Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I've created business cards, a website (a blog for now) and have been making hair bows for the event every chance I get. I've decided I'm not going to make up a bunch of outfits to sell at the event because its too hard to guess the sizes/styles people will want but, I will have plenty of outfits on display for people to see them in person. I also plan to bring a portfolio of all the outfits I've made for people to get an idea on themes and color schemes that I've done. I'm hoping by making up a bunch of hair bows those will sell at the event. I'm making quite a few Christmas bows which hopefully will be a hit since the event is December 5th and still plenty of time for Christmas. I want to take this opportunity to thank Amy for including me in this event!! I'm really hoping its a success for me, to get my feet off the ground and continue to do something I love!
I decided to name the business 'TuTu Cute by Molly'. What do you all think of it? I linked my blog as well so you can check it out and tell me what you think! I created a PayPal button so people can securely check out and purchase the items without worrying about their personal information going any further! Thank you all for the sweet comments on the outfits and for continuing to read my blog :) Here are the 2 newest outfits I made last week... a Christmas themed outfit for a baby shower gift and the outfit I made for Amy's goddaughter to be a Princess!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This week on Kelly's Korner the theme is 'What Do You Make?'... Kelly wants to showcase all the talented ladies that make all kinds of fun homemade things from clothing items, to blog design, to embroidery, etc... As most of you know I make TuTu outfits and hair bows. I LOVE crafting and have developed a real passion for it.
Here are just a few of the outfits I've made. I charge $35 for the 3 piece set which includes the tutu, custom shirt and matching hair bow. Please feel free to email me or comment with any questions or orders!
"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb" Psalm 139:13-14
It is the National Day of Miscarriage and Infant Loss so I thought I would write a little something on this topic. For SO many women this is so real to them, the feeling of miscarrying a child or losing an infant... so heartbreaking and so real.
I had all the normal pregnancy symptoms... sore breasts, nausea and vomiting, etc... I made it to my 10 week appointment without any issues and was SO thankful. I went to the restroom before my appointment and noticed quite a bit of blood, I stayed calm and went back into the waiting room until my name was called. As soon as I got into the exam room I explained to the nurse what had happened and she quickly went and got the PA that I was seeing. She did a pelvic exam and saw the blood, took a swab of it and then tried to listen for the heartbeat... with no avail. (To preface this appointment, Gerrad had been working out of town and I assured him he didn't need to go with me and that it was the first appointment that was pretty quick and routine and there was NO need for him to miss work to accompany me, I'd been through all this before remember. I also turned down my mother who offered, and my sister and mother in law I believe as well... I was certain it would be fine and I didn't need anyone with me). She immediately ordered a sonogram and I quickly found out that I had miscarried the baby. The ultrasound tech was not allowed to give me an 'official' diagnosis but could at least tell me that I miscarried. I had to wait for a Dr to get into the office for about an hour and a half. I called Gerrad right away, he was stranded with no way to get home but was able to figure something out ASAP, until then my mom and dad both came and sat with me at the Dr's office until I could get the 'official' news from a Dr. By far the longest 1 1/2 hrs of my life, hands down!
I ended up needing to have a D&C done that weekend. I was SO emotional and just couldn't understand why this would be happening to us. You immediately start blaming yourself when you find this has happened, its almost a given. I heard so many people say 'I've been where you're at, etc, etc....' For some reason that didn't make me feel better. I appreciated everyone sharing their stories with me but that didn't make me pregnant again; that didn't allow me to have my baby back in my womb. My own mother and mother in law shared many words of encouragement with me that have stuck with me to this day and I think a lot of that is what got me through.
The pain healed in time and we got the OK from our Dr to start trying for another baby again. We got pregnant with Addaline very quickly after miscarrying. I was SO grateful, blessed, on cloud 9, terrified, cautious, worried... you name the emotion, I felt it! Everything obviously turned out great with Addaline and she is now our precious miracle baby. Gerrad and I made the agreement after the miscarriage that we would give it 1 more try and if it didn't happen for us, we would know that it was not meant to be and was not part of God's plan for us. Neither of us could fathom feeling such pain and heartache twice in a row. God definitely knew what he was doing with the overall situation. There were so many things that worked out perfectly with the timing of Miss Addaline's arrival; I see it all so clearly now looking back.
This is a day to remember the loss of a baby whether it was in utero, birth or of an infant. Please say a prayer for all the women out there who have been struggling with infertility and are so badly wanting a child of their own. For all the mothers and fathers who have lost babies during birth, to SIDS shortly after, health problems, etc...
"I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him" (I Samuel 1:27)
"Behold, children are a gift of the Lord" (Psalm 127:3)
"Every good and perfect gift is from above" (James 1:17)
This past Friday night the Dishing Divas and I all got together to go see a production of 'Evil Dead: The Musical' at one of our local theatres because a VERY special friend and fellow Dishing Diva was one of the main characters of the show. Lindsey did a WONDERFUL job in her roll as Shelly and I couldn't have been more proud to call her a friend. We laughed SO hard that night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the show. If you live in Topeka and are looking for something to do over the next 3 weekends, I HIGHLY recommend you go see that show! Its definitely for adults as it has some mature subject matter and language, but hilarious none the less.
Here are just a few pictures from the night out... I only got a few pictures taken shame on me! Next month we are staying in where its warm and doing a fall theme with casserole and cobbler recipes, YUM!!
Kela wanted to snap a picture of me
Friday, October 9, 2009
Getting ready to go home from the hospital with our newest addition. Daddy got to pick out her 'going home' outfit so of course he picked out a Texas Longhorns outfit, I made the hat for her to match her pink onesie
Here are a few pictures I also found of Macie from Halloween of '07. Gerrad wanted her to be a Texas Longhorn Cheerleader so that's what we went with, I guess sometimes I have to humor him and let him pick things out, since relationships are a give and take thing ya know. I'm a Kansas Jayhawk fan but have let my girls don Longhorn garb once each ;)
Thank you for going back in time with us (2 years ago to be exact)! I would go back in time for Macie's birth too but that was before we owned a digital camera, we were super young and just starting out so that wasn't something we had the luxury of owning... my how times have changed, I'm SO grateful!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! We've got lots of stuff planned so I'll make sure to take TONS of pictures. I have my 'Dishing Divas' night with the girls tonight and am SOOO excited. We are going to see a production of 'Evil Dead: The Musical' since one of our 'Divas' is in it, also one of my besties so I MUST go and support her! Break a Leg Linds!!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Now to introduce Addaline's real life BFF Miss Emma! These two girls are hilarious. They are only 6 months apart (A-2 yr and E- 18 mos) and are totally inseparable. Gerrad and I have formed a bond with sweet Emma's parents and 2 other couples from church and have been getting together pretty much every weekend to socialize and hang out. When the girls first see each other any time we get together they immediately have to hug like they haven't seen each other in ages, its adorable. This past weekend in church they probably spent a good solid 5 minutes sitting next to each other hugging every 20 seconds or so, HILARIOUS!
Most of our friends have kiddos already or soon to have, but Emma is closest in age out of all our friends kids for Addaline (outside of family) so I think that's why they have that special bond. Any time we go anywhere Addaline always asks "Emma coming?", so cute! I just wanted to share this special new friendship that I find absolutely adorable with all of you, and of course to include a special BFF picture of the girls from church last night!