Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Friendships and Mustaches!

A couple weeks ago the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to reach out and talk to an unfamiliar face in our church toddler class, line. I learned it was her first time attending our church and immediately welcomed her and gave her my number if she needed a friend to pray with. Little did I know that was God's divine appointment for two young mommies to not only meet and encourage one another but to become friends! After multiple texts and coffee dates a wonderful friendship has grown that I am very thankful for.

A great friendship isn't complete without mustaches photos, right? I seem to have a funny tradition about taking mustaches photos with friends and family. As I;m writing, I'm realizing there are some great friends I don't have these memories with. Like Kayla from LoveSparklePretty! We have had countless coffee dates and photos but non with staches. 

What are some of your favorite memories with friends?
What silly traditions do you have?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Life As A Mommy...

As a women we have taken on many roles and job titles... Wife, mom, friend, sister, auntie, cook, cleaner, laundry mate, home maker, PTA mom, church volunteer, party planner, car pool mom, advise giver and I think you get the point! The list goes on forever. God did a great job at creating women and He gave us just the right amount of sanity to take care of all the tasks life throws at us.

Most recently, my greatest job title or should I say most interesting job has been "Mommy!" My toddler, Laila has quite the energy and mischievous behavior lately. Last year about this time I was meeting up with some encouraging sisters for a weekly study. One day as the kids were in the back room playing and us mommies discussed our latest chapter, we heard a loud "BANG!" Each mommy got up as quick as we could to find my daughter had climbed the dresser drawers trying to reach the top shelf of shoes. Which resulted in the dresser falling on her and another sweet toddler. We also discovered my daughter and a few of the other littles found nail polish! They not only painted there nails and toe nails, but split the polish on white carpet!

Just recently we started up another weekly study. Last week my daughter found more nail polish and painted her toes completely purple! {At least she did it outside this time!} Her and another toddler got into a nightstand and ate a pretty good amount of chocolate covered almonds. After shutting that bedroom door and talking with a mommy friend I realized our two little girls had become quiet AGAIN... This time they were in her friends, big sisters room eating her sour patch kids! That was my queue to load up and take my little lady home for a nap before she got into anything else.

Well just yesterday we met up for study again to go over our newest chapter. Unfortunately some moms had to miss which meant fewer littles running around. I thought "Today shouldn't be to hard to keep a good eye on Laila." Boy was I wrong! Half way through the study I realized I hadn't seen Laila and her friend walk by playing and they had gotten extremely quiet... I walked down the hallway to find a strong nail polish scent coming from the bathroom. As I opened the door I once again found my little lady and her friend painting nails, toes, dripping the polish on the rug and their clothes. UGH, I wanted to scream! My daughter doesn't do this at home why was she doing it in other peoples homes? A quick pick up of all the polish and off to time-out she was. I couldn't help but apologize a million times, I mean I felt so bad she kept finding the polish and making a mess.

Today was a new day and a day that has been spent at home in her own environment, were she knows what is and isn't acceptable to play with. But as any mommy knows our littles are great at surprising us with new messes or moments we say "No, No, No we don't do that!" And today was no exception... As we were eating lunch Laila left the table. I asked her what are you doing love, she replied pooping. I asked are you pooping on your potty {Knowing that she wasn't.} of course she answered no. I know she likes to poop in a diaper and always hides, but I didn't expect what came next! She came running to me with her diaper and poop in hand saying "I POOPED!" There's a mommy "WOW" moment! Eating lunch and your toddler comes running butt naked holding a diaper full of poop. When I tried to clean her up, she try's practicing her summer salts. Another "No, No, No we don't do that!" moment.

Being a mommy is never boring and lately the toddler stage has kept me on my toes more than a ballerina. There's never a dull moment with kids and yet I love everything about being a mom. I will admit I am slightly afraid of the transition from one to two but I know the Lord will be with me every step of the way helping me keep my sanity and moving forward. It's crazy how much the Lord uses our kids to teach us patience, love and forgiveness. These moments seem never ending and tiresome at times, but there moments I wouldn't change even if I could!
What are a few of your recent mommy adventures? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New scarf designs are available + Signup for monthly promotional codes + An important shop announcement!

