Hello!! This post was meant to go out to you all on Monday – but I am (wo)man down with terrible bronchitis – which when you read further you will understand is not so easy to treat…………. So – as sick as I am, I have the best news to share with you all!!
In early July this year my hubby and I will be welcoming a precious little girl into our lives!!!!!!! Yes – I am pregnant!!!!!!! After 4 long years of heartache, fertility treatments, too many IVF’s to count, 3 miscarriages, a few surgical procedures, anti-depressants, psychological support – and much love and support from my hubby – we are having a little girl. Not to mention the AMAZING team of wonderful people at my fertility clinic who have done absolutely everything for me, cried with me and now celebrate with us!!! It just makes my heart burst to write this. The day I met this wonderful man my friends told him how important it was to me to have a baby and he has stood by me (and believe me it hasn’t always been easy).
This has been the hardest journey of my life. Infertility is like a hidden disease that most of us suffer in silence – partly due to the fact that people who haven’t experienced it themselves don’t really know how to support and respond to you. I have unfortunately at times isolated myself so much (just to protect myself from the pain that others unknowingly inflict) that some of my oldest friendships have suffered terribly. It really is hard. I feel a deep-seated need to do something to raise awareness of the isolation of infertility and to try to give advice (from my perspective) on how to be a friend to that someone special that you know who is going through this ordeal. I’m working on it – and would appreciate any feedback / ideas as to what you think would be an appropriate forum to do this in?
So – like I said on Friday this is going to be a good year!!! I have already started working on Little Miss Kruger’s nursery – the room that suffered complete destruction in our flood. I have some secret Pinterest boards that are getting rather full, and will share some of these ideas with you soon. I have also been sewing and knitting and have already received some gorgeous gifts from wonderful friends. Such exciting times!
And what does all this mean for my other baby – Paperpeony? Well – I have been planning some changes in any case, and now things are coming together into a proper plan. The first major change is that I will be doing-away with what I call my “retail” side of things (in other words products not made or created by me). I have begun to find the process of simply filling boxes and sending them off rather “un-inspiring and un-creative”. And most of the products that I first imported a couple of years ago are now readily available pretty much everywhere. So – washi tape and paper straws are no longer available. I have sold off my washi tape through THE BIG HEART Co sale, and will be making all my remaining stock of straws available as an “all stock” offer at a rock bottom price later this week. Drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you, or anyone you know may be interested in buying it. I will also be having a flash online sale in the next week or 3 (thanks to being off sick this whole week) on all the other goodies (stickers, memo holders etc) as well as on remaining stock of my “older ranges” of stationery. So watch this space for news of the BIG SALE!!
I will continue to stock THE TWINERY’s range of Bakers Twine, thanks to the invaluable help of my Mom in rolling off skeins and helping with orders. And I hope that Granny will continue to help keep the Twine orders rolling off to you once little Miss arrives!! Watch the blog for some Twine special offers in the next few weeks too!!
And then? Well – I have been working on a few new ranges of cards, tags and wall art and hope to launch a new catalogue later in March. I hope to spend a little more of my “work time” being creative again this year. In the remaining months of my pregnancy I will also be spending a little less time working, in order to spend time preparing for my baby’s arrival. There are so many little things I want to make and sew and finish knitting…………Once she arrives I will obviously take some time off, but those plans are still to be made and I will let you all know what’s happening closer to the time.
So – from a sick friend (do you know how painful it is to cough constantly with abdominal muscles that are “on stretch” due to a growing bump!!!!! So sore…….) I send you all much love and thanks for your support over the past few years.