Looking for Something?

a serious confession, several announcements, and a LOTR reference.

Author:
toomanyideas

I need to get something off my chest right now so I can move forward. It’s detrimental to the process of allowing myself to get anything done, and everything I enjoy doing that’s related to creativity is suffering because of it. I have no idea how this post is going to come off as I write it but I just need to get it out there. Apologies in advance.

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I have a problem with having too many ideas for my own good. The even bigger problem is I get way too excited about my ideas and I start talking about them publicly before I’ve really thought them through. Just because I have an idea, no matter how good I think it is (or how good other people think it is), that doesn’t mean I should be the one to follow through with it. Once I have an idea I simply can’t let it go either. I MUST follow through with it. It’s MY idea. I become obsessed with it. I keep it in my pocket and take it out and stare at it late at night, and I snap at people when they ask me if I should be the one to have it. It’s mine, my own! My preciousss! …you get the picture. It’s a problem and it’s not exactly healthy.

Example: I wanted my own line of vintage inspired sewing patterns. An excellent idea I thought. However, after a solid year of research and study and practice and formal training and business planning… I don’t like pattern making. Luckily I didn’t go too public about that idea, but I did do some rebranding with the single intent of launching a serious pattern company. I’m just not passionate about it like I thought I would be. This was not a simple change of heart or a fear of failure or anything like that, this was a serious deep down in my soul kind of pit of my stomach type of knowing that nothing about what I was working towards felt right for me. Luckily I figured that all out before I truly followed through with it. Sometimes you just need to go with what your gut tells you.

So, with that said, I’m sorry to report that there won’t be any sewing patterns from me anytime soon, or possibly ever. Not a headband pattern, not accessory patterns, not dress patterns. Nothing. I don’t enjoy doing it and it’s impossible to create a quality product for people if you don’t truly enjoy what you’re making. Maybe in the future the stars will align and it will feel more right, but please don’t wait on that to happen, and I’m going to stop telling people to do so.

Also, my online shop is not going to reopen. As much as I loved doing craft fairs in Vermont and selling my handmade things online, I can’t do it anymore. It’s distracting me from what I truly want (which I’m not going to talk about because of reasons stated in this very post) and I need to start weeding things out that are ominously looming over Middle Earth my to-do list. My Etsy and BigCartel shops are closed. They’ve been closed. They’ll stay closed. I am so thankful for every single person who bought something from me and loved what I made. I will always appreciate your business and support, forever and ever.

I also announced on instagram that I was going to start selling pre-made blog templates. It was another great idea that I know I could have been really successful with, but it doesn’t make sense for me to do it. It’s unfair of me to make Wil code and support those things when he has a full time job as a web developer and two hobby blogs already (not including the support he lends here on Lucky Lucille). He was with me 100% when I brought the idea to him but as I watched him work hours and hours, after his own day was supposed to have ended, on my ideas …I realized how utterly unfair that was to him. I love designing, I’m good at it, but I don’t know how to code websites so I would never have been able to support those templates on my own. Plus, I don’t want to be known as a web designer. I want to be known for other things.

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I didn’t realize how much I was letting my sewing and my blog suffer by working on these other ideas. The time was adding up and I was spreading myself way too thin. NOTHING was getting done because I was working on everything. It’s time for me to pick and choose. After months and months of trying to work it all out, and after losing hours of sleep, and forgetting to eat, and pulling myself out of slump after slump only to never feel any better the next week, I finally accepted the fact that I was going in way too many directions. My friends tried to politely tell me this was my problem but I didn’t listen. Braid (the ladies who helped me rebrand) even wrote an incredible blog post about this very subject, but I didn’t get it. Now I do.

I apologize to anyone I’ve disappointed by breaking this news. I’m sorry if you were waiting and hoping for the patterns and the online shop and the templates, but I just can’t. I also apologize for letting my blog slip, neglecting my own sew-alongs (or other people’s), and not sewing in general. I apologize to the bloggers I stopped following and the comments I haven’t left because I’ve been so overwhelmingly distracted.

