In 2007 I named my brand new tiny blog a name that I thought was cute and funny. I had two babies and life felt a little crazy and wild. The Train To Crazy. HA! How fun is that? Well, little did I know that it would become a self-fulfilling prophesy. Well, not really, but I've sure been riding that train and it's not going anywhere sane. Trust me.
This blog started out humbly.
I wrote a lot about how my kid didn't sleep and then I wrote about how she still didn't sleep. And then I embarked on a multi part series where I answer all your questions about children's sleep issues. I still get hundreds of people coming to these pages daily looking desperately for wisdom. Well, years later I'm here to say, "sorry". The more kids I have, the less I know. But then I made a cute sleep sack. I can still say that I do know how to do that.
And I've written a bit about how we've moved around. And I also wrote a lot of random things. And serious things. And then I got a sewing machine. And sewed a few skirts. (Please pardon the poor tutorials and photography. It was way back in 2008 after all.) And then some pants. And a few hooded towel backpacks. And I was hooked. And suddenly I was tired of writing about random and serious things and just wanted to write about sewing. That seemed a bit odd to me at the time, there weren't many sewing blogs around. But I went for it anyway. The Train To Crazy became a sewing blog.
And I've happily written here full time about sewing since 2009. I contemplated quitting and changing the name many times but never did. And then I started designing sewing patterns. And started a pattern business, and another. And now I feel like I need to get off The Train To Crazy.
It's not that I don't love it.
And I know you feel a strong emotional connection to the name as well. I'm not making you get off your own train to crazy. You can feel free to ride that thing around for decades to come. Go "nuts".
But the time has come to match the name with the content. This blog is about designing things, creating and making. It's less about crazy things and not about trains at all. So I'm renaming her. She'll be my little creative notebook.
I'm Andrea. So that works out well.
But I need you to be on board. Or rather, get off-board (train reference). Because I like you all and want you to keep coming back.
Here's what you can expect at Andrea's Notebook:
- My sewing designs & patterns.
- Creative wins and probably some creative fails.
- DIY (that's do-it-yourself)
- Things I've been making to eat. Just the good stuff. Probably Gluten Free & Dairy Free/Peanut Free because that's how we roll
- Inspirational and creative things I think you'll love.
- Possibly some style posts. Though I don't have a lot of style. So maybe you can help me with that.