Wow I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now!!
My archive spans 4 calendar years. Amazing!
3 years – nearly 600 posts – nearly 500,000 hits.
What a journey!
If I’m honest the last 18 months of the blog journey have been tough.
I’m sure that’s been obvious to everyone since my posts became less and less frequent.
Since I haven’t really been sewing in 18 months and totally lost my mojo that didn’t leave me much other than myself and family to talk about.
To be honest I really struggled with that!
So if you are still here and reading (and commenting) then thank so much for that!!
Many times I’ve wondered about whether to give up my blog all together and questioned why I keep it.
But I could just never bring myself to give up!
The truth of the matter is that keeping my diary publicly makes me keep it.
(I doubt I would be so diligent at keeping one otherwise.)
I love looking back on my growth as a crafter, person and us as a family.
And I love the connection it brings with people.
So despite the struggle I tried to persevere on.
This year we said goodbye to Perth, Australia…
And Hello Wellington, New Zealand…
Ever since we’ve moved back home to New Zealand and moved into our “forever home” I’ve started to feel that bubble of inspiration back again.
Well more like a waterfall actually
– I’m having trouble reigning in the inspiration and deciding what to do with it all,
And I love it.
I love love l.o.v.e feeling so fresh and inspired once more!!
I suspect it comes from the fact that I’m no longer restless.
That word… it’s the key to it all really….
I’m no longer planning and anticipating something that feels so far off but I want to happen NOW.
Feeling stuck, frustrated and isolated.
It’s not that I didn’t love Perth. I did – I really did!
But all along my heart wanted to be in New Zealand with my family.
Now I’m finally there – the place I’ve been longing for.
And I’m lapping it up every.minute!!!
In short – I’m content.
So I’ve decided to give my blog another fresh new look, now that I actually have some new current projects to display.
I’ve also come up with a fresh new schedule of posts and plan for my blogging now that I have a little more time to keep it up…
I feel inspired and I hope to share a little of that with you!
So things will be changing around here.
Hopefully you will all agree that they will be for the better.
You can expect much of the same, but just more of it.
I’m also going to start back sharing what I learn in a new “Share it Saturday” teaching slot. I really enjoy sharing how to do things and writing patterns, so that is taking a big place in my refocus.
I really would like this page to grow…
The new blogging plan is:
Monday: Whatever I want, or nothing
Tuesday: Tuesday Tidbits – random snippets of what’s going on with life here.
Wednesday: Work In Progress Wednesday – Progress of any long term projects if there is any.
Thursday: Inspiration from my Kitchen – A recipe weekly (yes don’t die of shock friends – but I cook now)
Friday: My Creative space – photos of whatever I’m currently working on if there is anything
Saturday: “Share it Saturday” – a new segment where I share a tutorial or information on how I made something.
Sunday: My ??/52 weekly photo diary of the children.
Yes that’s almost a commitment everyday.
I’m ready for the challenge.
Some of the tutorials that are coming are:
** the binding tutorial I’ve been promising for goodness knows how long
** how to draft your own clasp purse pattern
** html stuff for bloggers
** possibly some DIY stuff
Not to mention that I’ve got one new pattern to release this week and one to release in the next month.
To say thank you for persevering with my slack mojo, celebrate my relaunch into blogging and my Flutter from.Kat business I’ve decided to host a week of giveaways:
Each day over the next week I will be giving away something small that I will show you
AND something mysterious…
It will be a surprise for the winner when it turns up in their mailbox, because well who doesn’t like surprises!
Today’s giveaway is:
Two Denyse Schmidt fat quarters in my favourite colour – blue of course.
And ???!!! You’ll find out if you are the winner.
|Feel free to pinch my photo to use to link back to me – no problem!|
You can have up to 9 entries as you wish.
To enter just decide which of the following list to do and leave a comment for each one…
** Leave a comment telling me what tutorials you’d love me to show you
** Follow me on Google Friend Connect
** Follow me via email
** Follow me on Bloglovin
** Follow me on Instagram
** “Like” me on Facebook
** Share my Giveaway on your Blog, Instagram or Facebook Page (1 entry for each share).
I will announce close all the giveaways and the giveaway winners next Saturday pm NZ time.
