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!