Adjusting and Restocking

January 10, 2013

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2013 already feels different.  There have been so many changes, yet Chris and I are both itching for some excitement. Greta isn’t napping anymore and really, my world–our world, has been turned upside down.  I feel significantly more tired from those extra two hours of non-stop playing that when Chris gets home, the only thing I feel like doing is crashing on the couch.  And when Greta goes to bed around 7, I do.  We both do.  We recognize the most important thing we can be doing is spend quality time with Greta, so we have been packing all of the projects for the house in on Saturdays and I squeeze in writing in the evenings so she has my full attention during the day.  On occasion, I do need to answer a few emails that require more than just a few phrases and when I sit down at my computer, it looks like this:
I have a two year old attached to me! Ha! Bottom line, I’m in an adjustment period of sorts.  With a lot of things.  But as far as balancing tasks, responsibilities and so on, I am trying to figure out if I can keep up five posts a week or if I need to go down to four and when can I spend time in my studio painting!?  All questions that will be answered in time. Hopefully. But in the meantime, we did restock the shop with some old favorites that have sold out and are back for second editions.
The anatomical heart print is restocked just in time for next month, or if you’re less into organs, this kermit the frog quote would be perfect for your valentine.
Our Home Sweet Home print recently skyrocketed in popularity when it was featured in our studio before and afters on Young House Love.  We are so grateful and happy to print more. Lastly, the cow butcher chart is back in stock and will hopefully have a pig partner soon!
Check out the original blog posts behind these prints here, here, here and here.
Finally, our Wall Frames print is on mega sale right now for only $12 a pop.  Go, go, gooooo.

See you tomorrow for a pelmet update. Friday is almost here, friends!

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  2. Dear Julia,

    Please never feel like you have to write every. single. day.

    We’ve been through so many changes on our blog – ups, downs and in-betweens – and one of the biggest struggles is feeling the need to have content, CONSTANTLY. And because I’m not the kind of person to have fashion posts or moodboards on cute ideas or round-ups or anything like that (to fill more content – not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not for us), I’ve accepted that we are just a 3-4 post/week household. And that’s that!

    And if a blog post doesn’t go up when we want or if we only have a 2 post week… well, nothing terrible has resulted from it. Unless you count an afternoon of movie watching (instead of painting/crafting) terrible?


  3. How did I miss this post??

    I really want to order that Kermit quote for v-day…. Where do you suggest putting that in your house? I Just can’t picture it on my walls. I need some ideas! I love it and it would be so cute to give to Ryan.

  4. Avi says:

    You’re so stinking gorgeous!
    My 3 yr old just quit too. I’m feeling your pain:) luckily my oldest 2 are in school, & when my baby is snoozing he is pretty agreeable to have down time playing on the iPad reading. I’m missing my quiet time too.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is the font in the kermit the frog quote your normal handwriting?

  6. Jessie says:

    I’ve been wondering how you do it ALL!! Seriously, you’re amazing. I would miss your daily posts, but would totally understand if you cut one out! About the nap thing…Max stopped taking naps a few months ago and he now does (pretty) well to read stories for at least 30 minutes while I get a few things done. Good luck! :)

  7. Maria says:

    Ha! that first picture of you and Greta makes me laugh, whenever I try to sit down to do something that’s the exact same scene at my house!

    My son Nikolas is 2 1/2 too (he turns 3 in April). Lately he’s been trying to give up naps also. It’s more of an every other day thing right now, the days he takes a nap he stays up late and the days he doesn’t he’s sleeping quite early in the evening. No nap days are not my friend!

    I feel your pain every Mommy cringes when that last nap goes away. I’ve been trying to get him to play in his room for little spurts at a time. We have a special box of toys that he can play with in there. When the evening comes I take the box out so there is no risk of playing instead of sleeping. It’s working quite well and it’s so sweet to hear him play pretend in his room.

    Some days if I’m feeling really desperate for some relaxation I will let him watch a cartoon with me in my room. He loves to snuggle and I can usually catch a 30 minute nap while he watches. That 30 minutes makes all the difference come evening time.

  8. sara says:

    You need to have her have some quiet time in her room. I know when my son stopped napping I still really needed a break and he needed some downtime. Start in small increments, 15 minutes or so until you build up to an hour. I told him he could play quietly on his bed or read books. They need to learn how to entertain themselves too. Seriously, once you get her to do this and you get to have a break it will be much better on everyone! Good luck.

    • rachel says:

      I was going to type the exact same thing. Quiet time in her room with some toys. Mine still takes a 2-3 hour nap and I put her in her room for an hour in the morning. I agree, start small and work up to an hour or a little more. She’ll initially fight it but soon you’ll hear her singing or talking to herself happily. Do it to preserve your sanity and so she can learn to entertain herself instead of always being entertained. It will pay off in many ways.

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