my sweetpea

I took a bunch of photos this afternoon trying to find something to blog about and this is my favorite one. Not very representative of the many (somewhat frustrating) hours spent in the craft room this weekend trying to make outfits for little people with no shoulders, but there you go.

I’m in a weird mood these days when it comes to blogging. I’m loving reading them. There’s so much great blog out there…brilliant writers, amazing photographers, cool ass stuff, it’s awesome! And more than a bit overwhelming. I keep getting stressed out in a keeping up with the Joneses sort of way. I feel like I’ve got nothing interesting to say these days. Nothing is making me crazy craft-tingly. I’m fully enjoying crafting as usual, very pleased with my new fabric, looking forward to doing some fall knitting, having fun making outfits for my latest doll (phoebe), but I’m not feeling any lightening bolts of inspiration. It’s all sort of mellowed into a nice groove for me. I’ve got a list of to-dos that keep me happily busy and when I get a quiet moment to sit and think about something other than the stuff of life, often a fun new idea pops into my head. I write it down for sometime in the future when consistent craft time is back on the agenda and that satisfies me. But then I read my bloglines…you get the picture. I’m stuck in a cycle of stressing myself out about blogging, realizing I don’t really care, then that stresses me out, then I realize how silly that is and I’m calm again. I’m just hoping the dial keeps landing on contented. And… I’m about to delete this whole paragraph. I’m afraid it sounds self-deprecating or like I feel sorry for myself, but what the crap, I’ll leave it. Maybe that’s why I have nothing to say because I always edit the anything out of everything! To sum up: I’m boring but I’m going with it. Thanks for checking in!

102 thoughts on “my sweetpea

  1. kirsten says:

    your blog is my favorite. you could babble on about anything. you are a huge inspiration to me. in fact i just finished tracing the pieces to this awesome 60’s vintage stuffed elephant i found at this beach house i am staying at. you have inspired me to try and make my own patterns and i love your style! keep on!

  2. colleen says:

    I second that motion. Your blog is also my very favorite, and i enjoy anything you post about =D
    Ps– Phoebes a little cutie!

  3. Peggy-Sue says:

    Oh gosh – your blog is the first one I check when I get a minute to sit down at the computer, away from my three little ones. Please don’t stress about your blog – I love it!

  4. Euijin says:

    Hi,
    this is Euijin. i ordered your pattern book all the way from Korea couple of month ago. your blog always makes me feel warm and inspired. when ever you feel like you need to take a break, feel free to take one. dont be too stressed out. that is bad for getting inspired and feeling fresh.
    i will always be rooting for your lovely work and effort.
    E.

  5. kerry says:

    There’s just something really nice about your blog – I always enjoy it.
    That picture of phoebe makes me a just a little nostalgic for the days when my kids were babes – what a wonderful time it was… It’s just great that you are enjoying it so much.

  6. marlene says:

    Hang in there. What seems mundane to you is wonderful to the rest of us. I love when you share what is going on in your creative mind. It motivates me. Thank you.

  7. samantha wedelich says:

    hillary, i think you’re great…. sometimes life is just going on its course and i think that’s normal. maybe boring, but normal… and i think we all identify.
    hugs from florida,
    samantha wedelich

  8. Margo says:

    Hi – I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and I really love your style! I’m a stay at home mom who is tip-toeing into crafting, but more often than not my days feel routine and very contented. I don’t think you should apologize for feeling content – go with your heart. I really love the glimpses into your life, too, not just what you’re making. . . thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Stefanie says:

    It seems to be a common trend for us “bloggers” keeping up with the thousands out there who always seem to have brilliant moments everyday.
    If it makes you feel better, I would love to see your every day crafting adventures and mishaps. Whether you know it or not its pretty inspiring to a lot of us out there even if it isnt “earth shatteringly new”
    Enjoy being a momma though as you know already, the teeny tiny stage doesnt last long and you want to take in all of those moments as you can.

  10. nancy says:

    you know what? all of us that are crazy about your blog understand. it isn’t your job to constantly entertain us. enjoy the precious cuties right now and we totally “get” the reason! :-) maybe just share some of the other awesome blogs – especially if new.

