Didn't have time to quilt or bind my Modern Meadow quilt before sister arrived. It's currently lying on our dining table, calling to me. And yes, that is an Iron Man helmet in the background - Ray's been experimenting with Pepakura/resin models. He commandeered one of my cutting mats and an X-acto knife for said project. And on a side note, I caught him using my good 4" Gingher shears the other day to trim his mustache/beard. Brawl ensued.
My wonderful mother-in-law's birthday was last week, and I made her a frame pouch. She loves anything that's gold, fancy, and/or involves fleur de lis, so this pouch was pretty much the trifecta :)
Basically what it boils down to is that we want to find a way to make it work as a one-income household when we have kids so I can stay at home, and as things stand right now, we can’t possibly make it work. So there’s been a lot of prayer and soul-searching going on, and ultimately we’re going to take that leap of faith and hope things work out. Not only because I want to be home with our kids, but also because it’s extremely frustrating to have to get up each morning and prepare myself to spend 7 hours working at something that’s not my passion. I feel like I’m wasting myself and my talents, and it gets harder and harder to trudge into work each day and motivate myself to care about my work. Which upsets me, because I pride myself on being a hard-working, reliable employee…so as my wanderlust increases, it’s not really fair to either party for me to be there.
So I’m going to make a run at possibly running a home business doing what I love – designing patterns and sewing handmade bags, household goodies, and quilts. Right now I'm gearing up my shop, and the goal is to have at least 30-35 handmade items in it by the end of the month. I’m still going to work full-time for the foreseeable future, and I’m not operating under any illusions that I’ll be able to fully replace my current income with it once I do quit, but I am hoping to supplement it enough that we could eek by with only one steady paycheck and still manage to feed ourselves + hypothetical baby.
Quite frankly I’m a bit terrified – not only at the thought of sacrificing financial stability, but also that I could be responsible for another human being at some point in the near future. Every hour, of every day. Yikes. The first time we want to go to an impromptu movie is gonna be a real shocker, because we can’t just leave the baby on the sofa with Sir Whiskers and catch a matinee (not that he isn’t responsible…he just has no opposable thumbs to work a phone in case of an emergency).
So yeah. Here goes. Keep us in your prayers as we take the plunge!