Monday, March 09, 2009

a march give-away

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with the small company with whom I will be working with on the re-release of my address files. We went over and approved samples, talked numbers and dates, took a look at their work and discussed my own products and new ideas.

I am so incredibly excited to be able to have my address files, all beautiful, made sustainably, and in both maple and black walnut woods, available again within the next 2-3 months. Right now I am awaiting one more sample from them, and once approved I shall be able to make my address files once more for my wonderful customers!

I will be going through my address files wait-list over the next few weeks, sorting through it and contacting people to check on in with them. If you are wanting to order an address file from me, please send your information to me at Sharilyn AT lovelydesign DOT com!

a march give-away by you.

But this excitement and anticipation also comes with anxiety and fear. I have actually been having nightmares, in which others steal my work and ideas and I helplessly stand by like a fool. And in these dreams when I speak up all I hear is: "It's your own damn fault. You did nothing." 

But how am I ever going to manage? I am so excited and I really am inspired to re-launch my little lovelydesign company fully, with all sorts of new products that I have been dreaming up and working on. I am still setting up my new studio space and it is beginning to feel cozy and inspiring. But without help or resources, I literally can't do this when I have Adelaide with me full-time. There is just no way I can properly do both.

Which left me considering child-care options today. There is a daycare right across the lane from our home, but (of course) it is not cheap and the wait-list is years long. I looked up childcare on craigslist and I felt like I was going to throw-up. I know people do it everyday, but leaving Addie with strangers... I just don't know if I can ever do it. 

It feels so unfair.. that just I can't seem to have both.

But I feel positive and inspired. I will try to find a solution, so I can have both. Maybe I can just work on Saturdays. Maybe I can find a great nanny who will love Addie so much and will take care of her one day a week. I don't know. But I'm gonna try.

a march give-away by you.

I've missed my projects, and blogging the past few weeks, while I try to sort all of these things out, and so this afternoon I decided to have another giveaway here, to thank you all for your amazing support, and to cheer up and give myself a little bit of hope!

For one of you now, I have this address file that I've put together with a hopeful heart. It is practically perfect, except that it is of unfinished maple. I've decided to leave the wood untouched, but if you wish you can rub a little beeswax or such on it. Or you can simply leave it plain, it is kind of nice that way. It is filled with well over 200 (3.5" stacked) hand cut cards, most from recycled stock such as old library cards and ledgers. There are also many patterned cards which I've designed myself and had printed on recycled paper. It is made with a lot of love!

My wish is that it will find its way to a good home. If you would like to have it, please leave me a comment and I will randomly draw a winner in a week or so.

note: If you sign in as anonymous, please leave a name in your comment so I can identify you.

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Anonymous said...

Love your address file... I know you will find the ideal solution for your childcare needs - you are such a good mother!
Cindy

DJohn36755@aol.com

Chasing Keegan said...

I just wanted to say that I stumbled on to your blog a couple of weeks ago and really like what I see. I completely understand your hesitation, excitement and trepidation of not only trying to find someone to watch Addie and love her as much you do, but also wanting to get back into the swing of things. I am in a similar boat with my 3 year old and the creative juices are finally flowing again and I wish to be able to start sharing them again.
So hear is my advice which has taken me 3 years to do myself.
Trust yourself, trust your child and you will figure it all out.
I wish you good luck in whatever choice you choose, I am positive that it will work out just the way it needs too.
And I love the design, will have a send an e-mail for one...

DawnMarie said...

I would love to win.

Dawn Marie

hefron04 at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting for one of these address files ever since it was featured in Real Simple 3 years ago! Thanks so much and I can't wait to see you back in the game. Teresa L

Teresa L said...

I have been waiting for one of these address files ever since it was featured in Real Simple three years ago! Thank you for giving us a chance to win this beautiful item.

Anonymous said...

I am really enjoying your site and am going through the similar agony of finding childcare for my precious son.

I have also admired your address files and would love to own one!

Lauren M.

