I’m Thankful for Crafty Friends

Saturday (the 24th) is Small Business Saturday.

It’s a day that everyone is encouraged to go out (or online) and support your favorite small business.  Later this week, I will be providing a list of great online (and off-line for those local to me) places that you can support if you don’t already have a list of your own.

But today, I want to focus on just one small business:  My friend, Kristina and her online shop called Sew Curly.

I don’t even know where to begin to list all that I love about Kristina and her work.

She is the definition of why supporting small businesses is so important to me.

Let me give you her words about her shop first:

Sew Curly was born out of my need to be more than just a mother to the 3
girls we had in 3 years.

I took my passion for sewing and designing and put
it towards creating things that made our lives as a family easier and more
convenient. Every product I make is thoroughly tested by my own kids (who
are very honest and picky critics). Every product is used daily in our
home, minus the baby items that we have now outgrown.

I love doing custom orders and collaborating with
customer’s visions. In the shop and you’ll find snack and sandwich bags,
chalkcloth placemats, personalized blankets & burp cloths, and appliquéd
shirts & onesies, along with some other items.

Go and take a look at the shop and you’ll find that I make things you’ll love for the loves in your
life.

Kristina makes amazing things.  Every time someone in my life has a baby, I order bibs and burp clothes and snuggle squares or snack bags…you name it.  When Charlie was born I had a hard time choosing what to get…I wanted to get one of almost everything!

But Kristina is more than just cute product.

Kristina is a friend.

That is what I am finding is my favorite things about meeting small business owners.  You get to chat with them about products and customization.  The next thing you know, you’re gabbing on twitter a couple times a week.  Then following each other on instagram.  Maybe you start reading each other’s blogs.

And then you take the big step…becoming facebook friends.  Not just “liking” each other’s pages (you do that too), but actually friending.

You might even text each other from time to time.

You might commiserate over this thing we call Momhood.

That is what Kristina has become to me: a real friend.

She checks up on me when she knows things are rough.

She reminds me these things are only phases.

She celebrates with me during the good.

And I hope I am as good a friend to her as she is to me, but I doubt it.  She gives way more than I deserve.

So I want to share her with you, this friend Kristina who makes pretty things.

When friends and family who don’t understand this finding friends on the internet thing ask me about examples, I always talk about Kristina.

I can’t sing the praises of her work and it’s quality enough.

Both Eddie and Charlie wore things by her forEVER and they never frayed or came unraveled.

Her embroidery is top notch.  We have burp clothes from her and I have given them as gifts confident that they will be well-used and well-loved.

If you have small people on your shopping list this holiday season, I hope you will remember Kristina and Sew Curly.

She puts so much awesome out in the world…she really deserves to get some of it back to her ten-fold.

The Saturday Sharefest BOOM!

I have only one share this week.

But it’s a good one.

So many of you (especially if you follow me on instagram or twitter where I am ksluiter on both) know that I have been participating in #SheReadsTruth because of my new and oh-so-inspiring friend Kacia.

Through a giveaway on Kacia’s site I met Jac.

Are you still following me?  Good.

I truly believe people come in your life exactly when you need them and/or they need you.

Jac came into my life just when I was restarting my devotion to daily devotions.  Just as I was seeking to take care of myself better in diet, physical health, exercise, mental health, and spiritual health.

I have been to the gym, cleaned up my eating habits (sort of…still working on this), sat down with my therapist and psychiatrist for a new plan/meds, and started daily reading the Bible.

Soon school will be starting and hopefully my new habits will be solid enough not to get lost amidst the stress and busyness of back to school chaos. I want to make an effort to bring reminders to myself throughout the day to slow down and be more deliberate.

And this is where Jac jumped in.

Because of her giveaway with Kacia, I received a pretty little packet of mini prints with Bible verses and inspirational sayings on them from Jac’s etsy shop, babEblessings.

This will be going on my new desk at work.

Jac is the real deal.  I feel blessed to know her.

And so will you.  You should hop over to her blog by the same name as her etsy shop (or maybe the etsy shop is the same name as her blog..hmmm…chicken, egg).

But wait!  I have one more thing to share!

Jac has a little something new coming to her shop.

Journals!

They are listed here for pre-order and I WANT ONE! Don’t you? (This is where she talks all about them…love it!)

As much as I love pounding out my feelings and my experiences here on my blog for the public to read and for my family to have forever and ever, there is something about having a personal journal that I slowly, deliberately write by hand that will always make me happy.

I have handwritten journals all the way from when I was a freshman in college.

When I started this blog, the handwritten journals slowed to almost nothing.  Then I started doing daily devotionals and I started up again.

Ah. It feels good.

Anyway, yes, I am plugging Jac and her blog and her shop.

She is lovely, she makes lovely things, and she has lovingly joined the Sluiter Nation ads in the sidebar.

I have two of these bookmarks: one for my planner, and one saved for my journal.

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Full Disclosure: Jac is featured as a sponsor in the sidebar.  She is also running a contest to see which bloggers that she works with can give her blog/shop the most hits from their blogs from now until Sept 30.  I took the challenge because, duh.  You all are awesome and I knew you would love her.  The winning blogger will receive one of her new journals.  She didn’t give me my opinions, and if I don’t win the journal, I will be purchasing one myself.

Word Up

An important part of having a new little someone is making a personal space for that new little someone.

When I was pregnant with Eddie, Cort and I spent hours working on the nursery.  We chose a theme (jungle) and color scheme.  I picked out and placed items that would be personal and meaningful to our new son.

I was in love with the nursery.

When we found out we were having another boy, part of me was thrilled that I didn’t have to change the nursery.

But as we moved Eddie to his new Big Boy room, I realized I did want to change it in small ways.  I wanted it to be Charlie’s room now.  Not Eddie’s.

So away went anything with Eddie’s name on it or with his picture in it.

Off the walls came the white letters that I painted, hot glued ribbon too, and had hung on the wall with care.

For some reason, those were the most difficult thing for me to take down and put away.  And suddenly it was very important to me…almost irrationally so…that I get new letters for Charlie.

And as much as I loved the big white letters, Charlie’s had to be different.  Because he is a different person.

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