January 08, 2014

Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality

ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. First trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, first trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

In the past, whenever i would think about how it would be if i would ever be pregnant, i would think about how i would slow down a bit. Take time to do things that often don't get priority in regular daily life.
What i thought i would do while pregnant:
- Blogging, i thought i would do more writing than usual, maybe even get back to a somewhat regular schedule of postings.
- All my store stock would be re-organized and photographed and given great product descriptions.
- I would think about all the movies i would watch, and play the Wii on days spend on the couch.
- My nail art manicure skills would be perfected by the end of the pregnancy.
- I would gather all my paper supplies and loose magazines and work on my collage journals.
- I would work on some craft tutorials, make a bunch of new chalkware figurines, and sew a lot of baby clothing, baby quilts and other cuteness.
- The freezer would be filled with plenty of healthy dishes, ready to be warmed up after the baby arrives.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. Second trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, second trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

Oh how wrong was i. The baby is expected to join us somewhere within the next two weeks maybe and the only thing i started doing in the past week is watch a few movies. Just because moving around is getting to be a very difficult task.

In all my plans i didn't think about the time it takes to find and move into a new apartment. Or the time i would spend on lists of things to research and purchase for the baby. And i also never planned on being pregnant during the busiest time of the year for my shop. The Christmas holiday shopping season.
ismoyo's vintage playground: Planned Pregnancy Activities and the Reality. Third trimester pregnancy illustration from 1980 Parents Expecting magazine
Vintage illustration, third trimester pregnancy, 1980 Parents Expecting Magazine.

Blogging? Plenty of topic ideas, some even ready in draft. Finishing a post? Just something that would happen in my late night thoughts.
Photographing store stock? I was happy if i got all orders packed and shipped, and all customers emails answered.
The holiday season kicked in not only the last few months of the year, but also the last few months of my pregnancy. A time i definitely have less energy to get through each day. Once i did all the necessities to keep the shop running and my dear customers happy, my battery was running on empty.
Nail art? Journaling? Crafting? Sewing? Cooking? I can only laugh about it now. Whatwasithinking?

We're nearing the end of this adventure now. It's getting closer. And without getting into too many cliches, i can't wait to meet the baby, and at the same time i want this pregnancy to last a little longer. I'm excited scared, and excited looking forward to the next chapter.

Making plans for when the baby is here? Idontthinkso..

December 08, 2012

Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper

vintage christmas wrapping paper candles
I'm a bit of a graphic design nerd. I might not do a lot of designing myself lately, but i still often dream in color compositions.
If i would dream of Christmas gift wrap, i would dream about vintage Christmas wrapping paper designs.
vintage christmas wrapping paper candles
Over time i have gathered quite a few of these wonderful sheets of paper.
Just the fact that someone bought them years ago, to pack their presents with, had a few sheets left, never threw them out, but instead kept them, maybe for next year. And then probably forgot about them when they were neatly stored away.
vintage Christmas gift wrap peace love happiness
I have never been able to get myself to actually use them. Even though i think the packages would look amazing wrapped in them under the Christmas tree, i just can't put the scissors in to them.
vintage Christmas gift wrap ornaments
I thought of maybe one day using them in my collage journals, or maybe framing them as Christmas wall art, but so far i did the same thing as the person who originally bought them; neatly stored them away.
vintage christmas wrapping paper red ornaments
So this year i said enough is enough. They need to get some more love. I have to send them out in to the world to new loving homes. To people who might really use them. Or not. Maybe the next person who owns these treasures will also just store and cherish them. And that is okay. They are beautiful as they are.
vintage christmas wrapping paper trees
This is just a sampling of the papers i have. Or should i say had. They are listed in the Holiday section of the shop. Some of them already found new homes. And i can still look at them right here.
I say goodbye and thank you for the great design inspiration dreams.