November 29, 2011

WIWW: Fighting the Heat


This past Thanksgiving was by far one of the warmest I can recall. Normally, its starting to get chilly around this time of year, and I'm all bundled up in winter coats. However, it was almost 80 degrees at some points during the days! I loved taking a break from my business in order to enjoy some downtime with my sweet family. It served as a good reminder of how blessed I truly am.




pants and shoes: target
jacket and top: ann taylor loft


xoxo,
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Blessed

Blessed

Sometimes when I hear that word, I cringe a little. I know that I am blessed, but I often wonder if I live in my life in a way that radically demonstrates that I fully know just how blessed I am. It is one thing to be grateful and full of thanksgiving, but to fully understand how blessed you are allows you to then turn and be a blessing to others.



Yesterday, I sat in the waiting room of my doctor's office. I did not feel blessed in the least. I could feel the aches and pains in my body that I was so desperately wanted to go away. As I sat there feeling sorry for myself, a lady using a walker struggled to the check-in counter and then sat in a chair near me. She smiled at me, and leaned over to say, "those are some kind of boots" as she pointed to my hot pink cowgirl boots. As I smiled back at her, she told me this was one of her favorite places. She went onto to tell me how it reminds her to celebrate life, to cherish every moment, and to be continually grateful. She pointed out that when most people glance around a waiting room, they see desperation and despair. She then made the bold statement to say that you have to choose to see hope. Its easy to look into a room full of germs and sickness, and have little faith. But that choosing hope means you are able to see that even when you can't understand something, you know that in the end it will all work out.

She told me that she would never fully walk again. But that her life was not over in the least. As her name was called and she got up and started pushing her walker towards the nurse, she turned around and pointed to my boots again, and said, "make every step count."



In that moment, I felt like she was whispering into my soul, "you are so blessed."

xoxo,
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November 24, 2011

Exciting News & Thankful

When I first sought out to start my own business, I had this plan in mind. Plan A since I'm a type A kind of girl. But boy has that plan long since been forgotten. My business has taken me to journeys I never imagined going, introduced me to people I have yet to meet (in real life), and taking me to places I never dreamed of going. Its been exciting, overwhelming, and wonderful all at once. It has taught me some of the greatest lessons I've ever learned. My heart has been overflowing with gratitude and thanksgivings at all the opportunities and blessings that have come my way as a result of taking a leap of faith.



I recently had an opportunity to sent products to both Hilary Duff and Zooey Deschanel for a little holiday gifting. I felt like I needed to pinch myself with the opportunity. It wasn't necessary part of any plan I ever had when I originally started my business. However, it was a neat opportunity; one that I simply could not turn down.



And, I've been working a new line that will be submitted to a buyer of a department store. It was never in the plan to get in large stores. Never. Ever. It wasn't a goal, it wasn't even a thought, but when the opportunity presented itself, I felt like there was no harm in taking a leap of faith.




As the new year is approaching, I do have plans and a direction for my business. But I'm planning on holding those plans with open arms willing to watch them adapt and change, and take me on more new adventures. I'm excited to look back a year from now and see all the new people, places, and things that come as a result of my business.


xoxo,
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November 22, 2011

WIWW: Photo Shoot

This past week, I had the pleasure of teaming up with two friends to work on a new project. I've been working on adding items for women, and was in need of some models and a photographer.

My friend, Cathy-Anna, and I ran into each other at a local craft event last month and were brainstorming ways to collaborate with one another. I later approached her about snapping some photos of college girls, and she readily agreed. About three years ago, I had lead a small group of high school girls for a weekend retreat at my church. I met sweet Ellyse that weekend and have been friends with her ever since. She just went off to the college this year, and knew that she would most likely agree to model for my business.

The photo shoot way exceeded my expectations and it was neat to watch my worlds collide in order to continue to move my business forward.



Ellyse & Me




outfit: 
coat, tights, boots, & belt: target
dress: mini boden
clip:  caroline g


xoxo,
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pleated poppy

November 17, 2011

Giving Thanks

I absolutely love thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my family. But more importantly, I'm thankful for the opportunity to take a step back and be truly grateful for all that I have.

Doesn't this look so yummy?!

I've been reading this incredibly inspiring book called Living Life as a Thank You. And it is radically changing the way I view things and how I should be living my life. It's actually my New Years resolution, but I've decided to get a jump start on it early!

The first sentence says, "Imagine living as if each day were a gift." A gift. It took awhile for that to truly soak in. If I lived that way day in and day out, it would call for radical change. If I truly lived each day as a gift, all the small insufficient things that bog me down would become non-issues. It would mean that gratitude and thanksgiving would simply overflow out of my heart and mouth. It would mean more thank yous and way less grumblings.



I hope that you enjoy every single moment you get to spend with your family on Thanksgiving. And that you get to fill your tummies with lots of yummy foods. But, more so, I hope that you are able to see that all those around you are truly gifts to be cherished and loved well.

xoxo,
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Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

November 16, 2011

WIWW: Hello New Glasses

This week I had all the intentions in the world of wearing some very fall-ish clothes. However, the weather had a mind of its own and decided to be well into the 70's this past week! So, I found myself digging through my closet to find spring dresses and ballet flats. And while I was digging around, I found a very forgotten beloved pair of flats.

I'm still getting used to my "new" hair color. While its not drastically different, its enough of a change for people to continually comment on it. And this past week, I picked up my new pair of glasses. I have had the same pair for about the past five years, and decided that it was finally time to spurge on a new pair. I used to only wear them in the early mornings and right before bed. But I am in love with these new glasses since they are oh so sassy. I've decided that I might start wearing them more often!


hello fun spring dress!



hello sassy new glasses!