If you’re still reading this ramble of mine, I’m about to wrap it up here. There are three creative things that I love the most that I somehow let suffer the most because of all the other things I was working on behind the scenes. Now that I’ve well and truly let those other things go, I can get back to the three things I love: Sewing, blogging, and fabric.

Things are going to change around here now that I can feel my focus coming back. It was a rough battle that nearly defeated me (only a select few truly knew how nearly defeated I almost was), but I finally threw the One Ring into the fire. Now it’s back to business as it always should have been.

Sewing. Blogging. Fabric.

…and Lord Of The Rings forever.

xo
Rochelle
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  • Kimber

    So glad that you are willing to share your passion for fabrics and sewing with us. I know the feeling of spreading yourself too thin! Kudos to you for taking care of you and focusing on your passions. That is what brought us all here to your blog. Hugs!

  • Helena

    I just came across your blog via Braid Creative – thank you for sharing your story so openly, I loved reading it! I too struggle with idea overload, and not knowing which idea to focus on.
    I totally agree that going with your gut is the right thing, but sometimes I feel like I don’t even know anymore what my gut is telling me. Somehow all of my ideas seem great, and it’s like my gut tells me they’re all worth pursuing. But I know that I have to focus. So how did you actually go about sorting through your ideas and decide which ones to let go off? I find it especially hard to let go off ideas that I have already put a lot of effort into, and that I know others are expecting me to work on. Your post sounds so rational, but what did it take for you to be able to ‘break up’ with some of them? I’d love to read more from you, it’s so refreshing to see so many other creatives struggle with the exact same things.

  • thenerdyseamstress

    I completely get you! When I picked up sewing again, there was so many things I want to do, but then I realized that I just like to sew. I thought I wanted to be a pattern maker, a shop owner, but I don’t enjoy those things as much as I do sewing. Plus, there’s a lot of great people out there that is already doing that, and I don’t think I can do any better.

    I can’t wait to see what you have planned. I follow you on instagram and your blog and think you’re absolutely amazing. I hope I don’t sound TOO much like a stalker! ;)

  • Shannon

    I’m sad that you’re not going to offer blog templates. I was looking forward to buying one from you! But no worries! At least you seem to follow through on your projects! I’m the type of person that talks and dreams and talks some more and never does anything about it… :-P

  • Lisette

    Brilliantly said. I think we all have had the same thoughts about making our sewing into a business, clearly, we’re just not as driven as you to have even gotten them past the dream state. That said, never, ever, ever feel bad about changing tack in order to get to a healthier state of being. Anyone who is upset over your decision is being selfish. Happy sewing!

  • Akram Taghavi-Burris

    Rochelle, thanks so much for writing this post. I am feeling exactly the same way at the moment. I think this is a common problem that all creative people face. We have all these creative ideas that we know would be successful but lack the time and sometimes even the skill and resources to make it happen.
    At the blogging confrence I attended this past weekend the theme was to blog about what is passionate to you. I think this is also a life lesson. Even though we would like to do it all, we really need to truly focus on what we are passionate about in our lives and focus on that.
    Thanks for opening my eyes and reminding me and everyone else we don’t have to do it all, but do what you love.

  • juliettemijeon

    Hey, don’t apologize for not sewing and not blogging! If you want it to remain your favorite thing, sometimes you need to take a break from even that! That’s only my opinion but your sewing and blog writing is not owed to your readers and we (or me, as far as I’m concerned) are not going to resent you if you take some time for you!

  • Deb

    Chickie, you just gotta follow your bliss, and if your own personal bliss is Sewing, Blogging, and Fabrics, then that’s what you should be doing. I will never be the seamstress you are, which is why I like looking at all the great stuff you’ve made and being completely in awe.

