Saturday, January 31, 2015

I cut off probably six inches of hair! It's still fairly long, just long enough to put in a ponytail and I've gone back to the bangs. I love, love, love it! Think I might go a tad shorter next time... It feels amazing to have the weight of my hair off my head! I was worried I'd wake up the next day with hair-cutters regret, but I totally didn't. I just felt great! haha... if you're thinking of chopping, I say do it!

What's on my mind? HAIR!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Gettin' my hair done today. Pretty excited about that.

I've been growing my hair for a few years now. It's long. It's fine. It's THICK. It sheds everywhere. It ends up in my food. And now that I have a baby, it is constantly being pulled and tugged by her little hands. Yesterday I found a strand wrapped snuggly around her little wrist... Long hair is SO overrated. 

So, I'm ready for a change!!! Here's me now. I couldn't even fit all of my hair in one picture, but you get the idea.

My New Years Resolution was to wear more lipstick!

Here are the things I like.  What do you think? Bangs? No Bangs? Short bangs, long bangs? I've been obsessed with pinning hair-spiration to my Pinterest Board the last two weeks.  I really like the wavy bobs à la Ahn Co Tran, but my hair is pretty straight.  If you look at my board, you'll notice the cuts get shorter and shorter... In the picture it was just washed and air dried, and that's about all my hair does... I pretty much always wear it in a bun or ponytail. I love the idea of doing a braid or something fancy... but who am I kidding, I never do it.

Via Pinterest...

I really like the idea of an exposed neck. It's funny, it's like all of a sudden I've just had it with my long hair. I've went from loving it to being slightly grossed out by it... At the same time, I'm afraid to lose all these years of length!

So, opinions, thoughts? I want something fun and stylish - I feel like my hair is lacking those two elements right now. I'm going in for the chop at 3, wish me luck!

"New" studio!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I mentioned a while back that I re-did my studio. Previously, it was painted a horribly depressing beige... the walls were cracked, and it was generally a pretty ugly space. So, with the help my my BFF Abbey, we patched the cracks, painted furniture, evened things out, and painted the walls (two shades of) white.  I used all of the furniture I had in there before, which was an antique table from an auction sale, two Ikea book shelves, and a custom built sewing L-shaped table (got it as part of a trade). I added a small vintage cabinet to store boxes and odds and ends, as well as two rods to store spools of elastic. The new layout is SO much better, with the cutting table in the centre of the room.  Overall it just feels so much brighter and inspiring. I really, really love being in this room now. I like it so much, I now want to paint everything white! It just looks so good, especially in a house like ours, which is pretty dark (small windows).

Our house is  a smaller, three bedroom house. This room used to be the master bedroom... we decided (well, truly I decided) the space would be better used as my studio and we moved into one of the smaller bedrooms. Best decision I ever made.  Our bedroom feels nice and cozy and I now have a studio that's big enough for two people and a baby to work in.

It can be hard to make everything "fit" in a small house, but I've found that downsizing furniture scale as we can afford to do so and frequent de-cluttering sprees. So much of our original furniture was stuff handed down to us, and it just didn't fit our small space. As we've lived here longer we've invested in more storage and more compact pieces... it makes a world of difference. I'm really starting to love our little old house! 

Big thanks to Shutter Owl Photography for the beautiful photos!

Just for fun, a photo of me and Izzy.

Guess who's on the Etsy Blog?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Shop, Ohhh Lulu Sews, is the Etsy Featured Shop!

You might remember that one of my goals a long, long time ago was to be an Etsy Featured Seller. I was SO honoured and excited to have been asked to be featured! Feels really good.

 A special thanks to Naomi from Shutter Owl Photography for the beautiful studio shots... Naomi was amazing, and so incredibly nice.

Anyway, I can't ramble too much today... I've got stuff to do (*cough* assembling kits *cough cough*). Head on over and see my face and read my post on Etsy!

Stuff & Things

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When I was pregnant, and before that, when the subject of kids came up people would always warn me about how much work it was... "You think you're busy now... wait 'til you have kids!" I always hated when people said that because I'm never not busy. It was a constant slur of warnings about how much awful, drudging work it was. Never did anyone mention how sweet it was to snuggle with an adorable, warm little baby, how great you'd feel each time you see her smile or laugh... And though my time is divided differently now, and my priorities have shifted, I still have lots of time for the things I enjoy... There was a great article on the Huffington Post recently that articulated exactly how I have been feeling about parenthood. In so many ways, having a kid has been so much better than I ever thought it would be.

Time is a little tighter but everything is doable (I have way less time to spend on Pinterest Now...) I'm really enjoying my time with Izzy. She's pretty hilarious. Right now she's on this sticking-your-tongue-out-is-hilarious thing. She's learning how to make all sorts of different noises. Last night she said "Hi. Ikea" clear as day!!! haha... She loves it when you sing "If you're happy and you know it" and also likes it when I make animal sounds during "Old McDonald."  She has recently started to full out laugh, and it is the absolute best sound in the world.

Bambi & Jane Lingerie Patterns for Woven Fabric... shown here in Flannel

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, with reopening my lingerie shop, working on new items, and updating my pattern shop with new photos and pattern bundles. I  have a bunch of new patterns on the way too, which I can't wait to show you!

Jane & Grace Woven Panties Pattern Bundle

The other kind of crazy thing I've been up to was renovating my studio. I did it on a bit of a whim. With the help of my bff Abbey, we completely tore apart the room, painting all of the furniture, the walls, did a bunch of organizing... and now I have this awesome new space. I'll do a full on reveal in a future post... I have to say, it looks pretty awesome and is so much easier to work in!

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