Wednesday, July 30, 2014


11 More Days Until Kindergarten!

Yep, that's right.  The girls are going to a charter school which has a year round curriculum.  For those who aren't sure what a charter school is it is defined as:

In Minnesota, charter schools are tuition free independent public schools that are open to and welcome all students, no matter ability or need, and are governed and operated jointly by licensed teachers, parents and community members.

And year round doesn't mean they don't get breaks.  In fact, they get lots of breaks, long weekends, etc which honestly, just work better for our family than having one big chunk off in the summer. 

Are they excited? Hells yeah! Are they nervous to be in different classes? Yes.  That's been their only fear.  I've been trying to "sell it" to them as having a space where their sister can't interrupt them when they're talking and the chance to meet twice as many kids which equals twice the opportunity to make friends! That seems to help. 

Addi got a new haircut for school today.  Frankly, up until now she's looked like a ragamuffin.  She throws a FIT if you try to make her do anything with her hair so received two choices.  Let me do a few things to her hair so she can see what she likes and have choices for school on the days her hair looks particularly witchy OR let us cut it and she can wear it down, no bands or clips, every stinking day if she wants.  She picked haircut.  I think it's a good choice anyway as it will allow teachers & students to tell them apart.

Grandma Deb took them school shopping and helped them to pick out backpack and school supplies. Nana took them shopping today and let them pick out new shoes.  They are most certainly ready- and spoiled!  

Spoiled rotten.  Tonight was early bedtime d/t behavior.  They have been fighting nonstop and WHINEY!  Ugh.  Am I excited for school to start? HELLS YEAH!  Don't get me wrong, I love my little monsters, but they have been just that lately.  I've been struggling with a lot of mommy guilt.  My brain keeps telling me I "should be really enjoying these last few days & cherishing them because it's really the last time I'm going to have this time with them" while my heart keeps yelling "Ya-hoo!! Only 11 more days and then those little shits are going to school and I'm going to have some me time! I'm going to clean up and watch it stay clean for HOURS! I'm going to be able to listen to music, pee in peace and wipe my butt well, I'm going to have SO MUCH FUN!!!"
Yep, then comes the spiral of mom guilt. 

But I'm so freaking excited I just can't help it.  This will be my chance for the first time in my life to focus full-time on my art and really give it my all.  I have a few new designs drawn up for 2 new jewelry lines.  You may have seen the honeycomb necklaces on Etsy already, but there is so much more to come in the Earthy Woman line (name is still in the works).  It will contain necklaces, brooches, post & dangling earrings.  Bracelets potentially.

Then there is the Outspoken Woman (again, name in the works) button line.  I have a few of these out on Etsy, but there are more in the works. 

Oh, and new embroideries, fine tuning of some of the original jewelry designs, etc, etc.   So how can I not be excited? It seems the more I create the more ideas I have and I'm just sitting on my hands right now working when no one is looking...

So there you have it.  11 more days (okay maybe 12) and you will get to see these little boogers head out the door to school.  I know I can't wait, can you?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Grandma Deb's

We are having a blast here in the southwest corner of the state. Made a trip to the Great Plains Zoo in good ol' SD.

The girls did get sick (and I'm talking scrapping up piles of vomit off the floor let's hose you down in the tub sick). But luckily it was a quick bug and they are starting to feel better.

Tonight we are braving the humidity (and the curious raccoons) to camp out in the yard. I'm pretty sure I'm going to regret this tomorrow when they've kept me up half the night, but they are SO excited. It's definitely not my parents gig, but it's something I enjoy and am happy to do with the girls (although I may change that opinion by morning).

Monday, July 14, 2014

Not Much...

