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It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog, and uploaded pictures of Mackenzie. Well here’s Mackenzie’s updated pictures, click on the pictures to view each of the albums. Mackenzie is now able to sit up from laying down, she’s crawling backwards (been going on a few weeks now) but not forwards, and she loves to go to the park and swing in the “big girl” swing.


February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

I decided to make a huge decision that would effect all of us. Mackenzie and I moved to Iowa in mid February, while Dan stayed in Seattle. I needed more support than I was getting, and living in Renton wasn’t helping with me being able to get out more. We are planning a trip to see Dan’s family in California in July, and Dan is going to make the trip too, so we can all be together. We miss everyone in Seattle very much, and hope to have a trip out there in the fall to visit.

Right now I am working on a large project of organizing and planning Des Moines’ first Swap-O-Rama-Rama. This has been lots of work, but I believe that the swap will be successful, and I’d like to work on having anual or semi-anual swaps. The event runs purely off of donations and volunteers, so if you would like to do either please let me know by sending me an email.

Another update is that I am now selling Mary Kay to be able to support myself while being able to stay home with Mackenzie. If you are interested in holding a skincare class, color party, or even an online web party to earn free Mary Kay products, let me know, I’d be happy to get together with you. Email me or check out my website to make an order or just play around with the Virtual Makeover tool.

We would like to assemble 150 bags consisting of about 5 swag items per bag. They will be distributed to volunteers of SORR and to the first 75 people to enter the doors. We ask that each contributer send at least ten products, but more is always appreciated! Please keep the value under ten dollars per item.

A swag bag is a compilation of small handmade goodies. Examples of swag include: buttons, key-chains, brooches, patches, soap samples, magnets, postcards or small prints, stickers, etc. Think about what you would like to receive in a swag bag–it is okay to promote your work but no business cards or fliers unless they are accompanied by a product.
Each artist donating handmade goods will be featured on our blog as they come in with images of your items and contact information.
Please have your creations postmarked no later than May 15th.
For more information, mailing address or questions please email dsmswap@gmail.com.

Des Moines SORR: www.dsmswap.wordpress.com

Official SORR page: www.swaporamarama.org
Thank you!

Mackenzie is now 6 months old, it’s crazy how fast she is growing. She had her second trip to Iowa in early January. The two of us were there just in time to make it to my mom’s birthday dinner. Mackenzie has picked up a few new tricks and a few changes:

  • high fives
  • rolling over to get across the room
  • sitting up all by herself
  • a new tooth (3 total on the bottom)
  • eating solid foods (favorites include carrots and pears)

Here are links to our two newest photo albums, don’t forget to check them out and view all the pictures!

Iowa Trip – January
1/12 to 1/28

A few other things to share:

  • I’ve completed a website, check it out here and let me know what you think. I designed it and put the entire thing together in about a weeks worth of time. I’m looking at making webdesign my main focus other than Mackenzie.
  • Karen has created a blog for her trip to India, check it out here
  • I’ve also purchased my own domain name, and I’m working on getting my website up, feel free to check it out to see what’s going on with it. Right now it just says coming soon, but hey whatever s-renee.com

Four months is also one third of a year. So my baby is now 1/3 year old, crazy way of thinking of it. 

Mackenzie’s new stats:
weight: 15 lbs 8.3 oz
height: 25.5 inches

 

I’ve found a great new website for selling my items. I like it better than etsy because, they plant trees for items being listed. I still have my etsy store, but here’s a link http://Srenee.ShopHandmade.com to my new home at shophandmade.com

I finished reading Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco (her blog). It is an amazing and very helpful book for creating your own “craft” business. I’m working on doing this because I want another way to have an income while being able to stay home with my daughter when she is born.

The book really explains the legal side of things. I’ve tried reading other books like this before, and none of them really connected with me (I never finished reading them). This book also has many interviews with creative people who started out all on their own, and are now selling their “crafts” all over the world. There is so much inspiration in this book.

Today as I was leaving work, I met Amy from LuCoo and she has some really cool designs. They currently have pillows like the one to the right, in four designs, t-shirts, hoodies, and the coolest plush with the same designs as the pillows and the t-shirts. I really loved the plush, they don’t have it on their site yet, but when they get it up, it’s sure worth checking out.

It was nice being able to ask another person in the field that I want to get into questions. She gave me a lot of good resources, and that pushed me. Today I contacted someone for legal advice on getting things started. I do need to create my products, but that’s easier than dealing with all the legal stuff that I need to do. Creating can come when the baby is here, I wont have a lot of time, but I can create whenever she doesn’t need me to feed her or hold her. Hopefully, she’ll love her little swing we got her.