On The Move

"Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to help you grow."

Hey Guys!  What an insane past few weeks. We've been living in a little bit of chaos but things have finally calmed down and I'm breathing again.

I have a few blog posts in the works and figured I should start getting them posted.  This one first so I can get you up to speed on what in the world is going on over here! 

I closed my chip+chisel studio at the end of July, my husband was out on a wildland fire for 22 days (read: me, alone with my kidlets - eek!), we packed up and headed down to Bend, Oregon for a few months the day after my husband came home, and now we're working on getting settled down here.  That's right - chip+chisel has a new home for a bit!!

First thing's first - the studio closure.  I went back and forth about this for months before finally making a decision.  I started toying with the idea at the end of last year.  As much as I loved having the space to work outside of our house, I struggled with the inconvenience of only being able to work at certain times.  When my husband is on shift and my girls are in bed, I love to use that time to get in a good chunk of work but I can't exactly leave my kids home alone so I can go into the studio at night.  I also love to be able to accommodate last minute orders and it's hard when I have to schedule that time away - so much easier to step into my home office space and take an hour or two here and there so I can get those last minute pieces shipped off to you.  I thought about it for a good six months and finally decided to go for it.  At this stage in our life with the girls not being in school full time yet (cue the tears - it kills my heart to think about it), it's been HUGELY convenient to have everything so accessible.  The need to coordinate schedules with my husband or a sitter is no longer an issue and I get to enjoy the ease of a lot more flexibility.  I may explore a studio setup again under different circumstances (never say never!), but for now, our plan is to build a small studio as an extension of our house so I can still be at home but technically leaving the house for work.  Everything is always changing, always evolving, and I'm just learning to go with the flow.  :)

After the move from the studio, we packed c+c up AGAIN this past weekend and hauled her a few hours away to Bend, Oregon!  Who knew she was so mobile?!  We vacation here regularly - my husband went to college here, is obsessed with it and now my girls are obsessed with it as well.  Yes - at 3 years old, they talk about it nonstop!  All I heard for 3.5 hours on the drive down is "we want to go to Bend! Are we in Bend yet?".  :)  We decided a few months ago to take a little adventure and see what it would be like to spend more than a week and do a little trial period of actually LIVING here.  So here we are, half a week in and already my kids freak out at any mention of "going back to the house" which they think means going HOME lol.  It's pretty clear that my husband has converted them to being little Bend lovers!  Who can blame them though ... what's not to love?!  It's a vacation destination for a reason and I can't say enough good things about this place.  If you haven't visited, you should really consider it!  

We've had a LOT of change over the past month and honestly, I am not good with change.  At all.  I crave a routine, a sense of normalcy and like to sit smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone.  What we're doing is none of those things, but even in the midst of all the challenges of getting down here, I recognize how good this is for me.  I like that I'm being pushed to explore a different place, a different way of living, taken away from my "stuff" that I seem to place way too much importance on, and to have an experience with my family that if I had stayed in my comfort zone, I most definitely would not be having.  A little change and growth never hurt anyone, right?

So for now, I'm working on finding my new "normal", developing a routine, and procrastinating like crazy on putting the rest of our clothes away.  ;)  I'll be sharing our adventure regularly on our Insta stories, so be sure to connect with me over there - @chipandchisel.

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xo, lindsy

Hi, It's Me!

Hi guys!  One of the things I love about doing events & pop-ups is that I get to talk with people in person, ask questions, kind of get to know people a bit, and connect.  It's harder on social media because the vibe is more scrolling, less reading.  :)  With all the questions I get when I'm doing in-person events, I thought it would be fun to start answering them here on the blog and also try to share a bit more personally.  The connections I've made through the website and by sharing our infertility story have been amazing and my hope is that it will only continue!

So, if you know me well, then you probably won't find anything too shocking here ... buuuut, if you don't, well now you'll know a bit more about this person over here behind chip&chisel!   

