Sunday, March 02, 2014

Inspirational Butch Anthony

Most of you know that I help my friend Butch Anthony with his Etsy shop, Museum of Wonder
We are listing a series of small portrait paintings/collages in his shop right now and I am so excited about them. 
I wanted to let you all know because this may be a way for you to get an original Butch Anthony painting for $35 plus shipping. 
I am so thankful that I met Butch when we first moved here to Alabama. 
He is one of the most inspirational, motivating, creative people I know. 
Here's to friendship and supporting the arts. 

Fritzi Marie

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Weekend That Changed My Life

Dearest Friends,

A few months ago I had the opportunity to go to Florence, Alabama to attend a weekend workshop at Alabama Chanin
I need to preface this by telling you that it was one of the best weekends I have had while in Alabama. 
It changed my life. 

The boys and I road tripped together as a family. 
They dropped me off at the newly remodeled Alabama Chanin Factory
I was really nervous but I quickly made friends and got to work on my project. 
I chose to make a corset style tank like the ones above. 
I am still working on it but I will share a photo of myself wearing it when I finish. 
You see, the magic behind Alabama Chanin is that Natalie and her amazing team of many super talented people hand stitch their creations.
They use organic cotton that is so soft and easy to work with. 

I spent the weekend learning new skills, making friends, and soaking up all inspiration I could. 
I was surrounded by women who loved the same things as me.
They loved to create and make things pretty (just like me). 
We sewed together and ate amazing meals and bonded over beautiful projects. 
It was magical.

The great thing about the workshop was that all you had to do was show up. 
Everything was provided and the Alabama Chanin staff treated us so so well. 
I felt spoiled and loved at the same time.

The workshop I attended was the week before the official opening of Natalie's shop and cafe. 
Both the shop and the cafe are lovely. 
The food was some of the best food I have ever had and I wanted to buy everything in the store. 

I say that this workshop changed my life because I learned so many new sewing techniques and it opened my eyes to the beauty behind homemade clothing and organic cotton. 
The workshop also reminded me that my dreams can come true. 
I know that sounds silly but learning more about Natalie's story and how she is helping her community inspired me. 
There are so many things I hope to do with my life and I sometimes push them to the side for my family. 
Natalie showed me that dreams are attainable while also having children and many responsibilities. 
We can all live a beautiful life, we just need to be willing to get up everyday and work for it. 
Work at it, everyday.
I also had amazing conversations with dear women who were supportive, kind, beautiful, and inspiring to me. 
They felt like kindred spirits.

I am currently working on two Alabama Chanin D.I.Y. kits (the corset top and a skirt).  I know that when I finish them they will be prized additions to my wardrobe.
I can't wait to wear them.

I did finish this little headband that I made to practice my stitch work. 
I love to wear it to yoga and around town. 
It covers my grey roots and makes me feel pretty. 
Plus, I am super proud of it. 
Those stitches take a long time to stitch. 

I will forever be thankful for the amazing opportunity I had to attend an Alabama Chanin workshop. 
It changed me for the better.

If you ever get the chance to go to a workshop, please go. 
I have a hard time going to things by myself and this workshop taught me to forget about that fear and go. 
Go and soak up all the camaraderie and inspiration you can get. 

love love,
Fritzi Marie

p.s. While in Florence I heard about the band, The Bear.  I love them and I think you will to. 
Their music will forever remind me of my life changing weekend I spent in Florence, Alabama.
Also, this video represents all that I love about The South. 

I Do "IT" For My Boys


I finished the challenge to go to yoga class four times a week for six weeks. 
I wanted to report back to you and tell you that I fell in love with yoga and it is helping me so much. 
I can't say that I was perfect every week but I tried my hardest and I am learning that I don't need to be so hard on myself.
I also am learning how to love myself.
I feel that it is truly helping me be a better Mommy, wife, friend, daughter, sister...everything. 

Yoga is helping me to be a little bit less angry and quick to freak out in my life. 
Dan has been out of town and I have been here with Roscoe and Bono Baby and I truly felt like I would lose it (I did cry once) but I kept it in check when I took time to breath and reflect.
I have a long way to go but I am learning and getting stronger with each practice. 