  11. Mean Mommy says:

    Just letting you know, whenever I see that Wee Wonderfuls is updated, I click right over.
    Your blog never fails to entertain and inspire me, even when all you’ve posted is a photo of some great new fabric or a short blurb about an idea you have for a project.
    I know what you mean about feeling blog pressure, but don’t you worry. You have loyal readers who are happy to read whatever you post!

  12. Rosalind says:

    I have a 3 year old boy and a 10 month old little girl. You are an amazing lady for doing so much with such small children and moving to a new house to boot. Looking back at the past 10 months with number 2, it has not been easy! Very fuzzy memories and not enough sleep! So hard! Too much to do and not enough time. You are so inspiring and creative. Hang in there and do not underestimate your accomplishments.

  13. Miss Sassy says:

    Geez, I love coming to your blog if only to see your cute logo and baby pictures. But there is so much more to it. If I were in your shoes, I would just enjoy that little one as much as possible and not worry about keeping up.
    I wrote a blurb in one of my blog updates about not being able to keep up with the other mom’s on the Internet here (and admitting that I read gossip blogs…):
    http://sassypriscilla.typepad.com/sassy_priscillas_craft/2007/08/i-started-readi.html
    I probably won’t be able to have anymore babies so it is nice to see what is happening with your little one (though my heart leaps in my throat a bit sometimes as the circumstance about not having more babies is new to me).
    Sometimes we are readers/observers and that is OK. It won’t be forever.

  14. Beth H says:

    I’ve felt the same way so many times. I wax and wane with my enthusiasm for my blog and the constant overwhelming feeling of that ever rising bloglines feed number. I think it’s something we all deal with…glad you said something. We can be crazy, boring weirdos together!

  15. mamie says:

    not boring, not bad…i here you on the bloglines thing, by the time i finish the list my boys are up from their nap. your sweetie looks so lovely all snugged up. i always am happy to see your blog pop up, and i love to read what you write. smiles.

  16. Julie says:

    At least you have a blog AND you craft AND get stuff done….or at least you talk about what you get done:) Your blog is one of my favorites….love reading it…can’t wait to see where make along goes…can’t wait to see what people who finish things put up in the galleries…thank you:)

  17. amy h says:

    I’ve been amazed that you’ve been posting at all with the new little one. I certainly do not expect the same thing of myself when my new one is here in a few weeks! Don’t worry about a certain pace — if it isn’t fun and natural, what’s the point?

  18. Maritza says:

    You are the furthest thing from boring. You are such an inspiration! I can’t believe how much you manage to accomplish and how much crafting you get done and all with a new baby. :)

  19. Nannette Spencer says:

    Boring is good. At least that’s what I’m counting on! Your babe is gorgeous and not boring in the least. Keep on doing your thang! :)

  20. Kate says:

    I have a toddler and a June baby also and I appreciate your blog so much. I get so much inspiration from you. You’re not the least bit boring to me!
    And, I gotta say it, that hair!! She’s gorgeous!

  21. jan says:

    oh who gives 2 flyin’ flips? :) if you feel like bloggin’, then blog, missy! if not, then don’t. and if you wanna just vent and talk about how you don’t wanna blog…that’s cool, too. this will ebb and flow just like the rest of your life does. it’s ok. we’ll all still be here. :0)

  22. Wendy says:

    I was where you are a year ago, and can totally relate. That first year with the second child is such a blur, but you seem much more on top of things that I ever was. You are doing a great job, and your crafts and blog are always so inspiring no matter what you do.
    What an adorable picture! She’s getting so big.

  23. Amy Q says:

    I love anything you have to say. Your site was one of the first craft blogs I came across and felt connected to. Your work is so inspiring to me. I often feel the same way about blogging though, the keeping up with the joneses feelings, because I am just starting out and there are SO many amazing writers and crafters out there. I count you among the amazing ones though so whatever you do it just great. Thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of us.

