If you ended up here, it is very likely that you’ve already known me from my previous crafting venture. And if you are those very small number of people who know me from my Facebook years, I feel that I owe you an explanation as to why I have decided to steer my path onto a different direction. Your support have always meant so much to me and I don’t want you to think that I have simply disappeared on you.
For those who don’t know, Sew Nicely Done’s journey started on Facebook as a hobby site, where I designed and made bags using oilcloth. Established in 2011, 2 years after I left my job following the birth of my son, it all started when I uploaded a couple of pictures of some personalised bags I made for my children. I woke up one morning to an unexpected amount of likes and shares. Within a week, the pictures sparked surprising interests which led me to discover the public’s fascination for bespoke handmade bags. The orders started coming in and the rest, as they say, is history.
What followed in the next few years turned out to be an educational eye opener for me. The business established fast and strong. Perhaps much too fast and with force that I could not have anticipated. Unfortunately, Sew Nicely Done grew at the expense of the time I purposely set aside for my family. Thankfully, after 7 years of ‘winging it’ and ‘making sense of it’, the wisdom of age made me realise that this is perhaps not the path for me after all, so I decided to close this door and prayed hard I could open another. I wasn’t quite sure where I was heading next but I knew it was still going to be sewing related. I then sat on it for a few months.
And then lockdown happened. 2020 was definitely a year of awakening, a year of realisation, a year if resilience building, and a year full of ‘aha! moments for a lot of people. My lightbulb moment came in a form of a blog.
As i’m writing this, the UK is just over a month into its third national lockdown caused by the global pandemic. It’s almost a year since the whole world was first stunned into panic by the killer virus that started killing millions across the world. I was gripped with fear for myself, my family and the people I love. The trepidation of the unknown filled me with so much anxiety. Like everyone else, I kept busy to keep myself occupied. My autopilot mode only has one function – sewing. No, actually I lied, it also sent me into baking sourdough loafs and banana breads and growing yeast, like the rest of the world but thankfully my expanding waistline stopped that for me very quickly. After a while, I realised that everytime I sew, I was less anxious because my focus has been projected elsewhere. My Googling also led me to numerous academic research and studies to prove that any form of arts and crafts can actually elevate your mood. These research have scientifically proven that being creative helps our brains to release dopamine, and dopamine is a natural anti – depressant. With all the evidence stacked high in its favour to prove its benefits, I have decided to spread the joy of sewing through a blog! Let’s get all these dopamines released, and not by baking more banana bread either!
So here’s the plan; there will be tutorials to make quick, little projects for that instant gratification, because who doesn’t like that? Even if we have all the time in the world, since we ARE still in lockdown, I don’t think anyone would be willing to commit to spending hours and days on a single project. Unless of course, that is how you roll. So it doesn’t matter if you’re 6 or 106, if you can work a sewing machine, you can follow my simple tutorials, I mean, if you’re not still busy baking that is.
You never know, just like me, you might just discover that this could also be your happy place. So, come join me in this adventure and see where it will take us. And for those who’ve been with me all this time, thank you again. I’m glad you’re still here.