An Intro to Me... and my shop!
You have been forewarned: this post contains a ridiculous amount of exclamation marks! (... I know). I'm just too excited to have my very own website and Etsy shop!
Maxley Designs was birthed in a similar, but not-as-painful way that my 2 kids were: emergency and scheduled C-sections. Instead of human beings being pulled out of my abdomen, my subconscious love/obsession for design was pulled out of my frontal lobe. Ironically, this whole design thing came about after I had kids. As you may have already guessed from my brain reference, I have a profound interest in the human body and got my RN in 2011. I've always always been an academic, left-brained geek, and I've discovered that my creative right brain has been like, "WTF" all these years. Creating life inspired me to create design- WHO KNEW! And let me tell you, design is a lot less barfy and poopy and emotional. My kids are 3 and 1: emotions run high in our house... like the biggest, scariest Six Flags roller coaster, except we ride it 24/7, and it doesn't stop if we start crying... oh, and you lose your sunglasses, your wallet, your fashion sense, and your dignity. Going to work with chewed up, dried up graham crackers on my scrubs... a non-issue nowadays. #becausekids
Since having my daughter Riley (the 1-year-old), I've learned that I very much struggled with post-partum depression and anxiety with both kids. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that crap. Man, it's even still difficult to actually write that out. When my son Max (the 3-year-old) was 8 months old, I went to my first wine-and-painting party with my mom and sisters. I'd never painted anything in my life. Literally. I mean, maybe in elementary school. Point is: it opened up a new world to me. Obviously the Malbec didn't hurt. Having creative time for myself became my outlet for the PPD. The instructor encouraged us to just slop that paint all over the canvas, and I was like, yes ma'am!! The rest is history, and the latest update to the story is this shop!
If you haven't caught on, Maxley Designs was inspired by my 2 kids' names (see above, you sneaky lil skipper). I'm very optimistic and gung-ho about making this site a place for moms to go for some comedy relief, or decor inspiration, or to save some sanity after those tiny human/devils GO.THE.F*&#. to sleep! Of course, checking out my designs would be just lovely :) If nothing else, peep my blog every now and then (what's the 2018 word for "peep"...?) when you need to chill and laugh a little. That's what I'm going for!
Have a beautiful day!
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