 My new scarf designs have finally made there debut to the shop!!!
What are the new designs...? Cozy crochet hooded scarves with pockets!
These scarfs really do have it all! Just when you thought scarves were just a classic accessory to add to your wardrobe, I created a new design that not only will keep you warm through the cooler seasons but also incorporate several different versatility features that make them accessible and useful while on the go. Of course these designs will still keep their intricacy and flattering, cozy aesthetic to any wardrobe piece in your closet as well. Wear this scarf with the hood on and hands tucked in pockets, hood down, scarf wrapped around your neck, and so many more options available! Check out all the new pieces below that have been recently added to the shop!

 Octobers Newsletter went out yesterday with all the info on my new designs as well as an amazing promotional code for these Twisted bow ear warmers! Want to get promotional codes, new designs and all things new with LCP sent to your email? Just enter your email in the subscription box to your right!
Also many of my followers know that we are expecting baby #2, Easton Ryan Philpp at the end of December, and couldn't be more excited!
Due to the fact delivery is unexpecyed and we want to enjoy our time with Laila before a newborn enters the home, the shop will be on vacation December 1, 2014 - February 1, 2015. We hope you understand and are able to get a head start on your Christmas shopping with LCP.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New pieces + Photo Shoot + Bump Update + Upcoming Event

The last few weeks(more like months) have been super crazy in my home, to say the least. With a growing baby bump, toddler in "terrible two's," a hubs that was home a month and prepping for Penelope Lane Boutique

26 week bump!

This mama is in need of a mini vacation or a few quite hours to just think. Which is why I tried to get up a little earlier to read my devotional, make some coffee, waffles and create a blog; because we all know its been ages sense I have been on the blog! Sometimes with so much chaos you don't have time to think let alone write out a sentence. But with hubs back to work, a sleeping toddler and a few minutes maybe an hour to myself (Scratch that shes up! lol) I would like to update you on some fun new pieces making there debut to the Shop October. These pieces will also be up for grabs at Penelope Lane Boutique as well Sep 27 at The Grand Event Center.

Espresso Brown Braided Infinity Scarf 

 White Braided Infinity Scarf

 Vibrant Orange Chunky Cowl, Lace Scarf
(New Crochet Design)

Dusty Blue Chunky Cowl, Lace Scarf with Fringe
(New Crochet Design) 

Taupe(Milk Chocolate or Light Brown) Chunky Cowl, Lace Scarf
(Old Crochet Design)

Espresso Chunky Cowl, Lace Scarf with Fringe
(Old Crochet Design) 

Twisted Bow Ear Warmers 

 There will be LOTS of color options available at PLB and in the shop as well!

I have to give a BIG THANK YOU! To my dear friend Kayla of  Love Sparkle Pretty for playing photographer and taking all these marvelous photos of my pieces for Etsy.  Another BIG THANK YOU! to Crystal for her beautiful-ness modeling my pieces!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank You Cards, Branding and Tiny Prints Products

