In two words....................... not much.
That is to say... not much fiber related anyway.
And, that is to say... not much online either.
I have found that motherhood is truly a full-time job in itself - a happy, loving job, but definitely a full-time one.
I have also found that my priorities really shifted when my baby girl was born. Although I am still looking into the possibility of a public space for teaching in-person classes and conducting my feltmaking, I am contemplating putting my Etsy shops in vacation mode indefinitely and perhaps just keeping my ArtFire shop open for now. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is time, and how truly precious it has become to me right now.
Until recently, I had not fully realized how all-consuming keeping up with online shops as well as online marketing can be. I also hadn't realized how much precious time it was taking away from much more important things in my life such as my beautiful family and actually creating new things, as well as some (non-fiber) career goals. As much as I've enjoyed the past five years being online and pursuing my fiber art endeavors here, it seems to be wearing me thin at this wonderful new stage of my life. That doesn't mean that I will be disappearing entirely, but perhaps just cutting back drastically and focusing my precious time and energies in more well-deserved areas of my life.
This has been a hard decision for me to face and realize the need to act upon because I do enjoy my online interactions with the fiber community so much, but I know that other areas of my life need my attention now. I'm also looking forward to being able to just enjoy creating things again without a strong focus on selling or marketing. For me, the pressure to get my brand name out there and grow my business has taken away some of that initial joy that I had when I first began to explore feltmaking several years ago. That really makes me sad when I think about it. I'm happy to get back to my roots as well as be able to create things at my leisure again and have that mindset again. I do not plan to stop selling online entirely, but I do plan to learn to enjoy it again and not take it so seriously anymore because there are just too many other things in my life that are at the top of my "important things" list.
Well, I guess that I've been up to more than just "not much" after I think about it and look at that picture of my baby girl. I have been doing some serious pondering over my life and those things which I cherish. That is really quite a lot.