I was going to pop this in my post tomorrow, but it didn't seem to fit and was a bit long so I will just link to it tomorrow instead. I think it works better as a stand alone post.
So, just a few notes of admin and housekeeping!
Firstly of all, Five On Friday.
There will be no Five On Friday in August, I always take a break in August and this year will be the same. So next week will be last one until September when we will start again on 2nd September. I will try and remind you the week before, but the link will appear in any case so I am sure that will prompt you.
I hope we can all enjoy the summer and stop thinking in Fridays!
If you have read my blog for a long time you will know that I have struggled with replying to comments. If you have specific questions I always try to reply, but I don't always get to reply to everyone because a lot of people, and more all the time it seems, are no reply bloggers.
Going forward I will try and reply to all comments in the comments, so do go back and look to see if I have left you a message! I will try and do this every couple of days, so if the reply isn't there immediately do look another time. I have replied to comments from the last week if you want to go and see what I have said.
Also in the vein of comments, I find that it is getting harder and harder to comment on all of your blogs all of the time. Up until recently I have tried to comment on every single one of your posts. Not in a stalkerish way - I hope! - but in a friendly way. However, I cannot always manage it now that I am busier working and with everything else that I have going on in life. Just like you do!
I hope that you will therefore please excuse me if I don't always comment on all of your posts. I hope that will not stop you from visiting me, and please don't think that I am not visiting and reading your posts, I might just not always say so!
This is really really difficult for me. I struggle with it a lot. I feel that I should read and comment on every single post of everyone whose blog I read, and everyone who comes and comments here, but it really isn't possible. I feel terrible guilt though and as though you will be upset, but finally something has had to give.
So please forgive me and don't be cross! I hope that the replying to your comments here will help with our bloggy relationship!
Moving on from thinking about time, I said in the last podcast that I would be back in two or three weeks, and I may be, but I am also thinking of taking August off from that too. I hope that you will bear with me if I do, but again, I just need some time!
Finally, I have been having a bit of a tidy up in Bloglovin as I was finding it difficult with all of the blogs I follow. I realised that there were a lot of blogs on my list that are no longer active - and sadly when I went and checked quite a few that no longer even exist - so I have deleted them which means that I am no longer following them. If I have accidentally unfollowed you and your blog is still active please can you drop me an e-mail and let me know so that I can pick you up again. If I did unfollow and you are still active it really was by accident!
My hope is that by having just the blogs that are active on the list I can easily see who has posted and keep in touch with you more easily.
During August I am not sure if I will also blog as I usually do or less, but I will still be around and will definitely return in September. I am not stopping blogging, this is just a summer break.
Also I haven't decided if I will keep my Etsy shop open during August or not. I am going to do another - sorry, two in one day which really is very very rare for me - post in moment of the things I currently have, so if you want to order something please feel free to do so and then if I do put the shop into holiday mode during August you will not be waiting.
The shop will reopen again and the pattern shop on Ravelry remains open all of the time because you are purchasing an automatic PDF download so it doesn't matter if I am not around or not.
Sorry if this is rather rambly, you can see why I wanted to write it as a separate post!
I am terrified that saying all of this will somehow cause the most terrible offence and that you will all run off, but please don't take offence. It isn't because I don't want to be in touch, or don't care. I care deeply, but I need a little rest!
Thank you for understanding! See you tomorrow, and next week - and shortly with that shop post of course! - and then we will see each other in September for sure even if we don't see each other so much in August!
Love to you all, from my home to yours!