the swirl that is my life. in print.

I had a hard day yesterday. Ruby is teething and Margot is grumpy. Maybe Margot is grumpy about Ruby’s teeth or maybe Ruby is getting teeth to more adeptly defend herself to grumps…either way it is an exhausting combination.

And by ‘exhausting’ I mean, for the last several days I get a total of about three hours of sleep per night in 20-45 minute chunks of time because my sweet Ruby needs me. And while in a thick fog of oh I am so tired I could sleep right here on the kitchen floor, my sweet Margot needs me.
I know it is fleeting but while in it, it’s hard. And while in it yesterday, I got an e mail from our local paper and within a few hours, I was standing in my tiny studio, Ruby on my hip and Margot somersaulting at my feet, with a photographer and reporter.
And then this in today’s paper, right under Woman’s Ear Bitten Off in Alleged Assault”:

When I pay attention, life gives me exactly what I need at the right moments. Yesterday, I needed a shot in the arm and that’s what I got.
I just had to hop on my blog and say THANKS for your support. I am abundantly grateful for the opportunity to be writing and making while home with my children and I am whole-heartedly appreciative of my community.
And, a few businessy items:
In response to the emails re: working from home/blogging/sponsorship/marketing handmades/social networking/etc:
I am considering putting together a gathering (like a half-day conference kinda thing) where we could all put our brains together to give and receive inspiration and tips to make it work for each of our own unique visions. Does this appeal to anyone?
I am hiring a part-time seamstress/seamster. Flexible hours, work from home…email me at if interested.
Hump day nuggets will be a day late this week!

34 Responses to the swirl that is my life. in print.

  1. conference. appealing. yes. I’ve got mad organizational and visionary skills if you’re looking to incorporate areas beyond missoula. (we’re in bozeman.)

    hooray for your feature!!!! have you tried the amber teething necklaces? not a hoax. they work like a dream.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I would definitely be interested Nici! Great idea.

  3. jen says:

    oh. yay for you!
    you so needed this. a glimpse of your life from someone other than yourself.

  4. Kristen says:

    Sounds like a “Radical Homemakers” conference! Love it -

  5. Anna Visscher says:

    I would organize a carpool from Bozeman if you did such a thing!

  6. KatDale says:

    hooray…i dig a radical homemakers conference, sounds like fun.

  7. LeLo says:

    Rock. Star. YOU.
    Don’t tempt me with such a wonderful gathering kind of thing or I just might do it! Even though I don’t have kids I so love everything you’re writing about. Life’s balance is a true challenge for many of us, and really, the reality of how to balance THE GOODNESS and greatness of it all.

  8. meg says:

    I love the idea of a conference of sorts and about all the things you mentioned!!

  9. Erin O. says:

    Thank YOU for continuing to share your life, passions and perspectives. Congratulations on the article and for reaching the point where you can and need to hire help! :)

  10. Kelle says:

    Aaaggghh! Freaking out! Where did you get that dol?. We HAD those dolls when we were little! Jenny and Mandy! Carin had Jenny and I had Mandy…the “My Friend Dolls” and my mom made all their clothes! Holy Goolgling later! I forgot all about them! Saw her face when I opened your post, and the heavens parted. Jenny, where have you been?!?
    The article was beautiful. I read it as soon as sit hit the online site and felt SO PROUD OF YOU! They captured you…especially the pictures! You rock on, business mama!

  11. TRB Holt says:

    What a great way to start my day! Grammie is smiling at the photo of her sewing machine….the very one both you and I learned to sew on!

    I remember like yesterday when you “begged” me for Jenny….we were at toysrus in Seattle.

    I am one proud mama of her rock star daughter!


  12. Betsy says:

    Nice article in the Missoulian today! Woo-hoo!

  13. Kelle: Really!? That’s Jenny! I always thought I named her! I have had her since I was a wee girl. My mom saved her for me because she was my fave. I liked to keep her hair in pig tails. I gave her to a friend who had a girl as a baby gift a few years back and she returned her to me when Margot was born. Jenny! One more thing we have in common…xo

  14. j.j. says:

    Hey Nici~ this is so cool….I got goosebumps after reading the newspaper article. You are doing it and doing it big and with such awesomeness!! Congrats!

    Take care and xoxox jj

  15. Long time reader (thanks to Kelle – saw she read you and have become hooked) first time commenter – wish I were close enough for a conference, maybe you could do a virtual one for those of us further away (like Seattle)…..

  16. Pam says:

    Awesome, Ole!!!

  17. Jacqui says:

    Great article about a great woman!

  18. Deanne says:

    Great article ! I think I have to get to your lovely, creative part of the world !

  19. Jodi says:

    What an amazing article and very inspiring to those of us just starting out! Congrats, you deserve it!

  20. Sage says:

    Yay Nici! I remember the email and the anxious worry, but also strong confidence, explaining how you would make it work from home and why it was needed. Can you believe how it has all worked out?… And this article is such a wonderful validation for a life well lived, and a good chance for you to take a moment and celebrate all that you are doing and have done! Love the quote on the law of attraction… you have such a way with words and such a unique perspective on life. I am right there with you….So so proud of you my friend. What an inspiration you are to all of us, and how nice to have you in my inner circle. xoxo

  21. DavidA says:

    Hey Nici-
    Saw the newspaper article, checked out your site. I’m trying to do what you’re doing. Is this get-together you mentioned open to non-groovy chicks from Missoula? I am a fairly groovy dude from Stevensville. Anyway, keep up the very positive vibe, happy work and may blessings and abundance increasingly flow your way!

  22. Carol says:

    Great article, so inspiring. I’m a Missoula mom on a similar path.

  23. Anonymous says:

    My sister and I had Jenny and Mandy too… :) And now my daughter has my Jenny. Looks a lot more worn than yours though! :)

  24. Cathy says:

    My #3 kid may be taking a job in Missoula…craziness. We’ve doing a lot of Missoula Googling. Maybe I’ll get to come to one of your mini conference things. Congrats on the feature. Very Cool.

  25. Congrats on being featured in the paper! I know that tired feeling – only I just have one kid – I have no idea how you make it with two.

    The half-day conference sounds really great, wish I live within driving distance!

  26. A shot in the arm is a powerful thing.
    Sleep deprivation is a torture-tactic; please tell Ruby.
    You have created a beautiful thing!
    Wish I could bring my kids up to Montana for a little conference followed by martinis for Mamas.

  27. Wesley says:

    Congrats on getting a spot in the Missoulian! That’s great!! Might have to get a Montana shirt for the little boy I nanny.

  28. Joanna says:

    Count me in on that conference if it happens. I am always looking for more ways to stay-at-home and make a buck! Seriously though, I’d love to participate and help out with something like that. And, I am hoping to bring in a kids clothing line at the shop, so could use helpful hints and the like.

  29. I would be up for a conference and would even help to plan… I have been tossing around this sort of idea for a bit. I would love to have a discussion about how to make the leap from working to working for yourself. Yay for future!

  30. David, we NEED a fairly groovy dude from Stevensville.

    LOVE all the enthusiasm about the conference, though we need a different word that is less dry, more dynamic….hmm.

    Stay tuned here…things are already moving with it and I totally see it happening. Fall?

  31. Susan says:

    Loved it! I’m so excited that your leap of faith has sent you soaring. Congratulations!

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