yes, my voice…

and my ‘mummy’ voice nonetheless! My voice
inadvertently gets much more ‘mummy’ when the video camera goes on.
When Oscar grows up he’ll watch that and think ‘oh, I guess that snappy
distracted mom I thought I had was an illusion’. good good, mission
accomplished. So I am such a spazzy, hit and run blogger these days,
always rushing to get something up and out there, that the fact that my
voice was going
live never really sunk in. Good thing or I would have chickened out for
sure. Thank you so much for all the really nice comments about Oscar!
But please don’t encourage me, it will be the all Oscar show around here before you know it!

So I thought I’d take this quiet morning — Oscar’s out at a
friend’s — to sit down and actually write something on this blog.
Maybe answer one of my frequently asked questions, where do you find
the time? How about I don’t spend any time stewing over what to write
on the blog anymore. (for real answers to this question you can see my
FAQ.) Gone are the days that I’d spend (waste) way way too much time in
front of the typepad administrator trying to make the random thoughts
in my head come out lovely and coherent and at all interesting. I’ve
never been a good writer. I started the blog to motivate myself to make
stuff, to connect with others who were doing the same and to keep
myself from going crazy home all day with a baby. It was never because
I thought anyone would want to read my writing. That’s why it’s a pretty
straight forward formula arond here….project, chat about project.
done. I’m feeling guilty though, and boring. I’m in awe of beautifully
written blogs like Alicia’s where her wonderful personality shines through in every post. Her blog always has me happily reminiscing about my childhood or relishing the details of some aspect of daily life that I would have passed right by. Anyway, I’ll never be able to write like that and I know trying to is not where my time would be best spent, but I am going to try to find time to make the blog a little bit more personal again and hopefully that will be more interesting. you know, more posts about sick babies and dirty laundry and stuff.

Now I want to ramble on a little bit about comments. Thank you! Thanks so much to everyone who leaves nice comments. (and a big thank you! also to all the people out there who follow the golden rule, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all) I love reading comments. Please know that I read them all. They pop up in my email and I get so excited. They’re little hellos from like minded friends whom I haven’t met and seriously they get me through the day. They encourage me to keep going when my friends and neighbors can barely muster up any interest in why I’ve stayed up way too late making an elephant on wheels. So please, never think I’m not reading them, or that they don’t warm my cockles. Well enough about my cockles… I’ve spent over an hour trying to write these 3 measly paragraphs so I’m off. I lost some of my big footed bunny pattern pieces and I’m trying to redraft and get some made up for the shop. and if you’ve made it all the way through and are disappointed there’s no picture, check over here on my neglected second child blog for some slippers. thanks!

** update ** um, is the internet broken? this post keeps coming up in
random and unedited versions, with crazy junk links, etc. and is it
related to the fact that my gmail has been slammed with spam today?
please excuse any mess!

40 thoughts on “yes, my voice…

  1. Gisela says:

    Well, I’m not an english speaker so probably I’m not the best person to say something about your writing, but I sure can say that I love reading your blog and to me you writing is good enough. I love checking if there are new posts and to discover what wonderful news things you have made. You are inspiration to me. πŸ™‚
    By the way that elephant is adorable. Perfect…

  2. Kari says:

    I think you are an inspiraiton to a lot of bloggers out there. Alicia is, of course too, but in a different way (for me at least!) You may not be a writer, but I visit your blog almost dailiy for inspiration, motivation, and let’s face it – some of the cutest stuffie patterns around! (I should finish my pointy kitty, but I’m so horrible about hand-sewing on buttons!)
    My theory is that writers follow rules, and crafters have a panache for breaking or ingoring them, not all the time, but when it serves us. I’ve been making tsumami (kanzashi) lately, but I use fabric glue instead of rice paste. I don’t feel bad for this substitution, because I’ve never been to Japan and simply don’t have it/ know how to use it!
    Keep up the good work, there’s scores of us waiting on baited breath for your new book! I really like the aesthethic of your blog/patterns, I hope the book is just as fun! πŸ™‚

  3. Dawn says:

    It is refreshing to read my fave blogs..and I am happy with each one’s unique qualities. I come back day after day to see what you are up to now..and am inspired to continue what I do….even though my work is different from yours. You never cease to amaze me with your new ideas.

