How I Relax When The Kids Are Asleep

You may not be able to tell when you meet me but in my spare time I love to craft to wind down.

Being a mum can sometimes be hectic. Who am I kidding! It’s always hectic. So I like nothing more than on an evening doing any of the crafts I like which are colouring, sewing, baking and crafting.

I used to spend a fortune of craft supplies of papers, glues, Threads, binders, patterns and the list goes on.

This is all well and good but storing items can be a nightmare and when you have a 3-year-old that is in to everything it’s now a lot easier to keep things digitally.

Embroidery files are an amazing idea where you can get digital designs sent directly to you for a low-cost that require no storage and can use time and time again. I can’t believe I spent so long limited to the stock pile I had when there is a massive array out there of design bundles right at the tip of our fingers.

For years I have made alot of items to save me money over the years from hen night t-shirts, baby shower gifts and special occasion item such as Easter and Christmas.

I have a strong ethos that homemade is always better. Here are some reason I would always rather make or buy homemade.

 You get high-quality items that are built to last, not all the stuff that has the “How cheap can I produce this? mentality.  It’ll probably fall apart in a year or two, but handmade items have longevity.  Artisans have pride in their work, and want it to last.  Even the materials are hand-picked by an individual, and what big manufacturing company can say that?

Your gifts are the best on the block.  Cool, trendy, unique, and usually one-of-a kind, you can find some really awesome handmade stuff that’ll make everyone ask “Where can I get one?”

Customisation!  Since each and every item is made by hand, and you are usually talking directly to the person making it, you can tweak the color or size of something you are interested in, or even get a fully commissioned custom order done.

This avoids you having the excuse of “it was all the store had left. Want a cool case for your new gadget, but maybe you have some weird size the store doesn’t offer?

Get is custom-made to your exact dimensions!  Doggie sweaters from the store never quite fit your beloved pooch?  Customization to the rescue!  The possibilities are endless really.

Let’s not forget the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped support someone very directly.  For example, when you purchase something from my shop, you just helped put food on the table for another meal (and I thank you deeply for that).

You don’t have to pay the shop’s cashier and the various levels of management and the supplier and the designer and the manufacturer, because just one person is all those things!

My friend has a handmade facebook page I would love if you could check it out!

Have you ever tried your hand at embroidery? I bought my first machine at a car boot and haven’t looked back since.

TTFN

Trini

XXX

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