Saturday, January 04, 2020

Is anybody out there?

I can’t believe where the time has gone! It has been over two years since I last posted. I’m imagining not many people blog anymore as there are so many different distractions these days with social media and flosstube and Instagram.  When I look back at my old posts, I remember a nostalgic time where I did actually keep a record of my stitching and days out and children growing up. The blog was a solid thing where everything was kept together; not little pieces of info attached to fb posts and random pictures on Instagram. I’m not against any of these platforms, however I do remember a time when blogging was good. I made many friends and did many exchanges - all of which I’ve kept on my bookshelf. 

Time was and still is another factor. Can I fit time in to blog again? I’m now working full time with a family and having the odd stitching commission deadline to boot! Can I take a half hour a week or every two weeks to upload photos and write bits and pieces down? Hmmm ๐Ÿค”. 

Then there’s still the disappointment that some of my older posts lost their pictures when webshots was removed. That still gets to me and don’t know how to fix that. 

So, do I return to blogging? Even if no one reads it, it will still be there for my own perusal. 

This is the beginning of not just another year but if a new decade. How did you all find it? Did you all have a good one? We went to Lightopia on New Tears Eve which made a nice change. 

Now onto stitching... There’s so much I have stitched and finished over the last few years there’s simply not enough time now to put everything up so perhaps I will do that in stages. Last year I completed quite a few projects and write them down. 

My last finish as you can see was Winter Time by New York Dreamer. I loved stitching this and decided to teabag it at the end to make it look more vintage. 

I have also had a couple of My Big Toe finishes as well. I decided to stitch from stash and use my own colours for threads and fabric and these are the results:

My new start is another My Big Toe design called Peace. Again I decided to use my own threads as I have so many threads!!! These are my thread choices and my start:

My dear husband also got me a new Inspire bible for Christmas this year and it has blown me away. I can’t wait to get started on this. 

So here we are... my attempt to begin blogging again. There’s so much more to write about: kids, books, walks, crafting but it’s a start. Please give me a wave if you’re still out there and whether you’re still blogging too. 


Tracy Dixon said...

Hey hun great to see you back blogging. Loving all your sttching starts and finishes, maybe we can keep each other motivated with the blogging xxx

Hazel said...


Maggie said...

HI Hazel,, good to see a post from you. There are still many people blogging, including me :-) I know lots of people left blogging behind in favour of insta, I still prefer to read a blog post personally, I find instagram too 'clicky', if you know what I mean.
I look on blogging as my diary of sorts, it's nice to look back on.

It's difficult to try and fit everything in but I hope you stay around :-)

Happy New Year!

Poppypatchwork said...

Some of us are still regular bloggers, nice to hear from you again.

Vickie said...

Oh Hazel, so good to see a post by you dear. Never thought I would again. Lovely stitching. Most especially the Big Toe patterns. Come back soon this time!

Robin in Virginia said...

Hi Hazel! Nice to read your new post! I say you should blog when you want. Wishing you a very happy and bright New Year! Happy Stitching!

Deborah said...

Still here. I love blogs and read many. Your stitching is beautiful. Welcome back.

butterfly said...

There are still a few blogging and more coming back .
I stayed with blogging I like it better and have many sweet friends .
Your stitching looks wonderful , Happy New Year.

Julie said...

I'm still blogging, although there were not many posts towards the end of last year due to difficulties. I don't do FB or instagram, I only blog.
Pretty stitching.

Faith... said...

Nice to meet you Hazel! Thanks for stopping by my spot. You stitched some great pieces last year and I am looking forward to seeing what you will stitch this year. There are still lots of us out here! Personally I prefer blogging, feels more personal and easier to keep track of what I have done and my plans for my stitchy future! Looking forward to getting to know you!

Kay said...

I still enjoy reading blogs every week, especially as I don't do instagram. I find blogs are much more personal. Welcome back, I especially like the wintertime piece. x

Christine said...

Lovely to hear from you again. You've done some beautiful stitching

Penny Post said...

Good luck with getting your blog up and running again. I'm still around but I have moved to another blog which for some reason I can't get Google to acknowledge when I add comments. The link is here (if it works) I've added your blog to my reading list as I slowly try and get everything in one place.

Berit said...

Hello, Hazel! It's wonderful to hear from you! I only check in with blogs once in a while, because the aggregator that I got to replace google's Reader is a mess (their killing of that is what really changed my blog-life online, sadly.) but it is LOVELY to hear from you, and see you are well! I'm on IG following a few people, but more as "myself" than as my stitching self. Also, I just say that my satisfaction with IG using itself is dropping the more insidiously facebook-y it gets. We've had a good holiday and new year, though I did catch a cold Xmas night; "unwrapped" it fully on Boxing Day upon waking! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚ Still trying to release the end of it; mild in ways, but seems persistent! Love to you all!

Marilyn said...

I don't have a blog, but I do remember always reading yours.
It's nice to see you back on your blog.
You have some great projects going on.
Happy New Year!

Carol said...

Nice to see you back, Hazel, and I enjoyed catching up on your life and stitching. Really LOVE the Winter piece and I've often thought I need to stitch that one, too :) Hope you will continue blogging--even if now and then. I try to post twice a month, but don't always manage :) Happy 2020 to you and your family!

lynda said...

Hi Hazel! Glad you decided to get back to your blog. I love the pieces you've stitched ,and I am really interested in that Bible. I will have to look for it. Maybe we can keep each other motivated to keep blogging!

Sweet Sue said...

Hi Hazel, nice to see your finishes, ty for sharing. Happy New Year 2020, may the coming year be kind to you and yours...

Louise said...

Hi Hazel!
Nice to see your post. It does seem that many have moved away from blogging.
I still love blogs, and their format.
I miss the old days.
I admit I don't blog as much, as you know, so much going on in my life now.
However , I did put a post recently!
I don't think many people stop by, as very few comments.
If you'd like to stop in, please do!
Wishing you a wonderful year Hazel!
Louise xx

Kaisievic said...

I love Winter Time by New York Dreamer, this is the second time I have seen this stitched recently - I shall have to add it to my WishList, I think.

duClay Chapter of EGA said...

I don't blog anywhere as frequently as I used to but I do still blog. It's a place for more words than Instagram. Love seeing this post from you. You've had a lovely 2019 of stitching!

Lynn B said...

Hi Hazel,
I was looking for you on the internet and was pleased to see you had returned in January, although it has taken me until now to find you! Love seeing your progress on your stitching, as always everything is so pretty! I am still blogging, same name but .com instead of blogger.
Hope you are well!
Lynn B

Allthingsmaggieo said...

Hi Hazel,
I was so happy to see your blog. Same boat here...but want to start again and thinking how great it was to blog many years ago now - but haven't forgotten the blogs I followed including yours. I will try to catch up,,,and even blog on Allthingsmaggieo.