photos by Jared Smith
Living in Houston has posed multiple challenges for me with life as I used to know it. For instance, learning to live with extreme humidity basically year round (I thought I was bad at styling my hair before, ha!), navigating a thousand different highways to get just about anywhere, and having to miss out on a lot of holidays with the my Mom and Dad back home. The latter of the three breaks my heart all too often, so I’ve gotten super accustomed to finding ways to of sending my love back home, like ProFlowers for Mother’s Day (though my Mom absolutely requires chocolate at every occasion, so I have to add that on too, ha!) and my token Polo hat in the same color every year for my Dad for Father’s Day. Except the time I bought him a microwave, but that’s a story for another time….
My parents separated when I was really young, so I know all about how hard it can be on holidays, especially Mother and Father’s Day, when there isn’t a second parent around to make sure the day is made special when kids are young or to be able to take a break even if just for the day. Knowing all of that, I have a very special place in my heart for single parents, so I decided to give a little extra attention to two single, hard working, and dedicated Moms here in Houston that we know and love by doting on them and their little families with sweets, a photo shoot, and a bouquet that we thought reflected their awesome personalities in honor of Mother’s Day…
Well, it’s been a very interesting few weeks behinds the scenes lately! The studio has been filled with everything from loads and loads of paper lanterns, inflatable flamingos, flossing sugar crumbles, every accessory under the moon (for a cool upcoming style post!), and just about anything else you can imagine. Basically the studio has split personalities at all times.
The good news is that when things get really weird, I now just make myself cotton candy in my trusty new cotton candy maker (it’s awesome!)! But before we get to the that, here are few other happenings…
Life is a funny thing, isn’t it? I get asked all of the time about how Sugar & Cloth all got started, and when finally stopped to think about it, I guess I never really told the whole story. It’s not really that exciting, and I definitely wouldn’t call it magical or an overnight success, but it’s a story I should tell nonetheless. I mean, people love to hear about the girl that has no problem posting public jokes about herself and super uncomfortable winky faces for the entire internet to see (I wish, it’s more like .0001% of the internet), right? Anyways, prepare yourself for this weird novel…
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It’s been a busy, busy time over here the last few weeks and I’m really thankful! We’re currently working on a cool (and very different from the norm!) photo shoot with Brittni while she’s in town to teach the DIY workshop with us this weekend, plus we’re attempting to keep up with all of our regular DIY duties without skipping a beat. It’s been fun, tiring, full of ridiculous one-liners, and exhausting all at once.
In some ways I wouldn’t want it any other way, but I’m also trying to stay accountable to myself to not over commit and end up spreading myself WAY too thin. It’s a terrible habit that I’ve gotten more used to than I should, and it can’t be a healthy thing when you start to forget what days without work are like, right? So, I’m curious to see if you all have any pro tips on how you learned when to say no to things, or eventually were able to gage when you were at your limit before you felt all over the place!
I definitely think there is a difference between having a busy, booming season in life or your career, and consistently agreeing to too many things and putting yourself in a tight place, so don’t get me wrong. I’m just notorious for wanting to take every opportunity instead of picking and choosing more strategically to do what I can do do even better.
Anyways, feel free to give me the run down on your experiences with this, and in the meantime, you can watch me run a DIY, photo shoot, workshop, visitors in town marathon this week over on Instagram! I hope you guys packed snacks, it’s going to be a long one!