  24. June says:

    The picture of you with your little sweetpea is so precious.
    I’ve been a non-blogger for quite a while and hestitated to start a blog because I worried about pretty much the same things you’ve mentioned. I’ve finally decided to just start my blog and do those things I want to try and not worry about keeping up with anyone else. Sometimes I’ll be in step and other times I’ll just do my own thing off in the bushes somewhere.

  25. Lesley says:

    I just love your blog – you are so real :)You’ve inspired me to start blogging after worrying that no-one would be interested in anything I have to say! I’ve been so inspired by your blog and your totally fab book and check in most days to see what you are up to. Keep blogging girl 😉

  26. Estelle says:

    No. No. No. Not boring at all. Your blog is probably in my top three favorites out of a list of about 50 that I visit sometimes. I visit yours everyday. I don’t give all my blogs that much attention. I love what you have to say and I love your photographs. Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s great. :o)

  27. liz says:

    don’t worry – you’re definitely not boring!
    i feel the same way a lot of the time. my blog is a lot of family pics, some crafting, some shop-talk, but mostly family pics. and every week i feel like, “well, here we are again at the playground. today was wednesday, so we went to storytime,” etc, etc.
    but the nice thing about blogging and blog reading is that everyone can take it or leave it. you put what you want to out there, and then it’s out of your hands. as long as it feels satisfying to you, go for it! if not, take a break and come back refreshed. sometimes i just need a day or two or four to re-focus and de-sress about bloggy-ness, and i’m renewed again.
    so – don’t worry! besides, you do have a new baby, and no one can get tired of hearing about her, right?

  28. Julia says:

    hillary-
    i LOVE your blog. your style and design sense are so amazingly inspiring to someone who’s just sort of in the beginning stages of this whole crafty making blogging world. and (although i don’t have kids- i do have a fulltime day job though- which can be pretty demanding) i completely understand your feeling of not having much to report but also getting stressed out about that very fact. sometimes i just come home from work and watch a movie and go to sleep and i have nothing to report on the blog. but when i do, i love sharing it- and i love reading everyone else’s blogs and getting inspired for when i do have the time/energy to make. and i just try to remind myself that everyone moves at their own pace and i can’t compare the amount of crafting that i do with people who do this fulltime, or who stay at home and seem to have more free time than me.
    whew- very long comment! anyways- what i mean is, i love you blog, i totally get what you’re saying. and i say- keep plowing through because so many people love you and love checking in here- even if/especially if all you have to show is some adorable pictures of your beautiful children! so thanks for sharing with all of us.

  29. Terry says:

    I am an older (ahem) woman. I really enjoy your blog. It is quite inspiring. It has got me into sewing again after many, many years. Your creations are very wonderful and cute. Not dull and boring like some of the new stuff and not off the wall either. Keep up the good work, and never, ever think that you are boring.

  30. Suzanne says:

    Keep doing what makes you happy. I love your blog, eventhough I sometimes call you Amy when I want to call you Hillary! :)
    Big Hug*

  31. Corinne says:

    Love you for sharing this…it’s really what so many of us are feeling! Take a break….do your thing, and enjoy yourself and your kids…and your crafts! Inspiration comes and goes…and it will come again soon! That new baby can TOTALLY hold you over until then!

  32. blair says:

    Hillary I feel exactly the same way! You just wrote exactly the way I’ve felt for several weeks now, I have felt quite guilty about it actually.
    You really just read my mind!

  33. Bethany says:

    I was just trying to blog after my kids left for their first day of school and I am feeling the same way! Sometimes there is a lot to tell, and sometimes all the words have been used up and it just feels good to be quiet. You blog more frequently than others who have way more time on their hands– it’s okay to take a break sometimes. I think we’ll all still be here 😉

  34. Heather says:

    The Olive and Archie story is the one thing that will pull my dramatic daughter out of a tantrum. We visit your site often 😉
    I think we can all relate to your frustration and worry. Creativity cannot be forced and we don’t expect you to post a brilliant essay each day. I read to remind myself there are so many women just like me whose lives follow the same ebb and flow of inspiration vs. silence.
    Thanks for sharing, please don’t be hard on yourself.

