Day One

 

Day One

I always had a thing for bags.

Well, amongst other things like makeup, shoes, flowers, and of course, yarn. When I first started knitting, I was using old makeup bags to house my projects on the go.

I have a hard time finding a project bag that matches my aesthetic. A bag, after all, is an extension of your personality. I like simplicity. Not overly patterned. I prefer zippered compartments over pockets, and the bigger, the better.

My love for knitting and my love for bags had me dreaming of creating the perfect bag. Perhaps, even start an online store. In the past year, I’ve been busy making prototypes of different sizes and materials. Lots of trial and error, for sure. As a stay at home mama, it is difficult to find the time to sit in my studio, and just create. There were lots of late nights sewing, troubleshooting, and planning.

It was always in the back of my mind to pursue this further once my youngest began school. Even though his first day was technically this past Tuesday, he was only there for a couple of hours. Today, my lil’ man, my baby, who I was with every day for 4 years, is away for the whole day.

I want to cry but I’m also excited.  I want him home a little longer but I also want my freedom. This September, our kids reached a milestone. The eldest started University. The second started grade one. And now, our youngest is in JK.

It’s time.

I have to set aside fears and doubts.

Today is day one.

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PEARadise

Pearadise Island is a play on 2 of my favorite things:

Pears + Paradise.

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I had extreme morning sickness while pregnant with my third child. One day, my best friend, Matilda, came over out of the blue and made me lunch. It was THE most amazing sandwich with sliced pears, cheese and bacon. I can’t tell you how comforting it was to eat that meal, and for the first time, be able to hold it down. Ever since then, I associate pears with her and our friendship. She is my soul sistah. We have been friends for over 20 years and I am so blessed to have her in my life.

PARADISE

My husband, Radley has been my biggest supporter from day 1. We grew up together. We share the same birthday. He is funny and kind, plus, some might argue he looks like The Rock. I will never forget the day we got married – in paradise – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic surrounded by family and friends. He is my home, and my inspiration every single day.

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So, there you have it. The story behind my name. I owe a lot to these two. It is because of them and their never ending words of encouragement that has pushed me to come out of my comfort zone and put myself out there. I began sharing my projects on Instagram last year. And now, with the help of my amazing husband – I have started this blog so you can get to know me a little better. 

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