For the first year of Abbie’s life, I was buying products off of Etsy to style her. It was great! But I was also on a budget as a girl trying to pay off college loans. So I started making hair bows and collar bows just for fun for her and a creative outlet for me when she was about 2 years old. Quite a few people told me I needed to start putting my stuff on Etsy. But there’s something you should know about me. I have always struggled with self confidence and doubt. It was a huge leap of faith to put myself out there for all the world to judge. I don’t know if you’ve realized this yet, but not everyone is nice. But I did it and people actually loved the stuff I was creating! Talk about shocked that people from literally all over the world loved Station Waggle. I think it really helped that I could hide behind Abbie in a way. She has all the confidence in the world and is not afraid to strut her stuff if it means getting a little extra attention.
Fast forward two years and I find myself attempting to take Station Waggle full time. I was booked with vendor shows just about every weekend, people would gush about how cute Abbie is and how amazing all the products were. Then, COVID happened. It was devastating to see show after show either cancel or have less than half the turnout expected. Yes, it sucked. Yes, I cried many, many tears. I totally lost myself and forgot about why I started Station Waggle in the first place. I got so caught up in chasing down that sale and trying to make everyone happy that I was no longer happy. Station Waggle was no longer fun. So I stopped posting to social media and I pretty much stopped creating new products as well.
That little while I was away taught me a lot. I found my self confidence and even a social life outside of Abbie. Yes, she’s still very important, however, contrary to her beliefs, not everything must revolve around her. I found joy in creating new products again. I’m excited to experiment with new fabrics and new bows. This is very much a new beginning and I really hope that not only you stick around, but also tell all your friends about us. Because all of this is just the beginning.