Saturday, May 29, 2010

Let Her Twirl

A few months ago, I stood at Downtown Disney listening to a Salsa band play. A little girl, who looked to be maybe 4 years old, began to dance. She moved her little body in the manner of a seductive Latin dancer. I listened to many women compliment the mother. "Look at her move those hips, she is so talented". As they all admired her dancing, I couldn't help noticing all of the men around. Many of them watching the young girl. I would like to believe that not one of those men had an inappropriate thought, but I know the world we live in.

What happened to the innocence of a child. The sweetness of putting on a pretty dress or a tutu and simply twirling. When did little girls stop leaping? What happened to the dream of being a princess in a ballroom or a ballerina on stage?
A few years ago, I read the book Captivating. The author spoke of how as young girls, we twirl around asking the question "Am I beautiful? Do you love me?" and as we age we continue to do this. We do it in our prom dresses and again in our wedding gowns. Maybe we don't do the whole twirl thing...or maybe we do and just don't admit to it. But we put on the dress and ask the question "Am I beautiful? Do you love me?"

I find the statement/question to have a simple innocence to it. When did we stop asking "Am I beautiful? Do you love me" and begin asking "Am I sexy? Do you want or desire me?" When did dancing in such a seductive manner become so acceptable?
Judge me if you will but I say turn off your Music Videos and let her twirl!

Blog Sugar

I went to Blog Sugar feeling intimidated, out of place, and a little scared, yet super excited to be "allowed" to join women so high above me. I left feeling equal, important and part of a really special group.

When I arrived I was instantly greeted by Rachel and Mique, who I had met at the Queen Bee Market, but swore they would not remember me because they are awesome and I'm...well I'm just me, a small time blogger and business. I was so wrong, I was greeted with hugs and a warmth I don't get from most of my long time friends.

I met some totally amazing women and made some friends and not just the "imaginary kind"! I cannot wait to start reading some of the blogs!

As if the great people weren't enough, when Rachel and Andrea spoke about blogging, I'm pretty sure they were talking to me. Not that the rest of you weren't important, they just knew what I needed to hear.

So readers, I am making some commitments to you and to myself.

*I will not be intimidated by other bloggers or compare myself to them
*I will remain vulnerable and true to myself, you will get the REAL me.
*I will not be afraid of what people are going to think when they read my blog but instead give you the truth when I type.
*I will care more about the individuals who read my blog than the number of people checking it out.

Will I stray from my commitment? Probably, I'm only human.

Oh and one more thing. I will go to EVERY Blog Sugar I possibly can!

Friday, May 21, 2010

And the winner is....

JULIE!!!

Congratulations Julie! I will contact you personally about size and delivery. Thank you all for participating. Make sure to keep up with the blog, you never know when the next giveaway will be.

Winner was selected via www.random.org

Count your Blessings!

It all started with THAT look…
You all know the one I’m talking about? The look that says “I have something opinionated to say, that I should probably keep to myself.” Yeah, that look!

I’m standing in line at a gas station, holding my little girl, minding my own business.
The woman in front of me can’t help but look back over and over again, giving us THAT look.
My sweet little one smiling and waving at her each time.
The woman then smiles, “Yay, Rhiannon’s sweetness softened her heat”…I thought. That is when the questions began.

“How old is your baby?”
“19 months” I answered smiling because Steven and I had just talked about our girl getting old.
“And you are already pregnant again?”
Wow, wait a second lady!!! Did she really just ask me that?

For some reason I needed this woman to know that we felt super blessed to have our children. We tried to get pregnant and succeeded, this was something to celebrate.

“Yes, I am! We wanted them to be 2 years apart. I’m due in August,
so they will be about 22 months apart.”
In case you can’t tell reading this, I’m super excited about this even as I tell her.
“So you didn’t quite make it to two years, did you?”

Umm…wait a second, what? I’m under two months short of this. I didn’t want them to share the same birthday. I am lucky enough to be in the select few women who get pregnant the second they start trying! I am the lucky one, this is not a curse lady!

“I am blessed” I responded with a smile.

When did it become a bad thing to have your children close together? What made this woman so bitter over the fact that I, a perfect stranger, am having a second baby not quite 2 years apart? Do people not realize how blessed we are by our children? There are so many questions that I have, that I am sure will never be answered. What I do know is this, my daughter is a joy to be around and my son is a blessing already. Oh and by the way, we plan to have more.

