I notice you sew tote bags, diaper bags, etc. How old were you when you learned to sew?
I watched my mom do a lot of quilting while I was growing up. It wasn’t till my 22nd birthday that my husband came home with a sewing machine that I really got my start. My mom is the one that has taught me everything I know about sewing. I’d be lost without her!
Is there any one thing that you've sewn (whether for your shop or for yourself) that ended up being your favorite?
Everything I make becomes my new favorite! The item that will always be the most special to me is the first purse I made out of my husband’s old uniform.
Do you ever find it difficult to run a business and be a military wife and mother?
It’s very hard! Usually the only time I get to sew is if my son is napping or down for the night. My husband tends to work a lot so if he’s home at night I want to spend time with him and not locked in my sewing room. Yet, I can hear my sewing machine calling me from down the hall… Thankfully he’s very supportive and encouraging of me and my projects. I always try to have some kind of hand sewing or knitting to do so we can still sit and spend time together.
In our convo, she mentioned her son was asleep at that time so I asked if he was an only child.
Yes, my little Emmett. He is the only child for now. He’ll be a year old in September. What a little character! He’s into and on top of anything he can get his hands on. Getting braver by the day
Is your Etsy shop a full-time or part-time business?
Very part-time for now. If it blossomed into a full time business some day I would be ecstatic! Once the kids are off in school I couldn’t think of a better job then sewing every day.
Do you ever find yourself feeling uncreative some days? If so, what do you do to get back the creativity?
Definitely. To get the creative spark back I buzz around Etsy and see what other’s have made. Whether I’m looking at cake toppers for my son’s first birthday or looking for cute and easy dress patterns for a friend’s daughter. Seeing other people’s creativeness makes me want to get up and make something!
Is there anyone in your life who inspired you to be who you are today?
My parents really set a great foundation. Most importantly they instilled in me the importance of my faith in God. My husband has also has impacted me greatly. His hard work and dedication to what he does is very inspiring. I never dreamed I could be this blessed!
Here are a couple of her items:
Marine Corp Shoulder Bag
Marine Corp Diaper Tote Bag
You can check out her Etsy shop by going to http://www.etsy.com/shop/AsterJadeDesigns. Thank you for participating in the Q & A!