Thursday, June 30, 2011

And here I am...

I have been toying with the idea of having a blog for months now... but each time I think of the implications I am a bit taken aback at the enormity of the task... While I know that I will be writing for my own benefit, knowing that others might be reading these words, and hoping that they will be entertained or inspired by them makes the act of blogging a bit scary.
However, having a child hones your desires and hopes in life I think, at least it is the case for me... and the desire to blog about what I'm doing for and with my family, as a mother, as an artist and crafter, and as a eco-conscious human being is getting too strong to ignore... so blah to being scared, and let's just jump right in shall we?

First of all, I am the proud, overly gaga, mom of a beautiful little girl who is almost four months old now. After the initial recoup time I found that she gives me more creative ideas and drive than I have ever had. I now want to make clothes for her, toys for her, etc... etc... and share all of the ideas she is giving me with other parents.
The funny thing? I don't know a thing about sewing, making toys, building.... the last thing I made was a high school drama set and I think I mostly painted pieces of wood for it. So this is all a very self taught business, with a very steep learning curve!
But I know that I will only get better...and a few flaws here and there are what make things "special", right?
So I will blog about craft projects, sewing projects... probably post some of my art when I get any of that done, which doesn't seem like it will happen any time soon sadly (I paint in oils and do not want any noxious fumes around my baby, and so since painting in oils takes a lot of time and she's still so young, painting has been put aside for the time being).

But I will also blog about my passion, being a mom, and more importantly being an eco-conscious, attachment parenting mom who is striving to become self sustaining in a lot of ways. While I hate labels, those two seem to explain what my take on raising a child is the most closely. However, everyone has different ideas about what being eco-conscious is, as well as what being an attachment parent is, and I don't claim to know all the answers, or to adhere to all the "rules". This part of my blog will be to explore all those ideas and raise questions as well as create discussion I hope on the subjects that are important to me and my family.

I also think I will blog often about my reading list and new artists that I admire...
I know that within the next month I plan on having a set post schedule so that people who are interested in different aspects of my life might know when to log in and check in... A rough draft would be two posts a week about childhood/child rearing, two posts a week about crafts and/or sewing, one post about reading material and one about a musician or artist I admire.... and one day off just because :) But I'll have to see how all of that meshes itself together.

So I'll stop rambling and say thank you for reading so far, I will try to have some interesting posts very soon for all of you! I think next might just have to be my little girl's birth story.

I'll leave you with this beautiful song that I found this morning and truly explains what my vision for this family life that I'm starting is: (it's in French, so the translation to the refrain is below the video)

"I want some love, some joy, and bright smiles,
It's not your money that will make me happy,
I want to die with my hand on my heart,

Let's go, together, find my kind of freedom
Forget all your stereotypes
And welcome to my reality"