Complete transparency… it has been years since I’ve touched my sewing machine. You might think… how can someone who manages a sewing blog not actually be sewing!
So, before you judge me… let me give you a quick summary of my life over the past few years… and then I believe you’ll understand.
SimpleSewingProjects.com used to be a VERY active blog in conjunction with a site that I since sold called DraperySewingSupplies.com
I actively created new sewing videos almost daily… just look at my YouTube channel to see how huge it had gotten. I created new video based tutorials… and this was my life!
So, what happened? What made me put away my machine and stop updating the blog… and just almost walk away?
Life. I let life dictate my business and I got pushed off my path.
Over 9 years ago, I lost my oldest daughter, Kelley, to cancer. She was 9.
Shortly after I sold DraperySewingSupplies.com
After a lot of pressure to go to work full-time, I packed away my sewing and got a full-time job as a UX Designer. The job took away from my sewing and I just didn’t feel like I had energy for both.
4 years ago, I separated from my now ex-husband. This was a huge distraction and I just lost interest in blogging. I got on an internet marketing kick for a while, because I’m great at it! The success of this blog is a true testimonial to that… but my heart wasn’t in it.
It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I woke up. And I was like… what have I been doing for the past few years?
Heres’ the truth. I LOVE sewing. I LOVE to decorate. I LOVE color and fabric. I LOVE teaching, sharing and writing. And I LOVE you! Seriously. I love my readers. I love my audience. This is the most fun I’ve ever had in running a business.
Your support means everything to me.
So, I’m back… again. For real this time.
This weekend I pulled my sewing machine out of the closet. I pulled out my dusty bins of supplies. Took inventory of what I have and what I need. And got familiar with my sewing machine again.
Oh my goodness! I think I forgot how to use my machine! I had to refer to my manual to identify all the feet that I have. And I have a LOT. I still don’t recognize a couple. haha!
It really is like learning to sew again for the first time!
I ordered a bundle of fat quarters to sew along with you in the sewing challenge. I can’t wait!! I still need a large cutting mat and some new fabric shears.
I found my sewing spot… it’s on my ping-pong table in the rec-room. Yep! I don’t live in a McMansion anymore, so no exclusive sewing room for me. But the ping-pong table was Joe’s idea… and it’s genius! Who’s Joe? My boyfriend and my biggest supporter. He’s awesome and loves to chat blogging and ideas with me.
I’ve also decided to create this category called Jenny’s Journal and share with you all of my personal sewing adventures that are outside of the daily blog posts and tutorials.
So, for now… I’m going to find some scrap fabric and get to know my machine again. I can’t wait! First project… hemming my white linen pants and Joe’s Tae Kwon Do kick pants. Yes, I’ll post how I did this in another post.
For now… happy sewing!!