Long time no see! I'd like to say that I stopped blogging because of the Pandemic, but I dropped the ball back in 2019, so I don't think that excuse will fly. LOL! All I can say is that life got in the way and then I just got out of the habit of writing my blog.
I took a very lllllooooonnnnnnggggggg break, but now I'm ready to get back into blogging mode.
So, hello! Let's start over together.
A lot has happened for me since 2019. I bet you can say the same, huh?
First, let me tell you a little bit about my cool new job. I am now a Virtual Assistant at Villa Rosa Designs, www.villarosadesigns.com. I started this new job in 2021, after I left the library I had worked at for over 10 years.
It was time for a change. Starting a new job is always a bit scary, but I was more excited than scared about my career change. Now I work from home, which is awesome -- my commute is only down the stairs to my office/studio dungeon in the basement. I write patterns, do quilt diagrams, create quilt mock ups, write the weekly blog, do tutorials for the blog, and whatever other projects that come up. Love my job. I will say that working from home does have a few drawbacks, though. I am now more physically available so I get more interruptions. Sometimes it's hard to get to my work because home/family things get in the way.
After losing all of our older/elderly cats during the Pandemic, all of a sudden we were the pet parents of one lonely cat, Pip. I adopted a kitten in late 2021 and this year as in a couple months ago in 2022, we adopted a very energetic and sweet Shih Tzu puppy, Bailly. We have a super active furry family now with a young cat and a 5 month old puppy, who by the way are about the same size, and Pip who is about as energetic as a snail.
Here are my furbabies:
|This is Bailly in her Christmas dress!
|Here's my boy, Griffin!
|Here's my perfectly plump Pip!
In 2021, I tried something new -- self-publishing on Amazon. Luckily, I had already written 3 books the traditional way and published them with craft book publishers, so I had a more-than-average understanding of the world of publishing. Which was good, because writing, editing, and illustrating your own books takes time and patience.
My first self-published book:
Happy New Year!
|Image by callmetak on Freepik