Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ebb and Flo Update...

Thank you all for your generous comments/compliments/show of gratitude! 

I hope you all are not feeling that I’m just throwing a pity party for myself, because it really isn’t like that.

Like any blogger, I do appreciate comments.  But at the same time, what I’m feeling lately isn’t all about that.

It’s more... more than I can wrap my finger around right now.

I have no intentions of quitting my blogging.  I am just feeling a little in limbo right now, unsure of nothing and everything right now.  I know that makes no sense, but that’s how my jumbled my thoughts are right now.  And I know enough to never make any “important” decisions when things are so unclear. 

And I hate that guilty feeling of being neglectful of blogging, but that is my issue, not yours.  I have to learn to let that guilt go, because I know I’m putting in onto myself.

I started working part time this past April, and it looks like it will be going full time before the end of the year.  With that and all the little stuff that still needs to be done around the new house (inside and out), and picking away at those projects, plus my son’s extra-curricular is going to be starting back up right away, it just feels like I am getting a little more spread thin on my crafty time, which is extremely precious to me.

Taking the time to blog all of my creations is taking time away from when I could be creating, so I just need to find a balance, or a new normal for myself.  In time I will find my new pace.

I guess to put it more simply, I plan to keep posting, but it may be sporadic at times, until I get my “stuff” sorted.

Just know that I appreciate you, too! 


Lisa Elliot said...

Vicki, you just do what you have to girl!
Your blog is such an inspiration to me that I can get on here anytime and still find something that I haven't seen before! I've always been in awe at how often you post so to cut back on it would just seem "normal" by all other blog standards. Don't you worry about a thing. You are an amazing artist (seriously, I bow down to you) so as long as you keep up your creative endevors we will see you and your goodies somewhere, be it the CTMH site, pinterest (I'm a BIG pinner of yours :) or on blog hops.

Take some time, relax and start to have fun again without worrying about anyone else! We love you girl!

Lorrinda said...

Hi Vicki,
I feel your pain! You are such an inspiration to so many, and after reading the wonderful comments on your last post, I imagine you are feeling like you will be letting us down if you don't post x times a week.... You won't be! We aren't going anywhere, and we will be happy to see whatever you have time to post!

When the fun of blogging becomes another thing on a long to-do list, it kinda sucks the fun out of it doesn't it? I am there now too. There are no rules about YOUR blog, you can post whatever and whenever you want. This is supposed to be fun (unless you are trying to be like Pioneer Woman with books and a tv show spin-off with big dollar sponsors...can you imagine the stress of that?)

This will all sort out for you. Please don't be taking a guilt trip over it. We are just crafters looking to share with other like-minded crafters, and every once in a while we find a gem like you!

Stay crafty my friend!

Lisa P said...

What the other girls have said!

I know how life can be and I'm all about family first! You gotta take care of yourself, too, though.

You are such an inspiration and have so much talent - anything you post is a treat for the eyes.

Alicia Brady said...

I j ust want to say that I LOVE your blog - you are an AMAZING artist, and I am continuously inspired by your work :)

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love what you do. Thank you for your honesty...there is only so much energy we have ina day. Do what is right for you....and I will patiently wait for updates, as much as you have time for.

Nancy Ball said...

I so understand the "spread too thin" mantra....livin' it! Like me, you will figure out how to work it all in....I decided sleep was not as important! Not the best decision, but I've got a system down now that includes naps every day between work away from home and the kids getting home. I know your situation is different, but I'm sure you'll figure out a way to get everything important fit in.

Wendy Coffman said...

You can do this or not do this however much you want - Stacy Julian said so!

Justine Hovey said...

I wanted to say that I read your blog daily Nd gain inspiration all the time from you. I have similar issues and thoughts about blogging too! Sometimes I feel like I do it for nothing and every once in a while someone says they read everyday and it makes it seem worth it. Keep it up !

Leslie said...

Vicki, I feel ya. It has been that way for me for quite a while now. I don't think I have posted to my blog in several months. I have been busy creating, and taking pictures of it, just no time or energy to post. I haven't even been on reader to check out what everyone else is doing. A wise friend once told me "You shouldn't should all over yourself". I agree completely. Don't feel that you should do something like post to your blog. it'll happen when and if you have the time.

Anonymous said...

God bless you Vicki. Take your me time first, then your family time, then obligations, and then fit blogging in as you can. You are one of the top three favorite blogs from crafters that I check every couple days. I don't 'follow' blogs but you are bookmarked. My first favorite artist is Sally Lynn McDonald an old CTMH consultant the felt the need to make changes in her life and blogging also. I still foolow her work daily. I traveled a few hrs. to do a workshop with her when she came to OH. Then I loved fabulously Artsy Tresa.I even made time on a trip to WA state to drive across the state and take my childhood friend to one of her workshops. I adore her. But dear Vicki, you are next on my list. I followed both of them long before I saw your posts on the BB at CTMH. I'd lve to visit you, your beautiful home and art studio to see how you work. But alas Canada hasn't been on my list to attend one of your workshops. I adore youur creative work, you wise posts to others work and questions on the CTMH boards. I dfon't comment as I tried quite a bit and only do yahoo, so it was hard for me to figure out how to do anomymous posts. But know you are one of my idols!!! Love, love your creativity. I use it as a jumping off point for some of my work. Take what YOU need and we will take what you can give us as your blog followers!!!! Love and best wishes. Maureen See

Wendy Taylor said...

:-) i just love our Crafty World of awesome and supportive women - we support eachother in so many ways and sometimes without ever having met someone in person - I've never met you Vicki but just wanted to say i agree with what all these others are saying - however often you post =- we will be excited to see what you've made and what you've got going on that you want to share with us :-)
Virtual Hugs to You!

Gretel from Oahu said...

A wise woman once told me that even if I don't have time for what I want to accomplish, in due time I will. And it is true. It will all sort itself out eventually. Please don't be too hard on yourself. You are an inspiration to many...

Anonymous said...

I understand your concerns! I do want you to know what an inspiration you are to me at all times! You are a VERY talented lady and I look forward to seeing what you are creating next.... But put you and your family first and post for us followers when you can! We love and appreciate the time you put into your artwork and for so willingly sharing your talent with us!
Hugs and good luck with your ventures :)

Jessica said...

I've been an admirer for years now it feels like. I've also been a blogger for 4+ years as well and have recently also hit a low patch of blog posts. It is interesting how the seasons of life come and go and little things like blogs are affected. I spend a handful of months bothered by my lack of time to blog, but then I got use to it and found time here and there. Someday more time may come back to my world of blogging, but for now it is what it is. I hope you find your balance as well. Hugs.


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