It’s been nearly one month to the day since my last post. This was in no way intentional, but also not something I’m sad about. I’ve finally reached a point where I no longer feel guilty for not writing. I’ve spent a lot of time waffling back and forth about what I want out of this trusty space. Whether I should be providing ‘content’ and what that should be. Whether I should make it art specific since that’s my main gig. But what it comes down to is this: blogging is not my job. I have little interest in making it my job. I don’t enjoy monetization, I don’t enjoy affiliate stuff all that much, and I don’t have the dedication it takes to be a career blogger. Blogging is a hobby. Much like baking is to me. And, like baking, it’s something I do for personal enjoyment when I have the time and feel like it.
So going forward, this blog will be personal. It will be the space where I share what I’ve been up to with my family, thoughts I’ve got going on, art I’m making, things I’m excited or sad about. LiveJournal-style stuff is not only what I prefer to write and share, but also what I like to read. And I’m sick of adding anxiety into something that should be enjoyable. Baking doesn’t cause anxiety. Blogging shouldn’t either.
That being said, I do actually want to be doing it regularly. I really like writing up posts. It’s a fun creative outlet that is completely different than my art, and I think it’s a really good thing to cultivate. So I do have plans to work on consistency for my posts. But as for a theme or niche? Nope. Not gonna find it here! So, in that vein, here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month!
My Thanksgiving was very nice. If I’m being totally honest, Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday of those I partake in. A lot of my anxiety is triggered by food and specifically by having to eat in front of people or large groups. So needless to say, Thanksgiving is more like Stressgiving for me. Plus, I’m a vegetarian (hit my one year in October, woohoo!) and the main dish is usually meat. I love the traditional sides though, so I fill up on those.
This year was extra nice though because I hosted a vegetarian Thanksgiving for my dad and brother! They both came to stay for Thanksgiving weekend and I whipped up two choices of vegetarian lasagnas (with no eggplant in sight!) The first was a ‘traditional’ lasagna using a veggie ground ‘meat’ in place of beef. Niether my brother or dad had ever had ANY veggie meat before and both said they couldn’t tell it wasn’t meat. It does taste more like ground turkey vs ground beef, but I prefer that. They both thought it was delicious, so that’s a win! Lasagna number two was a mushroom & artichoke heart lasagna with a white sauce. Not to toot my own horn, but that one was SO DAMN GOOD. I ate it for days. (Sidebar: further proof that anxiety is utterly nonsensical – I hate eating in front of people but I LOVE cooking for groups of people. Cool, brain, cool.)
Anywho, we also went out and got our Christmas tree over Thanksgiving weekend as is tradition for us. I had never had a real tree before I started dating Chris, but now it’s one of my absolute favorite traditions! I love going to the tree farm, walking through and selecting a tree, and then cutting it down ourselves. So satisfying. The atmosphere in our living room with the tree all decorated and the lights up is just so cozy and content; I absolutely love it!
Commissions have officially closed for the year! I finished up my last commissions the week of Thanksgiving so now I am free to plow through Christmas presents. Having the month of December free for gift making time is such a weight off my shoulders. I feel like I’m incredibly behind on gifts right now, but I’m hoping to catch up this week.
Even though commissions are closed, you can still shop in my online store! That will be open year round but I strongly recommend getting in orders ASAP if you want them in time for Christmas. I’ll get a specific cutoff date this week and let ya know, but I’m assuming it’ll be the Friday 15th at the absolute latest.
TL;DR of the above ramble: Life has been good, a steady mix of the usual #momlife and #artlife. You’ll be seeing more regular posts from me about whatever I feel like writing or sharing.
Also, expect a facelift here soon. I really, REALLY, need to revamp my site (this is basically a yearly thing now) and I’m hoping that during the post-Christmas week I can put together something I like. It’ll be nice to kick of 2018 with a lovely new look!
Stay tuned for my Annual Holiday Card Swap, coming at you tomorrow!