I'm discovering that making your hobby your job is a real challenge. Rewarding, but challenging! It's really hard to tell yourself to stop. And when you do stop, what do you do to relax? I still enjoy sewing for fun, but at the end of a day of sewing orders, or if I give myself a Sunday off, I often feel at odds. First, I feel guilty because my to-do list is a mile long and growing, and second... I'm not sure what to do with myself when I am not sewing. Sewing was the thing I did for fun... now I do it for hours upon hours every day, it's not exactly the thing I want to do to unwind. I find that even when I stop for the day, I get on pinterest and browse lingerie boards, I get on Etsy and mess around with my shop or the teams I participate in. It is incredibly hard to turn everything off. The workload of running your own business is challenging, and trying to figure out things like shipping brokerage, import numbers, accounting, etc. on top of your day to day duties can be hard, but the thing I am struggling most with the most is having time "off."
I just have so many things I want to do! I really want to give my blog an overhaul, I need to get ontop of in my inventory... and tax time is upon us! I am quickly learning that one simply cannot do everything themselves. My best friend, Abbey, has been helping me with editing my images which has been a major help, and Dan has been helping me when he can with shipping which is one of those things that, I don't know why, feels like such a pain to do, so I am very grateful for the help.
Come Summer Time, I will feel better when I can get outdoors, play in the garden, go to the beach... This winter is really starting to drag me down. We've gotten so much snow this year, it's hard to get around. It's cold, it's dark... I'm just absolutely craving warmth and sunshine. And a little vacation time... I am turning 30 this summer and am planning a week-long camping getaway... I am eagerly anticipating it, July can't come soon enough!
I've been working on lots of custom orders lately. This is one for a customer who wanted something for daily wear that was pretty, yet subtle. I used a light weight ivory tencel overlaid with champagne lace. The fabric is super soft, totally the type of thing I would like for myself!