Eeeesh! It feels like forever since I have signed in to the blog; much less wrote a blog post! So much has been going on over the last month, I don’t even know where to start! If you followed my blog in the beginning you heard me talk a lot about launching my own pattern line. I haven’t talked about it too much lately because to tell the truth, I really just didn’t have the nerve. I kept looking around at all the talent already out there, and telling myself I couldn’t do it. I have absolutely no training in the area. I know zero about design, sketching (seriously, you should see my sketches! Sophie draws better than me!), flat pattern drafting – I could go on and on, but when it comes right down to it, I know what’s in my heart, and this is what I’ve always wanted on one level or another. I’ve been dreaming about it as long as I can remember, and quite frankly I’m tired of running. It’s exhausting to keep trying to be something I know I’m not meant to be and honestly, don’t even want to be. I guess I got this idea in my head that if I could become a successful blogger, I would never have to go for it, which meant I would never have to fail at it. But the thing about it is, I just might end up being pretty darn fabulous at it! The tricky part is: I’ll never know until I try, so I’ve decided I’m going for it!
Over the last month, I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on about pattern drafting, and running a small business (If you are interested in starting your own handmade business – or any sort of business really, I highly suggest reading Handmade Business in 31 Days over at Gussy Sews. She has so much great information!). I’ve written out a business plan, gotten one pattern drafted, and selected fabrics for my samples. I’ve also created a logo, pattern envelopes, and a new blog design which will be installed very soon! I am seriously over the moon happy, and strangely enough, I am feeling confident, too! Scared, but still confident.
…When you’re driven, you value your time. When you’re bored, you are irresponsible with it. -Gussy Sews
I’m certainly not going to give up blogging, but I really want to get back to blogging the way I did when I first started blogging. I want to blog for fun. I want to know my readers and meet my fellow bloggers. I want to share stories, not meet deadlines. I do still have some commitments I need to get finished up, but I feel so much more balanced. This just feels right to me. I’ve gotten so much accomplished on the business side of my life, but have still managed to spend a lot more time with my family. We’ve been baking together, watching movies…I don’t know. I’m just happy. I can’t wait for the launch, and I cannot wait to share the new blog design with you! I’ll be posting a sign up for pattern testers soon too, so be sure to keep an eye out for that if your interested!