Friday, August 19, 2016

Finished Objects

We're in the last half of August. Summer is slowly winding to a halt and fall is just around the corner. Even though I no longer have children in school, this is still the time of year when I think about the changes I want to make and the goals I want to accomplish in the "new year" - both inside and outside of the studio.





The past year has been delightful. It's fabulous to - finally - be living in a small artistic community. I've developed new creative friendships and maintained previous ones. I love the direction my work is taking in the studio and I have a line-up of interesting projects to develop as I work through the possibility boxes. I feel calm and at peace, creative and content. Life is good.





This is my second blog. The first one was called Creative Conversations and ended in March 2010 when this one started. All in all, I've been blogging regularly for almost fifteen years. In November 2012, I deleted all the postings on this blog and started over both to change the tone and to reflect the newness I was feeling in my work. Shredding is something I do with my journals. It's a way of cleaning out, moving on, and changing directions. I'm not sure but I may do that again in the near future as soon as I finish studying "blogging for dummies" and decide on a new format. I'm ready for change.





This week, I've been studying the blog's stats. The number of page views per day currently is less than it was in 2010 and the readership peaked in February 2014 and has declined since, as has the number of comments. That's interesting information because in that same time frame I feel that the work I've been doing is far more interesting and authentic. I like the way it challenges me. I'm taking more risks and creating more boldly. My work is less paint-by-number and more not knowing - which I love. However - numerically speaking - the stats say that the way I am working now and what I am currently writing about are of interest to fewer people. That's thought provoking.





One of the reasons I blog is because I love to write, to teach, and to share. Another reason is to support and encourage others to their best creatively. And another is to build connections and on-line relationships with those who do what I do and love what I love. I can write, teach, and share on the blog but unless I receive feedback I have no idea if the postings are supportive or encouraging and the experience is one-sided. I'm not sure how I feel about that anymore so it's something I'm thinking over. What I know for sure is that...

... I can only be who I am. I don't need a magic mirror to know that I march to a different drummer than most people... and that's okay. I like my drummer. I'm not going to change how I create or what I create and in fact, I plan to dig even deeper into the possibilities boxes. The projects I've done so far have been energizing. I love how the denim coat is coming together and the purse is far more fun now than it was earlier this week - reshaped and ready for handles.

The way I'm working now is more organic and less knowing. The projects come together in a zigzag, back and forward motion. Some are quick. Some take a long time. Nothing is predictable since I'm following tickles and have no idea where they may lead me. Because of that, I've decided to begin blogging about finished objects as opposed to pieces in progress. Instead of sharing how I made it, my intention is to share what I've made in the hope that whatever it is will inspire your creativity too. I have no idea how much I'll write in each posting nor how often I'll post and - to be honest - part of that answer may depend on the comment section. LOL - I don't want to do all the talking.

SO... if you have a favourite posting, you may want to copy it just in case and if you want to know when I post next, you may want to subscribe in some format.

This is a positive change. I am not upset or discouraged or any other negative kind of emotion. My life has changed significantly over the past year as has my work. That truth - and the story of the stats - simply mean it's time to approach blogging differently. Life is like that, always changing. I appreciate all of you who have shared my journey so far and I'm looking forward to seeing where we go from here.

Talk (sometime) soon - Myrna

Grateful - for change... and for Pinterest where all these "eye candy" inspirations came from

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  1. Although I don't frequently comment on blog posts, I have to admit that I most look forward to checking my Bloglovin' on Wednesdays and Fridays because those are the days that you post. I've been reading blogs for several years now and my tastes have changed. I still enjoy reading other sewers' tips and techniques, but yours is an original blog that highlights the creative life. And, that's the life I'm developing for myself now. I'm absolutely fascinated, and not a little envious, of the changes you've made in your life and, though I live in a small city of 37,000, I haven't found my 'tribe' yet. So, this week I went to the quilting store (no, I don't quilt) and signed up for upcoming 'Surface Design' and 'Dyeing' classes. I may yet find members of my tribe, just like you did. As for removing most of your blog posts once you've redesigned your blog, please don't remove the postings that include your videos of 'How-To Surface Design.' Those are very good. You've made great changes in your creative life, and reading about your path is very encouraging to me.

