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July 18, 2012

Around the House

Here's a glimpse of what I've been up to lately...


Didn't have time to quilt or bind my Modern Meadow quilt before sister arrived. It's currently lying on our dining table, calling to me. And yes, that is an Iron Man helmet in the background - Ray's been experimenting with Pepakura/resin models. He commandeered one of my cutting mats and an X-acto knife for said project. And on a side note, I caught him using my good 4" Gingher shears the other day to trim his mustache/beard. Brawl ensued.


My wonderful mother-in-law's birthday was last week, and I made her a frame pouch. She loves anything that's gold, fancy, and/or involves fleur de lis, so this pouch was pretty much the trifecta :)



Also, one of my favorite people in the world, Jacey, mailed me a Shaun of the Dead crossstitch and some fabric goodness. I heart her. Jacey + nerdery = perfect gift.



And remember when I introduced my fabulous new sponsor Caitlin aka I Don't Do Dishes a little while ago? Well I ended up scoring some of those green Ombre Dots I loved so much, plus some much-needed Couture Cotton in Bright White for a new quilt I'm working on.

The ombre dots are calling to me - wanting to be made into a new summer bag - and I think I'm going to pair it with some funky Echino. The print below is the current front-runner, but I'm still holding tryouts.



Y’all might have noticed that I haven’t been popping up on here nearly as much as usual the past month or two. And you might have also noticed that the majority of the things I have been posting are for my Etsy shop. There have been a lot of life-altering conversations going on in our household lately, involving family, careers, dreams, goals, etc.

Basically what it boils down to is that we want to find a way to make it work as a one-income household when we have kids so I can stay at home, and as things stand right now, we can’t possibly make it work. So there’s been a lot of prayer and soul-searching going on, and ultimately we’re going to take that leap of faith and hope things work out. Not only because I want to be home with our kids, but also because it’s extremely frustrating to have to get up each morning and prepare myself to spend 7 hours working at something that’s not my passion. I feel like I’m wasting myself and my talents, and it gets harder and harder to trudge into work each day and motivate myself to care about my work. Which upsets me, because I pride myself on being a hard-working, reliable employee…so as my wanderlust increases, it’s not really fair to either party for me to be there.

So I’m going to make a run at possibly running a home business doing what I love – designing patterns and sewing handmade bags, household goodies, and quilts. Right now I'm gearing up my shop, and the goal is to have at least 30-35 handmade items in it by the end of the month. I’m still going to work full-time for the foreseeable future, and I’m not operating under any illusions that I’ll be able to fully replace my current income with it once I do quit, but I am hoping to supplement it enough that we could eek by with only one steady paycheck and still manage to feed ourselves + hypothetical baby.


Quite frankly I’m a bit terrified – not only at the thought of sacrificing financial stability, but also that I could be responsible for another human being at some point in the near future. Every hour, of every day. Yikes. The first time we want to go to an impromptu movie is gonna be a real shocker, because we can’t just leave the baby on the sofa with Sir Whiskers and catch a matinee (not that he isn’t responsible…he just has no opposable thumbs to work a phone in case of an emergency).

So yeah. Here goes. Keep us in your prayers as we take the plunge!

23 comments:

  1. Awesome! I worked full time with my first, part time with my second, and stay home full time now with three. No matter what, you'll make it work! Good luck!!!

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  2. What you're going through is so similar to us! We are thinking babies soon and I really want to find a way to make one income work for us. I know it will be hard but I feel like it is something doable!

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  3. Good Luck with this Kaelin. I really believe this can work out for you. It is doable it might involve some thinking outside the box but sometimes you just have to go for things and have faith that you'll get what you want in the end xx

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  4. that's so exciting! I wish you all the luck in the world x

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  5. Good luck! I think when there's a will, there's a way and it definitely sounds like you are determined to make it work. I think it's awesome and definitely know Sir Whiskers will help as he can! =)

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  6. Best of luck! I agree that where there's a will, there's a way. I worked part time after both my boys were born, working swing shift so that one of us were almost always home with them. Once they were both in school full time, though I rarely saw them on my work days, and couldn't switch to days, so we saved every penny and I quit. We had to cut WAY back, and my kids do without a lot of things their peers have, we do without too, but we make it work!

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  7. Love the frame purse and those dots are gorgeous! As a one income family I can only tell you how much fun we have making things out of cardboard ;) you're in my prayers Xxx

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  8. It is really hard to live on one income as others always preach. If you really want it though it can work. Frugality is a plus!

