Big change, little bump.

I've held off on blogging for some time because I knew I wouldn't be able to not mention my biggest news, and the most exciting experience of my life thus far - I'm going to have a baby.  It's funny how, in an instant, I went from thinking about getting new stones for earrings I needed to make; a pair of boots I'd love to have; where my husband and I would go out to eat, to: finishing the work that needs to be done to our house; creating a nursery; learning all I can about breastfeeding; birthing a baby; raising a healthy and loved child.  I don't feel that I'm a different person, but I now have a new facet to my life and personality that seems so natural I can't believe I'm just now experiencing it.


I'm just shy of 18 weeks, and in the last couple weeks my bump has finally become visible so that bloated-but-not-pregnant look is (luckily) a thing of the past!  I've been lucky enough not to experience morning sickness, heartburn, swelling, or many of the other common pregnancy discomforts, but the downside to feeling so great (in fact, better than I did pre-pregnancy) is that I'm a worrier, so I stressed and stressed about the fact that I didn't feel pregnant, so suppose I wasn't any longer.  It's crazy, I know.  My grandma even laughed at me when I told her I'd taken a total of seven pregnancy tests, saw the baby moving like crazy on the ultrasound, and heart his or her heartbeat on the doppler, but I still worried.  So my growing belly is much-needed reassurance that baby James or Lucy is growing and things are progressing as they should.

While I'm anxious to finally be able to meet my baby, I can't wait to experience all the joys of pregnancy, and I feel I'm at the point where those things will start happening and the fact that I'm a mom will become more and more real!

Studly

Earlier this year I discovered that my favorite kind of jewelry to make is these little gemstone stud earrings.  Whether they're my favorite because of the tiny size, the one-of-a-kind nature, the fact that they give me an excuse to do more stone shopping, or something else I've yet to discover, I really do enjoy the process and the finished product of these more than other pieces.








My favorite will always be the herkimer diamond studs, but after adding pink tourmaline, apatite, and garnet to the earring family, there's definitely some competition.  I have a couple pairs currently available for sale, and if I can ever get caught up on screen printing and packaging orders, I might finally get the rest of these added to my shop!

What have you been working on lately?  Have you been busy getting ready for Christmas or Hanukkah?

Shirts and Models

I've got new pictures, WITH PEOPLE, so I kind of feel official now.  But guys, do you know how difficult it is to get people to 1. agree to model your products, and 2. actually do it?  You would think I'd asked for help manually emptying my septic tank or something. Unfortunately I had to step in after two would-be models cancelled, but I thank my lucky stars Chatham, Ryan, and Calvin came through and modeled these tanks like champs as I needed new pictures ASAP since this Bonjour Y'all merch is going live on a super large e-commerce site very soon!








The next time I need models, I'm going straight to these guys.  And, in between working on quarterly taxes and packaging orders, I've been working on some new shirt designs since I know who is willing to model for me!  And lastly, I got a new (to me) 50mm lens the week before last, so I kind of like having an excuse to take lots of new pictures.

*Until the shirts are up on that site (I feel like I don't want to say the name, jinx myself, and have it not work out, then I look like a dummy because I went on the internet and said it was going to happen), you can find them in my shop.

The Accessories

Sometimes I like the outfit I'm wearing okay, but I'm mainly a fan of the accessories, and without them, maybe I wouldn't like the clothes as much.  I think that's the case with this simple outfit.







Outfit Details - sunglasses: ZeroUV // top: Tobi (similar) // skirt: Target // bag: vintage, thrifted // scarf: vintage, thrifted // necklace: c/o ONecklace // bracelets & rings: Dinosaur Toes (here, here, and here) // shoes: Fiel

I don't know what exactly it is about the sunglasses, but I don't want to take them off.  I've gotten a few compliments, as well as a few strange looks, but either way, that tells me they're pretty interesting, and I have to agree.  Do you have any accessories that you feel make an outfit, or that you want to wear all the time?

Lace

I love lace.  I love LOTS of lace!  This black tunic with lace shoulders is one of my favorites thanks to its ability to be worn with jeans, skirts, shorts, whatever.  I've worn it to meet with clients, and I've worn it on lazy Sunday afternoon bike rides.




Outfit details - tunic: Target // skirt: TJ Maxx // boots: thrifted with DIY harnesses // jewelry: Dinosaur Toes // bag: vintage, thrifted