  35. Jen says:

    I enjoy your blog very much and feel the same way. Maybe it’s a september rut? Who knows. I feel like lately I have nothing great to talk about. Phoebe is definately very sweet in her sling.

  36. Melissa Garrett says:

    I think a lot of people feel as you do. I am NOT a crafter by nature, and yet I try my hardest (mainly for my kids). For awhile, I had to stop reading crafty blog because I was getting so frustrated in the fact that, “if they can do it, why can’t I?” You have to have a natural talent for it, which you so clearly do. I think you could take a hiatus for a season, and you would still have 50+ commenters on your return. Your pictures, by themselves, command an audience, so you could post nothing but pictures and people would be happy :-)
    You have A LOT on your plate right now, and finding a groove is a great thing – a lot of moms wish they could find a groove! LOL! Maybe you should take an extended break from blogging – I think we all do it from time to time.
    I’ll echo Heather’s sentiment “Don’t be so hard on yourself.”

  37. Kim says:

    Having a two month old myself, I completely understand what you’re saying here. I think you’re doing a fantastic job. Post when you can—it’s a joy to read it all. (Adorable picture, by the way!)

  38. Lori says:

    You have an incredible blog full of inspiration! If you need to take a break to recharge… by all means do so, escpecially now that you have two little ones. You do so much and are so talented.
    I know what you mean about keeping up with other bloggers though. It’s an easy trap to fall into. That’s probably why my blog was quiet for most of August. The changing of the seasons always brings about fresh creativity.
    Lori

  39. Marianne Wilson says:

    I don’t even know you, but your blog, your adorable children, your crafts and your absolute ingenious way of putting fabrics, textures, patterns, etc. together to make beautiful work is inspiring. If anything, YOU give ME anxiety because your are so damned talented. I can’t compete. I shouldn’t even be thinking that way because this is not a competition. Your work is what I aspire to but the reality is, I can barely install a new zipper without having to undo it 5-7 times and even then it still comes out looking like I was sewing blindfolded. Anyway, I even enjoy your posts about you being frustrated with your work. If anything, it humanizes you, which is important because my interaction with you is through a blog. It’s important to vent and bitch just for the sake of it.
    For what it’s worth, I appreciate your work and your words.

  40. Toni says:

    You are not boring! Just knock that off :) Regular life is what most of us do day in and day out and I find it worthwhile reading myself, I prefer actually. Kudos on what Vicki said, precious days that end way too soon! Just keep tending to that darling little sweetpea :)

  41. Andrea Heinz says:

    I have never thought that your blog was boring. It is one of my favorites. It is nice sometimes to just see a picture.
    You continue to inspire alot of people. But don’t feel like you have to try extra hard to do that. You are inspiring by just being yourself.

  42. Lisa says:

    If you hadn’t given me baby-lust before, this photo sure did! oh to have my toddler be squishable again. I guess I’ll settle with wearing him on my back instead.
    I can relate to your blogging woes. I would like to blog in between projects, but my mind either freezes or races and I’m stuck with a whole mess of a blog entry! I think I’ll stick to just blogging about projects for now. Your blog is very inspiring and not boring the least!

  43. Claudia Delgado says:

    1) you are NOT boring
    2) you are crafting something amazing: you are shaping your children! What could be more interesting, wondrous and awe-inspiring?
    3) don’t feel bad…I understand fully how a creative mom like you (aka the person wearing a gazillion hats) could feel that way every now and then. I am one of those myself, but everytime I feel myself getting stressed, I remind myself of a great line in a wonderful RADIOHEAD song: “…just ’cause you feel it – doesn’t mean it’s there…”
    Lots of love to you and yours!!!

