My New Hand Stenciled Curtains Pt I, and Truth-telling about Not Blogging or Crafting for a Month

7 September, 2012

in Fabric, Textiles, & Sewing

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Hello, friends!

How are you?? I’m so excited to get back into the rhythm and flow of near-daily blogging again! It was so good and necessary to take a summer break, but I really missed the creative gathering process and missed hearing your thoughts on it all!

Truth-telling: I planned to take off most of July. I did not plan to take off most of August. My family is fine, but a dear one close to me and their family went through a really, really rough patch. It required me to be present with them and reorganize some of my time, and frankly, it zapped me emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I made it through okay (actually, better than I thought I would – yay personal growth!) but it took just about everything I had to do so.

More truth-telling: I didn’t make any crafts for a whole month. None.

I mean, I facilitated little kids painting and such, but I made nothing. Nothing. I would not previously have thought that was possible. I hardly even took any photos.

So, all that to say, I had an amazing summer with my boys and a pretty intense emotional rollercoaster/earthquake otherwise.

I’m telling you this for two reasons:

First, because I am still seeing WAY too much guilt in the crafty blogosphere over all sorts of things that don’t matter. We are bring way too much of our mama-guilt and “I need to be superwoman for everybody all the time” pressure into the land of craft and maker blogging. I know other bloggers who would profusely apologize all over the place for their unexplained, prolonged absence, or feel guilty for not keeping their blog up. I don’t.

Sometimes life happens.  And it happens unexpectedly.  And there’s nothing you can do about it.

I missed you all terribly, but I’m not beating myself up over anything. And I’m taking the time to write this, not because I think I’m so great, but because I genuinely hope to relieve some of you of the constant pressure you feel to do it all.

It’s okay. You don’t have to do it all. Especially if you experience an emotional earthquake.

Don’t feel guilty. Don’t try to cram it all in.

Take care of yourself, and take care of your loved ones.

And then when you’re ready, keep moving forward.

#screenprinting ink & long-ago bought Ikea curtains. Finally making something today. I'll let you know how it goes. #wip

Second, the background of my summer is probably necessary to understand the slight craziness that is about to ensue….

…which, if you are up for it, is in My New Hand Stenciled Curtains Pt II, Tips on Making Your Own, & Sticking with a Project.

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JodiNo Gravatar

Gosh, I love this reminder that it is OKAY when life happens.

“First, because I am still seeing WAY too much guilt in the crafty blogosphere over all sorts of things that don’t matter. ” :D :D

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ElizabethNo Gravatar

Yay! That’s exactly what I hoped would happen! Life is too unpredictable and sometimes too hard not to honor the different seasons that it brings.

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geek+nerdNo Gravatar

Love this post. And totally guilty of the absentee guilt post life-quake! I’ve gotten less stressed about it over time. :P

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ElizabethNo Gravatar

Good for you, Sarah!

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