january

hooded cowl

hooded cowl

-first new design of the year

i'm an aunt!

-baby eli was born and i became aunt rach

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-we replaced our couch with this huge 70's plaid one - realizing it was probably a bit too big a little later.

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-tried to create a few home decor items for softspoken.

february

happy daze

happy daze

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-spent sweet days with m - lots of time together - me working from home and he unemployed.

swollen shiny red and new

-got a new tattoo

khakis

-an obsession with layering necklaces continued.

softspoken legwarmers

-another new softspoken design.

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-accidentally celebrated valentines day on the wrong day

happy mardi gras!

-mardi gras dress up

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-claire of mamushka marie modeled the hooded cowl for me.

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-made a few baby blankets for softspoken.

march

aunt me

aunt me

-went to mississippi to meet eli for the first time. got wrapped around his tiny finger.

nana's flowers

nana's memorial

-my nana passed away and i returned to mississippi for her memorial two days after coming back from my first visit.

march 20, 2010

march 23, 2010

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-made a few raffia and paper hats in an attempt at keeping softspoken alive through the warmer months.

softspoken chunky rib knit scarf

-after many years of knitting up swatches and half sweaters, i finally forced myself to finish something.

april

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-went to protest to remove the confederate flag from flying at the sc state house. was interviewed for the evening news.

king khan @ orange peel

king khan @ orange peel

king khan @ orange peel

king khan @ orange peel

king khan @ orange peel - afterparty @ broadways

-saw king khan @ the orange peel and stayed with kathleen

easter things

-easter

softspoken jewelry - sneak preview

-started designing crochet jewelry - one of my favorite creations of the year

Indie Grits

-milton's film, downers, was shown in the indie grits film festival

i'm in this book

i'm in this book

i'm in this book

-my photo and words were published in the book, we feel fine: an almanac of human emotion and sold in urban outfitters among other outlets.

granny vest

worn - april 26, 2010

-designed these updated granny tanks - another favorite piece from the year.

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-also designed this little chain purse - but never tweaked it enough to put into the shop.

may

on our way

we're opening a shop!

we're opening a shop!

we're opening a shop!

-made the decision to open our own brick n' mortar, pack rats.

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-spent long hard exhausting days setting up the shop, gathering inventory, and completing piles of paperwork - almost entirely done by the two of us alone.

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-built all of our shelves and wall racks and dressing room ourselves. all of our tables and other racks and fixtures were used or vintage - sticking to our handmade and vintage ethics in most all aspects!

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june

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-set the date for our opening and put the finishing touches on the shop - enduring many headaches and roadblocks in the process.

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-lots of late nights pricing inventory.

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-received handmade items from artists and designers daily and worked on displays.

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-pizza mondays at the whig.

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-pack rats grand opening

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-started adjusting to life as a shop owner. became increasingly exhausted and frustrated trying to balance softspoken and pack rats. had to keep softspoken going for the income, but the work was hard and no time to myself.

july

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-learned the hard way about advertising and marketing. tried to figure out the best plan for us (still a work in progress).


-m and i had a very hard and trying summer - adjusting to having little time together. probably a relationship low point.

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-4th of july. i think it ended in a fight.

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-met local designers and started carrying local lines as well as local music in the shop.

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-lots of facebook promotion

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-made beach bags for softspoken.

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-m played as part of house show @ lee st.

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-added chunky scarves to softspoken.

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-new gym opened up near home. joined briefly.

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-watched lots of dr. katz.

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-birthday party for the little one.

august

august 4, 2010

-continued the long annoying process of growing out my hair for the millionth time in the past three years. resolved not to cut it (other than trims and bangs) until my 30th birthday.

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-dyed my hair reddish for a bit

-started couples counseling. started healing some old wounds (which were partially from events outside of our control) and hard feelings.

milton finds his chin

-m shaved his beard for the first time since we've been together. sported a mustache for a few weeks.

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-started making feather hair accessories.