  4. hannah says:

    oh yes. sarah is right! i love this blog for being so very hillary. and having been a reader for a year and a half, i think i can say that! πŸ™‚ keep it up lady, we all love you to pieces!

  5. Stephanie says:

    A friendly hello, good morning, and thank you for being you. I sometimes get lost in comparing myself to the elusive “who I could be” but I’m learning to stop and appreciate the very real “who I am.” I thoroughly enjoy your blog because of who you are and am inspired to be more.

  6. Sara says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write anything at all! Your blog has been a window into a whole new world for me and it’s been incredibly liberating. I’ve been working full time since my first son was 12 weeks old (I now have a 4 yo and a 1 yo) and it wasn’t until I started to read your blog and others (Angry Chicken, SouleMama) during pumping breaks after the birth of my 2nd that I began to envision what life at home with my 2 kiddos could be. I don’t really know many cool, crafty, engaged SAH moms in real life. Anyway, long story short, I’ve become so inspired, that I finally quit my job (effective June 30) and will be able to spend time with my kids, projects, crafts, the outdoors, going for walks, maybe even start my own blog- who knows! Thank you! You do so much more than just talk about projects, and for that, I’m so very gratefull.

  7. Tanya says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and it’s one of the first things I read when I get to my computer every day. I love seeing the new things you create – you inspire me! As the mother of a 17 month old I’m also in awe of what you are able to accomplish! My little one is at nursery school 2 days a week and I still don’t get as much done as you do! Bottom line – great work – keep it up!

  8. Kuky says:

    I am one of those who don’t comment but I read your blog everyday. I have such a long list of blogs in my bloglines, I have become a skimmer. I like looking at pictures and if I see something interesting I’ll stop and read. But yours I read every single word and devour the pictures. :)Thank you! Your work is so inspiring.

  9. Daphne says:

    Thanks for putting your voice out there — in words, in crafts and literally! I’m glad you don’t suffer over your posts, if only because it probably allows you to post more often. And you are an inspiration!

  10. Ashlea says:

    I just recently came to your site from another crafters site–Jess Hutchinson. I love your work and now I’m a big fan!!
    I also just started my own blog and I spend an enormous amount of time trying to sound witty. :cP It’s tough when writing doesn’t come naturally to you!

  11. molly says:

    i love the voice that comes through on your blog (the written one, not the videos–not that i don’t like your real voice…anyway…) you always sound very real and no nonsense to me. i love that.
    and isn’t it nice to write a blog post with no pictures every once in awhile??!!

  12. marybeth says:

    Oh ..oh.. Cute and comfy alert!!! Could those slippers be made in little tiny sizes for infant 6months up??? If you sell the pattern please let me know!!!!
    MB in JT

  13. Sam says:

    You’re a fine writer πŸ™‚ And though I do like to read what you have to say, what I love best are the pictures πŸ™‚

  14. Brynne says:

    Just catching up and OH, do I love the videos. It sort of makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who has a soundtrack of mommy talk to the little bits of captured childhood. Besides, your crafting and writing got my mom into blogs other than mine for my son, which is wonderful!

  15. Madeline says:

    One thing I remember from high school writing classes was how important it is for your voice to come through. And really, it only comes through when you stop thinking about it. So kudos to you. I like reading your blog. I love seeing the beautiful things you make. And if you thought everything through, I doubt I would feel as if I knew you in some way.
    But yeah, your blog makes me smile. That’s why I check it every day.

  16. patricia says:

    You’re too hard on yourself. I enjoy your blog very much. Not only are your projects wonderful but you sound very “normal” (whatever that means!) I guess what I mean to say is that you sound very approachable and genuine — to me that’s the best anyone can be. I look forward to your posts everytime. πŸ™‚

  17. LLA says:

    Funny – just as you are in awe of another’s writing abilities, so am I in awe of your creativity, and your technical proficiency at crafting what you imagine!
    We all have different skill sets – that’s what makes us interesting (even if some of us are still trying to figure out what we do best!)
    Kepp up the excellent job you do, of being you and doing it beautifully….

  18. Blair says:

    Hillary, reading your blog is what inspired me to jump into this world to begin with, if you remember. To me, your blog was never just about the wonderful creations, but also about you. Whether you realize it or not, we get snippets of real life Hillary Lang in every post, and we obviously love it. You are witty, honest, innovative, etc…so I say stay on your track, don’t feel you have to reinvent what you write about here. Trust your instinct. Thanks for continuing to be you, from us all. Seriously.

