direction.

So...for a while now I have hinted that I am thinking real hard about both my shop and my blog. Like where I want them to go...what I want from them...how I want them to function for me. And I think I have decided. The pillow above is my dare to myself...to dream. Big.

First the shop. As you may have noticed, I don't do much with paper lately. Except for the silhouettes I really haven't touched my paper goodies in months. Months. Paper to me, is a fickle love. Some days I can sit down and make 20 cards in a day. Other days it's like I have never made a card in my life. It's so touch and go. Makes me crazy. So I think I am done with paper...at least in the card/tag making for the shop kind of way. I have enough fickleness in my life.
My sewing machine on the other hand. Love. Love it every day. Every day it loves me back. I can't remember the last day I didn't use it...(maybe since being in the hospital with Aaron?). Every single day I am inspired to use it...to learn a new sewing skill...to learn how to make something new...to try a new pattern or shop (too much) for fabric. Sewing is the future for my shop. I have never loved a hobby more.
You may have noticed a lot of new things lately in the shop. That is part of the future. I want my shop to be full to the brim of FUN, BEAUTIFUL, FUNCTIONAL, FUNKY and above all UNIQUE (because if you don't have integrity...you don't have much) items. So I have been on the hunt...for new things to make, to try and to include in my inventory. I have been pushing myself to learn/make something new each day.
My kids and husband are my lifelong career, love, and focus but my goal is to make sewing my livelihood by the time the boys are in school. Does that make sense?
People ask me every once in a while what I am doing to stay relevant in my field (social work) so that I can get a job when the boys are in school...uuuuh nothing...because I have no intention of going back to "work" like that. And why do people assume that when your kids are finally in school that you, as a stay at home mom, are done raising them and should run right back to the work world?
That's for another post...back to the sewing.
Sewing is the field that I want to stay relevant in. Does that sound completely ridiculous?
And the blog. I love this blog. Love it more than I thought I would love writing. It helps that there are no rules. :) But not so long ago I learned that I could afford to have it printed...like a book...that I could document the lives of my boys...of our lives as a family and have it in black in white for them to read when they are older...in a way that I LOVE doing. For some reason, the blog comes easily to me...journaling, scrapbooking, video taping...those all do very little to hold my interest. Blogging I love to do every day...to document a moment, a funny story or a favorite photo. To share a recipe or a new friend...love it all.
So if you notice more of the "documenting" type stuff on here...that is why.
Plus I think the blog shows another side to the shop owner...hopefully you can see that I am someone who tries my best in all I do...who has integrity in business and in life. Who loves her family, her friends and all facets of her life. :) Who keeps it real...because life is not ALL cupcakes and daisies.

So that is the tip of the future for all things Little Bit Funky. I would love to hear your feedback...or if there is some item you would like to see me make or carry in the shop.

I am thankful for you if you are reading this.

xo
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24 comments:

Karin Schueller said...

Number one... I am on the same level with you on the sewing bit to a scary level. ;) And I agree about being home to parent when the kids are at school too. If my mom had been home when my sister got home in junior high, I guarantee there would have been a lot less smoking and drinking. :( (I was a goodie goodie... my sister scared me out of it by the stuff she did! LOL) Anyway, off the soapbox. I am excited to see the sewn items, and I love everything you've always done with the blog... so I am proud of you for living your dream, and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us!!!

Amy said...

Hi Crystal! I found you through Meg (my neighbor. Yep. Lucky enough to know her in person!) :)

I'm halfway through my blog book for 2008. Finished up June last night and I'm at 200+ pages. It's the whole reason I started a blog. I have a book from 2007 and LOVE it! You will never regret the $$ spent. Totally worth it! Have fun creating yours! :)

p.s. What website are you doing yours through?

Splendid Things said...

I really get this. I too want to make sewing (or baking) a way to earn an income once both boys get in school and have no intention to get a "real" job ever again (BTW, I was a social worker too, pre-mom). Your shop is fantastic and I think you can easily make a great living with your talent and creativity. My fav. thing about your shop is that it is so colorful and unique. Best wishes to you!

Mommyto3andahusky said...

what a super cute blog! :) You are so creative!

Jennie said...

I want those super cute dolls back...they always go too quickly!

SarahRachel said...

What a great idea to print it out into a book- I'd wondered if that was possible.
And I TOTALLY agree with you! I get that all the time about teaching and renewing my license and I'm just NOT interested. My boys will need me still when they are in school and I want to be here for them. It's so great you've found another way to bring money in, too!

Chrissie Grace said...

I feel you Crystal.
I feel super blessed to stay home while my kids are in school (2 are in, but 2 are still at home). I love being here for them and my hubby but I also love having a passion for myself while making some money at the same time.
I am a mixed-media artist...mosaics, paper, painting, collage, now writing my book about fabric art...It's total bliss.
Good luck on all your endeavors. You are very creative and talented and I love seeing all your new creations!:)
xo
Chrissie Grace

Elizabeth said...

