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So Many Happenings, So Few Updates

Hello friends! I realize it’s been awhile since my last update – I think once I get behind on blogging it becomes increasingly difficult to find a moment to sit down and actually update!

In an effort to keep things brief, I’ll start with my most exciting PRPT news first! My designs are now being sold in a new brick and mortar store, Downtown Handmade & Vintage, right above the amazing Forage Market on Lisbon Street in Lewiston (Maine, for any of you non-local kids)!! So the store is amazing. I stopped in the week before the grand opening and finally got a chance to look through some of the fantastic stuff other local artisans are creating. This movement is really up-and-coming in this part of central Maine, and it’s been my experience that people in this area are really excited to support local businesses.

As a result, I am woefully behind on an etsy update. I’m going to try (TRY!) to work on that today sometime this week. I’ve got some adorable dresses cut that would be perfect for Easter, and I’ve also got both toddler and adult finished skirts to photograph and list!

Miss Olivia is happy and lovely. In fact, after the first 2 sleepless years Liv is the most amazing 3 year old. Aside from being completely sweet and polite, she also sleeps like a log. Her preschool playgroup has been the most amazing experience for her, she is much more outgoing and social (but still shy enough that I haven’t had to worry about “stranger danger”). I love watching her grow; I’ve probably said this at every point in her life but, I LOVE this age. Sure, 3 has its moments, but last night at dinner Liv totally enamored the couple next to us as well as out waitress, who complemented J and I on having one of “the most well-behaved children” she’d seen. I actually have to go wake her up for school in a few minutes – I always laugh because she’ll ask for “a few more minutes please!” whenever I go in, little teenager.

Liv also spent her first night away from home recently. She went to my Mom’s house for the night and following day while I had a tattoo appointment. She’s just growing up so fast… I mean really, she didn’t want to come home! On one hand, I love the relationships she has with her grandparents (near and far) because it has reminded me of how much I enjoyed spending time with my grandparents when I was young. Particularly my Mom’s Mom, who passed away when I was 8 but I’ve always felt her presence. On the other hand, I think Liv’s night away was harder on J and me than anyone else!

While most of the past couple months have been filled with good news and great events, on February 6th we lost our dog Gordon in a tragic and very unexpected accident. He was only three and I’ve mourned and missed him very much over the past two weeks. He was a funny pug and bulldog mix, which made him a giant, hyperactive lap-dog. He always went nuts whenever people came over (or walked by, or the animals on television – even cartoons) but he was so calm and gentle with Olivia. He was also my protector. He would throw himself between me and other rambunctious dogs or potential threats, once standing off with an opossum. More importantly, he knew my emotions and during difficult times he wouldn’t leave my side. I’m so thankful that I spoiled him during his last few days, letting him sneak up on the couch or the bed, playing ball and practicing training exercises with apples, letting him lick the ice cream container before I threw it away… Tate has mourned him right along with me. I’m still quite sad but finding myself able to remember the things he used to do and laugh. Healing is a process, and I’m realizing that silly-ass dog taught me a lot.

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How’s that for an update? I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

love & rock


Merry Christmas!

I have the best memories of Christmas growing up, my sister and I would stay up late together and have sleepovers as kids (and stay up late making drinks into our twenties!). We would get up so early… even as teenagers we were up at 5am.

I have to say, there is no lack of excitement now that I’m a parent. I was the last one to sleep Christmas Eve and the first one up the next morning! When we were little my Mom embroidered our stockings with our name and Christmas scenes. I still have mine and it is one of my most cherished sentimental possessions. I started one for Liv a few months ago (J too, but his still needs work!) and finished just in the nick of time. I used Urban Threads Woodland Wonderland design pack for the base of the stocking and then freehand stitched her name. FYI- if you’ve never been to Urban Threads, they are one of my go-to sites for all things embroidery. I was *this* close to doing zombie Santa. Just saying.

I love embroidery but haven’t shared much yet. I am really stoked with how this turned out, and may be offering some small wall-hangings in the future 😉 Anyway, check it out!

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Here are the stockings together, I’ll probably add some lace or piping to Olivia’s as well.

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Now onto 2013. I have a feeling that this will be a good year in many ways, but I suspect lots of good creative happenings! Happy Holidays!

xx!


Craft Show Circuit – I’ve found my people!

