Friday, June 22, 2012

Thank You and Point of View

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for all of the love and supportive comments and emails I got on my last post. I am so touched, and reading all of your kind words has made this transition go much smoother than I expected, so thank you, thank you, thank you! It means so much to me :)

It's time for this month's Point of View reveal! I'm sitting this month out, but I wanted to share this month's collage and send you off to check out all of the great projects. The theme for June is "Patriotic"...


Sarah from Renewed Upon a Dream (Our guest this month... thanks for joining us, Sarah!)
Ashlee from I'm Topsy Turvy

As usual, you can check out more info on each of the projects by clicking on each of the links above. And click on over to one of the Point of View members' blogs to join the Point of View Patriotic Link Party!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I've been writing and re-writing this post in my head for a good eight months. I love the blogging community and the people I have met through blogging and the constant source of inspiration that blogland is. I love that my blog has motivated me to sew my butt off for the last twenty two months and create things I never dreamed I was capable of making. But I am really struggling with blogging right now.

Here's the thing... My blog has become a chore. It causes a lot of stress for me. This is not my job. This is my hobby. It's supposed to be fun. And since it no longer is, I need to make a change. I took an unofficial step back from the blog in January, but I am now officially taking a significant step back. I'm not closing the doors completely, but I am no longer going to stress about writing posts or coming up with the next amazing project or staying up all night to get a tutorial put together. This is a bit of a selfish post... I am writing this post for me. 99% of you probably haven't noticed that I took a step back six months ago... everyone has their own life/stuff/blog to worry about. But I feel like I need to write this post to give myself permission to let it go.

The root of the problem is that I spend more time working on my blog than creating things. I feel like the blogging and networking is taking all of my creative time (and energy). What little time I do have just for me ends up being spent on all the bloggy stuff, not making stuff. The reason I started this blog almost two years ago was to motivate myself to carve out some creative time just for me. That's no longer happening. I've really been wondering why am I doing all of this? Why does it matter? When I came back from SNAP, I felt like there was something wrong with me. Don't get me wrong... I had a fantastic time, and I'd go again in a heartbeat, but there are so many bloggers who want to make a living blogging and have (or want to have) two or three blogs going at once and assistants and babysitters so they can blog and on and on. I'm not interested in that. There's so much I want to do. So many things I want to sew. So many quilts I want to make. I think I eventually want to try my hand at selling things that I make. I'd like to be able to spend my time on these things. This would make me happy.

In addition to no longer having the creative time I'd like, my family has had to take a backseat to the blog on many occasions, and I've been struggling with a lot of guilt about this. My oldest was thrilled when I told her I wasn't going to be blogging as much because I'd be able to "play with her more". Everything became crystal clear to me recently... I just threw my oldest daughter her very first "friend" birthday party. Initially I started getting wrapped up in the party and finally came to the realization that I wasn't planning this party for my daughter - I was planning it for me. She didn't care about any of the decorations or the food presentation. She just wanted her friends and a pinata. So I stopped stressing about the party. I decided I wasn't going to blog about it. I decided that blogging the party takes the fun out of it for me. Staging everything to perfection is a killjoy. I've ruined the enjoyment of many a birthday up until this point because I was more worried about getting great pictures for the blog than the actual celebration itself. And you know what? It was the most relaxing, enjoyable birthday party we have had so far. This is how life should be lived, and this is how I'm going to start living it.

So... Thank you for reading. Thank you for being supportive. I have said it many times, and I'll say it again... I truly believe that I have some of the most loyal and supportive followers in blogland, and I am forever grateful. Things may change in the future. I may decide to start blogging regularly again at some point, but now is not the time for me. I'm going to spend the summer soaking up every minute with my oldest before she starts Kindergarten in the fall. I'm going to spend the summer breathing in every second of my two and a half year old's final months of chubby, lovable toddlerhood. I'm going to sit on the couch with my husband and enjoy the few hours I get with him at the end of each day. Because that's what life is all about. And I'm going to play with my children... and try to find some time to sew here and there :)

This isn't good-bye... I'll still be around. And I'll still be posting when I can. See you later...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Another Tumbler Stripe Baby Blanket

A couple months ago I made one of my tumbler stripe blankets as an early baby gift for a very good friend of mine. It was so interesting to follow one of my own tutorials. I don't go back and repeat my own projects very often, so it was kind of fun :)

I used my GO! Baby to crank out the tumbler shapes... makes things so much easier.

This time I went with a darker gray for the front and a raspberry pink minky for the back...

And I added a little tag on one side...

I think my friend was happy with it, and I hope her little girl loves it when she arrives this summer.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bubble Refill Station (My Take)

If you're on Pinterest, I'm sure you've seen the bubble refill station from Come Together Kids bouncing around. Basically you take a plastic beverage dispenser and fill it with bubble soap so the kids have easy access to refills all summer long. I thought this was a fantastic idea, but rather than go out and buy a beverage dispenser, I reused an empty laundry detergent container...

I rinsed it out several times, removed the labels, used a Sharpie to decorate it, and filled the container with bubble soap. Easy peasy! The girls love having it right outside to quickly refill their bubble guns when they run out of soap. Great summer idea!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Point of View Feature and Theme for June

Thanks to everyone who linked up their Summer/Vacation projects at the Point of View Link Party last month. There was a really nice collection of links this time around, so make sure you take a minute to pop over and check them out.

This month I am featuring this super clever trip binder idea from Jenny over at Jengerbread Creations...

image source: Jengerbread Creations

Jenny and her family went on a road trip this spring, and she created a trip fun binder for each of her boys. The picture above shows the awesome bingo card she put together of pictures of things they might see on their trip. I love this idea! She also included a bunch of activity pages that she found online and maps of the route they were following.

image source: Jengerbread Creations

Great idea, Jenny, and I am definitely filing this one away for our next road trip! Make sure you check out Jenny's post for links to the free printable activity pages that she used.

Take a look at some of the other May Point of View features... Ashlee, Jonie, Leanne

The Point of View theme for June is Patriotic. Time to start getting ready for the 4th of July! The next reveal and link party will be Friday, June 22nd. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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