Another Christmas and New Year has come and gone! 2011 is here and with lots of new ideas and plans for the coming year!
One of those ideas this year is to actually publish my art. I’m in the process of setting up an Etsy store to sell my photography and digital art. I’m going to start with note cards and prints! And we will see where it goes from there!
I have designed and posted on Facebook a lot of these pictures with either a scripture or a quote that was applicable. I have been encouraged by my friends Debbie Rose Hosken and her cousin Dana Ledbetter back when I first started putting them up and it would take me 4-5 hours of learning how to manipulate Photoshop Elements to be able to post. I was in Pittsburgh and three hours ahead of my California friends and I would post one and Dana would immediately post back how much she liked this one and how it was just what she needed to start her day. She would be at the gym at 5 in the morning, working out and posting on her phone.
Many of you, who know me, remember the embroidery days when I started out with a mobile trailer and a couple of embroidery machines. That is where the name Ewenique came from, my original business was called Ewenique Stitches and my husband of thirty years, Steve and I would go to livestock shows, fairs, dog shows, Home and Garden Shows, Horse Shows, you name it, we went. We even went to a chicken show once! Steve always had so much faith in our abilities and I was always the one who had to be perfect, had to get it right. It was six months before I would sell any embroidery because I didn’t think my work was quite good enough. But I had good friends at the Kern County Fair who would order shirts and then awards and eventually I began to have confidence in my work. After we had been embroidering for a few years I had someone at a show bring me a jacket with a beautiful embroidery job on the back and wanted me to put an award placing on the front of the jacket. I said to her “Who embroidered the back? The work is beautiful” She replied..You did!
That is when I knew that as particular as I was, that sometimes you have to be away from a project to realize it REALLY IS GOOD! I’m not saying this to brag on my work or my art but to show you what a stickler I am for detail, and why it takes me so long to be willing to sell my art. I’m not quite the “perfectionist” I used to be, I’ve come to realize in life that there are many things you can’t control, you can only do your best.
Steve passed away unexpectedly in 2005 and I couldn’t bring myself to embroider anymore, it took two people to work a show, I did most of the designing, selling and setting up the machines, and Steve did the actual sewing. He was so good with it! Steve had been born a truck driver into a trucking family and had never done anything else but “Truck” he grew our trucking business from a one truck operation to a large business with five tractors and twenty sets of double trailers. The stress of running a business in California and all the “Government” rules and regulations and the high price of fuel caused us to look at a simpler way of making a living.
We had started the embroidery business as a part time hobby, but after we started going to shows we saw we could make a living from embroidery and sold off a lot of the trucking equipment, still doing both part time. The stress of the trucks was really getting to Steve and he decided to quit trucking permanently. He told me “that if he didn’t, the trucking would kill him” But he really enjoyed embroidering and he could make those machines hum! I guess it was the being “mechanical” he could work on anything on a truck and he could do the same with an embroidery machine. I remember at one of our first shows at the Kern County Fair, when we only had one machine and a lot of work backed up, the embroidery machine quit! right in the middle of a full jacket back. He got on the phone and a technician talked him through repairing it there at the fair. Later he said he would never be put in that position again and went out and bought a second machine. He took a lot of ribbing from his truck driving friends asking him if he “was still doing that sewing stuff” he would just smile and say this was the best job he’d ever had, that people always were glad to see you come and left smiling with their merchandise.
I’ve sorta digressed in telling my plans for the New Year, but I find that when the story starts to come, I had better write it. For so long I couldn’t talk about it without the tears coming, but I want to leave these stories for my kids and grandkids to know their father and grandfather a little better.
So now those of you, who have wondered where the name “Ewenique” came from, now know. You know a little about my artistic side. My love for photography developed in the last few years when I got a digital camera that I love and I learned how to take good pictures and edit them, from learning on the internet and taking classes. I’ve learned Photoshop Elements after two years of practicing and now I’m to the place where I think my work is good enough to offer!
Keep watching I will be telling you more about my online store in the next few weeks! (By publishing it here, it kinda forces me to do it! Don’t you think?)