so long for now

So.

Maybe you have noticed, but I haven't been around much since Christmas.  I've been drafting this post for a long time, trying to come up with an acceptable list of reasons I'm putting the breaks on this blog, but haven't had the courage to actually publish it.  Besides, it is boring.

Here is the short version:  I took a little break from blogging this winter and felt nothing but relief.  I'm not sick, not pregnant, don't have major life changes on the horizon.  What I do have are three small, exuberant children who demand all the time and attention as I have to offer.  As much as I love blogging, something's gotta give.


For the past 7 years, I have really enjoyed being your crafty friend!  I'll still be sewing my brains out, I just won't be taking as much time to write about it.  You can see all my most current projects and pictures of some of the cutest kids on earth on Instagram (my username is homemadebyjill).   I know everyone does not use instagram, so I installed a photo widget here in the blog sidebar - check it out to my latest photos (you can click on them to see it bigger).


Even though I won't be here regularly, I do reserve the right to throw a post out here any time I like.  :)  That means when I finish Ruby's super awesome princess birthday party in July, you will be sure to see some pictures.


I hope someday return to a regular blogging schedule!  It may be a year or more, but I'm sure absence will make the heart grow fonder.  Until then, keep crafting, internet friends!

love,
Jill

105 comments:

Emily said...

Enjoy your three wonderful children and the time with your family!! They are the most important.

Eve* said...

I'll miss your blog posts, but totally understand why you need to stop! Enjoy your time with your family! God bless, Eve, xx

Knit stitch craft said...

I completely understand, you will be greatly missed though. You have been so inspiring to me. Wishing you lots of wonderful family time x

Bless by Tone said...

you will be missed! But I totally understand your reasoning! Enjoy them, they are so precious!

Welcome to the Mouse House said...

i totally noticed you haven't been around as much and I had a feeling I knew why!

Good for you…. we will all miss your posts, but you are doing what is best for you . You were one of the first blogs I ever started to read and I have appreciated everything you have offered.

Take care!!

Second Generation Thrifter said...

As sad as it is, I completely understand. Your blog has also been my favorite blog to go to (actually my first blog to visit and a blog I reference to a lot). Thank you for taking the time to do what you do! Enjoy those three little babies now, because they will be grown up before you know it.

Mary said...

Jill, you have your priorities straight! Enjoy the little ones while they're still little!

Shanna said...

Good for you! I've loved reading your blog, but your family is lucky to have you. Best wishes and enjoy the time with your little ones!!

Marsha M. said...

I will miss your posts but life is about change and growth and joy. I hope you find those in abundance! Thank you.

valentinegirl said...

it seems every blogger i follow winds up doing this at some point. To create a blog with lots of content takes so much work--I can see how it all gets to be too much. Enjoy your time with no regrets.

Mandy Beyeler said...

enjoy it all!!

Lauren said...

Jill- just wanted to say Kudos to you! You don't need to feel angst over providing your readers a reason.

You need to follow your heart and do what's best for you. Will miss your posts and those super adorable kiddos!

You'll still be in my RSS Reader so I will catch when you do post ;)

Rhiannon said...

I've been a bit the same recently too! you'll be missed, but luckily I'm already following (and stealing ideas) from instagram. enjoy your three cuties!

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Anonymous said...

I love your blog, but totally understand, and hey, you need to take time for YOU =) Enjoy your break, but come back soon =)

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

I completely understand... I have struggled with this too and so nothing happens (last post was in Feb)I just don't feel like I'm a blogger anymore. Which is weird, because it's not like I stopped crafting or baking, I just stopped writing about it I guess?

Janel said...

I share your feelings! I love blogging about my little life, but REAL life takes 1st priority. Thanks for all the KWC posts though! I loved it, and that was a perfect "ending". :)

Nicole said...

Enjoy the kids - I have three and barely time to read blogs! I'll keep you in my reader so I don't miss out on any future posts of brilliance!

Shantel Jones said...

I'll miss your posts, your blog was one of the first I discovered! But I do understand its amazing how much time blogging can eat up, good luck in the meantime!

Lisa and Mark said...

Good for you!!!!!!!

Evie Jones said...

Family always comes first. Have fun!

Josh and Laura said...

You've been one of my very favorite craft bloggers! Thank you for sharing all your darling ideas and projects. I have used many, many of your ideas and loved all the results. Thank you!!

RyanSarahN said...

Enjoy your break! Thanks for all the inspiration you've given me. Your KCW was amazing! I am planning on making a Snow White "casual" outfit for my daughter just like yours and I even bought that same cute "in plain sight" fabric to copy you and make shorts for my son. Thanks again!

Tara said...

So sad t see you take a break but only for the selfish part of me. The other (main) part of me is thrilled that you're going to be enjoying your cutie pies! Enjoy!

Janie Mauter said...

I've been reading your blog for several years - it got me through pregnancy with ruched shirts! However, I understand and have fun with the kiddos!

Wendy Markt said...

Sad for us, but good for you for making the choice that's best for you and your family!

Charity said...

I'll miss you! But I'm so happy that you will still be popping in occasionally. =)

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

Savour it Jill. What a step of courage in the blogging "more is more" world. Enjoy your children. I'll so miss stopping by. Like many other readers, yours was one of my first blogs in my list (from your so you think you're crafty days!) will be sad to see you go on one hand, but happy for you on the other.
All the best! Xo

Anonymous said...

