Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Let's Get Started!

I am so excited that I have finally made it to the wonderful world of blogging! I think blogging can be very educational and very inspirational. It just depends on what you are looking for. The purpose of this blog is to hopefully accomplish both of those aspects. I want to share my life and thoughts with you- the days in the life of a working stay-at-home mommy.
My Beautiful Family

My life is crazy and exhausting, but I love it! I am 26 years old and I am the owner and designer of Baby Goodness Boutique. I have an amazing husband, we will call him Big E. He works hard to support our family and he is a wonderful father. He is a member of the Air National Guard. He is my best friend and supports me in all of my endeavors. I love to be creative, but I am sometimes afraid to try new things. He is always there to give me that extra nudge to make it happen. I have two small children, A-man (4) and Princess E (1). A-man is the cutest and funniest little boy on the planet. He spends his days looking to catch me off guard with his jokes and adult-like antics. Princess E is exactly that-our precious little princess. She is beautiful, smart, and spoiled to the core. She knows just when to wimper or just when to smile to get exactly what she wants. Even though being a parent is trying at times or even most of the time, I wouldn't trade one second of it. They are such a blessing. I thank the Lord everyday for giving me the gift of motherhood, not once, but twice. It is an amazing adventure!

Now, let's talk about the career part I mentioned earlier. After I had Princess E, I wanted all of these cute little personalized baby items. My cousin ordered me a monogrammed boutique style diaper bag for my shower and I fell in love with it! It came with two little matching burp cloths that were so adorable I couldn't bring myself to use them. I know that sounds ridiculous, but they were keepsakes. Precious items for Princess E that had her name on them to remember those moments of her being such a tiny little person. I had to have more of them! I wanted onesies, bibs, and anything else I could find to stick her name or initials on. I had ideas just stirring in my head every time I looked at my adorable diaper bag. Then, I realized, I could do it! I was creative-right? So, after a few talks with Big E about me needing an embroidery machine and all of the things I could make for our baby without having to buy them, he was sold. So, we purchased my first sewing/embroidery machine. I started with bibs, onesies, and burp cloths. My friends loved them and I got a lot of positive feedback which was very exciting. But, I knew that if I wanted to go into business for myself, I had to learn to actually sew something from scratch.

I bought a diaper bag pattern, loaded up my machine and headed down to visit Big E's grandma, Mama L. She sewed all the time and told me she would help me figure it out. What I really wanted was for me to watch Mama L make me a bag to see how it all worked. I couldn't read a pattern or sew a straight line! Mama L did not have the same plan in mind. She laid out the pattern, showed me how to read it and we started cutting. Then, she sat down at the machine and starting showing me how to get that straight line, but she made it look so easy. After a few seams had been sewn, she got up and told me to get going. So, I did. That is what lead to the beginnings of Baby Goodness Boutique! I have been designing and creating "adorable personalized items for your baby" ever since. I am so glad I am able to do what I love, while being a stay-at-home mommy. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as this beautiful, crazy life unfolds.


Anonymous said...

LJ, congratulations! Your page looks great; just like your creations. I am so happy for you and those who have received a touch of baby goodness from what you do.

The best part of all is seeing the joy you have found in unveiling a hidden talent. The mystery... is how you do it... while continuing to reign as best mother and wife to ever manage a household.

To my best friend, "Kudos!"

Love, Big E