Monday, December 5, 2011

The start of something big....I hope...

I bought my sewing machine almost a year ago, I knew how to sew...kind of. I just had to teach myself and call my Aunt Donna whenever I had a question. I started out big.. I made myself a diaper bag, which I actually just use as a purse because it is kind of small for a diaper bag. I always get compliments on it, I think it's because of the tea cup fabric I used...but if you look at it closely, you can tell I didn't really know what I was doing! But for it being my first project, it turned out pretty good.

My mother in law bought me baby shoes off of etsy from a girl that I think is a teacher where she works...and I thought, hmm..these looks like something I could make. So I went on etsy and bought a few patterns.

I will say my first few pairs...turned out like crap, but each pair I made, I was getting better. I still have the first few I make, just so I can compare...then and now..what a difference! I wasn't really expecting to do anything with the shoes, other than make them for my daughter, but I kept getting friends and family telling me to sell them, sell them, sell them! So I decided to get serious about sewing and practice more and making more shoes, giving my first few decent ones away to friends and family.. and then I set up my etsy shop, but didn't put anything on there.

I had a few friends pregnant around the same time I was, so I decided to make them a few gifts. I made them all burp cloths and bibs....again not great, but then I got better the more I did.

I put a few pairs of my shoes on etsy, and then black friday came around and I went to Joann's...weird right. Flannel was on sale for $1.49/yard...dang.. but I don't use flannel... this is when I flannel, make bibs, and burp cloths!

So now I am focusing on getting lots of burp cloths, bib, and bandana bibs up on etsy, and then working on shoes after that.

My friend Heather wanted KEY shoes for her friend that is pregnant with the last name Key, so I made them and put them on etsy for her to buy them on there. My friends mom, Pam, wanted to order some bibs, so she was officially my first etsy order... then one night I was checking my email and saw that I had money go through my paypal.. someone had bought the key shoes...and it wasn't Heather! I was so excited to get that first real order from someone I didn't know (which come to find out, she is actually related to Amanda Craners husband! it is his cousin, weird, small world).

Anyway.. here I am.. trying to set up a day cut, one day sew...
I am also going to put stuff at Lickety Split - cupcake themed. I am excited about that. Once I get some more stuff made, and sold, and made...I'm going to look for other places that sell handmade items.

I am really excited about this adventure.. and wondering where it will take me. Thanks for following along!

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