A Day in the Life: Working From Home

I thought I’d share with you guys a little of what I do, other than blogging here. 🙂 I am a very busy mama, like most if you I’m sure.

Over 7 years ago when I was pregnant with Chloe, I opened up an Etsy store called Chloe Michelle’s Closet, which I named after her. 🙂 I have been sewing since I was just 5 years old. I learned from my grandma. Both of my maternal grandparents and many of my other family members are tailors, so I grew up around sewing machines and I really took to it. I started out sewing clothes for my dolls and Barbies out of old clothes around the house. Sewing is one of my favorite creative outlets!

September through December is my busiest time of year, as you can imagine. I have been sewing up all kinds of things lately.

Minnie Mouse baby dress
Frozen Princess Anna Coronation Dress in progress
Ready to ship How The Grinch Stole Christmas Tutu Set

In addition to sewing for my Etsy shop, I’m also passionate about natural and organic living, and I lead a team of essential oil enthusiasts called The Joyful Oilers. I run another blog at thejoyfuloilers.com where I teach about essential oils, and I have a private Facebook group that goes into even greater depth about therapeutic grade essential oils and their uses. I try to update the group daily for our members. I also love teaching in person classes. I’m actually teaching one tonight in Poway. 🙂

I have always been very unhappy in situations where I was working for other people. I am a free spirit and I need something a bit more flexible. Plus it drives me crazy when people tell me what to do. Honestly, it’s probably just as much work (if not more) but I love that I can work at home in my pajamas while listening to my music and not have a boss breathing down my neck. I also love that I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission when I want to take a day off to volunteer at the kids’ school or do Chat n Craft or attend special events, or travel. Life is way too short to do something you hate, and I’m glad I figured that out in my twenties.

Anyway, I wanted to keep this very short as I have a class to prepare for before I pick the kids up at school. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my little blog, and if you’re one of my Etsy customers or Young Living clients or team members, an extra HUGE thank you to you! I am so grateful for all of you! I try to support small businesses everywhere I can and it makes my heart so full when others do it for my family.

With love and gratitude,

Autumn Chat ‘n Craft and musings on being part of Sanderling Waldorf School

When our family joined our local Waldorf school four years ago, one of the things that really attracted me was the deep sense of community, and the warm way in which we were not just welcomed with open arms, but genuinely embraced as though we had been there for years and years; it felt amazing.

Another thing that really drew me in was the way they appealed to my artsy side. To be a part of a Waldorf school is to be immersed in a world of reverence and beauty, a celebration of the natural world in all of its glory. Everything is deliberate, from the colors of the walls in each grade’s classroom, to the way that only certain materials are used in play.

We were a homeschooling family, but after attending a free puppet show the school put on for the community, we were sold. That probably sounds silly, but that one little puppet play—in all of its simplicity—suggested to me that this style of education was more than meets the eye. (Spoiler alert: it is.) On our walk back to the car, Jeffrey bean (who was 5 at the time) said, “Mommy, can I PLEASE go to school here in September?” The thought had actually occurred to me too.

When we looked into Waldorf, it was right in line with our values. Some of the philosophies were foreign to us (ie: holding off on learning to read, especially since Jeffrey started reading in his toddler years) but it all made sense and it just felt…right. I really can’t explain it. It just felt right in my gut. It was a more of a knowing.

Long story short, we ended up enrolling at Sanderling and haven’t looked back. When I was brand new Waldorf mom, I was invited to attend a parents’ group called Chat ‘n Craft where we got to learn the ways of Waldorf arts and crafts. This style of crafting using natural materials like sticks, acorn caps foraged from beneath the trees, naturally dyed silks and wools really appealed to me. It reminded me of a simpler time, like my childhood summer vacations when my mom would snuggle my sister and I and we would read the whole Little House in the Prairie box set and then takes naps.

After a year of attending as a guest, as I was asked by the veteran Chat ‘n Craft mama if I might be able to take over as the lead, to which I gave a nervous but enthusiastic “YES!” I have been carrying on the tradition at Sanderling Waldorf since, with the help of said veteran mama of course.

This morning we had our first Chat ‘n Craft meeting of the year, and it was sooo good to sit with fellow mamas and talk and vent and sew and needlefelt and share and laugh at our silly mistakes and just BE, in the present moment, together. So, so good.

We worked on sweet little autumn inspired treasures for a store we’ll open at an upcoming musical event with local children’s group Hullaballoo.

We needlefelted apples and sewed squashy little pumpkins. We made gnomes, each with its own personality. We embroidered leafy, woolen beds for sleepy nature sprite babies. We even made fairy dust necklaces. And it was glorious.

I am planning on sharing tutorials for some of the darling things we created this morning, but for now you can enjoy some photos. 🙂

Hand sewn harvest pumpkins
Sweet wooden peg babies with acorn caps, nestled in leafy woolen beds
I loooooove these needle felted apples!
And of course, we are Waldorf, so we have to have gnomes. 😉

Magical, right? Thanks so much for visiting with me while I rambled on about how much I love Waldorf education and arts and crafts and magic and gnomes. Sometimes I do that. 😉 Until next time my friends.

Jeffrey bean’s 1st go on a sewing machine

Chloe let Jeffrey bean have a go on her new sewing machine, and not surprisingly, he was a natural too.  He caught on so quickly!  I was his age when I got my first sewing machine, a hand-me-down from my grandma’s tailor shop in Fallbrook.  Sewing is in our blood.  I can’t wait to see how the kids progress, and what beautiful creations they’ll be sewing in the near future. My heart is happy.

Day after Christmas 2016

I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing day post Christmas.  Jeffrey and Chloe spent a good chunk of their morning and day out in our front yard with their new Stomp Rocket.  They had an absolute blast.  (See what I did there?) 🙂

I went to Crunch fitness to have a free training session with a personal trainer because one of my goals in 2017 is to fit into some of the clothes in my closet that I really love.  I did a bit too much baking in 2016.  Anyway, the trainer pretty much kicked my butt and I’m so going to feel it tomorrow.

In other news, Chloe got to use her brand new New Home Janome sewing machine for her first time ever, and she completed her very first machine sewn project!  She made a cloth napkin out of leftover floral fabric from a dress I made her a couple years ago.  She did really well for her first time!  She caught on pretty quick and she is SO proud of her first project.

I’m so proud of my little Chloe Michelle belle.  She sure is growing up fast. 🙂

Today I organized my sewing and craft room, squeee!

Today I tidied up my sewing and craft room aka my woman cave aka our garage.  Squeeee!  I am so excited you guys.  This was a long, long, LONG time coming.  Now I can sew in a pretty space.  🙂  Let’s see how long I can keep it like this, ha!  Neatness does not come naturally to me, unfortunately.  That is all.  Have a fun day, friends!