Before I started running Ohhh Lulu full time, the *idea* of maternity leave sounded like heaven...! These days though, the thought is actually really stressing me out. I love running my business, it takes up pretty much all of my time, so it is hard to imagine even taking a month off!
But, I will only get one opportunity to enjoy this newborn baby, so I will be taking a short break. Starting in August, I will reduce the number of items in my shop and reduce the amount of orders I take. I have no idea what having a new baby is going to be like (like I said before, I am clueless and without expectation), so I'm not entirely sure how much time I will take off, but I doubt I can stay away too long! I will keep my pattern shop up and running, though I will likely not be able to get to emails as quickly as I do now.
Dan will be taking a couple weeks of parental leave when the baby is born. I hope this will help us adjust and give him some extra time to bond with the little one. Am I ever grateful I live in a place with parental leave for both parents...
I did recently order a bunch of fall/winter fabrics for Ohhh Lulu. I hope that I can make some ready-made items to relaunch my shop after the baby and I get ourselves settled. I thought that would be a good way to get back into the swing of working + doting over a baby.
I also have something up my sleeve for my pattern shop... I am working on kits that include fabrics, embellishments & elastic / notions. I am going to first do kits for the Jasmine, Bambi, Grace, Jane, and maybe Lola... maybe also Brigette, Ava, and Giselle. Kits will be few of a kind and will include everything you need, except the pattern, thread, and needles. I am working on labels, content tags, etc now... but I do hope to have these available soon!
In the meantime, here are a few more pieces from my summer collection... I personally love the last one (and kept a pair for myself!)