You may have noticed that The Making Home has been very quiet recently. One of the main reasons for this is that I have been spending ‘my blogging’ time planning a new venture, which I have been dying to share for weeks but wanted to wait till it was all confirmed and close to happening before spilling the beans!
I am about to start a new blog in partnership with the inspiring maker/mama/writer/stylist/blogger (could add many more nouns here) Hannah Bullivant from Seeds & Stitches, a blog I have followed for years and have loved since day one.
Funnily enough Hannah and I have a shared past but it was only through blogging that we got to know each other and became friends (this is one of the things I most love about blogging – the amazing people one meets). We both studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, both got married and had children young, have mutual close friends and even lived on the same street until very recently!
I have always felt a strong connection to Seeds & Stitches and I guess you could say to Hannah (even before I knew her) as the author. I felt a sense of shared values for the importance of making and the handmade and for a strong desire to celebrate the annual seasons through crafting and gatherings. I observed we shared a similar aesthetic but importantly had some key individual strengths too – for example Hannah is committed to recycling and reusing, something I am so interested in but need to learn more and push harder in my life. She is a writer and stylist where as I am an artist and maker and these skills I believe compliment each other. So one day over the Christmas period I started to consider how amazing it would be to work with her and to blog together and so I plucked up the courage and emailed her a proposal.
After many conversations about how it may work logistically and emotionally we decided to do it and start a new collaborative blog and stop blogging on our individual ones. This has been a hard decision as we have both worked so hard to build up our current blogs but we both feel it is worth the risk and hope you will move with us to the new blog. We believe by blogging together we can have a stronger and more focused and committed blog. We can be more critical of what we post and at the same time generate more exciting ideas through conversations.
We have decided to call the new blog Seeds and Stitches – this is partly for admin reasons but more importantly because we feel it reflects the ethos of our blog really well. Seeds and Stitches will be a journal of our families growing and the makes we craft on the way. It will share our experiences of mothering, give ideas of ways to celebrate seasons with friends and family, tell tales of our adventures and give detailed ‘making’ tutorials. We want the blog to be honest, nurturing and inspiring and most importantly be useful to our readers. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and will respond to your feedback as we grow the blog.
We are launching the blog this Saturday in time for Blogtacular and hope to see some of you there!