Thursday, July 21, 2016

Make It Blossom is going Full-Time


Friends,
I have awesome and yet scary news to share with you. The day has come. I have resigned from my day job as the Director of Internal Audit of a financial company downtown Denver. I'm taking Make It Blossom full time! For the past 15 years, I've enjoyed the consistent income from Corporate America. Then, I was able to dedicate all my free time to moving up the corporate ladder. But now, I'm a mom, and a wife, and that kind of commitment to a corporate job is no longer desired. Although my priorities have changed, I still desire to be a business women and create a balance family life.

Wish me luck on this journey. The best support and encouragement you could offer me is to reach me on social media, tell your friends, and check out my store on Etsy. (For shop owners, my patterns and book are available through Brewer, Checker, and United Notions.)



Currently, I'm working on a formal webpage, making my booth for fall Quilt Market, and making samples/patterns for my first fabric collection.

I'm excited for this next chapter in my life. Thank you for being here for me, because without you, this wouldn't be a possibility. Below are some photos of the booth project.

Seizing the day,
Sandra
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Please Vote for Me

Hello Friends,

Welcome to summer! We have experience lots of rain, but it's so appreciated given our dry climate in Denver, Colorado. My garden has never looked so good, but the heat is on this week.

A lot of my time these days is working on the simple concept called, work-life-balance. I'm trying to put 'life' first. I've narrowed down my work by focusing on my fabric collection, books, and garment patterns. This is my focus for the summer. I intend to spend time with my family, actually taking off weekends to get lost in the summer sun.

Then, I had this great opportunity with Craftsy. It's a BOM kit and class. Check out the link. Craftsy is reaching out to their audience to vote on the final 2 quilts. I'm one of the two designs left. I'm B and it's called Abe's Beloved. Voting is open for today. Please vote for me. http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/06/2017-bom-voting/



Also in June, it's Father's Day. Scrap Patchwork book and quilt patterns are on sale. Enjoy 15% of with the coupon code MAKEITBLOSSOM15. Expires Monday, June 20, 2016, Midnight MST.

For wholesale purchase, either message me or order through one of my distributors: Brewer, Checker, and United Notions. Both Brewer and Checkers lists all my products for purchase.

Happy Father's Day,
Sandra

Monday, June 6, 2016

To be grateful...


Friends,

It's been awhile since the last time I really wrote about things going in my life. It's been so crazy busy and I'm barely keeping my head above water. The token rule in blogging is to stay positive and upbeat, and well, work and life hasn't been so upbeat lately, but things are looking bright. I'm writing this post to be authentic and to write from the heart. I've reassessed where my time is going and am saying no more often. Business is about working smarter, not harder.

I have been posting more about my life on instagram and facebook. Please follow me there.

I can't wait to share my very first fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics coming out in a couple of months. We approved our second strike-offs and soon, I'll have sample yardages. Meanwhile, I have created my master patterns and samples for my first garment pattern collection. Next, they get drawn digitally and graded. Meanwhile, I'm working on wrapping up the manuscript and making quilts for my second book. It gets shipped to the publisher and they take a year to work on editing, photography, and book layout. It's expected to release fall of 2017.

There's all this stuff going on and yet, I've been disenchanted for a few months, but still pushing forward, determined to make my work a viable business. A veteran in the industry tried crushing my dreams by stating I should expect to make very little in the quilt industry. I've been complaining of how busy I've been, putting in 65+ hour weeks, working every weekend and late nights, and missing sweet moments with my kid, how I don't have time to take a few days off for a vacation, nor am I getting in all the exercising I'd like too and not being able to visit with friends and family, and when does the money come in, and so on and so on. I expected to put in the time, while juggling a day job for a few years and it would eventually pay off later. So many designers out there are making a living on this, why can't I? This veteran told me it won't happen. She didn't even blink. She doesn't think I can do it. What she doesn't know is my determination and drive that I gained from competing in athletics through college. In fact, I still compete with strangers around the park during my runs by trying to outpace them. :) This was the little nugget I needed to drive me forward. But yet my spirit was crushed and I became ungrateful, perhaps a little resentful on how other big businesses were making money off of me, while I was working so hard to make so little. It's amazing how 'words' hurt more than sticks and stones.


Then, this weekend happened...

I took a break from quilting, well, I did a few little things for Craftsy and answered a few emails, but essentially it was a work free weekend to reflect and treasure quiet moments. My husband and I got hooked on the Betty Rocker HIIT workouts, worked on my daughter's dollhouse by making furniture and decorations, watched sports on TV, and visited friends...

My family spent time with two families very dear to our hearts. One child had a kidney transplant a year ago and the other child has leukemia. Both boys are the same ages as my daughter and both has spent significant time at the Colorado's Children's Hospital. They need your prayers, not only for the kids to be healed, but also for the parents to stay united, strong, and abide. My family had time to reflect and discuss on what we've seen. Audrey asked questions on why they were sick. We don't know the answers, but I do know the only thing we can do to help to make them better is by asking God to use his miraculous power to take away all the pain, hurt, and debt.

You know, it really makes me wonder why I'm so lucky. Like many of you out there, we have healthy kids. Essentially, there's nothing that hinders us for doing what we want, when we want to do it and how to do it. Truly, we are blessed in our ease of life. We could easily be chosen to stand sideline watching our kid in pain and we can't take the hurt away, or spend endless nights at the hospital while medical bills never seem to stop piling up, when visions of other ways we intended to spend the money quickly disappears because our focus is to spend endless amount of money and increased debt is based on saving our child's life, making medical decisions where neither options are good, and knowing your kid is held back because of time spent on medical procedures. So many things we take for granted, but quickly, in an instant, a loved one, you or me, we could be there.

Therefore, I'm striving to hear God on where I should take my business and not be so greedy to take every opportunity for more exposure. To be grateful and humbled that I have the ability to make choices between opportunities for my business (it didn't start off that way). And to seek to love outwardly rather than focus on myself.

There is nothing I should be complaining about...
Sandra

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