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August 19

I snatched these flowers at the farmer's market last Saturday morning. They are still going strong and are the best smile-inducers now that the kids are back in school.
I think I lost my blogging mojo this summer. I'm sure you have guessed that already. No big news, right? But, I'm not finished blogging or going to throw in the towel yet. I think I just needed an old fashioned break and without realizing it, I took one.
I've been in this space for six years now. Six years! And when I think about what my life was like then, with two little kids who needed more immediate attention and more constant watching, I wonder how the heck I did it. Seriously. How did I find the time to be here 5 days a week with something to say? Now with the kids older, needing less watching, but more of my driving time and much, much more of moral support, I find that I don't have the kind of time that I think I need to be here. And that's the catch...I don't really need a ton of time to stop in and share a little tidbit. It doesn't have to be a huge, finished project that gets me to take photos, sit down and write. I used to share the little things, the progress of projects, small works in progress, stacks of fabric, photos of my day. I used to be more spontaneous about it all. I'd like to go back there and I'm going to try to.
I'm not going to promise posts 5 days a week. That's kind of unlikely right now. But I'm dipping my toes back in slowly. I have some finished things to share. And some unfinished things, too. I have a couple of great books to tell you about and some online craft courses to share (complete with giveaways!). I've got advice to ask about stocking the freezer for school lunches. I might just post some photos if I feel like it. Maybe I'll tell you about the cleanse I've been doing for the past couple of weeks. Or maybe not. Who knows?
So, hi. I'm Erin. Nice to see you again.


rachel | buttons magee

Oh man, I'm right there with you. I had no idea I needed the break. Glad to hear you'll be around. You know I always love what you have to say. Xo, Rach


I feel like I'm standing at the edge of a precipice, ready to jump, but hesitating. The next big thing is coming (it is for all of us, all of the time) and when you're aware of where you've been and what you've done before, standing at the edge, sometimes it's hard to keep talking about what you've always talked about. Does that make sense? Anyway, I hear you. happy fall's a coming!

Melissa Crowe

Sounds good!

Mama Urchin

I've been missing your voice but I've been on a blogging break for a good long time so I totally understand. I hope your summer was great and you guys are getting back into the swing of things.

Sweet Posy Dreams

What great zinnias!

Rachel at Stitched in Color

Nice to see you again too, Erin =). Sounds like you have a lot to say. At least, my interest is peaked!


Everyone has made blogging into this BIG COMPLICATED THING and it totally lost something along the way. Those little peeks were what grew into friendships of many years. :-)


What is funny...i took a break from reading blogs and realized yesterday with school starting I really missed the bloggers I read, and their inspiration. And when I thought of your blog I remembered the serenity I get when I read your blog...and try to remember to dig my hands in some fabric, dirt, or a good cooked meal. I feel pulled "to make" as well, and in the recent hurry of life I have forgotten what makes me happy. Your blog reminds me!

amy h

I'm glad to see you'll still be around! It seems I *only* post in-progress projects! Ah, but that's life I guess. Stocking the freezer for lunches: I've loaded our itty bitty freezer with banana muffins and blueberry muffins -- they are excellent for lunches.

Sarah Cosper

I always look forward to reading from you!


Zinnias are a favorite of mine, and are such stalwart summer flowers. They always make me smile, so thanks for making me smile today!


Funny, I just wrote a similar thing on my blog today, after being mostly absent all summer... my kids are 11, 13 and 14, and life certainly does just swim along during the summer. I am really glad youa re back. Yours was the first blog I ever read, and was what inspired me to start my blog. So, Thank you, and keep blogging because I love your voice.


Always good to see you ;) xo

beth lehman

always love hearing from you, but we have to do what we have to do... be that a break or a change!


It truly is nice to see you again. I miss the old days of blogging too - when it was just a quiet hand of friendship extended. I'd like those good feelings back.



bread and buttons

I skipped out on the blog this summer too, but feel drawn to it now the fall is coming. I love your posts and am happy to read whatever you choose to share.


Damn expectations. (Pardon mon francais).

Welcome back. Or not. Whatever suits. But you know you are loved not for your finished work and final product, but for your plain-talking, incomplete, funny, fun, unfinished self, right? Right.

Happy almost-autumn to you, Erin.



I really like this post! I fall into the category of only blogging when I have a finished project to share, which results in piles of photos to edit, lots of words to write.. I think sharing the little bits along the way is much more sustainable, then when a project is finished all the nitty gritty details are already written. Thanks for the inspiration.


So glad you are back.Looking forward to reading more


I am glad I am not alone. I have been feeling guilty about having blogs and not posting. I was part of Blogher and ended up losing out there as I just could no longer think or have time to think of posts. My life was surgeries, stress and pressures and I did not take the time I did before. Brain dead is the way I have been feeling.

I am not going trough another big change in life after this week and may just end up blogging to help see me through it all. Welcome back and hope you stay!


hi. you know i get it. i think i wrote this same post a few weeks ago, lol! i;m glad to see you here and whatever you have to share :)


I struggle with complicating the blogging process too...Because there are so many voices out there now, I feel like each post needs to be profound and original. That is counterproductive though and your post has inspired me to be more spontaneous myself. Thanks!!!!

Indiana Lori

Good to see you too! I look forward to posts on freezer lunches. Packing good lunches is such a challenge!

Account Deleted

I think we always feel bad about taking breaks from our blogs. But its really necessary. Blogs shouldn't be just another guilt-inducing thing. xo


Nice to have you back.

Mary Ann

Glad your back but I never can complain since I did't even start a blog. But I do manage a photo or comment or two on instagram now and again. Happy fall erin.


slow and steady...welcome back!


Good call, Erin! I'd love to post more random stuff rather than big projects. I look to you as my blogging role model of how to do interesting "little posts." :)


Along with many others who agreed above, I have been in the same spot this last month...life DOES happen and the computer, while it hear it, isn't as loud as "other" stuff. I look forward to what you will have to say - when you say it! I just posted for the first time in a month today myself.

Kathleen Marie

Happy 6 years of writing something real and wonderful. Glad you are back :)

Francis Berryhill

Please do not abondon us. I get such inspiration from your blog.

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