Sunday, September 1, 2019

Jumping Back in the Saddle

I love working with fibers--I really do, but for a while there, real life just got in the way.

As many of you may know, my husband of fourteen years walked out in August 2017, leaving me with four kids, no job, no car, and a lot of unforeseen headaches.  And life got tough--fast.  I had to figure out how to feed and take care of my kids on what little I received each month.  And with a special needs child who needs constant supervision, my job opportunities were narrowed drastically.  Not many businesses are interested in hiring someone who can a) only work while their kids are at school, and b) may have to leave work to pick up a sick kid or may not be able to work for a week because all four kids are sick.  So, I had to figure something out.

So, I cut back drastically on spending, and I started selling patterns and a few custom-made pieces.  It wasn't enough.  At least not then.  I focused on my writing and released a few books.  It still wasn't enough--and worse, writing wasn't the one thing that I really enjoyed doing anymore.  I wanted to knit and crochet and play with all the fiber-y goodness.  Then, I went back to my roots: farming.

I planted an herb and vegetable garden this summer, and I am preparing to plant my Fall garden now.  I canned and preserved enough food to almost half my cost of groceries, and I'm finally not worrying so much about money.  We aren't stretching to the last penny anymore.

I am finally able to relax and pick up my fiber arts again.  Right now, I am only crocheting and knitting from my stash, but I plan to pick up my spinning again soon.  And the kids and I are looking into raising and shearing sheep in the future.

It finally feels like we are on the right track.

So, without further ado, I want to welcome everyone back to the blog, and I want to share my goals and plans for September.

Before the end of September, I want to:

1)  Finish crocheting/knitting at least two of my larger works on progress.

2)  Prepare and plant my Fall garden--lots of delicious greens!

3)  Finish setting up  my blog an establish a posting schedule.

4)  Finish setting up my Etsy shop and list my first items.

5)  Research the process of establishing and running a Youtube channel.

6)  Clean out at least half of the abandoned horse stable so we can begin converting it to a sheep shed.

I know that it may not seem like much, but a few of those tasks will take more than a day to complete.  Others will take only a few hours, but i still want to leave myself some time to unwind.  For the first time in tend years, all of my children are in school, and I am finally getting some "me time."

And I intend to enjoy it!

So, that's it for now.  I will be settling on a posting schedule for the blog over the next few days, and hopefully we can settle into a routine.  It's good to see everyone again, and it's great to be back among the fiber community.  Until next time, ta ta!