#1 - I'm 36 years old and an aries.
#2 - I was raised by two amazing people, neither of them are my bio parents.  They are the definition of selflessness.
#3 - My husband Ian and I are celebrating 7 years of marriage next month!
#4 - I was married once before in my mid twenties.
#5 - I met Ian at the gym during my divorce - he was also going through a divorce. We thought the timing couldn't have been worse, but turns out, it couldn't have been better!
#6 - I never wanted kids before I met Ian.
#7 - We went through 6 IVF cycles to conceive our miracle girls.
#8 - I'm a firefighter wife and proud of it!
#9 - My husband and kids are literally EVERYTHING to me.
#10 - So are coffee and wine. 

You can find me here each week sharing answers to the questions I get and if you have something you'd like to add, throw it my way!

xo, lindsy


 

You Asked, I'm Answering

Hi guys!  A few weeks ago, I wrapped up an event at Vivi's Vintage Market in Sherwood, OR - such a beautiful event and so well done.  Everything from the colors to the location were totally my vibe and I walked away so inspired and feeling so great to have been a part of something revolving around such a great cause.  To learn more, visit www.vivianleefoundation.org. 

After my Valentine's pop-up at Wishbone Home Decor & Design in Lake Oswego, I started writing down a list of the questions I get when I'm onsite at events and thought it would be fun to start a little Q&A series here on the blog!  I've kept the list going the past few months and it's grown and grown, so I'm just gonna dive in and try to start answering one question each week.  (oh the anxiety brought on by the commitment of a blog post each week, haha!).  The questions range from family, to jewelry, to our IVF experience ... if you have any to add, feel free to email me at lindsy@chipandchisel.com or send a message through the website via the 'contact us' page.  

xo, lindsy

Beautiful Chaos

So yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind - who can relate??  If you could've seen me at the end of my chaotic day, you would've witnessed me walking in the door at almost 9pm, eating a heaping plate of doritos and avocado while standing alone in a dark kitchen ... i'm calling it a win because avocado is very healthy, my friends.  ;) 

After a rough first half of the day that included my phone dying, having to drag two little girls around while trying to get a new phone while being totally unprepared to be out and about for hours and hours (never good with kids!), then deal with all the hooplah that inevitably surrounds driving across the city to actually pick up the new phone ... well, I wasn't feeling super great by the time I got home. I missed out on hours of prep time and was totally frantic once I actually got into the studio. Life, right?  I was overwhelmed, super tired, and felt totally unprepared.  Don't you hate that feeling when what you really need is to be "on"? Seems like the two go hand in hand more often than not.  Well regardless of how I felt, the shoot (luckily) went off without a hitch!  The models (baby too!) were amazing, the photographer, Whitney Summers, was incredible as always, and to top it all off, we got super lucky with the lighting and a beautiful sunset!

These ladies made the jewelry look gorgeous and they did it all so effortlessly!  I headed home last night with a full heart, feeling so lucky to be surrounded by such strong and big-hearted women.  

I can't wait to share more pics with you guys along with some details about how I was lucky enough to have these ladies come into my life, so stay tuned!  

xo, lindsy

All the Pretty in a Cocktail

Spring brings the pretty floral feels to everything - cocktails included!  I was browsing Pinterest yesterday (getting sucked in as always) and stumbled upon some pretty eye catching adult beverage!  Guys - Kiwi Margaritas.  K I W I.  I have a real obsession with that fruit right now.  Click through for recipes and let me know if you run across anything else that looks amazing!

Now tell me those don't look (and sound!) absolutely delish?  This weekend full of sunshine is about to have me enjoying a little happy hour on the front porch ... what about you?  Don't forget to report back if you try one out!

Have a great weekend, friends!
xo, lindsy

 

New Year, New Beginnings

Happy 2018 friends!  I'm struggling to comprehend how another year blew right on past me?! Babies are another year older, chip&chisel celebrated its SIXTH anniversary, and I'm finally, after 2.75 years of "momming", figuring out that tricky little thing called balance.  I mean, I don't have *all* the answers (progress over perfection, right?), but I've had a much better handle on things recently and it's been life changing!

