A NEW LITTLE PROJECT

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


If you've been here awhile, you've probably read all about my ponderings on having an only child - what I'm about to say is going to shock those of you that have. Before I was pregnant with Ev, Alex and I wanted 6 or 8 kids. I don't know what kind of new age drug I was on or what was so easy about my life that I thought I should ever take responsibility for eight humans, but that was our plan. In my perfect future dream world, not only would I be popping out dream babies every two years, but I would have the time to go back to school, start an art career from home, cook delicious meals, homeschool my lovely school bus of children, and remain madly in love with my husband. I never said any of this out loud or even consciously thought it, but I assume I had to believe that to ever agree to having eight kids.  Luckily my husband saw the light at about the same time I did and we just looked at each other like, 'I was crazy. Were you crazy? Ok let's get sane together and raise this one baby together and maybe think about another later, but probably not.' I say all of that to get to this point - I finally found the time to do something besides sleep and eat and clean and write here.

I'm not going to exaggerate. We are in desperate need of some extra income. I don't say this to sound an alarm or ask for pity - it's just a fact that life is hard to navigate without money. So I've been brainstorming about ways to work from home doing what I love for over a year now and the single thing that was stopping me was my perfectionist nature. My desire to alleviate some of the pressure off of Alex (who is working night and day and trying to finish a degree and well, the poor man is tired) finally overroad my OCD tendencies and here I am. I've opened an Etsy shop. It isn't perfect. It probably isn't what I'll sell forever, but possibly. I don't have any fancy graphics made. I don't have all the social media pages set up for it, but I made some things and opened a shop and that's what I'm trying to focus on right now. I set out on a mission to work with what I already had - so many of my goals are surrounded by financial needs (a new lens, a new computer, editing software, classes, etc.) -and I just wanted to get started on something. So head on over there and take a look around - it's not what I imagined I'd be doing for a living, but I'm pretty proud of what I managed to create.

10 comments:

  1. I love that you are being creative and incorporating what you love and also help provide for your family. I will definitely support you!

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    1. Thank you! :) Like I said, it's been a long process. I was waiting for a genius business idea and had all these glamorous images in my head of my business taking off in a year and hiring employees and that just isn't possible right now. Being a Mama is just too fleeting for me to invest in something like that. Alex I were sitting around talking about 'success' and asking each other why everyone wants everything to grow to a multimillion dollar corporation. I just want to work from home and support my family, not be a business woman.

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  2. Andrea I am seriously in LOVE with all the beautiful dresses and am so excited I'm having a girl to buy them for! Can't wait to see what else you create in the future :)

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    1. Thank you! I thought of you as I posted them and thought you might like them (especially the chicken one). I'm so excited for you. Kids are fantastic period, but little girls are just a really special thing to a Mama. It's something I can't describe.

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  3. Money money money. I hate it. I need it and I hate it. I'm sorry you're having some troubles. I can't imagine how I could ever afford to have 8 children, I struggle paying for just 1!! These photos are so cute... checking out your etsy :) Good luck and I hope everything gets better for you

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  4. What is the name of your shop?

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