Skip to main content

Life Update: August 2018


Friends! 2018 has certainly gotten away from me. I had such grand plans for Amaia Papaya, but then life with two young kids happened. I went back to my day job in January and my husband picked up a second job around the same time. That meant my sewing & blogging time was cut back to nearly nothing. But I am still here, still committed to making things happen. Why? Because this is what I love. Sewing, creating, writing, and sharing my journey.


My son's first birthday is coming up fast, and as a gift to myself (because let's be honest, we need to celebrate mom for getting through the 1st year!) I'm committing to carving out time for sewing writing, reading again (it's been several YEARS since I've picked up and completed a book), and making self-care/health a priority. It's not that I've stopped sewing during the past 8 months. It's just that it has felt hectic, forced and quite honestly I should have been sleeping instead. Fast forward to today, my husband is no longer working two jobs and our family schedule seems a bit back to normal.



So here we are, September is upon us and we're shifting into fall. Holiday season in the maker world is absolute craziness. I've laid out my goals for the next six months. Small attainable check-marks that make me feel focused and not so hectic. If I reach these goals, great. If I don't, life will move on.

When I originally sat down to write this blog post, I intended to do a fabric haul. But instead all of this just came out. I guess I needed to provide a little update on where life stands before I jump back into things. 2018 has been an amazing year so far. Stressful? Yes. Chaotic? Yes. But also a darn good year in so many other ways. My husband was finally granted permanent residency here in the US, we reached so many milestones with Alexander, Amaia turned 4 and is blossoming into such an amazing young lady, we spent almost two weeks on vacation in Florida, and now we are looking forward to so many more adventures this fall. I really feel like I'm turning a new leaf with a newly found sense of focus and direction. 


And oh yes, that fabric haul is still coming. Because fabric is everything around here. I promised myself I wouldn't go overboard buying new prints this year and focus on sewing from my current stash. But I was in need of a restock on some staple prints and naturally I strayed a bit.

Thanks for sticking around this year. It means the world. Fingers crossed, my plan is to post bi-weekly. Stay tuned for more to come! Leave a comment and let me know what you've been up to this year!







Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What I learned: my first farmers market

At the beginning of May I set up shop at the Lowell Farm Market for their "I Heart Mom" event. And it was a blast! 

(picture courtesy of The Farm Market's Facebook page)

This marked my first time ever selling handmade items at a market. Intimidating and terrifying, for sure. But also a very fun experience. My intention wasn't to sell a ton, but to learn as much as possible. Having one event under my belt, I feel more prepared and excited to sign up for more in the future.


Back in the beginning of the year, I set three goals for my shop: 1) open an Etsy account and list at least ten items (done!) 2) sign up for at least one market/craft fair (done!) and 3) start blogging (done!). Only five months into the year and I've already checked everything off the list. Not too bad!

So here's how it went. I registered for the event pretty late and only gave myself a few weeks to pull things together. Not the best idea, but I pulled through. It meant lots of early morni…

Upcoming Markets

Local friends! Come visit me at a local market this fall & winter. I'll be setting up shop at several locations over the next few months. I'll be updating this post with dates and locations frequently as I confirm things, so please check back here often.

Upcoming Markets:

Saturday, November 10th, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

Saturday, December 1st, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

Saturday, December 15th, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA


Straw cases are here!

You guys, I am SO excited about these straw cases. I have been dreaming them up for a long time and after numerous requests over the summer, I decided to carve out some time and draft the pattern. I am so pleased to say that they are now listed in my Etsy shop for the holiday season. The best part? They are available in fifteen different colors. Yes! They are available as the case alone or with two 9" handmade stainless steel straws. What a fun way to work towards a zero waste lifestyle.


Let's just take a second to talk about these stainless steel straws too. A local MA woman and her team hand make these straws. They are AMAZING. They make cold drinks extra crisp and cold. I say this to everyone, but I don't think you can fully comprehend what I mean until you actually try them out for yourself! Not only do I love supporting another small business, but I love using and sharing a quality product.

As a thank you for your support, go ahead and use this code STRAW2018 for 15% o…