Today is the day, friends! At 12 pm CST, I am officially relaunching my handmade clothing shop–Elsie James Clothing. For those of you who have been following along for some time, you probably know most of the story behind my brand. But if you’re new, I wanted to provided a brief synopsis of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of this passion project of mine.
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I had the privilege of “meeting” Fausthyara via Instagram a little over a year ago. She is someone who I look up to in so many ways–as a follower of Jesus, as a mom, and as a person in general! Fausthyara and I got connected because of our mutual love for small shops. She has a lot of experience as a brand rep for several handmade clothing shops, including my own. She is an incredibly talented photographer and has an eye for design and pairing pieces of clothing together–both old and new.
We have big dreams for our homestead and although we still have a long way to go, I think we have made excellent progress in a little over two months. Here’s some of the projects that we have completed ourselves, done with the help of family, or hired out as well as the projects we are planning on chipping away at over the next year or two.
Over the past few years, our family has made some conscious decisions to live more sustainably for a variety of reasons. If I’m being honest, our original reasoning was from a mindset of frugality, but as we learn more and more about the importance of living life as thoughtful consumers our reasons have expanded to include ethics, health, and a desire to better care for this beautiful earth that the Lord gave to us to enjoy.
Something that I don’t love about our culture is that there seems to be this pressure to know exactly what you want to do and to have it all figured out by the time you are 18. It’s as if you go to school for all of those years and then you pick something and focus on it and learn it really well and then you’re too old to learn anything else. And yes, I know that was a horrible run-on sentence, but you get the point.
We closed on our house a little over two weeks ago, and we are slowly chipping away at our long list of projects. We are taking on some of the smaller projects ourselves but are hiring out larger projects that we don’t have the time for or experience to complete effectively. I feel like we have never worked so hard in such a short amount of time, but we still have a long ways to go! I tend to want to have everything done quickly and put in its proper place within a week, so this home is sure teaching me patience!