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    1. I'm glad you really enjoy the blog. It's good to hear. I think if we are growing and evolving as we age, our tastes are going to change. My certainly have. I'm so glad you're developing a creative way of life. You'll find it gets easier as you go along. LOL - my life does seem to fascinate some people. I'm glad it fascinates me. Taking a surface design workshop will definitely connect you with people of similar interests and you'll be able to share how you applied it to clothing. I'm not sure where you live but any workshop with Jane Dunnewold would be fabulous. Even here where there are so many creative people, I haven't found someone who works the way I work but I have found people who integrate creativity at a higher level. I found "my tribe" by going to the Design Outside the Lines workshop... and while that's good... it eventually comes down to going into our studio and doing the work and being excited about what's developing. Best of luck.

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    2. I live in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I am enrolled in Jane Dunnewold's Craftsy Class (and I have her books), but for my first experiment with dyes, I followed Kristine Vejar's recipe from Creative Bug (yes, I have her book, too). I experimented with dyeing an organic hemp jersey t-shirt that I made for a friend. Thought I'd get a dusty plum color, but the shirt is a lovely shade of grey, which my friend likes. Next experiment is with the surface paints. Thanks for your encouraging note.

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    3. Good for you. Jane is teaching on the Sunshine Coast in September and I'd have loved to take a class with her only we're still waiting on the "strike" possibility so... no... I'll look into her on-line class.

      In my studio dyeing and painting is a what you see is what you get kind of experiment. At one point, I did dye a ten step gradation of a 24 step colour wheel for a workshop but since then I've just experimented and find that's my way. If what I get isn't what I want I work from there. For me, that's been a healthy approach.

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  2. So good to hear that you are feel happy and energized. I would love to see finished work but also pieces in progress.

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    1. When I post, I'll keep in mind to add some how-to if the technique is unusual. It's good to feel happy and energized.

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  3. I like the drummer you march to, and I'd miss your posts if decide to not do these anymore. My lack of commenting has two reasons: 1) major life changes and the health of my husband leave me little time for reading my favorite blogs and even less time for commenting, and 2) since I'm not sewing and creating right now, I feel like I have nothing to add to the conversation.

    My experience from following blogs for some time now is that most bloggers wax and wane, ebb and flow - just like life. I haven't posted to my own blog in three, no, make that four years. Every once in a while I'll get a message from an old follower encouraging me to pick up from where I left off, but I haven't. I so understand your sentiments above, but I'll miss relating to your march through life if you put it aside. Thanks for being YOU!

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    1. It's not my intention to stop blogging, just to change how I blog. Based on what I know about living with a spouse who is ill I would highly encourage you to take a few minutes every day - 10 or 15 - to do something creative. It may seem difficult but I believe you'll find it more than worth the work because it'll nurture you through the difficult times.

      I'm glad you enjoy me be ME. Thanks for letting me know.

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  4. I read your blog regularly, but I seldom comment. I think people aren't reading most blogs like they use to; it's not yours in particular, it's blogs in general. There are blogs I used to read that just vanished overnight and I still miss them and the people that wrote them. I would miss you and your thoughtful posts, and your rigorous manner of making clothing, jewelry, and bags the in the best way possible. You are one of a kind and we need that!

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    1. My decision wasn't about the numbers although it was influenced by them. I made a decision a long time ago not to publish for popularity. Since I'm somewhat off the norm, that would be a losing battle and I want to enjoy what I put together. Rather, it's the right time to make a change. I want to finish a project and then talk about it and I think that could provide a fresh but still "one of a kind" voice. I recognize how I live and write fills a void because it's a type of blog I'm always looking for too.

