Dude. I just went to write a post about my progress on the dream bubble
embroideries and realized that I hit 1000 posts! Yesterday. That post
about my serviceberry was my 1000th post. ha. Not so momentous. I’m
trying to decide if 1000 posts in 4 1/2 years is really all that. It’s
a good thing that I was all gung ho posting everyday back there in the
beginning because I’ve definitely had my slowing down moments. Back
then before baby #2, before I was a (very) small business, it was a lot
easier to find time to sit and collect my thoughts and check in with
everyone. Now I am so scattered it seems all my conversations take
place in my head and don’t actually make their way out into the world.
But I really want to get back to blogging regularly and not just about
shop updates. I’ve always struggled with this blog because if I’m not
crafting I’m not posting. I’m lazy with my camera and I don’t
really seem to have a "lifestyle" life anyway. Sometimes I do. We’ll
have a robot birthday party or being running through the arboretum on a
beautiful day in particularly cute outfits. But lately we’re so busy and scooting along and the shoving chicken nuggets in my kids mouth as we’re
running out the door to music class or preschool life doesn’t really seem to be the
family life I see people wanting to hear about. Mostly though, it’s the lack of
babysitter. Whenever things get super yawn dull around wee wonderfuls
you can bet it’s because my babysitter is on vacation, off getting
married, visiting grad schools or completely absent. We’ve been
babysitter-less since school started and I’m eeking by with help from
my mom and sister (thanks guys!) but I’m hoping to find some new help
and get organized and then get interesting!

I have lots I’d love to write about, all sorts of new inspiration, tons
of new toys.. I haven’t even shown off my new Blythe doll! Or posted
about any of my new ebay finds, vintage fabrics, paper dolls, etc. Lots
of stuff to play with.

And I have big handmade holidays plans this year. I got all the
Christmas toy catalogs in the mail in the past few weeks and I’m making
my lists. "Items I can make versions of myself" being the longest list.
And I’ve got a rant going in my head about completely insane, oversized, over-the-top, bank-breaking, luxury toys for kids. Maybe if you’re lucky I’ll
unleash that on y’all.

I’m also thinking a lot lately about the business of blogging and the
direction craft blogs are going and where I’m heading. I’ve got a few
crash and burn stories I haven’t shared yet and maybe hopefully soon
some success stories.

Big plans for the next 1000! Now the trick is just getting them out of my head and into the typepad.

So now back to regularly scheduled blogging. I’d signed in today to say we’re
chugging along on fleecy monkey (btw, polar fleece is on sale now at
joanns. fleecy monkey takes 3/4 yd of brown and 1/4 yd of gold) …

cousin maggie hugging fleecy monkey

and also on the dream bubble embroideries. Both will be available by the end of the week in get-right-on-it-PDF format.


52 thoughts on “1001

  1. Samantha says:

    Oh fooey! It’s always interesting here! But I do know exactly what you are talking about…as my little pattern business grows and I get more and more distributors wanting things from me, it gets much harder. Just finding time to just check my favorite blogs (yours!) is like heaven. My inbox is out of control with unanswered emails, I haven’t been able to reply to many comments, and I have a big order that should have been in the mail Friday hanging over my head. I guess what I should say is that you are not alone, and we will think you are interesting no matter what you post, and we will be hanging around to see the next 1000 posts!

  2. elliebelle says:

    I know how you feel when you say you are scatter brained and have many different ideas of what to craft or write about – but just actually making yourself do it can be so difficult! But I must say you are doing a great job. I always like stopping by to see your next creation. Congratulations on the 1000th post! :)

  3. Sally McEntire says:

    Happy 1001!! You know, what I like about you is that you aren’t perfect or trying to portray that you are. I really enjoy what you make and do and that you are keeping it real. Thanks Hillary!

  4. PaperDollyGirl says:

    A new Blythe doll?? Welcome to the world of Blythe! I get such a kick out of my dolls, out of sewing and knitting for them. I assume you already know about the TIB forums? Lots of great advice about customizing there. Let me know if you are ever looking for Blythe info! And congrats on the 1000 posts!

  5. amanda says:

    Congrats on the 1001 posts!
    I know what you mean with the no blogging thing. I don’t like to do a post without a picture and since I’m not doing any crafty stuff, there’s no pics, hence the no blogging thing.
    On the bright side, I am looking forward to the monkey pattern, yay!

  6. Rosalind Sew Sydney says:

    I love your craft blog and you make me smile. I am in the same boat with two small kids and I am constantly amazed and encouraged by your crafting and sewing. I just made three of your dolls for Xmas presents! Can’t wait to get the latest embroidery. Go the next 1000 posts!

  7. nan says:

    I so know what you are speaking about. Today is just one of those days where the phone is ringing off the hook, the emails keep coming in…
    bottom line – I can’t wait for your dream bubble kiddies! hee.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I look forward to the dream embroideries a lot! And I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all those different subjects soon. I wouldn’t worry about the “lifestyle” thing. We already like you and it’s good to hear about “regular” stuff, too, ya know? And I hear you about the toy rant.

  9. mamie says:

    i just cut my pieces for robot to go with the space boys i made our twins 6 months ago. i am kinda glad you do not blog too many new things because i feel compelled to make almost everything in your shop. i love your tweets and that helps fill the gap between posts. now for the monkeys, must plan to crank those out, hopefully for xmas. yay!

  10. carol says:

    I love weewonderfuls and I think you are pretty cool too. Thanks for sharing your world whether creative or not…I’m so happy to have you as a friend. :)

  11. Angela says:

    Congratulations on 1001! Thanks for the honesty. Sometimes I feel so inadequate when I read blogs because I am not taking pictures of my children crafting or my lovely home etc. mainly because those things don’t exist all the time. I am amazing and inspired by your creativity and don’t at all mind hearing about the mundane things of our life with children. It gives all of us less creative people hope.

