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.