It is days like today that I am insanely thankful for the opportunity to have my own business. While it hasn't broken into the "never have to sub again" category (YET), it allows me to feel like I'm contributing financially to our household even when I'm at home. That, in itself, is enough to put a smile on my face...but today, when the wee babe is crying heartbrokenly, shivering even though it's quite warm in the house, and running a higher fever than she's ever had before, I am overwhelmed by gratitude. I can choose to stay home and be with her when she needs me and I don't need to ask anyone's permission. Sure, I feel slightly guilty for cancelling on my sub day for tomorrow, but my relief to be staying home with Ava if she's not feeling good FAR outweighs the guilty thought that the guy has to try to find someone else to teach for him.
So here's to hoping we soon DO enter a whole new tax bracket. Because, while I'm not sure "I want to be a billionaire so freaking bad," I AM sure that I love this 'work-at-home-make-stuff' thing. So, thank-you to everyone who has helped us come this far.
I've always loved to make things, but it wasn't until Cecelia and I started our business that I've had a real outlet for this passion. Really, there are only so many pillow covers and notebooks I can use in my own house. And instead of my interest waning over time, it seems to be fueled by the act of creating, making me want to try new things all the time (which is one of the reasons we have so many different things going on in our shop -there's too many fun things to try our hands at!). A few weeks ago I discovered a pattern for a toddler jacket (along with matching bellbottom overalls) at the Salvation Army.
I immediately had to try making it, envisioning how insanesly cute my daughter would look in this vintage style jacket. I am so impressed with how it turned out; I think this is probably the most detailed thing I've ever made (it even has a lining). Observe:
This morning I drove in to the post office to send off a number of orders that came in over the long weekend. I love it when we get a stack of orders all at once, not only because I like to see our stuff sell and be shipped off to new homes, but also because I get a very happy feeling from seeing all those brown packages piled up stamped with a green leaf and printed with addresses throughout the world. Yum!
Maria & Cecelia
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