Rhetoric said...

So beautiful!!

suzanjill said...

i'm so happy you'll be making these again - they're really so lovely!

Anonymous said...

oh i've wanted one forever! i'll just order one if i don't win :-)
- fiona b

Ola said...

I would love one :)

Rainjar said...

Oh I'm certainly rooting for you to
be able to do both of the things you love so much. It would be wonderful for the world to have a little more lovelydesign goodness. I'm not a mom but I'm thinking there will always be some conflict whenever you let Addie out of your sight and that's natural. I'm in favour of getting help though, people have been helping each other with their kids since forever. One or two people to have mentioned having someone come in a few hours a day, that seems like a really good idea to me - if you can afford it or arrange it as an exchange with someone - another mom in your position, perhaps? Just throwing ideas out there. Anyway, best of luck.

Rowan

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

Oh hon... warmest thoughts to you on finding somewhere you feel comfortable putting Addie... right now I am a stay at home mom to my little guy and I keep hoping we won't get to the point that I have to go back to work before he hits a little older age!!


I adore your work and your blog, I come visit every chance I get!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh how tremendously lucky one of us will be to own such a piece of beautiful, brilliant work! Thank you for being so generous!
Cheers to all!
Jessa B

Lorenza said...

Thank you again for giving another of those lovely address finder to a lucky reader :) I hope I am in with a chance.

With regards to your nightmares, I have them too once and a while when I start a new project or I have to come up with a new idea, but it's good to get rid of this 'fear' through dreams as it leaves you energised during the day and let your enthusiasm win! About others stealing your design, don't worry! It's something we all have to face, but I believe that the more you share with others (and you do this everyday! You're such an inspiration to me!) the more you gain as well and the work of others will inspire you more! So that your creative work will benefit in the long run =)
People that are out there to solely steal other people's ideas, in the long run they go nowhere and they end up with less than they started with!!

Enjoy your new creative phase and the start of your business again! I look forward to seeing it all come to life :)

best wishes, L xxx

Jason and Michelle said...

It's my birthday today....maybe that will give me some good luck.
love it!

peasandneedles said...

o my i hope im not too late, this is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Don't give up! You will find a way to make all of it work, you just have to believe that a solution is out there for you.

The address file is beautiful!

-Nicole F

Marion said...

can't wait to see your new products!

Dolliewood said...

Your work is amazing. You are so creative, and inspiring. Good luck in all of your endevors with your address files. They are teriffic!

lune said...

ooohh ist sooo cute :))

Amelia L. said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so happy these will be back soon and I'm so happy for you!

Crossing my fingers for this giveaway

Emma said...

This is really lovely. Please include my name in "the hat."

Tania said...

Love the look of the raw wood with all those pretty colours :)
Tania R

kath said...

This is so beautiful.

Kathleen

Kleine Schätzchen said...

even though i'm living thousends of miles away from you (Bremen/Germany) I can totally relate with you! managing being a mom and still move on with your career is a damn hard thing no matter where you live. Best wishes for all your plans and I know you and your lovely daughter will be happy no matter what happens..

Virginia

sarah said...

I love your blog and, of course, i LOVE your work!! Best of luck to you in finding a nanny for your sweet daughter!

--Sarah

Anonymous said...

Hi,
i found your blog last night and i'm just amazed!!! So creative. Such nice things!
I hope you gonna continue to blog. Even the germans are interessted (i live in germany right now... that's why ;o)
Thank you!
Persis

Anonymous said...

Your address files are lovely. Pamela L. from Toronto.

Becca said...

this is so beautiful! it would have an extremley loving home with us.i so get how you feel about the whole childcare thing. do you have no relatives nearby? could you ask a friend?

Moose said...

We promise this beautiful piece a great home! I am also wondering how I can order the leaf and pinecone print????
Thanks & Woof to All

Kristen said...