  44. tania says:

    :) i hear ya!!
    but don’t worry- you have a cute little pup to focus on and you are still so super productive! enjoy the mellowness, sounds great- I am feeling so uncrafty myself- don’t know what to do!
    xox

  45. Emily says:

    Um, Hillary: you just recently crafted a child.
    A child born with a tiny black faux-hawk.
    P is the least boring project, ever, and we’d never get tired of just photos of you guys sitting around the house doing nothing. I know what you mean, though, of course. We all do (well, most of us).
    But all you can be is Hillary, with a Hillary-life and Hillary-brain, and that’s more than good enough. It really is.
    xoxo

  46. mary says:

    You don’t have to start worrying about boring until all your posts are about poop and spit-up. Seriously, how could a gorgeous babe all snuggled in a sling ever be boring? I’ve been longing all weekend for a babe to stuff into a sling, must tell hubby we have a new craft project to start working on!

  47. tulip says:

    “To sum up: I’m boring but I’m going with it. Thanks for checking in!”
    That made me laugh out loud! I hear you but I have to say that there’s something comforting in the oasis of beautiful crafting that you have here. :)
    Thanks for keeping it up!

  48. Cyndi Walker says:

    We’ll take you as you come… no questions asked! Love your blog and the inspiration I draw from it. Strangely enough, a small comment from your blog on Jay Ryan has started me buying his prints. So thanks!

  49. Amber says:

    Yeah, as someone with a deskjob with waaaaaay more time to read than post, I’m pretty dang boring. But just think, if everyone posted “I’m so boring” posts with cute babies, well, you’d feel like it was ok to not have something to post. So, you know, now we all feel a little tiny bit better about not having something to post (or time to post it).
    You could always pick up the simple tactic of posting a picture or two of one of the piles you’re happily crafting along on. That’s what’s so inspiring about craft blogs anyway, right? Someone’s pile of same old green garter stitch is someone else’s lighting bolt of inspiration.
    Thanks for all the wonderful lightning bolts (and electric shocks, and gasps of wonder and…)

  50. Lynne says:

    just another echo: your blog has been a total inspiration to me. thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself and your family with all of us out here in cyberspace. i think you are brilliant!

  51. claire says:

    not boring, totally fun with a cute snuggle bug to boot!
    I do know how you feel about the “keeping up with the Joneses”. I have been putting a lot of pressure on myself to have a “cool” blog and have been lagging lately. Maybe my bloggy mojo will return with the cooler weather. I hope I’, not a lost cause!

  52. ros says:

    How can I say anything really different to any one else, we love your blog and appreciate the time you take to write. I don’t have babies any more they are all grown up…. and love to hear and see pics of yours they are so lucky to have such a creative and special Mum,
    Keep up the good work. But only when you feel like it…
    Ros

  53. Deborah says:

    I have a new baby and go through somewhat similar emotions. Sometimes I realize that I am a little quicker to put my daughter down to get to working on something and then I catch myself… it’s a weird balance, passion to create and a desire to be a present mom. I am a happier person creating, but I don’t want to be so busy that I am not enjoying all of these amazingly small and precious moments with my child. I guess there will always be more time to create…
    In the meantime, pictures of your own little dolls are great to peek at. They are wonderful creations. Most people don’t accomplish half of what you do, babies or not.

  54. patricia says:

    You’ve summed up what I’ve been feeling for about a month and could never put to words. I can totally relate. Don’t worry – if anything we’re all trying to keep with your creativity! 😉

  55. skinimini says:

    Hi! De-lurking to say, “Boring?!?!” You have the most beautiful dolls, projects, blog and babies I’ve ever seen! I fell in love with it all back in April, and then you had your baby, and I had to keep checking back every day for new baby pictures. I seriously couldn’t help myself. Your children are gorgeous, everything you make is gorgeous. I could never fall out of love with your blog.
    XOX

  56. Lisa Pijuan-Nomura says:

    Thanks for being so honest. I think that one of the aspects about blogging that is so wonderful to me is the honesty about them. I don’t expect anything from you or any other blogger other than to be honest. As a relatively new blogger I am often questioning what i write, and right now there is no pressure, cause well, i don’t know how many people actually read my blog! heehee..but i think that the more i can realize that it’s about sharing both good and bad the more real i can be. So thanks for not editing..it’s inspiring to the new bloggers of the world!
    Best, Lisa

  57. Ali says:

    Sometimes a well thought out comment is as valuable as a whole post, so don’t feel bad if you’re in more of a reading than writing mood.
    And kiss that soft little head for me please. How I miss being able to do that.

