Saturday, June 28, 2008

Welcome to the Bare Bottoms Boutique Blog

So, here we are...Bare Bottoms Boutique now has a blog! I'm new to the world of blogging and can't guarantee my blogging proficiency. But, stick with me - I'm sure it will be a fun and interesting ride!

I thought I'd start out by putting a bit of face behind the Bare Bottoms Boutique name - or at least one of the faces. I'm only half of the Bare Bottoms Boutique team. The other half consists of my best friend, Shannon. I'll let her do her own introduction. I'm Jenn - wife to a wonderful man, my high school sweetheart, Josh. We've been together for 12 years and married for almost 5. I'm also the mother to two beautiful children - they are the inspiration for my work. Ryleigh who was born in September of 2005, and Isaac who was born 2 years and 12 days later in October of 2007 (yes, that's his bum starring in our logo). Here they are - my beautiful children:

Ryleigh Isabelle

Isaac Joshua



And, me with my beautiful children:


I've been a stay-at-home mom for almost three years now, and while I'd love to say that its the best job ever and I would never want to do anything else....trust me - I have my days! Don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful to have the opportunity to stay home with my children and watch them grow, nurture and teach them, and know what's going on in their lives every day. But, there's only so much one can take of the crying, whining, back-talking, and down right meanness of a very mature and difficult 2.5 year old who is trying to assert her independance and make it known that she does not like the new addition to the family before wondering 'what am I doing?????' And not only 'what am I doing', but 'what am I doing wrong?!?!?!' That's where sewing and our newly developed business comes in. It's a reprieve for me - a way to get away from it all and focus on something other than the constant guilt and self-questioning that goes along with mommy-hood. And yet, even in my need for a 'reprieve' I'm drawn back to my kids in that most (if not all) my crafting revolves around them - especially my sewing. I love making anything for my children. When Ryleigh was a baby, I made her adorable little outfits and hats. Then Isaac was born and for some reason I got sucked into the 'green' movement. There's nothing like having two children to give you the inspiration and motivation to improve the world they live in. So, in my attempts at 'going green', I reluctantly converted to cloth diapering. I did a bunch of research, bought a bunch of cloth diapering fabric, and got started making my diaper stash. Every cloth diaper that has ever covered Isaac's bum was made by myself. And everyone who saw them was amazed. Even Josh is into now and trust me - THAT'S saying something! After several very flattering 'you should sell those!' comments, and a little convincing by Shannon, we decided to give it a go. We started out with just a small amount of local advertising - craigslist, fliers hung up around town on public bulletin boards, etc. We got a surprisingly good response and hence the Bare Bottoms Boutique website was launched. We also opened an Etsy shop where we have yet to make a sale, but we're not giving up! Here are some of my favorite items from our shops.


Of course...our custom made diapers!


Cloth Wipes

Personalized Bib and Burp Sets


Nursing Covers


Be sure to check out ALL we have to offer! We're so much more than cloth diapering supplies! You can check out our website at: http://www.barebottomsboutique.com/ and our Etsy shop at: http://www.barebottomsboutique.etsy.com/.

4 comments:

Whimsical Creations said...

Great new blog! And wecome to FAM.
:-) melanie

ElegantSnobbery said...

Welcome to the FAM and to the world of blogging! I love sharing the chaos and joys of being a mom and a creative business woman. I hope you enjoy it too!

Marisa

Sherryl said...

Welcome to blogging. It's a lot of fun isn't it. You did a wonderful job and keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Great job! I spoke to you on Maine Moms www.mommalies.com Your blog is great, what a cute family. I too have a Riley girl just spelled differently. I will be in touch soon.

Kristin
PS I've never had a blog??