Day 21 of #marchmeetthemaker is "Throwback" so I chose this photo from the 2017 @smithsonianfolklife festival which was magical! 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄Auggie was wearing his red cape which is the first cape I ever made. Just like all of my capes it has elastic shoulder loops so it doesn't tie around the child's neck and they are free to run and climb, plus it's easy to put on and take off.🧚🧚🧚🧚🧚🧚I am always happy to make custom capes for the kids in your life. I can also add a matching reversible crown or a mask to complete the look!

Day 21 of #marchmeetthemaker is "Throwback" so I chose this photo from the 2017 @smithsonianfolklife festival which was magical! 🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄Auggie was wearing his red cape which is the first cape I ever made. Just like all of my capes it has elastic shoulder loops so it doesn't tie around the child's neck and they are free to run and climb, plus it's easy to put on and take off.🧚🧚🧚🧚🧚🧚I am always happy to make custom capes for the kids in your life. I can also add a matching reversible crown or a mask to complete the look!

Day 18 of #marchmeetthemaker is for Mistake or Lesson and day 20 is for Design Process. I'll cover both of those in this post. 🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓I used to make everything I thought of and also lots of things that I thought other people would like. That was a mistake. It was unwieldy as I decided to change from just making stuff to also selling things At some point I also realized that I'm happiest when I make things I love, so I don't make things just because someone else likes them. I've narrowed my range and added new items carefully. I have also learned to trust my instincts on fabric choice and combinations. As for my design process, I have learned to note things as I think of them and then I spend some time thinking about how I want it to work and sizing and related questions. I also take notes as I make my prototype. This helps me to refine the process and duplicate it. My handy @leuchtturm1917 dot grid book is for current ideas and notes on custom orders and supplies and whatever else pops into my head. The @chroniclebooks for grid book is for finalized designs with exact measurements and step by step instructions. I can pick it up after a year of not making something and get right to work.

Day 18 of #marchmeetthemaker is for Mistake or Lesson and day 20 is for Design Process. I'll cover both of those in this post. 🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓🦄🦓I used to make everything I thought of and also lots of things that I thought other people would like. That was a mistake.  It was unwieldy as I decided to change from just making stuff to also selling things  At some point I also realized that I'm happiest when I make things I love, so I don't make things just because someone else likes them. I've narrowed my range and added new items carefully. I have also learned to trust my instincts on fabric choice and combinations. As for my design process, I have learned to note things as I think of them and then I spend some time thinking about how I want it to work and sizing and related questions. I also take notes as I make my prototype. This helps me to refine the process and duplicate it. My handy @leuchtturm1917 dot grid book is for current ideas and notes on custom orders and supplies and whatever else pops into my head. The @chroniclebooks for grid book is for finalized designs with exact measurements and step by step instructions. I can pick it up after a year of not making something and get right to work.

It has been raining all day, so we headed over to the newly reopened @loyaltybooks on Upshur after school. Im so happy to have a cool independent bookstore in the neighborhood! We picked up some picture heavy chapter books (see second photo) which look really fun. I'm especially excited about the Mia Mayhem books.️️️️️️Does anyone have any recommendations for a six year old who wants longer stories but wants pictures too? He loved "Max and the Midknights" by Lincoln Peirce which had text and comics.🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️#representationmatters #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #womanownedbusiness #independentbookstore

It has been raining all day, so we headed over to the newly reopened @loyaltybooks on Upshur after school. Im so happy to have a cool independent bookstore in the neighborhood! We picked up some picture heavy chapter books (see second photo) which look really fun. I'm especially excited about the Mia Mayhem books.️️️️️️Does anyone have any recommendations for a six year old who wants longer stories but wants pictures too? He loved "Max and the Midknights" by Lincoln Peirce which had text and comics.🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌧️#representationmatters #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #womanownedbusiness #independentbookstore

Today on #marchmeetthemaker I'm going to tell you about my motivation and goals. When I became a Mother I got this new identity, which is so cool, and I love getting to raise this little human, and I love seeing the world through his eyes. However, it is easy to lose yourself in that identity because raising a little human is exhausting and time consuming and you tend to prioritize their needs over your own. Being a maker, and growing this little business is a way to enjoy my kid's world with all of the silliness and creativity and imagination that that entails while also doing something for myself. I get to look at fabrics, come up with designs, figure things out, and create products which is very satisfying. I set up my schedule, I talk to customers, and so on. It gives me a space of my own…while still allowing me lots of flexibility so I can be my best Mom self too.My goal is to keep growing my business and learn more and put more magic wands into little hands!

Today on #marchmeetthemaker I'm going to tell you about my motivation and goals. When I became a Mother I got this new identity, which is so cool, and I love getting to raise this little human, and I love seeing the world through his eyes. However, it is easy to lose yourself in that identity because raising a little human is exhausting and time consuming and you tend to prioritize their needs over your own.  Being a maker, and growing this little business is a way to enjoy my kid's world with all of the silliness and creativity and imagination that that entails while also doing something for myself. I get to look at fabrics, come up with designs, figure things out, and create products which is very satisfying. I set up my schedule, I talk to customers, and so on. It gives me a space of my own...while still allowing me lots of flexibility so I can be my best Mom self too.My goal is to keep growing my business and learn more and put more magic wands into little hands!

Today's #marchmeetthemaker is about how I learned. I grew up surrounded by creative family members. My German grandmother had her own kiln for her pottery, she created award winning window displays for her bookstore, and crafted everything from greeting cards to party decor. My American grandmother and my Aunt were/are amazingly detailed and patient with their needlepoint creations. My Mom can create a beautiful doll from thrifted clothes and antique buttons, and she can improvise better than anyone I know in her creations from cakes to gifts. My Stepmom is a quilter who makes beautiful and thoughtful creations, and seeks out new techniques to master. That's my foundation, and from there I explored through painting, photography, sewing, and more. When I want to try something new I research, and overthink, and sketch, and read, and then I dive in. ️

Today's #marchmeetthemaker is about how I learned. I grew up surrounded by creative family members. My German grandmother had her own kiln for her pottery, she created award winning window displays for her bookstore, and crafted everything from greeting cards to party decor. My American grandmother and my Aunt were/are amazingly detailed and patient with their needlepoint creations. My Mom can create a beautiful doll from thrifted clothes and antique buttons, and she can improvise better than anyone I know in her creations from cakes to gifts. My Stepmom is a quilter who makes beautiful and thoughtful creations, and seeks out new techniques to master. That's my foundation, and from there I explored through painting, photography, sewing, and more. When I want to try something new I research, and overthink, and sketch, and read, and then I dive in. ️

Today's #marchmeetthemaker post was supposed to be about photography. I almost always use my phone which is a Samsung Galaxy. Today was not a great day for planning a perfect photo because Auggie was home and I was parenting and working while sleep deprived. Overall it was a great day though because Auggie was very accommodating and I got most of my work done and it was nice to have him here telling me fun facts about planets. Then, when it was too late to take a great photo, I went into his room and took a picture of the unicorn shoes on his castle, and I think they look pretty cute. Sometimes you have to remember the ever wise words of @timgunn and "make it work!"

Today's #marchmeetthemaker post was supposed to be about photography. I almost always use my phone which is a Samsung Galaxy. Today was not a great day for planning a perfect photo because Auggie was home and I was parenting and working while sleep deprived. Overall it was a great day though because Auggie was very accommodating and I got most of my work done and it was nice to have him here telling me fun facts about planets. Then, when it was too late to take a great photo, I went into his room and took a picture of the unicorn shoes on his castle, and I think they look pretty cute. Sometimes you have to remember the ever wise words of @timgunn and "make it work!"