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  5. I am a 'late comer' to blogs in general and yours in particular. I Retired recently and have more time to indulge my creative energies and, like you, have been 'resetting' my creative trajectory. I have been inspired and encouraged by your writing and your life. I don't know what the previous incarnation was like because I'm only just finding things in the blogoshere, so I can only comment on your more recent version. The kind of work and process you are writing about is not everyone's cup of tea. It takes a particular brain wiring pattern that makes many people a bit nervous. I for one, happen to 'resemble' and LOVE that kind of wiring and when I encounter it, I get giddy and very puppy like! (sorry if you find 'slobber' all over your blog!) I totally understand that you must follow your muse and use and develop your creative tools for your higher purpose, we all do. But, I would feel a great loss to not have you showing up in my mail box. Your willingness to share your life, not just your projects, is inspiring. I would say that the 'stats' reflect the maturing of your work, and likely appeals to a more creatively mature audience...my sense is that is the audience you would like to engage. I have been a 'reader', but not a 'commenter' in the past, I will be more conversational in the future. Thank you for blazing the trail for me.

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    1. Happy retirement! What fun. I hope you'll begin as you mean to go on and make sure that you and your creativity are a priority. If you don't fill your time, someone will fill it for you.

      LOL - yes... it does take a particular brain wiring. It's taken me a long time to become comfortable with the way I move through life and now that I have, I really enjoy it although it's nice to know others do too and that what I'm writing is helpful.

      The slobber is fine. I'll take that compliment. I don't intend to stop posting, my intention is to post differently. You're right, I do want to engage a creatively mature audience. I like that perspective. Thank you. Blogging is a relationship and healthy relationships are a combination of give and take so I hope that while I'm giving, others will give back. Thanks for understanding.

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  6. I'm an avid follower of your postings and really admire how you constantly take risks and challenge yourself and are willing to go where your art takes you AND share it with all of us. And, I get how frustrating it must be to share all that you share and not get feed back. I think part of my reluctance to post is that part of my process of taking in all you offer is to ask lots of questions and I think it comes across as critical and maybe even unpleasant (!?) to the blogger and maybe even other writers. And, a blog post is just not the same as in person.

    I do hope you keep blogging and will do more on my part to give you feedback - keep up my end of the conversation b/c you've helped me to see that this won't work if the communication is only one way.

    Thanks, Myrna!

    Helen

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    1. I wouldn't say I'm frustrated but it would be nice to be part of a conversation rather than to do all the talking. There's something valuable in sharing perspectives and helping each other along our creative paths.

      I don't mind questions unless of course you overload me with them because that takes time away from my creativity. You might ask one or two of the ones you're really curious about and see where that goes. How you phrase the question will determine if it comes across as critical. I would hope that I wouldn't see curiosity and the desire to learn as critical especially as I'm that way too. Thanks for being willing to join the conversation.

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  7. A huge vote for the above replies, I, too, love reading your blog! I do subscribe, and I comment when I (hopefully) have something germane to ask or say. Lack of a comment, from me anyway, in no way means that I didn't enjoy or wasn't inspired by your blog.

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and inspired by it. That's always lovely to hear. Feel free to add a comment now and then. While I awhole bunch of "nice" comments isn't necessary, one or two now and then can help. I sometimes think people are waiting for someone else to comment first.

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  8. Myrna, I've seen other bloggers make the same comment: followers and comments are down. In some cases, it seems to be a function of the feed analytics. In your case, I don't think it's anything you need to worry about. Although .... I suppose you could use Instagram as a parallel platform to catch the eye of those who are active there. At any rate, I'm glad that you're so happy in your new home, and I look forward to reading whatever you post!

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    1. Thanks Jean. I'm not worried about it. It is what it is and I am who I am and that's how the two go together. No Instagram necessary... or Facebook... or Twitter. I just can't be bothered to go there. I do like the blogging platform and what it offers. I think that writing about finished projects and possibly including some how-to will allow for a more focused posting and I'm curious to see what that will look like and how it might be of more value to readers.

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  9. Hi Myrna, I look forward to reading your blog as well and admire your sense of adventurousness. Congratulations on choosing just the right place for another home and settling into that new community. My class in BC was quite wonderful and we enjoyed the driving trip home in Dick's new wheels. Having a car that needs charging every 3-4 hours has a whole new set of issues to learn, but it was fun.

