From left to right, they are Oriental floral, roses, Gerbera daisies, and cardinals:
Here we have hummingbirds, palm trees, and autumn leaves:
These are red berries, Christmas snowflakes, and leopard print:
Again, I think Dale did a great job of choosing fabrics, and I love all these bags. (My favorite is the red berries!)
Now for the big decision. I have been thinking about this for many months, and...
I've finally decided to close my sewing business!
What that means for me is that I will no longer spend long hours making large numbers of the same thing. This will free me to be more creative with my sewing (for myself, family, friends, and swaps), and it will give me time to explore the areas of art that I'm interested in. For example, I just joined a facebook group called Art Abandonment, with members from all over the world who make pieces of artwork to leave in public places for strangers to find and take and enjoy. I desperately want to abandon some art, but first I have to make something!
So, I've told Dale that I will do one more bag order for her before I close; I will close my Etsy store as soon as I get around to it; and I've told Pat at Country Treasures that I will clear out my booth at the end of July. (I got a phone call from her, asking me to bring in one more batch of my Scrappy Fabric Bracelets. Apparently there is an older woman who comes in frequently, and she buys these bracelets for gifts...they want to be sure she has all she wants before I close!)
For those of you who are interested in the financial aspect of it...I will say that selling my handmade items has never been very profitable, mainly because I have a hard time charging what my goods are worth. I have always geared my prices toward what the "average" person could easily spend. When you add in things like paying for a business license, business property tax, self-employment tax, insurance, and the paperwork hassle of collecting and remitting sales tax, it just isn't worth it any more. It's time to free myself from this!
I'm looking forward to making new things, and blogging all about them here!