When the road turns...

Hello sweet friends. I'm so happy you've joined me on this resurrected blogging gig of mine. It was about 3 years ago I ended my short run with the homesteading/life/homeschool/whatever else blog of mine. I have regretted it. Writing is my outlet. It is my first love. My old friend. Where I feel most ... me. I'm ready to feel me again.
So here we are. Writing. I have so much to say, but for my first run I'll keep it brief for the sake of you sweet readers.

You've probably found me through Instagram as you've come to know me through our shared love of fiber arts. I am an indie dyer. I love dying yarn. I've always been mesmerized by colors and how they play and capture one another; making the other shine in facets it wouldn't otherwise if left on its own. I will always love taking those shimmering skeins and transforming them into heirlooms. Heirlooms my children will one day squeeze to their noses to remember their youth and times that were simpler.

As it always does, the road of my life is turning. I would like to say this happened quite abruptly and blame it on circumstances within our little crafty community, but I cannot. I see now that this road has slowly been shifting directions for quite some time. I'm sure recent events have sped up the pace and illuminated where my road is leading. And for that I am thankful.
If you're concerned, please don't be. I am not quitting dying yarn. I am simply shifting my online presence. In an effort to belong to a community that is welcoming, uplifting, safe, and what my heart needs as my journey changes I will be shifting my Instagram account to images of life. My life. A "behind the maker" if you will. This shift includes a slight change in my username to reflect a broader sense of my space. I want to be raw with you. Share my struggles with you. Share how God is moving and working in my life. Share my story. That means a little less yarn and a lot more life.
But where can you find the yarn?
Here! I'll be here. Please enjoy browsing the website and make sure you are signed up for my newsletter as that is where you will get ALL of the shop's information as in restocks, new colorways, coupons and sales, and local venues I am vending at. Yes, local venues!! I am pushing to create more of a local presence. To engage with real people where real emotions and conversations can be had. I will be teaching classes and expanding my business to offer different items (more to come later on that one). Of course you will still see yarn in my Instagram feed, because this craft is a large portion of my life. I refuse to let the current mood of this craft crush the timelessness and deep connection to when life was simpler and people were present. So if you wish to keep following, I look forward to evoking that same nostalgia for you in my photos.
But as my season in life changes...I'm homeschooling a 7th grader this year y'all...I want to focus on real life. I'm convicted by my life behind a screen. I've seen some of the most ugly this world has to offer recently and I fully blame our overwhelmingly false comfort we find from behind our screens. It must change. I must change. I must be better.
I will leave you with this; my favorite verse. This verse reminds me daily that when things are scary, life is empty, courses are unknown, chaos surrounds you, God was and is there, always and forever. He is my Provider, my Strength, my Comfort.
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” -John 16:33
Blessings,
Ashley

 


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