Life is so good around here, I just feel so lucky to be where we are right now. For years it seems like Brendan and I were in limbo, never knowing what the years ahead would bring us. Not that we know now, but we have a better idea. He has a job he loves, we are in Milwaukee for the long haul, we have our two munchkins that make us happy (even when they wake us up at 5am, li'l bastards!)
We went to the bank yesterday to see about home loans. It went so well, we have good credit and can most likely get a loan with an affordable down payment. That was scaring me, we heard all these horror stories of needing 20% down and that is just not feasible for us right now! But luckily we found out we are sitting pretty and once we get a couple more thousand saved up we'll be golden. There is a huge possibility we can be in our own home this summer like we wanted!!! I am so geeked.
Both etsy shops are going well. At first I thought maybe it would get overwhelming but I think I've found a good balance. Toadstool Vintage goes pretty easily--we go thrifting and then wash and iron all the clothes. Take pictures of the items, then edit, then list as I get time. A couple things here and there, until our laundry basket of vintage goodies is listed and hung up. Then we go thrifting again!
Applesauce Crafts is also doing well. I have a sale going on if anyone needs a baby shower gift! Use code NEWFABRIC20 to get 20% off all items in the shop (including sale items!) I have a stack of new fabric that is sitting there waiting to get sewn up into fun stuff, I need to empty the shop to make way for new things! I applied for a craft show in May, it's at the botanical gardens and seems like a pretty fun one. I'm hoping to get into it so I can get another show under my belt!
I know I say it all the time, but it is so amazing how far we've come in the past year!! Otis was so tiny and we were moving to another state, into a duplex we'd only seen four pictures of online. Brendan was starting a new job. And now here we are, Otis is walking and we're house hunting and thinking about schools and where we'll be in ten years, and actually kind of knowing we'll still be here. Sigh...I'm so happy!