4 months

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Time has flown by…

Eleanor is four months now, and there are so many changes taking place.  She is rolling over, having lots of conversations with us, and has started teething.  She really is a good baby, and definitely has her own personality.  Motherhood sure is fun, but completely exhausting all at the same time.  I’m hangin’ on tight to these next few months, because I know they are going to fly by.

We have finally moved into a bigger space, a home! We have a small back area, and a beautiful front yard.  When you live in Santa Barbara space is hard to come by, well, unless you’re Oprah. haha!

September is here, and I’m kind of ready for some Fall weather.  Even though Fall in Cali isn’t quite the same as Fall in the Midwest, I’ll still take it.  I just want to be able to put on a sweater once a week. Ha!

Cheers to September!!!

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^^^Eleanor loves the beach^^^

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Minted

When we were contacted by Minted to do a collaboration with them, we didn’t hesitate.  Minted, is a marketplace for  independent design. You can buy personalized stationary, holiday cards, announcements, artwork, and much more.  We also love that they are such large supporters of up and coming artists from around the world.

Their newest creation is the foil-pressed stationary.  We love it! We picked the braided chevron foil pressed personalized stationary. We are big fans of snail mail over here, so we are beyond thrill to have our own personalized stationary.

Check Minted out here.  If you like the design we picked, which you can see below, here is the link.

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Patricia Nash Designs

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I always love being contacted by designers that are new to me, and have quality work.  As many of you know I was in the fashion industry for years, and now have my online store.  So, I can really appreciate quality workmanship.

Patricia Nash Designs, is based in Knoxville, TN.  Her love for traveling is shown in her work.  Her products are 100% authentic handcrafted Italian leather.  You can find them nationwide, or at Patricianashdesigns.com

Here is a little bit about the designer…

What is your background?  I have been designing, selling, and marketing handbags and other accessories for other brands for over 20 years. First I was focused on licenses with Warner Bros. Disney, to private brand development for American Eagle, J Crew, and Ann Taylor to name a few.

When did you start designing?  I started designing and making wedding cakes to support myself in college to then designing kitchen products, children’s products to handbags and small accessories nearly 20 years ago

What other things do you design besides handbags?  Small leather goods, luggage, belts, hats, and boots. We look forward to expanding our product line as Patricia Nash grows as a brand.

Price range of handbags? $99-299

How would you describe your line? European Old world craftsmanship for today’s woman

What do you do outside of designing? Management of the business, still serve as Pres of Company-  mother of 2 and grandmother of 6 – still decorate cakes for family members. I love cooking, travelling and appreciating any type of old world craftsmanship.

Has designing handbags always been your passion? Designing and creating something in general sharing it with people has always been my passion whether cakes, food, bags, or a flower arrangement.

Patricia Nash Store and Macy’s La Cumbre Invite Customers to “Shop For A Cause”

 Patricia Nash is set to open its first ever shop-in-shop on Saturday, August 23rd at Macy’s La Cumbre located at 3805 La Cumbre Plaza Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. The new boutique, which will be a 400 sq ft. space located on the 1st floor of Macy’s handbag department, will offer a vast selection of handbags and accessories from the brand. At the opening of the new shop, the brand’s designer and founder, Patricia Nash will make a personal appearance from 12:00 – 3:00pm.

 In tandem to the unveiling, Patricia Nash will be participating in Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” event. Customers will have a chance to buy a $5 pass one week leading up to the opening, which proceeds will go directly to support March of Dimes, a leading non-profit organization which funds research for healthy pregnancy and baby health.  In return for purchasing the $5 pass, customers will receive a 25% off discount on all Patricia Nash merchandise on Saturday, August 23rd. In addition to “Shop For A Cause,” Patricia Nash will offer other in-store incentives for customers. The first 10 shoppers who spend $100 or more on Patricia Nash merchandise will receive a $20 Macy’s Gift Card. Additionally, Macy’s shoppers will also be given the chance to enter a raffle to win a one-of-a-kind Patricia Nash handbag.

Hope to see everyone there!

Until then, here are some of my favorites…

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New arrivals!

Fall is fast approaching, and we are gearing up with a few new arrivals at Love Threads.  Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming handbag line that we will be talking about on here.  You won’t want to miss out!  If you are in Santa Barbara, you will have a chance to meet the designer.  Fun stuff, and we will keep you posted.

Until then, here are a few new items at Love Threads…

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She’s growing and so are we…

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Hi!

It’s been a long while since I’ve been to this little corner of mine.  Life is in full session.  Eleanor is getting bigger by the day, and Love Threads is growing by the week.  I made a joke the other day that I needed to hire help for Eleanor and for the store.  But, anyone who knows me well, knows I get a complete adrenaline rush off of being a busy body.  I’ve been trying to snap a few photos here and there of my little angel, as the days go by.  I love having this little blog of mine, but it isn’t going to be able to have as much attention as it used to get.  Maybe again down the road, but I will definitely pop in whenever I have a second and post about something.  Ultimately, I’d love to possibly find some guests editors to fill in here and there. (hint, hint)

So, there’s that.  Now, here are some pictures of my most prized possession, and I’m sure you’ll see why I’ve been a bit absent.

