Sunday, October 20, 2013

Packing Up My Etsy Things For Now


Yesterday I carefully wrapped and packed away the things from my Etsy shop.  I couldn't quite decide whether I should be happy or depressed.  You know how sometimes you make a decision and you just know it is right and the rightness makes you happy but the sadness is still there?


Though I only began selling online a year ago, I'm in a different season of life now than I was when I started and I've decided to carve out more space for myself and put aside my business venture for a time.


I'm not gonna lie -- it drives the German pride in me crazy not to keep my shop open come hell or high water, but I'm trying to grow in humility and create healthy boundaries for body and mind.  That's more important.


When I first opened shop, numerous friends reacted with awe.  How in the world do you do all of that sewing when you have three small children??? they wanted to know. "Oh, I make time!" I'd say.  But I seem to have lost the time-making-machine.  I think it disappeared the day my toddler son learned to move chairs across the kitchen floor and it hasn't turned up since.


There are other personal reasons why I feel like the time is right to set aside my Etsy things.  I won't go into the details, but I want you to know that I will miss my customers and the privilege to share my work.  I sincerely hope this is not a permanent hiatus.  I even purposefully packed away some untouched designer yardage for future projects along with my other supplies.  I'm counting on that gorgeous fabric to lure me back into creating for Sparrow and Twig before too long.

Perhaps the new baby and I will sew together come January?  Hey, ya never know.  In the meantime, you can find me here blogging like usual. The holidays are fast approaching...

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  1. I love the part where you say, "I'm not gonna lie -- it drives the German pride in me crazy not to keep my shop open come hell or high water, but I'm trying to grow in humility and create healthy boundaries for body and mind. That's more important." I agree totally 100%. It's super-ultra hard to be humble enough to recognize *and* respect healthy boundaries. I personally really struggle with this a ton and usually end up doing whatever it takes "not to quit" and I've really suffered personally as a result. I'm struggling right now to create some boundaries and your post is really motivational and inspirational for me.

    I have also always wondered how you found time to sew because I only have one kid and I can barely crochet unless she's asleep. I hope as well that Sparrow and Twig can make a comeback when it's right for your family.

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    1. Oh yes -- the pride does not like this at all! As things are always changing (especially with kids), it's hard to know when to power through and when to put something aside. I hope you find a good balance for yourself!

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  2. Ah, Sweetie. I'm sorry for the sad part. I know there is a certain peace in doing what you *know* is the right thing for you, for now, but at the same time, there is still a bit of loss. And thus the term, bittersweet.
    (let's not forget you are doing a ton of creating right now, anyways, makin' that sweet babe ;-)
    Hugs ~ Tracy

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    1. Thank you Tracy! It really is for the best and I am already noticing the fruits of a good decision and I'm very happy about that part.

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