where i've been (and a giveaway winner)

I always wonder if people notice that I haven't been posting for a week or two. Maybe you have, maybe you haven't. Either way, I am okay with. We all have our own lives and my little life over here has been interesting, to say the least. Last week started off with a stomach virus brought into our home via Sawyer. Let's just say he wasn't throwing up. ohmyword. It was disgusting (and heart breaking, of course. My poor baby.) After 5 days of a sick kid, I thought we had gotten by with only one sicky in the house. Nope. This week, I came home from work on Monday with a fever and some killer nausea. I don't know if it was the same thing as what Sawyer had, but I have not been able to eat, smell food, look at food, think about food, or be in the kitchen without wanting to puke. Today is the first day that I have felt better and ready to face the world. Plus, I am a few pounds lighter. Score! Just in time to go into psycho cleaning mode to get ready for company this weekend. Today I get to tackle cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, and paying bills all with the last bits of illness hanging on. 

So, in case you wanted to know (and you probably didn't) that's why I haven't been posting or making or stitching or social media-ing. I literally couldn't stomach anything other than laying down and doing nothing. I have to say, the time "off" has been nice. I may be ostracizing myself, or I may be relating to a lot of you, but I sometimes get tired of the constant barrage of pictures, tweets, links, posts, projects, and on an on. I appreciate the hard work of others, but sometimes I just need to get away from all of the creativity overload. When it comes to social media, I find myself feeling inadequate or left out, when the whole point of me starting a blog was just to share my work with others. I have a full time job, a family, financial obligations, an almost non-existent real social life that need more tending than my twitter account. So I am working on arranging my priorities. I want to sort-of purify my intentions with this blog and try really hard not to get caught up in the whole business of being "big". I'd love to hear your thoughts on blogging, social media, etc. Tell me I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed by it all. 

Onto some business...

I have really appreciated all of your comments on my last few posts, but have not yet had a chance to respond to all of them. I will be working on it this week, so if you get a random response for a comment you left 2 weeks ago, that's why. I am also going to finish up my How to Cross Stitch series, but it might be another week before I can fully get it together. 

Speaking of How to Cross Stitch... I have to announce the winner for the huge cross stitch giveaway. 

Chosen by random.org:

Congratulations to Ashley! I will be emailing you shortly about getting your prize to you.



  1. I am right there with ya- I feel I get left behind by not blogging as much as most, and I am pretty much nonexistent on the other social sites. But to me, life and family are the most important things, and computer takes the bottom of the list :) I think it's great to take breaks- keeps us up on the important things in life.

  2. Sorry to hear you haven't been well and I hope you can get back to normal soon (if there is such a thing)

    I really just started blogging and doing the whole facebook thing (wow, can you tell?) I have never been a social butterfly, so it is very overwhelming for me to put myself out there. I'm just going to take it slow and try to have fun.

    Thanks for all of your efforts! You are very encouraging to me :)

  3. You poor thing! That stomach bug stuff is horrible. We seem to get it in our house at least once a year. And that little bug is contagious, because we all seem to get it, no matter how I clean or disinfect. Glad you are on the mend. I feel the same way as you, sometimes. Our family vacations are spent camping and I make a point to not bring any electronics with me. It is always a nice break, but I often get back feeling "behind." Silly, I know! Having a blog and a real life can be a challenge, especially if you compare yourselves to others. But, I also think if your content is good (like yours is!) people will find you even if you are not on all the social media outlets! :)

  4. Amen, girl. I haven't really posted in over a week, I'm swamped with orders and we've had a contractor here all week with a crew building (read: LOUD) a new fence and deck. :) I get it.

  5. Hope you feel fighting fit soon, stomach bugs are horrible. I had to do the same last weekend, clean out my house ready for guests in the midst of a stinking cold! I'm completely with you on prioritising. I started my blog as a fun way to motivate me to do all the crafty things I always meant to get round to doing but never did. It's so easy for it to become more of a chore which has to be fitted in along with all the other chores! I accidentally ended up having a break from blogging for a couple of weeks and I feel so much more refreshed for it :)
    I don't know if it's the time of year but I've been reading quite a few blogs that have been chatting about feeling the need to take a break and prioritise...so you're definately not alone!

  6. Hi Allison! Not sure if you remember me, I'm a smallish blog that you guest posted to awhile back. I just wanted to say that I can totally empathize with you. I know how you feel. I'm a creative junky through and through and I started a blog for the same reasons you did. Sometimes I feel cheated by it though. I feel like sometimes it becomes a job and when it becomes work, then it's not as fun.

    We're actually in the process of moving and I've thought about taking a blog break. I think it might be good and I think people will understand.

    Hope you're feeling better :-)
    Take time to nourish your real life relationships :-)

    P.S. I love your family photos. You look gorgeous and I love your outfit!!!!

  7. I am SO with you. I haven't blogged in 2+ weeks (actually, I lost track, it could be longer!). I needed a break, too -- my "real life" is way more important (and busy) than my online one, with the same "real" obligations you have. I think a lot of those "big" bloggers don't work, so blogging is their "work." Either way, it's nice to take a break, and I'm glad you did!

  8. One of the reasons I like your blog is because you also have a full time job (like me). I find myself amazed at what all the SAHM bloggers accomplish creatively and compare myself to them only to come up short. I have to stop doing that. But my blog is really just for me and my mostly out-of-town family to stay up to date on all my random going ons and pictures of the kids. No one else reads it and I'm ok with that.

  9. I think I love you. This sort of thing is exactly why I enjoy you and your blog so much--you're not coming up with garbage-y projects just to "keep up," you take the time you need (because blogging is and should only really be a fun hobby, I think), and you value your real non-virtual life and sanity and family more than looking impressive online. Priorities. I'm always a tad suspicious of the bloggers who are constantly updating, posting, instagramming, tweeting, etc. about their fabulous lives and work. How fabulous can they really be if they feel the need to put so much work into convincing others that it's all so fabulous and exciting all the time?

  10. And I'm sorry you guys were sick! So sad.

  11. So sorry you were all so sick. But glad to hear you are on the wellness train again. Too bad we have to clean and such. Wow, I could sew all day every day if I had the chance, LOL

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  13. Hey, Allison! I ditto everything Rachel (the other one!) said. You are one of my favorite bloggers because you put really beautiful stuff out there. And you don't "try too hard" - I mean I know you put a lot of effort into your beautiful projects, but your blog doesn't have that all-too-common "desperate for attention" feel about it. I know just how you feel about taking a break and keeping your priorities in order. After this past Christmas, I "quit" blogging - for a while, anyway. I stopped blogging, stopped reading other people's blogs, stopped everything. It was really getting to the point where I was doing projects for the purpose of having something to post. How ridiculous! It didn't used to be that way! I wanted to get back to doing creative things because I loved doing them. I made my family a gorgeous Christmas tree skirt and did NOT post it on my blog (though it nearly killed me ;) because I wanted it to be for MY family and not the whole link party world.


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