Posts Tagged ‘Parenting’

  • We’ve had great Fall weather these past couple of days and I’ve been spending them outdoors as if it’s the last time we’ll see the sun for a very long time.  Living in the Pacific Northwest this is a very real possibility.
  • Dinner with the in-laws means I don’t have to make dinner.  Granted the entrée choices don’t follow the stricter diet we’ve been following lately but family time is important being militant on our diet isn’t worth stressing out our hostess.  We just hogged the salad.
  • Big leg hugs from little people.  Usually in the afternoon after she’s been playing for a while and I’m fixing dinner.  It’s like she’s checking in with me to let me know I’m still loved even though she has important playing time going on.
  • Finding a Halloween event to go to that’s enjoyable for all, not scary and doesn’t give out candy.  She got enough while at preschool that day so I didn’t feel like she was going to be deprived of tradition.
  • All of the Christmas feeds I’m following on Instagram, I’ve lost count.



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  • Feeling like you’ve gotten so much out of your day.  I’m exhausted but feeling accomplished.
  • Sunny cool days.  Starting to unpack the beanies and looking for matching mittens to go on tiny hands.
  • Community events, especially when they’re free!
  • Apple Cider season – so yummy!
  • The way the word, “Mama” sounds coming out of the mouth of a 17 month old – even at 0500.
  • This totally awesome leather recliner and ottoman I’m sitting in right now that I got at a thrift store for $25 – it just happened to be 50% off day!
  • The micro-fleece bedsheets I’m about to crawl in to and enjoy for about three seconds before falling asleep.

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  • I’ve gone all day thinking it was Wednesday what a welcome surprise that I’m that much closer to the weekend. (more…)

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  • The thunderstorms –  we’ve been having here in the Pacific Northwest.  I’m a native and have missed the clouds and rain.  A little thunder and lightening have been a bonus.
  • Little girls who take long naps.
  • Independent shops that let me keep my dollar local – I’m learning it’s a lot of hard work but great for the local economy and community.
  • Monthly Art walks.  Hopefully your town/city has one.
  • Working REALLY hard at the gym but feeling sooooo good afterwards!
  • Learning.  I never want to stop learning…

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I know people who never ever buy anything used.

Anything.  They think it bad juju or something.


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Of being a small business owner/wife/mom…

It’s been interesting.  I find that I have to physically leave the house in order to get things done.  It’s so easy to get interrupted with business work or slip into mom-mode get distracted and then later frustrated by how little I am getting done.  Funny how the working mom stereo type is very much alive in my home.  It’s unconscious and something the whole family is getting used to, including me.

So, here I am at the local library – open until 8pm on Tues and Thursdays so I really try to make sure I have those nights as my “parental nights off” where I’m not putting the kids to bed.  It’s a time I am really trying to honor and not give up without a good reason.  Even if I wasn’t trying to launch this little endeavor the night would still belong to me because I deserve it, darn it.  I hope all parents honor that need for time for themselves.


It’s interesting to me the t-shirts I’ve been picking up lately.  Some are just plain while others are from different events or attractions.  This week I’ve been working with t-shirts from:

Townsend, Delaware

Sultan Shindig – from, like, 2011.  You missed this year’s event it was in July.

GEL Weekend which has also already occurred.

There was a World’s Greatest Dad shirt with the original price tag still on which made me a little sad for whomever gave the shirt to their dad.  A couple of polo shirts from the local golf courses here on the Island.  I did find my first shirt that will qualify as an XL size so that was exciting for me, a beautiful eggplant purple.  Some fun designs that came from I have no idea where but am totally going with.

Behind the scenes I’ve got a 15 month old who’s trying to cut 5 teeth right after we got her to sleep through the night.  I don’t now how necessary those teeth are, she seems to be doing just fine with the 8 she already has…

PS:  my facebook page is most up to date on the latest projects and what to expect/what will be available at upcoming events. 

“Like” to keep current!

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Long ago I started this blog with a variety of aspirations, hopes, dreams, etc.
Then the reality of parenthood set in.
Then our daughter got older and I got a little wiser and things picked up a bit and the blog evolved and all was good.
Then I got pregnant and had a second kid, quit my job to become a full time stay at home mom, built a house and moved from the burbs to a rural 5 acre lot with lots of dreams, hopes, aspirations, etc.
Then the reality of parenting two kids, living in a rural area, learning how to garden, protecting said garden from garden-destroying deer, trying to recover financially from building our home…
Oh goodness, I could jut go ON and ON.

But, I’ll get to my point.
I think.
My husband is annoyed to no end by my long winded answers/explanations.
Since I have some much more time to myself and energy to spare as a full time stay at home mom (I do hope you recognize that for the lie that it is) I’ve decided to honor this growing need for creativity and resurrect the Pickahling brand and my founding product – the Sherry Cloth – that started it all.
And I’ve expanded. After talking with my husband because there’s no way this is going to work without his support, which I have we started brain storming and came up with the not so original but no less brilliant idea of just using up the stuff we have – namely fabric. I come from a short line of seamstresses, most recently quilters who, if you’re familiar are incredible fabric hoarders. Then there was my Aunt Siler who on top of being a quilter, grew up during the depression so was an avid saver of all sorts of things.
As a result we have a crazy amount of fabric, amazing vintage buttons from the time period of what I call “Circa Aunt Siler” with no real way to verify actual age. We also have all this wood/trees that have been cut down (living on 5 acres remember) that’s just sitting there with nothing to do…
Lots of ideas…
This blog site is evolving, again which made lead to a loss initial readership but perhaps grow with new interests. Time will tell.
Until then, let’s see what happens!

PS:  I’ve been updating the Pickahling facebook page and am looking for “likes”  Thanks!

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