It’s the last day of 2014 so naturally I thought I’d take a few moments to reflect on the year that was. Initially I was going to do a round-up of my favourite blog projects, but as I started going through my photos last night, it really hit me how good 2014 has been to me. I don’t really share much of my personal life on the blog, it’s a conscious decision that I made a couple of years ago, and I think it has helped me enjoy my family life a lot more than before. But because of that you don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes, both good and challenging. So here is a little roundup of what happened in 2014 for me off screen.
At the start of the year one of my resolutions was to live more intentionally, learn new skills and put myself out there more. I think I was partially successful, and here are some of my personal achievements this year:
I often get asked about my crafting habits. Do I craft only for the blog? Do I share everything that I make? Do I make personal projects? So today rather than share a DIY, I thought I’d chat about what I’ve been making for myself behind the scenes, and why I don’t always share everything I make here on the blog.
Like any hobby that turns into paid work, some aspects of things that were once fun can become a bit of a chore. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing tutorials here on the blog, but the reality is that I do see it as a job, and I try to do it as professionally as I can. Sometimes it means that the projects I share on the blog aren’t projects that challenge my personal skills or help me experiment with technique or processes. Blog projects need to be manageable for beginners or require me to be very confident with my skills so I can explain techniques fully. So when I’m learning something new, I don’t want to pressure myself with writing a tute for it, or having to take step by step photos, it takes the fun out of it.
Sometimes the projects I’m working on take a really long time, like over a year, because I like to pick things up and put them down depending on my mood. For me, making something involves emotional investment, I need to put happy feelings into what I’m making or that project will give off cranky vibes.
So in my craft basket at the moment are a few works in progress that I’ve been enjoying…
The survey responses are in and I’ve had fun creating a colourful infographic with a few of the results. As you know, infographics are ‘so hot right now’!
Just wanted to say thanks for supporting My Poppet this year, it’s been a big one! The blog has had a tremendous growth in readership and I’m very proud off all the hard work I’ve put in. It’s been fun but challenging and now I need a little break to recharge my batteries, so I’ll be taking a blog hiatus for 6-8 weeks.
No big dramas behind the scenes, just some construction work in our house and the ensuing chaos it entails. In fact I haven’t had a kitchen since September, so just the daily routine stuff like feeding the kid and washing the dishes (in the bath tub) has has taken it out of me. Keeping creative has been a challenge as there is noise and dust most of the time and often no power or lights, so sorry if my post quality has slipped of late. I’m looking forward to some time to get my home in order and I’m hoping my energy levels will bounce back once my environment is a little less crazy.
Wishing you all a wonderful and safe Christmas break and a good start to 2014
Wow! I did it!
This eBook started as a little idea that grew out of lots of questions I was being asked by you – other bloggers and crafters. Some of you wanted to incorporate selling digital patterns and eBooks in to what you were doing but didn’t know where to start. I totally felt your pain because it really took me a long time to research how and where to sell my products, it’s not information that is readily shared. I decided to change that.
Initially I just wanted to put together a little guide comparing digital delivery platforms to help readers choose the one that best suited them, but as I progressed with my research and putting everything together, I realised I had more information and experience to share than just that. What started off as a weekend project turned into an epic month long writing session. (Not much house work got done during that time!)
Hello all, it’s been a while since I wrote a post about just thoughts and stuff on the blog. I kind of miss it, do you miss it?
You see, I’m not much of a writer or thought sharer really, and putting what I’m feeling into words can be a little emotionally draining. Emma is kind of challenging at the best of times, so I really don’t have that kind of energy to spare. I’ve been loving sharing my DIY project tutorials, and am really enjoying the challenge of thinking creatively. Emma is in pre-school only three hours a day, so sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in, I really do need to work on my time management skills a whole lot more.
I have a very eclectic work style and sometimes an idea just hits me and I work on it manically, other times it sits on my to-do list for months (or even years!) (more…)
Wow, this year has just flown. It certainly has been quite an eventful one on the blog and for me personally.
I’ve created over 40 original projects and tutorials, written and co-written two e-books, taken a photoshop course, spoken at a bloggers conference, signed on as a Nuffnang Talent blogger, migrated from blogger to self hosted wordpress and watched my toddler change into a proper little girl.
I have so much good stuff planned for 2013, including a BIG giveaway in January (make sure you tune in for that) and the launch of The Lucky Draw Project in February (more about that in the new year).
Till then I’m taking a few weeks off from the blog to recharge my batteries and giving the old passport a little work out. I’m sure I’ll be posting some holiday adventures on Instagram, you can follow the fun over there.
Thank you all so much for reading, liking, following, commenting, making and sharing, especially those of you that have been with me from the start, I hope I’m still relevant. Those of you that have discovered My Poppet this year, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you, and I hope I’ve ignited a little spark of creativity in you.
This is me signing off for 2012, enjoy the holidays and have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year break.
It’s true that this post is a slight departure from my regular offerings, but as it is topic that I feel quite strongly about, I thought it was important to share my experiences…
This is a happy but sobering story of just 20 short seconds that could have changed my life in the most tragic of ways.
Twenty seconds is such a short amount of time, just a blink of an eye, just one moment. Sometimes if you are lucky it can be the exciting moment when your lotto numbers come up, but for an unfortunate few, it can be really devastating.
In my case, my twenty seconds saved Emma’s life.