Archive for June, 2010

June 24, 2010

Working Mom? Stay At Home Mom? Neither? Both?

“What do you do?” It sounds like a normal enough question, and a simple one as well, but does anyone have a truly simple answer? Think about all of the things you do every day, all of the hats you wear, how do you answer when someone asks you “What do you do?”

Personally, when asked, I feel myself stumbling for the right answer. Working in the corporate world as a graphic designer, before I was married with children, my answer was a little easier.  Then, years ago I left the corporate world for a life at home, being a stay at home – work at home mom. I have done freelance design work for three years now, some clients large and some small, and all important and valued immensely.

So, my answer : I am a wife, mother, and freelance designer with entrepreneurial spirit, who works between nap times, play-dates, and into LATE LATE hours of the night to live my dream. My dream of being a working stay at home mom. “What I do” is whatever needs to be done. Of course I would love  “Office Hours” and I hope to have them one day, but until then, I am grateful for the opportunity to make baby food for this little guy before an important conference call.

And to enjoy an afternoon at the park with this loving doll between answering a multitude of emails.

And then when everyone is asleep, and things are quiet, I sit down and begin to draw, so I can create designs like this –

Am I a mom first or a designer first? I like to think I am both, or rather that this multitude of titles and responsibilities combine seamlessly to create who I am, and WHAT I DO.

{Kids Photos by the amazing Courtney Vickers Photography}

June 22, 2010

Amazed and Grateful

Wow,  the Etsy Shop Paper & Pigtails has been open since March 14th, 2010. Yes, it has been just over 3 months  (and less than three months since the grand opening)  and we are so amazed and grateful for everything that has happened! We can’t even begin to express our gratitude for everyone who has supported, encouraged, and inspired us along the way.

To offer a quick recap of what has happened so far…..

We were showcased on the front page of – TWICE

Our Products have been seen on a number of  websites and blogs including:

Amy Atlas

Hostess with the Mostess

Kara’s Party Ideas

Creative Hostess

Thoughtfully Simple

Little Shindigs

Kate Landers Events

Stylish Children’s Parties

Bake and Destroy

with party photos like these

We can’t wait to continue on this journey with everyone and are so thankful for the amazing ride it has been so far! We are also so grateful for our supportive families whom have given us so much love and support in our new business!