    It’s easy to come up with all sorts of creative ideas and then getting spread too thin, so cutting out the excess and just working on what you want to really, really work on is the best way to go. I will still keep checking out your pages because they’re fun and you always have neat photos to see!

  • doortje

    The question is I think, like you suggest ‘is it worth the effort and does it make you happy’?
    I have this Frederich Buechner quote hanging inside my locker door at work (I work fulltime as a nurse) and read it every time I open the door:
    “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
    After years I’m still searching for that ‘deep gladness’ and sometimes think to catch a glimpse of it, but haven’t find it yet. Maybe I won’t find it at all, but that’s okay, as long as I’m happy with my life as it is.

  • Carolyn

    This was a very interesting post. You’ve taken a journey. A journey where you learned some important things about yourself and what’s important to you creatively. For that alone you don’t need to apologize. I understand where you’ve ended up because I made those types of decisions years ago. Everyone has to learn what works for them and stick to it even though there are so many new and shiny pretty things out there in the internet universe. I’m sure now that you’ve decided where to focus, your strengths will come out and you will enjoy this portion of the journey so much more!

  • craftsanctuary

    I also tend to have my hands (and head) in lots of different projects that I become truly obsessed with. So far, the only ones that have stood the test of time are knitting, sewing, and blogging. I think there’s something to be said about continually coming back to things. Whether or not you get distracted by other things (new patterns, lingerie sewing, opening up a shop, etc) I’m very slowly learning that I should just do what I want. Not what others want, not what other’s are doing, but what I’m actually looking forward to. It instantly gets me out of a slump and inspires me. I’m glad that you’re figuring things out for you, and we’ll all be here reading whatever you decide makes your heart sing!
    xo

  • stgilbert

    Sewing, Blogging, Fabric, and LOTR! YES!! Good for you for being true to yourself! I applaud you!

  • Lauren

    This was a lovely post to read. There is nothing wrong with prioritising and letting things go that aren’t as important.

    I’ve also been there. I get it, and I wish you well on your journey to your focussed happy place.

    ;

    Lauren.

  • bubiknits

    Letting go and focusing is the way for success! Go girl go!!

  • Jennifer Lauren

    I totally hear you Rochelle!! What a great post! I think if you’re lucky enough to have found your passion, then you should follow it and not worry about what others may (or may not!) think. It’s all about stepping stones, and every step you’ve taken has lead you to this. So there is really no need to be sorry – be happy that you’ve finally weeded out the things you needed to let go :) Though, that’s easier said than done huh?

  • Carolyn

    I think it’s important to remember that you own this blog; this blog doesn’t own you.

    If you announce the start of something new and it doesn’t wind up working out, who cares? You’re human, remember? : ) You’re allowed to change your mind. All of your readers are constantly changing their minds and changing directions all the time – it’s a part of life. When you have a lot of readers, it’s easy to start letting the crowd control the direction of your blog (“I announced something and therefore I *have* to do it”), but always remember that you’re in total control. As you said, focus on what makes you happy and don’t worry about what we think. Judging by all the supportive comments on this post, you’ve got a lot of great people behind you! : )

  • Veronica lewis

    Oh Rochelle, firstly Thank you for be so open and sharing such personal thoughts, issues and concerns so publicly. I am sure we can ALL take something from this heartfelt post and apply to our own lives. This is one reason I like your blog, not only do I learn techniques, get ideas, inspiration to name but a few, there are some pets that just make me “THINK” and for that I am truly thankful. Although I am sad to not see the headband pattern, I understand your situation and from now on with the path traveled and a decision finally made you will find peace in your days to come with this decision. I have somewhat the same dilemma as I work full time and have a shop and am trying to sew a 1940s wardrobe, making me always learning new things. Sometimes it IS too much. I am excited to see though what this life decision will bring to your blog, I mean come on, We will all reap the rewards of your efforts into the three things you really love. Good luck with all your future endeavors, waiting patiently, excitedly for all the new things to come.

