I can’t believe it has already been a year since my first pattern went live here at Nana’s Crafty Home! So much has happened and I have been so blessed in this first year of my venture!
My very first pattern the Retro Duster Vest started it all —
I have learned so much since that first pattern! Still love those Caron Cotton Cakes, though!
When I first started this journey so much was an unknown — would anyone even like my patterns? Recently I came across a note I wrote in my journal shortly before my blog went live. I wrote what I was feeling at that time and I wanted to share those words with you today. Maybe these words will inspire someone else to follow their dreams.
Do Not Be Afraid
I am 46 years old and I have spent the majority of it afraid…afraid of failure, afraid of not doing the right thing, afraid of not being enough. For several years I toyed with the idea of writing a blog and creating things I love just for to have a place for me to be me. My fear held me back….what if no one reads it? What if I sound stupid? What if I fail?
The last several weeks as I have thought of it more I finally just decided to go for it. Not to worry about failing, quit talking and do it already. So I did. It was a Monday morning and I spent an hour getting my domain name, Facebook page, Instagram and Pinterest accounts set up. The feeling once done was indescribable. I am a website. That is me and everything that goes into it will be because I thought of it. What a concept!
I realized it doesn’t matter if no one reads it or if I sound stupid. No matter what happens I cannot fail because I tried and I am doing. I got past the fear. I realized that I am succeeding simply by doing. Crazy, right?
I learned to crochet almost 40 years ago. I have been crocheting but always from someone else’s patterns, someone else’s ideas. I have always assumed that was all I was capable of. Then I started thinking of possible ideas, turning them into patterns and now I can’t turn them off! I can’t crochet fast enough to get them out of my head. I am creative and I can create. The revelation for me is that I never tried so I could never do. Now I am trying and I am doing. That is success.
I am so happy today that I reached past that fear and pushed on to what I have now! The best part is that I have met so many amazing people along the way — other designers, makers and crochet lovers! Thank you so much for being here!
Giveaway Details –
As a thank you I have a couple of giveaways planned. The first one here on the blog is for a Fiskars Rotary Cutter + Skip Stitch Blade as well as a Fiskars Self-Healing Mat. I use mine all of the time for various projects and I just know you will love it, too. I recently made my Pretty Play Date Dress with these tools and there are just so many other possibilities! For a chance to win enter the Rafflecopter giveaway with further details below.
My second giveaway will be announced during my Facebook Live Events Sunday 08/05/2018 and Sunday 08/12/2018 at 7:30 pm CDT so be sure to check that out to get further details! This one will be for yarn, sweet yarn!
Thank you all again for the past year I am looking forward to next year!