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Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Bradley Friends, Children, Choices, Creative, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Healthy Lifestyle, Inspirational Quotes, Life, Memories, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Motivational Quotes, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Quote Of The Day, Random Thought Of The Day, Stay At Home Mom, Summer, sweet whimsy designs, Thought of The Day, Work From Home, Working Mom | 1 comment

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

My Thoughts, Exactly: 07.14.13

I love life.

Yesterday at Rochester Brainery Bazaar, I found my second third fourth fifth? calling.

Craft shows.

I’ve always enjoyed attending shows but now I enjoy being an artisan at shows. I enjoy meeting other like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

Throughout my life, I have sought like-minded people doing creative and interesting things.

In childhood, they became my dearest and oldest friends. In the teen years, they became my most fun, partying friends. In the college years, they became philosophical and thought-provoking friends.

Into adulthood, I have met friends that I wouldn’t have thought would be creative and interesting back in the younger days.

Motherhood brings new creativity and interest. I’ve made natural child-birthing friends, holistic friends, “crunchy” friends, and non-vaccinating friends. I’ve grown fond of lovely friends who, not in a million years, would have crossed paths in the decades before.

Now I enter new friendships. Homeschooling friends and craft show friends. T-Ball friends and neighborhood friends. Creators and artisans, movers and shakers.

I cherish these friends and look forward to the new relationships. Onward and upward!

Hold tight your relationships. Cherish your friends. It is interesting to look at your list of friends (be it a literal list, as on Facebook, or a cerebral list) and see the friends you’ve made over the years, how truly different they all are. It should be that way. That’s the good stuff.

I hope to pass these relationships to my own children, so they can grow and flourish holding the hands of not only us, as family, but their new friends.

The greatest gift is love.

It is only fitting that I end with one of my favorite quotes:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
-Nat King Cole

(*preferably sung Moulin Rouge-style.)

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Children, Choices, Creative, Economical Activities, Etsy, Family, Handmade, Homemade, Homeschool, Life, Motherhood, Motivational Posts, Music, Natural Parenting, Organize, painting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Save money, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

Lately (May 2013)

Lately (May 2013)

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Full disclosure: the is the raw, honest truth of my life as we know it. Our life. You don’t need to know everything, but this is the jist of it…

Lately I’ve been busy.

I know, I’ve said this before.

I started this blog in 2011 in hopes of releasing my voice for all of you to hear. I wanted to share and discuss with you all life has to offer. A few years prior, in 2009, I went to the County Clerk’s office in my hometown and bought a DBA as sweet whimsy designs. I had no idea what, exactly, I would do with it, but I know I had something to offer the world. I had great big visions of a roaring awesome blog / shop. I think it still seems so new, so fresh, so advanced.

I took time to have a few more children, (heh), but all the while I was fondling my brain to think of the next big thing that would help our one-income, middle-class family stay afloat.

I took up knitting. I made stationery. I created…things.

I started teaching a weekly music class for little ones. I love this! This class has added a little more light & joy to my life, which is already pretty bright.

In December of 2012, just last December, I saw some simply-painted peg dolls in pots in a photo of a blogger I follow on Instagram.

Hmmm…

I thought I could paint some more intricate peg dolls for my kids, for Christmas!

You see, the truth is, we were underwater financially last Christmas. Heck, we’ve been financially drowning for several months years now. We’re not going on extravagant trips (or any trips, for that matter), or spending all our cash on nice clothes and shoes (oh no, I assure you I find ways to save money, even get our cool stuff for free), we’re not even in over our heads with a mortgage or brand new cars. We’re simply trying to get by. On one income. A family of five.

Back to my point.

I had to make gifts for my kids so they would have things to open on Christmas morning.

Initially, I got a great response from the peg dolls. Not only from my own kids, but from other kids visiting, from parents, from my family.

I started ‘putting myself out there’, making more peg dolls and other hand-painted wooden things. I knew we had to start getting ourselves out of this mess, but at the same time, I insisted on raising my own children. As well, we have chosen to homeschool. Although I’m sure it can be done, I’m not ready to take on working full-time and homeschooling. I want to be the one raising our kids. End of story.

