Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Spread the Love! An Inspiring Story and an Awesome Sale

If you've been reading Sometimes Sweet for awhile or follow me on Instagram, you may have seen Melanie's from Spread the Love artwork make an appearance now and again. When Henry was born, she sent us over a custom Baby Platte that I feel in love with the second I saw it. It's one of my favorite gifts for the new mama friends in my life, along with a million of Melanie's other creations.

I love supporting Spread the Love for obvious reasons, but I also really love Melanie's inspiring story.  In a nutshell, she and her husband fell in love at 19, went to school together, got married and wanted to start a family. For years and years they struggled with infertility due to Melanie's endometriosis but tried to remain positive. They did everything they could to get pregnant- infertility treatments...Clomid, IUIs, more Clomid. Nothing was working for them and they finally decided to try IVF. It was a struggle as those familiar with the process know. From Melanie's own words: "Finally, IVF was our last resort. Oh, the DRUGS. The drugs were rough and so very insane. MANY, many needles injected into my thighs and bum. To someone who barely took aspirin it was a serious hurdle but I was not willing to give up on our dreams. It was dark at times, and we really had serious thoughts of stopping. Everyone around us was having babies, even their second children were being made and born while we desperately kept trying for our long-awaited first. Finally, we harvested eggs and made them into embryos (still sounds sooo bizarre and weird) which were then frozen. We had 3 attempts. The first 2 failed. The pressure was stifling."

But finally on that third and final IVF attempt they got a positive pregnancy test and Melanie is now 7 months pregnant! I find her story to be so inspiring and special; I actually talked with Melanie about this and she mentioned at the end of her story how important it is to keep believing in your goals and dreams, and to try your best not to compare with the road traveled by others.

So when she decided to do a nursery and kiddo collection of prints to celebrate the upcoming birth of her baby, I wanted to share it with all of you.

What's awesome about these groupings is the hard work is already done for you. The prints compliment each other perfectly, and you get all of them, for one price. M has been selling them at $75 for the set, but for Sometimes Sweet readers she is extending the Nursery or Kiddo set for just $60 each, limited to 20 of each set.

You can check out the sets in detail by visiting the links above, but be sure to buy via this Paypal button if you'd like to receive the $60 sale price! They make great gifts for your own kids, or as birthday or shower gifts too. It's a great deal for beautiful artwork. 

And congratulations Melanie, this is definitely something to celebrate! :)

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  1. amazing! and her prints are GORGEOUS!

  2. Congratulations to Melanie! Her baby story sounds so familiar. For me there was the added trauma of miscarriage as well. Hope all goes well for them, can't wait to hear about the birth of their little one.

  3. This is such a sweet idea. What a great supportive friend you are. Those prints are just beautiful & such great fits for each other.

  4. so sweet for them to at long last have a baby on the way

  5. Hearing stories like your friend's make me so thankful that I was able to get pregnant easily. But I'm so happy to know that she's pregnant now. What great news! And those prints are gorgeous.

    Marissa /

  6. I have endometriosis, am 23 and single, so it's always scary hearing about people's trouble with conceiving. I won't be trying for presumably a long time (find someone, get married etc) but it''s good to hear that there are success stories! :) I'm so happy for her.

  7. I'm sorry I'm such a noob! I'd love to buy the Kiddo set but each time I use the paypal link above I get the Nursery set in my cart. Is there anyway around this?

    1. Sorry! Looked at it again with fresh eyes and can see the little drop down now *bangs head on desk*

  8. I ordered the wedding banner from Spread the Love for some dear friends just over 2 years ago. They still tell me it was the best present they received, and it hangs in their dining room where they (and guests) can see it all the time. It's great to see her have some fans here! Congratulations, Melanie!

  9. What an amazing story and gorgeous prints!