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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Why I’m not making resolutions this year…

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First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!! For some reason I am way more excited about this year than I have ever been before. I’m excited about this chance to reset and restart. For this chance to look at life with fresh eyes and work towards new goals.

If you’re thinking ‘new goals?’ and reading my title wondering why those two ideas seem to contradict… Don’t worry because I’m about to tell you how this is going to change your life.

When I looked up the definition of resolution, one of them was:
A firm decision to do or not to do something.

I realize that there are other definitions out there, but I chose the one that most people think of when they hear the words ‘New Year’s resolution’. It’s the beautiful hopes and dreams we have for the new year. It’s the ‘I’m going to get into shape’, ‘I’m going get up earlier’, and ‘I’m going to read more’ that we have planned for our lives.

It’s beautiful and it’s fun, for the two weeks that it lasts… None of us intentionally get sidetracked. The truth is, most of us want to continue. The problem was never with the resolutions, but rather the plans behind them.

A resolution without a plan for action is nothing more than a dream that lasts as long as our willpower. I don’t know about you, but my willpower ain’t all that strong… That’s why this year, instead of making resolutions, I made plans in my calendar.

For every resolution that I would have made, I set aside time in my calendar to carry out the goals I want to accomplish. Rather than resolving to get in shape, I set aside time in my calendar to work out. Rather than hoping that I can produce more product this year, I gave myself deadlines to create new things.

Making a resolution without a plan would be like a mom who didn’t make plans for meals, who hopes that dinner makes itself, and brings everyone to the table, assuming that everything is ready. Sometimes we get lucky, and Hubby brings take out home, but it usually doesn’t work that way… Wether you are a planner or not, it takes time and thought to make things happen. Our goals for the new year are no exception.

I’m sharing a very simple thought, I know, but it’s more difficult to carry out than it would seem!

ATTENTION:
While we’re on The topic of getting all organized and making things happen, I have been meaning to get an email subscription available to you, for the last several months. I’m excited to announce that this will finally be available to you starting this next Monday!!!

On Mondays, I will be blogging about things that are helping me to find balance as a work at home mom. Balance is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot. We all know that we need it but sometimes it’s hard to know what the practical application would be. That’s why I decided that I would like to start sharing simple tips and tricks that are helping me in this area.

On Wednesdays, I will be sharing fun family moments and some project progress photos so you can come along for our family time and keep me accountable keep track of the projects I am working on.

Then Fridays!!!! On Friday I will be sending out the subscription newsletter that will include a coupon for your next shopping trip to Tokyo Blossom Boutique, and a recap of Monday and Wednesday’s articles.

I am so excited, and I can’t wait to get to know you all better this year. If you have any questions about the subscription that will be available starting Monday, feel free to ask. I want to make this as enjoyable for all of you! Well, hope you all are not too tired from staying up late last night. 😉

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The dirty truth…

Not too long ago, I was listening to a podcast episode of Brilliant Business Moms that talked about ways to pursue integrity as a small business. BTW, if you guys have never heard of them, they are wonderful. Sarah and Beth Anne have a genuine desire to help other moms succeed in their various businesses.

One of the things that Sarah talked about was being honest with your readers. I don’t personally know anyone that would straight up lie to their readers, but she talked about not pretending to have it all together.

I seriously don’t know if anyone could see me and think I have it together, but for those of you who don’t know me personally, this is me making you KNOW that I don’t have it all together.

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Let me start with this recent photo I took, for a new pair of earrings that I added to my shop. I look so calm and relaxed… Well, I really wasn’t.

I was sick for about 2 days straight, at the beginning of the week. I was so weak that the only house work I managed to get done was laundry and the dishes. The crock pot saved my life at dinner time, and when I was playing with Sean, I was on the floor laying down.

I’m totally fine now, and I got caught up on cleaning my grimy floors on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, but that is the ‘dirty’ truth. I really don’t have it all together, and I am constantly searching for business and organizational ideas on Pinterest. 😆

Oh, and here’s another thing… My blouse and everything might look good together, but chances
are, I’m wearing PJ’s or athletic wear below the waist.

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Here’s the bottom line. By the time I get done grocery shopping with a toddler, putting all the groceries away, and getting dinner ready, I look just like any other tired mom in the grocery store checkout with a little bit of lipstick still on.

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So now that you know that I’m not perfect, we can all go about our day not worrying about comparing ourselves to others. Got it? You are fabulous and don’t let someone else’s perfection (or my lack thereof) rob you of your beauty and joy.

*I didn’t get paid or compensated to say all those nice things about Sarah and Beth Anne. They are just that amazing, and I can’t thank them enough for all of the inspiration I get from listening to their podcast.