Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cow Showing for 4-H

This past month the girls showed baby calves at the County Fair. Our 4-H group hooked the tikes up with a farm and some baby cows. It sure was an interesting adventure. Both Charlotte and Gretchen were troopers! Their cow, Peanut Butter, was a stubborn little girl. The kids had to walk them around the ring, keep the cows head in line with it's spine, know their name and birthday, and of course smile at the judge. Neither one came close to winning but it made them excited enough to try again next year. I'm so glad the braved something new and stepped out of their comfort zone.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Ollie & Olina Giveaway from Bonnie Christine

If you have seen my debut collection, Hello Bear, then you have also admired designer Bonnie Christine's work for Art Gallery Fabrics. She is the brilliant surface pattern designer that has dreamed up the Hello Bear line. I've used her collection as inspiration for the basis of my brand and thus you have my Hello Bear Heirloom Quilt Collection.

Bonnie Christine runs a blog called Going Home To Roost. Starting today, she's hosting a giveaway her blog for a $50 gift card to Ollie and Olina.

At ollie & olina, we believe two things: baby gifts should be functional and memorable. We know how important and cherished these moments are and how special it is to receive an unforgettable gift. Especially one that is handmade, right here in the U.S.!

What are you waiting for? Head over to Going Home To Roost and enter the givewaway! Bonnie is expecting her second child, a daughter, in just a few weeks. Send her some good loving while you are at it. And who knows, maybe we'll see some more amazing prints in 2016 from this talented designer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ollie & Olina

What a morning! After a few late-night phone calls and tech support, the Ollie & Olina website is up and running. It looks beautiful thanks to Zoe and Geri. I'm so thrilled with how this little dream of mine turned out.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ollie & Olina :: behind the scenes

As I look at my beautiful website and brand that is about to launch in three days, I realize that in no way did I do this alone. A few of you have heard me talk about Geri, and it was a learning curve for sure, but Geri from The Languid Lion did an awesome job of helping to pull out the dream that was stuck inside me and couldn't find a way out.

She has revamped her own website and has a great profile on Ollie & Olina and me.

Geri states, "Ollie and Olina is a new line of handmade heirloom quilts, bibs and burp cloths for newborn babies. Erika was looking to expand her budding business last year and needed some special packaging for her products. In digging a little deeper with Erika and determining what her real goals were, we ended up creating a new name, clarified her new target audience, specialized her line of products for a narrowing niche market and then got to work designing it all!"

And boy it's true!! We had a few ups and a few downs, but the end product is amazing and it's a dream come true. I know I still have to run uphill for at least another year to really get things going, but I'm ready for the challenge and I'm proud of what I've done.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Launching soon: Ollie & Olina

Oooh, I'm so excited!! The official Ollie & Olina website is going to launch in just two weeks! We've been working so hard on building inventory and getting the bugs out. Here are a few sneak peeks from the photo shoot. Tanya from Now It's Personal Photography really did a fantastic job. Our two baby models (and mamas) were amazing too. I don't think things could have gone better.

I'm certainly taking a leap of faith here. I truly think that Ollie & Olina can make a mark on in this world.

New mothers deserve a memento of their children’s first months. A little piece of function and beauty.  The journey of parenthood spans many memories – from the time we bring our children home from the hospital to when they start their own family. From their first steps to that walk down the aisle. From preschool to graduate school. Wouldn’t you want to have a lovely keepsake as a poignant reminder of those cherished moments?

At Ollie and Olina, we believe that quality matters. We believe that our Earth matters.  We believe that moments matter.  And we believe in packaging that up into one unforgettable gift.

When you’re expecting, you can expect to remember it for a lifetime.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Family Photo

At least once per year I try to get a good family photo without spending a fortune. I can manage to get nice pictures of the girls but never with Kevin and myself in it too. The photographer I'm using for the Ollie and Olina photo shoot was doing mini sessions. We were able to just purchase one digital image!! I've been super disappointed with family photos in the past so it really made me smile to capture such a great moment on film. If you have kids you know it's near impossible to get them all to look at the camera at the same time and have a good smile on. Charlotte's expression is priceless. I'm in love.

Tanya Haswell, owner of Now It's Personal Photography, did a wonderful job! We took photos at 7:30pm on a beautiful night and even used one of my personal favorite quilts to sit on. (It's the summer sampler series.)

I'm wearing a beautiful shirt by Escapada that I purchased at Everve. Kevin has on his favorite puckerware shirt from Patagonia and the girls are wearing coral and blue dresses from Gymboree. I love the color coordination but not the matchy-matchy that this color platform gave us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Charlotte Finishes Kindergarten

Today Charlotte graduated from kindergarten from St. Francis Borgia Catholic School​. We have been a part of the school community for three years and each year somehow is far superior to the year before. The teachers are seriously magical. The doors have closed and the kids will enter a NEW school next fall-- they are very blessed! Gretchen will be there in one more year, for kindergarten.

We are so proud of this 6yo. She's probably the last in class to loose a tooth (was pulled at the dentist a few weeks ago) but is an awesome reader and has a kind heart. Besides academics, Charlotte has learned a lot about herself including when to be patient, when to step down, and when to be good when it really counts. These things I'm most proud of her for.

As for a jungle ornithologist, she came up with this on her own. She said, "I want to live in the jungle and take care of parrots and other birds." I had to look it up, but I knew there was somebody who did things like that. Next in line was still her option to be a rock star, but that really is not going to be an option for her (vocally).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gretchen Graduates from 3K

Today Gretchen graduated from 3K. She's been in the program for over a year and is now four. I have had such a wonderful experience with the Early Childhood program at Grafton Elementary School. The teachers are magical! With Gretchen's speech apraxia, she really struggled to find her words and has some motor planning issues. The staff, including OT and speech, have helped tremendously! Gretchen is almost always confident in herself and finally has some opinions. She plays well with others and most people just love her.

We are super proud of what she's overcome. This summer will be filled with summer school (speech) and lots of playing. We are going to work on /s/ sounds at home and some other things like writing her name and letter recoginition. She can write her name, legibily, but we'll work on making it better.

It's hard not to love this little face and fashionista. Although she now wants to be a nurse doctor, I have a feeling we may see some fashion in her future.


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