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    1. YEAH - I'm glad you had a wonderful trip although I did miss getting together. That's the way it goes. I'm hoping to get down to Oregon this fall. With the exchange rate, I'm mooching all the way so it depends on how that goes. Sheri has invited me to stay in Eugene and Ute in Ashland and I know you've offered so we'll see. I'll let you know.

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  10. I so look forward to reading your posts, Myrna. By sharing your ideas I feel my creativity has taken a boost. I live in a conservative area and was hesitant to use different techniques in my garments but your interesting posts give me energy to branch out and not care whether my garments blend in or not. Thanks for your blog. Karen

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    1. YES YES - I'm so glad I've encouraged you to branch out. One of my favourite quotes is why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were made to stand out. Someone complimented me on my necklace this morning and then said I'm always nicely dressed. That was a lovely compliment and I think dressing ourselves makes us more confident.

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  11. I am always entranced by what you have to say, it inspires me. I too have retired this year and am getting back into sewing, so whatever you are working on is intriguing to me. I also knit, and have thought of making jewelry, so I hope you continue conversing with all of us out in the creative ether.

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    1. How fun that you're returning to more creativity with retirement. I think that's fabulous and hope you'll follow up all the tickles and see where they lead you. That's what I'm doing and that's what I'll still be blogging about but more from a finished rather than an in process perspective. I think that could be a positive change and time will tell. I believe it will still be inspiring and encouraging. I'd be disappointed if it wasn't.

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  12. I never look at my blog stats,so I don't know, but I wonder if you see people in the stats who read through something like bloglivin and don't click view original post. If I am away from home and reading on my phone, I don't click through because things take forever to load. Also if I'm on my phone it is difficult to comment. So I just wonder if people's blog stats are affected by the use of readers on various devices.

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    1. I don't normally look at them either and I have no idea how various devices would impact them. I'm only somewhat technical. I don't even have a cell phone! The stats were interesting because they made me think about what I do and don't want to do. I love blogging or I wouldn't have written one for fifteen years - five days a week for thirteen of them - but I do think that the way I'm working now calls for a change and I'm looking forward to that. In some way, the posts may be more like magazine articles. I'm not sure. Maybe.

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  13. Elisabeth in FranceAugust 19, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    Yours is the only blog I've been reading for several years. I stumble on other interesting ones from time to time but seem to forget them after a while. I never forget yours.Actually I get withdrawal syndrome when I can't read it! I'm not very creative at the moment (too much work) but your posts feed that side of me. I love them!

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    1. Thanks for reading my blog. I loved when you took my on-line classes as well. You've been sharing my journey for a long time and it's great to have your companionship. I hope you'll take a bit of creative time for yourself each day. It's SO important. I'm not stopping, I'm just changing so that's good. You can still check in.

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  14. Myrna you sound so good! I am looking forward to your future blog or whatever it turns out to be, mostly b/c you are refreshingly and consistently YOU! Your organic process is fascinating to observe from afar. And some day in the next year I will come and observe you from close up! All the best to you!

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    1. Thank you. It's nice to know that I come across both as authentic and consistent. Good words to have associated with myself. I'm looking forward to having you come share the studio. What fun that'll be.

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  15. PS I forgot to say that I love the way you use photos in your posts! They are like secret messages.

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    1. LOL - thanks. I'm enjoying learning more about photography and using it in better and better ways to say what I want to say.

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  16. I have followed your posts for a couple of years now and love your reflections on both life as it impacts and most of all on your creative activities or planning/pondering around them. Since retiring a couple of years ago I too have been trying to find some sort of rhythm to my creative pursuits (read that as incorporate more of my own creativity and direction) but have been challenged by the constraints of inconsistency that having caring responsibilities for elderly parents and the unexpected curve balls that life serves up at times. I too have only commented a couple of times on your posts but do read and look forward to them as they are so insightful and helpful to me on my journey to incorporating personal creativity into my projects. I look forward to seeing what changes you make and hope to continue to be inspired and challenged by your posts for many years to come. I think many have switched to Instagram but I am another who has steadfastly refused to go that way. I think many are time challenged with so much social media but I find the blogs I choose to read are much more rewarding and serve to help me with the ideas and challenges I want to pursue. It is lovely to find others who think and breathe the same type of creative lives that to me is part of my self and my being and the way I find fulfillment and relaxation.

