my mom taught me to sew when i was in junior high and high school. i only wished i had paid better attention and appreciated it more! when i was pregnant with addy, i really wanted a sling called the peanut shell but i didn’t want to spend $50+ on it. i looked online, downloaded a few tutorials, borrowed a sewing machine and yes finally made my own. i think it cost me about $10. i can’t find a picture of me wearing it, but here is a picture after a walk (the sling is black and white). addy would sleep forever in there while i would wear her around the house and get everything done!
after that, christian and my parents bought me a really nice janome sewing machine for my birthday and i started sewing. i think i had to call my mom during every single project in the beginning. most of my ideas come from browsing the internet and looking at other tutorials and projects. just recently i have also started browsing clothing stores and “stealing” ideas. my latest interest is “refashioning” (beneficial come moldova, i hope!)
i have been wanting to do something with my sewing as i am finally transitioning from beginner seamstress to intermediate seamstress and that is where the idea of selling on etsy came into play. we are also working on saving money that will go towards moving to moldova next january. this seemed like the perfect way to take a hobby and turn it into something that makes a profit. addy helped me come up with a name – – strawberry shortcake is her favorite tv show and mary poppins is her favorite movie, hence “strawberry poppins.”
another cool aspect of my etsy store is that you are not only supporting us as a family going on the missions field, but you are also supporting foster/adoption awareness. i wanted to make sure i was giving 10% back, which goes to an organization started by my brother and sister-in-law, called hope takes root.
if you haven’t checked out my facebook page or etsy store, please do. if you would like to help share my store with others, i now have business cards and would love to send you some to hand out! i have been blessed already by the encouragement and support from my friends and family. a friend of mine, gina has a fun blog to follow and she even wrote a little something about strawberry poppins (thanks, gina!).
back to sewing i go!