    Veronica

  • Stacia

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it’s wonderful that you are going back to the 3 things that you love the most, and it encourages me to declutter my life too. It’s hard to be a person of vast interests, but you reminded me that all of those vast interests are good, but not all of them are passions. And life is much more enjoyable when you are 100% passionate about what you do. Thank you!

  • Lisa

    Wow, thank you for this deep insight. It’s very brave of you to post this, and I think all your readers can understand you a little better now. There will always be haters, but as commenters before me said: Do what is good for you! I love your blog and your work even if (or because of?) I won’t be in a place to sew so well for a long time, but the whole thing only goes if you are “whole” and “together” with yourself, which sounds a bit esoteric and isn’t meant in this way, but I hope you will get what I mean. It’s great to follow your dreams, but if you see that this is not where your heart wants to go, just don’t do it, but be happy about the experiences you made on the way! :) And don’t be too hard to you. Loosing it’s focus is way better than not having one ;)
    I’m looking forward to what you will bring up next and I’m sure it’s going to be great, cause you put your heart into it! :)

  • SeamstressErin

    I think so much of figuring out what you want to do is figuring out what you don’t want to do But no matter how important it is as part of the process, it’s a hard process to go through. Even if what you’re working on now turns out to not be the perfect fit, you’re creative and driven and passionate and you will find your fit with time, I know it!

  • Aleksandra Russek

    You must be really brave to make such serious steps towards your real dreams. Fingers crossed, everything is gonna turn out great with your plans for future (and the blog – I’d love to see it develop :-) )

  • jantiki

    More of us should do this. Most women try to do it all and mess ourselves up in the process. Congrats on your new focus. We know that you will start feeling better about what you are doing.

  • midwesternsmalltowngirl

    I always popped around because I liked what you made. Don’t apologize for putting yourself first. I would only be disappointed if you ever quit posting Lucille pictures. ;)

  • sallie

    Oh man, Rochelle!! I totally know this feeling! But like others have said, I tend to get paralyzed by my ideas rather than have them stimulate me. What’s worse, is I sometimes listen to OTHER people’s ideas for me a little too much as well. Soooo many people have an opinion on how I should develop a ‘business’ with my sewing… it’s very hard to tune out! And all the noise buzzing around in my head just makes me go static, and I find that, like you, I’m not actually doing what I like to do! I think refocusing is a great exercise – and hard to do at that! And I also think Tasha’s comment is right on – all of this stuff is part of a bigger path, and yours is an exciting one. Can’t wait to see where you’re headed! And much love.

  • clsoetcasefiles

    You got nothin’ to apologize for lady. We’re all just along on your journey so you do what you need to do. I get where you’re coming from – I’m an ideas person too. At least once a week I have an idea I think will change EVERYTHING. But I’ve learned that I need to sit with the for a few weeks and see how they feel before moving forward. Otherwise I would be raggedy ass. I think focusing on what you love is exactly what the doctor ordered! Can’t wait to see what your year looks like. xo

  • Mim McDonald (@crinolinerobot)

    I don’t think there’s anything to be ashamed of in choosing to focus on doing certain things rather than others – I too have a head full of ideas, and it’s frustrating not being able to get them all completed (I have a head full of knitting patterns and no time to write/knit them and get them firmed up).

    I look forward to reading more sewing blogging from you, I find what you do really inspirational.

  • Gwyn

    Good for you! I think you are doing the right thing, especially if it helps you. I believe it is a good idea to make goals public because it keeps you accountable, but you followed through by doing research and found it wasn’t right for you. I think the fact that you recognize it is commendable.

  • GriseldaK

    Dear Rochelle, this is the first post I have read on your blog and it is touching me so badly. I am very familiar with having to many ideas and want do bring them to reality.Today I feel a little depressed and I did not know why exactly, but then I read your post today and out of a sudden I knew why I am so down. I should concentrate on what I really love to do from the bottom of my heart. Which is Sewing and dealing with all about clothes, style and fashion and making my and other people’s life as beautiful as I can. Thank you very much for this. Sending you much love, GriseldaK

  • Ozelote

    Well done, having come to terms with all this. And a small thank you for reminding me that I need to do the same.

