Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I have opened an Etsy shop that you can find here:
Please understand this is still in the infancy stages, and I will be fine tuning and adding to it in the coming weeks.
Why the name? I don't know about your kids, but mine are monkeys. I call them monkeys, they act like monkeys, they hang on me like monkeys, they are LOUD like monkeys, and so that kind of became my jumping off point...boutique style for my monkeys. My goal is to make clothes and gifts that you would find in boutique stores, for a fraction of the price. Right now, I've only got dresses and skirts listed, but I have lots and lots of ideas for the future. Mainly some boy stuff...although I'm not a mama to any, I've got some precious boys in my life that need cute stuff too. Also, I hope to add more "gift" type items (burp cloths, bibs, blankets, etc) soon.
Let me just say that I am waaaaaaaay outside my comfort zone here. Me? I'm right here. My comfort zone? Miles away from here. I have second guessed myself a hundred times on doing this, talked myself out of it dozens of times, and finally decided to just go for it. I may fall flat on my face and never sell one thing, but at least I will have tried. Self promotion is not my thing. Marketing is not my thing. But sewing? I think that's my thing. We'll see how this goes.
As Beth Moore says, you would not waste a prayer on me right now. In fact, I would covet your prayers as I try to get this going. Pray that God would bless it, that I will find a balance between this, full time work, and family life. Pray that my talent and skill will develop. And pray I don't lose my mind.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Let me give a little background; since she was about 3 years old, Mattie has wanted to get married. We have had MANY discussions about why 3yr olds and 4yr olds can't get married (how weird is that?). I think part of it is the obsession with being the bride...she loves to go to weddings, and one of her favorite shows on TV that we watch together is "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC where girls shop for and buy their wedding dresses at an upscale boutique in NYC. So, she is very into being a bride, but she is also very into the idea of having a husband.
And she is also VERY into her baby dolls. She has lots of dolls, but about 7 or 8 main baby dolls that she mothers. She carries them all over the house, many times making multiple trips to get them all in the same place at the same time. She'll say things like "these babies want me to hold them ALL the time" in an exasperated voice. Or I'll hear her talking to them, saying things like "no, honey, don't scratch your sister" or "no, sweetie, don't put that in your mouth". She changes diapers, puts them in PJ's at night and clothes during the day. It's a lot of work, and it's all very real to her. And very cute to watch.
So a few weeks ago, she tells us that she has a husband, and his name is John. We've been hearing about him ever since. Here's what we know about John:
-He has brown hair, and a brown mustache and brown beard
-He was a teacher/coach just like her daddy, but just this morning she told us that he got fired because he was late to work, but it wasn't his fault because he doesn't ever know what time it is (she has obviously been listening in the mornings when I tell her to hurry up or I'm going to be late and get fired).
-He's a good daddy because anytime we're away from the house, Mattie is only allowed to bring one baby doll with her, but John stays home and keeps the rest of them. Sometimes we have to "call" John and remind him of things, like this morning she asked for my phone, called John and said be sure to give all the babies cranberry juice for breakfast (what?). We've also called him to tell him to go get diapers or food in the past few days.
-Yesterday as we were getting ready to leave in the morning, she told me John was still in bed asleep, but she was going to wake him up with her flute. She wanted to know if I thought HE would think it was funny, so I said "sure he will". A few minutes later I hear her go in her room and blow her flute as loud as she can and then scream "WAKE UP, LAZYBONES!!!!" John is such a good sport, he did think it was funny...according to Mattie.
She talks a lot about "one day when I get married", and this weekend she told me that when she grows up and gets a real husband, John will go away. So at least we know he's just temporary.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
I'm gonna be real honest here. I think I have mentioned before my love/hate relationship with headbands and big bows on babies. It's not something I typically love, and although I have done it, we usually stick to little baby bows on Presley. However, the day I bought the fabric for these bloomers, I was perusing Hobby Lobby (one of my favorite past-times), and I saw they had these headbands and flower clips for basically nothing, so I thought "what the heck"...it matched the bloomers I was making, I thought it might make a cute picture, and I spent less than $5 for both peices (did you mama's who buy these headbands and flowers know that Hobby Lobby has them? Way cheaper than boutique store prices).
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This girl is as cute as ever. Happy as ever. Fun as ever. And such a joy to the Nash house.
She spreads lots of smiles:
Since her booty is in the air all the time these days, I thought it needed some ruffles.
So, Miss Presley Kate, what are you up to these days?
Monday, July 12, 2010
This girl used to sleep in her highchair too:
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
And still got mosquito bit.
Monday, July 5, 2010
My baby girl is *thisclose* to crawling. She is trying so hard, and just hasn't quite got it all figured out yet. I have been enjoying my immobile baby, but am thinking I might be ready for this now. Presley has become very attached to Mommy lately, and I cannot leave the room without her wailing and screaming at me. Not really crying, just yelling at me, like "get back here". I think if she could follow me around, it might make things a little quieter at the Nash house. I'm predicting I'll have a crawler within the next two weeks. Mattie crawled at 9.5 months, and Presley will be 9 months on July 12. These pictures are actually from last Thursday, but she hasn’t made much more progress than this since then.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Here's a few other things I've made for them over the past few months.
This is one I made for Mattie, and it's kind of a modified pillowcase dress that uses a fabric tie instead of ribbons. I stayed up late one night working on this one and spent my lunch hour the next day finishing it up so that she could wear it in her VBS performance that night at Matthew's parent's church. Then when we got there, they put t-shirts on all the kids, so no one ever saw it...ha! Oh well...kind of the story of my life.
This was one of the first dresses I made for Mattie, and is probably one of her favorites. I bought this fabric during the time Dancing With the Stars was on, and we were watching it every week. Mattie LOVED all the elaborate costumes and dresses the women wore (my feelings on the half naked women on that show are for another post). She kept asking for a dress that shows her back like the dancers wear. So, that's what this dress became. It started out as a halter, but after a few near misses with waldrobe malfunctions, I added buttons in the back, and button holes on the straps, and it secures now. I also added the pockets to aid in her rock collecting. This is maxi-dress length on Mattie, and is so, so cute on.