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a three month old ladybug

August 8th, 2014

Baby photodump anyone?! Our littlest love is now 3 months old! I’ve really sucked at sharing photos of our girl… like i only did it that one time… but here she is now! These snaps range from birth to today. Isn’t she ridiculously kick-ass cute? I will accept no response other than “hell yes!” heehehe kidding. but seriously i’m not.

I really can’t decide what to call our little babe her on the blog, at home she has so many nicknames ranging from sunshine to poopy pants to ladybug. So for now i think i’ll call her ladybug till one of her names sticks.

SO tell me, do you like baby photo dumps? shall we do this again?

Bunny turns 6!

August 3rd, 2014

I feel like every time a kiddo birthday comes around i’m like “What?! how did that happen?!”. Time is slipping away too fast! Bunny turned six this week, and she basically needs to stop it. STOP IT> no more growing up. Period. Mummy can’t take it hehe. We had a lovely birthday party for her with friends from school and neighbors and family. We booked the Cuddly Animal Farm again and it rocked! They brought baby animals and a gorgeous pony, and the kids just went nuts having an awesome time. We enjoyed doing a little Bunny photoshoot so much last year that we decided to do one again this year! I think i may end up making it a tradition if i can swing it, its really cool to have a little collection of facial expressions that are so indicative of her personality. I think it would be really fun to have something like this for each kid each year. What do you think my chances are of succeeding at that?! heehe I know i know… not good

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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]