I’m Baaack!

So I haven’t posted in what seems like forever. I’ve been away taking care of some legal stuff, some medical tests and figuring out health insurance. That’s the small stuff. The big thing is that I moved. Thanks to all the people who helped me, I actually survived through the transition. I couldn’t have done it without all of the people who helped me. Life is finally starting to settle down. Most of my boxes are unpacked, and I’m working on finding a place for everything. Decreasing your living space by 50% has its challenges. I am so ready to get back to crafting on a regular basis and sharing my creations with you.

About 6 months ago, I said I was going to make some changes with the blog. Well, I have changed my mind again. The fact is, I like writing tutorials. Yes, they do take quite a bit of time to write, but I feel like I’m writing something worth reading when I post the tutorials for you to use. I didn’t feel that posting a photo and a few lines saying, “Look what I made,” was quite my style. I think Pinterest or Instagram serves as a better place to post those pictures. Quite frankly, I need to write down the instructions for myself if I ever want to make the same project again sometime in the future.  So I’ll be back to writing tutorials for most of my posts.

As I said before, my life seems to be settling down. I hope it continues to go that way. I still don’t want to commit to a regular posting schedule. My brother-in-law made a good point about the frequency of posting to a blog. He said that if the content was of good quality, the readers are willing to wait for the next post. Not sticking to a schedule will allow some freedom to write my tutorials without feeling the pressure of a deadline. I do, however, plan to post fairly frequently. In the next year, I also want to add some product reviews and some book reviews. I think you will enjoy the things I have planned.

So, welcome back to my blog. I’m glad to be back. I will see you here again very soon with…? Here’s a hint: molasses and architecture.





Making a Few Changes

You probably have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. Trying to write a tutorial for every post was a fast-track to burn out, especially when I was trying to post every week. I feel the need to try a few changes with my blog. Nothing too big–my subject matter will still be everything craft-related.

One of the things I would like to change is how often I post to my blog. I am going to try posting on a random basis. For some reason, I don’t do well being creative on a schedule. Also, if I wait to post projects, I lose some of that creative spark I had while working on the project. I am going to try to write “as the creative spirit moves.”  I think this will allow me to not only have more fun with my blog but to post more frequently without making it feel like a chore.

I would like to make the blog more like a craft journal where I share the things I am working on. I tend to do a small amount of crafting almost every day instead of finishing a project in a day or two. I want to write about the little bits and pieces I have worked on as I go through the project. I do try to finish all the projects I start so you will still be seeing the completed projects as well.  If that doesn’t work, I can try something else. That’s the fun thing about writing a blog. It is always evolving.

You can still ask me to make certain projects. You can ask for tutorials for any project I have posted. I will gladly write a complete tutorial for any project you request. Just leave a comment and ask!

I have a few questions for you:

1. Do you want me to write about my process as I am am working on large projects or just post when I have finished the project?

2. Do you like to see posts come out on a certain day of the week? or Do you prefer to have a nice surprise when I randomly post? Does it matter either way? Let me know what you think about having (or not having) a set posting schedule.

Here’s a special question for family members and other people on my Birthday and Christmas card lists:

3. Do you mind seeing projects posted that are being made as cards or gifts that might be coming your way or would you rather I post things after they have been given to you? For example, if I make Christmas cards and show them on the blog before Christmas, you might see them before you receive them in person. Do you consider that a fun sneak peek or does it spoil the surprise?

Thanks for your feedback. I do enjoy writing about my crafts, but I really enjoy when people read and are inspired by the projects I am creating. With this change in my posting schedule, the best way for you to keep track of when I post is to sign up for email notification. Go to the menu and put in your email address where it says ” Follow the blog by email” and click the follow button. No one but me sees your email address. Your email address will only be used to automatically send you my blog posts. You don’t have to worry about someone else getting your email or getting too many emails from me–blog posts only.

P.S. I do screen my comments before they go live on the blog, so if you want to send me a comment but don’t want it posted on the blog, just say so. I will make sure that your comment is only between you and me.

Welcome To My New Blog

Let me tell you a bit about me and my new blog.

About Me

I am from a family full of creative people. My parents encouraged us kids to be creative, use what we had and make what we needed. Even my grandparents influenced my creativity with their knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting and metal work. I am disabled and can’t work anymore. I don’t get out of the house as much as I used to. Doing crafts keeps me sane. It keeps me active in a gentle way, and I get to use my creativity, which makes me happy. I’d like to share what I create. Maybe you’ll learn something new or be inspired to make something yourself.

I have lived in Michigan my whole life. I do love it here. It’s just a beautiful place to live, despite the mosquitoes and humidity in the summer and the snow and cold temperatures in the winter. I live with two cats who I call my fuzzy Prozac. Everybody needs a pet to brighten their lives. The cats might even make an appearance on my blog from time to time. (Don’t worry. This blog is not going to be about how cute they are.)

The Blog

I plan to write about all things crafty. I will not only share my creations with you, but I will also share how you can make the projects I have made. You will find a link to another site if I have been inspired by someone else. If the project is of my own design, I will go through the instructions right here on the blog.

My crafty interests are many, so you never know what kind of project I might come up with next. You might see paper crafts like cards, mini albums and journals. You might read about my knitting adventures. I want to do more sewing, so you can read about my successes and failures here. You might even find the occasional recipe that I have developed and that is just too good to keep to myself.

Since I am such an avid reader, I plan to occasionally post book reviews. I will share good books about paper crafting, book binding, cooking, or other crafty things I find interesting. I will let you know what I thought about the book as well as make at least one project from the book to share with you.

I plan on posting at least once a week on Fridays. If I get excited about something, I might just have to write an additional post that week. If I’m working on a larger project, I will most likely break the steps down into several posts. If you choose to work along with me, you won’t have to wait so long for the finished project.

This is the first time I have started a blog. Since I’m just starting out, I would welcome any comments you have that will help me improve my posts. Any suggestions you have about projects or reviews you would like to see are most welcome. Leave your suggestions in the comments or email me at craftedbysarajean@gmail.com.

I hope to meet you back here next week for my very first project.

Thanks for visiting,

Sara Jean

P.S. I am working on a comments policy. A condensed version of the comments policy is: be nice, no profanity, keep your comments related to crafting or whatever the post is about, constructive criticism is fine, being abusive or demeaning is not fine.