  • Jasmin

    This feeling of defeat even if you have tons of ideas is the worst ever. Somehow it exhausts you more than not to eat, doesn’t it? It feels like someTHING eats a big gaping hole right in the middle of you and you are left with no center at all. It’s the feeling no creative should have and here we go having it all the time – even you who I thought to be centered and creative from scratch. I am glad you see a way out of it and even more glad you wrote this post. It’s the perfect post and time for me, too. Thanks and good luck.
    You can do it!
    Sewing. Blogging. Fabric.
    YAY!

  • Esz (@em_originals)

    You know, there’s a lot of pressure you put on yourself when you announce to the world “I am going to do this”
    (You as in the everybody You, not YOU specifically ;-P)
    Unnecessary pressure that only makes you stress about following through because you SAID you would, not cos you actually want to continue.
    There’s a lot to be said for DOING before SAYING. Its so true that actions speak louder than words and I’m not saying that phrase in the glib way a lot of people do without thinking about it.
    There’s so much more power in saying “I have done this” instead of “I will do this” – The confirmation of an act already followed through – something MADE and created by your own hands or something brought into being by your own actions.
    Then you can stand by what you’ve created….and the mistakes we all make? Well, they have resulted in that made thing, that completed act and so the means have justified the ends.
    Yes, think before you act – but act before you say.

    /sage words by Esz
    ;-P

    Hope that comes off more as inspiring (as I mean it to be) than condescending.

  • anthea

    Don’t apologize! And remember it’s better to regret things you did try, then regret those you haven’t.

  • Neeno - Sew Me Love

    Sewing , blogging and photos of Lucille are the reasons I started following your blog in the first place so I am glad that you will continue with these things. Do what makes you happy :) Life it too short to be stressing out.
    Love ya!!

  • Loran Watkins

    I have too many ideas AND do too much stuff all the time. What ends up stopping me is the real world : ) Remember Wallace the pit bull, the disc champion? What does he say? “And may you always remember, the obstacles in the path are not obstacles. They ARE the path.” Don’t ever apologize about realizing the path you were on wasn’t “it” for you. We don’t care, we love you and just want you to be happy. Chloe sends kisses : )

  • Sunni

    I completely, one hundred percent know how you feel. I feel like I’ve put lots and lots of ideas “out there” only to find out that when I immersed myself into it, I just didn’t want to follow through. It happens to all of us I think. And actually, I also found out the same thing this year – I’m spread way too thin. So I did some re-evaluating as well and found that I find a lot of joy in blogging – which I’m not doing very much of these days – and I find immense joy in sewing – another thing that doesn’t seem to be happening as much as it should. So here’s to getting back to the things that make you happy and that you find joy in doing! Here! Here!

  • Honora

    Great news for you! You should be doing what makes your heart happy. Those of us out here that enjoy you so very much cannot help but be happy and proud.

  • spinneretta

    Chalk it up to maturing ;) It happens, and we learn the lesson (often the hard way) and move on! Hopefully, this means we will see more of you, and that you will feel both more accomplished and more fulfilled!

  • Ally at Design Rewind Fashions on Etsy

    We must be separated from birth :) I do the exact same thing. Don’t be too hard on yourself and take it as a chance to learn to work with the things you truly love. Also, we never find out what those things are unless we take risks and challenges. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Natalulu

    I think we all spread our selfs out too thin at times. I just want to say I’m happy you are sticking with what makes you happy, and thanks for the LOTR references.

  • redknitter

    I’ve definitely been there, and this excitement is exactly why I have a huge number of UFOs that I’ve been trying to catch up on for a long time.

