Busy With Motherhood/My First Etsy Listing

I’ve had so many good ideas for posts but not the time for even jotting down said ideas let alone actually writing them. And it’s kind of true what they say, even when you think you’ll remember an idea, you don’t always remember when you don’t write it down.

Baby has been keeping me busy/not so busy. Sometimes I’m sure it just looks to my husband like I’m just wandering aimlessly around the house carrying Baby or sitting with her. In reality, there are a great many things on my to do list, but I get at best a couple hours when Baby is sleeping to work on them (which is never enough time to do them all). Of course Baby has also been teething, which means the sleep is unpredictable.

I can’t even read or use the computer most of the time when she is awake. If I sit down with a book, within minutes, Baby is standing in front of me screaming at me because she wants. At the computer, she either wants to sit on my lap and chew on things she probably shouldn’t chew on or she stands next to me and screams at me (probably because she wants to chew on things she probably shouldn’t chew on). I know a lot of people would say I should just go about what I want to do and ignore her, but:

a) Have you ever tried to read while someone was screaming at you?

b) My husband is sleeping!

Despite all this, with a lot of help from my family, I finally got my business, Sister Craft Hijabs at www.etsy.com/shop/SisterCraftHijabs up and running (okay, maybe limping along). I made my first listing yesterday.

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A Purple Two-Piece Abaya/Prayer Dress with Orange roses. I tried it on, and I really loved it actually. It felt so comfortable to wear, and I love the color. It’s one of my favorite colors and not flashy. I was really tempted to keep it for myself. I took that as a good sign, and exercised some self-restraint (can’t run a successful business if I’m going to keep everything I make). If it doesn’t sell maybe I’ll just keep it or make another for myself.

Right now I only have 4 listings. I’ll have another tomorrow, inshallah I plan to have some cowl neck nursing tunics (I made one for myself) and skirts also.

I made a Facebook page to promote my business. Unfortunately it was a typo, so my Facebook page says Sister Craft HIjabs but the url is stillwww.facebook.com/SisterCraftHijabs.

With the limited time, I had the choice to either work on sewing or administrative (computer based) tasks. I guess you can tell which one I’m doing. I hope I’ll get some more posts written soon on all those great topics (I hope they were as great as I thought) that I was planning to write about.

What I’ve Been Busy With

I finished five fleece baby jackets, a jacket for our 10-year-old niece, and a sweater for Baby. I also made 3 hijabs to sell, so far. I still have to make a fleece jacket for our 7-year-old niece. I also want to make a hijab for my mother-in-law.

People have been saying I should sell baby jackets I have been making so many of them. Although that was not my original idea for a business, I would be perfectly happy to sell them, but they are not really my own design. It’s a simple, store bought pattern that I adjusted to fit my own preferences.

 

I went to the fabric sale on Saturday to take advantage of a sale, but I didn’t buy anything for my business. I like to wear shalwar kameez when we are in Bangladesh, but although my sister-in-law had no trouble nursing discreetly in them, I don’t find them very convenient for nursing. I don’t like having to pull my shirt up from the bottom. I feel like my belly is being exposed, and when Baby is nursing the whole night, I feel like I feel cold and more exposed. I like tops that are a little stretchy and pull down. I had the idea that I could try to make something like my shalwar kameez, but with stretchy fabric around the top so that I can pull it down. I’m going to try out my pattern and see how it goes.

Before I had Baby, I used to think I would like nursing clothing that had little discreet openings so that people could hardly even tell you were nursing. Nope! Not at all. What do you know before the Baby is born? Also, Baby doesn’t particularly like nursing under a scarf, and I also prefer to be able to gaze freely down at her beautiful face. I’m going to try putting a big cotton scarf over top of both of us when we are on the airplane. I’ll have to see how that goes!