August 6, 2020

Website, and Contacts, and Products... Oh my

Website

I have been working behind the scenes - mostly to be with my family and that has been great. I have also been working on a few things online behind the scenes. The first fun thing was my website. I love how simplistic it is! I plan on adding specific listings in the future - colors of products and so forth. As of now I just have the patterns/colors listed under each product.

I feel like it makes things look more tidy. I also love that it is just one page and you scroll down and all my info is there. I love that by typing in my domain it shows my shop and what I do.  I do wish that I could afford two domains right now - so I can have one for my blog. It's all about priorities and if I've learned one thing this year is that I need to simplify everything. So one domain to my shop is great. Hopefully people can see my blog from there and click over. That's my hope right now, anyway. 

mymommylifeof3.com

Contacts

I have also updated my contact info on the website and across social media. I'm trying out a new to me idea. I don't have a dedicated phone for work - for my business. So I grabbed the second best thing - google voice. So now I have a phone number that you can call.  I'd ask you to please be patient. I'm learning. I'm not a phone person at all, anyway. So if you call and I don't answer - no worries. I do have a voicemail and I am checking it. It may be more like every other day at this point. So I would say that email (mymommylifeof3blog@gmail.com) or social media is still the best way to reach me quickly.  Instagram is my new go-to right now. 

Subscribe

On the topic of contacts - I would love to start a monthly (or quarterly) newsletter for those that subscribe. That way you can be the first to know about upcoming sales and new products. Please subscribe in the fun little pop up that comes up on this blog. I know they can be annoying so if you are okay with missing out than just click on the "no thanks" instead.

Products

And lastly we come to products. I am happy to report that I will begin to sell bundles soon. This will be face mask bundles. A few with a zipper pouch for the backpack, glove compartment. Another will be masks with a wash bag. I hope that this will help ease back to school jitters. Or back to work jitters.

I will also be sewing like a mad woman. Masks, napkins, zipper pouches, key chains, and more. I know I have a lot to do and now that I've almost caught up with mommy duties I feel like I can begin. No, I'm not the fastest sewist. That's okay, though, because I always make sure that I do my best work. So look forward to a few new items - I'll let you know about them in my newest newsletter. 

Last thought: I added my shop to the bottom of my blog. So if you see something you like, scroll down and you can grab it!




July 2, 2020

Something new and fun

This month I decided to take a tiny break from sewing masks and tried my hand at something new.  I am so excited because these are something I've wanted to make for awhile now. One of the first places I was able to walk around and shop is the local fabric shop. Okay, it's the only place I've really been besides my home. 2020 is very interesting. 

I grabbed a few fun fabrics and decided to make some reusable large fabric napkins. These are 18 inches square and I started with fun patriotic fabrics. These were fun and simple to make. I love that they are reusable. How cute would these be at a family bbq?

I love the idea of making a family dinner much fancier can be this easy. Seriously, cloth napkins make any meal feel very fancy. I know that my kids were very impressed with my skills. I guess it's good that I can make something fun and pretty simple to make my kids happy. 


They also loved that I used their kid plate, bowl, cup and utensils to show the size of the napkins. I figured that most people in my life own the kid sized dishes and hopefully the rest of the world will be able to judge the size also. I haven't gotten new dishes since our wedding almost 15 years ago and they are chipped and don't match. So I grabbed something that looked a bit better for a photo.

I was happy that a few people thought it looked nice. I got some good feedback and it made me feel super happy. I put a lot of thought and heart into my work and to hear that its liked is nice. 

What's great is that these are available now in my shop.  Head over now to grab them.  And more patterns will be coming soon.  


June 19, 2020

2020 Goals Update

Who remembers the beginning of the year - we were all so excited and ready to make 2020 the best one yet. Then things started to change and this year has been one of the strangest years I can remember. So many BIG things are happening right now. I can't keep track of it all.

So I thought that I would take a moment to redo my goals from the beginning. They look a bit different in the world today.

Old Goals:


You get to see my thought process here. I may be home, but that doesn't mean I have time to sit and do what I want instead of what needs to be done. I've got lots of laundry, dishes (holy cow), putting out fires (aka kids fighting), and figuring out what to eat without going near the stores. Thank goodness for pick up at this point. 

