Friday, June 10, 2016

Slow Year of Blogging?!

Well!  It's been a loooong time since a blog post - almost 3 months!

Originally, I started blogging just to keep a record for myself of my progress with various hobbies, and it was a bonus to meet and get to know others. It's so enjoyable to interact with others that have the same interests! It turned into so much time reading everyone else's blogs and wanting to try absolutely EVERYTHING I saw, that I really spent more time browsing the web than actually working on the hobbies. But honestly, I just don't think my life is interesting enough to blog about too many details.  And there are times when I feel like every blogger or Facebook friend is trying to sell me something.  (Yes, I tried that too - not my bag.)

Truthfully, I miss keeping the sort of journal it creates of my own life - to look back and be able to say "wow, I really did that and it's really nice!" is so gratifying.  But, it does take some time, and leads me to other unnecessary surfing (ha ha!)  So, I guess I will keep on blogging, but will keep it more journal-like.  Maybe I will figure out a system for just posting pictures and not trying to write so much.  (But I need to explain!!)  

So, for the past few months, I have been doing a little of everything.  I've done a little tatting of cross bookmarks to have on hand - they are so handy to have to pop in a card to someone I know that will truly appreciate it. Our Twin Cities Tatters will meet tomorrow - that always inspires me, though I can't seem to tat and talk at the same time, so I make many mistakes. I have so many patterns I want to tat, but . . .

I've been doing a LOT of drawing, (not to mention gathering pens, pencils, blenders, sketchbooks, and spending time in art supply stores!)  I really do love the "zen" in zentangle.  Check out what ZENTANGLE is - anyone can do it! Even us perfectionists, with a little practice :)

I go through stretches where I read alot, and then I don't read for a few months.  I'm on my 3rd book in about month right now - another stretch of reading underway.

I'm still having some fun with photography, though I've stopped the photo challenge I started.  It was getting to be too many staged photos that I just don't either have the time, the equipment, or the location to get the assigned photo.  I don't want to take photos just to fulfill the assignment, I want the photos to be good ones, and ones I can be proud of or maybe hang on the wall.  But, the challenge did give me some other perspectives to think about when taking photos, so not all is lost.  So, I just enjoy looking back at some of the fun photos I've taken in the past, and just try to snap a few more when the opportunity arises.

Wedding plans are moving right along, and the next 4 months are going to go FAST.  I will be cutting into my wedding dress soon to work on a hair piece/veil. Yikes.

And, did I mention I'll be going on a quilt shop "shop hop" with my mom the end of July?  Imagine the inspiration.  I haven't been sewing much lately, but I'm sure I'll find some irresistible fabric.  Or pattern.  Hee hee!

More another day.  Maybe just a picture or two.  Enjoy the weekend!


  1. What fun! I do want to come tomorrow but I'm not sure. Trying to solve a big iPad problem before Sunday. Hope so though!

  2. It's not always easy to keep the balance between creating in the real world and reading/posting about craft on the internet!

  3. "Balance" is the perfect word!

  4. I can so relate to what you've written ! Except for the friends trying to sell something ... our tatter friends/bloggers have in fact tried to send me gifts/exchanges which I have heart-brokenly refused.
    The squirrel photograph is precious !!!
    Hope you continue to share more frequently :-)

    1. I agree - tatters are so generous! I follow others - maybe just the wrong ones 😁

  5. I wondered about not seeing you blog for a while. I love seeing what you've been doing. Checking in on blogs does take a lot of time and I'm always wanting to try the wonderful things I see. There just isn't enough time for all that! I love the pictures you've taken (that squirrel is soo cute!) I use my blog as a record of what I've done, too. You wouldn't believe how many times I've referred back to it to see when I did something! I'm glad you decided to keep blogging, even just as a journal. Whatever you do, keep having fun with it!

    1. I use my blog as a useful reference as well. :)

    2. Glad to know others blog for reference too! Just gotta remember it's ultimately for ME 😊

  6. Cindy, I LOVE this post. Your words aptly mirror my own musings and the four photos represent my major addictions. I only have time for these four if I want to eat, sleep and breath at the same time! :)

  7. I agree with you about blogging. It is a great way to journal accomplishments without keeping every little thing we make. However, I also find that I spend way too much time reading other blogs. What's a girl to do?

    I hope to make it up to MN to join the Twin City Tatters for an afternoon of fun in the near future!


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