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Miss.Chastain's is focused on maintaining a connection to our fore-mothers through the rich heritage of needle works passed down through the generations. Miss. Chastain's head designer ;Sarah Rizzo, started sewing at the age of 7. Her first completely independent project was a recreation of the American Girls "Felicity" dress - a colonial reproduction. She learned to crochet a year later, with the Happy Hookers group at the local senior center. Thousands of dish cloths, baby layettes, afgans and garments later, she ventured into creating lace with threads. Sarah now has a passion for antique Irish lace reproduction, and lace jewelry creation. Sarah is an award winning costumer, having a love for all things historical. Her outstanding designs are worn worldwide in Victorian, Regency, Civil War, Renaissance and Medieval faires. Additionally her work has been worn in off Broadway theater, the Intersect Dance Theater, and Celebrate Dance 2011. Sarah studied Costuming, Pattern Design, as well was Fashion Design at Phoenix College She also writes a blog, with helpful needle art tips a long with life tips based in the wisdom, of needle arts.  Miss. Chsatsin's, offers you unique one of a kind items made from experienced loving hands ~ just like your Granny or Great Granny used to do. Each piece is made with a revenue for the art. Miss. Chsatain's, is based in Lafayette LA

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Four weeks postpartum

so here I'm four weeks postpartum, and I have to say I think it's harder now then the first few days home with my little one. For many reasons this was the first full week that my husband was back at work, I truly valued and greatfull that he was able to be off work for almost a full three weeks. It not only gave him bonding time but did things like gave me time to shower use the restroom when our little one doesn't want to be put down because he could hold her, but with him back at work it's just me. It's been harder then I thought it would be now that his back, with the mix of not having someone to help and her being  extremely colicky meaning that I'm just completely exhaust. To top it off my in laws are coming this week to see the baby so at some point I need to clean the house, as it is I'm just  barely keeping up with Basic sensual laundry.
I truly don't know how women do this  completely alone, or the women that have to go back to work at this time or at the six week park. I'm hoping that in the next few weeks I'll be back to get back to doing some work for the shop because I have some great ideas for things. However right now the only thing I truly plan on doing is hoping to get some sleep now that the little one is  finally  Thank god asleep!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Halo swaddle

when my little girl was first born, I mean the day she was born she was ok with being swaddled but after that she was having none of it. She cried the whole time so till two days ago I had given up on the idea that swaddling would be a way to  calm her and help her sleep. However after her not really sleep for two nights and most of the day, I thought what the hell Im going to give swaddling other try hoping that it would work even fore a little bit and to my great surprises  it worked! It was great  during the day but for some reason it didn't work as well at night, I wasn't sure why really, I thought maybe it was that I couldn't get her swaddled tight after I changed her diaper at night, partly becuase I was so tired trying to do it. I had been swaddling her the "old" way meaning using a   Receiving blanket, in truth I thought that the swaddling blanket that had the  velcro were something I didn't need after all I know how to use a blanket flooded to swaddled. But at this point  I thought ok I'm giving I. And getting one hoping that it would help. I have to say the Halo sleep bag swaddled combo may be the best thing I have spent money on. Here is why the bag part has a zipper, that opens starting at the feet making it easy to change the diaper with out un doing the swaddle of the upper body. That's great because that means baby doesn't wake up all the way! Making it easy to change and feed and get her back to sleep in just a few minutes, meaning that I get to go back to sleep! Before using the Halo swaddled the only way that she would go back to sleep was on my chest with me holding her meaning I wasn't getting much sleep or good sleep because it was taking her along time to get back to sleep.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Three weeks postpartum

 What a complete whirlwind the past 2 1/2 almost 3 weeks has been. I little girl was born and came home, I have to say nothing  truly prepares you for bringing a little one home that's definitely for sure.  Even with my husband having time off work and being here which I have to say has been great giving me the opportunity to as crazy it sounds leave her with someone and just step out for a few minutes and keep my bit of my sanity, along with my mother being here I have all the great blessings I truly do not understand how anyone can do this without help.  That being said I do know that I've had a relatively easy time with her, for the most part she's been sleeping through the night. I don't wake her to feed her if she wakes to eat then I know she's hungry and she wants to eat I am not someone that believes you should wake a baby to feed them if they're hungry they will weaken want to eat and when she wants to eat she eats.  However there have been a few nights where she is up and just doesn't want to sleep, however for the most part getting her back to sleep to be solved by her sleeping on my chest she just wants to be near and  held close, and I truly understand that after all the world is big and scary to her she's only been in it to an a half weeks being near me it's what she's known her entire existence. But the sleeping arrangement has been difficult for my husband I know because he's a very do everything by the book kind of person and all of the classes we took and books we read all are very against  Cosleeping for safety. However I do believe that cosleeping is in many ways much more natural at this age then to try and put them in a crib or bassinet and just let them cry. I did have a friend that came to visit I had a better week after she was born they did say something about well you know you don't have  to go to her all the time you can just let her cry, but to me I can't there is nothing more horrible for me to feel then to look at her crying and have a look of fear and anxiety and her face to me it is my job to comfort her and make her feel safe in this world so how  could I just let her cry until she exhaust yourself then she is  knowing anxiety and fear unnecessarily and I can't be the cause for that to start for her the world will do that enough to her now is the time for her to be comforted and that means I lose some sleep then that's the deal I made.

