As a daughter of immigrants from India, I was molded to score a money making job in a field such as medicine, engineering, or law. I must say none of these fields brought me joy as utilizing my creative streak — an area my Indian parents had absolutely no grid for. While in college, they especially didn’t understand when I signed myself up for quilting class after quilting class, sewing classes, knitting classes, and yes, horseback riding lessons.
After graduation, I did work in the IT business world for a few years until my husband and I quit our jobs so we could go into campus ministry. I have to say that it’s a culmination of working, being a child of a mom who worked, and seeing the fruit of stay-at-home moms that made me realize more and more that in this day and age I want to be a stay at home wife and mother if God wills. I personally feel this is a gift to any family.
I’ve now been home for the past 2 years, and I now know that my calling in life is raising our child[ren] and being a help meet to my husband. But what about that creative streak and need to create [sewing + photography] — I feel that it’s so much of who I am in addition to being the caretaker of the home. So the other day I asked God the question. I asked Him what He thinks about me starting a business of the textile sort. He answered me that very day in my daily reading with Proverbs 31:13,18,24,
“She seeks wool and flax and works with willing hands. She perceives her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She makes linen garments and sells them…”
It’s been a dream of mine, I’d say for the last 8 years, to open a children’s textiles shop. It’s been even more of a dream since I found out I was pregnant with our daughter. In preparing for our baby, I searched and searched AND SEARCHED for baby things that were more up my alley — unique, different, with a bohemian flare and modern edge, all the while being all natural and organic. I realized I was looking for things with an “unbaby” style. Sadly to say, the choices were few and far between — most of which had that pink + blue baby style written all over it. To me the idea made perfect sense, but why wasn’t it readily available? And how many people were looking for the same thing I was?
What inspires me? Well to list a few: vintage goodness in the form of linens, pyrex, wooden matryoshka dolls, and clothes. Indian cotton + bohemian block prints. 60′s + 70′s style prints. ”Something in the Water” (or here) by Brooke Fraser — love the folkloric aspect. Anthropologie. Organic and natural fibers. Comfortability + ease of wear. The list could go on.
After drawing sketches and writing down all the business ideas + concepts floating around in my head, I decided that I would take the faith leap and open shop. After thoughtfully thinking about it, I decided I would marry my love for Indian textiles with all things baby. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore Indian cotton — it’s the most comfortable wearable textile on earth. I kid you not. So why not use it for baby?
In the next couple weeks I plan to open Susie Mey, For Little Folks — an online etsy shop. In the shop will be my new spring line of baby blankets, bibs, bloomers and other odds and ends to start off. I decided that I will typically be using Indian cotton, but on occasion, will also include vintage fabrics, designer cotton prints and Japanese textiles that catch my eye.
I’ll be posting a shop update in the next 2 weeks. I hope you stop by!