I got several 5 star reviews recently. One says “Absolutely beautiful! Such a unique fabric and I love the stitching on it as well. It came in no time.” Another says “Sue asked questions about our pet. She customized the carrier with quality features that only a child could appreciate. Love the carrier.” And a third says “Amazing carrier, my gecko loves it!” Sometimes I have to reread these to feel appreciated!
My pet carrier business is doing well! I have had 7 orders so far this month. That’s about one every other day. I think I could keep up with one per day. I am also having one returned because I didn’t sew on the handles good enough. Lesson learned. I now doubly sew on all handles.
One person ordered three pet carriers! Two that were in-stock and one custom. The custom one is really big. Unfortunately, I can’t ship the in-stock ones ahead of time because the postage to Germany applies to to whole thing. So far the customer has seemed really nice.
I’ve started making Mug Rugs to sell on my site. They will each feature an animal I have made a pet carrier for. So far just lizards and hedgehogs. We will see what might be next.
Sewing Expo is over. I took many classes. I am thinking I can add “mug rugs” to my shop now that I know more about doing applique. I have also signed up for a class about the software that goes with my sewing machine.
Some of the classes at Sewing Expo are terrific, some just so so. I have learned things I can apply to my sewing business. It’s all online with Zoom this year. I participated in person the previous two years. In person you get the long aisles of vendors to look through in your spare time. I never have too much money to shop with, so it’s fine either way. I did go through the vendors online and bought some batik fabric. That will be fun.
I just finished a class in Ice Dyeing! My ice is melting right now. This afternoon I have a class in fabric painting. You can see I like doing stuff with fabric.
I am doing Lesson #1 of an online machine embroidery course. So far it has been very educational and cool. There have been several firsts. My first time loading a design onto my machine using a USB stick. I have high hopes for this practice.
I spent lots of money on applique software for my sewing machine. So far it has been a lot of trouble. I will overcome. My goal is to be able to create my own appliques from drawings.
I am excited to be doing applique. I signed up for a class at the Sewing Expo and I hope I can be ready for it. I need to know how to download designs. I don’t know that right now. I am also taking a class at Embroidery Essentials and I hope that will bring me up to speed.