    I absolutely love reading your blog, but you don’t owe me anything. Work at whatever pace feels right to you, and I’ll look forward to seeing what you make when you have a chance.

  • Jessica Cangiano

    Powerful, refreshingly excellent post. So very many of us, I think, find ourselves in somewhat similar boats in the sense of piling far, far too much on our plate, even if it’s just the plate that resides in our imaginations and daydreams, nowadays and I think it’s crushing a lot of us in a frightening and previously far less common scenario of ideas overwhelming one to the point of spreading ourselves too thin, losing focus, sticking something out for fear of what will be said to (and about) us if we “quit”, and the desire to somehow do it all. You can’t, I can’t, not a single one of us can and when you reach a point as you have here when you start to weed out some substantial areas of your life that aren’t where you want your focus to be, you will suddenly feel as though the weigh of a thousand mountains has been lifted from your shoulders and soul. Then the path towards what you really want to do right here and now suddenly becomes so much easier to walk, nay, skip, down.

    ♥ Jessica

  • emcclure2010

    Oh my goodness yes! Kudos to you for saying all of that. I am the queen (or perhaps just a minor duchess after reading your post. Lol) of having a million plans and ideas and then not doing any of them because I can’t get started. While I certainly don’t wish that one someone else I am comforted to know that even you totally together bloggers struggle with it! Hugs and yay for refocusing on the things you love and make you you happy. Because that is most important!

  • MarrieB

    I don’t think you’ve let anyone down (not me, anyway!) and no apologies needed. Whatever you end up doing is going to be amazing, your just that kind of gal. :) I think its perfectly okay and totally normal to have big ideas that don’t work out as you had planned. I also think it’s much better to walk away from something that you know deep down won’t make you happy, than to continue on because you feel an obligation to see it through since you put it out there.

  • Tina

    Really Really REALLY great post. I salute you, send you hugs, wish you all the best. This has been a lifelong battle of mine, I’m not sure there is ever a ‘cure’. At least for me. But saying it out loud, and having strong determination you’ll be back to rights soon. The (focused) best is yet to come!

  • Maddie

    Good for you for getting back into what you love to do most. Whatever becomes your thing – fabric, patterns, knitting – I’ll always be here rooting for you!

  • Ally

    Such a brave post! Thanks so much for sharing! I won’t lie, I had been missing all your awesome sewing creations! You always found a way to make the most awesome and interesting garments!

  • Victoria

    Feeling a little thin, like butter spread over too much bread?

    I always have a billion ideas and maybe get one of them done. I’m going to work on my time management this summer.

  • Jen

    What a wonderful, brave, honest, inspiring, smart post this is. It takes a lot to admit these kinds of things to ourselves sometimes and it seems like you’ve made totally the right decisions! Here’s to doing what makes us happy! :)

  • ShanniLoves

    Sometimes you just gotta dip your toe in the water and wiggle it around a little. No need to be apologetic about it. The fact that you were brave enough to try it out and big enough to admit it’s not your thang is very inspiring to me. You never know unless you try! xo

  • Philippa

    I know just what you mean about spreading yourself too thin. It’s soooo frazzling. My husband is always telling me to decide my main priority and go with that. There are only so many hours in the day! I’m really glad you’ve refocused on your priorities and I am sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult time. Thankfully you can now move on. I love reading your blog and especially of course seeing what you’ve made and the way you wear it. Here’s hoping to lots more Lucky Lucille!

  • Rachael Munson

    I can certainly understand your situation! I’m glad you had your epiphany! I too, find myself getting all excited about a thousand different things only to be distracted or discouraged. I wall of shelves just full of yarn, fabric, and patterns to make someday only to find myself adding more projects! I get sucked into the internet and blogs and pinterest thinking “ohh…I could do that!” Or “ohhh…how cute is that!” only to end up having wasted hours and money and have nothing to show for it. My ADHD is on overload. I need to simplify! Thank you for the reminder!

