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”


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?

Civil War Weekend at OWHSP 2017

Here are some pictures from the civil war reenactment at Old Washington Historic State Park last November:


Since I was the only lady not dressed out on Saturday night I was put on chili making duty…..that way none of the ladies got their dresses dirty. (;


The sanctuary of the Methodist church, this church has the oldest Methodist congregation in the state of Arkansas!


Some young soldiers drilling for Sunday’s battle.


I was having fun taking some black and white photos and this was one of my favorites.




Soldiers getting ready for the  battle….and the ones in the back are visiting.


The artillery!










Lastly a photo of my dear reenacting and sewing friend.

I did a bit of an awful job of taking pictures at this event, and I do apologize for that. I shall be more diligent at future events!