Whenever I’m in a real craft rut, I clean my craft room. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to get the creative mojo going – a nice, neat tidy space. Other times, a clean workplace is just an empty space, and I sit and twiddle my thumbs, waiting for inspiration to fill that space. So, I’ve spruced up the blog – I installed a new theme, I customized my home page and my blog posts, and I’ve organized my categories. And, I’m typing . . . that’s something. I don’t know if the inspiration is here, and I am driven to write, but I know I need to write. I’ve lost words, you see. I reach for a word, and it’s just beyond my grasp. I find myself describing movies as “good,” and the weather as “bad.” Once I spoke in paragraphs, now it’s “sweet, nice, great!” I don’t know if it’s acclimating to the brevity of social media that’s caused this, or just laziness, but I know I don’t like it. And, there’s something deeper going on. I find social media, the news cycle, and the general unrest we’re experiencing as a nation unsettling. I fear paralysis. Every day I disengage a little more, and writing about my little crafts seems frivolous, and small. But, it’s not really – this is a small place after all, this blog of mine, and I should write whatever I like, frivolous, important, somewhere in between. The important thing is to write, to recover my words that seem to have scattered in the wind, gather them up and put them back in my word basket. So, to that end, I’m not longer going to write about just crafts – I’m going to write about whatever I feel like. Maybe a movie or book review, maybe my thoughts on a podcast, maybe my current knitting project.
Lemon & Olive will always be a craftastic place, but it has to be more to me, by being less. What I mean by that is, the purpose of Lemon & Olive was to engage with the craft community. Now, I need it to be more personal. Of course there were never any rules – I never had to write about just crafts, obviously, but when a blog has a tagline of “a craftastic place to be” I think there’s an expectation that the blog will be about crafts, and now, I find that too restrictive. I want to be transparent; if you hit this page, you may stumble on politics, or opinions you may not agree with, along with my knitting, quilting or arting. And, if you don’t come back, that’s ok. if you want to engage with me in the comments about a differing opinion, that’s ok too. Is it now a lifestyle blog? I don’t think so – I don’t think of myself as generating click bait titles, or writing posts with 10 things, or anything like that. For now, we’ll just call it my online journal, personal enough to mean something to me, but not so personal that it’s too intimate to share. Maybe it’s a magazine. We’ll see. See that – I lost some words in there – going from “maybe’ to “we’ll see.” Hopefully, I’ll lose lazy shorthand like that, make the connections, and in turn, connect with you.