What to write, what to write...  I feel as if I am again losing a bit of steam on the blog.  I'm not sure if it's just because I find myself so busy in other areas of life right now, a lack of feedback from my readers (except you, Abby *hugs*) or just a general lack of good content ideas.
     WAIT- It's not supposed to be a guilt trip, please don't take it that way, but sometimes even those of us who love to talk type get tired of it from time to time especially when it feels like you are talking to yourself.  You know? I think I expected more feedback on some of those bigger issues this last month which was a bummer when you all felt so damn shy!  It did spur some good conversations with some of you readers in my backyard, but sometimes I just yearn to hear from someone outside of me and my world.  I know you're out there reading this right now... maybe.

Anyway. Enough of that.

The girls have LESS THAN ONE MONTH before they start school. Wow.  I'm so excited about it really.  I know they are going to love it and I think I expect to really see them begin to blossom into their own individuals with unique interests that they aren't afraid to pursue on their own (the last part being the key).  I am excited for them to get caught up in new ideas, make new friends, learn patience and obedience on a different level and about a hundred other things.  I loved school, well, until those really hard high school years- I'm sure we all have our stories.  Unfortunately, my hubby is having a harder time with the idea- then again, he's not home with them every day *wink*.

I'm trying really hard to be "in the moment" and really relish these last few weeks, but it feels like that is putting just more pressure on each day to be perfect.  Let me tell you, they ain't perfect! It doesn't help that I'm chomping on the bit to really dive head first into Holey Socks Art and get this puppy running full time. It's been hard to get new product completed, not to mention up and listed, in a timely manner.  I have all of these ideas in my head, but as I am a one woman production team that is currently a full time domestic engineer (aka homemaker) I have to curb many of these and putz along slowly.  I hope to expand the jewelry line- weed out old designs, create new, expand the necklace line and maybe make some bracelets.  Any bracelet fans out there? They are one of my favorite items to wear, I know. But thats all just the tip of the iceberg.  I hope to seriously up my local game, really start working hard to promote, etc.  I will always welcome help in the form of cheerleaders! Share my Facebook posts, Follow me on Instagram, join the mailing list and forward the newsletters on to your friends.  Alright, enough shameless plugging...

I am SUPER DE-DOOPER EXCITED to have just ordered a Silhouette Portrait electronic cutter.  Basically, it cuts through just about anything in any design you can imagine, including you're own.  It will allow me to significantly speed up production of my shrink plastic jewelry as I will no longer have to hand cut every single stinking pin, earring, etc and will also with the new sticker lines that are starting.  I haven't been so excited about a craft item since my Gocco press! Yeah, I'm a craft nerd, but I KNOW I'm not alone on that one.  If your nice, maybe I'll let you come over and watch me use it :)

So, in the mean time I am working on a few new designs and about a half dozen hoops. I finished my custom embroidery portrait but can't share it until August 8th- it is a gift after all so no spoiling the surprise.  I will definitely be posting lots of pictures though as I think it turned out pretty awesome.  *Toot toot*

The girls and I are off later this week to my hometown to spend a few days with grandma and grandpa, visit great grandparents, do some swimming, go to the zoo, and just have fun! I think we are all looking forward to a nice summer break and to get away for a little while.  We may even pack the tent and try a sleep out in the yard.  Who knows.

Other than that, I am sitting around eating ice cream every night getting just a wee bit pudgier making excuses as to why I can't find time to work out. Running was going great at the beginning of the year and now has come to a complete stop.  I feel pretty horrible, but can't seem to kick myself in the ass hard enough to make me actually get off of it and do something.  Despite all my projects and all that I get done, I am at heart a lazy person.  I don't like to move if I can help it... There I said it, it's out.  So, if anyone out there (HELLO!!) has any tips for actually motivating yourself to get started and get off the damn couch I would love to hear it.  I'm slowly approaching my pregnancy (TWIN pregnancy) weight and am ready to start sewing myself lots and lots of black muu muss.
Photo taken from artist Rachel Herrick's blog.  She does some REALLY amazing work that centers around obesity and how our culture views it.  You should definitely check out her stuff here:  OR click on the picture to see the post regarding muu muus and muu muu culture.