  19. Carolyn Karnes says:

    When I see your blog in bold on my bloglines account I say a little “yay!” everytime. Your work is inspiring and your passion for your craft and your family shines through in every post. Keep doing exactly what you are doing and don’t feel like you need to spend an hour writing a post! Whatever you’ve got to say, we want to read it!

  20. carol says:

    I absolutely love visiting your blog. Your creativity is contagious. I would love to some day meet you since we live in the same area…not to be too weird!
    Finding time to write long, thoughtful entries can be a huge challenge…I know we all can relate! (me especially…I am queen of “…”. You can bet that is during a time I am distracted by a kid, my dog, whatever…!)

  21. Miriam says:

    Perfectly written blog post! Thank you! I’ve just recently become hooked on a whole slew of lovely crafty blogs, yours included. And after the initial lengthy catching up phase, I now check about 20 every day, and I’m always excited to see when anyone posts a new project. I love the elephant on wheels, btw. These blogs are making me wish I could get my act together and revamp my old, languishing knitting blog ( ) into a general crafty-type blog. Your post about “where do I find the time?” really struck a chord with me, and might be just the boot-up-the-bum I need πŸ™‚ So, thanks.

  22. madmommy says:

    I feel you are a close friend even though we’ve never met in person. Your blog is your voice. I, too, found blogging and crafting to be my “outlet” while staying home with my 11 mo old munchkin. Just knowing there are others out there like you makes my day, and your blog always brings a smile to my face.

  23. kimberly says:

    Your voice sounds great to me. Be proud-you ahve reason to be.
    It’s funny, your reasons for blogging and mine are very similar. I want to show my creations and maybe motivate myself to finish things that otherwise would not have gotten finished without the wanted pressure to post about it. Good writing has been my goal but just like you said, I think it’s not what we are here for. Creating first-time for that is so important. Your personality certainly comes through and I love it. Once again, I just had to let you know.

  24. donna says:

    I love your blog. It is inspiring and beautiful to look at. I have downloaded your wee bunny pattern and one day I will get round to making it. My little baby seems to take up all my craft time these days *sigh*, she’s worth it though πŸ™‚

  25. Heather Bailey says:

    Hillary, I discovered the blogging universe back in September, looking for answers about my broken sewing machine. Your blog link showed up in a search for “viking #1+ not working.” Call it a fluke or call it serendipity. I wanted to blog too. (Then, of course, 3 days later, I decided I needed to be a fabric designer as well. Which set me on a determined course for many months. Blogging was postponed.) I read your posts regularly while designing my line and found them to be a refreshing break.
    My opinion – don’t force your voice to morphe into some altruistic ideal, you might just lose your FLAVah.
    You’re a virtual hub in this online community. Keep doing what you do so well.
    (oh yes, and I did finally create a blog — up and running just this week!) Thanks for the inspiration.

  26. andrea says:

    As someone who just recently started this whole blog thing, I totally understand about the comments and fretting about what you write. I stumbled across this and I fell in love with the graphic at the top of the page, then started to read- the others above are right, your voice DOES shine through- it makes this blog yours. Keep up the good work! I’ll be back!

  27. Marie says:

    I completely understand about how you think your blog may be boring.. I started blogging a few years ago and for the last couple of years I’ve felt like everything I said was redundant and boring. Nevertheless I wipe the slate clean and persist. I think it’s just a phase we go through and maybe it comes from reading so many other blogs that we enjoy.
    But you should know I think your blog is fabulous and it’s always one of the first I check for updates.

  28. sallymb says:

    I’m always popping in to see the latest inspirations, but this is my first comment… I was very excited when I saw there was something to read. And I enjoyed reading it. Just as much as I love looking at the photos of all your cool projects. THANKS

  29. Amy says:

    If I want lovely writing, I’ll read a novel or some poetry. If I want Wee Wonderfuls writing, I’ll come here! First, I’ve never noticed any writing deficiencies here. Second, if there are, you more (MORE) than make up for it in cuteness and insane creativity. (And now, awesome videos of cute sons!) I didn’t read the rest of the comments above so I’m sure they say the same thing… but trust me, your voice shines through in every post – no worries – video or not.

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