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Monthly Archives: January 2011

That's my baby!

Two weeks ago, Amelia Jane was born into this world. She weighed 10 lbs, 8 ozs, and 21.5 inches long. Oh baby! No wonder my stomach was so big!

Everything went smoothly, and she’s a darling. We’re getting accustomed to each other and working on sleeping schedules.   Carrie and Jason are packing all of our Etsy orders, and I’m just starting to come out of the haze that is the first 2 weeks to think about sketching and things other than how long it’s been since I’ve changed a diaper.

I’m hoping to have this fabulous photographer out of St. Louis come take some newborn pics, but so far the weather has been thwarting us! I have lots of props. Crayons, flower headbands and vintage blocks.   I’ve been trying to take some artsy photos, but sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else lend their artistic vision. And I’m not too great at manhandling the baby into position.

I’ll try not to make this a baby picture blog, but I wanted to share our great news!

~Beth

A Tale of 2 "R"s

So we are working on a new project. We’ve both been sketching, and tonight we e-mailed some scans back and forth. When I compiled everything, here’s what I got:

One of these is Carrie’s and one is Beth’s.   Totally un-seen before by either party. Scary.

I’ve always thought that our drawing styles are so incredibly different, but it’s weird and wonderful the way they work together.   This may be an example of us growing too close.   Anyone want to venture a guess as to whose is whose?

There's a baby in there!


I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it or not, but I’m all set to pop out this baby in 2 weeks, give or take well, 2 weeks. Isn’t it strange that one of the biggest events in your life is so completely and utterly un-plannable?

Let me tell you that being uber pregnant is not conducive to doing a lot of work. Thankfully I have had a lot of help from Carrie at the barn and at home from Jason and from my mom and dad.

December was a crazy month sales wise, but it was wonderful! Thank goodness we had everything printed already, and all there was to do was ship everyday, something that took Jason or my mom less than an hour or so. I can’t speak for Carrie, since she ships 50%. What a brilliant idea to have a partner! It works out so much better when life (baby) takes priority over your hobbies.

I have some serious anxiety about how this is all going to work out after having the baby. How will I find time to print and work on things? I just don’t know, but it might be a great catalyst for me letting go. Maybe we’ll find a great intern to be our printing monkey. We’ve hired an awesome wholesale liason/life organizer, Karen, and I hope to hire someone else to do the bookkeeping. It would be great if Carrie and I could just draw and design. Those are the things we’re good at.

Studio Cleaning for 2011

Happy New Year!
These pics would mean so much more if I had taken “before” photos, but let me tell you that this is about 6 hours worth of work from 2 adults over a 3 day weekend. The place was TRASHED. Packaging boxes, etc, etc, etc.

Part of my struggle to stay organized and even to occasionally clean is that I want to go through every box and treasure, and I want to organize/clean everything perfectly, so I get easily overwhelmed. This is why it’s good to have someone else help you.   I heard the words “we’re just moving boxes, we’re not assessing each item right now.” several times, and I needed someone to do that for me.

Lessons:

  1. Baby steps.
  2. Use a trash bag and recycling bag liberally.
  3. Ask for help from an unemotional party.
  4. Realize that the end result is worth losing a few scraps of paper that you might have used one day in 2034.
  5. Say thank you to the person who helped you, because trust me, it’s not fun for them either.

Jason made me put away all (most) of my fabric and sewing paraphenalia, which was a huge roadblock to me organizing.   It’s just so sad! I hate to admit that I don’t have time for those fun things anymore, but truth be told, I’ve only gotten my sewing machine out once since Quiltfest in July, and that was to work on a letterpress paper banner.   I made Jason promise to keep the sewing related tubs on top in the closet so I could easily access all that stuff when I was ready. I might get the urge to sew something sweet for my baby, and maternity leave is a breeze, and I’ll have plenty of time to do everything, right? Right? RIGHT?

I love those “1” and “2” prints, both from Hammerpress in Kansas City. All we need is a canoe in between!

It’s not immaculate by any means, but just having a clear desk from which to ship our Etsy orders is huge.

A White Christmas on the Prairie

It’s January, I know.

Christmas is so 2010.

But lets reminisce  for just a moment.

We were lucky enough in Mid-Missouri to get a WHITE Christmas this time!  It doesn’t happen every year, but this year it did, and it was beautiful!  A fresh blanket of snow.  Sometimes snow storms on the prairie can be brutal.  Think wide open spaces, with no wind block.  The wind can drift the snow like you wouldn’t believe, and getting snowed in is a real possibility when the drifts cover the roads.  Actually that’s kind of fun.  But that’s not the kind of storm we got this time.  This time we got a nice even blanket of snow, which makes for some perfect skiing conditions!

Huh?

Yep, you heard me, skiing on the prairie.  There really are a lot of benefits of having access to farm equipment.  And, lucky for you, we made a fun little movie!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

And here’s to more adventures in 2011!