Thursday, May 5, 2011

:(

I just realized that I left this blog laying in the dust...

I recently shut down my business. Here is the note I posted on the SCS page:
"Well, I've been thinking long and hard on how to approach this... So I'll just get it all out at once.

I started SCS last year on a whim, a way to make a few extra bucks to help pay the bills. I had to quit my job to stay home with our new baby and our oldest daughter because daycare was going to cost us more than I made at work. Which is insane.
At any rate, I tried my hand at sewing, something I've never done before. I did okay at it. I'm by no means a master seamstress, but I was having fun trying new things. Nothing makes my day more than a customer telling me they love what I made for them. That seriously makes me tear up, because I AM my own worst critic. It brought me a lot of joy to know that something was leaving my hands, something I worked hard on, and making someone else happy.

I've gone through 2 sewing machines, and about a thousand dollars worth of fabric. I've yet to break even. This has become more of a hobby than a business and I just can't afford to keep going. I love making stuff for my friends! You guys have been wonderful and I love ya'll! I just don't think I'm cut out to be a full time WAHM. I'm struggling to manage my time between running my household, my two kids, making time for friends and family, making time for my daughter's sports and choir, and everything else I need to do AND run SCS. I'm starting to atcually hate sewing and crafting, because it's become such a time/money sink and I don't want that to happen...

So it's with a heavy heart that I'm closing up shop. I've gave it a year to see where it would go, and unfortunatley it just hasn't worked out. Maybe I'll try again one day, but for now I just can't do it.

So what does that mean for now? All orders have been caught up. I won't be taking anymore sewing orders right now. I am trying to decide if I should sell my fabric or use it all up and throw everything on etsy.

To my crafty friends, if you see something you like, then PM me and i'll sell it to you on the cheap.

I am going to keep crocheting blankets for people, however, because it brings me such happiness and it's something I can take WITH me to soccer pratice and choir and doctors appointments. I can crochet in the same room as my toddler without worrying about her getting ahold of my rotary cutter. I don't have to lock myself in the office and have my little one crying at the gate because she wants me in the same room as her.

I will most likely be crocheting baby blankets and throws all summer and then putting them up for sale for the winter season.
So check back with us then for sure.

There are a few people I need to thank.

Alicja B. For giving me my very first sewing machine. Without her, SCS wouldn't have even existed.
Megs C. For all the advice, the help, the materials, and being a good friend through this whole thing.
My husband for encouraging my crazy ideas and giving me a chance to try this out, and for letting me buy WAY to much fabric and for putting up with my frustrations and crying and fits lol.
My testers for being my guinea pigs and giving me your honest thoughts.
All my bbs mama's who were my best customers and my good friends who pushed me to keep going. You guys are amazing. I love you.

And to my customers. You guys are great. I loved making things for you and I gotta say, you made it all worth it.

Thank you guys...
Sarah Romeo"


I'll leave this blog up for the cloth diaper info and reviews, but I am 99.9% sure I'll not be updating it anymore unless by some miracle I have another baby.
I AM always available for question and comments.
I hope that this blog might have served a purpose at least, all this time :(

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PIMP'in IS easy. :)

(tmi alert, if talking about your menses grosses you out, turn back now... but since most of you have ovaries and have been elbow deep in baby poop... man up and read)

McKinney-Oates Ceral is doing a blog giveaway for my favorite cloth pad vendor, Party In My Pants. Head on over there to enter to win a 25$ gift certificate.

Now I need to review these bad boys officially on the blog one day, but for now here is my comment entry:

"I’ve always had murderous periods. We’re talking, bleed so hard you think you’re dying and you can’t move because the pain is so bad…

I cloth diaper my daughter, and I actually sew wet bags for both cloth diapers AND mama cloth, but hadn’t tried cloth pads until my last 3 cycles. I had several friends sing the praises of going chemical free and cloth, telling me “You CD your baby, so why not give yourself the same benefits?”

I had a ovarian cyst rupture, on top of a already horrendous cycle. It HURT to put a tampon in, and I had gone through my old postpartum pads… I was driving to the store for more, when the super ultra uber “if you bleed anymore you’d be dead” tampon… leaked… all over my LIGHT GREY car seat..

It was then that I had enough.

I tried the PIMP cloth curious sampler and was super impressed that it was not only comfy, but amazingly more absorbent than those chemical filled little tubes o’ delight i’d been shoving up my poor woohaa all this time.

After my first cycle with the cloth, I noticed not only did the bleeding go down, but the cramping wasn’t as bad. My guess is from the lack of dioxins and nasties that come in regular pads and tampons helped my body regulate itself. It wasn’t any big deal to wash them.. it really wasn’t… They even did amazing overnight!

I can’t wait to order more."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Where did all my free time go?

Not that I ever had much of it, but the ability to run this blog, my business, chase my extremley spirited 20 month old, deal with my moody tween, and be a good "house wife" have left me no time for anything else.

I'm sorry it's been so slow here guys :( I had big dreams for getting the blog rolling to daily posts again, or even weekly... Sadly there isn't enough time in my day.

Business has been slow, and I'm considering closing the shop. I'm not making enough to even break even at this point. I've not paid off my supplies/equipment costs from last year, I'm lucky if I get one order a month... I think people just either don't have the money to spend, or they would rather snag something while they are CD shopping at the same time.

Either way, not pulling in any money coupled with feeling like I've failed at something has made me less and less ambitious as time rolls by. My machine has been collecting dust for a month now.

Maybe it's time to let go...