January 15, 2018


                                             via Etsy

January 04, 2018

Ringing in the New Year

Happy 2018.  I almost typed "2017," the year that fluttered past me.  As for shop news, I recently sold a few January birthstone pieces (garnet), including the one shown here.  I hope these customers love their new jewelry.  I'm also hoping that 2018 is the year that I start making jewelry again.

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Baby A., who is no longer a baby, is now a long-legged toddler.  She is inquisitive yet cautious, and continues to be a huge book lover - her collection now exceeds 100 books.  And her vocabulary reflects her love of words and stories: she currently uses 300 or so words on her own accord.  It's amazing to see her laugh at, and repeat, the inflections in words.  She also sings her favorite words in songs.  Subtleties are not lost on her.

Motherhood continues, life continues, writing continues.  The latter is my 2018 goal, besides the jewelry making.  May the year 2018 be the best for you and yours.  (And thank you to baby A. for napping while mama writes this.)

December 17, 2017


Merry (early) Christmas, all.  With my 2017 track record of sporadic blog posts, I thought I'd say this now rather than wait to do so.

2017 has been a year filled with baby, learning how to be patient (me), and taking a step back from my Etsy shop in order to do these.  Motherhood is, ultimately, the most humbling job in the world.  It is also the most intense, for me.  Mentally, physically, and emotionally.  The worries; the staring at the monitor while baby sleeps due to these worries; the boundless energy (baby, not me); the staggering exhaustion.  As an introvert I've had to learn that I cannot control everything.  I have learned that my need for structure and control are second to my daughter's needs as she grows - these things, I still struggle with.

So for my sanity, I'm learning how to structure my time more wisely around my little night owl.  I read when I can, try to spend as little time on social media as possible (too easy to compare oneself to most motherhood photos), and even now try to do some writing as well.  This being said, I wish you the same: do something nice for yourself once in awhile.  Staying sane is the best gift you could give your loved ones.  Happy holidays!