Under Construction

At least that is how I have felt the past few weeks with my mind, my heart, and my soul. I have been trying to alternate for weeks between sleep and work and family and work. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen that my Etsy shop is finally up and running! I’m so happy that the most time intensive work is behind me. It’s a little piece of me that I have been fighting to get up and going, so I’m just going to take a moment to enjoy the fact that… I DID IT. Amidst the toddler tantrums, baby feeding schedule, and zombie like early rise (3 AM before family) mornings, I have two feet on the ground.

What is left of my “normal” routine as I whimper back to it? My family is still standing solid, with a few bumps and bruises. I’d like to say that I always get the balance between work and family right, but I’m feeling like a bit of a failure there. I’m actually out of my pajamas today before noon, and darn happy about that. I took the kids and dog for a morning walk today, and I actually had something to eat.

I’m hopeful that things will settle back into a groove in the next few weeks, so I can spend most of my time and attention back where it needs to be with my family first and my work during my ‘sweet afternoon’ breaks. After all, it’s the whole reason I started this blog.

Thank you all for your continued support, and please click on my shop page to visit Sweet Afternoons at Etsy if you have an extra second today.

Fox is awake…

I leave you with a new Milo painting today. Have a great rest of the week friends!



9 thoughts on “Under Construction

  1. Ah, the illusive balance… it’ll never be what we wish it to be, but it will be what we need it to be =) You got this beautiful, and bask in the little victories! Though I would consider staying in PJ’s until noon a victory, ha ha 😉 Congrats on getting the shop up and running! I can’t wait to peruse the stock! 🙂

    1. Thank you sweetie! I’m not going to lie. It’s been a rough go. At least now, things are swinging. Thanks for the wonderful encouragement and taking time to comment always ❤️ You’re the best!

  2. I give you so much credit that you are doing so much with your kids so young. That’s part of our problem as mothers, we never give ourselves enough credit, because we are busy beating ourselves up for what we didn’t do. Congratulations on your shop, I can’t wait to check it out!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement and empathy, and thank you for the congrats! It’s all a balance of time management I suppose. I wonder if it gets easier? How many kids do you have?

      1. You’re welcome! I have 3, a daughter 13 and two boys 12 and 8. My creative outlet when they were little was a home based custom invitation business, until it became less of a fun creative hobby. Now I work part time doing graphic design and have time for painting and running – usually at the expense of housework! Btw love, love the anemones and poppies on your store! Beautiful! Are u considering boxed note cards that are reproductions?

      2. My, my you have your hands full! They seem to be at ages to allow for you to work during the day while they are in school? I think it’s so cool you had a custom invitation business and work in the graphic design field. I would love to see some of your other work too sometime! Thank you for the lovely compliments on my store. You know, I just am not sure about reproductions yet. I’m enjoying where things are right now, all handmade. I’ll probably look into it more in the future. I too am trying to develop something along the children’s book theme as you are. Was thrilled to see your work in progress as well!

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