It’s refreshing when old friends get together after being separated by geography and the busyness of life. I was blessed by my friend Linh who decided to pack her family of 5 up in the car, drive 6 hours, and spend 4 nights with us. I was nervous that our husbands might hate each other. But they ended up having everything in common and now I’m secretly (I guess it’s not much of a secret now) searching for a local clone of Alex to send my husband on adventures with. So if you find yourself in conversation with me and I start asking what your husband is into, that’s probably why.
We had such an incredible time together. Even our kids got along. Imagine 5 girls under one roof, all under the age of 8. We didn’t do anything too elaborate. Ice Cream outings, walks in the park, and lots of time in the kitchen gathering around food.
Blog vs. Real Life Perception
But Linh came in thinking that my kids’ closets would be full of homemade clothes. “I read your blog,” she said. So it came to my attention that I need to set the record straight. Just because I wrote a blog post about making circle skirts, doesn’t mean my kids’ clothes are all handmade. It means I made them a circle skirt.
My kids’ closets are mostly filled with hand-me-downs. I have a friend whose daughter is a few years older than my oldest and she boxes it all up and sends it to me. I’m blessed that way. Those hand-me-downs get handed down through my two children before I hand them on. If I buy clothes, they are usually from a second hand store except for socks and underwear.
My Daughter’s Actual Closet
I’m No Expert
When I say “dabblings” I mean “dabblings.” I’m no expert. If I make something for my kids, it’s because I enjoy a good project and the art of figuring it out as I go along. Maintaining a blog takes time and effort too. So I don’t have time to make 15 circle skirts. After making one, I’m typically tired of dealing with my sewing machine. So I go to the computer and blog about the experience of making a circle skirt (instead of coming up with something else to write about).
I enjoy keeping up with this blog. It offers a different type of creative outlet that’s challenging when you consider all the ins and outs of blogging (blog graphics, SEO, social media…etc.). By the time I finish blogging about it, I don’t have time to make more circle skirts. And with the love/hate relationship that I have with my sewing machine, we need a break from each other. So I move on to another project.
I owe you an apology. Perhaps I’ve painted myself to be a Martha Stewart. But I bet there are times even Martha Stewart isn’t Martha Stewart. Martha is a person and a brand. We see a snapshot of what she shares. But I bet even Martha will buy pastry from the local bakery or eat fast food. Right? I mean, how can you NOT?
Anything people share online is a snapshot of their life.
The point is that, I don’t want you to think that I’m a perfect mama who makes all her kids’ clothes. I’m not. I don’t. I just do stuff and I share it because I want to encourage others to try new things. The message I’m trying to convey is that if there’s a project you want to try, do it. Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out just right. Don’t let fear stop you from pursing things. My circle skirts aren’t perfect circles and I had to battle my sewing machine to get through the project. But I got through the project.
There are bloggers who make stuff and their blogs are about making stuff. Their kids’ closets are probably full of handmade stuff. But that’s not my blog and not me. Perhaps I need to work on my “branding.”
Live Joyfully and Do Stuff,