She's been working on this for so long, amidst numerous time restraints in raising two small and highly energetic girls, health challenges, prioritising her life as a diligent homemaker, being a loving wife to Ross and cherished daughter to Mr E and I, and immersing herself daily in drawing closer to God.
But GOD is faithful and at the right time, in the right season, He opens the door for our endeavours.
He has now opened this door for sweet Blossom.
Lucy & May is officially up and running.
Now let me explain a few things about the names our family use.
When I first had my homeschooling blog back in 2006 it was usual to give your children pseudonyms to protect their identity. Our girl's name is actually Elizabeth but on my blog/s she has always been Blossom...and it's genuinely what I love to call her, for she is a beautiful bloom that colours our life with great delight. Our Blossom lives up to that name.
When you go to her shop you will see her name is Elizabeth and now that she's a grown woman, wife and mother, I no longer need to protect her identity. BUT here on the blog, she'll always be referred to as our Blossom, okay?
The name of Blossom/Elizabeth's shop is Lucy and May, named for her two precious girls, Rafaella Lucy and Cully May.
Now I think you may want to see a few photos of what my sweet daughter has been sewing, yes?
All her items are sized for babies and young toddlers as she simply adores making baby clothes and her own girls are too big now (though they do get some beautiful outfits made especially for them!).
These frilled Baby Bloomers are the cutest nappy covers and paired with a simple t-shirt they are a gorgeous gift for little ones.
I love the Lillesand Rompers and there's few available in different fabrics and sizes, but this vintage Tilda print really caught my eye...
Do you love gingham? If you've been reading my blog for a while you are well aware that it's one of my favourite fabrics for children's clothing...and aprons, naturally.
This Astoria Romper is gorgeous, those frills catch my heart...
...and every stitch professionally made.
And then there is the Matilda Dress...be still my beating heart. I love how Blossom has used the solid green in the gathered skirt to show off the pretty Tilda Apple Blossom bodice.
You may think I'm gushing, and you're right.
I have seen the years of dedication my dear daughter has put in to honing the skills of dressmaking and that diligence to learn, to improve, to practice, is coming to fruition in her new little cottage business here in the sunny tropics of northern Australia.
Blossom has no desire to push beyond the limits with this venture because for her it's firstly God, home and family, that hold her heart and her most valuable time and energy, so once the items already in her shop are sold (she will not be taking custom orders) you will have to wait for the next 'season' of sewing to be completed before new items are listed.
(I'll be sure to let you know when that happens if you miss out this time.)
Blossom will post world wide so wherever you are around the globe her darling handmade garments can find you.
Below is the link to her Etsy shop and new Instagram page...
(make her shop a favourite by clicking the heart button)
Now one more thing before I go today. Yesterday I shared Block 4 of this year's BOM, The 23rd Psalm. I missed part of the pattern sheet for you to trace and a lovely reader kindly pointed that out for me. There's a small floral/bee spray at the top right which was not on the pattern sheet, but I have updated the download link now so if you downloaded the original version yesterday you can go HERE now and download the amended version.
I have some more news to share with you soon, to do with The Homemakers Heart and community, but until then I pray you stay safe, look up and out at the beauty which can be found around you, and do not spend too much time following the news reports.
Our new normal can be good if we allow it to be.