One thing I strive to do with each customer that purchases through my shop is make them feel appreciated. When you purchase handmade you feel a connection to the maker. It's a connection much more than driving to your local store and picking out the item. Handmade shop owners pour so much time and love into each piece created. I like to take it a step further by expressing my gratitude with a detailed "Thank You Card" and pretty packaging. I want my customers to feel great about there purchase and excited they chose to order from my shop.
Thank you cards and branding tools that make it easy to personalize your shop make for a great way to send a little extra love to your customers. I would recommend that every shop owner include a thank you card, personally thanking the customer for choosing handmade as well as choosing your shop. I would also encourage each shop to create beautiful packing with multiple tools that say your logo/shop name to help you leave a lasting impression on your customer. Which will help them better remember you for future purchases.
I had the greatest opportunity to work with Tiny Prints on packing and branding tools for my shop. I never realized the large variety of products they have to choose from and loved how you can personalize them in so many ways. The possibilities are endless. Not to mention how extremely friendly and willing to help they are. My questions and emails were answered almost immediately. If you are looking for some amazing new ideas for your shop, packaging or branding look no further than Tiny Prints.
Most of my followers know that in December we will be expecting Philipp baby number two and I can't help but feel so excited to find out what baby Philipp is so we can start getting the nursery ready. Then there's the baby shower, invites, thank you cards and birth announcements. As I scroll through Tiny Prints I was trying not to add everything to my cart. Do you have a special event coming up that could use a little personalization from Tiny Prints?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

20 Week Bump Updated

I can't believe I am half way done with this pregnancy, time has flown by. I was so anxious to find out the gender that I wanted time to fly but now that I realize I have less than 4 1/2 months I want to slow down and enjoy these moments. This pregnancy (All Thanks to God) has been easier. With Laila I was sick the whole pregnancy. The nausea let up when the second trimester came along but the energy hasn't seemed to return. I guess chasing  a toddler around the house all day doesn't really help with the exhaustion, not to mention the lack of coffee.
The bump is starting to stick out and finally look like a baby bump verse a bloated or super full stomach. I can feel baby Easton's kicks more and more. Although he isn't much of a kicker. He'll most likely be my calm baby. Which this mama doesn't mind, hopefully he can calm his sister down a bit. We try and take naps when Laila is in the mood to help us calm down but those are few and far in between. Sleepless nights are a regular thing, seeing as I can never get comfortable and when I do Laila wakes up and crawls in bed. Shes like her mommy, tossing and turning all night or wide awake when daddy leaves for work.
We haven't started working on the nursery, probably because of my lack of energy. Plus Easton's room is currently Laila's playroom. I know once I get his room the way I want it she will run in there and rearrange everything and go into her own nesting mode. Any advice on converting your toddlers playroom into the new babies nursery? I also have no idea of the theme I want to do for his room, I guess I need to start pinning some options and talk to hubby.

What are some of your most memorable pregnancy memories? How do/did you fully enjoy every moment of pregnancy? 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Styled Contest Wearing My Crochet Boho Tie Back Headband with Wooden Beads and Guinea Feathers

While attending the CreativeLIVE course "Marketing for crafters" with Tara Swiger, I came up with a few new idea's for my shop. I decided I wanted to try something fun using one of my featured Etsy shop items. This is going to be a experiment that will hopefully encourage others to create stylish outfits using the pieces purchased through my shop. It will also be a great way for you to help me come up with new ideas for future pieces. All while getting the opportunity to win other items listed in my shop, shop credit and more.

This contest is featured around my Crochet boho tie back headband with wooden beads and Guinea feathers. This boho inspired tie-back headband is created using soft ivory yarn which is hand crocheted into a beautiful scalloped design. Guinea feathers and intricate wooded beads that remind me of ancient cave writings are used to add a touch of Indian detail. With long ties in the back, each piece is created with versatility in mind. The scallops measure approximately 16 inches across and each tie(Not including the bead and feather.) measures approximately 14 inches.

Photo Credit: Kayla V Photography
To enter (you must have purchased this piece) post a picture of you styled in this piece and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #styledcontest. If you don't have an Instagram account you can email me taraphilipp(at)yahoo(dot)com with your photos. The contest will be held from August 1st - August 31st, you may post a new photo once a day(Whether you wear a different outfit with the piece or style it in a different way). If you haven't already purchased this piece but want to, you can here. From August 1st - August 15 shipping will be free for all US orders as a gift for purchasing and entering the contest. Once the contest is over (August 31) I will go through all the photo's a pick a winner. The winner will receive a scarf of your choice valued at $30.00, good luck!

Participating blogs: LoveSparklePrettySo There By Amy