But this is hard.

In March, my husband lost his job.

*CUE THE REALLY HEAVY-DUTY STRESS*, the kind that makes you unsure whether to yell or scream or laugh or jump off a cliff, all at the same time.

Three kids. No working parents. No house to call our own.

This is when the haziness of life turned into crystal-clear focus.

Our children are healthy. We are healthy. And we are grateful. Soooooo stinkin’ grateful for what we do have. Overall, all things considered, we are all so happy, still happy.

That is the most important point of the story. Everything else will fall into place…with a little hard work, of course. (Remember one of my Coldplay quote, the one I used to remind people about natural childbirth? “Nobody said it was easy. No one ever said it would be this hard.”* Well, it turns out that quote rings true for life as well. Go figure!)

So, since March, I have been working. Painting, networking, ‘putting myself out there’ again. This time, it is paying off, in both the literal and figurative sense.

sweet whimsy designs is taking off. It’s about to soar through the clouds and into the skies, unbound by hesitation or fear. Fear of the unknown can be extremely enlightening if you let it be.

Just let it be.

My little side-biz, created so I could stay at home with my three adorable children, is about to reach new heights.

It’s happening so fast.

Thank you, family, friends, readers and strangers. Thank you for being there for us. We appreciate every comment, every share, every word of encouragement. Please continue to boost sweet whimsy designs / the whimsical sweet to new heights, if you believe in me, if you really believe in us.

It’s time.

Visit my shop on etsy, sweet whimsy designs on Facebook, and on follow me on Instagram…if you’d like ;).
*quote from Coldplay, “The Scientist”

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Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Baby, Breastfeeding, Children, Choices, Creative, Etsy, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Holidays, Homemade, Homeschool, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Music, Natural Parenting, Parenting, Passion, Philosophy, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Winter, Work From Home, Working Mom | 0 comments

Goodbye, 2012

Goodbye, 2012

A new year is on the horizon.

A time to start fresh, if you wish. To renew. To begin again. Your choice.

This year, I have more on my plate than ever before. I’m a stay-at-home, work-from-home Mom of three, ages four and under. I teach music. I teach piano. I own a shop. I knit. I paint. I blog. I homeschool. I exclusively breastfeed our baby. I’m trying to do it all in twenty-four hours each day and it is no small task.

This year I will have confidence.

I will do more and think less.
I will pick my battles before they break.
I will be organized, effective, and concise in my daily life.
I will let love and be loved.
I will understand, be patient, and thoughtful.

My resolution is to do more but to worry less.

My resolution is to be me.

To just be me.

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Baby, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holidays, Homemade, Knitting, Passion, Stay At Home Mom, sweet whimsy designs, Toddlers, Winter, Work From Home, Working Mom | 2 comments

GIVEAWAY:  sweet whimsy designs’ Monogrammed Toddler Scarf *CLOSED*

GIVEAWAY: sweet whimsy designs’ Monogrammed Toddler Scarf *CLOSED*

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I’ve taken some time off.  I’ve stopped knitting.  I’ve stopped creating.  My kids are well-taken care of, though, so that’s good.

Knitting became a newfound love in my life.  Piano was IT, forever and ever, and it still is, but I don’t have enough time to play.  When the children are napping (which, among all three of them, is pretty much all. day. long.), there is no chance to play the piano.  But, knitting, well…that’s a different story.

Knitting is quiet and peaceful.  Quaint and lovely.  Knitting can be creative.

I got a little creative LAST winter and came up with a design for a simple scarf for my then-one year-old:  Something he could tie and untie himself. (Let’s face it, toddlers LOVE their independence!) So, I figured out a way he could do that in a very easy fashion.  The scarf has a slit. Just slip one end through and VOILA!

The Toddler Scarf was born.

A sense of accomplishment and pride comes over your little love, as easy as that.  However, I thought it was a little “too” plain.  I thought a monogram would be nice.

The Monogrammed Toddler Scarf was born.

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In order to “launch” my product, I thought I’d share one with one of you kind readers!  I really don’t expect to start pumping these out until after the holidays, but the scarf would make such a nice Christmas present, yes?!

