Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sewing for Fun Vs. Money

I've started to think about putting my etsy shop on hold this summer.  I love to make stuff for it, it gives me a great creative outlet, and it makes a tiny bit of money for me to feed my fabric addiction.  But...I've been feeling stressed about it lately.  With a teething baby and a needy three year old, it is hard to come by time for sewing.  And I find myself wishing they'd just shut up for ten minutes so I can get some sewing done, how's that for a great mother?

I have a million friends that are having babies right now and I haven't made a thing for them.  I keep getting distracted by the shop.  Instead of making something for them, I think "Oh!  That would do well in the shop!"  How selfish.  I need to take all my cutest fabrics and make something for friends.  I have a ton of stuff stocked and haven't made a sale in a few weeks anyway, so why do I feel the need to continue producing items for sale? 

I also have not made a thing for either kid in forever!  That was how I got started was by making stuff for Ingrid, and now here the poor kid is with nothing in her size, as she's outgrown everything I've made for her.  And Otis got two pairs of pants this winter and nothing else. 

Okay, I think I've convinced myself--my priorities for this summer and sewing are to make more for my kids and my friends and just have fun with it. 


Carly said...

I think you are making a good choice...Your Shop will always be there,but the Kids will grow! I totally feel you..I have 3 Kids and I cannot find the time to even blog as much as I would like too.

Chari said...

I just pulled out my sewing machine for the first time in 4 months or so? I forgot how much I missed sewing! I made a nursing cover for my SIL and now I'm TRYING to make a shirt for my 9 week old. I'm frustrated with baby patterns from the store because the sizing is ALL wrong! I doubt I'm the only one with this problem. What do you do? Do you make up your own or do you buy them? Where do you buy them?