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    1. Don't you wish you could just grab the world, slow them down, and have them focus in on the details more? I think as we get older we realize how precious this one and only life is and how quickly it goes. I know I feel the need to really choose well. It's very hard being a care giver and others can place such unreasonable and overwhelming responsibilities on us. Carving out daily time for yourself, learning to say no, to prioritize, and to divide the load. HUGS - take care of yourself.

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  17. I'm afraid I am as guilty as others in reading but not commenting and your very coherent thoughts have made me feel I should comment more. As others have said, you are not alone in the way you have changed your approach to creative working and there are many of us out there who firmly believe in "process not product", being out of the mainstream and finding our own path. Not many of us write about our lives in this way, as you do.
    I think blogging has become too much work for a busy new generation, who prefer the instant gratification of Instagram and similar platforms. But I think there is a huge need for the explanation, the unfolding of thought processes and the shared moment of 'yes!'
    Whichever way you decide to go with your blog, I wish you well and I shall still be following.

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    1. More comments are always lovely. I think they create a broader context and an ongoing conversation that can be quite interesting... especially with a kindred spirit who is moving through life in a more deliberate and creative way. YES YES

      I see woman my daughter's age talking about cooking, canning, gardening, and taking up arts & crafts of all kinds. I think it's a pendulum swing and perhaps it will balance back to less quick and easy and to a more considered approach to life. I hope so.

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  18. I read your blog but I do it thru' an RSS feed so I don't know if the feed 'pull' is captured in your stats. It may well be others are doing the same thing.

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    1. It may... or not... I'm not that technical. I think that's the only time in six years that I looked at the stats and "read" what they were saying but they aren't going to change how I create. I'd much rather share what I'm doing with a small and interested group of readers than in some kind of popularity contest and those of us who create in this way really can use the company. I'm just finding with more "not knowing" kind of creating that I can't commit to specific days and I'd like to talk from a different perspective. I think it'll be good. We'll see.

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  19. Sometimes, we truly do not get to know the effect our work or interactions have on others; but we do know the effects they have on us - even if we never let them know. Not knowing does not decrease the effect or the life-changing possibilities we may be imparting. All of us who experience your blog are changed in some way - be it small or large, fleeting, or sustaining. By the way, I love seeing your creative process just as much as your final creation. The purse! I loved the last post - where I think you said it looked like a toaster, and then the rework presents the most unexpected perfection. I literally cheered. Had a only seen the final, I would not have understood the journey - the most important part.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I love the comments and emails I get that tell me how much that person appreciated or benefited from a posting. It's a shot of adrenaline and while a blogger has to first and foremost write the blog for themselves, I think it's easier to do that when the readers respond. Right now, I can't write about ongoing projects. That's not feeling right and I find it's interrupting the flow. I can share the process in the posting. It may be long or two part but that's certainly a possibility I'm willing to explore.

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  20. I have been a constant and devoted reader, and I was s you removed your last blog. There were so many teaching techniques I I constantly referred to on my own journey that I felt as I had been thrown overboard with with a life vest. I certainly don't want to have that happen again!

    I do so love seeing thr finished product, but got me the greatest joy is in the actual creative process that evolves when you are in that creative high gear. When you show what you did, how you did it, and what inspired you to do it, I look around in my studio and see the plethora of things that I could do to all these pieces of ugly I am overwhelmed with. The step by step is just wonderful because you always leave the door open got three or four things that develop next!

    And the ending wrap up analysis of did it work?what would I do differently next time, and I learned a better way to do this or that are things I work through and do with every thing I produce. We are truly birds of a feather, in ways that you have no way of knowing.

    So place reconsider wiping the blog clean. Just leave it in the archives, please? Such a tremendous amount of background and teaching material are buried there. I feel that soon it will start organ ing itself into a book.