 For the first two weeks of her life my husband was home from work so it was really nice to not be alone and doing everything as well as it was great to see her bond with her daddy. The first day that he went back to work was a little hard I think mostly because she did miss having him here but that is the way that it has to be. Last night was the first night that she just would not go back to sleep no matter what so I was up with her because after all he was going up a very long day at work about a 16 hour day and I didn't want to make him try and stay up when if she's not going to go back to sleep she's not gonna go back to sleep no reason for both of us to completely lose sleep when I'm the one that's going to be home and have the opportunity to nap when she does,  so I got up and was up most of the night with her she's just had a growth spurt time wanting to eat and just be held every time I put her down she wake back up so I just set up and held her as she eat.  I read a lot and had a lot of people tell me oh swaddle her and she'll fall asleep, has continued to try swaddling her and for the most part she hates it she cries more and doesn't  sooth herself at all.  However luckily this afternoon
after a long night of very little sleep for both of us I decided to try swaddling her again and this time it comes her completely and put her right to sleep, I'm hoping that this is a new trend and that swaddling will be something that will work to help her rest and feel comforted without having to  be held all the time.  Not that I don't completely love and enjoy holding this little bundle of joy, but I do feel that it's good for her to be able to sleep without being held.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Birth of my little girl

 Saturday March 18. I gave birth to what I have to say is the most  perfect little girl. It was a truly life changing  experience that's for sure, even more so then I thought it would be. I  decided to go "natural" meaning no epidural, after all all births are natural. Choosing to not have an epidural was something I knew I was going to do, but at the time that she was crowning I remember thinking why did I do this. Not just the no epidural but the whole birth thing, but the  moment she was put on my chest the fare and pain of giving her life  what's the place with the most sensational peace and love that  compares to nothing else in the world. As I looked at her for the first time I  began to cry not for sadness but of joy or over  whelming emotion of every kind.




Monday, February 20, 2017

Can't truly believe it

I truly have a hard time believing that I'm 35 weeks along qwith this little girl! It's seams as if time has just gone by so fast, up till now that is. I know that she will come when she is ready and that could be at any time now, and the waiting to meet her is what's killing me now!
However as much as I can hardly wait, something I'm so very over is everyone acting as if I need to have hounders of toys and things for her to do and play with. I get that some people feel like to have to have all that stuff but I don't, we don't plan to give her every toy that comes out, I believe in her not only playing out side and yes I know that's not going to be for sometime, but also that it's up to me and my husband to do things with her not just put a toy in front of her and hope that that will keep her happy. I just don't believe that kids or adults need to have as much stuff as other people think they need.

Friday, December 30, 2016

His sick!

Sadly now his sick! That's the way it goes frame one person in the house to the next I'm just hoping to get him feeling better sooner then I was. He like most men I think don't do well with being sick, even thought his been sick a lot the down time is still hard for him. The good thing is that his off work for a few days so he can hopefully do nothing and get better. The other good thing is that his very open to things like teas and other natural methods of healing to get better so he'll have his teas and that should help. Guess it's ok that as always we didn't have anything planed for the New Year's Eve, we just stay home becuase there are way to many crazy unsafe people out,and in truth it's not as fun I find for myself as it was when I was younger. That maybe becuase I have done the New Year's Eve partying thing and so I no longer feel this need to. It's just a date that we say is the start of the "New Year" but in truth if there are changes you want to do in life you can pick any day to do them and start that New Year for your self.



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pregnancy and a cold at the holidays

I had meet to post more throughout my pregnancy I just kind of gotten crazy busy!  So the up date I'm now 27 weeks ago, and things are over all going great! My mother has moved in with us and started at a new job that she is enjoying I have gone back to work very part time as well. It's nice to be back out a few days a week. But I'm still working on getting things put together so that once the little is here hopefully I'll be able to work from home, yes I like the idea of working somewhere very part time to pick me out in he world but, at the same time I want to be at home with my little one. But  reality is that more income does help. So  in between work and making things for my own little one and the holiday crazy of family I town I have been working on stock for shop.
Oh the holidays, they were great my husbands parents came in to town, so we have a full family  Christmas with them and my mother all here. So we took this time to reveal to them the name that we've chosen we did find out several weeks ago that we will be having a little girl. We just all in stockings from their granddaughter to be with her name in it. Reveal to them the name that we've chosen we did find out several weeks ago that we will be having a little girl. We just all in stockings from their granddaughter to be with her name in it. We knew that they would be happy to find out the name after all my mother in law has been asking every day for weeks what name we have picked. But we had no idea just how happy they would be with the cards, they found it to be the sweetes thing and they were just over joyed and that really made the day the best. But sadly I came down wth a bad cold on Christmas Day, now for people that done know there isn't much you can take for a cold with your  pregnant, but you can take only halfway knocks out sometimes. In many ways I'm OK with this I try to do more natural remedies anyway a lot of echinacea tea and lozenges and rest.  Because after all sometimes things just have to run their natural course, however my husband worries and doesn't feel this way so day four of me being sick he starts in on I have to go to the doctor sure enough I get up today and I'm doing so much better you don't always have to run to the doctor pregnant or not.  Yes there are times when you do and yes being more cautious when you're pregnant is important however for myself I have an extremely low risk pregnancy and I know there's nothing more they can give me steam out your head and rest. The major downside about being sick over the holidays with family in town is it does take some of the fun away for everyone else, as well as time away from working on things I desperately need to get done.  I have gotten one sheet for our bassinet made along with the pattern how to information photos and I'll coming shortly still have many diapers to make.  No I know there are many companies that you can buy cough diapers from as well as disposables, however I'm not choosing to use disposable diapers for a few reasons the detrimental to the environment as well as they're extremely expensive, Then there is  The fact that my husband and I both have extremely sensitive skin so the likelihood of our little one having sensitive skin is very high, so why not avoid chemicals as much as possible.  I did look into several of the companies that make cloth diapers that you can purchase and that's great if that's the route you want to do however I wasn't overly thrilled with what they were offering, so I decided to kind of do my own may as well put that education of mine to use,  information to Torio's on how I'm doing mine will be available shortly as well.