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