a photo of Emmet every week in 2017
This little boy brightens every single one of my days. With his snuggles, his giggles, and now he is starting to be able to communicate with us a little better, which is making life a whole lot easier! He points at everything with his tiny adorable little finger and tries his best to talk. He hits the cabinet we keep the goldfish in when he is hungry and hands us his empty sippy cup when he is thirsty. He takes his toothbrush and hairbrush from us and tries to do it himself. He brings us books and toys for us to play with with him. But my absolute favorite thing that he does lately is how he constantly needs to wear his shoes and socks. He brings them to us first thing in the morning and whenever he sees them throughout the day. Sock falls out of the laundry basket and he finds it? He has to wear it. He waddles over with them in hand and plops down onto his cute little bottom and just waits for us to put them on. Sometimes sets them on his feet when we are taking too long. But he doesn't just do it for him, he brings us our shoes too.
Our prairie walk print is now officially available in blankets, burp rags, teether toys, and bandana bibs! Get just one or get the whole collection so that your baby can love prairie plants too. Each item is made from organic cotton knit fabric that is specially designed by me just for the items in our shop!
We now have pom pom pillows in our lions & tigers & bears print AND our pink floral print, which means the pom pom pillow collection is now officially complete! Get one of each or a matching pair, they are sure to brighten any room.
There are THIRTEEN new cards in the shop as part of our new card line! All of our old cards will still be available in sets and all of our new cards will be sold as individuals. Now you can use our card sets for writing to your pen pal and our individual cards for writing notes for specific reasons like holidays, birthdays, weddings, etc!
a photo of Emmet every week in 2017
I thought there no better way to capture this past week, than to have portraits of Emmet and his Aunty Hannah together. For the past few days my sister Hannah was in town and these two were inseparable! We were both very lucky to have her come and spend time with us on her month long trip to Kansas. She watched him while I worked and let me get a lot of lavender & clover things done, we cooked all of our meals together, we ran errands together, and went on a few walks just the three of us.
My favorite, and the most hilarious walk of all, was on the last night that she was here. It was a fairly decent night so we decided that a long walk through the wooded trails behind Bethel would be nice. We loaded Emmet up and let him run around campus on our way out. He was getting a little fussy and we didn't pack any water, but we figured if we let him run around he might be okay! We turned into the woods and put him back in the stroller, as it looked like we could be surrounded by poison ivy but neither one of us were sure if we could identify it. Halfway into the woods and about as far away from the house that we could be Emmet got so fussy that we had to get him out. We figured we'd watch him and make sure that he didn't touch any leaves at all just to be safe. We took off walking, Emmet with his toys in hand, throwing them and picking them up every few feet until he threw one right into a patch of questionably poison ivy and dipped his face right in. His FACE.
We took off running. Emmet in the stroller, pushed by Aunt Hannah, bouncing around as it rolled through thick mulch. We ran short cuts through fields of grass, our shoes soaking with water, laughing (but also pretty worried) the whole way home. Emmet got washed off right when we got in and never developed a rash, which we are very thankful for. It was a pretty hilarious way to remember Hannah's last night in town, but I'm sure I won't be running for awhile...
It is so hard to believe that the shop turns one today! One year ago I released a handful of watercolor cards on my etsy site right before the school year started. A few weeks later card sets were added and a few months later I started printing on fabric and sewing baby goods! I started doing markets (unofficially) that October and have now hired my first employee. It has grown for more than I could have imagined this past year. I have loved getting to be crafty and creative and even more, I have loved getting to know all of the amazing people that I have met through my shop!
In celebration I have lots of new items currently in the shop and will be adding a lot more over the next couple of months! PLUS I'm offering 20% off the shop for 24 HOURS ONLY! Use code BIRTHDAY20 at checkout!
Here is to another year!
Our lives have looked a little different for the past few months and I haven't really said much about it. I figured though with a new school year starting AND the shops first birthday coming up it was probably time to share! This past year I resigned from my position teaching art at Hesston Middle School. I had taught there for three years, two years at both the Elementary School and one year part time at just the middle school. I had Emmet before the school year started last year and decided it was important to try to keep teaching for at least a year before making any major decisions.
Then in August of last year, right as the school year was starting, I launched my lavender & clover online shop with cards and card sets, but never actually believed it would grow to be where it is today! I had always dreamed of having my own handmade shop, ever since I discovered the world of etsy and bloggers and stay at home mommers, but never really thought it would be possible. It worked for a while; being a mom, working part time, and running my shop, but slowly my interests started to lean far more towards raising Emmet and running my shop than they were in my classroom. So I took a leap, a well thought out and discussed with Dave but a leap none the less, and resigned from my job. It was a little bit terrifying, and still is as we figure things out, but I finally feel like I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
Since school got out we've been figuring out this "new" life of ours. I've been doing various jobs here and there to help fill the gap and ones that I really enjoy doing and that allow me to be home with Emmet most of the time. I've been working a few hours a week doing photography and social media at Prairie Harvest in the mornings when Dave can be home with Emmet. I enjoy the creativity that it allows me and it is so fun to get to work with my friend Sara again! I have three private art students that come to my house a few times a week for private art lessons. We sit at my dining room table and work on art projects they are interested in. Most of the time though in this different way of doing things I am at home with my sweet little boy and I am so luck to be able to do so. We play and read books and snuggle before naps. While he is napping or sleeping at night I am painting new designs or custom paintings, printing cards and art prints, sewing new baby items, stuffing pom pom pillows, or designing new products.
I am so lucky to be able to stay at home and do these things, and it is really all thanks to my amazing friends, family, and customers! Our little family is so grateful for all of the support and every purchase that is made. So I designed a new thank you note with a new watercolor family portrait. Each order made from our online shop will be bundled with one with a handwritten note on the back, because we really do want to say thank you!