Big changes for the new year… {that don’t involve dieting}

 

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!
 

Comments

  1. Count me in ahead of time for pattern testing (2T and 4T) ahead of time and I’m thinking of testing the waters myself soon so I might try to pick your brain!

    • Awesome Jenn! I would love to have you as a pattern tester and I am more than happy to share whatever I can to help you get started! I really hope you go for it! I’ve always admired your work, and I think you would be AWESOME!

  2. I hope you go for it! I made one of your free tutorials and I adored it! You have the most beautiful designs and I would love to be a customer and a tester if you need another one. Don’t give up and if you get discouraged post on your blog and I bet all your followers will give you all the reasons to keep going you will need <3

    • Thank so much Patty! I was not expecting so much support, so quickly! I haven’t blogged in over a month so I figured people had forgotten about me. lol It really means a lot to have all of you leave such sweet and encouraging comments. I will be posting the sign up for testers in the next few days, but I’ll try to remember to email you a link so you don’t miss it! :)

  3. PATTERN MAKING? Girl, you are moving mountains! How awesome is that!!!! What an exciting time for you — and thank you so much for a link to my 31 Days series! xoxo, Gussy

    • You are more than welcome! Thank YOU for sharing all your wisdom with us newbies, and thanks also for stopping by my blog! I’ve been a fan of yours for quite a while so I was a little star struck when I opened my email and saw your comment! lol

  4. Sounds awesome and I’m so happy for you! My dream is to have my own little crafty business, so I might have to pop over and check out that link as well! :)

    • Good for you! I have to say, before I read her series, I was feeling completely overwhelmed and thinking I would never be able to manage it all, but after reading her series, I definitely felt much more empowered and confident!

  5. way to go, girl! You can do it! Congrats!

  6. I know how you feel… As I read your blog I thought to myself this is you.. I have wanted to start a small on line business hair bows clothing and flower headbands. I have things to start but find excuses not to. Maybe reading that book will me. Keep writting!!!! I will be waiting for your patterns.. And your updates.. Debbie

    • Debbie, all I can say is pray about it and if that is what you really feel in your heart that’s God’s plan go for it! Back in November I read this post “Happy Thoughts on Competition” from A Peaceful Crib, and it really was the kick in the behind I needed! Good luck girl! I hope you’ll keep me updated!

  7. Following your passions is always the right thing to do. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your new theme.

    • Thanks Erika! I can’t wait till it gets installed! I designed it over a month ago and it’s driving me crazy not being able to share it! lol

  8. Congrats April! My pastor calls finding what you really love to do your “sweet spot”. Glad you are going after it!

  9. April, this is amazing!! Congratulations on taking the plunge and stepping up to the plate!! It definitely sounds like you are on the right path. I wish you the best and look forward to what’s ahead!!

  10. Sooooo cool! good luck you will be awesome! :)

  11. I’m shaking my pom Poms for you!!!!
    You got this;))
    Love ur BFF

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