Well I guess the cat is officially out of the bag. I officially opened my Etsy Shop, SewingNationCO, on Friday, January 24, 2014. I took the plunge (with the help and support of my amazing husband) and decided to put a little dream of mine into action.

When I was a little girl, my great-grandma and my mother were constantly sewing. My little brother and I never wore a store-bought Halloween costume and my Barbies were always dressed in the finest, one-of-a-kind, handmade clothing. I still have my stocking my great-grandma had made, as well as my hand-sewn Halloween bag. All items I will cherish forever!

With all of that said, I think the love of sewing has always just been in my DNA. Recently, I have sewn many, many blankets for friends, family as well as for around our own house. I then started to dive into making other things, such as stockings, aprons and some baby stuff. I love giving a handmade gift to a friend or family member because I love the personal touch I can have on it.

SO…how did I go from making these gifts to wanting to sell them? Well a combination of three things. First, my hubby and his best friend both mentioned “Hey, you should sell these. I’m sure people would love to be able to buy them.” Their words really got me thinking.

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Fleece Tie Blanket

Last week marked the final week of my fall 2013 semester. I really did not think it was EVER going to end, so boy was I happy when I handed in my final final on Friday afternoon!

For one of my finals, I had to create a lesson plan and teach it to my classmates. I decided I wanted to do something that mattered. I did not want to do anything dealing with math, or really any subject. I figured I will be writing and teaching lesson plans on math for the rest of my life. This was my time to be able to do something completely different than my future career.

With all of that said, I decided to do something we could give away, since Christmas is fast approaching. I was going to teach my classmates how to make no-sew, fleece, tie blankets to be able to give away to children who are less fortunate around this time of year. I put together this blog post for anyone who wants a quick and easy Christmas gift for others, and to brag a little about my classmates! (YAY, PSY 349!)

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