Sad news... but a long time coming...

Most of us are moms, some of us are moms who work, some of us work from home. For those of you who fall into the latter group, you know that demands on you to be mom, wife, and employee can be so hard. It brings me to breaking points at least once a month where I feel inadequate in all areas of my life -- and as we all know, when mom is feeling "down" it affects everyone! 

Since the birth of my little girl (nearly 16 months ago... my how time flies) and even before that really, I have been questioning whether owning my business was the right thing to do. I have spent countless hours making pro and con lists in my head, and even some on paper, and debating whether or not to continue with it all. 

I LOVE my customers. 
I LOVE being able to create custom items for you and your little one(s). 
I especially LOVE looking through fabric catalogs and deciding which prints to order -- because let's face it... I am a fabric loving woman!!! LOL

But most importantly... I LOVE my family and I LOVE being a mom! My kids and my family need me more than we need the money that my business generates. 

So as much as I hate to say so... I have made the very difficult  decision {like... you have NO IDEA how difficult} to end my business. *sigh* I have so thoroughly enjoyed the ability to design new products, test new products, and share new products with all of you!! I really appreciate all of the support over the years as well as the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people from around the world! 

I will officially be "closing the doors" on December 31, 2013.

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So, what does this all mean?!? 

First off, it means awesome deals for you guys! Currently you can save 10% on everything in the shop by using coupon code BABYBABY. This coupon is good through the end of November so take advantage of the deals!! I will also likely have a shop closing sale sometime in December to try and move out the remaining inventory.

Second, I will not be ordering any more fabric for the shop. So, once what is in stock is sold out... it is gone. If there is anything that you have been thinking about getting, now is the time! 

Third, once the shop is closed it will free me up for more time with my family... and working on all those unfinished projects that have been piling up! Which in turn will mean more tutorials on the blog. Yay!!! I know my blog has been suffering a little lately, so it will be nice to get back to it! I'm hoping to be able to get a couple Christmas projects posted in the next little while.

Lastly, I will NOT stop doing what I love. I will still be sewing. I will still work with my long-time returning customers for requests now and then. Time permitting I may even take some custom orders. I will definitely be adding more Nursery Series tutorials as we get ready for baby #4. I already have a couple things in mind ... now it's just a waiting game to find out if this one is a boy or girl. Once we find out in a couple weeks I can begin sewing!! 

So, for now it's business as usual.... with an awesome coupon code. I will be accepting custom orders as I can through mid-December. Again, thank you for all of your support. Be sure to follow me on Facebook for special deals through the end of the year. I will post exclusive codes just for followers... and don't forget to come back and check the blog now and again for new posts and tutorials. 

Thanks guys!!

8 Thanksgiving Ideas, Projects, and Decorations

Once Halloween is over all retail stores seem to shift into Christmas mode. This year I noticed Christmas decorations and lights up before Halloween. Thanksgiving seems to get lost almost entirely. {Except on Facebook where people share their month long posts about what they are thankful for}

So, to help us remember Thanksgiving I have put together a fun list of DIY projects, decor ideas, and activities to help us remember the almost forgotten holiday.

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A great activity for preschoolers or as table decorations for the big meal.

Make a Thankful Tree - A Kid's Thanksgiving Craft - The DIY Mommy
An awesome way to display the things you are thankful for. Have the kids write their own. Use it for a family home evening activity.

I LOVE House of Smiths. This set up uses un-traditional Thanksgiving colors but is so festive!

A fun project to use up some of those scrap pieces of wood left over from other DIY projects.

An inexpensive way to dress up the inside or outside of your home. Keep it simple or make it fancy. 

TomKat Studios shares some gorgeous printables for decorating your home and table for your Thanksgiving meal. 

A fun way for kids to see all of the wonderful things they have been blessed with. They can create their own then share it with the family on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving garland by The High Heeled Mama
Have each family member write something they are thankful for on a leaf. Or, have a bunch of blank ones and let friends and family who stop by during the month of November fill in a leaf with something they are thankful for. 

I hope these ideas help you and your family to remember to be thankful this time of year. Sometimes we all need a chance to just focus on the positive and count our many blessings. Then those hard times and tough things don't seem quite so bad.