Oh… heeeeyyy there! I know it’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve been running around like a crazy farmer working my tail off between growing veggies, slinging plants, making jams, and taking care of cows. I’ve been a busy girl. All while prepping for the holiday season that is rapidly approaching. (Insert exhausted emoji here.)
I’m not complaining. You know me… I live for the thrill of working, creating, playing in the dirt, and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. So much so that I have to remind myself to stop and take a minute to just breathe.
That being said, I thought maybe you could take a moment to enjoy a special moment with me. A couple weeks ago, (yes, that’s how far behind I am on website updating, blogging, and shameless self-promotion), I was featured in an amazing online publication! Handmade Seller Magazine reached out to me because they loved my blog so much! This subscription-based publication features a variety of articles from handmade sellers and their process to blogging, advertising, and plenty of other topics for the small, women-owned business. I’m just delighted to be apart of it! You can check out snippets in the link here or sneak peak down below.
I’m excited and feel like this is a pretty solid article. I hope you enjoy. I look forward to getting back on track and sharing fresh recipes with you as well as new creative creations. Thank you for your continued support!
I know with my last few posts it’s more than apparent that I’m in full swing for Spring. It started back in February for me while I planted hundreds and thousands of herbs, geraniums, and other beautiful plant babies. I’ve since added new items to the shop, got vaccinated, had three interviews and articles come out about made by laura lee, paid off my truck, and still found time to enjoy being back in New England. Sometimes the hustle and bustle can be a little exhausting, but it’s all so rewarding that I don’t really mind.
In fact, it’s amazing to look back at the little plant babies in February, versus now. Hanging baskets are now cascading from their pots, herbs are towering over their little containers waiting to be cooked with, and the geranium flowers are almost fluorescent against their backdrop of green leaves. I’m grateful each and every day to not only be playing in the dirt, but also still be able to maintain made by laura lee.
Admittedly, it’s not sunshine and rainbows all the time, because you can’t have those without a little rain. But even on those days that are overcast and overwhelming, it’s always nice to know that sun will always come back. I know I’m not the only one that gets that feeling like they’ve bitten off more than they can chew, whether you’re still working from home, homeschooling from home, waiting for work to start back up, or really whatever is going on in the midst of waiting for this damn pandemic to pass, you’ve got someone there for you. Even if you think you don’t, you do. Reach out no matter how hard. Hang in there.
We’ve all told someone to hang in there. The fact of the matter is that I tell myself that everyday. I tell my friends to hang in there often as well. We’re all hanging in there together and I made this “Hang In There” Hoop for a friend to express just that. You can share it with someone you care about as well. Let’s keep being there for one another, act with kindness and compassion, and get through this together.
I’ve been quiet on the blog the last month, my apologies. If you have time, I have a lot to share. Take a break, grab a cup of tea and let’s catch up….
Spring is here. There is something magical that happens amongst the flora and fauna as warmer weather begins to creep in. It’s a time of rebirth and growth. I feel as both my personal and professional life are experiencing this same seasonal change as well.
As may or may not know or noticed, I came home to Massachusetts over the Christmas holiday and have been helping family and friends with farms, recovery from surgeries, etc. Life has a funny way of working sometimes and as many of us know, it can certainly be unexpected. Without going into too much detail, I have decided to stay in Massachusetts to continue to help my father on his farm as well as take up a new position at Paisley’s Farmstand and Greenhouse.
Paisley’s & I
I spent my high school years living around the corner and down the way from Paisley’s Farm. I began working there sometime between my junior and senior year of high school and quickly acquired the nickname, “Field Hoe” as I spent a majority of my time in the fields picking produce fresh for the farm stand. I potted plants, worked the farm stand, and so much more. It’s been years, but I still have held the job as one of my favorites. It’s been my dream to own my own farm someday, hopefully sooner rather than later, but I’m excited to be back learning everything I can to prepare me for my own operation.
made by laura lee
What does taking a full-time job mean for made by laura lee? Honestly, not much will change! Perhaps the access to wonderful fresh produce for recipes and canning, the endless inspiration for the blog, and running the business out of Massachusetts. In my mind, these are all good things. I feel like when good things happen, they snowball and I am excited to announce that WickedLocal.com, a Massachusetts publication, interviewed me about the news and the business. Make sure to check it out and give it a share. Please.
There have been a lot of sudden changes this year. Moving, new job, new plans & permits for made by laura lee, etc. It’s exciting but in the midst of it all, I unexpectedly lost a dear, dear friend last week. I’ve been working through my grief and am slowly coming to peace with the loss. Of course, there are still moments of collapsing into an ugly-face crying puddle, but as I planted thousands of geraniums last week it gave me time to reflect and realize the beauty in life, loss, and love. Geraniums symbolize so many different things, depending on the color. Overall, they represent love, friendship, happiness, and positivity. All feelings I’ve been meditating on as I plant each one in remembrance of my first love and best friend.
With that I leave you with nothing but love and appreciation. Remember to tell the ones you love that you love them. Live each day with kindness. Take pleasure in the little things. Most importantly, make sure that you are living the life you want to lead.
As a small business, I’ve been hesitant to post anything, but I realize that my silence would be misconstrued as acceptance when really my silence has just been a delay in finding the right words of support to express my sheer anger, frustration, and disappointment in the world today.
Amidst a pandemic, emotions are high, but it should not take away from the need to address the racism that still runs wild through our culture today. My Grandfather and Father taught me at a young age to watch history, learn from it, and to make sure to never repeat it’s downfalls. Unfortunately, I’ve seen so many parallels in the last three years that quite frankly are terrifying to me. While I’d love to delve deeper into my thoughts and feelings, I’m not sure that it’s necessary. In this time, I believe that actions speak louder than words.
