I have some big, BiG, BIG news! Our little family of 3 will become a family of 4 this July!
I’m so excited about a new baby and new beginnings that I wanted to share with you a little bit about where my business is headed as I embark on this new journey. I will no longer be chasing my white whale of a book deal (for now, although I think it will always be an itch I’ll try and scratch), and I will be saying no to most magazine/editorial/blog things that come my way and here’s why…
When I had Marian I greatly over extended myself having no idea what it was like to care for a newborn. When I was maybe 7 months pregnant I agreed to write a chapter for Best of Stitch: Beautiful Bedrooms. By “chapter” I mean I had to design, sew, and write technical instructions for a 4 piece bedding set (fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover, pillow case, decorative sham) plus sidebar instructions on how to make piping and sew French seams. I figured she was due in the middle of December so of course I could get all of that done by my February deadline! As time went on the project was delayed by fabric companies vying to supply the fabric, by color choices that had to be made, and design elements that had to be approved, yet the final deadline didn’t budge. Marian ended up making her arrival on January 1st as opposed to her December 18th due date, I hadn’t yet received the fabric I needed to begin, and all the while that deadline just kept creeping closer and closer. In the end, with baby in tow I somehow rustled up the fabric I needed, got myself to the studio every day, and got it done. A little late… but done nonetheless.
On the one hand I was very proud of myself for following through and accomplishing it but as my husband said, the stress took about 5 years off of my life. So was it worth it? At the time I didn’t think I had a choice because it was “good for my career” or “an opportunity I couldn’t pass up” (Back then getting a book deal wasn’t about how many followers you had, it was about your ability to design and write instructions. That’s unfortunately no longer the case but that’s for another day…) but it was a horrible experience and this time I want to do things differently.
From here on out I will be focusing on my own designs, my own patterns, and really building my brand as a designer of toys and heirlooms as opposed to building my editorial resume. You just need to download one of my PDF’s to know I can write and illustrate the crap out of a sewing pattern so I no longer need that mysterious “experience” everyone’s always talking about. At the end of the day when you have very little time to begin with and are then constantly under a deadline it can really zap your creativity. It isn’t about what can I do, but instead, what can I do now. I need to get back to asking, what am I capable of doing? What do *I* want to design?
So on that note, I am pleased to introduce you to the first project from my latest abandoned book proposal, Little Things for Little People. Meet… Foxy Rattle!
Foxy Rattle is an adorable and pretty easy to whip up rattle that babies love to grasp, shake, and of course, chew on! Foxy is one of 3 rattles I designed for Marian when she was just a baby and the next 2 in the group will coming your way shortly.
A few quick notes and tips about Foxy:
- Finished size is 6 1/2″
- Kona Cotton is recommended for the body
- Mini rattle inserts from American Felt and Craft are recommended
- Instructions do not cover hand embroidery techniques for the face including back stitch and satin stitch
- Instructions do, however, include a quick tutorial for my favorite invisible ladder stitch used to sew up the stuffing hole
- As long as you prewash all fabrics the rattle will be machine wash and dryable when completed
- If you decide to make one share your results on Instagram with the hashtag #FoxyRattle