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  9. It's definitely a challenge to live off of one income, but you can definitely make it work. I was the breadwinner of the family before my son was born, and had every intention of going back to work, in part because I loved my job, but after my son was born, I couldn't fathom the idea of going back. My priorities shifted 180 degrees, and I haven't looked back since. Good for you for thinking this through now :) You guys can definitely do this, it just takes some planning and lots of cutting back. I'll be thinking about you as you start on this journey :)

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  10. You know what?? I KNOW that if this is what the Lord would have you do, then somehow it WILL work out!! I don't know how, just as you have to take that leap of faith, but it will. We did the same thing for me when we had our first, and hubby was commission- it has never failed us- you will always be held up, as scary as it may be :) Good luck my sweet friend- prayers are coming your way and many happy thoughts!! Your post made me smile really big!! No, impromptu movies may not be an option, but a picnic in the park would be :) Something always pops up, just as good or better- I promise! This is wonderful! I can hardly wait to see what is in your shop!

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  11. you'll be a brilliant mama... I'm sure...
    living on one income can suck - I won't lie. We're still figuring it out... having cheap rent helps.
    Praying you can find something that will work! (I'm actually hoping to sub or get something part time here soon)

    cute projects too!

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  12. good luck on the shop endeavor. your quilt is beautiful...if i caught anyone in my house using my gingher's i think they would be in serious danger.

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  13. Ahhh. A happy post! Sir whiskers would be a fabulous nanny. I look forward to a happy baby-on-the-way post in the near future. Your dreams are possible! :-)

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  14. I'm so excited for you and the potential for your future! While it's hard to "quit" a job, remember that if the shop thing doesn't work out (which i'm sure it will), you can always go back. Good luck!

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  15. I've been longing to do this too of late, but alas, I'm a single income family of one, so I'm sucking it up on the soul destroying job (while stepping up the hunt for Mr Right ;o) )

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  16. As others have said Kaelin, where there is a will there is a way. Your priorities will shift anyway when you become a family, so impromptu jaunts to the cinema are no longer as appealing as cosy nights in! The best of luck with your Etsy shop too.

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  17. Good for you! The leap is the scariest part but it's easier when you know He is around to catch you :-)

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  18. How exciting to be thinking of starting a family. We are a one income family in the Boston area and it's really tight. We don't go on vacations, I get a haircut 1-2 a year, both of our cars are on the brink of death, and we live in a tiny apartment - etc., etc. But it is too important to us that I am the caretaker for our kids rather than daycare. I hate it when people tell me, Oh you stay home - you are so lucky. "Luck" has nothing to do with it - it's about choices and sacrifice and living without. I also have to say that even if I did decide to go back to work - I would be handing my paycheck to the daycare provider anyway- it's SO expensive!

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  19. i love lauries comment. she is right, it isn't about luck it is about working your ass of to make sure you can do it. i went back to work a little over a year ago, just two days a week and the extra income has helped us a lot. having only one income was really tight and honestly we got tired of always being broke! i hated having to scrimp and save to buy clothes and toys for my kids. thankfully i have the education that i can work part time and make a good amount of money. but i will tell you that even though it was really hard to be poor, the time that i had with my kids meant more to me than anything! and luckily i only work part time now so it doesn't feel like someone else is raising my kids.

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  20. I totally understand what you're feeling, friend! I know you can achieve this dream of yours. Truly.
    I love the Echino print you chose to go with the green dots! And the pouch you made is so pretty!
    I'm glad you like the cross-stitch. You're one of my favorites, too. xoxo

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  21. As the saying goes "if your dreams don't scare you then you aren't dreaming BIG ENOUGH!" Keep the faith, you will find the right path as long as you keep your heart in the right place. I am struggling to do the same thing and we get closer to our goals for our three squishes everyday! I'll be thinking positively for you...

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  22. I know what you mean about the scissors. I was anal about mine even when I was using Fiskars. Then I got my good Gingher shears and it was 100X. Then they disappeared! Nobody knew where they were. Months went by and low and behold they turned up in the junk drawer at my younger son's girlfriend's mom's house. They had been taken there to cut HAIR!!!!! I was not happy to say the least. And they had a ding in the knife blade. Did they cut wire with them, too?!!!!! I had them sharpened, still have them, still love them.
    On to the other point of your post - If you want it badly enough you will find ways to make it work - working side by side with your best friend Ray and working toward your common goal. Can't wait for you to add to your family. You know, of course, that you are going to get lots of handmade goodies from US, your fans. Be prepared to add a room to your house to store all the stuff!

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  23. Kaelin:
    Please share this will all your followers so we can get a lap sized quilt or knitted/crocheted afghan to the Aurora Colorado dispatchers (82), survivors (59), first responders (no number in yet) and families of the lost (12). They can check out my blog at http://quiltingranny.blogspot.com or FB for how to get the quilts to Aurora https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-Colorado-Emergency-Responder-Quilts/401592493230782
    I only ask for photos to post to show how much quilters/knitters and crocheters care. No time? Can't knit, quilt or crochet? I am taking donations for postage as well!

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