Princess Stitchery

Today’s cottage industry interview is with Sarah Young who manages Princess Stitchery.

What does your business make?

Aprons, Pot Holders, Hot Pads, Mug Rugs, Bowl Cozies, Crochet Dishcloths, Embellished Dish towels.

What inspired you to start this business?

I enjoyed sewing and wanted to make things for others to enjoy.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

I think it has been about 5 years.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Princess Stitchery. Princess comes from the meaning of my name and Stitchery is what I do…sew :)

How do you sell your items?

Mostly at craft shows or farmers markets. I do have a Facebook page where people can order from.

What’s your favorite item you make?

Humm… Probably the retro style apron

Do you think you’ll continue on making new items and selling them?

Yes!! Just this year I added the bowl cozy and have a few other things I want to add to my business in the future.

Who taught you to sew?

My mother taught me to sew when I was about 10 or 12. I did not do much with it after that till I was about 17 or 18.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

Make sure your business is something you willing to stick with for a while…it is a commitment not just something to do for a little while and then move on. A business requires time, if you are not willing to put the time into what you do don’t do it!! It also is an investment…be willing to put your own money into it till you are able to start really making a profit…so consider ALL your cost!! If all that has not kept you from opening your own business here is one tip that was passed on to me. Keep your business to a select theme. In my case I chose things for the kitchen. Others choose baby items or clothing. It makes a big difference!!!


An adorable half apron!


Mug rugs.


Crocheted towel with button closure.


A cute embellished dish towel.


Cherry print retro style apron.


A tribal/Aztec style kitchen apron.


Some bowl cozies.


If you’re interested in seeing what else Princess Stitchery makes click here!

“Shop small, shop local”


Gone With the Stitch

So here lately I’ve seen more and more people talk about cottage industries. Now a cottage industry is a business started in one’s home. A few people I know have started their own cottage industries and I wanted to highlight them. They were so gracious and let me interview them. The first interview is with Sydney Martinez and she manages Gone With the Stitch.

What does your business make?

Mainly crocheted beanies and messy bun beanies, but I really can crochet anything as long as I have a video to follow. I’ve also done scarfs, hooded scarfs, purses, and baby blankets and now washcloths.

What inspired you to start this business?

Nothing really. After I crocheted a few things I just had a thought that I might be able to sell a few things and make a few extra bucks.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

About five years ago. Stopped when I got diagnosed with MS and started back up here recently to completely get my business up and running.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie so it’s a play on words with that movie cause with crocheting you are doing stitches and when I get started I’m ”Gone With the Stitch.”

How do you sell the items? 

On Facebook mainly to local friends and family members.

What’s your favorite item to make?

Right now the Messy Bun Beanie. I like finding different patterns for them that have different designs to them. Also when someone asks can you crochet this or that I enjoy trying something new.

Do you think you will continue on making new items and selling them?

Most definitely. There’s still a lot out there I haven’t even tried to crochet. I’ve barely started.

Who taught you to crochet?

YouTube. But I did get my Great Aunt Fay’s crochet hooks given to me.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

If it’s your dream and you really want to do it then do it!! You only have one life to live so live it your way!! Also don’t over price your items but price them enough that you are making a profit, and first orders should come first.

Here are a few pictures of items Sydney has made:


A little Poke ball backpack and Pikachu character.


A set of 4, 100% cotton face cloths.


An adorable Bella Rose messy bun beanie.


Crocheted headbands.


Hooded scarves.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Gone With the Stitch makes click here!

“Shop small, shop local”


10 Things I Learned Getting My Associate’s Degree (Homeschool version)

Heyo everyone! It’s been a long while and I do apologize about that! Tonight I’m working on planning out an actual blogging schedule as I want to focus more on blogging this year.

Anyway, tonight I decided to share with you ten things I learned getting my associate’s degree. As someone who was home-schooled college was….different. Very, very different. So without further ado..

  1. The first thing I learned was that I didn’t like the whole “having to use a really small desk” thing. I was used to being able to spread out when doing school work, and then had to learn how to keep my books, notepad, binder, and pencils on the same desk. Preferably without them falling off…which happened a lot.
  2. That I really should’ve gone and walked around in the buildings that I would have classes in. It would’ve helped a lot instead of spending time running around like a maniac trying to find my classroom!
  3. If you sit in the front of the class you will get called on….a lot. I quickly learned to sit more in the middle of the room!
  4. Don’t carry all the books at the same time, just carry what you will need!
  5. Two words- roll. call. I thought that was just a grade school thing. Nope, colleges do roll call too.
  6. Colleges have a lot of people….a lot of people. I was the only person in my graduating class- because I was home-schooled…get it? Anyway, I knew that there were going to be a lot of people, but I didn’t think that there would be that many!
  7. College professors are actually kinda cool. For some reason I thought they would be a bit boring, but I had some really awesome professors! Two of them encouraged me to go into the history field as well. So thank-you Mrs. Shoup and Mr. Cox!
  8. Your college professors want to see you succeed. When they say you can come by their office anytime and they’ll help you, they honestly mean it. I had a really awesome college algebra teacher, and I passed that class because I went to her office for help. Not only do you get to have that one on one teaching time, but you also get to know your professors more.
  9. Study…study…study. You need all the study time you can get!
  10. The time goes by quickly! Those two years didn’t feel like two years! One semester felt like it lasted maybe two months! Since it goes by so fast make sure you don’t waste your time on the little stuff, but focus on the important things.

What are some things you learned when getting your associate’s degree?