I nursed my son for just over a year. It was rewarding but stressful, convenient, yet difficult. Any mother who’s breastfed for any amount of time can relate to that statement. I am blessed that I have been able to stay home with my son, so I never experienced the stress of pumping, but because of that, he refused a bottle. I am a modest person, and tried to avoid nursing him while we were away from home, but when your baby eats every 3 hours, nursing while we were out was often unavoidable.
I received a nursing cover at one of my baby showers. It was one of the ones that you tied around your neck, and then used a large square of fabric to cover yourself and the baby. Seems easy enough, right? Not for me… First of all, I constantly would forget to pack the nursing cover in the diaper bag. When I did use it, I struggled to have it positioned just right. The overabundance of fabric frustrated my son, and I hated that I couldn’t look at him while he nursed.
Well, problem solved. The latest addition to my etsy shop is an infinity scarf that doubles as a nursing cover. This scarf is made from the same, super soft, jersey knit fabric, but is 50% wider, allowing just enough material to cover you and your baby. When you’re not using it as a nursing cover, it makes for a fashionable “chunky” infinity scarf.
These are flying off the virtual shelves. The grey chevron is the most popular color, and it’s easy to see why. This matches everything. It’s the perfect accessory if you’re going to be out and about. I placed a fabric order today, and the grey chevron should be back in stock the first week in June. I think these would be great gifts for new and expecting mothers. I know that all of my pregnant friends can expect to receive one from me.
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a woman who owns a boutique shop in North Dakota. She wanted to order scarves for her store. I’ve never done anything like this before, but there’s a first time for everything. She was most interested in chevron prints, but wanted some bright spring & summer colors too. I sent her some pictures and ordered 13 different fabric prints. Each piece of fabric yields 3 regular infinity scarves. The fabric arrived and I got to work. Because of Maggie, (our new puppy) work was slower than I would have liked, but my husband helped to give me some uninterrupted time this weekend, and I finished 39 scarves. They shipped out yesterday and should hopefully be up and available for purchase in her shop next week! Here is what 26 yards of fabric and 39 finished scarves look like…
Mustaches are a fad, and a big trend with baby boy things. When I was pregnant, my friends threw me a mustached themed baby shower (a picture is attached for your enjoyment), so when Girl Charlee came out with a jersey knit mustache fabric, I had to have it. I quite often buy fabric with no real purpose or plans. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of this… This mustache fabric has sat with stash for a few months.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a member of a group of moms that have babies the same age as my son. For holidays, we sometimes do gift exchanges, and recently we’ve started doing exchanges with homemade gifts. These are my favorite! It gives me the excuse to try something new. Well, when I drew a little boy’s name for the Mother’s Day exchange, I knew it was finally time to create something with the mustache fabric. With the help of my friend Jenna that embroiders, this is what I came up with. And, of course I had to make a matching cape for my buddy too.
I feel like there is a hole in the market for dress up accessories for little boys. Once things slow down, I plan to add this, and a different style superhero cape (one without mustaches) to my etsy shop.
In March, our beloved dog, and the inspiration behind my business passed away suddenly.
Anybody who’s ever loved and lost a dog knows how hard this is. They’re family, and our home was a little bit quieter and a lot messier (she was a great vacuum, picking up every bit of food my son dropped). There has been a dog shaped hole in my heart since Sassy has been gone, but this week that all changed. Meet Maggie! We rescued her from a local shelter. She is 7 months old, and her breed is anyone’s guess. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a puppy, and Maggie is all puppy. As our vet said, she has some big paws to fill.
Cystic Fibrosis is is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Currently, there are approximately 30,000 kids and adults in the US living with CF. One of those kids is Jack. He was born the same day as my son. I “met” Jack’s mom through BabyCenter.com while we were pregnant. I will get to meet their family this weekend at the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis, in St. Louis. For the last month, I’ve donated 20% of all Sew Sassy sales to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The CFF is the world’s leader in the search for a cure. My husband’s cousin lost her life to CF in 2011. I am excited to report that as of today, I’ve raised over $200. That money will go towards research in finding a cure!
So, it’s been awhile. I hate it too. There have been numerous times over the last month that I “write” a blog post in my head, but never seem to find the time to actually sit and type it out. I’ve been incredibly busy, which is awesome, but not an excuse. I’ve said it before, but really mean it this time (or, I hope that I really mean it at least), but I vow to do better. I planned to type this all as one post, but it got too long, so for your sanity, I’m breaking it up.
Scarves have kept me busy. Besides sales, there have been a few- out of the ordinary- exciting developments since I last posted. I sold 2 chevron scarves to a woman named Suzanne- the co-creator of ScoopOTP, a insiders guide to life outside of Atlanta. She found my etsy site through google, saw I was a local small business over, ad Sew Sassy was featured in an article on their website!