Monday, April 28, 2014

girly yet neutral baptism card

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I'm not Christian. Thus, when I am invited to Christian baptism (or host my own), it is really important to me to strike the right blend of sacred and respectful and yet, neutral. In this day and age, you never really know how religious a couple is when they are doing something through the lens of the Church (face it, we baptised and I'm not Christian), nor do I particularly want to convey on overly Christian tone and misrepresent myself.

It's a tricky line but I think I managed to get it in this particular card:


The pattern paper is Bazzil and the plain, American Crafts. I used ribbon from the Dollar Store. The edges were done with an EK punch and the flower is Stampin' Up stamp/ink.

It's for the baptism of Paul's cousin's daughter so I went girly. I figure since I won't be having any girls in my home aside from myself and the cat, I need to embrace the girly when I can!

Inside I wrote:

May strong arms hold you
Caring hearts tend you
and may love await
you at every step
~ Irish Proverb

I think it conveys the right sentiment, can be understood as God, but also neutral enough to mean the parents or godparents or extended family and friends if you prefer.



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Liam @ 9months


I think that when I thought about having a baby, this is the age that I imagined. He's just so exactly at that stage of babyhood that I anticipated and I love it.

half scrunched stink face
He's just amazing, sleep issues aside, at this age. He's so inquisitive and despite that meaning that he's into everything, it's just awesome to watch him learn his world. Every little thing fascinates him now. From the texture of his food to the staircase bannister.

He's starting to express his distaste, displeasure and downright anger at things. He pulls this scrunched up stink face that is actually pretty cute. He has a fake cry when he wants attention and a giggle when he is totally amused by something. He makes this noise that sounds like he's saying "heeeyyyy" and it's the funniest thing.


playing on his own
He started swimming and seems to like the water, particularly splashing Mama. He's super strong and if he wants to go somewhere it's hard to pull him away. He loves cords and opening the cupboards. He chatters as he goes up the stairs. He plays with his feet while breastfeeding and reaches up to be picked up.

If you look at him and smile (and he knows you), he smiles back. He snuggles and lays his head down when he's tired.

All the things that seemed like big milestones a month ago are old hat now (rolling over, sitting upright, going from sitting to the floor/crawl, etc). And he's just growing/developing in leaps and bounds now. It's crazy. And fascinating/amazing.

A month ago Paul and I watched him take his first crawling steps. The other day I saw his first butt wiggle dance move. It was awesome. I love seeing how his personality is unfolding.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

branding?

So I've decided to give selling my stationery on consignment in Ottawa a go. This means that I'm currently working, very slowly, on revamping my site, etsy shop, and packaging in order to create something that has a loosely branded look to it.

Up first, business cards. I designed these with a template on vistaprints:



They're simple, cost effective, and for now, easy!  And because the back needed a little something, something:


Now that those are done, I'm going to change a few of the colours on the blog to match up with the cards, you know, for uniformity and all that.

Monday, April 7, 2014

consignment stationery anyone?

Random update. I was contacted via my etsy shop about selling my stationery on a consignment basis in an Ottawa based shop.


It was nice to be approached with the offer, now I need to decide whether or not I want to give it a go. I would make less money selling them in the shop than I do online, but then again, it means that I might get more sales in my online shop and wouldn't have to ship individually. While I love making stationery for others, I'm not crazy about the shipping aspect of it. Though Etsy has made it easier by creating a built in shipping app, which rocks cause now I can print labels from home and drop the parcel in the mail box.

The deal with the shop would be a trial period of 60 days so it's not a huge commitment and if the items don't sell, they ship them back to me and I could just sell them in the online shop. I think that I'm leaning towards a yes as I think it might be a fun venture!

Friday, April 4, 2014

a few videos

Liam is crawling and pulling up on things these days:



video


video


Which basically means that he's constantly on the move. He can crawl  up the entire staircase, with Mama hovering behind him of course, much to Mayla the cat's chagrin! And he's getting fast!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

a little irony to go with that campaign slogan?

So I was driving home and saw an ad like this one:

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Plus accueillant.

Yeah, I don't think that I've ever seen something so ironic!

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