Thank you to everyone who commented on flickr and here about this block while I was sleeping last night! A little bit of sleep + positive feedback helped me feel so much better. Sometimes when I’m creating on my own, I know I’m on the right path and I’m delighted with the results. Other times, I’m not so sure and I really appreciate all the kind feedback. I also realized this morning that a big part of my problem with the block was that I took the pictures of it at night and they were not showing it at its best. This morning I tried again and I’m much happier with the results.
I promised a giveaway and a giveaway I will deliver. This blog is one year old this week and what an intense year it has been! My husband has two teenagers who have lived with us every other week since we got married five years ago. This time last year their mom told us that she had taken a job in Florida. It took almost a year for her to move, the kids are now living with us full time, and it has not been an easy transition for anyone. We’ve spent the last two weeks dealing with some pretty serious crises behavior that I think has settled down for now, but has left everyone wiped out.
Why am I telling you this on my “birthday”? I think because part of what I like about the online sewing community is that I don’t have to tell you what is going on in my family–we can interact around ideas and projects and give feedback and I can escape into a world that doesn’t have anything to do with hurt kids in crises that I’m not able to fix. But I also struggle with feeling like there is something untrue about presenting myself in such a limited way and sometimes the family stuff breaks through. So this is where I am today: tired, humble, grateful for family and friends who have been bringing us meals and grateful for you all who inspire me and encourage me to take time for myself to make something beautiful.
Here is what I want to give you on my birthday. I have a set of five letterpress cards that I made as holiday gifts this year (printing is by far my favorite new skill this year) and a stack of fabric that is ready to move on from my stash and hopefully will find a happy home in your stash. There is some Amy Butler, Michael Miller, Michael Kauffman, Jay McCarroll, a random Japanese print and a couple unidentifiables, held together with a lovely piece of trim that I won on Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day.
Here’s how to win:
Leave me a comment telling me one of the following things. I’ll pick a winner Friday, Feb 24 after 5pm CST.
- something real about yourself (define “real” however you choose)
- a photography tip
- something you are grateful for