Summer break officially began for us sometime last week. But it seems these past 8 days or so have found N and I trading kid duties while we both work on our “second jobs”. (his being doctorate, mine being Sweet Mama Makes). Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a welcome relief from the pace of normal life, but I don’t think either of us are feeling very well-rested.
Part of the reason why I’ve been so frenzied is that I just launched a new line of Shorties and Bloomers (I’d add pictures, but apparently my Internet connection will only allow me one at the moment).
Since this was my first time making them, I had to create the pattern, perfect it, make one in each size in the range, make an example in each fabric to give customers an idea of what they would like, press them, photograph them, write Etsy listings for them, and then advertise and sell them. And finally to create them!
This has been an interested venture to say the least and not all of my handmade things have been very successful sellers, but I’m thankful for what I am learning from being my own businesswoman. And while I don’t think SMM will be a permanent fixture in my life, I am counting all of the life lessons I’m learning.
So far in the 9 months Sweet Mama Makes has been opened, I’ve noticed a predictable cycle…first I drive myself into a frenzy, then I get overwhelmed and swear I’m going to quit after the next round, then I take a few weeks off and enjoy it so much I say I’m never going back, then I get that itching urge to create again and then make something I want to share. And on it continues. I do love having an outlet that lets me express myself when the urge strikes but I also realize I’ve got to find a better way to balance my time or else I’m going to burn out quickly.
I’m just nearing the end of a frenzied period and taking some time off this week to create for myself (the girls really). I saw this Eric Carle fabric and had to have it. Today it turned into a pinafore for Bea.
We’ve also been pre-gaming for an upcoming vacation (where we can’t wait to rest HARD). This means we’ve given up refined sugar for 2 weeks (honey and maple syrup are okay). I’ve been eating a lot of desserts like “ice cream” made out of frozen bananas and “brownies” with an avocado base. I don’t hate it…but that first vacation shave ice sure will taste good. So will that first vacation night of sleep.
Bring it on,