Even though its been a few months since I’ve been a working lady (this was the last big thing I worked on for a year before leaving) its still strange to me to think that I won’t be designing every day for a long time. Several of my favorite design blogs (here and here) are posting pictures from the National Stationery Show and its bittersweet for me to look at all of the wonderful work being produced. On one hand its inspiring, but on the other its a big reminder that I don’t have time to do this thing that I love and I’m not sure when I’ll get to again. Right now my brain just isn’t functioning highly enough to produce anything, even if I could carve out 30 minutes or an hour somewhere in my day to try. Justin and I have been brainstorming an appropriately epic birth announcement, as well as a yet-to-be-named side project that we’ve been talking about for a couple of years that would include screenprinted wares for little ones (and medium ones). I’ve been collecting inspiration for that lately on Pinterest if you’d like to take a look.
Speaking of Pinterest…are you addicted yet? Its where I collect my favorite images and inspirations for everything from color palettes to kid stuff to interior design and personal style. If you don’t already have an account and you enjoy using your eyeballs then I highly recommend checking it out.
I’m super thankful I get to stay home with my babies for awhile (not sure how long I’ll be able to, but hopefully a couple of years), but I think having this time off is actually fueling my creative energy. Its like I’m building up stores that will be ready to burst by the time I can use them again. My favorite non-mom related thing to do these days is head out to a coffee shop with Justin for 30 minutes while one of our parents watches the babies. We talk about these projects and ideas and let our ambitions run wild and I get a little familiar taste of the enthusiasm I had in college. I love that he and I share this and can’t imagine being married to a non-designer. Its such a part of who we are.