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    living with lavender and grace

    the well

    the well

    October of 2018 we were finally able to move into our house {you can read about the journey to get to that point here}.

    As we moved in, we felt as if we had just run an intense marathon, limping and panting over the finish line. The reality was, however that it was mid October and holiday and content deadlines were glaring us in the face. We needed to get unpacked, set up and sewing ASAP. 

    I had the house unpacked and decorated in a week, and then we were smack in the middle of holiday. We were blown away by the response. So huge, in fact that I stopped posting on IG and any marketing whatsoever, altogether on December 5th. We jumped right into sweatshop mode- which meant going days at a time without more than a couple hours of sleep, sewing machines running 24/7 and stained hands {and, now walls, unfortunately!} from painting pillows. We finally shipped every order placed by the cut off and collapsed. 

    Resting and decompressing are not easy for me. I absolutely have a hard time feeling satisfied or content if I have not accomplished one task or another. My normal day consists of getting up at 3:30 to work until the boys are up, I head to barre class after drop off, then home to work until I pick up the boys and transition into mom mode.  Every hour is always scheduled and spoken for.

    I wholeheartedly believe that we were not created to be okay versions of ourselves. We were given bodies to be exercised and kept healthy, talents to be fully utilized and hours in the day to be used at their max. I believe tremendously in the value of hard work and that we are always capable of achieving more. I don't think moms have to choose between following their passions and being hands on and present with their children. 

    But I also can see, clear as day when  I'm dangerously allowing my self worth to be wrapped up solely in my accomplishments and results, rather than who I am and who I've been created to be. I find myself depleted and discouraged. I believe the {few, thankfully} nasty emails or comments on social media. And, despite pouring every ounce of my being into my business, I walk around telling myself that I'm a failure and not working hard enough. 

    I love me some Lysa Terkeurst, and I love this quote I've seen in her blog, and also in her book Uninvited

    We run at a breakneck pace to try and achieve what God simply wants us to slow down enough to receive.

    It was clear as day that I needed a moment to pause. Lysa goes on to say in Univnited

    I needed to reconnect with the one who knows how to breathe life and love into depleted and dead places. 

    The boys were home for winter break and we committed ourselves to recharging, fully engaging with the boys and finally enjoying our new home. We played countless games of LIFE, Sorry and Uno as a family, went for daily long bike rides and drove up to our happy place in the mountains. I spent mornings in long, meditative prayer and took time to feel gratitude for the blessings of the past year. I took this time to fully rest my body, get my head on straight and reconnected with what truly matters. 

     

     I didn't post on social media for well over a month! I hemorrhaged followers and was told, but many, that I wouldn't recover. But every time I'd feel those feelings of "I need to stay relevant! I've got to get back in the game! my business is going to go under if I don't get back to driving volume!" I'd instantly be reminded by Him that it was not the time, and that this quiet season was crucial.

    Crucial not only for myself and for our family, but also to focus and meditate on my vision for WLG

    We LOVE what we do. When we say we're crazy passionate about creating beautiful products for your home that inspire, but are also durable and meant to last.... it's not a marketing slogan made up for us. It's our heart and the truth.

    I LOVE  textiles. I'm obsessed with finding beautiful, textiles to turn in to pillows for your home. I love painting pillows that will inspire you as you walk by, and I love knowing they're going to last. Your kids will build forts and have pillow fights, you'll snuggle with them as a family for movie night and they'll keep you cozy through countless naps. This makes my heart so very happy. 

    This year, we're getting back to basics, and what we stand for as a company.  We're  so grateful for this downtime to be able to do just that. While we rested and recharged, we also got caught up and ahead. We've planned out this next year, we are GROWING and hiring, we've launched our new site {thanks to Colby at the Coop and my sweet friend and photographer Eryn!} there's delicious new product, we've built up our backstock and completely cleared out our queue. 

    The other day The Well came through on my playlist and it wasone of those "Stop! LISTEN to this!" moments. The last verse sums up my heart so very much, I was moved to tears

    And now that you're full,
    Of love beyond measure,
    Your joy's gonna flow,
    Like a stream in the desert,
    Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me,
    'Cause you came to the well

    Thank you for being here sweet friends. 

    Photos by my sweet friend Eryn Turner of E. Lea Photography. 

     

    we're building a house

    we're building a house

    Sweet friends, it feels so very good to finally let the cat out of the bag and officially announce that the Martinos are moving out of Southern California and building a new home, in the dreamiest of towns in Idaho!

     

    We love our home here in SoCal. We've poured, quite literally, our blood, sweat and tears in to this home. It's been our eternal fixer upper for 8 years and other than the backyard and pool renno we tackled last summer, we've done everything ourselves. But! For a number of reasons, it's simply not the right home for us long term.

     

    Primarily, there are a number of personal reasons why we're making a change, including simply wanting a better life for our boys. Additionally, our house is small, throw in to that fact that we're a big DIY family and store tons of tools, equipment, etc. and it's super small. Honestly it never bothered us, as we have a huge backyard and we've always been such an active, outdoor family- most of the time we're outside anyway. But now, we also have a growing business and are literally bursting at the seams. Our entire house is taken over with bolts of fabric, shipping supplies and machines. In the Fall we looked in to commercial and industrial space- but, part of the reason I am able to do what I do and be a mother to my boys, is because I work out of our home and through the night and having off-site locations obviously wouldn't make sense. 

     

    And so! We started looking at homes and realized, if we're going to make the change we might as well make the right and final change we've fantasized about for years, moving out of SoCal. Especially as our oldest is entering 2nd and the littlest kinder, we wouldn't want to wait any longer. 

     

    The more we talked the more friends would suggest Idaho, and the more we researched, the more we fell in love with the idea and realized it answered all of . Then J and I both realized we have dear friends living exactly where we'd be looking. We flew out for the first time early January and fell madly in love. Then our agent {based on my sweet girlfriend's recommendation} showed us the sweetest, dreamiest little town in the history of ever and we fell HARD. As we drove through the neighborhood J and I had tears in our eyes and I said repeatedly "We have to live here, we HAVE to live here!"

     

    And so! We bought a piece of land, the most perfect plot of land at the base o foothills and steps away from hiking trails. We found an amazing builder and we are building a new home/ pillow factory!  As I click “publish” on this post I’m at the airport. I’ll be in Idaho for the week working with our builder and a designer to design the house. I can’t wait to share everything we’re planning. I’ll be posting updates on the progress here in the blog and sharing some behind the scenes in stories on Instagram too.  

     

    Thank you for your endless support and love sweet friends! We’re so grateful for you it’s just plain silly!

     

    caring for butcher block countertops

    caring for butcher block countertops
    one of the most frequently asked questions I get on instagram in regards to our home is how we care for our butcher block countertops. Here's all you need to know on owning and caring for butcher block!

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