Ah, life!

When I was newly married and my now 13 year old son was new, I began to blog. I had numerous pages and a few domains- the longest-running being sh0tgun.net. It was a family, craft, cooking blog that eventually gained a decent Google ranking and sponsorship. I blogged for about ten years, give or take and taught myself graphic and web design as well.

I blogged about my kids, gardens, free little patterns (I wrote up a TON of crochet play food), home tips, making soap, my pets, recipes complete with food porn, fiber crafts, holiday traditions we celebrated, pretty landscapes of the south-eastern North Carolina low country- I blogged about damn-near EVERYthing. You know what? I miss it. I miss those days of going back to a certain date on the blog calendar and reminiscing about how tiny the kids were as babies or how cute their rooms were decorated.

I think I fell out of the blogging scene in 2009 when I let my domain and hosting expire. So much has happened in my life since then, as I’m sure most everyone else! I’m such a simple minimalist now that I even make myself crazy. I just find that having so many people = loads of clutter and it just doesn’t help to keep the house tidy. Granted, we are remodeling and are about to undertake some HUGE projects, but the fact is we haven’t lived here with Tim but a year. Moving in with a former bachelor was work with bringing in six people into his home, but now we’re at the point where things have been planned, funds are available, and it will be time to get down to what we have planned for our home this year. There is SO MUCH! One post I’ll list it all, it’ll make your head spin but it involves home, gardens, and outdoor buildings.

imageI reckon now would be the time to mention that since my first marriage ended (August 2013) and I subsequently moved to central Minnesota I have found out a lot about my failing health and why things for so bad for me those last years in North Carolina. I have fibromyalgia, PNES; a stress-induced seizure disorder that can’t be medicinally controlled brought on by TWO types of trauma disorders- PTSD and complex-PTSD, Reynaulds Disease- where I have to be cautious how cold my hands get as they are highly prone to frostbite as well as any injuries as gangrene is another worry as well. I hate RD because my hands are my livelihood and being prone to anxiety, I make sure I avoid the cold and I ask for help oftimes if I need it using a knife since I tend towards being clumsy with them.

I work my hobbies, chores, work around my health issues. I’m ridiculously busy and never seem to be home as often as I’d like due to numerous appointments on a constant basis. I can’t drive given that I actively seize, so it’s difficult and more than a little frustrating.

imageSince no one will hire a person who could drop to the floor with a seizure, I’ve been still doing pattern work- just behind the scenes (though I recently released a free shawl design on Valhalla Knits Facebook) and I’ve begun collecting chickens to start small farming. Chickens are freaking amazing. Seriously. I have cats, chickens, and a duck and I swear they are the best therapy one can get. Blogging, too- so this blogger is back!😆

 

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Sweet Babies Updated

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I have greatly enhanced the pattern to include:

  • better graft instructions, better links and tutorials
  • better layout (numbered pages and new branding)
  • general pattern cleanup (Sweet Babies is one of the first patterns I ever wrote up!)
  • 6 different nature inspired cables found in my various designs and how to place them; per size
  • how to add feet to the 2 smaller sizes (NB/SM)
  • how to add a button down tab for newborns
  • more pictures! 🙂

The 6 cables are-

  1. The Twist
  2. The Braid
  3. The Owl
  4. The Wheatear
  5. The Antler
  6. The Air

I’m SO excited to see what everyone comes up with!

KnitKnots also has new branding with catchy little bird mascots; Chubby the crow and Moony the Moon Phoenix! The blog has been made over and there is now a testing forum!

Fresh start

So I had a domain, some time back, and got over the site’s name and let it expire. I then made a big move (family of 6, moving  35 minutes closer to civilization) and decided that it would be better to start fresh, re-add my recipes, crafting hoopla, and the other noteworthy posts. Having done paid blogging formerly, my old site’s blog became quickly cluttered with junk and I’d much like to do away with that. I will likely from time to time post free reviews and if anyone desires to compensate me then they may surely do so.

I’m starting before the new year so that I can plump up my blog contents a bit before I transfer everything to my new domain.

I have found that I can’t live without blogging (what can I say? hehe) and since I’m so awful at updating my children’s many baby books at least I will have the accurate information when I find the time to finally do so one day!

Fresh start

So I had a domain, some time back, and got over the site’s name and let it expire. I then made a big move (family of 6, moving  35 minutes closer to civilization) and decided that it would be better to start fresh, re-add my recipes, crafting hoopla, and the other noteworthy posts. Having dome paid blogging formerly, my old site’s blog became quickly cluttered with junk and I’d much like to do away with that. I will likely from time to time post free reviews and if anyone desires to compensate me then they may surely do so.

I’m starting before the new year so that I can plump up my blog contents a bit before I transfer everything to my new domain.

I have found that I can’t live without blogging (what can I say? hehe) and since I’m so awful at updating my children’s many baby books at least I will have the accurate information when I find the time to finally do so one day!