I've been thinking about making some changes to my blog and shop for a while now. When I first started my blog in early 2010, it was to sell kids clothes. I picked a cute name, opened an online shop, set up a table at a local craft market and sewed away. This worked for a while before I changed to sewing bonnets and then selling my pattern.
This little side business has provided me with some welcome play money over the years, allowing the occasional indulgence while I studied and took time to care for the kids. These days though, I work in a real job and earn real money (well a teacher's salary). Even the few bonnets that I have been making recently, have been horribly draining to complete. Seriously I've sewn hundreds and hundreds of them!
So really, the easy decision has been to shut my bonnet business. No more finished bonnets are available in my Etsy shop, just my bonnet pdf pattern. I know this sounds like an amazingly simple decision, but for some reason it has taken a while to get here and I feel an great sense of relief now that it's done.
The next change has been to smarten up my blog.
I've slightly changed the name to reflect to core content on my blog and also installed a new blog design (from here if you are interested). It's not too fancy, but it's a starting point and I doesn't have, nor need, any cutesy pictures on the header any more!
Finally, I needed to clear out all my bonnet supplies. But what was I to do with the fabric? Throw? Gift to kindy? Gift to my mum? Or sew one last batch of bonnets for one of my favourite shops.
And every last scrap of bonnet fabric has been dealt with.
become a quilt.
Have a great week!