The Bullet List {LiEr Form Ikat Bag}

by Destri on February 24, 2011

I am over the moon excited to have LiEr from ikat bag here today!  I first came across her blog about this time last year when my sister called me on the phone (from Hawaii…brat) to tell me about the cutest tutorial for little boys pants.  I have been hooked ever since.  She is one of the most genuine writers out there, and always generous in sharing her sewing talents with the most amazing tutorials and patterns.  Aside from sewing, she shares fun projects she enjoys with her 3 girls, including the coolest things you can make with cardboard, crafts, and her thoughtful and honest take on motherhood.  She truly is a gem.

The must read posts….hmmm, this is tough because I really should point out her skills that go beyond sewing.  But man, how can you not?  Her pocket series, sewing from scratch series, should be a staple in any sewing enthusiasts bookmarks.  But please don’t stop there, her entire sidebar is filled with pure goodness!

Now onto her list!

LiEr From Ikat Bag

Something hit me just before Christmas last year – I bet it had to do with the crazy Let Us All Make Homemade Christmas Gifts For Everyone In The Known Universe trend. I did it two years in a row and then decided I was done. I wanted Christmas back. But anyway, it got me thinking about balance. I’ve gone from working professional to stay-home-mom to immigrant-stay-home-mom to crafting stay-home-mom to crafting-and-blogging-stay-home-mom to crafting-and-blogging-and-etsy-stay-home-mom and, ahhhh… I wanted to have fun again. Blogging was and still is a great creative outlet and a means to maintain sanity, but it, too, along with the rest of my crafting, had begun to feel not very exciting in the last year. I traced it back to the time I started my etsy and pattern shop (late 2009) – that’s probably when some of the pure fun began to change to something responsible and “proper”. Not bad in itself, and now that I actually know what it was, it’s quite silly, really, that it caused me the amount of consternation and puzzlement that it did! Anyway, I thought it would make an interesting bullet list to share what I’d learned this past year from losing and finding balance – both from my own journey and from other people’s that I’ve watched evolve on the internet.

How To Stay Afloat In Crafty Blogland:

1 Sew/craft as if you don’t have a blog. Sometimes make something and refuse to post about it. If you can’t do it, take a blog break.

2 Give yourself time to grow a thick skin – more time than you think you need.

3 Remember that blogland isn’t the real world. Find something solid to remind you of who you are.

4 Let other bloggers/crafters/etsy entrepreneurs be your inspiration but refuse to let them be your yardstick.

5  Eat nutella.

6 Remember that etsy/any retail extension of your blog is a bona fide JOB – i.e. long hours, expenses, unexpected delays in getting dinner on the table. And taxes. Make a good strong boundary between this job and your life.

7 Remember that ideas can strike anyone anytime, and the same idea can strike a thousand people at the same time. If you develop and interpret it, and can honestly say so, the product is yours, even if it looks like someone else’s.

8 Anything that is supremely precious to you (like a fabulous idea) should be left unposted. The internet has no boundaries.

9 Play with your children now and tell yourself that you will have time to sew/craft/write that book when they are in college. Plus, the stuff you think is so cool now will be nothing compared to the hot trends then.

10 Buy some stuff. Don’t make it all. I have never regretted buying something I could have sewn, but I have regretted sewing something I could have bought.

11 Pick fewer kinds of crafts but excel at them.

12 It is perfectly OK not to be funny. Especially on days when you wish you were funny.

13 Expect to lose balance, and find balance, and lose balance, and find balance, and lose balance and find balance all through your entire life. Humans are exceptionally poor at remembering lessons they’ve learned!

The weekend is upon us! Have a lovely, lovely one!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

KJ@letsgoflyakite February 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm


Wonderful post. Lier’s amazing. I mean can you imagine waking up from a nap and finding a princess pavillion made from an ugly patio table…..?


Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids February 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Being a new at this blogging business, I really appreciate your advice. However, I must confess that the “eat nutella” is my absolute favorite! lol


Laura February 25, 2011 at 4:58 am

Great advice! Although I’m not sure about #11. I definitely tend to be a Jill of all Trades girl when it comes to crafting. I mean I see the sense in sticking to a couple and getting good at them, I just don’t see me doing it!


2 little hooligans February 25, 2011 at 6:21 am

love her list! thanks for sharing with us. linked up over on my blog!


maryanne February 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

Wonderful list from a truly exceptional woman. Thanks for featuring LiEr!


Jileen February 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

I don’t have a blog but I think this post has as much to do with real life as anything else. I gained inspiration so THANK YOU! I think we are all searching for realism and a sense of balance in our lives.


margo February 25, 2011 at 11:57 am

a voice of reason in the blogging wilderness! Thank you, LiEr, as always.

My husband is bugging me to get one of my crafts copyrighted. Like I have time or desire to go look up how to do that!


Vanessa February 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

What an awesome list! Thank you!


Jaime @ Our Journey February 26, 2011 at 2:01 am

Fantastic list! I admit to having a hard time separating my business hours from my family hours … they tend to blend TOO often! Oh, and I’m still trying to build that “thick skin” after a year of running my Etsy shop! sigh.


Patty February 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for this list. I’m new to blogging so I’m in the enthusiastic novice stage. But I can see around the corner and appreciate the advice. I’m off to eat some Nutella now!


whatever Dee Dee Wants February 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I love this bullet list! Great advice.


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