I started out 2011 as a full time stay-at-home mom and a part-time paralegal working at night and on the weekends. One job was rewarded with never ending work, temper tantrums, hugs, and kisses. The other job rewarded me with a paycheck! This money was allowing us the freedom to travel to places outside of my Michigan's upper peninsula. Don't get me wrong, the U.P. is wonderful, but sometimes it is nice to branch out. However, in July 2011, life through me the proverbial curve ball and I was laid off. Not a happy time and if I am being truthful, sometimes when the bills come due, I am still a little bitter. But, losing my job gave me the opportunity to think outside my comfort zone and try something new: Sewing, blogging, and entrepreneurship. So, here is my year in review.
January to July
We rang in 2011, as a family enjoying downtown Detroit. Dinner at Pizza Papalis, dessert at Astoria, and gazing at the big Christmas tree and ice skaters at Campus Martius Park. It was a really wonderful night! Kevin and I travelled to Las Vegas and Boston without our children. As a family we took many trips to the U.P. and Chicago to spend time with family. We were also lucky enough to take trips to Spring Mill State Park and Holland, Michigan for Tulip Time! Mimi graduated from preschool and moved on to Young Fives. She also preformed in a dance recital. Violet became a full fledged blabber mouth who no longer sleeps in in a toddler bed or uses a diaper. Whoa - a big girl bed, a toilet, and big words = big year!
|Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana|
|Inside the Wynn, Las Vegas|
|Swan Boat Rides, Boston, MA|
After I got my layoff notice, my husband got this wacky idea that I was going to learn how to sew. In August, I made my very first pillow, ever. While it was not a horrible creation and I did brag about it a bit, it was definitely not ready for Etsy. I practiced a lot and got the whole family involved. My mom taught me some tricks, Kevin took photos and pushed me to work. Mimi and Vi held pins, picked out fabric, stuffed pillows and asked a lot of questions.
|Very first pillows for Mimi and Vi!|
|Pillows for HAVEN|
|Mimi helping load our car with pillows!|
|Candy Cane Lane Craft Show!|
I learned how to make pillows and a pair of pajama pants in 2011. Now, I need to continue to hone my pillow making craft. There is always room for improvement. This year I hope to do the following:
- Sell my pillows at more craft shows - shall I shoot for five shows? I think I shall!
- Try my hand at pillowcase dresses. This has been suggested by multiple people so I will do in time for spring!
- Continue to sell on Etsy and have a January sale. After all, if I am going to launch new products I need to clear out the "warehouse."
- Learn how to make pillow covers. This will solve my "warehouse" storage issue.
- Make enough money to "help" pay for Vi's preschool.
- Continue to make tooth fairy pillows.
- Learn how to make stuffed toys...this is a long shot but could be a ton of fun!
- Last but not least, continue to have a good time. Because, if I am not having fun, then there is no point in making pillows!