ps. Thanks to all who commented on yesterday's post
glad I'm not alone in my thinking, and glad some people still read here!
Maybe you agree?
I miss the 'golden age' of blogging. I'm coming up on 7 years for this blog now (!) and it's SO different now.
Mostly I miss connecting with people. This was my grown-up conversation place. People commented, I commented. Little silly posts would have 15-20 comments! Emails for advice/recommendations/virtual hugs were sent and received. Comments on flickr photos were made.
Remember when people would host handmade giveaways instead of corporate ones? Remember package swaps? Swaps! Love!
I miss my friends! There was a time when I knew enough people well enough that I'll bet if I were planning a trip to UK, Australia, Finland, France, wherever - I'd have a place to stay the night. ;)
First there was facebook - it became faster blogging for people who just wanted to share little photos.
Now there is Instagram. Blogging on speed. Flickr on speed even. Right up my alley at this point in my life actually, but I'm not on Instagram or facebook.*
I felt like the connections weren't happening on flickr either, and recently let my pro account lapse. I miss flickr.
But time does seem to be more limited these days.
Also I'm so sorry for not commenting more on your blog - see, it's my own fault, too.
I surf on my ipad mostly now, I'm sure many of you use tablets/phones to surf as well. Commenting is a little harder on those! Totally get that.
The only people who seem to have a lot of comments are those doing giveaways.
I always say no to giveaway/sponsor offers. I don't want to be a magazine. I wanted this to be MY place, and pretty much it has been. I don't need 'columns' or guest posts or corporate sponsors.
But as the kiddos get older, it is harder to share their funny little stories. They are more aware and I am more careful with their privacy.
Esp. with the redhead. I feel like I should blog about autism more, and the new things we're trying and the struggles we're facing, but I also feel like I need to respect his privacy more now, too.
It's been funny, I watched several friend-bloggers go 'big time' and their posts changed. Every post was poignant and perfect. Every post was also lacking in genuineness and humor. My friends felt flat. And distant. I didn't want to be like that. But I've failed sometimes. I hope I'm still ME enough here.
Anyway, I still love blogging, but ... I don't know. I wonder if there is a place for this one anymore. It seems like only the 'big blogs' or little 'family blogs' are out there anymore. Many 'little' crafter blogs go out there with the intention of being a BIG 'magazine-type' blog. I have had no desire to go that way. There is definitely a place for magazine-type blogs, I subscribe to a couple, but not all blogs need to go that direction. I am tired of the majority of people's posts being links to other people's posts and not what they are doing/saying/photographing themselves. I don't feel any connection with them. And I feel no need to comment - their sponsors are their 'payoff'. My payoff was the connections I made.
I find myself more motivated to update my little private family blog now, and it used to be the opposite.
I do wish I was on instagram. So how about for the next week or so I pretend I'm on instagram? One photo (maybe two, I can't help myself), short or no text. Let's see if posting every day gets me out of this slump. Let's see if I can come up with stuff every day. Let's see if people comment. Let's see if I can return the compliment to everyone who does.
What should I call these short posts? Notstagram? Outstagram? Leftoutstagram? ;)
*My husband is a computer guy. He 'won't let me' be on those sites due to their outrageous privacy policies. Totally get that. Still a bummer. Except facebook - I still think that one is lame.
I had such fun last weekend at the Beehive Bazaar! I had been a couple of years ago, and besides falling in love with Noelle O's bags (I went home and told my mom I wanted one for Christmas - any one!) didn't have the best time. It was kinda fun to look out, but nothing popped out at me and I didn't even buy anything.
This time was different.
Beehive Bazaar is a local artist craft fair - it's convenient that they have a central checkout - a surprisingly nice touch for shoppers. I had some time (and a couple gifts I was looking for) so I took my sweet time browsing.
It was some lovely, much-needed time to myself, and it was inspiring!
The people were fun to talk to - seriously, made a couple shopping friends! It seems like in real life I rarely run into people who share the same interests/aesthetics or anything. Here, I ran into them randomly just 'oohing' over tiny brooches. Restored my faith in humanity, I tell you. And the work got my mind rolling.
Wanna see what I bought?
Cute print from Wendy & Peter. Because it's true. I can.
She had some really cute hair bows for sale, too.
