Handmade Business

Why I Do What I Do

Around 11:00 at night when my eyes are tired and I turn out the lights to my sewing room, there is often the thought at the back of my head.  Why do I do this?  Then, in the morning, I see two little boys as they roll out of bed and remember why I do this.

When the boys were born, I knew my place was to be at home.  First of all, I don’t really know if I could have pulled my act together enough to get two babies and myself ready in the morning.  I loved my mornings home with my babies.

When they turned one, I started to question being a full time stay at home mom.  On one hand I love it, on the other a piece was missing.  I was lucky enough to go to work for a good friend.  The boys started daycare and it quickly became clear that this was not the right path.  I went back to being a full time stay at home mom.

Around this time, I pulled out my sewing machine and slowly started to do different projects.  I would work on projects at night and people actually bought stuff from me!  I took a leap in early 2010 and started selling on-line.

At the beginning of the year, we moved to a new city (for my husband’s job) leaving behind our friends and family.  My etsy shop was turned off and my sewing studio was packed up.  We moved into our new house and slowly reorganized ourselves.

At this same time, I found an on-line indie business class.  It was a great class and made me evaluate where I was going and what I was doing.  I soon realized that my passion was making totes and bags.  I also realized how much all of me wanted this business to succeed.  I tweeked my design style and turned off all the outside noise of other’s ideas.  Soon, sales took off!

When I turn out the lights of my sewing room, I know why I do this.  I want my little boys to look back and say my mom had a dream and she went for it!

Today I’m linking up with Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop

The prompt this week is what inspires you. 

My family inspires me to follow my dreams.

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    July 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I love this. brilliant inspiration teaching the kids to follow their dreams.
    i stopped by from gussy’s.

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    July 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I loved reading this!  Isn’t it funny how our children can be the catalyst for something we could never have imagined?

    hope you are having an awesome week! 

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      Lucy Jane
      July 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks! A great week. :) My kiddos have been such a huge inspiration in allowing me to realize my dreams. :)

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    Earl- Leigh
    July 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I love that your two little baby blessings brought along another one!

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    July 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    This is a great post! I’m a full time Mom and I work a full time job from home. I love to sew, but sewing comes during any “free” time, which is rare. I hope to someday just be a stay at home Mom and run my own handmade business from home as it’s (besides Motherhood) where my heart really is. I think it’s great you are able to run your sewing business from home and you still get the amazing benefits of being a stay at home Mom too! :) Stopped by from Gussy!

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    August 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Love your blog and so happy for you. Send me a message when you return from vacation. 
    Stacy (from twins club)

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    February 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Just stumbled upon your blog…Love it! I’m in a very similar boat – living my dream as a stay home mom and one woman Etsy Shop owner. Keep up the great work!

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