Quite often, domestic arts are stigmatized...by me. I am well educated and live in a time when women can have it all. So why can't I? It was 100% my choice to stay home when Mimi was born. I knew I could not have it all. I knew I would be a stressed out, cranky mess. And, I knew I wanted to play with my kids full time for a couple years. But on some levels I struggle because I really don't want to be a homemaker or housewife. Ugh! Horrible! I want to be modern, not old fashioned. But am I modern? I stay home with my kids, I bake, and I sew and sound old fashioned. Okay, here is where I am modern: I drive a sub compact car and get excellent gas millage. So, being the modern mom that I am, it always rankles me when I have made a plate of cookies and someone says to me, "Well, aren't you Susie Homemaker today!" While I know that this is not a put down, I hate it. I am not trying to be Susie Homemaker, I just thought my guests might want a snack. And guess what, I like to have a fresh baked snack, too. But, let me end my diatribe because I want to let you in on a little secret, domestic work is challenging. Domestic work and parenting are physically and mentally challenging jobs. No to mention, domestic arts, such as sewing are also dangerous. Yes, dangerous!!!
|I stay-at-home but am a Rosie on the inside!|
|I NEVER look like this when cleaning the house!|
I have completed all the necessary paperwork to be an official company. The last thing I want is to be busted for income tax evasion. But, I am still worried I have missed a couple steps and I am doing something wrong. I own the name 715 Pillows for the next five years, according to Oakland County. I have a federal tax id number and my Michigan sales tax license. Pretty darn official. So, when I hurt myself on the job, can I get Worker's Comp. Nope! I am a sole proprietor and I don't think I can could get a needle injury covered anyway.
Since I have started this little venture, I have poked myself a few times in the finger with needles and pins. Once I stuck a pin under my finger nail. OUCH!!!!! But the worst injury incurred while sewing was caught on camera by husband. I was sitting on my floor cutting and pinning a pillow when I inadvertently placed my foot on top of the pinned fabric and stuck a very long pin into my heal. OMG!!!! PAIN!!!! I think the pin actually hit bone. But believe it or not, for such a serious wound, blood was not drawn. So strange - does this mean I need a pedicure? While I was pulling the pin out (very strange sight) and crying out in pain, Kevin grabbed the camera and recorded the following images for posterity.
|Just after pin extraction.|
|Massaging the wound.|
|Why am I sitting like that?|