Over the past couple of weeks it has become abundantly clear to me that my time over here in the UK is going to be a bit different than I expected, that the limited resources my HKPP allows me are going to be largely spent of taking care of my family. Now don’t get me wrong; I love doing just that. I love baking with Bee, and helping her to read. Going for walks with Babbit and rolling about on quilts with him. And, of course, I love having time with K.

But trying to maintain both my professional practice and this blog just doesn’t seem to fit into that picture. Something has to give, and for the past couple of weeks it has inevitably been my body as I have been trying to do everything. And that just isn’t a good life decision for anybody.

Thus, I’m going to need to step away from the blog. That time I do have to work is going to have to go to working on publications and projects, most of which I shan’t be able to share for a long time. I’m not going to disappear entirely; I’ll pop in from time to time, but things are going to have to slow down around here.

I know I’m in the middle of a QAL, but seeing as I haven’t done anything about that in a week or so I am just going to post the full Abecedarian pattern later this week and let it be. All I know is that I need to make some changes, for the sake of my body, my sanity, and my family.

So, I’ll be working behind the scenes for a while, keeping a low profile until book time rolls around. As far as everything else, it feels like a lot of my future decisions hinge upon just how that book goes. I’ll be here working on the next book in hopes I can find it a home, and working on some new fabric in hopes that I eventually find a new fabric home. We shall see, but for the time being it is time to focus on the three people who matter most to me in the world.

I have a few more essays planned for the blog, but in reality I just can’t afford to do free work. And since I don’t want to go down the path of blog sponsors, giveaways, paid reviews, and the like, and I don’t really have anything in particular to promote I will be spending the next few months using my work time to make new work. It is time to get back to basics and stop worrying about being a business and return to being the bad mother of an artist that I know I am and let everything else fall out from there. But more on that later…

For the moment I just want to say thank you all for keeping up with my words, and I will try to make the words I do write here from now on count. And don’t worry, I’ll still be posting random bit of update and the like over on my FB page. So if you want to keep up with my doings and the makings I can share keep an eye out there…


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7 Responses to Reality…

  1. 1
    Leanne says:

    I hope you find the right balance for you. I enjoy reading when it makes sense for you to post and I have your book pre-ordered.

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    Nicole says:

    Good luck!! We’ll see you when you get back.

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    Grace says:

    Your health and family come first. That should be your priority. Be well, and good luck to you.

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    Maggie Magee says:

    Take care of yourself and your darling family! Wishing you success with your writing and other endeavors. Totally understandable that you need to pull back from some of what you have been doing–one person can only do so much and there is nothing more sane than recognizing our own limitations. Best of everything for you, K. and the kids!
    Maggie M.

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    Lynne says:

    Family and health Thomas. You have your priorities in order for sure.

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    Esther F. says:

    Good for you! You decide, as always, what you want to do! Chosing to slow done for your health and your family is very wise.

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    ld says:

    Wishing you all the best, Thomas.

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