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5 signs it’s time to take a break from your creative business

5 signs it's time to take a break from your creative business

Around October of last year my normal zeal for my blog was starting to fade. I wasn't making the income I had hoped I would make, and yet I was still pouring about 30 hours a week into it.I began to wonder why.I didn't feel like I wanted to quit, but maybe? I wasn't sure. Either way, I felt like I needed a break. Like, a real break. Not just a 2-week thing where I played catch up on my posts or worked on finally designing a new sewing pattern, but an extended time doing my own things I ... [ Read More ]

So, who drafted that pattern?

Who drafted that pattern Take a look behind the scenes of PDF sewing pattern design. On sewmccool.com

When I interviewed Kerri Kolby-Smits of the former Amelie and Henri pattern company recently, Kerri talked about the process of starting the company in 2013 and how it had quickly grown into a business with, she said, 40-50 patterns in the course of a year.Wow, I thought.That's a lot in a year.Like, really, a LOT. I said so. I think I even *said* "wow." Since this was an in-person interview, I'm sure she saw my eyes grow large."So, how do you design your patterns?" I asked. ... [ Read More ]

Goodbye, frilly dresses

Goodbye, frilly dresses on sewmccool.com

It's time to let go of many hand-sewn dresses I made for my now 9-year old girl.I'm filled with dread.These clothes - these! They can't just be dropped off at Goodwill. I wanted them to be loved and appreciated by someone who enjoys hand-sewn girly treasures.But this morning I suddenly remembered a neighbor who appreciates handmade clothing and has two granddaughters younger than my girls, and I knew she would love them as much as I have.So I went to work, going through my ... [ Read More ]

Pattern Workshop Review: It’s an A+

Pattern Workshop review on sewmccool.com

I might regret telling this story because you'll probably think I'm a bee-yatch.I promise, though, that I didn't really have bad intentions.Really! I didn't.So. Deep breath.About four years ago I decided that I wanted to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign to create my own tutorials and patterns. I had been selling hair bow tutorials, but was paying someone else to do the layout for me, since I didn't yet know how.And Lauren Dahl's Pattern Workshop course: ... [ Read More ]

4 signs that it’s time to quit your creative business

4 signs that it's time to quit your creative business. On sewmccool.com

You may not know it, but there's an 11th commandment in life."Thou shalt not quit."Am I right?So even when a creative business is floundering, or you're just too dang exhausted or cash-strapped to get excited about it any more, you'll hang on and on until the business dies in either an explosion of flames or dust, or fades away into a withered skeleton.How do you know when it's time to quit your creative business - or at least scale back significantly? When is it okay to let go ... [ Read More ]

A short break to reflect….and focus

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Almost nine years ago I started my hair bow business when my youngest daughter was only six months old.Since that time, I've run an online business - it's changed and grown and morphed over the years, but it's been my focus and passion for the longest I've ever held a "career position."My expertise at making bows, then writing tutorials about making bows, led to my book, 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and ... [ Read More ]