One event left for the season. The season has been so special. So many changes and so many new things that I will be able to do going forward. When I was told in June that I would be losing my full time job and my retirement and insurance and the list goes on, I felt like it was just so unfair. As I began to look at where I was in my life and what the next steps would be, I found that I was given the opportunity to really look at what was important. How many times have I found myself saying" When I can work part time and sew, I will ..."! So, be careful what you wish for. Some times the universe will give you exactly what you ask for. So, be careful to be very specific and clear in what you want.
So, Here I am working part time at a great place that appreciates me for what I can do to make the organization a better place. I work in the mornings and have the afternoons to sew and build inventory for my events. I have time to go to work out in the morning before I go to work to improve my health. I have the flexibility to work when I can and still be able to attend events and sell what I make.
This election year has also awaken a mission that I am planning to use to improve my business and build a better future for myself and Start to Finish. A president elect has to work hard to get their new administration in place within the first 100 days in office. What could I accomplish in 100 days if I set my mind to it! Imagine what it would be like to totally set in place all the pieces of a government, a new residence, and moving into the spotlight of what a new president and his family have to do. The changes that they all must make to perform the duties of the first family. I think about all the things that I could do and don't have to move or change my whole life.
So, 100 days of change to achieve goals to move my business and my life to a more positive place. I am working on my goals for the 100 days and will post them on this blog. I will look for those who can help to achieve the goals and will work with whomever wants to be a part of my success. This is going to be great. 100 days.... 5 goals... 1 life changing beginning.
June has got to be one of the craziest months in North Dakota when it comes to weather. We set up the our canopy in the heat of almost 90 degrees. Then Saturday morning it was around 50 degrees and the weather started to roll in along with the wind. The canopy next to ours blew into the next to them. They both lost their whole set-ups. I had to replace the side wall on our canopy. The people that host the event are so nice and helpful.
Sales were very slow. There are a lot of people who attend and enjoy walking through the booths. They find their latest garden treasure. I may have to look at some different merchandise if we choose to go back next year.
It was so great to be at an event. I look forward to that first event each year. I can not deny that I feel I am really behind when it comes to having enough merchandise to all the events I plan to attend. I am definitely looking to fill my store and get as much out there about my bags and items.
I am excited to be working a pat time position so that I sew in the off time. Photos to follow!
Happy New Year! We all get 365 days to do what we can to get to where we want to be. Unfortunately, we also look back at how we did not do such a good job of using those days like we should have, and of course, it being the 3rd already, I may have misused the first two of the year.
Well, I am happy that I did not waste those first two days. I made a new bag with a new pattern, and have been working on doing some of the unfinished projects that remain from the previous and yes, I confess several years prior. I think I will make that my first plan for success.
1. Address past projects. I will evaluate if I really will finish the project and decide if I am not, accept it and move on. But there is no room in my craft room to hold it just in case. And I plan to do that during the month of January. If I plan to do the projects I really need to get them done within a time frame. Seriously, It will either be inventory or a gift for a family member. So, I think that a month of hard decisions will be a great beginning.
I always seem to find a distraction that is not sewing. I always feel like I do not have enough inventory to really succeed at the events that I attend. My last event was amazing. I sold half of the inventory dollars that I had. HALF! I felt amazing. And I want to feet that way more. So, my second resolution is to get that feeling more.
2. Attend more events in 2016. That is really going to make me have to sew and build inventory. 2015 was two events. 2016 will be 5. Wow! Just to type the number makes me get nervous. I have to stop standing in my own way. By making it my mission to move into the success factor, I know that I can get to the point that I will be making enough sales to cover all my expenses with sales and be able to build savings to get closer to doing this full time.
My last mission to build success is to get my store and my easy store full of inventory. This is probably one of the biggest ways I stand in my own way. I get things done and then move on without taking the time to take the picture and post on the pages.
3. Post new product every week. I will be able to see my progress and be able to get new product in front of my customers faster.
I plan to make ten resolutions for my personal life. And I think the first five will be the same as they have always been (lose weight, workout more, you know the drill!) but the last five are going to be amazing, Now to end this blog and figure them out.
Happy New Year to all my friends and family!
