Wednesday, November 20, 2013

An Unexpected Crossroads

Something has happened in my life that I can't talk about, but it's thrown me for a loop.

Everything is fine, I'm fine, but at the same time this major thing that's happened has shaken the very foundations of my small world. I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me, like everything I know has been thrown into this whirlwind of confusion. The THING that has happened is definitely  a positive for a lot of reasons, but it involves lots of changes, and whether it's "good stress or bad stress, it's still stress" to quote  a new friend of mine.

At the same time that everything is shifting, so many things have become so very clear to me.

So I thought I would explain some things to you. About what is going on with me. 

When I first started blogging, I had an etsy store where I sold cameo necklaces and other jewelry. I closed it down after a while because I had a few too many things going on. In the upcoming year, I hope to re-open that store. Which brings me to a few points that I'd like to mention to you.

I've been looking for a dress pattern similar to the ones I'm wearing above for a long time and I just never found exactly what I wanted, so I finally drafted my own. I love these dresses and I love wearing them, and I think that they would look good on a wide range of body types. I would like to start putting some of them up in my etsy shop. I'm even working on making two more size ranges (s/m , l/xl , xxl) so I can offer them in lots of options.

I would also like to sell a bit of vintage in my etsy shop, so keep an eye out for that.

Which brings me to the stamped necklaces I posted photos of last week. I really, really enjoy stamping necklaces. It makes me feel like an artist again. I'm fairly certain I will also be offering up hand-stamped necklaces in my etsy shop, along with one of a kind jewelry made from found objects such as drawer pulls and keys.

Last but not least, my book. For two years I worked on my book series. I worked so hard, and not a thing has come of it. Something must be done about that. I took a long break from both writing my stories and blogging because life got in the way, but I can't continue ignoring something that made it possible for me to get through every day. As my hero Sherlock Holmes would say (loosely paraphrased), the work is what matters. Everything else is transport.

I had someone try and talk to me about publishing this book through a publisher, but I'm still not sure that is the way I want to go with it. I think I would like to self-publish. Independence and creative freedom is something I have always, always valued and I don't know how to hand the reigns over to someone else. So hopefully, without the imaginary pressures I've been putting on myself, I will have something to share with you soon.

I'm sorry to be such a bad blog friend. Believe me when I say it hasn't been easy to be in my shoes the last few weeks, but I will be alright. This blog will be alright. I'm a killjoy. We never go down without a fight.


  1. I'm very much looking forward to your new projects, and hope hope hope you keep your chin up and not let anything get you down. You always have my support.

    I know if that star dress was in my size, it would already be in my hands. ^_~

    wishing you lots and lots of luck in the coming year.

  2. I don't think bloggers should apologize for not blogging. It certainly doesn't make you a bad friend! Bad friends don't stamp gifts until their right arms are sore, for one.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your custom pattern come to life! Ah, for custom fit clothing, eh? You are living the dream! :D

  3. Girl you have SO much on the go!! Good for you! If you ever decide to sell PDF patterns of that dress I'm so keen. You sound like have some big changes ahead? Take care of yourself and I hope all turns out for the best. Hugs

  4. The work is what MATTERS. I too believe this. Our conversation a couple weeks ago really helped me see that. I may not make a ton of money,but I'm living comfortably, and I'm really starting to come up with great ideas for my blog. I'm actually doing what I love to do.

    I hope you're okay. :) Let me know if you need anything. <3

  5. it can happen, where there is chaos there can be an awful lot of clarity, onwards and upwards I say! (and I say it a lot!) I'm so happy you are going to make plus sizes in your dresses, always a good thing! good luck with everything x x x

  6. You are so talented I'm sure whatever you put your hand and mind to will be a success!!!

  7. Ditto to what the others are saying. The fact that your life is crammed with important activities is good, not bad. So no need to apologize for less blogging. I hope your big undisclosed situation works out. E-mail me if you need advice.

  8. Your friend said it right - good stress or bad stress - it's still stress. And change can be exciting and wonderful but also scary. I know no matter what though you'll come through the other side with your head up and you'll be wonderful. Hugs to you.

  9. So happy to hear that you've gotten to a place where you're able to do the stuff you love! I'll be looking out for your etsy shop reopening and will spread the word (not that my social network is very large). Also, still wishing you all the best with your book(s). I know you can achieve your goals!

    And you do not need to apologize that there a more important things in your life than the internet! We always appreciate hearing from you when you can blog, though. :-)