I want you all to know that finding time for yourself is so important.
YOU deserve it.
We need to take time to breathe, treat ourselves, and try our best to find peace in our lives. 
I am so thankful for my yoga studio, Inner Sunshine Yoga and Wellness, in Opelika, Alabama. 
I have a list of favorite things about my time in Alabama and this studio and my instructors are on my list. 
My yoga instructor, Kimberly says, "Get Radiant" and I feel like I am on my road to getting there. 
I wish it for each and every one of you too. 

with love,
Fritzi Marie

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Be My Valentine

My favorite holiday, Valentine's Day is weeks away and I started celebrating on January 14 because I think a month is just enough time to celebrate properly. 
I brought out my Valentine pretties and admired them. 
I collect vintage handkerchiefs (because I think they are so pretty) and my favorites are my Valentine heart hankies. 
I think I like them the most because my favorite colors are red, black, cream, and glitter.
I try to get a new one every year.
I have been having so much fun wearing my favorite Valentine's Day appropriate dresses to church. 
I wish I had the energy to wear them everyday of my celebration month but honestly I live in jeans and black t-shirts these days.
So boring.

 Every year I try to get a (new to me) vintage Valentine for my collection. 
I pick them out and then I have Dan give them to me because I'm silly like that. 
I like to hang them up around the house and admire them.

I did some extra work for Butch and was able to get this screen print for Daniel's office. 
I can't wait to get it framed and up on the wall.

I also managed to save enough pennies to get Daniel a new pair of wing tip Fluevogs (they are having a crazy huge sale right now). 
I couldn't wait to give them to him. 
I want to wish you all the happiest Valentine's Day. 
It is a day to remember how loved you are, love others, and love yourself. 
We all deserve to celebrate the love we are blessed with. 
I hope you all know that I adore you. 

Love Love,
Fritzi Marie

My Baby Is Two!

We've had a crazy busy week celebrating our little man Roscoe's 2nd birthday.
We kept things simple this year and I think his special day was magical. 
Honestly, Coco's favorite thing about his day was the balloons his Daddy surprised him with. 
He is still playing with those nearly deflated balloons (3 days later).  

I think his special day was almost as exciting to me as my own birthday. 
Roscoe's birth was so traumatic (and I finally feel like I am past all of that) and life changing for me. I feel like his birthday is a celebration of what I did too.
This little man changed my whole world and I can't believe how fast he is growing up. 
He is my everything.

Happy Birthday, Roscoe. 
You have made my life and world so happy. 
I love you so much and very much. 

love love,

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I am NOT selfish!


My goodness...I am happy 2014 is here. 
Roscoe is about to turn two and I need to start taking care of myself again.
I've let myself get worn out and overwhelmed (above photo).  
I know I need to take time for myself so I can de-stress and be a good Mommy and I have been searching for a way to do that.
I think my biggest issue is that Roscoe is still nursing and I am sleep deprived and cranky.
So I started practicing yoga (at a studio for the first time) as my New Year's treat to myself.
I was really nervous about going to a studio but I did it and I am so proud of myself. 
My instructors suggested that we come up with an intention or manta to say to ourselves while we practice. 
Mine is, "I am not selfish".
Let me tell you, when I am trying to hold those (hard to me) poses and breathe, I am repeating my mantra a lot. 
I feel guilty when I'm not with my boys.
I love being with them so much but I know that I will be a better "me" if I take the time to re-charge and give  myself alone time. Here's hoping that yoga is my first baby step to finding peace in my little world. 
I didn't have time to sit down and write out my goals for this new year but I have some floating around in my mind. I think I need to take myself on a date to the library for some quiet time to sit down and reflect on 2013 and what I hope for 2014.  Fingers crossed that I can make that happen soon.  We all deserve to find ways to take care of ourselves.  Find our own "me" time.  I hope you are able to find yours and that you never feel guilty for doing so. 

Here's to taking care of ourselves in 2014.

love and hugs,
Fritzi Marie

Friday, January 17, 2014

Belated Alabama Holiday Wishes


Dear Friends,

Happy New Year? 
I hope you all had a lovely holiday. 
I feel like we things are starting to get back to normal around here again. 
My side of our family came to Alabama for Christmas this year.

Our home was busy with festivities and family and it went by way too fast. 
We had sibling slumber parties, craft nights, a bowling adventures, great food, and lots of down time together.

Roscoe was so so so so happy to have family here. 
He was spoiled rotten. 
Christmas is way more fun when there is a little one in the house.
So much fun!

I think our little Alabama Christmas was magical. 
I am so thankful to my family for making the effort to visit for the holiday.
It was a magical time that I will always cherish. 

I hope your holiday was filled with love and good times. 

I'm hoping things calm down for a little bit for our little family. 
Coco is growing way too fast and I want to stop time for just a bit. 
Wish me luck with that. 

Fritzi Marie