OK, so I have barely touched my sewing machine in the last couple of weeks. I have had meeting after meeting with my design team about my portfolio. Picking out colors and getting things just so...so...so, I have to confess. I don't know what I'm doing. This whole, "trying to be a textile designer" thing has my stomach in such knots. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. It's all one big guess. I drew up some sketches, my wonderful girls - Sonya and Melinda (you girls ROCK!) managed this whole project, digitized my designs, and made me look way cool on paper. Never in a million years could I have accomplished any of this without them. And for as much as I have prayed about this process, about the path I am on - I have to believe I'm moving in the right direction. Melinda goes to my church and we started chatting about this months ago and it has snowballed from there. I just see God working in so many aspects of this journey and it's pretty darn amazing. Whatever happens, happens. I have faith that I'll be just where God wants me to be, what is best for our family. But...I could sure use some prayers. When I say my stomach has been in knots I mean like morning sickness anxiety crazy blah magnified like 20 times. My heart is pounding the minute I wake up because I'm thinking about what I have to do that day for deadlines and orders and getting things out so I can make it to Quilt Market. Very stressful. Although, Thursday night before market, Carla (my husbands way wonderful Aunt who has been one of "the" buyers for a HUGE retailer for the last 25 years - she's been so supportive and calming for me) will be arriving early at our hotel and plan on a nice long relaxing meal out. Rarely do I go anywhere without kids so I'm kind of looking forward to just a little night out.
This all started with Joan. My friend Joan said, "you ought to do home parties" for my purse sales. So she hosted a party for me at her house. It went well and so it grew from there. Then she introduced me to Jodi. Jodi is another graphic designer guru who created my logo. If you like my branding look, that is all thanks to Jodi. She has this way of crawling in my head and getting just the right thing. She designed my sewing pattern covers that will be out late this year. She's awesome. Then there is Suann - from Bows and Blossoms, who said I should look into this site and that site for website designs and hosting. Saved me a ton of money (hopefully, I'll be launching the new site in the next week or two). And there is Jill, one of my "best" customers who is turned into a great friend who shares retail therapy with me. Barb who keeps me sane and lets my use her computer because "we only have dial up" at our house. Crazy! And Kris who helped push my business further too - and just has been a wonderful friend. There have been so many wonderful people, friends, collegues and my sweet family - along the way that have helped push me along the path. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you guys - I am so grateful and incredibly blessed. No matter what happens, I got friends and in the end, that's all that matters. :>) Ahhh...ok enough mush mush.
Just a few more shirt designs...the little onesies are $12. Not up on etsy yet but eventually. Email me if you're interested at firstname.lastname@example.org. I HEART the little caterpillar one. My girls are big on worms and the like so this is their favorite.
I'll hopefully have some positive things to report when I get back from Quilt Market. I leave on Thursday. I won't post again until after I get back. Wish me luck! I could sure use it. I'll try to keep everyone posted on Twitter!