Sewing Room is set up!

Well folks, I’m back! I pretty much took the summer off from computer work, so I could focus on my kiddos and just sewing. I went to a family cookout in June, where my cousin saw one of my daughter’s bags and asked if I would make her a purse sized bag; then I had an order for a diaper bag from a good friend of mine whose baby was born 9 weeks ago. I’ve done tutu costumes galore and even did a small craft fair at my local library, that resulted in 4 custom costume orders for adults! I was only slightly disappointed in the fact that I didn’t sell any of the childrens costumes.
This week, I’m working on a messenger bag, Christmas tutu dress for a toddler and pink ballerina tutu party favors, along with a set of beanies with beards for my newest little nephew and hopefully my three nieces and two older nephews For Christmas. Image
I am so excited that I now have my own sewing/crafting room set up, so I’m not battling for space to work in my living room! ImageThe only downer is that I don’t have a computer down there, so if I have a pattern on the computer, I have to print it out or write it all down longhand. I guess it’s really not too bad not having one down there though, having things like facebook at your fingertips tends to be a bad distraction!
Now that I’m really getting back into the swing of things, I’ll be blogging more and posting more pictures of works in progress and completed projects, too.

I’ll be back again soon! Until then:  Image

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Revamping my sewing business

Happy May Day all! 

I have been doing a lot of thinking about my business lately. I already knew that success was not going to be instant or easy, but I’ve become very stagnant in the last couple of months. I have been surprisingly sick this past winter; I didn’t want to be sneezing and coughing all over the projects I intend to sell! But now that I am well, there are no excuses for me to slack off! So, I went to the library to check out a couple of books on sewing and starting a business. I found this wonderful book called “The Handmade Marketplace; How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online” by Kari Chapin. She talks about everything from branding and different business types (Sole Proprietor, LLC, etc) to where to find inspiration and where and how to sell your wares! I have found this to be exceptionally helpful so far! I have to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what “branding” was exactly until I read the chapter all about how to create your own unique brand. I haven’t finished reading it yet, but I’ve already gotten so much from it that I can’t wait to finish reading!

I have set little weekly goals for my business. First, I have to seriously start on inventory (after I fill my current order, of course). I have plenty of fabric for little girl skirts and aprons, most of it was intended for personal use, but has just been sitting here because I couldn’t make up my mind what to do with it all! I also have a ton of yarn just sitting here collecting dust; “The Handmade Marketplace” talks about not boxing yourself into just one type of craft; if you enjoy pottery and crocheting, do both! So, why not make both sewn and crocheted things for my website? First I’ll work on the skirts and aprons mentioned above!

You might be asking yourself, why would she be so set on making this business work? Well, because we want to save to buy a house, but my hard working husband only makes enough to pay the monthly expenses. It doesn’t make sense for me to go out of the house to work; whatever I made would have to go to daycare for our girls. I really enjoy sewing and creating for others, so why not try to make extra money doing something I really enjoy? Makes perfect sense to me!

I’ll be writing a post in a couple days to show off these cute jean purses I’m working on right now! I’m very excited about the new design I’m working on!

 

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