It’s about time

Actually, it’s about the lack of it.

I’m not able to keep this blog up and running the way it deserves or I’d like.  Not that I don’t have projects underway, or things to share, but that I no longer have the time or energy to do right by this blog.

So, after careful and ponderous consideration, I’ve decided to take an indefinite hiatus.  I’m not sure when I’ll be back, only that I’d really like to be.  But this blog has fallen to the back burner so that my husband, my life, my work, my dance and my ongoing obsession with sewing don’t suffer more than they have.

I will miss you.  Feel free to check back every now and then – I am hoping to pull it all together and come back.  Until then, you can catch me at She Sews Seams.

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

At a standstill…

I just found out that our windows will be replaced next week!  There’s much joy in that.  And dust, and paint touch-ups.

I’ll also be teaching dance again.  And sewing a wardrobe and Christmas gifts.  And working full time.  I think decorating and blogging about it is going to have to take the back burner for a while.  I’ll certainly post when I actually accomplish something, but I know the daily posts won’t resume… and the biweekly are probably also going to be a tad much for me.

So, I’m going to take a blog break for a few weeks to let things get back on track here.

I will be back… after all, I still have a master bedroom, a full bath, a powder room, a computer/entertainment room and a stairway or two to do!

Thanks for sticking with me!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

Back to Work for Me!

After my almost two week hiatus, I’m back to work today.  There’s something a bit sad about the ending of a vacation, isn’t there?  My Mom’s gone back home, my free time (which was spent with much more sleeping and doing nothing than I had hoped!) is now compressed into weekends and after 5pm.  Too bad the list of projects I have hasn’t gotten any smaller!

I have a wonderful job, and I truly enjoy my employer and co-workers.  Nonetheless, working Monday to Friday feels more and more like, well, WORK.  There’s so much in my head for my hands to do, but I need time for that.  Realistically, staying home would mean no funds to work with (and, very possibley, eviction), so that’s not an option.  It will take me a bit of time to find my bearings again, I think.

I’m still trying to decide on a new posting schedule.  July will probably be a tad slipshod as I try to find what will realistically work for me.  Please bear with me while I do this.  I’d really hate to lose you all!  After all, you keep me honest, and on-track… something this girl really needs.

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

Time for a change

Today, I deliver my Mom to my sister so that they can spend the Canada Day weekend together.  Although I LOVE to keep her here, it seems only fair – as I’ve had her with me since last Friday!

As you know, for the last six months or so, I have written a post for every single day.  And I truly loved doing it.  Then, surgery got me away from the keyboard for a week, and my Mom’s visit extended that time far closer to two whole weeks.  (Guest Bloggers and the Ogre really helped me out tremendously!)

During those two weeks, I realized some very important things about myself and my blog.

1.  I missed working on projects and writing about them.  A lot.

2.  I did NOT miss rushing into projects or through them to get them done in time to post – OR coming up with things that didn’t thrill me just to have a post.

3.  I REALLY enjoyed just having time.  Time to watch a movie with my Mom.  Time to visit with friends.  Time to heal and rejuvenate.

So, where did this all take me?  Follow along with the thought process and you’ll see!

I don’t have sponsors.  In this whole wide blogosphere, there are only about one hundred people who follow me (Blessings on that hundred!  I feel so fortunate to have them!).   I haven’t received a lot of feedback about what folks want to see, and I’m really ready to write this to document MY home and life – the way I want to.

A change is in order, I think.  A change that will let me be a bit more relaxed about it – and, maybe, a bit more creative!

I won’t be posting daily anymore.  That’s just a little too much for me, with my full-time job (and fibromyalgia with newly diagnosed arthritis!).  I also won’t be posting solely on home projects – that’s a bit limiting for what actually goes on in my world.  It ignores my dancing and costume designing – which has suffered MASSIVELY since the move into this home.  It also neglects the fact that I’m starting to DIY a wardrobe for myself and, hopefully, make friends with my sewing machines!

Ultimately, I’m looking at moving to 4 or 5 posts per week.  Four solid posts would keep me writing and creative, let me work on my home, my wardrobe, my dance, my costuming, my photography and still be present for The Ogre, my friends and life in general.

And there you have it.  Decision made.  I’m not sure which days yet, or if I will have themed days.  That’s still up in the air.  And I’m not quite sure when I’ll be implementing, but I am thinking about mid-July.

Please, please, please feel free to comment on this.  I’ve been making this decision in the dark, and I would LOVE to have much more input!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

The Ogre’s Turn!

