Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mia!!

One year ago today my precious little Mia was born into the world. One night when I was pregnant with her, I was lying in bed at night feeling lonely and sad. Our move to Texas was a tumultuous experience for me, and it took a long time for me to feel "at home" even after 2 years. I was praying, in those moments, for a little more joy. I didn't really ask for it in any form in particular... just a bit more. I felt a swift kick and God's affirming answer that joy was already percolating right there in my belly. I know, you're thinking, all children bring joy. True. But children also accompany great sacrifice with some stages being more difficult than others. Aidan, my little spit fire, went through a long biting phase. I love him so much. I am so eager to see his passionate spirit manifest in his spiritual calling. But the aggressive phase was long and no so joyful. So, it was after that prayer that I felt certain about her name: Mia Joie, Mia "mine" in Italian and Joie "joy" in French. So she is. She is cuddly and sweet and rests her head on my shoulder even when she's not tired. It was no coincidence, of course, that Mia Joie™ came from her, and this, too, has been a tremendous joy. Sometimes it feels like ridiculous, crazy joy, but joy for certain. So, happy birthday, my baby girl! I love you!
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The moment Mia arrived
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another picture by Tasha
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only a few days old...
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one year old--today!Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Thursday, November 27, 2008

Smitten

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This Aidan's girlfriend. Yes, only *almost* four and yet he is undeniably smitted. He put a bucket on his head to woo her... as you can see in her expression above, she is clearly impressed. *snicker*

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I have also been smitten by the harmony of these two young Swedish folk singers. I saw it on a blog, and have been humming it to Mia ever since. I'd been trying to add the html, but something is wrong and it's driving my crazy... sorry, you'll have to click here.
Monday, November 17, 2008

The First of Many

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Mia wearing Peyton cork baby shoes with the Laila headband around her waist and Matilda Jane leg warmers. These shoes are a little on the pricey side, though I suppose not if you compare them to Robeez or StrideRite. The cork fabric is extremely expensive--over $100/yard. {I have a story about it for a later post.} The shoes are so durable and eco-friendly, that, especially for ages 12 months+, I think they are worth the investment. Plus, Mia Joie is the only provider of cork baby shoes in the world. Pretty cool, huh!
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These were a practice pair I made for Mia. More in additional styles available only in cork coming soon.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's that Time of Year

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The weather gets chilly and the holidays are around the corner. No worries, I'm working on some special items to keep your little snow princess warm. So, here is a sneak peak of some of the new Mia Joie shoes and accessories which will be available soon. I showed Robert the shoes above. "Cute slippers," he says. "Shoes," I tell him, "They have rubber soles. They are made for outside. Not slippers." He shrugs. "They look like slippers to me." Uh. Maybe they do look like slippers... cute slippers, though, right?!

Little Mia, wearing the organic Ava hat.
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I just love this picture of her. I don't know what she's looking at.
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Lovely little organic barrette.... available soon. Btw, I don't usually take pics of barrettes in her hair... apparently for good reason. This was the only picture that wasn't a blur. That girlie never holds still!
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Christmas is coming.... so I made these new holiday boots.
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I adore this red antique chaise lounge. Robert bought it for me the Christmas I was pregnant with Aidan. Our old home was over 100 years old and had plaster walls, arched doorways, and wide plank pine floors. It also had a 3-seasons porch. I had painted the floor in a white and sage checkerboard and had this chaise out there. I had a lovely metal urn by the old wooden doorway that I would pot with mums. I filled the porch with red leaves, gourds, and pumpkins every fall. I love that chair. I can't believe I ever considered selling it. In our new house, though, I haven't found the right spot for it. I thought about reupholstering it, but I do love the red, though it doesn't match any of our current decor. Maybe I'll make a slip cover for it. We are talking about converting our spare bedroom into a studio for me after the holidays. We'll see...

Mia petting our little long-haired dachshund. I wish she wasn't sort of flashing me in the picture *snicker.*
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She was so excited. She kept saying, "Mommy. Doggie! Doggie! Doggiieeeeee!" {Our dogs never some inside. Pre-kids, they slept in bed with us. The boy dog couldn't get the training issue figured out, and once we had Aidan I didn't have the patience for it any more. Outside they went....}
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These are my Noel Boots, coming soon.... they have vintage red velvet trim. If you are interested, you'll have to snap them up quick--I only have enough fabric to make a few. Check back--more items coming soon!
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All pictures, descriptions, and designs of these items are owned by Mia Joie© 2008.
Monday, November 10, 2008

Can You Guess?

It looks sorta like leather... but it's not. It's waterproof, natural, and ultra eco-friendly. It comes from Europe, it's pricey, and it's extremely difficult to source, unless you have an inside connection. {I do.} My husband knows a lot about it. It's quite common, and you've seen it in many forms; in fact, you've probably given it a sniff on more than one occasion. But I bet you didn't know it came as a fabric. Any guesses?
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