Well, we have had our first snow. The tree is up. This year I am going to make some stocking ornaments for my six grandchildren and practice using my embroidery machine to put their names on them. They are of the age that electronic games and Lagos that are so specific that I am feeling so far behind. I enjoyed getting Monopoly and good old fashion board games like that. We would open the game and when all the gifts were open begin a marathon game that would last late into the night. I am so glad that I have grandchildren that enjoy playing games like that. Of course, they still want gift cards to save up to get those techy things, but enjoy playing the old fashion games with me.
I did some hard evaluation on what I think I can accomplish for 2016. I have put together a very aggressive build schedule over the next year to be able to attend five different events this year. It was so surprising how much easier it is to focus when I am in my sewing room when I know that I have a plan. I have set some rules to help me from getting over whelmed.
1. Do not make more than three of any item at one time. I get bored when I have to make the same thing over and over. It helps when the fabric changes, but it is also a nice diversion when I know that I only have three to make.
2. Prep for the next week build schedule. By always having the next item ready to cut and create, it gives me time to create and see what is coming next. I am the kind of person who always looks forward to what is coming. Plus I can see if I am missing any parts or components that would prevent me from finishing the project.
3. Family always comes first! I can always adjust the build schedule. Family is not a distraction to work around. Sewing is done around family. No guilt if I don't meet the build schedule.
I have gone to craft sales with what I thought was too little of merchandise and felt like I had enough to sell. I had such a great year in 2015 and do know the value of having enough merchandise to sell. I will do my best and enjoy each moment.
Now, I have to get those ornaments done, one more order, and enjoy the Christmas lights on our home!
Happy Holidays everyone! I invite everyone to comment and tell me what types of products you would like to see in our booth and in our online store!
The Big One in Minot was amazing! The first two pictures show the room that we were in. There are three areas that serve as the mini stores for the customers to shop at. And I do mean customers! The two-day event provides an awesome opportunity to sell our products. I have some Swoon patterns as part of my inventory. Great sellers!
I am so excited to be making many new bags for the Big One in Minot on Nov 7 and 8th. The Swoon Patterns are very easy to sew. I have been reading a book called "The Crafty Superstar Ultimate craft business guide" written by Grace Bodush. I have decided that I can always appreciate reading something by crafters to keep me focused and remind me how far I have come.
With new patterns and ideas, being on the right track, and renewed energy, I am confident that there is going to be great things happening.
I am excited for 2016 even though I don't want to rush the new year. Without spilling the beans on the new products, new fabric and fun ideas, there is going to be plenty of enthusiasm that you will here about in upcoming blogs. 2015 has been a bit of a challenging year. It is exciting to be making it through tough times when you can see the light at the other side.
My goal is to update my blog on a weekly basis. This week is a quick trip to Minneapolis to go to the fixture store and get some corner shelves and baskets. And of course, a stop at my favorite fabric warehouse. With a shout out to SRHarris Fabric Warehouse.
As the leaves go flying by the windows here is Bismarck, ND, I will have to listen to the wind from my craft room. I promise to take some photos and post them soon.
Let me know what you would like me to share about!
Wow! When I think of how fast the summer flew by, I find it hard to find words to describe things. I mentioned to a friend of mine that I thought that everyone is burning the candle at both ends, running through the summer with no regard to the limits of time. In North Dakota, we have been having an amazing summer. The weather has been in the 90's many days in a row. The roads and highways are being used to take those who love the lake to their retreats, travel to mini vacations, and even the road construction has been minimal.
I have been having my own personal journey with a new replacement on my right knee. My days have been filled with rehab and learning a new normal for walking. Kudos to the medical staff and the physical therapists. I know that I will be glad when I get to that point when things are more normal. But most of all, I have to hold back the tears to be able to share the greatest gift that I have. My husband has been such a help. He has held me when I have needed to cry, cooked for me, and been the constant that reminds me that I will be okay again.
Tis the season to be crafting, man oh man, do I feel like I need an elf. The craft season is in full swing with one event after the other. Sometimes I feel like I need to jump into that rush with both feet, but whether it is fear or just common sense, I am just not ready to do back to back events. Without going into too much detail, I am back on the mend from my surgery. I am making progress and feel like I am finally back in control of my life. Now is the time to start planning for 2015.
I need to find that inner work bee!