It all started in 2008 when I discovered these little fabric coffee sleeves that other artists were making. I thought, "How CUTE! I could do that!" And so it began.... I started making a little piece of S&W history. :) Some of my very first things to post in my Etsy shop were these little guys that I named "Coffee Cozies" (because they keep your hand "cozy" while you drink "coffee" of course!) I started off with simple designs and a big button. I think the reason I liked them so much is that coffee reminds me of special times with friends and with the Lord.
I tried all kinds of patterns, fabrics and colors....collected fabric scraps and lots of buttons and eventually I tried new things! I created some with felt flowers sewn on and even some out of vintage ties. I had a great time learning about Etsy, taking orders from customers, craftsmanship, packaging and more! I even had my first wholesale experience when a coffee shop carried my cozies for awhile. I got orders for special occasions or events, even for a bride's morning coffee on her wedding day!
I learned so much about "craft business" through the experience of selling coffee cozies, but my true passion (painting) was calling so I decided to try some new things...
|(Adventures in coffee cozies! 1. My first shipment of tie cozies for wholesale, 2. Labels I sewed inside them, 3. A bride's custom coffee cozy, 4. My cozies for sale in a coffee shop!)|
I started to branch out and sell them on Etsy as well as try new things like mini flower clips, flower headbands, flower necklaces, and even flower scarves. One day at the market, we met Allison from Pink Tumbleweed (a local boutique!) she asked if she could sell our accessories in her shop! WOW! This was such a fun opportunity and we even got to sell items at a shopping event called "Spring Fling". I had more fun opportunities to create flower clips for a church group, a birthday party and even a wedding! It was fun to see people wearing my creations around town and even on mission trips! One of my favorite things that happened was when some photos of my creations were printed in Artful Blogging magazine.
So, I let go of fear and cleaned out my fabric box. I still do a little sewing from time to time, but my focus is on painting. When I stopped selling accessories a couple of years ago, an amazing thing happened! Yes, I lost a few opportunities, but new ones opened up! I realized I had the opportunity to create and relate to people in a new way...through painting their stories! There is something so personal and beautiful to me about helping someone express themselves through unique canvas paintings and Toms!
So, that's what happened to coffee cozies and flower clips. I still have a few in my art closet to remind me of these amazing adventures....but now I've got my paint brush in hand and I'm ready for some new ones!Follow my blog with Bloglovin