Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I started sewing after long hours of work at a tiny cafe along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania. I began working there right after college to help pay the rent while I searched for "real" art jobs with my newly acquired art degree. I decided to start making small ornaments in my free time around the holidays to sell at the cafe so that I could donate the proceeds to a local charity. The response to my new little creations was amazing and the fact that people actually wanted to pay money for them was some how mind blowing to me. People kept asking me if I could make larger pieces and slowly I started sewing more and more. Luckily that was around the time Etsy was growing and maker's were slowly getting a little recognition in the online community and so I decided to open up my Etsy shop and list a few items. I'm certain I cried when my first little item sold. I remember very clearly the feeling of packaging him up and sending him off on his little adventure. Admittedly, I still get a little of that feeling every time something sells online, even though I'm somewhat of a seasoned vet. Thank goodness for that tiny cafe and those very first customers who encouraged me to keep going. There's something really wonderful about knowing that something I built with my own two hands and a needle and thread can make it's way into a stranger's home and live countless adventures with them. That's why I keep doing what I do.

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