The Dainty Squid (shop!) is coming back

by Kaylah Stroup

Unlike every single year ever previous to this one, for 2019 I didn’t write up a huge list of goals I want to accomplish. I did, however, take on one very big project that I am super excited to share…

The Dainty Squid is coming back!

The Dainty Squid in its original form, that is! I am back to sewing. FULL FORCE! What a way to start the year, right!?! I’m super stoked and basically just putting my all into this. I’m so very excited to share this news, and really get this party started!

A bit of history;
The Dainty Squid started around eleven years ago as an Etsy shop. I sold various handmade goods and eventually found my niche sewing zipper pouches and other small bags. Over the next few years, I sold thousands. Literally. I even sold wholesale to brick and mortars stores across the US. It was my life.

Eventually, I wore myself out. I was right one the brink of a HUGE life change (moving to Cleveland!) and basically wanted to ditch all of my old routines. I needed something new. I had been making pretty consistent money blogging so my sewing machine and I broke up. I sold all my supplies, put the remainder of stock on clearance and said ‘goodbye’ to my little sewing business.

Why am I coming back now?
Shortly before Christmas, I spotted an email in my spam folder from a man whose wife had purchased a pouch from me ten years ago. She’d been using it all this time but it understandably was pretty beat up after so many years. He wanted to know if I could help track down the fabric since it was such a fun pattern. My first reaction was ‘Aw, that’s nice but I am definitely over that chapter.” An hour later, I was still thinking about his email. ‘I guess it wouldn’t hurt to help hunt down the fabric.’ Another hour and I’m emailing the guy telling him to ship the fabric to me and I’ll make her a brand new pouch.

A couple days later, the fabric showed up in my mail box. I immediately got to work and made her five brand new pouches. You know what? It felt GOOD. Like, reeeally really good. Everything from the way my shears felt cutting the fabric to the smell of the iron was just perfect. I felt like me. Suddenly I missed The Dainty Squid. I wanted to be sewing again. I craved the feeling of creating something.

I woke up the next day thinking about starting The Dainty Squid up again. It consumed my mind. The day after that I was ordering fabric and other supplies to get started.

It just feels right. I had no idea how much I missed sewing. So funny how I went all this time never really thinking too much about it. That one little email sparked something though. It reminded me how much I truly loved making things and selling online.

When?! Where?!
I am planning the grand re-opening for Friday, January 18th! Mark your calendars! I would give you a time but my thought as of right now is that I’ll probably be listing things for a good portion of the day. I’ve been so busy building stock, there’s A LOT!

I’ll be opening up on Etsy under the name ‘thedaintysquid‘, of course. Right now, the shop isn’t open yet but you can still hit follow if you’d like to keep an eye on it.

I will absolutely be posting again here on the blog on opening day, and sharing more peeks over on instagram in the meantime.

Two last things…
▴ If you’re still using an old pouch of mine, I’d love to see! Since I started sharing peeks of my sewing projects on instagram I’ve been getting messages with photos of pouches y’all bought 8+ years ago. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing that feels. I’m proud my work has lasted and seriously tickled pink that anyone would hang on it. It’s just been fuel for my fire, inspiring me even further to create! Thank you for supporting me.

▴ I will be taking on wholesale orders!  If you have a brick and mortar store and would like my line sheet, shoot me an email! Be sure to include a link to your site/social media.


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