Let's try this again!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram you will have already heard the news: I'm trying out that having a baby thing again.  I am currently just entering 14 weeks of pregnancy, and onto my second trimester, and am due October 15.  After having a miscarriage in September, pregnancy has taken on a whole new level of scary (and excitement!).  That being said, everything this time around feels incredibly different, but there is always that nagging thought in the back of your head, 'what if it happens this time too.'  However, after hearing that wonderful little heartbeat several times, and seeing him or her wriggle and squirm and hiccup on the ultrasound on three different occasions, I'm feeling pretty safe and sound.

My first pregnancy was a bit of a surprise.  As some of you may remember, I was pretty on the fence about having kids, and didn't have that drive that a lot of future mom's and dad's seem to have.  I feel pretty fulfilled in my life, with my business and my marriage and my animals.  Dan always knew kids were something he wanted, which  always worried me because it didn't seem that cut and dry to me.  I bring this up, because I know there were a lot of you who commented that you had the same feelings.  Even after I lost my first baby, I felt like if it never happened again, I would be ok.  People are so much more complex than our drive to procreate.  However, I can say that as someone who never imagined herself as a mother, growing a little person feels pretty amazing (once you get over the initial fear and occasional queasiness)! A lot of my initial fears and apprehensions about pregnancy, birth, and taking care of the baby went away once I got pregnant.  I blame it on the hormones, but this has definitely been my experience.  Everything feels like it will just be ok somehow.  My husband, on the other hand, is a little more nervous.

The last few months have been weird (but exciting!). It's weird doing pregnancy twice in such a short period of time, telling family and friends that you are once again pregnant. It's weird to have a "do-over." I felt very detached in the beginning but over the last few weeks I've been able to "enjoy" pregnancy.  So far, everything seems to be going just right (and I have the belly to show for it too).

Yesterday, I decided I'd let myself finally indulge a bit, and sewed some baby clothes.  I bought the patterns from Brindille & Twig on Etsy. They were so fast and  easy to sew, I think I have a new addiction.  I am anxiously awaiting Mid-May to find out the sex of the baby so I can sew a few more things.  Babies are a great reason to get your craft on!

I wanted to share this news with you because I had so many people reach out to me after I had written about my miscarriage.  It felt so reassuring to hear your stories, and now I am glad to continue on with mine! 

All Over the Place!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring has officially arrived, though you'd never know it if you stepped outside.  Yesterday, we went for a walk in the woods. The trails were pretty hard packed, but every once and a while you'd hit a soft spot and sink up to your knees in the snow.  The constant falling down just made it all the more fun... Regardless of the snow on the ground, it was actually a really nice day and I was grateful to be able to get outside and feel the sun on my face!

"My feet are cold" :(

I know you've heard this one before, but I am actually ahead on my orders by about 2 weeks.  This is the first time in, oh... 2 years that this has happened? My new collection is selling very fast, which is making me think I might be designing a mini-summer collection, but in the mean time I've started working on some swimsuits.  I've just drafted this one-piece which I will offer Made to Order and in PDF Pattern format. I'm also going to do mix and match two piece ensemble's. I had talked about doing a sew along. I might be over-stretching myself a bit by doing a formal sew along, but I am absolutely going to be posting tutorials on how to convert my lingerie patterns to swimwear.

I've also been working on "Pattern Hack's", including one on how to convert the Jane Bikini Cut Panties pattern into Ruffle Bloomers.  It's supper easy... I just need to get my act in gear and get the tutorials posted. I'm going to also post tutorials on how to add strapping, how to add padding to my bralette patterns, and how to add scalloped lace to the Grace & Lola Patterns. 

I was super excited to have my Spring/Summer Collection featured on the Lingerie Addict last month.  I have to give a shout out to Cora for supporting indie designers like myself.  If you love lingerie, The Lingerie Addict is a must-read.

Ohhh Lulu S/S2014 on the Lingerie Addict!
It's been a pretty busy month for me.  My Bambi Bra was featured in the latest issue of Sew News Magazine.  I was thrilled to see this feature!

Lastly, I woke up this morning to find that my Tropical Floral Knickers were featured in the Etsy Women's Browse section.  So awesome! I love the pastel mix they've curated.

So, I've kind of been all over the place this last month.  This week is finally a quiet one and I hope to check a few things off my to-do list!

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