Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Decisions, decisions

I seem to be coming to a lot of forks in the road lately. When I made the decision to stop podcasting, I wondered if it might be temporary. It is looking more and more like it's not. Time seems to be a very precious commodity these days, and while I am still quilting, knitting, and doing a tiny bit of cross-stitch, it feel like it takes much longer to actually see progress on anything.

I did finally finish one of my organization/consolidation projects recently, and now have a ton of DMC Stitchbow floss boxes and stitchbows to get rid of somehow. I have most of my floss on bobbins, which is how I prefer to organize them, in my closet. One thing down, many more to go. I probably have too much "stuff," but I've been gathering for retirement from the day I started working, ha!

One thing I have less and less time for is managing my web site. It currently uses older technology, which will eventually become completely unsupported. I chatted with my hosting support tech, and originally thought I might upgrade it to something like Wordpress. I even started the work. But it is such a large mass of content and images that it is really going to take more time than I'm willing to spend, especially when time is the thing I seem to be lacking right now. The other factor in that equation is that I work all day managing a (totally different) content management system, so I have even less desire to spend my free time doing something that feels like an extension of "work." My brain needs a break from the stress associated with all of that. Add to that the numerous emails I get with people requesting I send them copies of patterns I own or stitched (hello, copyright), and I'm just not feeling the love for the site that I had when I first created it all those years ago.

So, after more than 15 years of sharing my love of crafting with the world, I have made the difficult decision to shut down my web site, to use my free time for more actual making and less sitting behind a computer. I encourage everyone who has visited my web site and contacted me over the years to do the same. DO what you love. Thank you for your encouragement and support over the years.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RIP little one

This morning we lost our kitty CandyAss, who was 17½ years old.
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Rest in peace, dear, sweet girl, now rejoined with your sister RudyPoo. We will love you forever.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Doodle-head Stitches December 2016 Wrap-Up

Show Notes

Announcement: As 2016 comes to a close, I've been reflecting on accomplishments and challenges of the past several years.

The past several years have been a wonderful time of learning, meeting new people, and enjoying the close relationships I have with longtime friends. Two years ago I remember declaring to one of those friends that I couldn't ever imagine making videos of myself and putting them online, but then suddenly there I was doing just that.

In 2017, I want to:
  • be more deliberate in all areas of my life
  • spend less time just surfing online, scrolling through feeds without any purpose
  • finish at least one large cross stitch project
  • learn to free-motion quilt better on my domestic machine and finish a couple of quilts myself
  • finish another sweater or two
  • okay, finish more things than I start
  • read more
  • enjoy the moments
I'm not saying I will never make another video, but for the time being, I need to step aside from that, and focus on other things.

Happy crafting all!