Last night, I attended a lecture given by Meg Cox, a former WSJ reporter, who now writes about quilting for various publications. Her talk covered the recent consolidation within the sewing and quilting industry. The old guard is now retiring and closing/selling those businesses (think HandiQuilter, Fons & Porter, City Quilter, and NQA as examples).… Continue reading Change is the only constant
Bet you thought I was talking about twins or triplets! Well, in a way I am. I mean investing in duplicates of commonly used sewing notions and outfitting each work area with essential items to help improve productivity and save your sanity. For example, I have 3 magnetic pin cushions – one at each of my… Continue reading The joy of multiples
After all this time, you’d think I’d remember how hectic the first month of school can be. Nope. The past three weeks have been a blur. I’ve done nothing but eat, sleep and breathe school. No time for gardening, housework or sewing. Thank goodness hubby was away at an ATA tournament the past 10 days. I’ve managed to… Continue reading Finding Balance
Yes, school in these parts starts back God-awful early. Our summer was cut short due to an adjustment of the yearly school calendar. The good news is we’ll be completely done before Memorial Day next year. The bad news is it’s early August and I’m seeing way too many pictures of my friends at the beach and… Continue reading It’s quiet – ’cause school’s back in session
Hancock Fabrics is no more. The location near me finally closed its doors. I fondly remember many a Saturday morning spent as a kid with my mom as we made the rounds to Cloth World and Hancock’s to look for fabric. You see, Mom made just about all my clothes until I reached sixth grade. When… Continue reading When the competition closes its doors…
Unfortunately, there is a no one-size fits all answer to that question. It really depends on your personal situation. I’m a member of 3 very different craft business development groups (ICAP, Craft Industry Alliance and Make Sell Grow). The leaders are quite knowledgable and while yes, they do want to sell you their services, they… Continue reading Should I take my craft business full-time?