After wrapping up what may have been my favorite c&c holiday season yet, I'm ready to jump into the New Year!  With sleeping littles upstairs and tired eyes, I'm ready to wrap up this blog post and hit publish so I can share my updates and thoughts from 2017 and how they're propelling me into the New Year! .  

First things first, you may have seen the Concrete Boom social media post right before Christmas about the sale of that business. In case you missed it, most of you know I co-founded a screenprinted apparel company, Concrete Boom, back in 2016 which then launched this past summer. As business partners and two busy mamas that were trying to juggle family, our regular full-time jobs and run a brand new business efficiently and effectively, we ultimately felt it needed much more than we could currently give to grow it and be successful. We tried to strategize running it on a smaller scale but in the end it seemed impossible to move forward. At this time, as destiny would have it, a new friend, Tara, reached out as another mom looking for an opportunity to be creative and make something her own and a sale was born! :)  I’m so excited to watch her journey unfold and hope you’ll be cheering for her as well. I love to see other women pursuing their passions! Tara is a great fit for the brand and I know you’ll continue to be in great hands. 

So what will I be doing with all of my newfound time?  Oh, I don't know ... sleeping at night again, actually folding the laundry that comes out of the dryer, maybe cook dinner occasionally?  ;)  2017 was a rat race with oh-so-many teachable life lessons. I've chosen to take the positive from all of them in order to let them have the greatest impact on my life. When has anything good ever come from dwelling on less than stellar situations and circumstances? Yeah, never. Ever heard the phrase, "Grow through what you go through"?  That's where I'm at.  I've reflected a lot on those 365 days and have written down the three key points below in my planner to help keep me focused, avoid the burnout, and set myself up for success this year both personally & professionally.  I look at them every morning, expand on their meaning, and take them through my day.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING BUT NOT EVERYTHING.  Do less and do it well.  I stretched myself so thin this past year and a half trying to run two separate businesses. I’m sure you’re thinking “well, duh!” … don’t worry, I did too. It was hard on me AND my family.  Have you ever read the 5 Love Languages book and taken the test?  My husband and I read it when we were engaged and scored the exact same for each category (compatible much?) with 'quality time' ranking the highest.  He's an amazingly supportive spouse and loves to see me realize my dreams, but if you asked him if he would like a repeat of last year, he would most definitely tell you no.  We had less time together than either of us liked and that's played a huge factor into the planning for chip&chisel in 2018.  Yes, you can do anything you put your mind to … but when you try to do EVERYTHING, it becomes all quantity and less quality.  Makes me cringe.  Choose the things you love and do those.

YOUR CHOICES REFLECT YOUR PRIORITIES.  My priority is my family and my business.  I am not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom ... I'm also not cut out to be away too much. I'm hugely fulfilled by chip&chisel and working hard, but there's a balance between the two that I've spent the past couple months trying to figure out how to actually attain. I made the choice a little over a year ago to go back to operating chip&chisel on my own. Not because I didn't have great ladies working with me, but because staying on a schedule and fulfilling my role so they could maintain theirs felt so overwhelming at that point in my life.  With two little ones and working hours that were super inconsistent and really testing my sanity, I couldn't keep up.  I scaled back.  I took on an amount of work that I could handle on my own and decided I would stick with that for a while. I put Etsy in vacation mode a lot so I could focus mainly here on the website and took care of key pieces of the business, but I was looking to just keep it manageable.  Well then I got bored.  Instead of getting back to "normal" with chip&chisel, I took on a whole new business.  WHY?  I don't have an answer other than that I'm just meant to be busy, BUT ... not in the way that I was up until the sale of Concrete Bloom.  So, I sat down and I prioritized.  I want to be home with my family but I also know that the growth and expansion that was planned for c&c back in 2015 when we launched the website has been on my brain for over two years now.  I'm in the best place I've been professionally since having my girls and I feel good, ready to grow again. chip&chisel is my heart - it's the reason my girls are here (Are you thinking “what?”? Read our story!), it's how I've formed so many great friendships and connections, it's so much of my purpose.  Showing my girls what it means to do something you love, something you're so passionate about, something that allows you to give back (more on that to come!) ... well that's everything to me.  So, with much excitement, I'm bringing back two of the ladies that used to work with me and we're diving into this New Year together!  These ladies know me, they know my brand, they know how crazy I am about what I put out there and how hard it is for me to let go and give pieces to others to manage.  But you know what?  *Because* they know that, I trust them even more.  I have learned that I can't do everything and do it well and that is okay! They will help me execute day-to-day functions in the studio and assist with the growth and expansion that I've been envisioning for some time now.  The help allows me to put my family first while still doing what I love ... connecting with and creating for YOU!

