I just listed a TON of new items in the shop, including the first few items from my upcoming collaborations! I've been working hard to get as much painted, restocked, and created before baby comes in April! It should be a pretty busy month or two for the house and the shop! Here's what is new this week:
-New 5x7 girl power fine art prints! I painted this one for the Women's March a few weeks ago and decided it would be fun to sell prints. Get them while they last!
-Butterfly Card sets designed for Dyck Arboretum. It includes 6 different Butterflies found in the Kansas area; a monarch, buckeye, tiger swallowtail, painted lady, grey hairstreak, and cloudless sulphur.
-New Cactus Baby Blankets, Burp Rags, and Teether Toys designed to fit with the boho chic vibe at Liv + Work!
-ICT Flag Baby Blankets, Burp Rags, and Teether Toys available online and at The Workroom.
-Monarch enamel pins! Our second design of enamel pin... they make the cutest pair!
We are super excited for little brother's arrival in around 10 short weeks, but boy is it weird to think about Emmet no longer being my only baby. He will always be my baby of course, but soon another little human will need my love and attention too.
I struggle with it sometimes. I feel like Emmet already requires so much of me and I worry that I won't have time at all for myself once the little guy gets here. I worry that Emmet will get jealous, won't like the baby, won't like me anymore. I worry that my shop, that brings me so much joy, will struggle. That my brain won't be able to keep up with making, posting, and keeping stores/the online shop stocked and selling.
But then I remember. I remember how much I loved Emmet as a newborn and that newborn stage in general. How much I loved our early mornings together going on walks to the coffee shop when he woke me up earlier than I'd hoped. I remember how squishy and little he was and how much joy I got dressing his tiny body in different outfits. I remember feeling nervous about Moose, about having a crazy dog and a baby and feeling like that was going to be too much- and it was fine. I remember worrying that Moose being bigger and wild, might hurt the baby, like I worry about Emmet being a little too rambunctious - and he never did. I remember worrying that I would lose myself, but instead I started my dream shop and have been painting and getting to be creative every day since.
And then I am hopeful. Hopeful that our little house will be big enough and we will be just fine. Hopeful that Emmet, with all of the love that he gives us will love his new little brother just as much. Hopeful that, even through the harder days, I'll recognize the good. Hopeful that even though we are having a second, Emmet will always know how much I love him and that he will always be my little baby <3.
We've listed quite a few things in the shop since our last update! December was a busy month of custom paintings, collaborations, AND of new products. Read a little more about them below:
-We celebrated the launch of our first ever limited edition winter print! Meet the narwhals and their arctic fishy friends available in baby blankets, burp rags, and teether toys. We only purchased a few yards of this fabric and won't be restocking... so if you like it grab it now!
-All of our cards got a little bit of a make-over! We're currently working on polishing up the brand/website a little bit and wanted to make sure that the cards fit in the new style. All cards now feature a beautiful font that corresponds with our future new logo! Check them out!
-We added brand new enamel pins to the mix! They are the cutest little accessory to add on to any outfit, purse, coat, hat, scarf, backpack, you name it! Currently we have little tiny bees available, but more will be coming soon!
-Two brand new tea towel designs have been added to the shop! One in our favorite sunflower print and the other with our new butterfly designs for Dyck Arboretum! The Sunflower towels are slowly making their way into shops across Kansas, but the butterflies are only available online and at the Dyck Arboretum Gift Shop.
Holy Cow. This past week, my first week of the third trimester this pregnancy, was a freaking whirlwind! I didn't even know the third trimester was coming up until my phone pinged on Monday and told me. Needless to say I was a little bit shocked and panicked a little. I cleaned out the entire house, had maternity pictures taken, decided to rework my entire shop/website and get it done before baby, and tried to snuggle Emmet as much as I could.
On top of feeling more gigantic and pregnant-er than ever, Emmet decided that it was going to be a nap free week and this mama has been feeling it! I've gone through all of the stages; denial, acceptance, bargaining, etc. On Tuesday I literally laid in my room and cried because I wanted to nap so bad (these hormones though...), and then the rest of the week was fine. Turns out if you just remove any and all expectations for the day (like getting a nap), it tends to go a lot better!
This week I also had to go renew my driver's license, which I decided pregnant ladies should get a pass on. Not only do I have to look at my preggo face/body in my photo for the next six years, the lady also looked at me and asked me, "what is your weight...on average." I don't have a freaking clue lady. Do you want my pre-pregnancy weight? My target weight? My -good lord is that really how much I weigh- end of this pregnancy weight? I gave her my pre-pregnancy weight minus a little. Because I deserve to get to fudge a little.
We still have around 11 weeks to go, which sometimes feels like eternity and other times feels like it is basically tomorrow. Here is to the last trimester and getting to met our little boy soon!
Oh man, the holidays could not have come fast enough for us! We are so glad to be at home with my family, relaxing and having all hands on deck with our little guy. Because despite how awesome he is and how much we love him, all day everyday at this stage gets really hard! I've realized lately that I'm not very good about sharing the bad and the not so great parts of our motherhood, which might make people think I have my shit together (and I don't). So I thought I'd be a little honest with our Christmas photos this year. Because this is seriously how it went trying to take pictures of a toddler, and while I prefer to share and only remember the good- this one was so chaotic it makes me giggle. These were taken after a rough go at nap time, but I had put them off until literally the last possible day in the last two hours of day light before we left for our Christmas vacation...
After a few attempts to get Emmet to sit or stand in front of the wreath, I have put only one of his boots on... he must now try to get the other one on by himself...and Moose decided the blanket looked comfortable.
I eventually gave in and put on his other boot, hoping that maybe he was ready to sit still... I was wrong.
Emmet heard the TV in the other room, and left to go see what Moana and Maui were up to. Moose stayed to model.
Emmet has now wandered back in. I assume that the song they were singing ended and that he remembered Moose and I were alive, so he came to check on us. I think Moose, in this moment, might have realized that he really loves his little boy.
Emmet spots his first favorite lamp to turn on and off that he has neglected for awhile from across the room...
...Emmet leaves to clamber up on the bed and play with the switch and Moose glances over with his best "should you really be letting your child play with that" look
I have now given up hope on this photoshoot, but I have decided to give bribery a shot and I give Emmet a pile of cheerios to eat and hold still... it works for a little bit.
No longer interested in the cheerios, he tries to run away again, and I realize that in order for all of this to be worth it I need at least one good photo. So I place him back in the scene. He is not pleased...
...and then I remember the small basket of Dot and Co Pacifiers for when little brother arrives that Emmet has been desperately trying to play with, so I decide to get bribery one last go. It works! He is pleased and so am I, and I even got some smiles.
Merry Christmas to you all! and Happy Holidays!