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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm in the pillowcase business!

Part of being a stay at home mom and making sustainable living choices is keeping expenses down, but the other part is to increase the income, too.  And working from home allows me to develop multiple small income avenues rather than just going after the one big avenue of income.

With that in mind, I've been brainstorming, trying to come up with a project for the cold winter months.  I've kicked around various crochet ideas, but was truly inspired when I came across the idea of making custom pillowcases.

Here are some photos of the one I whipped up this morning specifically so I could take photos to promote this new business venture.

Isn't that a lovely pillowcase?  I can't wait to share with you all the pillowcases I have planned!

Come spring, I'll add chickens, well eggs, as another avenue.  And of course the garden will go in which will reduce our food spending in a big way.

What small avenues of income are you working on?


  1. My friend is working on her doula certification and has hired me to make newborn hats for her clients! Just a little bit here and there, but it helps support my crocheting habit at least :)

    1. That's fantastic! I love that you're piggybacking on your friend's business rather than having to do all the legwork yourself. :)

  2. How exciting--both the pillowcases and the newborn hats!! I wish you both much success :-)
    Now that we're settling in, I am starting to think about this very issue. It's always a struggle for me because my inclination is to give everything away. I am trying to get beyond that, though. I remain terrible about my ability to market myself. Bill is the same way. Still, I have some ideas, which I will be exploring--both with my writing and my textile work. My big problem is never ideas and is always tooting my own horn.

    Looking forward to seeing more pillowcases :-) Where/how are you selling them? Did I miss that?

    1. For now, the plan is to sell them through FB outlets, but I'll be always watching for opportunities to market them in the community.. maybe through the schools or YMCA? I don't know. I have an idea what I'd like to charge for them, but I need to research costs a bit more before I post pricing.

      In a perfect world I'll be making at least 1 set every day and posting it just to show different ideas. Reality is I don't have a washer at home anymore so I have to do a bit more planning and buying before I can make that happen.

      I'll get there... one step at a time. :)

    2. Well, you've taken the first steps and that's what's important--you'll figure out the rest as you go along :-)

  3. Beautiful! What an amazing way to share your talent and make some extra cash!