Commonplace

When I first started reading (okay, lurking around) blogs it was all knitting all the time. After the knitting blog obsession, I moved quickly into a quilting- and sewing-blog phase. Next came a hefty dose of graphics and design-blogs. When I finally put pen to paper, as it were, to start my own blog I felt I needed to define it. I felt that I had to 'fit in' somewhere. What would the category be? Was I a quilter, knitter, general crafty gal? I thought this blog should be a place where I could discuss my obsession with changing knitting patterns and brag about my special superhuman ability to identify a yarn's fiber content by touch (it's a gift).  It would be a virtual knitting group or quilting bee. I chose the name because of a lifelong interest in patchwo4k as a metaphor for, well, everything.

At first I felt something reminiscent of high school. I was caught up on a sort of popularity contest in my mind. I though too much about what would 'drive traffic' and how many comments I received. I was planning posts based on what I thought people would want to read and not about what I wanted to write. I felt apologetic if my content wasn't crafty enough. It was becoming increasingly clear to me that my vision for this space was changing.

As I wrote more, I discovered that what I found most rewarding wasn't necessarily craft-related at all but rather, exploring my daily life from with a different focus. The blogs I became most drawn to inspired me to create, certainly, but they helped me to look at how and why creating enhances my days. Thinking about my life in these terms has been helpful in finding joy in small daily moments.

It's not a glamorous life. I cook and clean (although less of the latter). I mother and partner. I strive to express myself through crafting and writing and work. I push towards becoming the person in my ideal and I take many backwards steps along the way. I have good days and less-good days.

It is in the spirit of all that I introduce to you now my 'new' blog: commonplace :: scenes from a life. It's a celebration of my everyday—what I do and who I try to be. So, less pressure from myself to write about what I think people may want to read. More room to express what's actually on my mind. Of course, I knit and sew and cook and there will be plenty of all that. If it's not the blog you are looking for, I'll be okay with that. And if it is, then I hope we can learn from each other and find some inspiration.

And oh yes, I'm back from Martha's Vineyard and will post photos of our time there—including The Agricultural Fair (read: cute fiber-related animals) soon.