Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Anyway, my friend had been outfitting her and her daughter in the cutest things! So finally, I broke down and bought my first piece. What can I say, I am addicted now. The clothes are unique and comfortable. They truly symbolize to me an artful way of dressing. Their color and print combinations continue to surprise me and push me into being a bit more "daring" in my wardrobe. And they are perfect for pairing with fun jewelry!
The big ruffle pants pictured below (or as Jon calls them, my "clown pants") were so comfy for lounging around the house post-partum the past few months. I am really loving ruffles lately on anything though.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
When my Mom had me (almost 34 years ago), my Dad gave her a flowery diamond ring which she in turn gave to me when I was about 16. So when I was pregnant with Richard, my Mom hinted to Jon that he needed to get me a similar gift and suggested the Mother/Child jewelry that is so popular. I think at first, he was surprised at finding out that this was a common custom. Then, after thinking about it a while, he realized that the only fine jewelry I wear daily is my wedding ring. He knows that I prefer my artsy, handmade jewelry and love matching my outfits to it. In fact, if I don't have anything on when leaving the house he will say, "Where's your necklace?" and tease me about how much jewelry I have.
So, in sort of ruining the surprise for me, we went shopping together. We agreed upon a feminine, filigree, floral diamond ring (shown below although a little blurry). I love the antique look of it, and like my wedding ring, I wear it every day. (I also love how his little fingers wrap around mine as I feed him a bottle).But I did still end up with a Mother/Child like piece. I was thrilled to see at Bead & Button that Green Girl Studios has a design in pewter. The mother/child is carved into the front side of the heart, and on the back it reads "love you forever". This totally fit my style! Over the last few months I thought about what I wanted to design with it. A necklace? A bracelet? I decided on a bracelet. Okay, now what beads? Something that will go with everything so I did a mix of different metal tones in pewter, copper and brass. Lastly, since my mornings are a little more busy now, I wanted something that was easy to get on. Using black elastic was the answer. I am pleased with how it turned out.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
This was definitely a different summer for me. True, I did a lot of the usual things I do every summer, but also missed out on a few. But it was still wonderful!!! I didn't know what to expect when I thought about having a new baby and knowing that my maternity leave would fall over the warmest months of the year. Of course I was ecstatic, but I knew it would take some adjusting too. Richard could not be more laid back so I certainly didn't feel confined to the house at all. We get out almost every day, whether it be a trip to the store or just meeting a friend for coffee. Other days though, it's nice to know that I can just stay in my pajamas all day too.
The time has gone so fast. But even though it has gone fast, it seems like forever ago that I was pregnant. Or that he was so tiny. Does that make sense? Each day is gone in an instant, especially when you think about it in 4 hour time blocks. When he's ready to eat again, I think oh my gosh it's been 4 hours - what have I done in all that time? You'd think that when he is napping that I'd get a lot done - all the day dreams you have when you are working full time of making jewelry all day isn't a reality. It's quickly cleaning up the kitchen, grabbing a shower, doing some laundry. I will say that the internet is such a time sucker! I'd really like to work on cutting my time down on it. So if I were to ever become a stay at home Mom, I'd really have to discipline myself.
I have one more week off before I go back to work. He will start daycare two days next week so that we (aka Mom) can ease into it. It's going to be hard, but we'll all be alright. I plan to use those two days to work on a ton of jewelry - I hope the motivation and creativity will be there when the time comes. I am working on several pieces for a special project that I will share with you soon. In the meantime though, I just listed these two bracelets in my Etsy shop. They are very "Fall" feeling to me. I guess no matter what, we can't deny how fast the seasons change.