Wheel Charm Swap is making great progress. This is what I have sorted so far:
I pulled fabric for a scrappy quilt at 2:30 a.m. the other night when I couldn't sleep:
My kiddos were super cute at Halloween. I adore them:
TimTams are back in the stores for the holidays. I so wish I could find these year-round. Okay, it's probably best that I can't.
Here is your food tip for the day (as if we need any food tips this time of year). My sister lived in London for a semester in college and became addicted to TimTams and hot chocolate. She brought some home to share and taught us her trick. First make a nice hot cup of cocoa--we're not talking Swiss Miss here. Use the good stuff with whole milk. Then take a small bite out of opposite corners of your cookie. Sip the hot chocolate through the cookie like a straw until your cookie starts to melt and you can't sip anymore. Then enjoy your divine, gooey cookie. The hubs and I ate a whole box last night doing this. Good thing there are only 9 cookies in a box.