  58. Alexandra says:

    I love your blog. I was led to it by The Crafter’s Companion. I am now about to embark on making the apron. Thank you for your and your craft colleagues inspiration. I have also started a blog! Although comparatively mine is pretty bad.

  59. julia says:

    Your blog is always interesting, to me. But I know that same feeling keeps me (and many others) from writing regularly. I want to express something, but don’t want to try to make it clever, or entertaining, so I just don’t bother.
    But then? I remember that the blogs I most like reading are those that simply document daily life. Well, not in an “I ate Life cereal today” kind of way (though I’ve never personally stumbled on that kind of fabled “boring” blog), but anyway I don’t expect deep insights or hilarity or that sort of thing. Actually, blogs that feature that kind of entry time after time sometimes turn me off, because they wind up seeming less human, and also intimidating. I really read blogs for a leaning into the kitchen window-type look into others’ worlds. Maybe that’s weird (and not too well-expressed), but I just like hearing about the thoughts and feelings and creations and general happenings of others.

  60. Megan says:

    Wow — I’ll jump on the already-crowded bandwagon to tell you how lovely and inspirational your blog has been to me every since I found it — I was ‘just a knitter’ then but you’ve inspired me to explore embroidery and sewing and it’s been great fun. Anyway, thank you very much indeed for a lovely, lovely blog, and please don’t stress about blogging!

  61. susaninfrance says:

    you are such a cutie and what an adorable photo. obviously you must be assured that everyone loves your blog, even if you just ramble about random things…your style is what we come for here…you have a gift for showing things that inspire in a very unintimidating way…not to say yours are not as perfect as the rest, but i guess you share more about your creative process and make it look do-able for the rest of us out here. you ARE crafty blogland for me…my absolute FAV—got me started with a hobby i just adore now. thanks for that!!! and thanks for sharing that it is hard for you too, makes you more human and real.

  62. Alex says:

    Just be and enjoy yourself, mark all new entries at Bloglines as read from time to time, and don’t worry about being boring – you’re my craft blog queen, no matter what happens.

  63. peanut says:

    Hi,
    Your picture is beautiful. The two of you together like that is such a wonderful sight.
    Your’s is just the type of blog I like best. You do things with the stuff you’ve got and I find myself looking into my cupboards and discovering a wealth of possibilites.
    :)
    ps. What kind of baby sling is that? It looks really nice.

  64. Dees says:

    Hi from Holland,and thank you for sharing this post and not deleting it.I think a lot of people can realate to it,I certainly can.Since I have my blog I too feel a sort of pressure to post something interesting and most of the time feel I am boring the crap out of everybody with my stories,but it turns out that that is what other people love,and can relate to.So yeah for feeling boring and sharing it with everybody!
    hugs Dees
    PS Love love love the wee baby,those pics are NEVER boring!

  65. Heather G says:

    not boring at all! i totally sympathise about the creating stress/keeping up with the joneses bit, though. i see the things that others are making/crafting/sewing, and it makes me feel boring and bland and kind of, well, inferior? i don’t know. sometimes i take a break from the blogs and just do my thing. also, as a mom with four kiddos, i luv seeing your baby pics! please don’t ever think that a new life is boring. it’s the best thing you could ever craft :)

  66. Bettsi says:

    I do truly hope that you are happy to be “boring”. (Which you never are!) I remember when my babes were small and everyone was telling me how great my crafts were and how I should sell them and I couldn’t really find any enthusiasm for the idea. (This was pre-internet, of course!) I was content, creating and parenting. In a few years, you will feel your focus shift again and it will be time. For now, kiss the fuzzy head and listen to the long monologue and enjoy!
    But stay here and share it all with us!

  67. gretchen says:

    I lived in Tokyo a few years ago and fell in love with Japanese sewn characters and the books about them. Your blog is amazing.Your work is extraordinary.

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