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And so begins my Tri-Giveaway extravaganza!  Stay tuned for a few more giveaways before Christmas.  Share with your friends and family, spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.

Thank you, friends! Your support is always appreciated & never taken for granted.

Enjoy December and all the joy it brings!

To enter, simply click on this link and follow further instructions.

You will also find it here:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/sweet-whimsy-designs/146219828726153

Please follow me on Facebook to keep up to date on the latest going-ons from The Whimsical Sweet & sweet whimsy designs.

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Baby, Breastfeeding, Children, Family, Healthy Lifestyle, infant, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Natural Parenting, newborn, Passion, Potty Training, Preschool, Stay At Home Mom, Toddler Challenges | 2 comments

I Am Mommy

I Am Mommy

Sooo, here I am again, blogging after not blogging.  What is it going to take for me to get on a schedule?!  I am constantly thinking of things to blog about. I could write about something, anything, every. single. day.  But I don’t.  What gives?

Well, you see, I am a Mom.  No, wait, scratch that.  I am a Mommy.  I eat, sleep, and breathe Motherhood.  I have no time for myself, and I’m okay with that.  On any given day, I can be seen nursing a little baby for many hours, cleaning poop, poop, and more poop from little bums, brushing little teeth in little mouths, getting little bodies dressed, changed, then dressed again, reading stories upon stories to little listening ears, taking little walks among little legs, cutting little pieces of fruits and vegetables into littler pieces, cleaning little faces after eating little meals, playing little instruments to little pieces of music.  I dance with little dancers, play with little imaginations.  I create with little, fabulous minds & enrich little, wonderful lives.  I love my little job.  My little life.

Writing is most definitely something I do when I have time to myself.  There, I just answered my own question.  I simply don’t have any time.

…which explains why I barely cook a full meal each night for dinner (sometimes not at all), rarely knit anymore, never play piano, and sometimes just forget to brush my own darn teeth!  What else would I rather be doing?  Nothing.  Nothing at all has ever been better, more important or, frankly, more fulfilling than this.  So why shouldn’t I blog on a strict schedule as I set out to do from the beginning?  Ah, yes, Motherhood. That’s it!!

See you when I see you…

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Childbirth, Children, Family, Life, Moderation, Motherhood, Natural Childbirth, Passion, Philosophy, Pregnancy, Stay At Home Mom, The Bradley Method Of Natural Childbirth | 5 comments

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Pregnancy:  OVERDUE + Counting!

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Pregnancy: OVERDUE + Counting!

40 Weeks

Forty weeks came & went.  I’m not surprised, I was late with my first two babies as well.

I am taking this time to embrace the wonder of it all.

When I got married, I thought, “I want to have lots of children.  Will I be able to have children?”

Then I got pregnant.

Then I wondered, “Will this baby be healthy?  Will it be a boy or a girl?  Will she/he look like us?  Will she/he act like us?”

Then we found out it was a girl.  And she appeared to be healthy.

Then I wondered, “When will she come?  How will it happen?  Will she be big/small/perfect?”

Then she was born.  It happened naturally, when she was ready.  And she was perfect.

These, among other questions that run through the mind of a new Mom, are some of the unanswerable questions in life.  Here I am, faced with the “When will she come?” question all over again.  Rather than be up in arms about going past my “due date” (believe me, I have my moments!), I’m trying instead to embrace it and especially not take this wondrous time for granted.

We are truly blessed.  We feel it every day.  We are so thankful, ever-so grateful for the life we have been given.  We promise to never take it for granted.

And so I wait.  My husband waits.  Our children wait.  And everyone waiting with us waits!

As I put my oldest, very wise “baby” to sleep tonight, I told her we may or may not be here in the morning, as I have been experiencing some pretty strong signs of early labor.  She asked if the baby was going to come tonight, as she had guessed earlier in the day.  I answered her by saying, “Well, it’s one of the sweet mysteries of life, Sweetie.  We get to be surprised as to when the baby comes!”  She answered with a gigantic, genuine grin, “I’m so inxcited!”

So are we, little girl.  So are we.

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