Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Learning the Ropes

I have been a sewer for about seven years now and I absolutely love it! I love to make my own clothing, make stuffed figures, and handbags. But it is oh so much fun to embellish these sewing projects. I have freezer papered in the past but since I have started my etsy shop I have rediscovered the fun. The lines come out so crisp but do choose your materials wisely. A material that is pourous such as nylon or linen (my mistake) does leave gaps in the paint. It doesn't looked horrible, it does give a rugged look which can look cool. I have a screen printing kit which I do want to make use of but it is a bit more time consuming. I love to inter-mix the embellishing. Such as paint with embroidering. I did this with one of my newest items in the shop and it gives it more of a stand out feel. I haven't attempted it yet with paint and cross stitch, maybe I will attempt it soon. On the subject of etsy, I need to make my first sale. I have read before that it takes awhile. I am certainly having fun making things. I have to create. I come up with new ideas everyday. When I'm falling asleep stuff pops into my head. I have alot up my sleeves. Now if only there were more hours in the day. I spend my day with my three little ones. My oldest is six and I homeschool him each day so that takes about three hours or less. Then I have a three year old and an almost one year old. I get to stay at home which is so nice,so in those bits where they entertain themselves, I might sneek over to the sewing machine and get a few stitches done. But, the majority of my work is done after eight o'clock. That is when I can concentrate and get my best work done. I usually work for a couple of hours on and off. I have to take breaks to watch a show or eat snacks with my wonderful husband. There really is a balance. I do really relieve alot of stress when I create. I feel productive in a crafty way. Well I have to attend to my day!

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