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    1. I'm sorry you felt thrown overboard. At the same time, it was completely therapeutic for me and something I absolutely needed to do especially to change the tone. The need is not the same this time so I will leave the archives. Writing about the finished object is a perspective I'd like to try but I will include parts of the process for encouragement.

      LOL - I'm not sure the blog is going in the direction of a book. That opportunity will have to knock on my door. I have been thinking about magazine articles as a way of exploring other writing opportunities. I've written a few in the past but nothing recently. Could be fun.

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  21. I have been reading your blog for about 6 years! I seldom comment because the format your blogs come to me in do not have a place for comments. I have to go to the web to have this format and place for comments. Some folks may not know they need to do this.
    Please don't erase past blogs! I frequently Ho back to you and Shams and Margy to check a pattern number or sewing note.

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    1. Thanks for sharing my journey for so long. I really appreciate it. I'm not technical enough to know if there is some setting I need to change to make it possible for you to comment. I hope someone who is will let me know.

      I hear the feedback. I won't delete the archives and I will include information about the process in the postings.

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  22. I totally get the desire for feedback -- how else can you know that you are not speaking into nothing-ness? I too read regularly but say little. Why is this? I'm not sure at all, but I think it has something to do with the intensely personal nature of the creative process. I enjoy watching it unfold in you, and your posts help me to think about my own process, but it doesn't seem that this observation and subsequent rumination is something easily written about in the few words of a blog comment. Kind of a tricky situation, isn't it? I can see that this might begin feel like too much one-way conversation, and I feel sorry about this.

    It may be that we all seek kindred spirits in this creative journey but that blogging is perhaps not the best road to true connections. Maybe that can only happen in person, with actual time to share experiences and thoughts with each other. I would be sorry if you stopped blogging completely, but since you say you do not plan to do this, I hope that the actual process of writing is as beneficial to you as the reading of it is beneficial to your readers.

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    1. I should say "blogs are not the best road to true connections..." rather than "blogging is not..." I think it goes both ways, writing and reading blogs. As readers we may begin to feel that we "know" the blogger, but of course this is not true.

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    2. One more thought, since I seem to be in a thinking mode...the previous reference to your blog becoming a book got me to thinking that this is how I read blogs, as if they are small books. I usually read blogs during a relaxation time, with a cup of coffee or tea. I read and think, but feel no urge to communicate with the author. Sometimes I will even pass it on to another, "read this, it's very interesting." This sounds very selfish as I write it down, but I think it's an accurate description of how I interact with both books and blogs. This is why I think there has to be something beneficial in the blog writing for the writer, otherwise it is a completely unbalanced situation, in which the reader takes way more than s/he can give in return. This is not good, and is most likely the very thing you are considering.

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    3. LOL - thanks for all the feedback. No, blogs are not the best road to true connections HOWEVER... they can connect like-minded people and relationships may or may not grow from there. When I travel, I get together with people who read my blog or I read there's and it's certainly how I've gotten to know more than one creative friend.

      I think this is especially true when you do work that is not the norm. Those you connect with will most likely be further apart distance wind but closer together creatively minded. How fabulous that we have the Internet to connect us when in previous times we may never have met. It's how I discovered the Design Outside the Lines retreat and then coaching with Diane and those have both been pivotal.

      A blog is much better than a book from a writer's perspective in that you can be published any time you want to be on whatever topic you want to talk about. It's also better than a book because blogging allows for interaction, clarification, questions, and further conversation not only between the writer and the readers but between readers. With a book, the purchase is a way of thanking the writer and encouraging further books. With a blog, the commenting is a way of thanking the writer and encouraging further posts and while it would beyond overwhelming if every reader commented on every post, comments turn an article into a conversation. I have certainly benefited from the comments to this post. They are allowing me to broaden how I want to do the "finished objects" postings. That's good.

      A lot of bloggers go through (or get caught up in) pleasing the audience. To be authentic, I don't think that can be done successfully. At some point it will wear you out. I believe I need to write about what's interesting to me and trust that those who are reading are interested. Ten truly interested readers are IMHO far better than a thousand uninterested ones. BUT... it is so wonderful to know they are interested and that what I wrote had a positive impact.