DON'T LET FEAR HOLD YOU HOSTAGE.  Growth and change is scary.  It's so much easier to just do what you've been doing because it's familiar and safe.  But taking risks is how you break out of your comfort zone and do amazing things!  I know, I know - what if you fail?  Yep, it happens.  But it's part of what makes you great!  In every aspect of my life ... as a wife, mama, woman, and small business owner ... I fail at things I set out to do (like keeping this blog post short and sweet). ;) I don't let those moments define me though.  They're life's learning lessons and you'll always encounter opportunities for them.  Consider yourself lucky - growth happens in the midst of difficult circumstances and you'll be a better person for it if you embrace it. 

Do you have a mantra or phrase that you’re bringing with you into 2018?  I’d love to hear it!

I’ve welcomed this New Year with open arms and it feels oh so good! A fresh start, a clean slate, 365 chances to write a new chapter. I am so grateful for your continued support over the years and beyond thankful to have you along on this journey with me, truly.

Sending you big hugs and the best wishes for an amazing 2018!
xo,
lindsy

Sometimes Mother's Day Hurts

Mother's Day is always an emotional one for me.  I started my day with some serious baby snuggles while we waited for dad to get home from shift and then I headed to Barre3 for a workout.  On my way home, I made my daily stop for coffee.  As I was driving on the freeway, sucking down caramel syrup and crying, I reflected on how painful this day used to be for me. 

The truth is, Mother's Day is such a joyous occasion for the majority, but for so many others, it is extremely painful.  Whether you're a mom in waiting, an angel mama, a son or daughter who has lost their mom, a mom who has lost their child - it can be a day that's extremely hard to celebrate.

If you've read our story or follow chip&chisel on social media, you know I've been vocal about our past infertility struggles and that I have a huge place in my heart for those traveling the road we found ourselves on.  That's why, even though I love to celebrate Mother's Day with all the love and laughter that my girls bring, my heart is still heavy for those that hurt on this day.

I came across this article this morning and it just hit home, so I wanted to share.  Reading always helped me during a very difficult chapter in my life, so if you're someone that could potentially benefit from a quick read as well, I wanted to pass it along.

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2015/05/09/for-those-who-hurt-on-mothers-day/

I know I'm on the other side of the struggle now and I feel truly blessed to have been given the two miracles that I call Addi & Livi, but the pain still feels fresh - no, it's not as intense as it once was, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  It's a different kind of pain now, more that my heart hurts for others.  I actually hope that I never forget these intense feelings as it was a journey that helped to mold me and grow my heart, if that makes sense. 

If you take this day to hide out in bed, know that it's totally okay.  I'm a very big "feeler of my feelings" (just ask my husband) ... there's nothing wrong with giving yourself time to feel and work through that.  When I used to have a hard day, I would set a mental timer - sometimes it was an hour, sometimes a full day.  I would allow myself that time to wallow, cry, and eat all the ice cream.  After my allotted time was up, I would dust myself off and turn my focus to something else.  I know that may not work for everyone, but it got me through some difficult times without completely falling apart.

