I started this blog in 2009 when I was completely miserable in the middle of grad school. Creating things and blogging about them was an escape. A way to make something tangible instead of gathering data. A way to be creative without feeling like my career depended on the quality of the product. A way to connect to people without worrying about whether they thought I was smart. A way to avoid thinking about living in a place where I couldn't put down roots.
I'm crafting and blogging less these days and I think that's a good thing. I'm finally living in a place with family. My husband and I both have fulfilling jobs that we generally look forward to going to. I'm getting out and enjoying the community where I live. I'm trying to reestablish roots in my hometown.
I've rediscovered my joy for life. I didn't realize how buried it was until last year when I finished my PhD and left academia. My joy still comes from making things but it also comes from a lot of other things that are a little easier on the budget and aren't as easy to capture in pictures.
So I'm still here and still finding creative outlets but the balance of life has tipped a bit and I'm rolling with it. I will probably post in fits and starts but I think I'm at peace with that. This blog has never been about gathering a ton of followers... it's been about remembering the things that I make and the people I make them for.