      I didn't mean for the posting to become a discussion on comments but it's turned into a really good one that has widened how we see the experience. YES YES

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  23. Please continue to somehow keep us posted on your doings. It's been wonderful and enlightening watching you grow into your new life. I especially like seeing something come to life by following the photos you show of inspiration, trials and triumphs.

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    1. I not stopping blogging. I will continue to do that. What I want is to talk about the piece once it's finished (good or bad) so that the entire story is one place. This seems like it may be a good idea because some projects are stretched over a longer creative time frame. I'll try it. We'll see. Based on the feedback, I will continue to include the process except that it'll be all in one space.

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  24. I have been an enthusiastic consumer of your most recent blog for some years and always look forward to reading it in Bloglovin'. I particularly enjoy seeing photographs and descriptions of your projects in progress, but fully understand if writing these types of blog posts doesn't float your boat any longer! So sorry to not have provided more feedback over the years, but I'll try and remedy that. Your life journey is endlessly fascinating and I'm delighted you are so happy with your current situation. Kind regards, Susan

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    1. Let me know what you think after a couple months of writing from the finished perspective. It's a change but I think it'll be a good one and I'll still be including the process.

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  25. I follow you on feedly on my phone, and commenting doesn't usually work from there. Sorry I haven't been providing feedback - yours is one of the first I look for when my working week is over.

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    1. Isn't it interesting that the comment option isn't available. I wonder if that's a setting. I just don't know enough about it but I would think that these platforms would want people to be able to experience the blog fully or they may go somewhere else. Strange. Thanks for enjoying my blog.

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  26. I'm pretty quiet in person and online but I sincerely value reading your blog every time. Your creative work inspires me, your efforts and thought processes give me comfort, and I am especially grateful for your "gratefuls" that remind me to tend to that aspect as well.
    I probably don't show up as a statistic on the blog because your posts come to my email. I am sure that's the same for others and your blog is appreciated much more than you could know!
    pricklypatti

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    1. Thanks. That's really nice to hear.

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  27. Interesting that I am only reading this now because I am catching up on almost six months of non reading on my blog reader. Real in person life has kept me too busy to sit and read...and comment...or even post on my own little blog. I am fortunate that I have even more people locally who share my sewing and creating passion so blogs inspire and challenge and teach me but I haven't developed the number of close online friendships that others seem to have. That's probably as much a function of my personality and blog style but is also a function of how social media has grown and developed in the six years since I started. There are just so many pictures, tutorials, youtubes competing for my sewing attention. I remember buying my first Craftsy class with its "lifetime" guarantee and wondering of course what the "lifetime" of some online start-up would be?! Now there's a whole separate Craftsy community....and I haven't even watched all of the more than two dozen classes I have there. All of this to say that it seems like this is personal when you look at your stats but I think it is just the tech world changing as we know it. I started my own little blog to pay it forward for all the help, inspiration and techniques that early chat bulletin boards and pioneering sewing bloggers had given me. But I think that purpose has gone by the wayside over time which is fine by me. Now I blog for myself, some long distance friends and family and the few followers who might benefit from my version of a sewing project. I hope you find the same nostalgia and interest in your own older posts but I also understand if you want to move them in order to move forward.

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    1. LOL - I was very careful to say that the stats did not upset me but I'm not sure that was "heard". They didn't. They were simply useful information and pointed out where investing a lot of time and energy into developing workshops or writing books may not be of appeal to a larger audience. They allowed me to celebrate the ability to interact with the smaller percentage of us that like to follow a different path. So much has changed over the time that I've been blogging and not only on-line. Now that my children are grown, I see these years with less responsibility as ones where I can really focus on what I want to do in the studio and I'm very much enjoying that. The stats settled things for me. They made me feel calm and more focused on what I do want.

      I'm sensitive so it's always a surprise to people that I'm not sentimental and rarely nostalgic. I try to live very much in the present with forward goals. I'd remove the posts to do a clean sweep and move in new directions but I understand why readers would like me to leave them so I am.

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