A new endeavor

Posted by Liz on July 21, 2010 in Benjamin |

This summer has challenged me to try (and learn) new things.  I have been motivated to try out my sewing skills again.  After reading my friend Amanda’s blog and seeing her try things with her new sewing machine, I decided to get mine out of the basement.  In my extra time, I’ve read many craft blogs and gotten some creative juices from them as well.

Over the last eight years, I have used my sewing machine to hem pants, fix seams, and make curtains.  Nothing too challenging but I decided to experiment.  So far this summer, I have made almost 2 dozen baby bibs and a neck pillow for Ben.  During the bib endeavor, I broke my first needle.  I froze and thought “well, what do I do now”.  (I’m not sure I’ve ever broken a needle on a sewing machine before.  However, if I have, I do know that my mom was there to change it for me.)  Of course I figured out what to do, got the needle changed quickly and kept sewing.

As a result of all the bibs I’ve made, I’ve decided to sell some of them.  Which brings me to my new endeavor, selling things on a website called Etsy.  (It’s a website that has been created to sell only homemade and vintage items.)  I spent a large portion of Monday morning organizing all the information I needed to establish an account in order to sell.  I have listed only 4 bibs at this time, 1 of each pattern I have created, but I have a total of 13 bibs I would like to sell.  So I now have my business hat on . . . time for publicity.  Here’s the link to my shop.   http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftEmom If you know of anyone that would be interested in buying any of the bibs, feel free to contact me.  I’d be happy to work something out.

All of my small sewing projects have allowed me to remember why I like the hobby.  I have really enjoyed my time at the sewing machine.  (Some days I have to establish my priorities in order to make sure my class work gets done also. :) )  My next project may not be so small, a quilt/blanket for Ben, but I know that I will enjoy making it.  And hopefully, it will turn out well!!


1 Comment

  • Amanda says:

    I broke a needle doing those denim aprons, and when I replaced it, I put it in backwards. After an a lot of frustration, I finally figured out what was wrong, fixed it, and the new one broke! That’s when I went out and bought a heavy duty needle. :)

    As soon as my computer issues are solved (either we get a new one or I start using the one upstairs during naptimes), I’ll get a post up on my blog to publicize your shop. I’m working in safemode for now. :(

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