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