A New Decade = A New Blog

January 1, 2020

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Welcome to the new “revamped” craft blog, Crafting with Cat Hair! After over two years of internet silence, I have finally become motivated to blog again.

Crafting with Cat Hair’s History

I began my blogging adventure in 2006 when I first learned to crochet. I found myself sucked into the world of craft blogs and just had to start one of my own.

Blogging back in 2006 was so much simpler. People really didn’t care much about the look of your blog; it was all about the content. There was no Pinterest. No Instagram. It was much more organic. Oh! How times have changed! And that is one of the reasons why I pulled away from blogging. It became more of a chore than a passion.

I tried blogging again in early 2017 but it quickly became a burden again after I lost my beloved cat of 13 years, and the inspiration for my craft blog, in March, and then a few months later I lost my job of 13 years. It was a really rough time and the last thing I wanted to think about was crafting or blogging.

So, fast forward to July 2018. After an entire year of searching, stressing, and praying, I now have a new fulltime job. And although I still miss my little furbaby, I am feeling much more motivated to get back to crafting and blogging. But, I needed a change.

What to Expect on the Blog

A lot has changed over the past 14 years since I started blogging. I can’t believe it has been that long! I have learned a lot about myself, my blogging routine, and my hobbies.

Tried-and-True Posts

Most of the blog will remain the same. It will still be a place for me to share my craft projects and inspiration. The very popular monthly yarn palette post will be back, along with the craft compilations. I’m hoping to read more in 2020, so expect more craft book reviews, as well as craft supplies reviews.

One change that I am making is there will be less personal posts. I have also removed comments on all posts. Unfortunately, I have experienced some very hateful comments in the past, and I just don’t want to deal with that anymore. Feel free to contact me through my contact page or on my social media accounts.

New Features

Over the past year, I have begun focusing on the phrase, “less is more.” No longer do I have a craft room stacked from floor to ceiling with craft supplies. I have jumped on the minimalist bandwagon and have begun to purge everything in my life, including my craft stash. So, look for a 2020 Destash Along, which will start next week.

You can also look forward to a new budget-friendly craft feature, which will include both adult and child craft projects.

Type of Craft Projects

While I have tried my hand at many craft mediums, I have learned that some are better suited for me than others. These days, I primarily make items by crocheting, hand sewing, and cross stitching, but I do dabble in other crafty ventures as the inspiration moves me. I also try to DIY as many projects as I can, but know I am no Bob Vila.

2020 is going to be a the year that I am going to try stamping, embossing, and journaling/planning. I got a Sizzix Big Shot a month ago, so I am itching to give it a try!

Where Do I Find My Inspiration

Besides the obvious craft blogs and Pinterest answer, I find inspiration in a variety of ways: library books; vintage magazines; and photographs. Some of my favorite things: Farmhouse/Shabby Chic, Cath Kidston, pastels, vintage photographs, hearts, baby animals, neutral colors, football, and botanicals, to name a few.

But, the one place where I find most of my inspiration is in pop culture. Music, movies, and TV inspire me every day, especially retro pop culture. I am a child of the ’80s, so I am greatly inspired by the sights and sounds of the ’70s and ’80s. Because of this, I have been inspired to write my first novel: a time-travel book set in the ’80s. I’m really excited about this new venture.

So there it is. A little glimpse at me and my blog. I hope you enjoy the crafty ride!

If you want to learn a bit more about me, check out my About page and 50 Random Things About Me page.

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