A few weeks ago, in the middle of a blogging word-binge, I wrote about Amelia Earhart’s fashion label. Yep. She totally had one. She also flew airplanes and broke records before disappearing while attempting to circumnavigate the world in her plane.
Today is her 115th birthday, and she’s easily the most stylish person I can think of over 100. I was here today, working on Cake Patterns when an email appeared asking me if I’d like to be interviewed on the radio about Amelia Earhart. Um- what? Sure!
Carol Duncan at ABC Radio Newcastle rang me this afternoon and we passed a lovely 15 or so minutes chatting about Amelia’s spirit, her fashion, and her style on live radio. Carol also had some very lovely things to say about my blog. Thanks, Carol! It was a pleasure. I never knew how those radio interview things worked, now I do! I can’t find the audio of the show, but if it appears on the website I’ll be sure to drop it into Facebook.
I went back to working on Cake stuff and mommy jobs after the interview and thought about how much sewing I’ve been doing lately, how much photography, how much writing. Writing, writing, writing, revision, more writing, but not much blogging. I thought about that Amelia post, and how now just a few weeks later I can’t find the time or the brain-space to craft a post like that anymore.
Readers, as much as I wish I were Wonderwoman and could do everything all the time, I have to admit to myself I can’t. I’m working on a really big project right now, and that project needs my brain cells and production skills. I’m also picking up a bit more teaching work, and Cake needs that teaching work to help pay for production costs. I don’t want to quit blogging. I like it. I like reading comments, and following them to find new and cool blogs, spending time “catching up” with old-friend bloggers, and sharing ideas and inspiration.
But I can’t write the way I have been. I am not even sure I can scrape together the willpower to finish the polarfleece hack. I will, but I promise you’ll be underwhelmed.
Instead, I thought I’d focus on lighter aspects of domestic life for a little while, and leave the sewing and the hacking on the back burner. Well, actually, that’s just about all I’m doing but I can’t also blog about it. It just doesn’t work for some reason.
I have quilt squares that need making (anyone for a scrap quilt-a-long??), I have Christmas crafts and presents to start (not to mention my Christmas craft classes to plan!), some household sustainability projects to test out, design ideas and shapes to play with, books to review and oh boy sooo many kinds of cake recipes! To balance my recent addiction to baking cakes, I’m also re-teaching myself to cook hearty and healthy meals. These are the kinds of things I can write about now, in nice little posts. And naturally, I’ll show you how the work goes with Cake and we’ll have some super fun giveaways.
I hope you understand, I don’t want to let y’all down as a blogger but that’s why I’m throwing most of my creativity into Cake right now. So I don’t let y’all down as a pattern designer. It’ll be worth it. If you haven’t already, do sign up to receive updates about Cake sales and releases via email here. I’m astonished that nearly 400 people have already signed up!
You have been such a constant source of support, constructive criticism and enthusiasm, I want to be sure I do my very best and most focused work for you with Cake.
Thank you for understanding! By the way, can you think of other super stylish and inspirational people over 100? They don’t have to be technically alive…