I've been admiring your address files from afar for ages and can't believe that I never had the opportunity to order one. I know I should have the moment I saw them, but I hesitated and missed out. This unfinished wood one is gorgeous! I'm very excited for your re-launch. YOU CAN DO BOTH. I truly believe you will be able to figure it out. Stay positive, hopeful and inspired. We are rooting for you!

Meg said...

How lovely! What a generous give away.

lovely lindsay said...

so excited for your new adventure. jumping in with both feet!
++++
thanks for the giveaway. i would love to sit and fill in an address with with the names of all the people i love.
love, lindsay

Lindsey said...

It's funny, but being creative is still hard work. I hope you find just the right thing for Adelaide. Count me in for the chance to win a bit of your homemade genius, and don't worry about the anxious dreams, it just means you're passionate about your product.

kelly said...

best wishes from a huge fan of yours in san francisco! and thank you for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

Best wishes on finding a solution or nanny you can trust.

When I was in high school and college I would baby sit for a woman while she was in the house herself. Though it is hard, I think, to find the right person who won't annoy the crap out of you as you work it might be a way for you to not vomit all over your work.

Cheers!

VA (simpsovj awht yahoo dawt com)

Tanya said...

This is the most beautiful object and I have wanted one for so long...I have my fingers (and everything else) crossed!

Anonymous said...

just found your blog...your work is beautiful and your ideas inspiring. thanks. tamar.

Ksenia said...

Wow. Beautiful!

Glued At Home said...

You are truly dedicated to what you love. Your blog is oozing with it.

Anonymous said...

As a stay-at-home mom to a 3 year old I understand your thoughts.
I adore the address holder. My current system is old card's envelopes that were sent to me, in a file. Not very handy!
Would love your give-away!
Jennifer @ a9amethyst@aol.com

jenni@snyderworld.org said...

During college, I watched a child for a few hours a day at their home while the Mom worked in her office. Being a mothers helper worked great for both of us...I was able to work in between classes and the Mom was comfortable with the child care issue.

Elisapelle said...

It is possible to find great nannies who are loving, creative, respectful and health-minded. I used to be one. What a lovely job that was. Best of luck with your search!

Oh yeah, address file! Rock on!

mg said...

Been dreaming of this. Fantastic!

Chuelzy said...

Thank you for doing another giveaway! Crossing my fingers for you to find a way to make it all work and for me to win this beauty! So excited you will begin producing these lovelies again soon.

lookwhaticando said...

Your work is gorgeous and I know what you mean about child care. I can't do it...but oh the stuff I could get done if only I had a few hours a day...when I was awake and not exhausted. I am sure you will make the right decision for you. xoxo

Lauren said...

Congratulations on getting your address files back into production. It's also great to hear that you've got lots of new ideas. Yay!

(I'm sure you'll sort out a childcare solution that makes you happy and before you know it Addie will be at school so you'll have a lot of time for creating)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow I am so excited you have found a way to start making these address files again! I too have been waiting for a couple of years for these and have always seemed to just miss out on one of them. Don't worry, the work/mom balance will come. And it will be good for both of you!
- Tracey M.

Jinnie said...

Oh! Thanks for another great chance!

I hope you find a good person to take care of your sweet little one. And best of luck to your relaunch!

becky k said...

I've admired your address file for years - I'd love to give one a new home! Thanks for sharing!

becky at frankbecky dot com

script and serif said...

Is it too late for the giveaway? I really love your address files and would love to own one.

perempuan said...

Your address files are beautiful. I really admire them. Keep creating these beautiful things and thank you so much for sharing them with us. :-)

Nurkemala

Brooke said...

Love it. Sign me up.

Brooke said...

Love it. Sign me up.

Rachel & Andrew said...

I had no idea such amazing talent was living beside us! Your website is great and so is your blog (my apologies it took so long to check out). - Rachel, Andrew & Julia

Lovey Dovey said...

beautiful..it would keep me in touch with dear friends and family!
Thanks,
Abby

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
Maria Goldman

katevp-a said...

what beautiful files! i have been looking for a way to house all my addresses for awhile and this looks positively perfect!! thanks for the giveaway!

