I’ll start by saying I don’t think I need to go into great detail on the status of the world right now. You’re reading this through an internet connection, you know about the global pandemic.
It has most definitely brought about challenges, especially to people deemed high-risk. Normal, every day interactions have changed drastically. It’s easy to let the paranoia and panic creep in, but also in these unprecedented times, I’m watching a world come together to support each other emotionally and financially. And that’s what I’m choosing to focus on. There are a lot of things I can’t control, I’m trying to focus on the things I can.
Luckily for me, less social engagements and working from home has allowed me to free up some time. Reworking my schedule means less time traveling to and from the gym, work, stores, etc. And I’m choosing to spend my newfound time on things that bring me joy. Creating and sharing that with others.
Last week I finally got around to setting up my new Etsy shop, Patchwork Crafted. This shop will feature my handmade goods that I’ve recently sold at in-person markets around the holidays. I had a few items listed in my other Etsy shop, Patchwork Aplenty, but I never felt like it fit well to have both quilting and handmade goods. So from now on, Patchwork Aplenty will have quilting supplies such as custom quilt labels and various fabric and panels, while Patchwork Crafted will be one of a kind and limited number handmade items.
So far I’ve listed items I made last fall for the Christmas Craft Market at Old River Farms. There are several lightweight scarves I’ve made using flowy crepe de chine fabric designed by independent spoonflower artists. Also listed are some summery canvas totes ready for the beach, pool or sunny spot of your choice. And there is more to come. I’ve got a few more handbags ready to be listed and some new fabrics for totes in the pipeline as well. And when the world started focusing on distancing, I knew I’d be spending more time at home and hopped on Spoonflower to order more fabric. You can peek new scarf patterns over on my instagram @patchworkaplenty.
I hope you check out the new shop and find something you love. I also hope you all are happy and healthy and taking the appropriate measures to stay that way!