Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Anybody out there?

Hello, hello!

Well, it's been a while, since you've last heard from me - something like three year-ish or so ;)

I guess I just got overwhelmed with the whole blogging stuff, opening an Etsy-Store (and closing it a while ago), keeping up with my Facebook- and Ravelry-Page, answering e-mails and so on. It just didn't feel like fun anymore, more like a full-time job without time for the things I really enjoy, like being creative for example.

Over the last few years, I kept thinking about what I want to do with this blog: Starting over? Keeping it like it is, so you still have access to my patterns? Closing it completely?

Then something happened last week: we did a little bit of decluttering here in our apartment and put lots of stuff on Ebay, like old cell phones, cameras, books, etc. (you know, the same stuff that you, too, probably got lying around in your drawers and cabinets). I also went through my crochet books and my yarn stash and put together a few packages. And then, when I was seeing all my beautiful yarn being sold on Ebay, I thought "wow, those are some gorgeous things, I sure would bid on something like this" - Stupid, isn't it? :)

Anyway, it reminded me of all the fun I had hooking up all those projects, big and small, and sharing it with you here. So I opened the blog again, read some of my old blog posts and your lovely comments on my work. And I thought - well, maybe this wasn't it, yet.

So I decided to stop by today, say hi and spread some love on Valentine's Day :)

Just because I haven't written a single blog post in the past few years, doesn't mean I haven't been creative, though. Every once in a while I play around with my Stampin' Up things, doing some paper-crafting. I discovered Zentangle (some kind of meditative doodling), and recently I've made my first book-folding project, which you can see here:

And - of course - I've been crocheting some things over the past few years: blankets, potholders, coasters - you know me :) (And you didn't really think I've got rid of ALL my yarn, did you? *gg*)

So, what are my plans for the blog now? I'm not sure yet, seems I have to clean up here a little, first. Unfortunately, all the link-ups have expired, so my patterns-page looks pretty naked right now. I also want to check my Facebook and Ravelry-Page and put everything up-to-date. Sorry for being AWOL (absent without leave) for so long and not answering comments or questions, but I had turned off all notifications after a while to take a breather. Other than that, I wanna take it slow, just writing a post now and then, when I feel like it.

So, but how have YOU all been doing? Who's still there and who are the new kids in town? :) Let me know in the comments!

Wish you lots of love today,


  1. There you are! Still here and also still blogging ;-) Nothing wrong with shifting focus a little! Enjoy the process.

  2. Hello! lovely to see your post and I'm glad you are still enjoying the crafty side of things, I'm still blogging now and then, just when I feel like it really it's more fun that way. Enjoy the sorting process and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts. xx

  3. Hello!
    How lovely to get your email about you blogging again. Sometimes we all need a break... but lovely to see you back again.. I am still relatively new to crochet (3 years) so I'm still learning and I have loved hooking up your coasters.
    Thank you so much for sharing them, Melissa

  4. Welcome back. I have missed your posts.

  5. Glad to see you back!looking forward to new posts,whenever your ready. There's a lot of fun stuff happening in Crochetland! WELCOME BACK!!!

  6. Hi Barbara, I have only just discovered your blog because someone posted a photo on The Crafternooners Facebook page of a blanket they had make using the African Flower Square and I followed the link to you. I really like your patterns and I'm looking forward to receiving more of your posts :-) Lizzi xx

  7. Welcome back, Barbara!
    So great to hear from you again.
    Do it at your own pace, so that you enjoy :-)
    We will be here for you
    Ana BC


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