Hello sewing friends, I know I don't owe an explanation for my two month absence, but it feels weird to start posting again without explaining where I have been. So here goes:
First off, I've been great. I'm enjoying my best summer since having babies. This is my first summer in 6 years without a baby inside of me or attached to me and we are making the most of it.
At first I took some time off to paint. It took a month to complete phase 1 of 4 on our home refresh. I missed the most important month of a garment sewists social media life - Me Made May. Of course I didn't really miss taking my daily selfie as much as I missed seeing all of yours. But y'all, my house isn't a brown cave anymore. I can see light everywhere and you might actually see some indoor pictures on this grid in the future.
I was anxious to get back into my studio while painting, but when we neared a stopping point instead of finishing the two Cheyenne tunics I had started several weeks prior, I went for a run instead. That run revived my daily workout routine and my health saw a significant improvement since PPD. I forgot how much I loved fitness - Not as much as sewing of course, but a lot. Now I am training for a triathlon at the end of July. We'll see how it goes, but my gut is that there will be more.
I did eventually make it back into my studio to finish those Cheyennes and a few other things. Now I have a backlog of posts. I intend to start posting again, but I'll keep to an inconsistent summer rhythm. I've really benefited from stepping back and focusing on my family and my health and I want to continue doing that this summer. Hopefully I can strike a balance of all the things that I love. I have taken time off like this before, and it has always been good. It's been fun to jump back in with y'all and pick up where I left off. This community is always alive, always arms wide open and never leaving anybody behind. If you are afraid to take time off because you don't want to miss out, Don't be. You can jump right back in. There is always a new pattern, a new fabric, a new season, a new member to the community and a new make to celebrate. Try it.
Pattern details in comments.