New Goals:


I'm in the middle of a few things right now. I will be launching my new website soon (https://mymommylifeof3.com) where I will take the domain from my blog to the website. I have thought about this a lot and think that it is a smart move. I would also love to have a domain for my blog, but I waited three years for a website, I can wait a little longer for this one. I want to do this right.  

I'm also adding shops to my social media. I'm focusing on Facebook & Instagram right now. It was easy to add to facebook with my website (one of the reasons I went with it) but for some reason my insta isn't working. There are times when I need to try, and then step back for a minute. I have one working - I'll try again with the other. 

I also am so happy to report that with this blog post I am caught up. I have a post for each month. This year has been rough and I haven't known what to say or how or if and I'm glad that I was able to put something together each month. 

The others are coming. One new product just dropped and I'm so happy that I could do that. I guess I actually have two new products because of masks, but at this point they seem like my new normal. I'll do another post on living ecofriendly soon. I've got to do my research first. 

Anyway, how are your goals coming? Have you needed to change them as well? 

May 23, 2020

Happy Anniversary!!

Everyone needs to start somewhere.

I used to be so nervous to begin my business. There are those businesses that have been there for so long that you just know them. Then I saw someone that said "doing business since 1995".  To me that isn't that long ago. I was still in school and I remember that year. So I figured that when I started, I would just keep going. That way in years down the road I could look back and say that I have been doing business since 2017. 


I have now been in business for 3 years! I can't believe it. I got my DBA (doing business as) and my business license in January. I started planning out my products and website. I did research into the best platforms to start selling and knew that I only had about $200 to spend until I got a bit of money back. 

I do have to say - I do have some experience at being a business owner. Kinda. Sorta. My husband had a photography business for a few years. He had it so that he could buy better photography equipment. I love his work and love that he can take professional photos of the kids even now. The business did crumble and fall apart after the birth of our first child. It was too much of a struggle to get to appointments for hours on end and leave our baby. Then a year later we found out I was expecting again and we gave up on the business. It wasn't a big deal - he still has the equipment and he loves to do landscapes anyway. 

(Link here if you are interested in seeing his work. I can't say how much I love it.)

This is the arch that fell in Arches National park.
Wall Arch - This arch fell a few years ago in Arches National park.

Life happens and things change. I had my degree in science and another in teaching... but I didn't like the game. I don't do well in the politics of work so I found that staying home was much better for me. With 3 kids I would be working to pay for childcare and that wasn't worth it. Luckily, my husband has a job that supports our family and I can stay home. 

Being home gave me a different vantage point - I could see things differently. I loved to blog. I have been doing it for over 7 years off and on. I also love to craft. I started to focus in on the thing that I am good at and that I wanted to make. I am okay at many different crafts - wood crafts, baking, cooking, cross-stitch. I started to focus on the one that made me feel closer to my own mother - sewing. 

My mother is a quilter. She is incredible and can make just about anything. She will do piece quilting - which scares me to death. My sister is also a seamstress - she sews all her own clothing that she wears. She tells me that it's better because she can find the fabric that breathes and make things the length she wants for hot Arizona summers. I'll believe her - I have made a few things for my kids, but I don't like making clothing.

This business started with making baby blankets. I had just had a miscarriage and there were more than 10 neighbors having babies in the next eight months. So instead of being extremely sad, I started to sew. I made baby blankets for each of those beautiful babies. I then found that I loved sewing and that blankets were needed. I started to go to craft shows more frequently and noticed the baby items that people made. I started making more things and loved it.


I tried to sell my items, but I didn't do well. I noticed that my heart wasn't completely into the baby items portion. There are so many who make these things and I wasn't going to compete without loving it.  My family was also growing out of baby items. This is where being at home helped me out.

I noticed the things that we were throwing out a lot. I also noticed how MUCH we were throwing out. I didn't like this - my degree is in conservation ecology and I don't want to compound the problem. So we got the kids special plates, cups and bowls. These were theirs - with a picture on the bottom so they needed to eat their food in order to find it. I would then do the dishes and the kids would put them away for their next use. We used less paper plates!

Then came the big ones - paper towels. What would I do? I looked up reusable paper towels and the world opened itself up to me and I am so thankful! I found so many things that I could make as reusable. I try to focus on these in my own home and in my shop. I think that by putting these out into the world, I can help others be more mindful of their waste as well.



So here we are, three years later and I know that I can do even more good. I am My Mommy Life of 3 and my business started in 2017.