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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

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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!


Bloomer Sets – Posted!

all 6 bloomers for saleHello friends. Been awhile, I know. After taking so stinkin’ long to finish the big lot of aprons I made for a website (details coming soon!!) I became totally overwhelmed with holidays and life, finding little time to set out for sewing.

But I’m back now! And with a newly listed set of retro style bloomers/diaper covers. These turned out so cute! This particular set includes six (6) bloomers for just $30, which is essentially like getting one for free. The size is 18-24 months, but the legs and waist are elastic so cute little booties will definitely get a lot of wear from these.

Please visit my Etsy Shop to check them out, and see what else I have to offer as well!

Happy New Year! xo!


Bloomer Sets Are Here!

Remember a little while back about adding bloomers to the as sets of 4-6? Well they’re here! I can take size orders if you see something you like (0-12mos & 12-24mos)! I will be offering the follow fabric sets in my shop for $25-35 depending on the number of bloomers in the set.

I’m very excited about these, they’re so much fun to make! I’m also taking custom holiday orders, let me know if you’re interested!


What I’ve Been Busy With

My kid is turning 2. On Tuesday. Have I mentioned this? Because I’m pretty much in denial. We had her birthday party this past Saturday, and while planning it took some time from sewing, I also wanted to make her party dress this year. It turned out beautifully! I am exceptionally proud of this one, not to mention it seemed to suit her perfectly!

So here it is, the dress that’s kept me busy all week! I feel like this is just a busy time of year for everybody. I just relisted a few things in my shop so please check those out. I will be doing an update soon, adding some summery items!


Spring Forward

Actually, springing forward sucks. I’m exhausted! SO. Here is a photo post of what I’ve been up to lately! Enjoy!


Tunic – Stars & Octopi

This came out super cute! I love the colors, bright pink and dark gray. I used O’s measurements to make the pattern, so the size is 18-24 months.

Listed here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66865879/toddler-tunic-stars-octopi

I’m still busy working away. I have a dress to make, and I still need to figure what to do with all this snuggle flannel I have. It’s adorable, so maybe lounge pants and matching snuggly blankets?? The good news is that it’s still only 9 degrees out, plenty of time for snuggly fabrics!

Didn’t get as much done yesterday as I would have liked, O took a five minute nap (gah!) so there was that. That’s typically my time to get myself all centered and organized, so I am really hoping it warms up enough for us to go outside today. Hopefully that will encourage a nice loooonnnnggg nap! (High today says 28, we’ll see!)

Hope everyone is enjoying these chilly January days!