Cherry wood and wool…

  
Making an entire winter line by hand is a really special experience in itself, but I love it when I’m able to use the beautiful work of other makers. By incorporating the talents of other people into my work, I feel like it allows each piece to tell a deeper story. These beautiful cherry wood brand tags have a story all of their own.
  
Ana and her husband over from allthiswood.com  in Washington dtate are creating beautiful custom pieces for their customers. I was really impressed by all of the customizable options that they had to offer. I went with a cherry wood but they also offer walnut, mahogany, and maple. I went with the cherry wood because I wanted something light enough to stand out against the bright colors of the wool, but still had a little more color than Maple.
  

I asked them to send me a couple of in progress shots and they graciously sent me these photos of the tags being cut. I was always that kid that enjoyed seeing the little video clips on shows like ‘Reading Rainbow’ and ‘Mr. Rogers Neighborhood’ that showed how different things were made. These pictures really took me back to that childhood joy. 
  

While a lot of the tags on the site are offered in a two whole format, they were able to make a few adjustments for my order. Due to the really bulky nature of my knits, I wanted a tag that would not ‘wobble’ on the yarn. After sewing a couple on and testing it I couldn’t be happier with the results! You can tell that they take a lot of pride in their work by the smallest details that were incorporated. Everything from their desire to have the exactness of the artwork to the heavy duty packaging to ensure that everything got to me safely, it was definitely a work of love. ☺️

  
As we get closer to launch day on September 10th I hope to share more of stories behind the beautiful work that helps to make my pieces complete. 
** This was not a sponsored post, just my appreciation for beautiful work.

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Learning to get a life.

So if I were to ask you how much fun you have during the week, I would probably get answers like, “I have so much fun while working,” “Being around my kids is fun,”or “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”

I hope to a certain degree, that all three of those answers are true for you. 1. I hope you have fun when you are working. It might be time for a career change if you didn’t! 2. Every family has rough moments, but overall, I hope you have fun with your kids. 3. This is probably my answer 99% of the time. lol. Sometimes I get so focused on what I am doing that I seriously think there is no time for nothin’!

But for today, I’m really not looking for any of these answers… The real question is, ‘What do you do to get away from work?’. (*GASP* Did she she really just say ‘get away from work’???) Yup! You heard me!

Now before you mark me off as a traitor to all the hard working, mompreneur clans out there, keep on scrollin’, Honey. Keep on scrollin’.

I think a lot of times we think that we can’t afford any time for fun outside of our work, so we burn the candle from both ends and wake up the next morning feeling like we were hit by a semi, run over by a steam roller, and find our kid at the foot of the bed, coloring our toes with a marker.

Do you know why I can paint that picture so well? Because that’s been me way too many times. I thought I was accomplishing more by wearing myself ragged. I thought that if I did that, I would magically see results sooner. Of course then my poor family is miserable the rest of the day and everyone is cranky.

Now on the other hand, if we are all play and no work, that can also be a problem. But for today, I’m talking to the mommas that are working a little too hard and need to get a life.

Do you have hobbies? When I stopped to think about it, I realized that I had turned a hobby into a business, so aside from work I really didn’t have any! I had things that I enjoyed doing, but I wasn’t really making any time for them.

You know what I did? I decided to go from being a tired, hobby less mommy, to a happy (still tired) mommy who gardens.

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I don’t have a lot of time to do it. I probably get out in the dirt, once a week. But when I come home and see my pink Snapdragons and yellow mums by the house, I find it refreshing to my soul. I come inside feeling happy, and the time I spend working after that is productive and pretty stress free.

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Make time to see people face to face too. Last Thursday, I went to my first Thrive Moms event. When I got there, I didn’t know anyone, and aside from one other lady, everyone else that normally came to the events, wasn’t able to make it.

So here I was, with a lady I had never met before, in a pizza parlor exchanging stories about how good God has been in our lives. It’s been a long time since I talked to someone, face to face, one on one like that.

So what I’m trying to say is… Make time for yourself, because it really makes life fun. And if you’re like me and have a hard time justifying making time for yourself, make time for others. You never know when you might make a new friend.

I hope you laughed, cried, and were touched by this post. If it meant a lot to you, would you share it? If you read Monday’s post, you already know that I don’t have all the answers. I’m still growing, but it’s so much easier to grow with someone, rather than doing it all alone. Like and share this post so others can enjoy it too! 🙂