Remember that one time we had a pop up Etsy shop and things sold like wild fire? Yup. Me too.
I’ve been putting in some wicked hours lately to bring new garlands to shop. I dreamt up a mix of patterns, colors and shapes that weren’t available the first time and slowly, slowly they are coming to life. We should be opening on a more permanent basis very very soon (think next week-ish).
If you have any ideas that you would like to suggest for the shop, please share! The world is your oyster at this point as I am still developing. Please, suggest away.
Oh’ and if you see anything you just have to have asap on here, let me know and we’ll make some magic happen for you.
Somehow, I thought that once I became a mom that sweet little virtue some people have called patience would magically appear within me. Wrong.
Traffic still makes my blood boil. Saying the same thing 2,374 times in a row makes me want to run away. Slow help at the check out stand quickly sends my goods back to the shelf. And taking 13 minutes to get from one level of my house to another assures I’m fuming.
I wish I was one of those moms that could tune it out when their child interrupted their conversation or could very kindly watch as their toddler threw themselves on the floor of Target because she wasn’t allowed to paint her face with the makeup samples. But, I’m not.
I realized not too long ago that as soon as I accepted that although mother hood changed my life dramatically, it couldn’t completely conform my personality I would be better off. I’ll never be the MOST patient but I have enough patience for us. I am raising a child that pushes me just to the edge but never quite over. So, every day I accept who I am, how it’s going to make me react in situations and work on adjusting to the constant shifting of a sweet and salty toddler.
PS These pictures are from a Saturday where we were all going to collide or get out of the house for a bit. We saved ourselves at the Pacific Science Center and ended up having a pretty great time.
^^ M and Ky were paper airplane masters.
^^Apparently, this is me at 70. The left is normal aging and the right is with UV exposure. Lets just say I may be moving to a dark, dark cave soon.
^^I still have no idea what kind of butterfly this is but we all had fun trying to spot them in the rainforest. Shows how much I learned.
“M, once a week, every week, in 2014″
Oh boy. We’ve come to that time of year where you can smell spring around the corner. You crave it, start wearing spring like clothes to coax it out and have completely run out of indoor activities. Or maybe that’s all just us? Either way, in a desperate attempt to entertain M, I let her help me with her dishes. Turns out, it’s a little messy to play in the sink like it’s an indoor water table but nobody cares because it is endlessly captivating.
|| This fabric is practically yelling spring at me. Yelling. Loud and clear.
|| It’s sunny. That’s right. Sunny and warm-ish in February. Mark it down in the record books folks.
|| Back to the skirt….I MADE THIS! I guess that’s sort of a ‘cough cough’ humble brag but whatever. I made it. Kind of a fun skirt fact to share. Right?
Skirt making class and fabric from Drygoods Design
Hi there! Just a quick pop in to let you know that we are reading somewhat of a classic for this month’s book club. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is our novel for March. I have to admit that as far as classics go, I’m behind. And by behind, I mean, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read one. Lame. I know.
I’ve already started to dive in because I know the language will take me a while and lets just call it interesting so far. If you’ve read this, please tell me I’ll be able to breathe a little more as I go. Please!
Also, as an update on last months read, the consensus on Labor Day is that it was ehh-good but maybe not a favorite. It was quick, easy and surprisingly sweet in parts. Very appropiate for the month of love. Did you read it? I would love to hear what you thought!
You may have noticed a tidbit of rebranding going on around here. A few weeks ago, I had a little pow-wow with one of my favorite graphic artists,Kendra of Hen & Co, to come up with a new logo for Pretty Wednesday. With the prep for the Etsy shop to open on a more permanent basis underway (yay!!!), it was time to get some cohesive branding in order.
We were inspired by a mix of fonts that PW already had been showcasing as well as some new stuff like the idea of stamp. You’ll be seeing these colors, patterns and of course the logo in full swing here on the blog as well as in our paper materials (thank you’s, shipping packaging, etc) in the Etsy shop.
Side Note; I’m surprised Hen & Co didn’t fire me during this design process. Not only did I give her a ridiculous timeline but I must have emailed about 1,273 changes to her. After working in the promotional products world for years, I now realize I am totally one of THOSE clients. The ones I hated. Practically had to get a coffee, put your feet up and get comfortable just to make it through their emails. You guys – my emails were numbered, bulleted, probably 6 pages long each and just stupid. Get. It. Together. Melissa.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of playing in front of two of my favorite photographers cameras. Both Candice, of Ivy & Tweed, and Lora, of Lora Grady Photography , have style that can’t be matched behind the lens. Both are wedding and lifestyle photographers and we took a shot at showcasing Capital Hill on a cloudy Tuesday together.
We started at the most amazing coffee shop where everyone seemed to working in typical Seattle fashion. Mac out, coffee in hand and iPhone conversation going on simultaneously. They were all a little shocked when my paparazzi started snapping away through the window. Embarrassed as I was, I have to admit it was kind of fun to watch everyone wonder what was going on. I’m no model but these girls can make you feel special in front of a camera!
As expected, they both turned out amazing images. I thought it would be fun to showcase each photographer one at a time. Today, all the images are from Ivy and Tweed. If you are interested in a portrait session of your own, Candice has some great specials running on her blog right now.
Check back in a few days for Part II from Lora Grady.
“M, once a week, every week, in 2014″
Her deep love for books and reading is so natural it amazes me. She’s asked me to read some so many times she can open to a page and recite a few words. It sounds something like, “da beep beep beep ouside.” Translation, “the horn on the bus goes beep beep beep.” You got that right?
Also, if you are just coming in, you can find more information on The 52 Week Project series here. And a few posts you’ve missed here and here.
Just a few pictures of what went on around this place while I was gone. At 21 months, M is full of energy all the time and doesn’t play alone well so her grandma, aunt and daddy did a lot of entertaining last week. She baked cookies, got a new baby stroller to push her puppy around in and picked out some of her own clothes. I think a little change in routine was good for both of us but we’re happy to reunited (it feels so good). (Sorry, couldn’t help it!)