I spent a few months working on a quilt for my daughter Maddy, and a few projects for her baby brother - a Boppy Cover, and a mini quilt for him. When I had gone searching online for some boy project ideas, it was very clear there wasn't a lot out there. I also remembered from my experience selling at the farmer's market that Boys items are very popular, because you don't find them very often!
I started playing around with making Bow Ties and Neck Ties, and then my friend Danyel of Crazy Socks Crochet was having a giveaway, and she needed more boy items. I offered to giveaway a set of three bow ties, and that was just the push I needed towards this crazy adventure I've been riding on ever since. I was randomly surfing through Facebook one night, and noticed a post that Keri Meyers had posted, looking for photo props, different from the traditional hats/etc. I sent her an email, and we chatted a bit about how small of a world it is - we both graduated from high school the same year, and we grew up less than 30 miles from each other. That night changed my life - if I had not been on Facebook at the right time, life could be very different for me - our Facebook page was sitting around 800 fans, and today we have over 10,000. Absolutely INSANE.
This was the very first photo that Keri posted using one of my ties:
I remember the day that photo was posted - I was sitting at my sewing machine working on something, and my phone started blowing up with emails from Etsy. I had no idea what was going on - I went online and immediately saw this photo, and it dawned on me what had just begun. If I only knew....
A couple weeks later I was in the hospital having my baby boy. Luckily I had brought my laptop with me so that I could stay in touch - otherwise I would have gotten so far behind. I am also very blessed to have a very supportive husband that is a very involved father.
Here we are about 8 months later and I have exciting plans for this year. I have reorganized my sewing space, and I took a couple weeks off in December to enjoy my family and the holidays - it was sooo needed. I actually shut down my online shop - the first time since starting this adventure - so that when I returned, I wouldn't be behind - I would be starting fresh. What an amazing feeling!
Usually for New Year's I don't make resolutions, I decide on a focus for the new year. Several times, my focus has been patience. This year, my focus is balance. When I worked for Target, a huge "thing" is Work/Life balance - they wanted everyone to have it, stressed it, etc. Funny thing is, I don't think I knew a single manager that truly had a work/life balance there. At least not 100% of the time. Still, it's nice to know it's valued. Anywho...back to me and this year. I am focusing on my own Work/Life balance. This includes not sitting at the sewing machine for 14 hours straight - at least not on a regular basis. I am hoping if I focus on balance, I will enjoy my work, and enjoy the fruits of my labor - and spend more time with my family.
I am also hoping to blog a little more. I'd like this blog to be more than just a place to host giveaways.
Happy New Years everyone! I hope this new year is full of fresh starts, happy beginnings and plenty of BALANCE.