Sunday, July 15, 2012

I I Love Blog Hops...

...but they should definitely come with a serious warning.

I loved participating in the Celebrate Red, White & Blue Blog Hop put on these past 2 weeks.
I also had a blast checking out all the other participants on their designated day. So much wonderful patriotic beauty abounded.

During the Ghastlie Blog Hop last, I couldn't wait for each day to start so that I could check out all the new goodies everyone created.
I was hooked and seriously addicted.
Of course, I now own a LOT of my own Ghastlie fabric.

So what's the problem with blog hops?

It isn't all the gorgeous quilty eye candy shared every day nor actually learning about lots of great blogs I didn't know about before. Meeting so many new-to-me quilters is always fabulous.

And it isn't because there is something fun to wake up to every day. It is the very best way to start each morning, with a nice hot cuppa fresh java right at hand.

Blog Hops are dangerous because of the following facts:

1) A ton of new blogs get added to my Google Reader and keeping up reading all the posts is already hard enough. Don't even ask how many were waiting for me when I got back from vacation. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds.

2) There are so many ideas that I see and want to make my own versions of that my To Make list keeps getting longer and longer. I'll never get caught up.

3) Those ideas make me want to shop immediately for the perfect fabric, stretching further my already stretched fabric budget.

4) Work, house cleaning and other household chores become less important and I just want to spend all of my days in my studio creating (but that doesn't get to happen).  Major disappoint and dispair sometimes results. 

Now I'm not saying that there shouldn't be more blog hops nor am I saying that I won't participate in a few of them myself. I can't wait for the next one. It goes without saying that I will do a ton of hopping around so as to not miss one single quilty bit.

What I am saying is that before you start hopping, be prepared and forwarned. Be strong and resist the urge to forget about everything else in your life that needs your attention so that you can do nothing else but sew. Enjoy the party but be smart and have support if you need it so that you finish without emptying your savings account. Remember to eat and sleep and shower, pay attention to your loved ones and don't piss off your employer by being MIA. 

Be inspired. Be part of the community.

But also be careful.

6 of you added your own colorful comments:

Judy1522 said...

You are so right they are dangerous. Everytime I follow won I end up with many more blogs to follow. But they are so much fun and occasionally I win a great giveaway.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Your right!! This was my first blog hop and it is addicting to see what everyone made and all the inspiration for future projects!!

Susie said...

Hi Michele so true. I am doing exactly the same and spending hours visiting everyone instead of quilting! Which seems the wrong way round somehow but then again not! Susie x

Diane-crewe said...

be strong... be strong... be ... what was I saying xx lol x

Rachel said...

LOL, SO true.

Sandy D said...

I whole heartly agree.Here I am Blog Hopping when I want to make spaggetti sauce.Good thing there is 24hrs. in a Day.