As a human being, an artist, a small business owner, I stand with the Black Lives Matter Movement. I’ve created theseembroidery hoopsin support because during this time, that’s what I can personally do to take action. In fact, for every hoop sold I will be donating $10 to the Black Lives Matter Organization. (The remainder is literally to cover the cost of supplies and shipping, I will not be making a profit on these.)
It is important that we be an ally where and how we can.
While we’re still technically in January, February is pretty much here. I would have forgotten that means Valentine’s Day if I hadn’t treated myself to a getaway weekend in Belton, TX. Belton, Texas you might ask? It doesn’t really have too much going for it except their big convention center. Why would I go there? Well, I’m delighted to announce that I bought tickets to go to the Annual Mother Earth News Fair. It is a collection of workshops and lectures for homesteaders and farmers.
I am beyond excited. I have been checking in on speakers almost daily to see who has been added to the list. Last year, I learned so much like how to start successfully fermenting things, which you can see I’ve been putting to good use by my last blog post.
So how is this romantic? Well, technically it’s not, but I absolutely love learning about homesteading, soil care, chicken raising, bee keeping, mushroom growing and more. Getting back to the point though…
Valentine’s Day! It’s something I’ve never been too keen on whether I’m romantically involved or not, but I get pretty excited about this little fruit and veg Valentine’s Day cards either way! You can take a look at the shop for more!
Really. To say that I’ve been a little quiet may in fact be the biggest understatement since my last blog post and should cover the understatement bases for the remainder of 2019. I have come back to life. In fact, Life is kind of what got in the way. So much has changed since my last post, I don’t even know where to begin. Rather than recapping and rehashing the last year or so, what I will focus on are the things that have recently taken place to get me back on track.
Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork
I have found my tribe. I have teamed up with some amazing people to help push me forward, grow, learn… and learn things that I really needed to know to help grow laura lee… like that online store, a better website, etc. It’ll be a slow process to build, but I’ll get there. Despite sometimes what I think, I can’t do everything by myself. This team is the A-Team.
New Home… New Homestead
To wrap up 2018… I moved. I left my adorable little apartment that I’ve called home for five years and completely uprooted myself to a little home in the country. I’m surrounded by hundreds of acres of rolling hills, cows, pastures, some trees, and John Deere tractors. I’m greeted by the wagging tales of dogs every morning and coffee already brewed. (*note: we have not trained the dogs to make coffee yet) I will start prepping my garden beds this week so that I can start growing my own produce for my canned goods!
I have not forgotten about Kickstarter Incentives. I have learned that I signed myself up for too complicated of incentives, which is taking me much longer to fill. My sincerest apologies… thank you for your patience.
I’m still working on the cookbook. I will post a teaser soon.
I now live on the same property as my furniture shop, you can expect to see more updates about that once I finish unpacking boxes.
I’ve fallen in love, despite my greatest attempt not to.
I am working on a new line of embroidery goods.
There are workshops/classes being planned.
Keep your eyes peeled for a made by laura lee Youtube channel coming soon.
If any of ya’ll are still reading my humble little blog… thank you. It’s good to be back. I appreciate you.
What have you done to get out of your comfort zone? Going out on a Friday night (when you much rather be at home in your pjs eating pizza and drinking wine by yourself)? Making the first move? Skydiving?
Well, for me…. it’s something pretty crazy: Asking for help.
Sounds easy, right?
This is absolutely soul crushing for me. I’ve always been able to take on anything: folding laundry, doing dishes, vacuuming for an entire household all at age twelve, doing the jobs of three different positions throughout my career while only getting paid for one, working 60 hours a week with a debilitating illness. Now at thirty years old, I’m getting over it. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and I am asking for help. It is absolutely terrifying.
What’s all the build up? What am I asking for? Short answer: your money. Long answer: I would like your help in helping me grow made by laura lee not just as a blog but as a brand and as a business. Help me be the next Martha Stewart, minus the felony. Check out the Kickstarter video! It’s beautiful and I am so proud. I hope you will be just as proud as me to be apart of it.
The time has come and Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I typically dread Valentine’s Day… Not in the “I’m single and a tragic spinster” kind of way, but really more for the overload of bad chocolate and the misuse of pink, Pink, PINK EVERYWHERE! I’m always surrounded by loved ones and have so many dear friends to love. This year is a little different though…
A few weeks ago, Lindsey (I feel as if she needs no introduction at this point) shared a link on my Facebook timeline that Brit & Co. was teaming up with DoSomething to help Meals on Wheals get handmade cards to folks all over the country for Valentine’s Day.
I will be donating the following cards to Meals on Wheels this week!
YOU CAN HELP TOO!
I have updated my ETSY shop with the following cards that I have created over the last few weeks. For every card that is sold, I will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels!
You can give the cutest cards to your friends, family, and loved ones and know that it’s going to a couple of good causes: Meals on Wheels as well as supporting local artists.
The dust has settled and I am slowly cleaning up my apartment from the mania of 12 Days of Crafting and prepping and so on. I’m not going to lie, I had nightmares the entire week before that I wouldn’t be able to sell a single item or that no one would like anything. I am relieved and so very thankful to say that my first craft fair was a success. I am very much looking forward to participating in many more, that is right after I restock my inventory!
I did much better than I anticipated. There is a glimmer of hope that I could quite possibly continue to do what I do… and, wait for it, make a living off of doing what I love doing the most: making.
Here are some pictures from my table. I hope you enjoy! I have some items left, so if you are looking for Christmas gifts, search no further! Feel free to contact me!