Cutting board (from here) and orange dish towel (by ? boo, I don't remember!) for my sister's bridal shower gift (apparently these cutting boards were a popular buy!).
With a little alteration, we might use this as the guest book at my sister's wedding next month.
Teeny letterpress tags (various occasion + blank = love!) from Winnie Press.
(You might remember I have a connection to quality letterpressed goods in my family - it felt a little weird buying from someone else, but they are very sweet!)
I picked up two stained glass pendants (so cheap!) I think from Crimson Digit - Kinda wish I would have picked up a couple more! I've worn them both already!
Decided to try this tea tree laundry soap. It's 100 loads (for HE washers), so it's cheap and natural. I've used it on a few loads so far and like it. Some day I'll make my own. Also picked up a little mother's day bar of soap from them - smelled so yummy - for my mom. I think it was lemongrass and something else?
So I'm checking out with my lovely purchases, chatting with the chick processing it about tea tree oil in laundry (apparently she adds a couple drops to every load she does (not this soap) and it makes everything super fresh) when I spotted some extra lovely hanging succulant terrariums. They weren't there before! I went by everything twice!
She said they'd sold out the night before, so the artist had stayed up all night making more. Oh, man. They were pretty sweet. I almost bought one, but couldn't decide, so I thought I'd ask for his card and maybe buy one later. She turns around and says 'Hey, Richard, do you have any cards?' and he turns around holding this:
So that's when I geeked out and pointed with my mouth wide open and made some sort of sound (because I'm cool like that).
Isn't it awesome?!
He hadn't even put tags on the brass hanging airplants yet, but I bought one right there. LOVE. Now I just need to get my kitchen painted so I can hang it up! His name is Richard Bingham and he has an etsy shop here.
Another nice moment was when I was picking out my stained glass pendants and someone came up and said 'Hey, nice bag!' I said 'Thanks' and she said 'I made it.'
Ha! It was Noelle O! Just as nice in person as I hoped. We chatted for a few minutes about teen daughters on pinterest.
Seriously, I had such fun, I might just go back this weekend (It's two weekends this time! You should go!).
So, I've been weeding again. Man, gardens are really pretty in early morning and early evening lights. Even big weedy ones like ours.
One morning I took my camera out - and shot with my 50mm/1.8 lens wide open. That means I shot all of them with the aperature at the biggest setting, leaving the background nice and blurry/making pretty bokeh.
Anyway - These are all straight out of my camera, no editing, I just had fun taking them and will have to practice out there more!
Tomatillo 'skeletons' from last year. We gave up trying to keep up with the tomatillos last summer.
This lens is super fiddly and I'm finding I sometimes have a hard time telling if the subject's in focus when it's really bright out... also other times. :)
We have quite a few irises, and I was SO happy to see so many return
post-fire (not all, but oh well). But they burned before they bloomed
last year, and so I didn't know how they'd do this year. And they're
This one is really pretty big - click!
Can't wait till the poppies bloom!
My baby got baptized last weekend. We are proud of his choice (and shocked that he is big enough!).
I got to take him on a little photoshoot (with the two girls who were also baptized that day) which was really fun. He is wearing a CTR ring, which stands for Choose The Right.
My mom made the vest and bow tie. The outfit negotiations went on for some time, but somehow we compromised on a vest (not a sweater vest, he insisted) and bow tie. Not that he would wear them the next day to church - just a regular tie. But I was just happy he tucked in his shirt for once...
Aaron thinks it's silly to post a photo with his eyes blocked out, but did I mention he had an adorable newsie hat? Hee!
We celebrated with friends and family over for lunch, hot dogs, salads, and lots of treats (including non-gory eight-pops).
And I am amassing quite the selection of paper medallion decorations! :)
A very special, happy day for my very special, silly, sneaky, smarty pants, random boy (he's standing here reading as I type).
And of course that means another scripture case.
Much like his brother's, imperfections and all - but with green lining and an orange dotted tag.
We made a couple of printed flour sack tea towels for an aunt and uncle's housewarming gift. Cute, fun, easy.
We are making garden wish flags (inspired by these). Kinda like prayer flags, but with our wishes and good thoughts for the garden.
I kinda love it.
We've been out making plans and weeding some in the garden, so I thought I'd brighten it up a bit - I'll show you how they turn out when they're hanging up! More ideas and dreams on my Fixing up the Garden pinterest board.