Back at it, and in full swing! The year in review…

A year ago, I was just thinking about updating this blog and just getting back into the swing of things after having a baby.  It feels like a lifetime ago, it’s really wild!  I can’t think of another year where there have been so many changes, and time flew so quickly – yet thinking back to a year ago and it feels like it was so.long.ago.  Weird.  I guess welcome to parenthood…?  Or just welcome to the crazy busy life of the Dardinski household.  I’m thinking that it really is just us – we have done a LOT this past year.

About a year ago, we got flooded out of our house due to construction and spent 4 months in a beautiful place on Rings Island in Salisbury where my sewing business came to life.  In the house construction/reconstruction world, we basically reconstructed our downstairs apartment, built a new kitchen, 2 new baths, a 2nd to 3rd floor stair, a new exterior deck and 1st to 2nd floor stair, all new heating, electrical and plumbing… it’s crazy.  Yeah, that’s pretty much enough to keep anyone busy in a year!  But no – we can’t stop there – my husband, Alex, has a new job (same company, different job).  I left one job, started a new business (Honeyflower!), kept a consulting business with my old company and then also got a new part time consulting job!  We’ve made dozens of new friends (being new parents and all) and reconnected with many old friends as well.  I know we did tons of fun things too – just hard to recall now, a year later.  Just being new parents is a pretty amazing thing, I know everyone says your life will change after having kids, well – they were right!  And after all that has happened tragically so close to home (Boston) in the last couple of weeks, I have to say I feel luckier than ever to have such an amazing community and family that we are a part of.  We LOVE where we live, love our friends and family. That is enough in the world.  Truly.

But Honeyflower.  Wow, Honeyflower has come a loooong way this past year.  I think we had just decided on the name “Honeyflower” right around this time last year.  Alex and I spent many hours putting words together and finally came up with the beloved name that is Honeyflower.  And now I feel like I actually know what I’m doing!  My first Newburyport Farmer’s Market  of this season happened seamlessly, and such a great turnout!  It was awesome to see so many familiar faces from last year, and so excited to see me there again!  It was a great feeling, being recognized.  And all my hard work over the winter of building inventory and new product, and perfecting old designs really paid off.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!  And the online side of my business chugs away, slowly but surely. Etsy is a great place to keep product moving when I’m not at the market, but it’s tedious enough that I still don’t have all my product online (even though I should!!).  The e-commerce site is great, but doesn’t have any built in marketing so it’s just a great place to showcase product and product photos.  And the photo part is really what my business needs help with.  That will be a big focus of what I need to do over the next year is build my photo inventory and improve the quality of my photos on both Etsy and my other e-commerce site.  Photos are hard, and so important!

Overall, I’m thrilled with the progress.  I still hope to do more, but I have to say, life comes first.  I don’t want to miss a beat with my lil’ 15 1/2 month old – he comes first.  It’s all about how much time you can create within an already busy schedule.  I keep trying, and chipping away at the immense tasks ahead.  But I’m thrilled with the way the last year has gone.  And that’s the most important thing.  Yay!

So – a little sharing – here’s an update on my little guy, all grown up at the age of 15 1/2 months:


I hope you all are happy, healthy and enjoying the spring days.


Published by Kate

The basics: I love New England (my home), the outdoors, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, my kitties, my puppy, my partner in crime Alex and my sons Griffin & Orion, and my family and friends. I occasionally have time to share the things I love here. Enjoy!

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