Blogging gave me the habit of regularly reflecting on life, as I was living it. It served as an archive for photos of the things that my then-wee-girl and I were making and doing, as much as it connected my business to the world. It gave me the space to write - to craft sentences and play with words - and I loved it.
In the last few years, I've rarely had the ability to blog like I used to, and I've felt that loss acutely.
The social media landscape is completely different.
The "wee girl" is a teenager.
I've scaled YOU SEW GIRL right back - to mostly an Etsy store and a few teaching gigs.
Teaching in higher education has led me in exciting new directions (...fancy a lesson in Design Thinking, anyone...?).
For the last few years, it's been difficult to find the time... but more than that - it's often been a struggle to find the words and pictures.
The other day, I heard the phrase "share from your scars, not your open wounds" and it resonated. The conversation was about allowing for time and perspective before we can channel our experiences into something creative, so that other people can connect to them. I realised that - unconsciously - this is indeed what I have been doing here (if perhaps not in real life!).
Life events in the last few years have often been such, that photographing and writing about my knitting, sewing or teaching has felt irrelevant and trite, but without the lens of pretty purses and crochet to help me talk about things, I felt that I would bleed all over the page if I tried to write. I was stifled and stuck between these two hard places, awkwardly trying to work out what... and how... to share... when there was so much going on that I was trying to process.
I'm excited by the way that this project is taking shape, and value the experiences and connections that it is creating. Soon, it will get a proper name and a social media space of its own. I'm working on it!
And who knows? Maybe one day I'll start blogging here again, about my knitting and everyday life.
Or I might share a bit more about my machine embroidery.
By the way, if you'd like to join in on a #chemostyle hat-making workshop, the next one is 24th Aug.