Monday, April 26, 2010

Chanel, Busyness, and Other Musings

Since being forced by the threat of a lawsuit into a new name, propelling my modest business forward has been a struggle. Instead of being fun or inspiring, there was an extended period of time where having a business was just oppressive and stifling--the very antithesis of why I own a business.

If you haven't seen the movie, Coco Before Chanel, I recommend it; Chanel's empire was born of wounds and struggle and a tenacious spirit. At one point early in her career, she opened a shop in Paris. She quickly went bankrupt and was forced to surrender her properties. In her online biography it reads: "This did not discourage her; it only made her more determined." In my studio, I have this excerpt highlighted and tacked to my inspiration board. While I don't liken my humble company to Chanel's lofty iconic status, I think we can look to those who found success and apply that wisdom tempered with faith to our own lives. As my father has often said, "If I see further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants."

In the wake of the name change, I have been busy: painfully so. I'm not one to complain about a cold, but it has left me achy and in a mental fog at the least desirable time to feel so. I find myself slipping further and further behind. Sometimes I wake to a start in the middle of the night, suddenly recalling an email that is still unanswered. I want both: to be a good mother to my children and have a business. Some days it feels like an impossibility.

But the good news is the debut of the new name is only days away, and when that happens, everything will change: the blog, the website {at long last!}, the logo. There will be giveaways and other fun things. I am using this as an opportunity to re-brand and get one step closer to finding my business identity. I have realized that my likes are a wild smattering, bouncing from one whim to another. Eventually, I will land somewhere that feels really "me." Did you know Chanel was first known for straw hats? I feel like even though my business derived from booties for Mia, I sometimes feel God speaking that this is not where I will land. Who really knows, though, or can understand the mystery of how God speaks to our heart. "When we understand the outside of things, we think we have them. Yet the Lord puts His things in sub-defined, suggestive shapes, yielding no satisfactory meaning to the mere intellect, but unfolding themselves to the conscience and heart." -- George MacDonald

So, in summary: I am busy and behind; the new name is coming; and I recommend the movie Coco Before Chanel. Wishing you a happy Monday and the joys of a fresh new week.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Painting in Her Party Dress

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In order to truly appreciate this photo, you need to note the purple marker on her arms, the afforementioned gold dress which functions as a handy makeshift paper towel, and the lack of paper which by no way inpugns her creative spirit...


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Monday, April 19, 2010

More Wildflower Photos

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More pictures from an impromptu 5 minute photo shoot taken just before a downpour of rain. I am so happy to include so many photos of Aidan. As it turned out, bribery was key!

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This dress will be available for purchase the second week of May, along with matching sash and the ruffled jackets in red and brown. Additional details will follow.
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Last but not least, my personal fav. Now I owe Aidan a Spiderman guy--"the one with the cape and the suction cups." *sigh* It was worth it.
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If you haven't yet, take a minute and listen to the new song (#2)
and let the lyrics resonate in the deep and empty places....

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away
That You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crookedly lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking
Heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands....
Sunday, April 18, 2010

Texas Wildflowers

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"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers,
so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous."
~Edward Abbey
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Push

"The sign on the door of opportunity reads Push." ~Anon.
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Last night Robert, the kids, and I were having dinner when we suddenly heard a flurry of fluttering, peeping, and squawking coming from our screened-in porch. Upon inspection, we found the room a flurry with a half dozen baby birds, whose mother had made her nest in our hanging planter. The kids were laughing as we delicately chased them outside; in fact, one perched on my shoulder as I was taking this photo. And it occurred to me: those birds were all out of the nest at once. That old adage is true. They didn't each choose to leave as they felt ready; their mama gave them a push. It was the only way they could learn to fly.

Isn't that the way of life? We suddenly find ourselves plummeting downward, a little dizzy and disoriented with the ground swirling beneath us. But isn't it the things that push us that are the very same things that force us to grow, that reveal the nature of our character and stamina. If life has you down, I encourage you to pray, push back, persevere, and let the life you want to live take flight.


blessings

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ginger Headband

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Available at 12 pm CST Thursday, April 15 along with a $2 Giveaway. The headbands are $16.50. Color choices {reading left to right} are cafe damask, blue lattice, and pink corduory. They tie in the back, but have a bit of elastic to keep them snug. They can be sized for an infant, toddler, child, or adult. Please put the size you desire in the notes to seller. **SOLD OUT**

As mentioned, we are getting ready to put our house on the market. In so doing, I made Mia a little orange and pink tuffeted satin duvet for her toddler bed. {I'll try to take pictures.} I also made a few quick pillows for her bed. I haven't offered a $2 Giveaway in a long time, so I thought I would offer an extra pillow here. It is roughly 8" square. **SOLD OUT**
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Picnics and Sunglasses

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Can you stand it? Before long, she is going to be way too cool for me. Sigh. The glasses are from the Gap. The fabric headband will be available here on Wednesday in blue, pink, and white. The weather is just amazing right now. Robert, the kids, and I had an evening picnic on Friday. The fields were full of Texas wildflowers. I was wishing I had brought my camera. Children are so funny. They go from picking flowers and singing like little cherubs to pounding on each other and whining with gusto. So the days go.

We are, as I mentioned, just about ready to put our house on the market. I am also working on projects to launch the new name and finally the website. Right now I have to-do lists that refer to other to-do lists all stapled together in a maddening jumble. I thought I lost it at Target. I was racing up and down the aisles looking for it like a mad woman. I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with me ;)

I have so much more to say, but no time to say it. I hope you are well, my friends, and enjoying a lovely spring.
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fresh and Easy Decor Tip

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Hello! It's been a long time! I feel like I can hardly keep my head above water these days. The biggest project on the docket is that we are getting ready to move. The name issue created an unexpected lull that we decided we could use to our advantage. Our current home is a bit too much for us to maintain, and we want to move into something more compact with a smaller yard in an attempt to simplify our life. I also think this will benefit my business in the long term. {More on that later.}

Despite all that is going on, I have made a resolution not to fall out of blog world for over a week again and am going to try to do 2-3 posts per week, even if they are small. Feel free to send me a reminder if I slack ;)

In preparations to list our house, we have been feverishly sprucing it up, and I have a little decor tip I thought I'd share with you as evidenced in the photo above. Believe it our not, your local FedEx Office is one of your best decorating friends. I have used them for numerous inexpensive prints throughout our house. Case in point, we had a mirror that broke, and the empty frame was sitting forsaken in our garage. So, I uploaded one of my favorite pictures from our trip to Oregon on FexEx.com and had them print it on matte paper and foam mounted. A few hours and $48 later, and a vibrant new photo. A few fresh coats of white paint to the fireplace, a vintage convex mirror, a bundle of sticks, and some trimmings from the yard and--voilĂ ! Fresh and modern look. The foam mounted photos also look great with family pictures that are frameless and hung up with ribbon ties: fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive! Feel free to share any decorating tips that you have devised as well.

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Note: I am excited to say that I will have a few hundred clothing pieces that will be ready to purchase the middle to end of May, including the bolero and the dress and sash that Mia is wearing in the blog button on the left. They are from a reliable, domestic manufacturer who is a great gal to boot. More info on the website and new name will follow.

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