  • Debra

    Wowers! Sounds like something I do on a daily basis. I’ve told people my big dreams for a long time. Some come to fruition, most don’t. Then I begin to feel like a big failure, which I realized I’m not. Just a big dreamer. Knowing this I’ve decided to take my big dreams and tone them down to something way more manageable as well. Now I’m finding actual joy waking up in the morning instead of tears, thinking I’m useless. I love your candidness and the fact that you share these things with us, makes me realize I’m not alone. And yes Tasha hit the nail on the head. We learn and move on.

  • gilliancrafts

    Good post Rochelle! And don’t be hard on yourself and trying different things and deciding they aren’t for you. You are young, lady! That’s what youth is for. Before I figured out I wanted to be a teacher I did all kinds of other stuff, and it helped me narrow down exactly what I like in a career. I bet all of us do that at some point!

  • dottiedoodle

    Good for you, and a very interesting post.

  • gingermakes

    Dude, life’s too short to overburden yourself with things you can’t actually accomplish without the aid of some sort of magic spell that adds an extra 48 hours to each day! I think that idea overload is a really common problem with folks like us (I know it is for me) and I’m constantly overestimating my own abilities to get things done (Iike I’ll agree to test three patterns in a month where I’m working tons and tons of overtime… crazy!). It’s so tempting to be a “YES!” person when there are so many fun, exciting ideas out there, but sometimes I think, like you said, for our own health and sanity, we have to let go of some of them.

    Also. Patternmaking. I felt like such a bad person for hating it but I did. I HATED it.

  • misscrayolacreepy

    Go, Rochelle!!! You are so lucky to be talented in so many different areas. All of your talents are going to be the perfect mixture for your next upcoming venture, I can feel it. You should be so proud of everything you have accomplished so far! xoxox

  • Lauren

    I think this is something that so many creative people struggle with. We drive ourselves to distraction with shiny ideas that *sound* like something we’d be completely into… But then reality often delivers a slap to the back of the head (Too time consuming, cost preventative, lacking essential skill sets or tools, it was actually freaking BORING in real life, doing it as a job killed the joy of doing it as a hobby, etc.). It is a fabulous moment when you can sit down and really get thinking on what is essential. What projects really and truly bring out the creative fire that perhaps doing All The Projects!!! has burned out.
    Keep creating in whatever manner makes your heart sing and we’ll keep reading and nodding at all of the points that hit home.

  • Juliana @ Urban Simplicity

    I can’t wait to see where your journey leads you! I am an avid follower of your blog, and am always interested in what you have to share, what you’ve created, and your thoughts on life. I too tend to be a many irons in the fire person, especially with ideas (my precioussss….), and so I do understand about being spread thin. Good for you to have the insight and self-awareness to know what was dragging you down and the courage to let it go for the three things you love best!!

    Looking forward to the next sewing endeavors!

  • Mary

    Dipping into other ventures is like trying new spices – they make every experience richer. Bravo for your bravery to consider such big goals. Glad to have you back and blogging. Yours is one of the finest!

  • auntsr9

    My mother used to tell me that I have too many irons in the fire. ( Back when she lived in the rural farmhouse, she had to put iron soleplates in the fire in the woodstove to heat up, but if you had them in too long they could easily burn your clothes. Hence if you put too many sole plates on the stove, and the one you were using lasted a long time, it was useless to put extra irons in the fire.) Anyhow, I am so guilty of that with my ebay business, and trying to quilt. My family thinks I should just make them what they want and I never seem to get my quilting done. Your wonderful blog took a stand to do only what is important to you. That’s a big life lesson. Thanks. I will always continue to follow your blog. You are the most inspiring. Shari

  • Ellen

    There is no need to apologize when what you are doing is focusing on what truly interests you. Too many people either never Lear that lesson, or learn it very late in life. Lucky you, to know it at a younger age. So go back to your blogging, sewing, and fabric. Be happy.