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baby love3^^^Eleanor loves to purse her lips.  it’s pretty darn cute^^^

baby love2^^^she also loves that tongue of hers^^^

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baby love8^^^First day to the beach. picture isn’t great, but couldn’t pass up this one with her darling swimsuit on^^^

 

 

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Chloe + Isabel

Chloe + Isabel is our newest sponsor.  They have some amazing jewelry, with so many easy to wear pieces.  Also, you can’t beat their prices!  I’ve known their rep Ruth for a long time, she is a doll.  There are so many great gift ideas. I know being a new mom it is nice to have the convenience of internet shopping and finding something REALLY cute, especially when you need a gift for that hard to find person.

Here are just a few pieces that I have my eye on…

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The new normal

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It’s been quiet around here.  Life has completely changed, and we are trying to get a good schedule down.  Any free time I have, I’ve been working on Love Threads.  The store has been very busy, and little miss Eleanor keeps us quite busy too. All good stuff, but really just trying to find the “new normal” around here.

First and foremost, the sleep schedule.  We are sleep training and it has gotten a lot better.  Some nights better than others. Eleanor is only a month old, so we don’t expect a lot out of her, obviously. Ha!  Next up, trying to figure out how many hours a day I’m carving out for Love Threads.  Mornings work best for us.  We all function really well in the morning, and Eleanor usually takes a couple hour nap.  So basically all orders are filled in the morning, and my buying usually takes place in the late afternoon, when she is napping again.  Lastly, just getting an overall day schedule down. We are really organized people.  We have always had a schedule and pretty much stuck with it.  Obviously, we know having a newborn it isn’t always easy.  Although, we know we can try our best.  For us this is what works, others can fly by the seat of their pants, and that works for them.

Overall, life is good and finding this new normal has been a great life lesson, especially to slow down.  The biggest lesson we have received is not being selfish, one bit!  I’m glad I waited 36 years to have my first child.  I’m not sure I would have been ready before now, to be honest.  I commend you twenty something mamas, it’s not a small feat.  This is definitely the biggest accomplishment my husband and I have had in life.  It’s also the most amazing thing that has happened to both of us.  I’m so so happy we have been blessed with this opportunity.

We love you more than all the stars in the sky, Eleanor.

ellie2^^^Picking up Eleanor’s birth certificate^^^

ellie3^^^Our first walk to the Santa Barbara rose garden^^^

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Hi! It’s been REALLY quiet around here.  I’ve been enjoying our new little addition, and we have had family in town.  Life couldn’t be better.  I never knew something could bring so much joy to my life.  Wow!

Love Threads has also been busy with all of our new arrivals.  Items haven’t been lasting long, so I wanted to post some of our newest ones.  Bohemian seems to be the gist of this season.  I like it!

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eleanor reed jessen

We were blessed with our baby girl a little bit early, but we are so glad,  because she is perfect!  Eleanor Reed Jessen was born on May 8th at 7:02 PM.  She weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces. We are over the moon!

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“are you having a natural birth”

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Love Threads has been BUSY, and I’m about to give birth (19 days).  Which, leads me to writing this post.

During this pregnancy I’ve had numerous strangers and friends ask me a whole slew of questions.  Some could be considered invasive, some seem pretty normal and logical.  The two I get the most, that to me seem pretty personal are, “are you going to breastfeed”, and “are you having a natural birth”.  The first one doesn’t bother me so much, yes I want to say “It’s none of your business”, but at the same time… whatever, I have to pick my battles.  The question that I find the most offensive is asking about what kind of birth I’m going to have.  Really???!!!

I’m all for those women who can pop those babies out el natural, but that’s just not for me, and that’s ok.  I’ve always known that if I had a baby I wanted a c section.  I like the idea of a controlled atmosphere.  It just happens that our baby is breech, and no we are not going to try to turn her.  She’s breech for a reason, I refuse to aggravate her just so she can come out vaginally.  To me THIS is the natural state for us.  Like I said if she is breech, she is breech for a reason.  This baby is a complete miracle for us, why would I tamper with her. Turning your baby isn’t always the safest thing to do either.

The look I get from people when I tell them this is unbelievable.  You would think I’ve just told them something horrific. It completely baffles me that society is like this.  Not only that, but truly this is between me, my husband and baby.  No one else.

NOTHING has bothered me more than this, and yet I have practiced restraint of tongue and pen in almost every situation where this has been the topic.

I’m not trying to come off negative, it’s just people need to think before they speak.  You never know someones situation, and you may never know.  But we are all different, and do different things, and that’s ok.  We are suppose to be a loving society, not a judgmental one.  Although, and I’m not excluding myself, it does make me look at how our society really is. Accepting one for who one is will make us all be a little more loving, I’m pretty sure of that.

 

 

 

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