  12. jenny says:

    I know what you mean about not living a blog worthy life at times…but then again it can be so comforting to know that women the world over are running out the door, partly dressed while the kids are all spiffy. Wondering if there’s enough petrol to get to school and dreading getting out at the petrol station because you can only assume your feet are so comfortable because you have your slippers on! Ha! Congratulations on your 1001th post.

  13. jam says:

    Congrats on your 1001st post. Your posts are always an inspiration but most of the time I just sit back and marvel at your wonderful creations.
    Of course Oscar and Phoebe being two of your very best creations.

  14. Cherry Tree Lane says:

    I would love it if my little life mirrored yours. Im in the first 2 years of blogging and I love it, do it frequently, but would love to be so busy with my small business that I don’t have AS MUCH time! :) Here is to wishing!

  15. andrea says:

    wow, congratulations on 1001 posts! that’s quite a feat. Oh, and I would love, love, LOVE to hear about your new blythe doll, as I am thinking about getting one myself. :]

  16. mabelcakes says:

    Happy 1001!!
    I love reading your blog and never think it boring.
    It is ok that the crafty posts wax and wain … I think we all experience that and some days even the best of us wear mismatched sweats and feel very uninspired.
    I suspect even Martha Stewart isn’t Martha Stewartie ALL the time. 😉
    I also have to say congrats on getting your first Blythe!!
    Which one did you get?!
    They are addicting little devils … I love making clothes for mine.
    I think someone else had mentioned this prior but if you haven’t already you should check out Thisisblythe.com.
    There is a lot of dolly/crafty goodness going on over there!

  17. gingerbread stars says:

    1001!!! That is amazing! That number numbs the mind. I enjoy what you have to share and to think of all the beautiful projects and all the pretty words that make up 1001… it is truly impressive! I look forward to the next 1001!

  18. shannon says:

    I can always detect what kind of week we’ve had, simply by counting how many days I fed the children chicken nuggets hot off the paper towel.
    Congrats on the milestone, I’ve been reading your blog since the countdown to junebaby.

  19. Claire says:

    Congratulations! That’s a lot of blogging. I am keen to hear your rants, crash and burn stories and your take on the direction of craft blogging… here’s to the next 1000! xx

  20. aleta says:

    Things I love about you and WeeWonderfuls, after many years of reading your blog:
    1. I keep coming back for your sense of humour
    2. The way you share your failures as well as your successes
    3. The sheer originality of your designs, their playfulness
    4. How you set up vignettes when you photograph your work
    5. Your use of colour – so retro.
    I don’t worry when you’re quiet – after all, you need time to create! Give yourself a pat on the back and be assured that we can wait for a new post while you have a bit of family time when you need it. Many of us are working Mums and we really do understand!

  21. Rae says:

    Wow! 1001 posts is crazy amazing. And you have to know that you have set the industry standard when it comes to blog and crafting productivity…so bravo!
    Can’t wait for that fleecy monkey pattern! SO DARN CUTE.

  22. jess says:

    I can’t wait to get that monkey pattern! And I love what you did with the blankie. I’d been dying to try your stitch ladies but I couldn’t figure out what I’d do with them once I’d finished.

  23. Martha says:

    Hi! Long-time lurker here. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. You’re definately in my top five favorites to read. I’m 52 years old, have two teen age girls, am a long-time crafter and am battling a recurrent type of cancer. What I love about your blog is the simplicity and joy that are evident both in the blog’s style and in your lives. It takes me back to when my kids were young. Your designs are wonderful! I love seeing your home style and ideas – all so fresh. And I love seeing and hearing about your kids – the everyday stuff is the magic stuff. Keep up the good work!

  24. Marie says:

    Wow. 1000 posts, that’s a lot of bloggin! Congratulations Hilary.
    I couldn’t agree with you more about the overpriced trash that is advertised for kids at the moment. It’s really gets my back up. That’s why all the small people I have to get gifts for this year are getting handmade dolls from a certain KCL pattern 😉
    Hope your list gets shorter by completion as quickly as it got long by ideas!

  25. Kelley Hart says:

    No matter what you’re blogging about, I love it! Your designs are so special and sincere. I’ve been reading for a while and I am truly inspired by all you do. Congratulations on 1001!

  26. Holly says:

    Please don’t worry about changing your blog. I LOVE your blog just the way it is. I am glad you feel reenergized and look forward to being inspired by you!

  27. Tiffany says:

    :) I’m OCC.. obsessive-complusive clicking.. pressing refresh hoping for that fab dream bubbles embroideries (of eight) will be for sale. and wondering how much it will be? Super super super excited. xo.

  28. Kari says:

    I just wrote a post about this on my blog. About not being perfect and that is OK!
    Congrats on your 1001st post. I love visiting here for the cute projects and ideas. I think you are doing a great job and everybody loves you! :)

  29. Cassandra says:

    I’m totally with you on the overpriced luxury toys for children lot. I’m actually making your patterns for gifts this year! (Olives for my daughters and Robot and Spaceboy for my nephews.)

  30. christina says:

    my life is so interesting with the 2 little ones i almost blogged about microfibre cleaning clothes. i actually did mention ,in the blog, that i almost blogged about the microfibre cleaning clothes.
    i love reading your blog so much- it’s like we are at the same point with our businesses and with our kids. i feel the pain with the babysitter- people always ask ‘how do you do it’ (as i’m sure they ask you all the time).. it’s the babysitter- things don’t get done without her.
    good job on the 1000ish posts- freakin’ amazing mama!!

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