A FIRST year...
Trying to find clothes that would grow with my child throughout her first year of life was a HUGE challenge. Trying to find clothing that were neutral colored and timeless was quite another. As a personal goal in my life I am trying to be more conscience of cost, shopping and supporting local stores and decreasing the "footprint" that babies create. In trying to keep with these goals I was forced to look outside the box for her wardrobe. I started gathering bed linens, bed skirts, old skirts that had tears or were outdated, curtains, pillowcases, basically anything that was neutral and pretty. I wanted to create patterns that I knew would be able to grow with Ms. A throughout her first year. What could start out as a cute dress could then become a top. I received a wonderful response from people when I took her out in public. They would ask where I got it and how beautiful it was. BABY ROOST was then born. A clothing line that sprung from my love of all things vintage, lace, ruffles, recycled and neutral in color.
A LONG year...
This year was a LONG year... Do I really need to say more... Oh but I will... I have a toddler and a budding "tween" (kid between 10-12). Although my business is very important to me my family life means more. Taking a step back this year has been hard for me. Learning to balance my life again as mommy, wife, business owner, and not to be forgotten being a friend to those closest to me has been a challenge that I didn't expect. I knew in the back of my mind that having another baby was going to change things. In case I hadn't processed the fact many of my friends would remind me throughout my pregnancy that I would have to "slow down". But I had gotten so used to the way things were. I thought I could keep going at that pace.
An 11 year old boy has their challenges but all in all he's a great kid. Being a wife... well no one says that's it's easy, but having someone to stand by you is amazing. Being a friend has become as natural as well lets say walking... as you DO need to learn some basic things about friendship but it's not as fundamental as breathing lol! Being a business owner was a bit more of a challenge for me but I've hobbled along and enjoyed the journey. Putting them all together and creating a "healthy life" has been hard this year. Make's the days seem just a little bit LONG sometimes.
A NEW year!
So as I sit down here and try to iron out my 2014 show schedule for this NEW year. I am taking all of these things that I have learned throughout this year into account. I have decided that I will be downsizing my show schedule this year. My hope is to launch a NEW web based business sometime within 2014 to fill the void of having to let go of some of the shows that I love.
So SALUTE! to the NEW Year...
Be sure to check out my 2014 calendar page for the events that I will be participating in this year.
Thank you so much for your encouragement and support,