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back to school sale 2010

back to school sale 2010

-held our first big sale. learned some lessons.

august 18, 2010

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-enjoyed forming relationships with indie designers through our shop - as well as building my own indie clothing collection in my closet. also enjoyed meeting lots of new people who have become loyal pack rats shoppers!

softspoken poncho sweater - winter 2010/2011

-designed and stitched up these poncho tunics for softspoken.

last day of 28

-my last day of 28.

birthday

-my first day of 29.


birthday evening c/o m

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-birthday celebration

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-designed capelets for softspoken

september

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-felt wearied and exhausted. as if i could feel myself aging before my eyes. lots of tears. lots of feeling pulled in every direction. overwhelmed.

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-made feather headbands for pack rats.

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-received new round of artists inventory.

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-completed large wholesale order of fringe scarves for california boutique.

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september 3, 2010

september 4, 2010

-tried to get back into my style after spending a summer in simpler jean oriented outfits.

-started feeling the effects of so much time sitting and crocheting etsy orders. weight gain. self image began to crumble as months away from the gym started slipping by.

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-my parents came to visit and see the shop for the first time. went to charleston with them and stayed at folly beach. crabbing (even though we're vegetarians??), walked along the shore, light houses, carriage rides.

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-rode back to mississippi with them to visit baby eli. got lots of sweet kisses. took the train to return to south carolina.

-money was scarce. fell deeper into debt. lots of worry.

worn - september 12, 2010 - neneee!

-dress from neneee!

october

ears

-finished couples counselling. feel like we worked through a lot of issues and problems most couples don't have to face - and came out better for it. got this hickey to prove it.

pack rats fall

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-prepared the shop for fall/winter

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-a few new things for softspoken

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-carving pumpkins at m's sister's.

naked

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-our first pack rats event - a clothing swap.

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-took the edge off regularly.

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-late blooming morning glories

october 15, 2010

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-enjoyed all the canned veggies my parents brought us.

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-kathleen came to visit pack rats!

october 21,2010

-more new softspoken and 90's style influence.

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-went to haus parties @ dana's. had marcie as a house guest.

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-caught up with etsy orders for the first time in ages and took time for new projects like these faux fur collars.

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-another new favorite design of the year. began an obsession with poms.

-didn't stay caught up for long - got lots of wholesale orders from boutiques all over the country for softspoken items. most all my time away from pack rats spent crocheting.

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-halloween at the shop

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-halloween out

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-sleepy halloween day drives and antique browsing.

november

mamushkaa give

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-held a few giveaways with other blogs (which i still need to finish stitching up!)

-dad was hospitalized with pneumonia. spent over a week in intensive care.

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-became increasingly depressed over being away from my family as well as monetary issues and debt and overall stress in general. body image started becoming a larger issue, probably as a side effect from all the stress. completely down on myself.

craft night

-held our first craft night at the shop.

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-realized i'd sold almost all of my favorite vintage pieces in order to pay bills. started taking steps to revive my collection.

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-prepared for holiday season at the shop.

-thanksgiving.

december

-rejoined the gym and started going regularly.

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-another favorite new design

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-had our first show at pack rats for festivus. busbee (of choir quit) and night people.

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-sustainable midlands holiday market

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-the big crafty and stayed @ kathleen's new place in asheville.

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-got a new camera

wish i'd been prepared.

-was interviewed for the news about being a small business owner and buy local campaign.

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-received a book contract from lark crafts to write a book of patterns from my designs (which i realize this is the first time i've announced it on my blog - more later!) which had been in the works for over a year. due out in 2012.

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'round the ol' shoppe

'round the ol' shoppe

pack rats

-holiday sales at the shop really picked up. busy all the time.

whiggin

whiggin

whiggin

dressed for a party

-missed all the christmas parties we'd planned on attending, but managed to meet up with marcie and the gang at the whig.

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-christmas

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-snow

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-toys!

-regular gym visits = better self esteem.

my new yeye collar!

-new years eve. dick clark. fireworks.

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