These past two weeks have been a whirlwind it seems. I got to participate in my very first craft show – Crafts in the Stacks – which was put on by the amazing gals of Neighborhood Handmade. So awesome. This is what’s been missing from my sewing venture. I met some amazing artisans from the area and made some great connections. In fact, Sheri (part of the Neighborhood Handmade team) is opening a handmade and vintage store in February which will offer areas for local crafters and artisans to sell their goodies. I can’t wait to be a part of it, the store is Downtown Handmade & Vintage and located in an area that seems to be soaking up the local and handmade movement. setup2_resizesmall

We’re doing one more trunk show before Christmas, so if you’re local stop by and see me on December 21st from 5-8pm. I understand that Forage Market (located just below and amazing!) will be making wood-fired pizza and there will be wine and cheese offered… seriously you shouldn’t need more convincing! Last minute Christmas gifts, downtown just before Christmas, wine, and yours truly! 160 Lisbon Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston. Come!

setup_resizesmallBack to the first craft show – I was a bundle of nerves but the room got busy right as we opened so I was able to settle in quickly. I sold quite a bit but more importantly, I gained some insight on what people are attracted to, what I was missing (size tags, NEED!), and what I was doing that people seemed to love. My newest design – exposed waistband twirl skirts – were a big hit, I ended up completely selling out of my larger sizes and taking orders for skirts when a size wasn’t available. A number of women told me they would have loved a ladies size in the skirts, so I’ll be offering 3″ elastic band skirts in ladies S/M/L! I got loads of compliments on my fabric selection, so at least I can justify my fabric addiction. I’ll also be throwing a few aprons into the mix for the trunk show on the 21st, since I didn’t have any ready for Crafts in the Stacks. So I’ve got a few things on my to-do list, though I’m feeling much less stress after having a few shows under my belt (it’s like an old hat really).

As if all this weren’t enough going on (did I mention my husband’s final is in 4 days? And then he’s on to his final semester!), check out this little addition: tate_12wks_resize

He is just about the sweetest guy ever, an adorable 12-week old chocolate lab named Tate. He and Gordon are destined to be partners in crime (how I ended up with two snoring dogs who eat acorns…). Even though Gordon enjoys the naptime a bit more than the playtime, he has been an exceptional “big brother” to Tate, dealing with the puppy bites (Tate tends to go for the nub!) and allowing Tate to move in without being territorial. Liv is also somewhat unsure about playtime with the puppy, she seems to think it’s hilarious from a spot where she can’t get in the middle of it! However she’s all about the puppy curling up on the couch with her, she kisses his paws and tells him he is, “just like a princess”. J and I are totally in love, and I think Tate has even given J a better appreciation for Gordon!

Although there were a few crummy  things that happened last week, the good things so outweigh the negative I won’t even take the time to write about them. J & Liv are snuggled up in bed, the dogs are curled up with me, the pellet stove is roaring, and I’m on my second cup of coffee. Doesn’t get much better than that 😉

xx


trying

I have told myself a million times I’d be better about blogging. I do lots of stuff that I mean to write about, but the interwebs have a way of sucking me in and then I get nothing done.

Anyway, Liv is currently having a small tantrum on top of me. World class parenting right here. Actually she was SUPER Daddy’s girl yesterday (seriously, I was only in favor when she discovered I’d hidden some peanut butter cups in the freezer) and Josh worked all day today. It’s 8:30pm and he’s on the way home but still, long day for all. Currently she is upset with me because she wants to “hide under your back mama!” and I have no idea what that means.

This week I worked on a car-seat cover for my friend Jamie from Intuitive Encounters which has been lots of fun. I just finished up cutting a blanket cover with snuggly fleece and all that for the seat, which I’ll finish up tomorrow.

I also have a million things to do before my first craft show at the end of the month. I’ll be posting about it late, but check out Neighborhood Handmade for now!

Oh and I finished this just in time!

Not only did I sew the Scooby stuff on, but I took it upon myself to create the hoodie and pants from fleece myself as well. Thankfully fleece is a bit forgiving as Halloween completely surprised me this year! Tomorrow she gets to wear her costume again to a birthday party, and I’ve also planned to finish a few other projects and do some housework as well as some writing… there just aren’t enough hours in the day!


Liv’s Birthday!

So I’ve taken it upon myself to get creative for Liv’s birthday this year! I’ve been making fabric birthday banners and chosen a mermaid/under-the-sea theme… mostly so there is a color palate! I haven’t finished anything yet, but here’s a start!

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A Fun Project!

This doesn’t have anything to do with the expansion I mentioned in my last post, but I did get up to my elbows in tulle and glittery stuff this past week!

I made a birthday outfit for the daughter of a twitter friend, which turned out to be incredibly fun! This included a rainbow tutu, bloomers with tulle ruffles, a birthday t-shirt, and a headband. This likely won’t be something I do regularly (except for making tutus, that was so much fun!!) but I enjoyed doing it just the same!


Punk Rock Expansion…

Lately I’ve been thinking about expanding PRPT. Not in the sense that I’ll have more time or resources available (ha!), moreso in finding a niche that is a little more focused and organized. So while I’ll still make all the toddler dresses, aprons, women’s clothes, and whatever else strikes my fancy (bookmarks, coasters, bloomers, oh my!) in my Punk Rock Pigtails store, I’ll be starting a new line of handmade creations! I’ll be creating a secondary store but keeping with the Punk Rock theme. This is still in the development phase so I won’t say too much just yet, but here is a little preview!