How I Do This Thing, Toddler In Tow.

How I Do This Thing, Toddler In Tow.

Working mama life - I learned soon after Charlotte was born that this was a thing. Yes, I took maternity leave, but quite honestly, what does that look like when you're suddenly relearning who you are as a mom while running a company or doing work that you love? There's no such thing as completely shutting off so that you can adjust to life turned on its head. That's how I felt, wholly undone, unsure of who I was, examining my life upside down and trying to figure out how we got there. The constant tension - loving the sweet smell of her forehead, hating the exhaustion, desperately craving adult conversations, basking in the miracle of this tiny human - it all seemed endless.


Preparing for Maternity Leave

Preparing for Maternity Leave
There are probably very few, if any, life changes more pervasive and all-encompassing than having your first baby. Yes, a whole lot changes when you get married or jump into a new career or make a cross-country move, but none of these commitments demands all of you, all the time, in quite the same way that a tiny vulnerable human does. Now that we’re just weeks (!) away from D-Day, it feels like my husband and I are spending every free moment going down our long list of things to prepare before Haley’s arrival - nesting, they call it. install the water filter. fix that threshold under the back door. wash the swaddles and onesies. paint her dresser. buy toxic-free paint for said dresser. get the cars deep cleaned. take Sawyer to the groomers. fill out the birth certificate paperwork. call the insurance company.

Love All Around

Love All Around
Love and light, love and light. We try to keep this a consistent undercurrent of all that we do here and often it's the subtleties of the the day to day that make love harder to give, harder to receive. And this is the beauty of tradition - regardless of what you think about sparkles, red hearts, roses and candy - it forces us to stop, pause, and celebrate something meaningful.

Our Upcoming Move & Other Shifting Parts

Our Upcoming Move & Other Shifting Parts
The start of 2018 has felt like more of a whirlwind than any years past. Somewhere between our quick trip to Atlanta for the Gift Show, conducting interviews for our growing team, and managing new product releases (have you seen our Imperfect People print? so darn sweet for Valentine’s Day.), I almost forget that we’re only a few short weeks away from moving into our new studio space! We’re so excited about the beginning of this new chapter and how the business will evolve throughout our next few years here.

Traveling + Motherhood

Traveling + Motherhood
Last month was the first time I was away from Charlotte since she was born. That's 18 months of a consistent, unwavering alarm clock and night-time routine and while I knew the time would eventually come for me to be away (we can't realistically take her to every work trip, though bringing her to NSS last year was an experience I wouldn't trade for anything), it all happened so quickly that it's only now, as I sit at the desk of our Atlanta hotel, that I'm able to fully process all my emotions about leaving my girl to head off for business trips.

Happy New Year! Resolutions & Things.

Happy New Year! Resolutions & Things.
The end of the year always feels like one big, hectic, wonderful flurry of festivities and while we thoroughly enjoy the time we have off to spend with family and loved ones, there’s something so satisfying about the clean slate of a new year. In an ideal world, we’d be spending this week calmly roadmapping the next six months - meticulously creating our design calendar and setting some concrete financial goals - but real life calls and our new year planning has been punctuated by playing a lot of email catch-up and tying some frayed ends from 2017.

New Year, New Things. A Sneak Peek.

New Year, New Things. A Sneak Peek.
One of the most exciting parts of what we do is preparing new launches. Each design is carefully considered in light of the entire collection, run through multiple reiterations, photographed so that the details of each stroke come to life.

Shifting Careers

Shifting Careers
When we were in high school, Pat and I would chat about how much fun it would be to run a business together (a retail shop? or maybe wedding planning…), but these conversations were lighthearted and casual - never accompanied by any real or concrete plans. Instead, we went to college, received our degrees, and pursued our respective professions - hers in law and mine in teaching. When our 15- and 16-year-old selves envisioned potentially working together, we had no idea that we’d both make major career shifts before landing side by side in our future business.

The Other Half

The Other Half
Toddler’s down for the night  (I actually started with “baby” here, then had to delete and cry a little inside - 18 month olds are officially little people) and I’m spending my 7:30 mama’s happy hour propped up on the bed in our guestroom that we affectionately call “Dot’s” - a nickname I gave her when we were still in our teens. Yes, we’ve given our guest bedroom over to my sister, business partner, best friend, life co-journeyer who also happens to live one minute away in her own sweet home with husband and puppy.

Pregnancy + Working

Pregnancy + Working
For the sake of hopefully offering even a bit of comfort or camaraderie to any expecting + working mamas, I wanted to revisit my miserable first ten weeks of pregnancy so that even a handful of you might feel a little less alone. The juggle of pregnancy and a career is no small feat for women, and even more so for those of us who are prone to extreme sickness and nausea. It can be such a lonely, isolating time and I so appreciated connecting with other mamas who simply understood. No suggestions about ginger or lemon or crackers, just an empathetic, I feel you, sister.

The Everything Clutch

The Everything Clutch
One of the hardest things about running a creative business is that we feel like we’re constantly birthing little minis, the tiny extensions of ourselves that say something about what we’re bringing into our tiny space of the world. Each detail is given inordinate care so that the fullness of the things we create is all that we imagine and more.

Our Website Launch

Our Website Launch
We can’t believe it’s been over a year since our last blog post, but with the more demanding parts of life and business competing for the top spots on our priority lists, it becomes too easy to let our story quietly simmer on the back burner. We hope to change that because the story that’s unraveling daily is a beautiful one and such a driving force behind everything we’re doing.