 Hello fun sparkly shoes!


outfit:
Dress & Sash: Target
Shoes: Rack Room
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November 15, 2011

Tea for Two



I opened my inbox this morning to discover these beautiful product photographs modeled by my new friend, Jillian. I immediately thought of my childhood and all of the pretend tea parties I had with my stuffed animals. I loved dressing up in plastic high heels and pearls and feeling quite fancy, elegant, and grown up. These photos definitely brought back a lot of sweet memories of many happy hours of playing dress up, pretending to be a princess, and giggling endlessly.



 

What are some of your favorite childhood memories? Share with us!  

xoxo,
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November 11, 2011

New Product & a Great Reminder

I'm excited to launch a new product that was designed with all your little ones in mind! I continually get emails from customers and future customers asking for products for baby showers, brand new babies, or little ones without enough hair to hold a clip.

So here is a sweet flower chiffon attached to a croquet headband, perfect for all those occasions.

In the last week or two, I've gotten about 8 emails that have just humbled me, and caused me to be full of gratitude and thanksgiving. Each email started out the same way, wondering which product would be the best for a child with little to no hair. I responded back with an image of this product and asked what age the child they were buying for.

Every single email that I got back started like this, "well, its not for a baby, but my child has cancer." My heart sunk, way, way deep down. I can't even begin to understand what it must feel like to have a child with cancer, and to watch them hurt and suffer. But it was a good reminder of why I started my business in the first place. I designed a lot of my products (in my head) while I sat in many waiting rooms waiting for answers to some health concerns. I started it out of a love to make beautiful things, to touch lives, and to share stories.
Each of their emails, their stories, their hearts are truly a gift to me. They helped remind me that each and every single day is precious. I was reminded that you can't plan for the unexpected, and that sometimes you have to learn to adapt to life's little curve balls.


isn't she the cutest?!

xoxo,
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November 9, 2011

Dining Room: A Little Something Pink

I'm excited that its finally November and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I'm looking forward to gathering with my family in our dining room to celebrate all what we are thankful for.


As I scoured the internet looked for images of dining rooms, I stumbled across so many beautiful and elegant rooms. And I was pleasantly surprised to find so many dining rooms that tied into my favorite color, pink!



 I love how simple this dining room is. And how the pink paint adds a yeow to the room!


 I am in love with the the way they accented the wall with pink patterns on top of pink paint.



 And quite frankly, I'd love to find some pink chairs like this.



Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!


xoxo,
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November 8, 2011

WIWW: Comfy in My Own Skin

So last week I revealed my new hair color; which I am still loving. Even the people who tweet for Loreal commented on how cute my hair and shoes were! In fact, it seemed like everywhere I went friends and strangers alike where commenting on how good it looked. Honestly, I was feeling pretty good about it. But then I opened my email account and received a second opinion from a stranger. They shared a few comments about my appearance that didn't include words like cute or lovely. And I realize that's life. I can't control what other people think about me. I simply can't. 

While it made me sad; it also made me realize that I need to be comfy in my own skin. I may not be the prettiest girl that ever walked the face of the earth, or the skinniest, smartest, fastest, etc. You get the idea. But the point is; God made me the way I am, and if I don't embrace that, I'm going to waste the rest of my life wishing I was someone else. 

So I'm choosing to be the girl who wears a tank top in November simply because I wanted a little extra color in my day. I'm the girl who has bow shoes and I'm not afraid to wear them! I'm the girl who loves skinny jeans even if they don't fit my knees correctly. I want to be true to myself, even if not everyone likes it.







top: mini boden
sweater: banana republic
jeans: old navy
shoes: target


 xoxo,
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November 7, 2011

Twitter Party!


I believe its important to support one another in the handmade marketplace. So this week we will be working on building our TWITTER Followers and supporting one another!
Here are the rules:
  • You must follow along this blog; we will be hosting future link up parties. Go to "Join this Site" in order to follow along.
  • You must follow Caroline G to participate. I will go down the list and follow every single participant. So you’re sure to gain at least one new follower. :)
  • Link your twitter handle below. Put your twitter handle in the link section, not the comments.
  • Tweet the person a hello and let them know you found them via @carolinegbows link up party.
  • Please have the courtesy to return the follow back.
Linky party will close in 10 days. Feel free to tweet or share this post to help spread the word!

xoxo,
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November 2, 2011

Stop and Smell the Roses

I just got back some products photos from sweet Casey. Her daughter is so adorable that it just melts my heart. As I was scrolling through the photographs, it reminded me how I wish I could make more time to just stop and smell the flowers. It was a good reminder of how children are able to enjoy even the smallest details in life. 







Could she be any cuter? I'm loving her little hair sticking straight up!




xoxo,
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November 1, 2011

WIWW: Hello New Hair

This past weekend I was away in Pennysvlania attending the Relevant11 conference, which was very much needed. While I was there, my sweet friend, helped me dye my hair. Actually, she did all the work while I squirmed and wiggled around anxiously. I'm not a risk taker in the least, so this was far from my comfort zone. Thankfully, she could read it all over my face, and was gracious enough to walk me through the whole process. And guess what? I was SO happy with the end result!




dress: mini boden
new hair: loreal and gussy


I spent the last two days resting up and processing the weekend. I caught up on emails and orders and had a little down time for myself. I have been loving my new hair, far more than I thought I would. It's added a little extra skip to my step, and given me a boost of confidence.


Sweater wrap: J. Crew
Skinny Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft
Ruffle Top and Bow Shoes: Target



Hello new hair, boy do I love you! 


pleated poppy



xoxo,

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