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ONE YEAR

Nora Baarts

Life has been so full lately and I just realized that at the end of last month was this little shops’  🎈 ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 🎈 

I can’t believe how quickly this year passed by. 

We had just moved to a new town, with a new baby, a toddler that was so excited to have acreage to run and play in, and pre-teen who didn’t want to change schools - so we spent half of each day driving him back to and from his old school to finish off the year with his friends- when I started sewing these pants. 

It was half because I thought my kids were so adorable in matching clothes, and half because It was nice to do something all alone at the end of the day.

I didn’t know anyone here and spent the first half of that year adjusting to a large house that I felt so lost in trying to maintain, raising 3 kids and navigating through the ups and downs of the sometimes very scary postpartum world. 

 

As I began to venture out more with the kids, to music classes, sports and baby/toddler activities I began to fall in love with my new surroundings and the amazing people living here. 

Everyone was so friendly, talkative and inclusive that it soon became so clear that we had made the right choice for our family in moving here. 

 

This business didn’t start out as a business. I divided my time between my children and our family business, and really wasn’t looking for anything extra to dedicate time to. 

 

As I began making friends with small kids, they would all ask where we got our children’s pants from. I started sewing for friends just for fun, but after the first few gifted pairs everyone insisted on paying for them and wanted to place orders for different colours and designs.. asking for pairs for friends baby showers and presents for other children’s birthdays. 

At first it was both overwhelming and exciting to have people so interested in something that I made all on my own - I made my own patterns, picked, cut and sewed everything myself.. and there’s such an amazing feeling of worth and accomplishment when a purely creative outlet organically grows into a business opportunity. 

 

It still took some time until I decided to take the leap and “see what happens”!

It started with a Facebook page that I posted pictures of my creations and would take orders through there. Mom groups and handmade groups and my new mommy friends were my “advertising”, and I got so excited with each new message from someone interested in a pair of my pants! 

 

A year later, and I cannot imagine life without this little business and the amazing connections I have made. I’m so thankful for all the wonderful and talented moms I’ve met and little friends my kids have made!  This community of local and handmade products and services is astounding and I’m always amazed at the things people can do and make. And at how supportive and inclusive everyone is. 

 

From markets, to mommy word of mouth, to walking through Fort Langley and seeing my pants hanging in a store through the window, to messages from stores asking when I will be able to re-stock because they are all sold out... and to my absolute favourite - seeing people’s children that I’ve never met in real life wearing Love, Mom pants at the playground. 

My heart has grown! 

This year has been such an amazing year of love, transformation, growth, and appreciation of what it’s like to be a part of this amazing community of supportive and like minded people. 

Thank you for taking me in, showing me the way and loving the things I love to create! 

I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store! 💕

**This picture is not a professional, or even a posed picture. But it’s a picture I took right after making my Facebook Page and taking my kids on a walk through our neighbourhood, explaining to them all about it. On our way back to the house I also got my first “official order” **

 

 

 


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