Made in Mississippi Blog
Shopping Tips Episode 1: Dye lots.
Fabrics can vary from bolt to bolt because of the handmade nature in the manufacturing process. It's important to make sure you receive exactly what you expect, so read our first post in a series of posts on how to best shop our pillow covers.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11 I opened my first blog post with this verse, and I find it just as appropriate for today's reflection too. If you've been following me for a while you know about my career change just over two years ago... and my walking through an open door. This unsettling feeling I had been having for the previous months wouldn't go away, so I made the decision to leave my very stable role as a pediatric hematology/oncology nurse and run this very unstable pillow shop full-time. To mitigate a little bit of the financial risk, I took a part-time job as a school nurse that would allow me more time in my workroom but also provide a small, consistent income...
A Year in Review: 2020.
Many emotions have filled my heart this year, and I don't think anyone can say 2020 was what he or she expected. COVID-19 has affected us all in some way, and this year has been hard on us all. One year ago today I left my pediatric nursing career to make Mississippi Stitches full-time. If I had known what would happen just a few months later, I probably would have reconsidered! But, I'm so grateful for this journey, and I'm grateful you are here on the journey with me. Read more about my decision to change career paths and how 2020 affected my business.
My new sewing digs.
Recently I added new cabinetry and workspace to my sewing room. A friend of mine who also happens to be an interior designer came up with the plans, and I couldn't be more pleased with the result! This new storage space and Murphy style cutting table is a game changer, and has helped me become more efficient in my day to day operations. Read more about how this design came together and get a little behind the scenes look at the space!
A month ago I wrote a newsletter with a little more detail about how COVID-19 was affecting my business. If you're interested, please go read (https://view.flodesk.com/emails/5e73d5545af0de0026e0d482). Just like you, the uncertainty of it all caused much anxiety and emotion for me, but as time has moved forward, I've thankfully been able to find peace along with a new routine. The overwhelming emotions are a little less frequent, and I've become even more hopeful that "it will all work out" and sooner rather than later...
Most of you know by now at least part of my sewing journey, but I'll give a brief recap for those who are still unfamiliar. I taught myself how to sew while in nursing school circa 2009ish. I asked my parents for a sewing machine for Christmas after a classmate and I had spent hours browsing online fabric stores. I had no idea all the options available, and I was literally hooked on fabric from that day forward...