Waiting… waiting…

It’s World Doula Week and I’m sitting here just quietly waiting to be called to assist a beautiful little family as they welcome their baby earthside. The waiting aspect of birth work has been one of the hardest for me to adjust to. You spend a lot of time trying to have a normal life while knowing that you could be called at any minute. For me that translates to a lot of lost or less-than-stellar sleep and constant, low level, anxiety.

So making stuff with your hands is really good for that, right? Fortunately, I do one or two crafty things.

For one, I have made great strides in getting to the bottom of my huge pile o’ mending. The #mendmarch challenge on Instagram has been amazing for that, thanks to @visiblemending for hosting it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned some things, met some new people. This is maybe my favorite aspect of Insta and social media in general. It reminds me a lot of the early 2000’s knitting and crafting blog community – something Facebook has never quite managed to replicate for me.  Captain Sexypants is enjoying wearing his visibly mended shorts and pants to work. Thank god. Because I don’t know how to actually INvisibly mend them.


PILES of new stock for the upcoming run of Faire. I’ll be working with my friend Joyce at her booth, the OrtFaerie, and you will be able to find some of my stitched and wired and other work there along with hers. We open April 7th. If you’re hitting up the Southern CA Renaissance Faire this year, stop by and say hello. We’re kitty corner to Ableman Glass as you come in the gate. You can’t miss us, just listen for the flutes and look for the rainbows.

I’m still not quite 100% after my surgery, but well enough to do a birth and get to Faire and I’m feeling pretty happy about that. It has been a long, slow road.

Lastly, I’m really excited about these fabric bundles I purchased (on my own this time, no help from post surgical drugs) from Morrissey Fabrics down in Long Beach (I actually got them on Etsy, but they’re local to me so one of these days I’m going to head down in person for shopping). Not sure what I’ll make with them, but aren’t they gorgeous?


And that’s it you guys. The little round cat and I are going to sit here waiting, waiting, waiting for the call… I don’t think she minds…

Have an excellent day. Make all the things. And be excellent to each other.


About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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1 Response to Waiting… waiting…

  1. Impressive mending.
    I love your earings.
    That fabric is most beautiful.
    Have only just picked up your post. Hope the birth went well.

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