So really, thank you. I appreciate you guys taking the time to read and support me!!
Good luck in the Giveaways!!
Awesome Kat! Yay for being committed and feeling the love! Very inspiring 🙂 I am super keen to see the clasp purse tutorial as I’ve been wanting to try this for ages!
Thanks for the giveaway too! I follow you on GFC 🙂
And on Bloglovin 🙂
and on Instagram 🙂
It am always looking for a new quilt tutorial. Thanks for the great giveaway.
Oh! I’d really love to have a clasp purse tutorial! I definitely need some tips for it. xx
I follow you on Bloglovin, tks fr the chance!
I am so glad to see you getting settled and back into your business. I only need one entry into your lovely give away but I do follow you on bloglivin and in my feedly reader, and on instagram too. I am looking forward to reading your new tutorials, I have no particular ones in mind.
Wow, I loved this post, you really put it into words well! I’m so glad you are Back! I’d really love to see the clasp purse tutorial, and I’m looking forward to blogging/html tips too:D
I follow in my dashboard gfc connect!
And I follow in bloglovin!
And on my (new to me) Instagram (agalinsweden)
And I follow on facebook too!
Great to hear that you have re-found your inspiration Kat. Any tutorials will be good to read
I follow you on IG
Yet for Wellington! I follow via facebook
I follow via Instagram – looking forward to some nz pics. We visited from the uk to see family in Wellington in April and loved it!
I mm also following via bloglovin
I’d love to try a simple frame purse!
I follow you on GFC
Congratulations! I am so glad you found your motivation. Your new blog looks so fresh.
What I wanted to know? I want to know how the back of a pillow looks like. Exactly! How does it look on the inside. I am always thinking about how others do it. How do you hide all the seams and give it a good structure?
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Its nice to see you back and hear you are back in the groove! I always love tutorials for little makes – pouches, pincushions, christmas presents etc.
I follow you on Bloglovin!
I like you on FB (Deborah Gunthorpe)
I follow you on Instagram
I can feel your happiness all the way over here, I’m also glad that you have your mojo back.
I’m anxiously awaiting your binding tutorial. I’m a Bloglovin follower.
Big welcome back, I’ve not left, I’ve been reading… rather envious of your amazing move, the fact that you did it, and OMFG the transformation of your house in such a short space of time was just incredible.
I follow you on IG too
Love that you’ve got your mojo back. I’d love to see a frame purse tute… I’ve had a couple of frames for over a year now but haven’t quite got round to trying them yet
I follow you on IG
follow you with bloglovin
Hmmm, love the clasp purse tutorial idea, but I’d love to see a tutorial for a simple girls dress too.
I shared news of your giveaway on fb.
Liked you on Facebook before it was set yp properly.
Always get notifications of your new blog posts through Bloglovin. It’s such a handy little tool!
Oh, & so glad to see you back! 🙂
How about a hard version of mariners compass.
I follow on bloglovin.
I would love tutorials of pouches!
And I follow you on Bloglovin.
I follow on Bloglovin.
I follow on Bloglovin.
I always enjoy a quick quilt idea or a simple bag. Maybe gift ideas? (Sorry I hit publish twice-see above!)
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HELLO,love all tutorials;especially love seasonal table runners! Thanks for your Blog+sweet giveaway too!
HAPPY TO FOLLOW ON GFC
FOLLOW ON FB
SHARED THIS GIVEAWAY ON YOUR FB PAGE.
The cooking shocked me the most ;o)
I’m really glad you are doing the clutch purse tutorial… do you remember where you got your frames? I looked and can’t find similar ones…
I follow with GFC
I like on FB
I follow on Bloglovin’
I follow on Instagram
Wow, this will all be so exciting. I really am looking forward to seeing your work more and also recipes as I love to cook. I like to see bag tutorials and scrappy quilt patterns. Thanks for a fun giveaway too.
I follow you on Bloglovin (which is my favourite way).
I follow you on GFC too.
