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on not writing a book

June 19th, 2014

This post has been a long time coming. But i just wasn’t in a place where i had the right words, or felt like talking about it, and i think now i do :)

Over a year and a half ago i was contacted by a prominent publisher to write a book about sewing. On anything i wanted. I was really excited. Writing a book is something i’ve always wanted to do, and had never pursued. I was always fantasizing about what i would write, my notebooks of ideas were full. I was just waiting for that time of my life which would be the right moment to go for it. For my time. And now it seemed like that moment was upon me. Let me tell you, the process of negotiating a book deal is no joke. It took a long time, and it was tiring and stressful, and was a lot of work. But i loved the concept of the book, and the vision is something i still think is awesome. But as we got further along in the process, i began to see how much work it would take to write this book. What i would have to give up.

It would be my life for at least a year. All things would have to take second seat to it. And suddenly i found myself thinking about how i could possibly look after my darling kids and how i could try and run my business and still find time for full time book writing. When would i spend time with Chris? When would i sleep? And the more i tried to make it all work, the more it became apparent that it couldn’t. (by this point in the year i had developed a stress ulcer)

Until one night i snapped. And completely unprovoked i yelled at my husband. If i write this book i won’t be able to have another baby!

And that was my moment of clarity. That was the moment i realised that as much as writing a book is something i’d love to do, it wasn’t the real dream i had for my life. It would get in the way of my real dream. And i knew what it was i really wanted to do with that next year in my life. I wanted to expand our family. And i wanted more moments with my Bunny and Buddy before their days were full of school, and no longer constantly by my side.

So i turned down that book deal, and focused on my health, and took the steps i thought i needed to take to make time in my life to raise another little love, and gather all the golden moments with my kids that i could.

So why am i telling you this story?

Because these days it seems like all anyone with a blog wants to do is write a book, have a more popular blog, start a business, make their stamp on the world, to be known, to become the best whatever etc etc. We are constantly told to push for success, to hustle, to reach for the stars, to prioritize ourselves, to conquer the world! There are better things than being a mother! Your free moments should be spent becoming awesome!! But sometimes those things are not the most important things. And in amongst all the people telling you that the ultimate goal is to write a book, or host a web series, or start a new venture, or be the best new indie something – i wanted someone to tell you that it’s okay if you don’t. It’s okay to choose a quieter life, it’s okay to say no to big opportunities. It’s okay to make real life the most important thing. Because though you may think big opportunities come once in a lifetime, your life also only comes once in a lifetime, and you really don’t want to miss it.

So here i am. A woman with many dreams, and many opportunities, and many once-in-a-lifetimes that i’m happy to say no to. I’m just choosing a different kind of awesome.

what three looks like

May 28th, 2014

Before this little baby girl was born i used to wonder what it would be like with 3 kids. Not going to lie, we’ve already had our fair share of crazy-everyone-needs-attention-at-the-same-time moments, but most of the time, three looks like this.

Two big kids loving on their little sister. It amazes me how they can spend so much time each day just staring at her and telling her how much they love her.

The house is messy. The laundry is not done. I have no idea when i’ll be sewing again. And we’re only slightly closer to figuring out how all our routines work together. But everyone is happy.

It’s kind of perfect from where i stand.

our newest little love

May 14th, 2014

Hello my lovely friends!!

Well here she is! Our newest little love arrived last Thursday at 9:27am after a very smooth delivery, and weighing in at a hefty 9lb/4.1kg. We are so completely in love with her, and Bunny and Buddy are basically freaking out with excitement all day everyday. It’s been so wonderful to see how they have welcomed their little sister into our family with so much adoration. Our only problem so far has been trying to keep them at bay! hehehe.

Thank you so so much to everyone for all of your incredibly kind messages, prayers and good thoughts. I feel so blessed, and am so grateful that our little girl is finally with us!! And now i shall take a nap.

Love and hugs to all of you!! XOXO

the make room for baby sale!

March 22nd, 2014

Well my dears, as you know baby number three will be arriving soon, and i’ve officially entered that nesting panic stage where i want to set up her little space and know i’m prepared and it’s making my brain all kinds of crazy. The only problem is, i kind of use the babies future room as stock room… uh oh. So i’ve decided that since i’m taking everything slow right now, and plan to keep doing that after she arrives, it makes sense to have a little sale and clear out that room! So here it is, my make room for baby sale!

I’m clearing out some of my beloved stash fabrics, ready to wear design samples, and of course sewing kits! I even found i still have some stock left in my US warehouse, which i’d love to clear out so i don’t keep paying storage. And because it’s just darned fun having sales, i’m also going to have 20% off PDF patterns for the next few days (use code BABY).

Everything is pretty discounted, so there are a tonne of bargains to be had. Happy shopping and happy sewing!

(Here’s a little peek at a few of the items in store)

SHOP [  SEWING KITS]

SHOP [ FABRIC ]

SHOP [ READY TO WEAR CLOTHING ]

Megan Nielsen Crescent Blouse & I make fashion tote bags on sale!

SHOP [CRESCENT BLOUSE PATTERN (PRINTED) originally $20, now $12 on Amazon // I MAKE FASHION TOTE BAG originally $15, now $5 on Amazon]

Update on PDF patterns

March 6th, 2014

List of Megan Nielsen Patterns currently available as downloadable PDF's

So i just realised that though i’ve been slowly turning my patterns into PDF’s over the last few months, i haven’t given you all an update on which are available since that first announcement. Ummm whoops! Sorry girls, can i blame it on the pregnant brain?!

Anyway, here’s whats currently available as a PDF:

PHEW! big list! We’re getting there slowly! I hope to make at least one or two more available as PDF’s before baby girl arrives, so stay tuned and lets see if i can remember to actually tell anyone about it this time hehehe

Also, patterns that are currently available through Simplicity Patterns:

Four

March 3rd, 2014

Hey lovely friends! I can’t believe it, but it’s four years ago today that this little adventurer entered our lives and changed my world forever.

I can’t believe how much my gorgeous boy has grown up and become a “big” kid. I’ve loved seeing his personality develop, especially during this last year, to be a little guy who loves to explore, and figure out how everything works. Who likes quiet moments and notices all the little things. Who is always on the hunt for the perfect rock, and knows how to wear a hat like a boss. Who believes in super heroes and likes to keep everythimg organized and in order. Who is fascinated by maps and can spend hours carefully looking at a book catalog trying to pick out the perfect new book. I’m grateful for the time we’ve been having recently, just the two of us home during the day together, because it helps me learn even more about my wonderful little Buddy. He stole my heart those four years ago, and he wins it over and over again every passing day.