You know, there’s are many reasons the Ogre and I are still married.  One of them is that he’s always covered my back when I need it!

I’m banned from the keyboard for a week or so, and, although I have a guest blogger or two, I haven’t gotten my ducks in a row for introductions.  So, he’s stepped in.

Now, you have the distinct priviledge of meeting my Ogre first hand.  I think you’ll see a couple of the reasons I mentioned above as you read.

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In place of Wee Wallet Wednesday, our Hostess with the mostess has turned her blog over to me. That’s right, the Ogre has control today…but only because I’ve been allowed to!

Liz has been working now for about 6 months on her various projects. Various projects…something of an understatement for all that she has accomplished. I’m sitting, as I write this, surrounded by the sundries she needs to make things. Some of the rooms in the house, well, let’s just say, I saw Beruit in 1983 and there is a striking resemblance. That said, it never lasts – only as long as it takes to get the room finished.

Yes…there are times I’m tripping over tools and materials and wondering how something got to the place it did. I have two choices at the point…make an Ogreish fuss about it (yelling and hollering) or, what I prefer these days – keeping my mouth shut, moving the offending tool out of the way and just carrying on. Now, there are those who might think I’m doing this simply for marital harmony (they’d be partly right) but there’s an equally valid second reason for zipping my lip.

The results. The results of Liz’s work is impressive. I didn’t get to see this house before we moved in…for which I’m sort of thankful. I know she’s posted before pictures…but friends and neighbours, let me tell you – those pictures don’t even begin to describe the horrors in front of my eyes. It was only because Liz convinced me prior to the move that she could do various projects to make the house comfortable…not just pretty – but Southern comfortable, such as we had in South Carolina, that I went along with it. And the results have been worth every bit of any inconvenience, stubbed toes, bumped head and anything else a construction site can do to you. This house is now our home and it is truly the most comfortable we’ve ever had.

So…Ogre I may be and will continue to be. But even Ogre’s can recognize beauty when it gobsmacks us! I am one Ogre truly thankful for a spouse with a DIY sense and spirit!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

In Search of Guest Bloggers

It just dawned on me that I’m having day surgery on Tuesday, June 19th.  It’s simply to remove a cyst that has been growing on my left shoulder for quite some time.  Because it’s large enough that it’s pressing on some of the nerves in the area, I’m really looking forward to having it removed.

It’s not a tricky surgery, and I’ll be home within several hours.  But, due to it’s location, my surgeon wants me to take it very easy on the area for a week or so.  We don’t want scrambled up nerves or loss of motion there!

I booked the remainder of that week off from work as sick time.  And took the week after as vacation time – which perfectly coincides with my Mom’s visit!  Two weeks should be enough to get me back up and into my work/life/blog cycle again.

I wasn’t blogging every day when I booked this surgery.  Even if I had been, I don’t think my blog commitment would have crossed my mind!  Nonetheless, I have committed to a post EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  I don’t think I’m going to be able to honor that during the last two weeks of June.

I have to admit that my first inclination was to just try to power through and either a) prepare enough posts in advance to cover the two week period or b) post anyway, typing one-handed.  Maybe even some combination of the two.

The Ogre irrationally firmly pointed out that this may do more harm than good.  He also harped on, stressed the fact that I have this annoying lovable tendency to try to do everything myself.  Being the wise woman I am, and wishing to continue to have a good relationship with my husband, I agreed.  (The things we do to ensure marital harmony, I tell you!)

Which leaves me here.  At this point.  Gathering my courage firmly in both hands in preparation for asking for (gasp!) HELP.

Here’s the pitch, folks…

If you are reading this and you are a blogger, would you be interested in guesting here at Dreaming a Home for a day or two during the last two weeks of June?  I can promise my personal appreciation, but not much else!  I haven’t hit 100 followers yet, so you probably wouldn’t see an increase in your numbers.  Your Karma, however, would skyrocket!

If you are reading this and you are not a blogger, would you like to try your hand at a post?  This might be a good way for you to stretch your creative muscles and open up a new area of interest for you!

I’m looking for family friendly posts.

Please let me know if you are interested.

And thanks for reading this far!

I’d really love to see your comments on the projects I do and the ideas I have.  I learn more from critiques than praise, but, honestly, I adore praise (and who doesn’t?).

Thanks for stopping by.

Blogging planner – My version

I’ve promised myself that I would blog EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  No weekends off, no “I’ll do it later”.  EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Sometimes, it’s a bit tough to get myself organized, and remember what I’ve planned to say, or what the next project is “supposed” to be.  So, in order to get organized, I decided I needed a planner.

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