While I will miss your posts, I must say good for you! I gave up blogging three years ago for the same reasons, and I haven't looked back. Enjoy your kids and have fun!

-Mandy

Stephanie said...

I love you even more. Have fun with those babies and pop in to say hi once in a while. We'll still be here for you.

Jenny S. said...

Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas! You are an inspiration and I look forward to your return. Enjoy the family time!

Emily's World said...

Understand completely Jill! Thanks for sharing your talent and adorable children! Enjoy!

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kristin said...

I understand too, but I gotta say I'm super glad you're on Instagram! It's like a mini blog anyway. :)

danielle said...

Thanks for all of the inspiration you have provided! I have followed you for the last 6 years and I have loved every idea you have shared. Enjoy your time with your kiddos!

Jeneta said...

What a wonderful reason! I look forward to the princess party photos.

Riece said...

Happy for you that you are making choices that feel right for your family! But I will definitely miss your posts, you're maybe my number one favorite sewing blogger! I just followed you on IG, so make sure you post where you got your fabric and patterns, and maybe I'll survive! ;) thanks for this great blog! Hope you love having more time for those cute kiddos!

t j said...

God bless you!! Enjoy your children!! They grow before your eyes... I just lost my youngest (30) on my eldest's birthday 5/5/13... Has been a very hard week, but I know I will see her again!!! Spend time & make memories... they will never forget!!! ♥Tess

Tara said...

I respect you for your decision! Your blog is my favorite and I will miss you but I completely understand. Thanks for all the great inspiration so far!

Tracy Cook said...

Blogging should be fun . Not a chore well done

Sharlyn said...

Thumbs up to being Mommy! "it's the toughest job you'll (we'll) ever love" :-). I think the Army stole our slogan :-)

Anonymous said...

I understand, but I will miss your creativity and your posts. You were the very first craft/sewing blog I ever looked at, and you continue to be one of my very favorites. Have fun with those cuties.

Holly D

elena said...

Thanks Jill for all the time you gave us: I started crafting inspired by your christmas advent calendar, and then I made a quiet book for my son (4yo yesterday, cheering with a dino-party!), a track for his cars made with felt look like radiator spings, a travel car box, etc etc. Elena from Italy!

Chez Roo said...

I have loved reading your posts, and seeing your creations, but I equally love that you are going to be enjoying this time with your littles.

Oh Sew Liz said...

You were the first blog I ever enjoyed reading. I'm sad to see you stop! Good Luck and hope to see you blogging in the future. :)

gail said...

ah, good for you! i look forward to seeing you, your creations, and your beautiful kids on instagram. they are so lucky to have you!

Anna said...

I'll miss you but thankfully you live one block from me and I see you every Sunday at church! You are so talented though and your amazing skills will be missed...!

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Valerie said...

Jill--I enjoy your blog---but commend you for making a very wise choice, you will (most likely) NOT regret!! Children are only little once...coming from one whose three are now grown...spend time now!
No regrets,
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Margaret in Canada said...

Hello Jill,

I have enjoyed your blog for a while now and am sad to see you go, but I think that taking a break is a great thing for you and your family. Your blog has been a source of inspiration and comfort for me, a place to just relax and see some friendly faces after a long day. I wish you and your family well. Enjoy your well-deserved blogging break. :)

troutdalite said...

what great sentiments! I've enjoyed your boppin' and sewing blogs. So wise to enjoy the kids, crafts and baking, just give up the writing...for now!

Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your heart in so many ways and thank you for the beautiful example of setting limits in today's world. Not one of us can do it all - and do it all WELL. God bless you and your sweet babies.

Anonymous said...

I miss your posts already, but I understand. Hugs to you and your gorgeous kids and many thanks for your wonderful creations you've shared with us all. You've inspired me in so many ways!
Bonne chance :)
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Megan said...

I shall miss your crafty ramblings, but soak up that time at home!!

Alicia said...

Ah, times and seasons, right? I'm glad you'll get to soak in your kids, and that I can keep up with you on instagram. Of course, I have always loved your blog and will miss it - and I'm sure I will be referencing old posts as I always do for tutorials and inspiration. =)

Justine/ Sew Country Chick said...

Blogging takes a tremendous amount of energy plus time away from my family and I think I would want a break too, especially after seven years! God bless and thanks for all of the inspiration you've given.

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Blogging takes a tremendous amount of energy plus time away from my family and I think I would want a break too, especially after seven years! God bless and thanks for all of the inspiration you've given.

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Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

I've always admired you, Jill, and your blog was one of the first I ever read/followed! I'm so glad you will be on instagram so we can keep in touch and see your cute kiddos and projects. :D

kaly said...

Family comes first! I think everyone can understand how much you want to be there for your three beautiful children! I can understand and I applaud you.

Enjoy having a little bit less in your life so you can give a little more where it counts.

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Glad to discover you are at least semi-human! Love you Jill.

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This just proves you are the SUPER MOM your readers see you as! I will miss your posts, but I look forward to your random posts just as much! Enjoy the time with your babies, that time is so short! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us!

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Maryon said...

Hi Jill,

My name is Maryon, I'm french, and I love your blog since a long time. I speak a very bad english so I never write you :) I hope one day, you'll want to blogg as before.

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