I must say, that "Grow Your Blog" Party event was more interesting that I anticipated. It fell, thankfully, on a Saturday when Adam was out of town all day and I couldn't go to the market. I was home. All day. With almost nothing pressing to do.
So I traveled the world via blogland.
I found many lovely blogging ladies whose posts I intend to follow. I found a retired farmer in Oxford, North Carolina who was a high school English teacher and is a musician. Isn't that wonderful? Talk about things in common!
I found a lovely blog that has the same Tasha Tudor quote as I have on my banner above.
Welcome, new friends! I have about 20 more followers than I did two days ago -- wahooo!
It was a very happy day. Seeing all the handwork these amazing women do was humbling. I'm always planning to make something but often putting it off, keeping it in its mental stage :) So I started a list of things I'd like to make ... maybe this year ... maybe in a decade ... maybe never.
1. Make a hand-sewn advent calendar. I really want one. Why don't I make one? I usually think of it in December which is not the month to start such a project!
2. Make crocheted or sewn ornaments for the Christmas tree, especially ones for the children. Can I still call them children when they're out of college? Please?
3. Use 2 packets of beautiful fabric squares given to me by a friend. I have no idea what to do with them. I have no idea what to make with so many of the crafty stuff I have in my stash! I need a spark (well, a bonfire) of creativity these days!
4. Make a crocheted blanket. I have quite a few beautiful granny-square examples on my Pinterest board, but I've noticed that half the world's crocheters seem to be making ripple blankets. What's up with the ripple, girls? Everyone's posting updates on their ripples. Here's one very pretty one, on this post. And Mags made a ripple blanket last year too, and I enjoyed following her progress. There must be something in it ....
5. Sew an article of clothing for myself. It's a shame, really, that I don't sew anymore, and haven't sewn anything much in many years. I used to sew a lot in high school and college. Then it went out of fad, and patterns and fabric sky-rocketed in price, and clothing became cheaper. But I miss it. And in this blog foray on Saturday I realized that many ladies out there are still sewing away faithfully. I should be too.
That's my short list, and I'm sure to add to it as I recall things I've been wanting to do, like make candles. I know I am productive now, but life is short and there are many things to be done. One more thing I realized afresh as I wandered around in blogland is that I still want chickens. More ladies are keeping chickens than are making ripple blankets, and that's saying something!
Do you have a I-want-to-make list? What's on your list?
Other blog thought: I think I want to do a giveaway soon. I don't think I've ever done one, have I? It's time. So many lovely things were given away in the party. If I did do a giveaway, what would y'all like me to give to you? Ideas?
One last blog thought: It's getting hard for me to keep all my online friends straight. I'm serious! I'm 50, with limited brain capacity. The better you know someone -- her face, her name, her city, her job, her family's names, her hobbies, her loves -- the better you remember her. I have blog friends that I know that well, and I never forget their names. But some of you dear ladies out there ... you don't post your photo. You don't give your name. I can't find out where you live, and no, I'm not an axe murderer. I know it's good to be cautious, but ... but ... if we're gonna invite each other into our hearts and our creativity and our faith and the things that motivate and thrill us ... why won't we say who we are? Just a thought. So I've added my city to my 'About me' spot. And I've moved it to the top of my sidebar, so people can see my tiny-little-face-photo right away. And an updated photo of Adam and me is there too.
And my name is Mary Kathryn. I just go by "M.K." because it's so much shorter :)
Lotza love to all y'all girls!