5 years and now what?

Somehow on Sunday, this little blog will have it’s 5th blogiversary. What? How can it possibly be that long? Well, I suppose this big boy was just a toddler when I started.

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And my cutie-girl was about the size of a jelly bean in my belly (we used to call her jelly bean!).


It’s hard to believe I’ve been working away on tutorials and inspiration for 5 years! Now my littlies are in school, and I’ve got more time to reflect on where I’m heading.

I started this blog to keep me motivated while the kids were small. To spend my free time sewing, crafting and cooking, rather than watching daytime TV or stuffing around on the internet. I got so much more done by thinking about what my next blog post would be. And I have had a lot of fun along the way.

You’re probably wondering where this rambling is heading! For a while, I’ve been playing around with another website idea. Even with my daughter at kindy 2-3 days per week, I’m not finding enough time to blog here and work on my other project. And I really want to get the other one off the ground. I’m not ready to reveal it at the moment, but it’s sewing related.

So I’ve decided to take a break from Cook Clean Craft, to focus on my other site. Cook Clean Craft isn’t going anywhere – all my tutorials and other blog posts will still be available. And I’ve still got lots of things I want to share here, including the tutorial for this mermaid tail I made this week:

Mermaid tail

But I’m not going to be here regularly for the next couple of months. When the other project gets going, I hope to get back to this little blog. For now, I need to take a leap of faith and try a different path.

I’ll be around as I find time. I’m not going to disappear off the planet. I’ll share sneak peeks and inspiration on Facebook and Instagram. And when I’ve made something I love, I’ll be back to share the tutorials!

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Thanks for sharing the last 5 years with me. Blogging has given my life a focus that I’ve really appreciated in these early years of motherhood. I hope you’ll continue to follow my journey!

xx Narelle


  1. CindyM in Oregon says

    Congrats on 5 years. Good luck on your new endeavor.

  2. Can’t wait to see the new project! But I’ll miss you here!!!

    • Narelle @CookCleanCraft says

      Thanks Louise! I’ll still be around here, but just not so much (or not putting pressure on myself to be here!).

  3. Congrats on 5 years! You have such cute kids!


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