Yours truly and daughter

One day, I quit my job.  Long story, lots of reasons.  Suddenly, I had a lot more free time than I was used to.  Not a lot, since I had a 3-year-old, but more.  I had always liked art, been interested in creative pursuits, but not having had any education or training, I lacked confidence to actually do anything.  I would read art journalling books, buy beautiful art supplies and be crippled by my need to make something amazing–I still am.  I’d start binding books, but freeze when it came time to case them in.  But for the last 2 1/2 years, it has been my mission to learn, to practice, to play.  I’m teaching myself that there is beauty in doing and the “mistakes” I make are just a chance to do it better next time.  I’m learning a lot and I’m here to share what I’ve learned with you.

You may have noticed (or not) that there is a ton going on with this blog.  Let me explain.  I’ve wanted to blog about something for years and years, and I’ve started half a dozen different blogs that I could never dedicate myself to because the scope was just too limited.  How can I blog about one thing with any sort of regularity when that’s just one of a dozen interests I have?  One week I’ll bind books with wild abandon, and the next I’m knitting like a granny.  I have flurries of writing on my novel (about once a week–I call them Writing Wednesdays), and then I’ll be painting.  It would be ridiculous to maintain a separate blog for each of my interests, but I need to blog about all of them if I’m going to blog at all, so I’m putting them all right here.  Hopefully I’ve organized things well enough that it won’t get too crazy.

Happy hunting, and I’d love to hear from you!

12 Responses to About

  1. Karen says:

    How very lovely you sound. How very fun your art is! How very interesting you seem. I am a book artist as well and have had the great fortune to be married to a man who loves to see me do what I love – Create books and art with handmade paper I make and purchase from around the world! You seem like a kindred soul! Please visit my website if the spirit strikes and my own blog (which I share with my art pal who does shows, events and festivals with me!) karenandkarla.blogspot.com
    Happy creating, whatever you decide to do next!!

  2. Mike Booth says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I came here from Pinterest and the first thing I want to do is express my amazement at how you can pin so much stuff there. Don’t you ever sleep?
    Also I want to tell you how much I identify with your “I’ve got too many interests to put into a single blog.” I do, too so I decided to make a few different blogs. As you can imagine, none of them got properly updated. So it goes.
    Congratulations on your multifaceted endeavors. But don’t forget to take a vacation.

    • sappling says:

      It’s housework I sacrifice, not sleep 😉 Well, hence the name of my bog, Why Not Eight. Why can’t there be one more day in the week that’s all my own?

  3. desertbrain says:

    I come from Pinterest as well and follow your books. I am attempting a blog and included your prism pencil box which I admire mightily. Check it out: http://desertbrain.wordpress.com/. Keep doing all your wonderful work – it is very inspiring!

  4. Hey. You just tickled my heart with your description of doing many things and I love that your blog hosts them all and in a very nice way. Pinterest seems to be the theme here. Happy to have found you.

  5. Charlotte says:

    Hi, I hope this message finds you well… Kaija Ranrakari suggested I get in touch… I’m a design and lifestyle writer and author of a number of books (which you can find here charlotterivers.com) and am currently researching and writing a book about handmade books. I would love to include some of your beautiful book design work in the book. Can you let me know if this is something you’d be interested in being part of. I can then send you more details about submissions. Looking forward to hearing from you. Charlotte (charlotte.rivers@mac.com)

  6. Amy says:

    Hi Sara,
    I looked up your blog after noticing the title in response comment on Pintrest. I was very curious about the name. In my mind, I immediately went to eight in the family(6 kids-2parents) and my next thought was wow she is very casual about such a large family-good for her!
    Anyhoo-like your blog a lot and your description of your process sounds so much like mine…a little bit of this and that…a lot of that. I also struggle with letting best be the enemy of good which is why I especially loved the post about ‘just.’
    I have wanted to blog for a long time also but have so many ideas I can’t pick one. But I may follow your lead and just pack it all in one spot.
    Thanks for the inspiration-all the best in 2014!

    • sappling says:

      I hope you find what works for you. I’m still fighting against my inner perfectionist, but it’s a battle I’m winning.

  7. LizzieMade says:

    Hey Sara, you visited my blog and left such a nice comment. I didn’t know you had such a great blog yourself – it’s going on my List!

  8. Veronica Roth says:

    Love your about description. Good for you! Sounds exactly what I do on my blog. I’ve been studying lately about the popular blogs and most seem just so narrowed down to a subject from which they never stray. Well, stuff that. We have way too much to say. 😀 Off now to check out some more of your blog posts.

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