I’m Back! (Plus the explanation behind my year long sabbatical.)




Anybody still out there?

Oh, there you are.


Hi! It’s me Toni. Remember me? …the crazy pink-haired seamstress lady behind this blog. Yeah, it’s been a long time.
Waaaaay back in Oct. 2014, I was only planning to take off a month or two to rest up and get things back in order. But of course one thing led to another and here we are a whole year later. I’m sure most of ya’ll were wondering if I had quit for good. I know a few of you have been keeping me company over on Instagram, but for everyone else let me rewind a little and gave ya a re-cap of what’s been happening since we last chatted. I’ll try to keep it short & sweet-ish. 😉


September & October 2014: Fresh off my Indie Love collection, I began working super overtime on My Little Pony Halloween costumes for my Etsy shop (in an attempt to replace dying appliances), and ended up going 6 or more weeks with no more than 5 hours of sleep a night. If you’ve had a baby ever, I’m sure you can see where this is going. Did I mention that I also started homeschooling Aurelia for kindergarten & threw her a wicked Alice in Wonderland birthday complete with homemade macaroons? *insert hysterical laughter here*


November 2014: I posted my last blog post and began to lose control. I was gaining weight, having ridiculous mood swings, and losing both sleep and my hair. o_O


December 2014: After weeks in bed, Anthony finally convinced me to go in and have my thyroid checked. Looking back, it’s painfully obvious that it was NOT a thyroid issue, and the week before Christmas my doctor put me on antidepressants. Turns out I had spiraled into sever depression brought on by (you guessed it!) extreme exhaustion.


January – May 2015: It took a few months to find the right medication and dosage to stymie the depression, so I decided to focus on getting my material life in order. We painted both kid’s rooms, organized all the toys, had a huge yard sale to get rid of all the baby gear, planted a garden, painted my sewing room, and painted/assembled a giant cutting table my Dad had made me for Christmas.

Somewhere in there, we also celebrated Corbin’s 3rd birthday, nursed him through a bout of pneumonia, got him potty trained, had surgery to clip his tongue tie, took swimming lessons, and signed Aurelia up for kindergarten. *whew*



June – August: By this time I was resigned to taking the full year off from blogging so I wanted to focus the whole summer on the kids. Well, maybe not entirely on the kids since it helped me decompress a little too, but ya know 😛


– We got summer passes to Busch Gardens Williamsburg & took 5 or 6 trips down there, including a long weekend visit to a local beach.

– The kids and I began visiting a new “local” (40 min. area) playground each week.

– Aurelia took ballet lessons.

– We had a backyard “camping” trip at my Dad’s house where the kid’s slept in a tent outside and got to go fishing, have a huge water balloon fight, make smores, go mini golfing, and see their first carnival.

– I got a 1 month trial membership to a gym where the kid’s had their own play area. I loved it & can’t wait to go back!

– I taught Aurelia how to read!

– The kids worked their way through the library’s “1000 books before kindergarten program”.

We watched the new Minions movie & Inside Out at the drive in.


September & October – I began to ease back into the sewing game with another round of Halloween costumes. Fortunately, I learned my lesson and only took on as much work as I could truly handle. Only 2 all-nighters this year. Way to fend off that mental break!

Aurelia also started Kindergarten, Corbin had not 1 but 2 visits to the ER (both head wounds: 1 glued & 1 stapled), and I finally treated myself to a new sewing machine. Yay!!!


November – I was planning my blogging comeback at the 1 year mark, but three days before Thanksgiving (at the ripe old age of 31!) I suffered a stroke. Yes, you read that right – a STROKE. I’ll explain all about the hospital trip & other shenanigans in another post, but let me easy any concerns with the assurance that everything turned out ok. There were no lasting effects. Thank goodness!



December – Pretty much the entire month consisted of one doctor appointment after another. Primary Dr., Neurologist, Hematologist, Psychologist, Gynecologist, Cardiologist; I saw them ALL…and most more than once! I don’t even remember how many tests were done & how many times my blood was drawn. It turns out though that birth control is a major cause of stroke inducing blood clots, so that immediately became off limits. And (joy of joys) if I ever got pregnant again, I would be very high risk, and more than likely suffer another stroke. Talk about kids being a pain!


In the end I was scheduled for laparoscopic tube removal surgery three days before Christmas. (No more babies for us!) The surgery was no big deal, but of course I didn’t follow the rules, and overdid it my first day home trying to get everything ready for Christmas. Then I slid/fell down the stairs on Christmas eve bruising up my elbows and spine. Merry Christmas right?


January 2016 – Now we’re finally into 2016 and of course they just told me three days before New Year’s (are you seeing a pattern here?) that I need to have heart surgery to repair a hole in my heart. The doctors agree that this hole was the real cause of my stroke. And here’s the kicker…1 in 5 people have it. (Say what!?!?) Most of the time it’s no big deal, and many people don’t even know they have it. BUT if you have a stroke at a young age, this hole (called a PFO) is most likely the cause.

Thankfully, this isn’t a chest cracking kind of surgery. They just pop into an artery & wiggle through the pipes until they can place a little catheter thingy in the hole. It should only put me out of commission for a day or two because of the anesthesia, but after that I’ll be back to normal. *fingers crossed*

Keeping all that in mind – I’m throwing caution to the wind & saying “Screw it.” I wanna come back! I’ve missed chatting with you guys, and being creative. And there’s no point sitting around waiting for things to slow down, straighten out, or get better. That honestly doesn’t look like it’s gonna happen any time soon, and I’ve been storing up awesome plans and ideas for a whole year now. I’m desperate to get back in the game already! I figured ya’ll would forgive me if things start out slow for a month or two. Something is better than nothing right?

I’ve got big plans I tell ya…BIG plans! 😉


11 thoughts on “I’m Back! (Plus the explanation behind my year long sabbatical.)

  1. Toni, So good to hear from you! I will pray for all of you. What a year of challenges you have had. Do what must be done and then what you want to do. There will never be another Toni, so take very good care of her.

    1. Thanks Jess! At least you came out of 2015 with a cute little dumpling!:D I feel like I've missed soooo much in blog-land while I was gone. I can't wait to catch up on all the fun!

  2. OMG! Your year sounds a bit like the end of 2014 for me!! SEW glad to see you BACK & in one piece! Well, at least physically, right?!! LOL I'm sure its NO surprised you have been MISSED by LOTS but especially THIS gal!! I am looking very forward to 2016 w/ Y-O-U!!! Welcome Back Lovely!!

    1. CHELLE!!! Oh how I've missed you darlin'! I was definitely hoping you'd be back to visit, & can't wait to catch up. Hopefully your year has been waaaaay more awesome than mine. 😉

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