August 27, 2019

How far I've come

It seems like I have been working on what I make and how it will look and my technique for so very long that it's strange to look back. It wasn't that long ago that I never got my sewing machine out. In fact, I had gotten it from my mom for Christmas. My husband asked me if I knew how to sew a hem - of course, he should even know that. Anyone who took home ec knew how to sew a straight line.

So I took out my dusty sewing machine that hadn't ever been used (it was already August) and helped him cut off and hem some shorts so he could go mountain biking. They were not straight in the least. They were horrendous!! But they were done by me and it felt like such an accomplishment!!

That was 9 years ago! Can you believe it? My sewing machine is turning 10 on Christmas. It is a work horse and I absolutely love it!! They don't even make these Kenmore sewing machines anymore so I really don't look forward to when it dies (in many more years to come).

I was pretty proud of my attempt and thought that it would be fun to make a few things for my cute nieces. I made a couple stuffed animals and blankets. They weren't the best, but I was trying. I started writing about my sewing and other crafts on my personal blog.

We were pregnant with our first baby - a girl. I wanted so much to make a dress that my baby could wear. I had never before sewn clothing (and I still don't like it). I grabbed a pattern online (so far I had just made up my own) and did my best. Using binding and piping and other techniques were a little advanced for me and I had a lot of trial and error. It looked so incredibly darling on my baby. It fit for about a week because I made it so small. I still love these ladybugs.

I noticed just how many crafts I started to post on my blog and thought - I should just make another blog for those interested in crafts. I had wood crafts, cooking, and other hobbies that I added into the "crafts" folder. I started my blog called "Karla's Crafts" in June of 2012. That means that I have kept this blog going for 7 years!! That's insane!

I wanted to change my name because things changed in our lives. I was also sewing more than any other craft. It's fun when you find your niche! I began my business in 2017 making mostly baby items. My heart wasn't completely in it, though. We had just had our 3rd baby and I was starting to end that baby phase. Starting a shop online was a big step that I had been wanting to try for a few years and it was fun to try out things on family and friends, too. 

I finally had my ah-ha moment last year.  It was a serious light bulb moment! I love to make reusable items that people want to use. This year I opened my new website that is not affiliated with anyone but me. I love being able to change things up and think about what I want to try next!

It's been one wild ride - I have been changing how my family does a lot of things this year - using a lot more reusable items and I'm even changing what I buy and how I buy items. I try to get less plastic, I look at ingredients for cleaners and things are just different. I'm different.  I've also got more style in my home and I feel happier to be home with my kids.

This journey gives me more purpose as a person. I am not just a wife or a mom or a college grad. I am a sole proprietor. I recycle. I am ecochic. I love to create and that has been a big accomplishment for me to say. I used to think that creative was not okay because I was a scientist. I can be both!! I use my math to help when buying fabric. I use my chemistry when I bake. I use anatomy when my kids get hurt and we talk about the layers of their skin before putting on a band-aid.

I'm excited to see where this journey will lead. What happens when all the kids are in school? How much time will I be able to volunteer at the school? Will I go back to work? Will I use my secondary teaching degree? Will I get to be back in a laboratory?!? (I wish.) Only time will tell. I will say this last thing - for those who are struggling (which is me, sometimes) just keep going! Looking back, a little has become a lot!

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