Megan said...

I would love to put that address file right next to my journey book on my desk :)

Good luck finding the care you need for your baby girl so that you can continue to make!

Melissa said...

you are so kind with your giveaways. this address file looks beautiful!

i'm excited for you, setting up your company again. i know you can do it and work out a way in which both you and addie are happy and fullfilled. i feel as though this is a topic really close to my heart, having worked at home with my children for the past 5 years. now i look back on those years, i think some extra childcare would have been really good for all of us. but only you can decide what's best for you and adelaide.

best wishes to you. xx

tifanie said...

how exciting! i completely understand what you're going through. it's challenging to find a solution that works for everyone. i'm sure it will all work out and you will find someone wonderful to help take care of addie.

kate said...

i would love to enter, if i'm not too late. i have your pinecone poster and bought the book for my sister-in-law. your work is so beautiful and i'm excited to see what else you have up your sleeve!
thanks for the great giveaway,
kate

xmegedgex said...

i stumbled across your blog and have spent a while looking through all your postings! I love your stuff and as a new follower I am happy to hear youll be back in action soon! The address file looks amazing!!

julia said...

This makes me want to sit down and actually send hand written letters.

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your blog posts. Good luck with finding a nanny for Addie, and don't let those fears get you down. Thank you for such a generous giveaway. :)


Stephanie F.

Catherine said...

heart's desire.

Maria said...

So lovely, you are a great talent!

Maria said...
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Clear Pink said...

I would LOVE to have one of your address files, they are works of art!

And, best of luck with what you decied to do, I am sure that you will find a balance that works for you.

elkjohnson@gmail.com

Julie said...

so cute! I know exactly where I would keep it. Even thou I have a small one bedroom, we have converted a closet into a "office" and that is where this cute file holder would go. Thanks for the inspiration. Julie

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting for one of your address files ever since it was featured in Real Simple! I think that was almost 3, maybe 4, years ago. I am confident you will figure out an arrangement that works for you and Adelaide, even if it isn't "perfect". Warmest, Teresa L

susannah said...

Gorgeous. Good luck with your search!!

holly p said...

I would love to be the owner of this gorgeous file! I love your work!

nat yan said...

good to have you back. your creations are fabulous and functional!

Krissy said...

I have been coveting your gorgeous address files for ages. So pretty and so functional. tooaskew@gmail.com

irene said...

How exciting! I would love a chance to win. Or buy!

atout said...

oh, how i love your awesome files! being organized can be beautiful.

wide open spaces said...

oh. so . lovely. me please!

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your blog posts. Good luck with all your endeavors!

Stephanie F.

Anonymous said...

Oops, I didn't mean to post twice! I just couldn't find my first one. Sorry! Stephanie F.

girl and boy said...

Cute! I so relate with your frustration regarding work and crafts, all while raising a toddler. I feel frazzled quite often :).
-Jennie

Vanessa Lai said...

Is it too late for me to enter? :o)

I very much love your blog!

eM said...

How exciting to find a way to make your address files again - for all of us!!

Don't worry about finding a surrogate caretaker for baby A - these things tend to work themselves out and I am sure the perfect person/situation will turn up. How lucky she is to have such a creative mommy - tending to that part of your life will only make you an even better mommy

Ang said...

What an awsome address file...so much better than anything out there. I'd love to win!

whitney said...

How sweet! These are just lovely.

CRAFtando said...

Hey,
so nice that you are pouring out your heart! I can really sympathize with what you are going through. I don´t have any children yet, but maybe one of the reasons for that is that I am afraid of going on a situation like you are going now.
I want to cheer you a little bit and try to be of some encoragement:
your work is wonderful, made out of so much love that I can imagine how much love you give to your daugther as well.
Trust and ask for help and God is going to send some... :)
It will all be fine, you will see how all things will work for the good! :)
Take care!
Daniela

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