Saturday, January 14, 2017
Oh my goodness, time just keeps marching on doesn't it?
I really can't believe it's 2017. I think back to all my resolutions from last year and am trying to see if I kept any. As usual, I made a little progress here and there but all in all I fell short.
This year I am kind of forced to make some changes. Bloodwork revealed extremely high cholesterol - and I refuse to take drugs unless there are no other options - so I have to change the way I eat, exercise, and drop 10 pounds. In a way, this lifestyle change will pretty much accomplish all my usual resolutions so I guess there's that. I'm just trying to find some positive in the negative here friends.
Another change is my husband's Parkinsons is slowing him down to the point where he needs to retire, like yesterday. So, this means I need to start bringing in some money - especially since waiting for disability to be approved could take a year.
Again, let's look for the positive in the negative. I have always dreamed of resurrecting my pattern design business, and now I must do it. I've kind of been working on it for years, but now I feel a sense of urgency. I tried working on it over the years but taking care of mom was a priority.
Sadly, mom passed late summer. I'm still grieving and adjusting to her being gone. When I think of her I still tear up. I have no regrets about putting her first, but now I'm ready to devote my time to what I want and need to do.
Here's what I've done so far:
I've turned some of my designs into PDF patterns. It might not sound like a big deal but it took me over a year to learn Illustrator well enough to create a really good pattern. I'm patting myself on the back because I'm super proud of what I've done in that department. Being a perfectionist tends to slow me down, but I'm happy with the patterns and feel they're good enough to put out there.
My main love is dreaming up new creations, quilts, bibs, dolls, embroidery, etc., but I would say my obsession is "handmade" in general. I really want to promote handmade - the passing down of skills nd encouraging others to try. I want them to have the joy and pride I feel as they create their own heirlooms. I want to promote the appreciation of handmade things as well. I'm hoping this next generation won't look at an antique crocheted doily as some $2.00 item they will get rid of at a garage sale.
It didn't take but a second to figure out the best way to reach a lot of people is to create an online community where people like me can gather. I want it to be a place where we can meet new people, learn new skills, support each other with our projects, and appreciate handmade things overall. Not just sewing, I'm talking about gardening, baking, cooking, you name it!
Hopefully I'll be able to launch my website by the end of the month, and boy am I excited! It has been a good distraction for me - keeping me from dwelling on sad things.
My website (and business) is called fannie jane. Here's the link: fanniejane.com
I already have some things in my Etsy shop for now, but I'll also have an online shop on my website.
I'm on facebook as fanniejane.handmade
pinterest as fannie jane.
I also am going to give myself time to go visit blogs of friends I've met over the years. I've met so many wonderful people who I truly cared about, but let life keep me so distracted that I lost touch. So don't be surprised if you all start seeing my stop by your blogs. I'm super excited to see what everyone has been up to!
I wish a happy and healthy new year to every single one of you! I can't wait to see what this year holds for all of us.