As a SAHM to three, I have many outlets: my cooking, sewing and blogging. I never thought about sewing for others. I have always been painfully critical of my work. I have been sewing for years and was self taught. When Thing 1 was a baby, it broke my heart that we could not afford the pretty things from boutiques. I, just like you, wanted my children to have the best of everything. I started searching eBay for boutique clothing. Finally one night I convinced my husband to let me bid on an outfit with the understanding that I meant to figure out how to make Thing 1 her own. So I won the bid and from there my passion for sewing was born. I have been making clothing for my children since before Thing 1 could walk. Here and there people have asked me to make things for them. I have either declined or reluctantly done it. All from fear … fear of what you are thinking? I am not exactly sure what. I think it was fear of criticism, fear that other moms would think I was trying to be super mom, fear that my work wasn’t what they hoped for.
After what felt like SO many nudges from God, I finally decided to do it and plunge right in. So here I am. I am putting myself out there (which is not like me.) You are thinking, “What, not like you? You blog, isn’t that putting yourself out there?” Not in my mind. Writing is different for me. I can do this all day long. Face to face, I am a pretty shy person. It’s hard for me to open up in person and it takes me a while to build friendships. Blogging is easy. I stare at a screen and write. At the end of the day, I am shy. This is a huge step for me and I am both excited and a bit scared.
So I present to you the online boutique, Pinwheel Creations. My goal is to provide families the opportunity to buy cute stuff for their kids at a price that makes sense. Please stop by and become a fan of our fan page on Facebook.
I want to share with you how my first craft fair went. It seems like it was weeks ago because so much has happened since… but it was just last weekend.
The night before I got a huge case of the nerves. I was second guessing everything… to put it politely, I was a mess. The man calmed me down and reassured me everything would go fine and I had already done the hard part (making the stuff) and now I could just relax. He was right.
We had a huge table that we split (my friend does the bows, I do the clothes). I had set up everything the night before at home as a practice run so I knew how I wanted it to look. So set up went smoothly.
I think out of everyone at the craft show, we offered the most variety.
I put together a little book of stuff I had made in the past so if someone wanted something but didn’t see it I could do a “made to order” for them.
Turned out someone wanted a stethoscope shirt for their grandson in the hospital. I made this for him. Please pray for this little guy. He has leukemia. I wish I knew his name but I didn’t get it. He is 2 years old.
I took pictures of my kids modeling the outfits so I could have a record of what I made and so customers could see them in the product.
Turns out my top selling item was the leg/arm warmers. This was the item that I was the most worried about moving. Funny how that happens.
I had just read a devotion about using your gifts when all of this happened. I’m happy with how it turned out and I’m glad I dived in.
Yesterday I ran to Hobby Lobby to pick up some more supplies for some projects I am working on and I found myself on the aisle with the onesies and pins. I was looking through their pins and found these cute monogrammed pins.
I grabbed an ‘I’ and an ‘N’. I My thought was since they are pins, I should be able to slide them under the center knot of her bow.
It worked. These bows costs between $6-$12. I just made my own for $.99 (because we already have a ton of bows.) With this pin, I can slide the monogrammed button into any of her bows for a custom look.
She was excited to wear her “new” bow this morning. I think it’s just plain cute!