Sunday, June 18, 2017

Back in the Saddle

Hello blog! I've missed you. Looks like I haven't posted in four years... and let me tell you why. I had a baby, got married, had another baby and guess what- babies take ALL of your time! Even though they are two and three now, they still require constant attention- and since my husband and I decided that I will be a stay-at-home-mom until the kids go to school, I really don't get a break from the munchkins. I honestly don't know how working mothers do this (I bow down to you). 
Now, I have a confession to make- I don't intend to make this blog into one of those "mommy blogs". To be frank, I don't like "mommy blogs". I don't enjoy reading about women gushing over their little "darlings" who can do no wrong (when you know the actual truth is far different. All children are d**ks sometimes.) In fact, I intend to make my blog about my passions outside of motherhood- sewing, crafting, photography, art, cooking- basically, anything creative. Here's a tidbit for women who have not yet had children- if you have any hobbies or passions such as mine, they get put ON HOLD in early parenthood. Unless you choose not to sleep. And I don't recommend that. 
Another confession- you can't help but resent your kids a little bit when your passions get put on hold. It's just natural. I guess I could rephrase that a little- you can't help but resent your decision to have kids a little bit when your passions get put on hold. It's not your kids' fault that they exist- it's yours. And I love my kids like crazy but I often feel trapped by them. Although, as they get older, it is getting a little easier day by day to partake in my hobbies here and there: after they get put to bed, during naptime (IF they happen to nap at the same time!) So this blog will be an outlet for my creative side- though I will probably mention my kids from time to time, it can't be helped. 
One last tidbit about motherhood- you always hear that being a mom is the hardest job in the world- and I have to admit, I had always been dubious about that. But it's absolutely TRUE. And I have done everything from blue-collar physical labor to a white-collar desk job. This is by far the hardest one.
I hope to create a blog post at least once a week but we'll see. I've recently re-opened my Etsy Shop and I've been doing some art and sewing projects so I will post about those in the coming weeks. And I will be having an Etsy Shop giveaway so stay tuned for that! 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pink Fish in PBK catalog!

Last December, I was contacted by a client for a custom order for a Pink Fish Wall Decor... 5 months later, I see this ::

Page 31, Summer 2013 Pottery Barn Kids catalog- there are my fish!
They are just being used a a prop in the photo, but isn't this delightful? I didn't even know about this until another client mentioned it in an Etsy message (thanks, Suzy!) And I've since been in contact with the gal who bought the fish (who works along with the photography department) and she will make sure that any inquiries about the fish are directed to my shop. How sweet.

My Fish Collection will be available at the upcoming Crafty Wonderland show in Portland, Or! May 11th at the Oregon Convention Center. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Heart Map :: Paper + Pinafore

I made this little map for my wedding invitation business, Paper + Pinafore. It shows the locations of all of my customers + clients from 2012. I sent orders to the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland & Netherlands! I love serving my international clients (and my domestic ones too)!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pinterest Parade :: Aqua + Coral

A few of my recent favorites on Pinterest, in Aqua + Coral...

from top left:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Celebration Flags!

New in the Paper + Pinafore shoppe...
Celebration flags!

 Made from Chevron Stiped Ribbon in six lovely colors :: Cherry Red, Cotton Candy Pink, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Apple Green, & Aqua Blue. Decorate cakes, cupcakes, centerpieces at weddings or parties- a fun + stylish accent to any soiree.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pinterest Parade

The theme today is C O L O R.

from top left:

Makes these dreary winter days a little more colorful, yes?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winter in Florida - Part Two

 Winter in Florida is about 75 to 80 degrees... kind of perfect.

 I started to think these critters were actually posing for me...

 ...mating butterflies... wow.

As I'm writing this, it's about 29 degrees back here in Portland, Or. *sigh* Oh well... having seasons is nice too.