I like and follow you on Facebook to which i am a little addicted.
i follow by email
I’ll be interested to see how you make the frame purse. I’ve seen a few tutes around but I always say you can never have too many of a good thing! :oD
I follow you on Bloglovin but I don’t do Facebook or Instagram so I guess that’s me done! :oD
i liked you on facebook
What a wonderful way to re-start! I have always wanted to visit NZ. I hear it is a beautiful country. I have a really hard time making pillows look right. So I’d love to get some help there. thanks!
A tutorial inserting an invisible zip into a cushion back would be great. Looking forward to the clasp purse tutorial.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I follow you on bloglovin.
The new look is so very nice & fresh!
I’m looking forward to the frame purse tute.
And I ‘like’ you on Facebook!
You certainly sound very invigorated 🙂 I’ve been following you for quite a while via email but have now switched to following via google connect 🙂
I am always in need of HTML information so yes please but then again, anything sewing related works for me!!!
I follow you GFC
I follow you on BlogLovin’
I follow you on IG
I like you on FB
I follow you on bloglovin
Maybe a quilt as you go tutorial… that would be awesome.
I follow you on FB
I follow you on IG
I follow via email
So glad to hear how settled you are feeling. Great news.
I am excited to hear all your plans too.
I’m so excited you found your mojo 🙂 It’s so sad when a crafty person is craftless 🙁
I’m quite looking forward to the metal frame purse tutorial
I hope the contest extends to America! I would love to find out more about making the metal frame purse, but I also love learning about sewing just about any fun thing for the house.
I follow you on Bloglovin’!
I follow you on Instagram!
I like you on Facebook!
I tweeted about the giveaway at twitter.com/stringni. Wish I could figure out how to put a direct link!
I follow you via gfc. 🙂
I already follow via Bloglovin! 🙂
I already follow you on facebook! 🙂
Shared on facebook…
Signed up for emails. 🙂
Anything sewing related would be fabulous!! I’d love to see a tutorial for the little coin purse with the clasp too. 🙂
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Glad to see you coming back and finding your voice again. I hope you find the balance you’re hoping for Kat.
I will be watching for the tutorial on how to draft your own clutch purse pattern for sure.
What other tutorial I’d love to see is one I’ve been looking to find. My husband has a Samsung Galaxy Transformer Prime Tablet and I want to make a securely padded sleeve for that tablet. I asked what he wanted one day so I could keep my eye out for one I could buy him but really wanted input to make one as I have some fabric sitting here purchased to make something for him. He wants one that he can slide the tablet in from the end lengthwise which has a flap coming over the top to secure it inside with a Velcro closure. I’d love to find one which has a pocket to hold the power cord with the tablet as well that maybe expands out a bit so it isn’t pushing against the tablet inside. I’ve seen many tutorials for tablets but they are always for iPads or other things. I am not good at changing dimensions at all on a project which is why I still am searching.
I know that’s a request/idea that may not be something others are looking for, but I figured since you asked I’d put it out there. I know that the whole world doesn’t just have iPads ya know, but that’s always what I seem to find in all my searches. 🙁 lol
I am already following you on GFC
I also am already following you via email
Your blog has already been added to my Bloglovin’ feed as well
I follow you via Bloglovin! Thanks! Love the new look!
Your posts have been coming into my mailbox. I’ve enjoyed following along with your move and renovations.
I would enjoy a tutorial on other ways to bind besides mitering (which I cannot do tidily no matter how many tutorials I read.- there must be other ways!)
Yay for happy content times – you deserve them!
Of course I follow on GFC xxx
… and on Bloglovin…
… and on Instagram…
… and I’m a long-time ‘liker’ xxx
I’m so glad that you’ll be posting more. I love seeing what you’re up to. 🙂 🙂
I’d really love an applique tutorial!:D
Following on bloglovin!:)
Following via GFC too!
Liking you on fb:)
And I’ve signed up for your newsletter:D
I follow you via bloglovin!
I follow you via email.
I like your quilt as you go tutorial, I can’t wait to try it. I already have my blocks ready to go.
I follow you on Bloglovin’.
Shared you on Facebook.
Liked on Facebook.
I like quilting tutorials especially ones that use scrap fabrics and are small projects that I can finish. Thanks for the giveaways.
I want to see how to sew triangles together! I’m hopless
I follow you on gfc
And follow by bloglovin
I liked your Facebook page ages ago 😉
I follow on IG too