If you're struggling today, I'm thinking of you.

xo
lindsy

Giveaway Winners!

Guys, I am totally late on getting this posted - I'm so sorry!  I had hoped to post it on Monday, but with the girls' birthday on Sunday and Addison being sick, the weekend just flew by and I didn't get much of anything done that I actually needed to.  I'm going with 'better late than never' on this one and hoping you understand.  :)

A couple weeks ago, I posted a little prize for those that had commented on blog posts during the first couple weeks of March Madness.  In addition to that, there are a couple winners to announce - one for the druzy stud earrings mentioned in the post from last week and then also the overall winner of the giveaway!  So, the winners are ...

Katie - Druzy Stud Earrings
Krista - March Madness Giveaway Winner of a $25 chipandchisel.com credit

A big thank you to everyone that played along ... it was fun getting to know a little bit about you!  To the ladies that won, please email me at lindsy@chipandchisel.com to claim your prize.

It's been a long (but very productive!) day and I'm so ready for some baby snuggles and a glass of wine - enjoy your evening!

xo
lindsy

Wrapping Up March

One more day and that's a wrap for March Madness!  What better way to end it than with a giveaway within a giveaway! 

I've been browsing through some of the Instagram accounts of my favorite "mompreneurs" and started wondering about my chip&chisel followers - Who else is one?  Who do they know that's one? Who wants to be one?

I follow lots of super inspirational accounts - they post the kinds of things that give you the drive to push forward on a rough day and inspire you without even necessarily trying.  They encourage community over competition and are all about supporting women in business. I love seeing other women meet their goals and enjoy their successes - it's amazing energy to feed off of!  Whether it's your full time gig or a side job, women rocking their businesses and loving what they do is so awesome and I love to support that!! 

I try to shop small and support other women-owned businesses whenever possible.  I mean, where better to spend your money if you're gonna spend it, right?  Below are a few of my faves (some local, some not) - share at least one of yours in the comments (add their Instagram username if they have one) and you'll be entered to win a pretty pair of druzy stud earrings!!

Stitches & Moor (local) - @stitchesandmoor - the cutest crocheted goodies for you and your littles
Pucker & Pout (local) - @pucker.and.pout - this girl feeds my LipSense addiction
La Petite Cookie (local) - @la_petite_cookie - the most beautifully decorated (and yummy!) cookies
Laura Chenoweth for Rodan & Fields (local) - @laura_chenoweth - the sweetest R+F gal out there
Baby Beans and Me (local) - @babybeansandme - the most adorable clothes and headbands for your littles
Levi & Roen In Print - @leviandroen_inprint - fellow IVFer and twin mama creating the cutest personally designed prints
Pottery Lodge - @potterylodge - her beautiful personalized ring dishes make perfect gifts
Barre3 Felida (local) - @barre3felida - the workouts are amazing and the studio community is incredible
Whitney Summers Photography (local) - @whitneysummersphotography - the best family & newborn photographer around and our personal go-to
Kawaii Goodies - @kawaiigoodies1 - love her custom stickers & stamps, not to mention her positive posts
Dapper & Darling - @dapperanddarling - gorgeous watercolor silhouette portraits (littles, pets, etc)

Let's show some love - I'm sure you guys have some favorites that you can add to this, right? 

xo
lindsy

 

Morning Exploring

Happy Sunday guys!

We caught a break in the rain yesterday and (gasp!) the sun even came out for a bit.  We bundled up to take a stroll downtown along the river and the girls had a blast throwing rocks into the water.  I love the age they're at ... everything is exciting to them. 

These are my favorite kind of days.  No big plans, no running around, just the four of us hanging out all day without anything that has to be done.  The girls will be two next Sunday, so I feel like I'm trying to soak up every last minute with my one year olds.  This mama has been getting emotional thinking about them really leaving all of their "baby-ness" behind.  :(

What's your favorite way to spend the weekend?

xo
lindsy