  • Stephanie

    -hug- It happens to all of us. I know I’ve gotten all excited about something, done lots of research, bought lots of supplies….. and then decided that I hated it. Life is to short to do things that you hate. You are a great blogger and I know you’ll have many great things in the future even if it’s not patterns or blog templates. :)

  • CarmencitaB

    Can I come and sit on your porch when I visit upstate NY next time? Where I may catch some of your wisedom?

  • Brittney

    Tasha hit the nail on the head. Use what you discovered, your perceived shortcomings, as motivation to launch your ideas to the next level…you know, like Aragorn launched Gimli into that horde of Orcs. This is going to sound cliche, because it is; but, our mistakes turn into great lessons as long as we’re brave enough to open our eyes and stare them down. We don’t need apologies; do this for you, make yourself proud. Of course, I don’t see how you couldn’t have already. :-)

  • didyoumakethat

    Aw, I think you sound way too apologetic! Any act of creativity is an act of bravery and will involve wrong turns and dead ends – and new avenues and inspiring crossroads. What point otherwise? If it was all easy and we had all the answers, what would be the point? It’s a journey. You should feel proud of everything you’ve achieved and will go on to achieve. And now take some time for TLC!

  • B & the Moon

    Have truer words e’er been spoken…I think not! I also think that this is something every creative person struggles with…I for one certainly do…every once in a while you need to take a step back, remind yourself there are only 24 hrs in a day and give your internal self a metaphorical slap before you run yourself into the ground…not that I’m against dreaming big (quite the contrary in fact), just don’t try and achieve it all at once…hey, it’s not like we’re frickin Gandalf!

  • Andi

    I know that feeling too well. There are many things that I kind of want to do and could do, but I know I need to focus on doing one thing well instead of trying to do everything all at once. I keep telling myself that I can do X and Y after I get to a certain point with what I’m currently doing so I can stay focused without totally forgetting my new ideas, but it’s hard to not dive into everything, especially if you have the resources for it like it sounds like you do.

  • ksgentry

    No apologies needed. I love your blog, I love your enthusiasm for sewing and the creations that you make. I will forever be grateful for the Sew-Alongs you host and the advice you give. Nothing more is necessary. Nothing more is expected. What you have to give is enough.

  • Helen

    It can be so easy to get carried away by your ideas! And you forget that by talking or writing about hem, sometimes people will hold you to them. I’m glad you have found your focus and I look forward to what you come up with next. Whatever it is! Good luck!

  • novaisawesomeful

    Whatever you say or do, you’re awesome. I do the same thing, by the way, I announce things WAY before I should and then when it doesn’t happen I just slink back into the shadows and hope nobody remembers.

  • Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly

    >>Now it’s back to business as it always should have been.<< Nope. You'd never be where this epiphany has led you if it weren't for everything you tried and learned. There are no "should have beens" when you try to find your path and sort out your dreams and desires. Don't look back on your perceived failures, as every step we take (mistakes, bumbles, successes included) leads us to finding our bigger, better, truer selves. We love you and can't wait to see what you have in store for us… but mainly what you have in store for YOU! xo

    • zilredloh

      Can I just “Ditto” Tasha’s comment?!

      I have the problem of having too many ideas in my head at once, but I get paralyzed by them instead of working on them. A good refocusing session usually brings the most important to the top and helps me… well… refocus.

      Happy you’re much more able define what it is you’re wanting to do now. So exciting – no matter what you’ve chosen to do. :D

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A Blog By Rochelle New

I'm a fabric wizard and wielder of needles with a passion for quilt industry cottons, bygone eras, and natural things.

i.e. I mostly do nerd things like pretend I'm a wizard, collect moldy books, and spend too much time picking up acorns in the woods, all with my spirit animal (a dog named Lucille), my personal photographer (a man named William), and a few literal fat cats in tow.

Making magic and messes in the backwoods of New York.

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