We started toilet training last Monday and it's been going really well. I admit to feeling apprehensive to try it a second time after Miss Two refused during the year but it's been easier this time round.
There are clothes in piles at my mums, our house and in the boot of the car for our days. And whilst challenging, I find it just takes up heaps of time- whether it be reminding Miss Two to go, helping her when it all goes haywire and then making sure there are lots of rewards for doing a super job.
Thank God it's been warm as she's been living in pastel undies and bonds singlets for much of the last fortnight in the hope of keeping things simple. Her new thing is to remind me she's a big girl now. I'm really proud of her.
Last night before attending our birthing class we dropped by the hospital to meet our little niece Amelia Rose born the night before. She was sleeping beautifully to the delight of her parents Claire and Matt. Her sister Charlotte has already fallen in love with her which is a blessing + it's easy to understand why she's adorable. Miss Two has four cousins all girls to her absolute delight although she thought Amelia was going to be a boy just like Tully. I can't believe we'll have a newborn in a little while. Flashbacks last night of labour while Tully was moving around during class and remembering the early days, it's all a little daunting.
Poppy HQ is in Etsy shop frenzy mode if you can call it that at 34 weeks pregnant but I'm opening the Etsy doors next week and launching on Sunday at the afternoon tea/baby shower. I plan on doing a photo shoot of stock today and Saturday so l can create my listings in the Etsy shop after Mother's group Monday afternoon.
I've been sewing up reversible Charlie Sling bags, looking after Miss Two, sourcing old school coloured buttons that were destined for the button graveyard as my old sewing shop that l visited as a child was closing down. I thrifted 20 tubes of different buttons for $50 that will look great on the reversible pinnies and pockets.
I came across vintage fairytale books at the oppy and old bound golden books that are going to become paper bunting for the Etsy shop. I want to have fabric bunting and paper bunting available for the online shop so you can mix and match for birthday parties and grab something original + handmade for that little person in our lives. I'm committing myself to buying reclaimed and handmade this Christmas and I'm surprised at how badly things are made that are on sale in the shops. I'm determined to teach Miss Two and Tully the importance of buying sustainable and ethically produced products.
I've nearly finished a string of fabric bunting in nature themed fabrics for Miss Two's room for Christmas with matching bunting for her dolls house that she will be getting Christmas morning. She has requested a wooden dolls house from Santa and she wants rainbow dice too. She's a funny one. Luckily, l picked up her dolls house earlier in the year on ebay and it's exactly what she's been dreaming of. It's been sitting in our en suite under a blanket so she can't find it. I still have to sew up her handmade quilts with Bird textile and Umbrella print remnants for her bedding in the dolls house, I'd like to make some sleeping bags for the wooden children to camp out in and revamp the little wooden dolls to make them more personal and desirable.
On the Etsy front I'm pretty excited about getting the online shop started- there will be custom orders for baby quilts, single, double and queen size patchwork quilts, bags/totes, pinnies and bunting. That means you can request fabric choices and designs for that special someone and I can create one off items, garments and home wares for you + your family nest. There will also be handmade pinnies, little girl slip dresses, reversible Amber Totes, Charlie Sling bags, Fabric bunting and paper bunting to purchase without having to custom order. The plan for 2013 is to start slow and build stock up as l get the time to sew in light of the coming Christmas season and also Tully due New Years. It's my dream in the New Year to create a comfortable harem pant for boys and girls, an adjustable size 1-5 skirt, overalls, some handmade quirky soft toys, costumes, and a wrap skirt using vintage and reclaimed fabrics for us women with functionality, comfort and print design as a focus. Stock will be limited and all handmade locally. I want to see how l adapt to having two children in my little family nest before I start doing new items for the Etsy shop.
I figure l still have a few weeks to make some ready to buy pinnies, finish another five reversible Charlie Slings; along with the handmade Christmas gifts- some vintage floral and Sesame street pinnies + Amber Tote bags for my nieces, pack my hospital bags + finish my Christmas shopping. With only 2 weeks before Miss Two's birthday party which we are having a little early due to being pregnant, then Christmas fast approaching and giving birth I have a running To do List that I hope to get through.
Yesterday, I got crafty making my first paper rainbow bunting ready for Miss Two's Rainbow party by being thrifty hunting and gathering at the oppy, Kikki K and using paint sample cards from Bunnings to make decorations. I have been on a treasure hunt for some barbies + a set of clothes for the four barbies she'll open on her birthday all from the oppy. The last two days while we have been out and about shopping, getting our hair done with my mother and Miss two I have stopped off at op shops here and there for a quick search and sneaky purchase while they have waited in the car. Adam has started calling it a mission to create environmentally conscious barbie and I think it's cool. There is nothing worse that over consumerism. I figure its better coming from the oppy for imaginative play rather than letting it go to landfill. I'm realizing not everyone feels the same way and that's OK but I would prefer to buy ethically, put some time and effort hunting + gathering rather than buying everything new.
She hasn't got a clue what's happening it's going to be a wonderful surprise. She has a fairy barbie I thrifted for $3 a couple of weeks ago that she's called Fairywinkle that she's even started taking into the bath and sandpit with her. Yesterday she sang Happy Birthday and made Fairywinkle a cake out of sand and sticks. She's getting excited about turning 3 and enjoys telling everyone she meets that she's having a rainbow party. l think the other four barbies and all the oppy barbie clothes will be a huge hit come her birthday.
What are you getting up to on the weekend?
Any great adventures or stories to be shared, lived and told. We'd love to know.
Have a happy, happy Friday everyone!