First of all it looks like you have a lot of sewing talent, and I say go for it. Its funny, on my homeschool blog, I've been talking about renewing my vision...being at a crossroads of sorts, and it sounds like you have been dealing with a similar feeling. I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes through these feelings that I need to pin down what I should really be doing, and how to do it. I have to say too, I feel the EXACT same way about blogging. I've only been at it for a week, and I still have a lot to learn, but I'm loving it in a way I haven't with the other things you mentioned. Your post blessed me today. Keep loving your children, your hubby, and doing what God is leading you to do!

Kristi said...

I'm so happy for you. So happy you found your love and that it is sewing (that's a bit selfish on my part). I wish we lived in the same area though because I think we'd have a blast sewing and sharing ideas and skills!

I am with you. I've been told by experienced moms that Jr. High and High School is a time when your kids really NEED you, for somewhat different reasons than when they are small, but oh so important reasons I think.

I hope to continue part time work teaching preschool dance classes and using my sewing to earn a living as well. In one shape or another. However God leads it. And I always want to do some sewing work as part of ministry to people who deserve something nice, but can't afford it.

Kristi said...

I'm so happy for you. So happy you found your love and that it is sewing (that's a bit selfish on my part). I wish we lived in the same area though because I think we'd have a blast sewing and sharing ideas and skills!

I am with you. I've been told by experienced moms that Jr. High and High School is a time when your kids really NEED you, for somewhat different reasons than when they are small, but oh so important reasons I think.

I hope to continue part time work teaching preschool dance classes and using my sewing to earn a living as well. In one shape or another. However God leads it. And I always want to do some sewing work as part of ministry to people who deserve something nice, but can't afford it.

Trish said...

well put! i'm with you on the whole card making thing!

love everything new about your shop!

LibraryGirl62 said...

Always go where you heart leads you. It is how God speaks to you. If you listen, you will never go wrong!
PS: Now that my kids are teens, I have total baby envy~your boys are precious and should be documented:)

forever folding laundry said...

Not ridiculous at all! It is a lucky person who finds their passion and I think it is great that you are striving to make it your profession as well. Your creativity and talent will serve you well.

Also -- I have the exact same sewing machine, and even though it is still way smarter than I am, I LOVE it as well! I also just made a tie onesie using the exact same orange fabric as you have there. Funny!

:)

Keri

Leah S. said...

I think it totally makes sense...the whole staying relevant regarding sewing. I dont have kids yet but agree with the whole going to work as soon as the kids are in school. Mom's shouldnt have to feel pressure to jump back into the work field. I minored in social work and it is currently my field of work. I like that we have that in common!

Jill said...

Many, Many Blessings to you on your "new" venture! You do such a great job on all your creations (and with those sweet boys too!)

Traci said...

Love your new mission with the store using sewing!!!!! I want to invest in a good machine and go wild myself. I also cant wait for your post to address the topic of parenting full time doesnt stop just because kids start school!!! I have people chat with me often about why I havent gone back to work, I mean, jeeesh, your oldest is in MIDDLE SCHOOL........I think, M.S. is the age where after school is the time they NEED a parent with them around them the MOST!!!!!! Such a hard time for them. Anyway.....I TOTALLY get you. We would SOOOO be friends in real life :)

Gordostyle said...

Good for YOU! I think you're heading in a GREAT direction (well, you're already there actually!).

And as for the stay-at-home mom thing when you're kids are in school -- I couldn't agree more! WHY? WHY? WHY? Do people think that you should go back to work because your kids are in school? I deal with that issue on a REGULAR basis! And as for me... I LOVE being able to participate in EVERYTHING my son is involved in and to volunteer my time at places that I heart. And for me... I'm happier than ever. I ALWAYS want my life to be like this. I LOVE my job!

Smiles,
Jen

MAXimum MESS said...

Great post. I love that you are so dedicated to your family. That is something that I have been struggling with lately. I have loved staying home with my son for his first year, but I am still in school and this is my last year. Then I have to decide whether I want to pursue an outside of the home career, pursue grad school (which might buy me a little more time being at home with my son), or just staying home for a while and putting my career on hold indefinitely. I love your dedication to your family and love the ideas you have for your shop's future. Great post!

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

Awesome new goodies... I am with you... With 5 boys, sewing/crafting keeps me SANE and JOYFUL...

Amanda said...

You have the cutest little baby boy I think I have ever seen!! And Moses is looking more and more like a little "man" every day! It sounds to me like you have found your calling in life! Don't you just love it when God paints his picture for your future? And to be able to do what you love everyday with your little ones next to you is truly a blessing :)

JennieWrites said...

Love the dream pillow. Will it be on Etsy?

Pamela said...

Oops...
Love your new goals! That is awesome. Jesus bless you with continued inspiration.

Michelle said...

Preach it about being at home even after they go to school. Not a popular view. So happy to read about your passions.

Megan's Creative Corner said...

I recently found your wonderful blog and have been browsing through your archives. Thank you for writing about the pressure you get for wanting to stay home once your kids are in school!

My son is three and a half and I already have people asking why we haven't put him in preschool yet and how I manage to manage to fill my time since I *only* have one child. I too plan on staying home once he is in school and I am considering starting a webstore to keep busy and feel like I am contributing something to our family's finanaces.

Do you have any tips for selling homemade items? Does Etsy bring in enough business to make it worth the additional fees or are most of your customers your blog readers? Thanks for any advice you have!

- Megan

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