Mix Tape January/February

At the Moment:

January I recovered from the busy holiday season, and started making all sorts of plans or 2018! It’s gonna be a great year. Now that temps are rising I am so excited to be taking pictures of new apparel and tons more T shirts for spring, and I am extra energized from being at Midwest Craft Con a couple weeks ago. Spending time with old friends & making some new ones, along with making lots of stuff and really diving into business discussions…It was the best weekend, and I am full of new ideas and inspiration!

Three awesome things happened for our family these last couple of months.\:

Dan & I celebrated the 20th anniversary of our first date earlier this month in our own way – a fancy dinner out, then playing Nintendo games until the middle of the night (yeah, like original Nintendo cause that’s how we roll).

Baby Reagan arrived, and she is just adorable! I’m so excited to be an aunt.

Della and I drove up to our state capital, Lansing, for the Women’s March in January, and Del even made her own sign – it was a proud moment for me. The crowd was massive & it felt good to be there and teach my daughter to stand up for what is right.

I’ve kind of gone crazy making stuff just for fun. Like I sewed pajama pants for the kids and I knit a couple hats. Then at Midwest Craft Con I painted myself a bracelet, made a macrame wall hanging, learned shibori dying techniques and made a gorgeous scarf for myself, plus learned a new way to bind notebooks that I am so excited about. I also made another huge batch of Record Jewelry, including a new limited edition color combo necklace that’ll be hitting the shop VERY soon. It’s been a wonderful couple months of making.

Listening to:
Jeff Rosenstock’s new album “POST” – it’s so good! Also, The Go! Team’s new album “Semicircle”. It’s so great to hear a new record from them. Throw in some Nancy Wilson, Pink Floyd, INXS, Ramones, Protomartyr, George Michael, Iggy Pop and Soulsaver too.

Della’s fav song (because she is a music obsessed kid): Guys, I tried my best but she is now super into Imagine Dragons. I’m trying to turn her back around by the next Mix Tape post. Wish me luck.

Shopping and Drooling Over:

The Royal Blue Velvet Skater Dress by Baby Teith – it looks adorable on Della!

Vintage Camper Renovation by Probably This

This leather belt by Levi’s

Monty Python Screen Print and Van Life Screen Print by Arsenal Handicraft

and Other Things I’m Loving Right Now:

Getting back to running and adding pilates & yoga in too, a mini-remodel of our basement family room, teaching Roy how to cook, and watching Della read new books.  Eating Ray’s ice cream, watching the kids “rock concerts” at home, helping Roy’s class make their Valentine’s bags, planning trips for later this year and building Kiwi Crates with the kids.

Looking Forward to:

Temps rising & the sun being out more! I am SO ready for spring to be here.