A couple of people have expressed real surprise at the change here, and I can understand why. So I thought it might be fair of me to explain myself a little to those who haven't known me all that long.
For the first several years of my blogging endeavour, this is pretty much what my webspace looked like. I wrote about homeschooling, Waldorf-inspired crafting, parenting, and gentle days. I had a second space, Moonspun, which was exclusively about crafts and no-discipline parenting. I began a "spiritual parenting" webring. I ran tutorials on Waldorf-inspired crafts like fairy-making, gnome-making. And sometimes I shared lesson plans.
But as my daughter grew older, I became increasingly concerned with protecting her privacy. We live in a small country, and her name was becoming known around and about for her own achievements. So I decided to stop writing about homeschooling and be less personal at my weblog.
It's been about four years now and constantly difficult knowing what to blog about. I've moved url, deleted hundreds of posts, changed views, and frankly frustrated the heck out of myself. Interestingly, the discomfort I've had with blogging has reflected my personal life, in which I've found it rather hard making the transition from a home-baking, home-sewing, fairy-making mummy to the mother of a busy teenager. For a while, our extra-curricular activities completed dominated our lives and all my homemaking became unfocused. It's one reason I've written often about the importance of a homemaker - because I've experienced what happens when you don't really have one.
Part of my reason for reverting back to the parenting side of blogging is an attempt to support myself in recovering my strength as a homemaker and homeschooler. Another part is to give something valuable to the community. For many years, it was my dream to write a book about "enchanting childhood". I thought it would be nice to offer all the dozens of ideas, all my experience, all my reading, to people for free. Maybe one day I will compile it into a book - the sort of book I used to search the library shelves for, but never quite found (although many others, put together, almost filled the gap.) Considering how many views my "Autumn Crafts" has been getting, I feel happy to know people really are interested in this sort of thing.
If you joined me here relatively recently, you will probably find that my Gnossienne site is more suited to you. (The lack of comments there is due to the posts having been transferred over.) If you have been with me for many years, I apologise for this change, I can sympathise with you, I feel irritated and frustrated and wearied by it too!