A long break, and updates!

It seems like every time I try and explain my life, I am saying – it’s been crazy busy.  And it’s true! Especially the last 2 years.  Since the birth of our son in January 2012, our house has been under construction the entire time.  When our kiddo was just 2 months old, the upstairs kitchen  and bathroom were completely gutted and 2 months later, the roof on our second floor was removed as part of the addition to be put on our new kitchen.  The roof just happened to be removed during a giant rain storm (forecasted to rain for the whole week) and while my husband was on business travel for 2 weeks in China.  And the chaos didn’t stop.  We were forced to relocate due to water damage (from the roof removal) for 4 months, while the downstairs apartment where we were living in our house was completely gutted (which means basically the whole house was gutted at the same time) and the upstairs was slowly being put back together again.  We were making cabinet, appliance, flooring and fixture choices with a 5 month old baby and no timeline for completion on the project.  Let’s just say life was interesting.  When we moved back downstairs in the fall of 2012, the upstairs was only partially done, but our contractor had finished what we hired him to do.  So we were left with a massive DIY project.  And we just wrapped up a giant portion of that DIY project in November 2013, right before we hosted Thanksgiving and Christmas in our ‘new’ space.  So, needless to say, we are all just coming up for air. And the construction, heck – we all know how life is, that was just one little portion of the chaos that life brings.  We had all the up and downs of new parents, new jobs, etc.  And we had construction looming over our heads.  So needless to say, I had to put Honeyflower on the back burner over the last couple of months, so I could focus on family, finishing construction, MOVING and getting ready for guests.  Thanks for bearing with me.

I always regularly update my Etsy shop – so you can always find Honeyflower new product there!

But with all that time I had between the holidays and now, I’ve had plenty of new ideas, and I’m really thrilled to start to share with you some updates on Honeyflower product in addition to new fun prints for the spring and summer (which can’t come soon enough, in my mind!).  I don’t plan to be blogging on a super regular basis, but I am going to start an Instagram feed, where I’ll share inspiring photos, occasional giveaways and special sales.  You can follow me at @honeyflowerdesigns on Instagram.  Hopefully this will keep you all engaged and up to date on what’s new and fun over here.  Give me some time to get it going, but it’ll happen.

I am happy to have 2013 be done, but you can see some highlights from the year below.  It was a busy year.  Here’s hoping 2014 brings lots of fun, less construction and lots more adventures.

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Etsy Shop Update!

We just got back from vacation, and I finally updated my Etsy shop.  (a long overdue update!) I’m trying to list more of the product that I actually have in stock.  Getting the photos taken, cropped, edited and descriptions up takes so much time!  But – I made some progress this morning so I’m feeling good.

So – you can now buy the Whatever Zip online!  Yay!

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I’ve also just developed a new pattern – reveal coming soon.  It’s girl’s clothing – and right now it’s being tested for fit and practicality.  Can’t wait to share it with you!  I think it will be a big hit.

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!

To market, to market

Booth photos from Sunday’s Newburyport Farmer’s Market: 

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A great day.  Thanks to all who came out!

It’s a Fun Bucket Kind of Day…

I spent the morning sewing up a bunch of Fun Buckets for a new Honeyflower retail location – the Wenham Children’s Museum!  I’ll have items in their shop for Mother’s Day, so that’s pretty exciting.

I hadn’t sewn Fun Buckets for a while – I had forgotten how much fun they really are!

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They come together pretty quickly, and sell really well – so definitely a bonus there!

This one’s my favorite:

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Which one do you like?

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.