Count your blessings even when others see them as a curse.
I have two!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baby Nursery and Life Verses

Only 97 days until my due date and so the countdown begins. With this countdown, there comes lots and lots of work. In fact, tonight we will start the first project for the nursery, an accent pillow for both Rhiannon's bed and Talon's crib. Now since I told you I would be sharing about all the crafts and projects in the nursery, I thought I should give you a little background on this nursery we are decorating, as well as the theme and inspiration behind it.

A few weeks ago, our friend Tess asked if we could come up with a scripture verse for the nursery, she is making a gift that will incorporate it (since Tess is super creative, I am sure the gift will be blog worthy and you will see it here when we receive it). We already had a little bit of an idea for the theme and it just so happened to match Rhiannon's life verse. We thought if we could find a verse that had to do with both kids life verses it would be super fun.

Now, I know you are getting so anxious to hear the theme of the room but before I reveal that, let's talk about the more important part, my children and their verses.

First, Rhiannon, our little worshiper. This child began her dancing career in the womb. Anytime worship music came on, she went wild. Things only improved when she was born, we would be in service, the music would start and she would sing. Around 9 months old she began raising her little hands during worship. Precious, I know. So Rhiannon's verse of course has to do with song and rejoicing!
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zeph. 3:17

Second, Talon, our miracle baby. This child is not even born yet and has already had quite a life. We have all overcome so much in this pregnancy. I know it has simply been our faith and hope in the Lord that has got us here. Talon's life would not be if it were not for God being on our side. So Talon's life verse is:
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

The verse we decided to go with for our children's room is perfect. Okay, I know I shouldn't brag but really it just fits so well. The room verse will be:
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16

We want our children to live in a room and in home where we follow the Lord always, we will take refuge in Him and ALWAYS sing His praises! So.....the theme of the room will be one of music. We are using a guitar theme. Now since I have wrote you a book about this nursery I will leave you with some pictures of the fabric for their room.


(The layout is not relevant just swatches.)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Blog Giveaway #1

In order to celebrate all the new things happening Rock-A-Bow, I have decided to hold the first ever Rock-A-Bow Blog Giveaway. The winner of this giveaway will win a WildChild-Blue Tutu in the size of their choice.

Rock-A-Bow's WildChild-Blue Tutu is handcrafted with black, white and turquoise soft tulle on an elastic waistband. It is finished off with a satin wrapped waist. Here are some photos of the item you are entering for, hair accessories not included.


How to Enter:

Mandatory Entry:
Become a follower of my blog. (It should be simple since you're already here)

Bonus Entries
:(In order to get credit for these entries, make sure to comment on this blog post and let me know what you did.)
1. Become a follower of my twitter, http://twitter.com/rockabow.=2 bonus entries
2. Become a fan of Rock-A-Bow on Facebook.=2 bonus entries

3. Make a post on your Facebook about this giveaway and leave the link in your comment.=2 bonus entries
4. Make a post on your Twitter about this giveaway and leave the link in your comment.=2 bonus entries

5. Go to Etsy and Heart my Shop.=2 bonus entries
6. In a comment
on this blog, tell me your favorite item in my Etsy shop.= 2 bonus entries.
7. Make a purchase in my Etsy or Online Store.=5 bonus entries.

This giveaway will end on May 21st, 2010 at 7pm. This giveaway will be open to US residents only.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm so Excited and I Just can't hide it.

Have I told you yet how excited I am about all that is going on with Rock-A-Bow? I don't even know how to put it into words but since this IS a blog, I will try.

It seems like just yesterday Rock-A-Bow was a simple idea between a friend and I. Today, although it is a very small handmade business, it seems like so much more. For a while it had slowed down, although it had never really picked up much pace...is that possible? Hmm, for the sake of finishing this thought, let's say it is. Like I was saying, it was slow and then out of no where, things are happening. Big things.

I had a few people contact me about giveaways, one of which I jumped on, OC City Mommy Raffled off a tutu at The Beehive Expo, the second is still in the works (I was waiting for the relaunch of my new site). A few weeks later a friend of mine, Alaina from Simply Sweet Moments Photography, e-mailed me with an AMAZING offer of doing a photoshoot with some of the pretty little girls in my life wearing Rock-A-Bow. All these people interested in my work? Well that was all the motivation I needed. I was back! I gathered up the cuties and the photoshoot was in the works (look back a couple blogs for more about that). Then, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, my friend Nicole at OliveBlue offered to split her booth with me at The Queen Bee Market.

