Monday, August 31, 2009

Birth announcements

Before Naomi was born, I started making birth announcements that I'd send to people who wouldn't get to meet her for a while, family who don't have e-mail, and other special folks. I picked happy, gender-neutral paper and bought both blue and pink ribbon for the top, since we didn't know who Naomi was until she was born...

After Naomi arrived, I filled in the details and assembled the announcements. I finally finished them (more than 40), and am in the process of putting them in envelopes, which always takes me much longer than actually creating the cards!





(By the way, we just found out today that Naomi has gained 2 pounds and now weighs 11 lbs 3 oz!)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here's how I do it

This is one of the keys to my sanity and ability to craft while mothering: a wrap.

Naomi tends to go right to sleep when I put her in it; I can nurse her hands-free; and it's beautiful and comfortable (and organic cotton). I wear her at home if she's fussy or having trouble falling asleep, and I wear her when we run errands... This particular wrap is from Lovey Duds on Etsy -- she has dozens of gorgeous handmade wraps.





I also wore my first daughter, in a sling and carrier, until I became too pregnant to fit the carrier over my belly. One piece of advice if you're hoping to wear a baby for the first time: don't give up! It takes practice, and the baby may need time to get used to it. Borrow some slings, wraps, and/or carriers, if you can, before buying one...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sweetness

It's warms my heart to catch glimpses of the bond forming between my two daughters...



In other news, I have somehow managed to squeeze in some craft time here and there. I've made two birthday cards and nine thank-you cards, plus I've put the finishing touches on roughly 25 baby announcements. I'm amazed by what I can accomplish while nursing Naomi. I'm seriously considering having a stamp made that says "made while mothering" for the back of my cards!

Monday, August 10, 2009

More Etsy recognition!

Fellow Etsian A Forest Frolic told me that an item of mine was featured in an Etsy blog article today!


You have to scroll down a little bit to see my wine tags. I'd been wondering why they sold today, out of the blue, after being in my shop for a year!

This and the inclusion in the children's gift guide have done wonders for my motivation to continue developing items for my shop and investing more time in the Etsy community ... as soon as Naomi is old enough to hold a rubber stamp!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I've been noticed!

While adding Naomi's birth announcement to my Etsy front page, I noticed that one of my mobiles had more than 1,000 views--nearly 10 times the number of views for any other item in my shop. I was excited but wrote it off as just one of those strange and wonderful things that happen when I'm not paying attention.


Well, I've been spending a lot of time poking around on Etsy while sitting on the couch nursing Naomi. I've been buying gifts and beefing up my Amazon universal wish list (my birthday's coming up)... In the course of shopping for a friend's soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter, I started checking out the Etsy children's gift guide. That's where I discovered my mobile among the six pages of wonderful kids' clothing and gifts!

In the words of the gift guides main page: "The Gift Guides are hand picked by Etsy staff from hundreds of thousands of items available." I'm shocked, flattered, and excited. I don't know how long the mobile's been in the gift guide, or how long it will remain ... and now I'm itching to make more mobiles.