Country Romantic Fabric Quilted Tote Bag

Crafty Projects

Wanted to show off a few of my latest craft projects. Now that I’ve stopped sewing as a business and am doing it just for me, I’m having lots more fun.

First up, a quilted bag to carry my writing and reading materials around in. This is a neat pattern from Lazy Girl Designs. The strap has a zipper so it can be worn as a shoulder bag or a backpack.

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The second item is a bag for my horse riding helmet since the original cover ripped. I used the same drawstring and catch. The old cover became a pattern base, and luckily the helmet fits.
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Country Romantic Fabric Quilted Tote Bag

When the Doors Open

With the opening of my Etsy shop, I’ve been cautiously hoping that I can make enough from selling my crafts online to pay for the cost of leasing a horse, which I started doing in May. That’s been my entire goal at this point, though I secretly hope to make my crafts (and writing!) even more viable in my life than they are now. One step at the time though; getting ahead of myself is something I’m really good at doing. Luckily I have a husband who gently keeps me in check with reality.

Yet I’ve been sending out energy into the cosmos with the intention of being able to at least make up for the cost of my lease horse. I know I have so much more to do with building my Etsy site into a viable storefront, but if directing energy that way could do it all, it would be a profitable business already. My thought has always been if something is meant to be, the doors will open (or maybe a window) that will lead the way.

I’m thrilled to say that the door opened for me – a local gift shop has asked to carry my items in their shop. Completely unexpected, but I will say that having my shop on Etsy and the connections I’ve made with fellow Mainers there helped create that opportunity. Now that the gates have decided to open, I have to take that step through the door. I’m excited, and nervous, and in the back of my head wondering what I’m getting myself into. I asked for this though, and I’m ready.

My hubby is there to keep me tethered to the earth so I don’t hit my head on the door jamb floating through the doorway.