You know how it is, the longer you leave writing a blog post, the harder it becomes to have anything to say. Do people even blog anymore? For a while I shifted my focus over to Facebook, probably not the best decision long term as I do think Facebook is squeezing business fan pages into pouring cash into promotion, but the focus changed while I was web editing for Homemade with Love magazine.
Sadly, the magazine is no more. I knew when I first got involved the shelf life may well be short, but it was great fun while it lasted. The people I crossed over with were hugely knowledgeable and helpful when it came to tackling my little part of publication. The market for crafts magazines in the UK is currently very competitive, there are some very strong titles out there on the shelves with good quality content. Working with Homemade was a really interesting insight into the publishing side of crafting, I learned things I did not know about putting together a magazine and also added to my writing and research skills in a way which will be useful as my own business of Lucykate Crafts grows.
Now the magazine has ceased, the website and blog which I had worked on have both been taken down. One of the highlights was (I think!), my interview with Stuart Hillard from the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee, which I conducted from home via telephone. We had a fun chat for about 20 minutes or so, and to prevent this from disappearing into the ether, I have saved the interview and will repost it here on my own blog.
Just before christmas, the Fox from the front cover of my book came home. Moving forward, after quite a turbulent few months at home, it is time to focus on Lucykate Crafts again. Decisions need making, name change?, blog redesign?, I'm not sure yet, but one thing I am sure about is getting these PDF pattern finished and released!