Ten years ago, I started a little in-home sewing business. In the beginning, I took on every job that came my way. I found myself hemming pants, altering clothing, drafting patterns, and doing all sorts of crafty projects. The words ‘yes’, ‘all’ and ‘more’ were big players in how I chose to operate my business. Our two daughters were little, so working during nap times or during preschool hours was how I managed to complete all of my orders on time.
Fast forward five years. Our family had made the decision to step out in faith and become foster parents. Time became scarce and I was more selective and cautious about which projects I chose to take on. Unwilling to sacrifice time with my family for financial gain, I started to pull out of boutiques where my clothing was being sold. My love of sewing, designing, and creating had started to take a backseat to babies, meetings, and court dates.
Here we are. While we are no longer in the trenches of foster care with DHHS, and our adoptions have been finalized, I feel it is a season of rest and renewal. I am not ready to hit the ground running again with busyness and a chaotic schedule which lead pure exhaustion. The breaks are on. I love my work, but I love my family more.
I do love my work! I find joy and peace when I can use my God-given talent to create something out of nothing. I love working with fabrics, colors, and textures to bring an idea to life. The challenge of bringing a garment drawn out on paper to a wearable, functional, piece of clothing is something that I will never tire of. Drafting the sleeve just right, choosing a fabric that moves perfectly, getting the textures and layers exact, is my place of peace. In order to keep this place peaceful, without stress, and without worrying about taking precious time away from my family, moving in a new direction is needed. I will no longer be taking custom orders. All of my clothing can be purchased from my Etsy shop. It is sparse at the moment, but new pieces in various sizes and colors will be added in the coming months.
Taking a step back is sometimes needed. The weight of excessive responsibilities and running on empty was crushing my joy, the effects of which risk spilling over onto my husband and children. This will be an amazing journey for all of us. I do hope that you will stick with me to see the changes to the business as well as the new clothing and accessories that come as a result of heading in a new direction!