So...here I am now, I have super cute pictures of all of my stuff, I participated in a show with some AMAZING vendors like her, her, and her. I am working on the second giveaway and although my following is still low and I haven't made a ton of sales, I can't help but feel blessed. I love making my products, I love meeting the new people and I am loving all the new things I am trying.

I have a blog, which you are reading now. I have a twitter, that you should probably start following. I am working on my new website and looking for shows to go to. As I said before. I cannot put into words how exciting this is. However, I can tell you that I am having a blast and praying for big things to happen. Who knows, I may be a SAHM one day ;)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Baby #2

The past few days have been tough. As all of you know, I am in a very high risk pregnancy that comes with lots of pain. For any new readers, I have a complex cyst on one of my ovaries. It is a fairly large complex cyst. Dangerous enough that surgery during pregnancy was considered. Anyhow, the past couple of days have been filled with pain, tears and joy!

Wait did she just say joy? Yes, folks you heard me right. Today as I was sitting here in massive pain, feeling bad for myself because Rhiannon, my daughter, was playing without me and has become rather accustomed to playing without mommy and that's when the pity came. As I sat there having my own little pity party, Rhiannon looked up and said "Luh you maaE", translation: I love you Mommy. That's when it hit me. Not to long from now, Talon (baby #2) will be here. Not long after that I will hear his little voice, in his own little language, telling me he loves me.

This child that I almost lost due to a hemorrhage between my uterus and the placenta. The child who sleeps and plays in my womb dangerously close to a complex cyst, a cyst that could rupture at anytime. That baby, that sweet little miracle will be here in only a few short months. I will be holding that precious gift from God. I get to watch him grow and even teach and guide this little blessing. How could I be anything but joyous?

Every pain I feel is a little reminder of just how lucky I am to be the mommy of a miracle.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I can make that!

When on earth did I become a "crafter"? I never used to be this way. Not a creative bone in my body. I suppose my husband was the initial inspiration for this handmade gene I have, although he would never want me to say that out loud (hence the reason I am typing it). Love struck, I found myself making cheesy collages for every occasion, that I must admit got rather cute at times. Maybe while dating, I was brainwashed by hearing "I could make that" to everything he saw. Although it was never anything I or any girl would want to make, perhaps the simple concept of "I could make that" tempted me.

However, this... let's call it obsession; began and has taken over me. First it was just collages and scrapbooking. Then we had our daughter, Rhiannon and there was a whole new inspiration. She brought out the girly in her mommy. Bows and tutus took over me and our home for that matter.

Now, while expecting baby #2, a boy, I find myself designing the kids room entirely of things that I can make. Handmade may just be the theme of the nursery =o)

I cannot walk through a room in my home without looking at our decorations and thinking of re-do's. Even my cooking has become a craft. Every plate has to look pretty, my husband, Steven is constantly teasing my "presentation" of his meals. While in the kitchen, I must admit, I get excited over meals I can recreate and make my own.

As I said before, I do not know where this came from. Perhaps it has always been hiding inside of me or maybe just something new that came with being a wife and mommy. Whatever the case, I am a crafter and I love Handmade. THE END... or maybe just the beginning?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Super Cute Models

Okay, it's official, Rock-A-Bow has THE cutest models around! Models? Yes, Rock-A-Bow hired models for a photoshoot to show off the products. Sure, I paid them with Goodie Bags and the right to say "I AM A MODEL" but that still counts as hiring them, right?

Here's the story. My friend Alaina at Simply Sweet Moments Photography contacted me about doing a photoshoot featuring Rock-A-Bow products and well, how could I pass? So we both gathered up some of the cutest little girls we knew and took them on as Rock-A-Bow models.

A couple weeks ago we did the shoot (which was impressively successful with almost 20 little girls). I am now getting some of the pictures and wow I did not know anyone could know so many gorgeous girls.

I am so excited to get the website up and running to show off my girls but I just couldn't wait to share so I thought I would give a sneak peek at some of our cuties!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rock-A-Bow has a blog!!!

After debating myself on the issue I have decided to start a blog. I started a family blog a while back...started being the key word in that statement. It didn't go anywhere, so why would I start one for Rock-A-Bow? Good question! I was recently encouraged by many other vendors in the handmade world. Blogging is a great tool, that is the consensus. So here I am.

What does Rock-A-Bow have to say in a blog? Hmm, I'm not quite sure. You may be able to find some giveaways here, keep up on new products and boutiques/shows I will be at, oh yes and I can guarantee you will hear about my family and crafts done at home. How can one resist sharing about what they love most?

So this is it. I'm really doing it. This is my blog, become a follower and look for new posts!

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