First off, thank you to those who posted and emailed kind words of encouragement after I expressed frustration in my last post. I’m very grateful for your support and understanding, and happy to report that I seem to have crafted my way out of my funk. Making stuff is such a wonderful way to reduce stress.

I sewed and baked for several hours today for the fall issue of CraftSanity Magazine and I feel like I’m getting my groove back. I’m having a great time working through all the projects and recipes. I’m teaching this semester, so I can’t hold up in my messy house wearing ripped sweatpants and crazy hair until all the samples are done, but that’s alright. It will all get done soon – somehow, some way. And the work is SOOOO fun, so I’m not really looking to rush it too much. Making everything is my favorite part.

Now that I can’t dedicate unlimited time to my own writing, publishing and designing I’m craving that precious time to create without interruption. I take a bag loaded with projects to school even though I never have time to even look in the bag. But just in case the power goes out or there’s an extended tornado drill, I’ll be ready with my crochet hooks, paper piecing supplies and a sketchbook.

Oh, and speaking of the magazine, we still have ad space available. Please email my husband, Jeff, by Friday if you’d like to place an ad. You can check out the rates here. The rates are reasonable and we keep ads to a minimum, so advertisers to do get noticed. And if someone wants to bounce my full-page CraftSanity Loom ad off the back cover, I’m willing to sell you the space. In the meantime, I probably should make a new loom ad just in case. :  )  I’ve yet to sell enough ads to cover all my printing costs, but I do try to sell enough to pay all my contributors. So additional ad support would be wonderful. Either way, the people I commission to make art and design projects will be paid. While I’m not an aggressive ad seller, I run this operation on a shoe string so I can be sure to have a rainy day fund to keep it all going.

On the CraftSanity Loom front, I have some new looms made that I will list tomorrow. Thanks for your patience, folks. I’m spinning my plates as fast as I can and you are lovely for sticking with me through these crazy, busy times.

What fall crafts are you working on? I’d love to hear all about it.

Also, I’m looking for tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving ideas. Let me know if you have some great side dish recipes to share.

Ok. I have to get back to work. Take care, my friends!

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