Thursday, May 2, 2013

Not My Plan

I'm the type of person who has to have a plan.  Everything must be in place and ready to go before I jump. I have never been a fly by the seat of my pants type of girl. The weird thing about that is Steve is exactly like that! Whatever happens... happens.  Ugghhh just typing that freaks me out.  Nope this girl is... this is what is going to happen, when it's going to happen, and how it's going to happen.  Alright alright I'm a control freak!!! There I said it are you happy? lol  I must be in control at all times.  That being said why I named this post what I did.

Not my plan... when I started crafting a few years back it was purely for me only.  Oh sure I sold a few things here and there, but I did it so I could have awesome prim stuff that I just couldn't afford. Then, I sold my items wholesale to a few shops around my area. All my idea... my plan.  Woohoo!!! smooth sailing there!!! As many of you remember my divorce hit and I stopped crafting. Not my plan, but just didn't have any mojo or time. You are going to start to see where I'm going in this post. Hold on a few more minutes. Finally, the mojo came back after meeting Steve since he to is an artist and I started my booth.  I made all different types of things for my booth from wood signs,  to fabric stuff, to wax ornies, you name it I probably did it. My plan was to have an awesome booth and earn extra cash to be able to afford things for my kids. Over time, I found that I just was not having time to create as much as I wanted to to keep my booth stocked.  Again not my plan... When I was creating I would show my items on Facebook and at the snap of a finger they would all be sold and I had nothing to take to the booth and no time to create more.  So, MY PLAN was to close down the booth and sell solely online.  I would concentrate on my fabric items like dolls, quilted items, ornies, and stuff like that.  Non breakable items so USPS wouldn't break them when I shipped. So, that was my plan at the end of March when the booth closed.  OK my point to this whole post is coming.... You all know I LOVE stitching samplers and have from time to time shown you what I've made. I have also made patterns for others to purchase.  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be selling my stitcheries.  For those who stitch know how much time and effort goes into them. The hours you spend stitching.  Well, since my booth closed I have been overwhelmed with customers wanting me to create and design stitcheries for them.  The two things I absolutely LOVE creating and stitching!!! the added bonus is not as much hoard from supplies :-) I have had no time to create my "fabric stuff" as planned  with the exception of a few quilt tops (I'll show you those in another post). My business has taken a turn.  It is in no way a bad thing just not planned.  It is finally evolving.  I'm finding my niche so to say.  I have decided to go with the flow and see what happens.  Quit planning what I want to happen and "just let it happen."  Uggghhh could it be Steve is rubbing off on me??? lol In a way it isn't a bad thing but I'll never admit it to him. :-)

So, I'll show you my most recent creations for customers.  They both just told me what they wanted in their samplers and let me design and go from there....

There will be a pattern available for this one...  the customer gave me permission to make it available to you only with the word Simplify or a different date on the bottom.  She just happened to want her wedding date included on hers.  This one is not in my normal style, but I still had fun creating it.

The ones I'm currently working on are three pinkeeps... You'll notice the top one is my free design but the other two were names she gave me to use.  I'm still working on the third one as you can see.  This customer uses navy, burgundy, and browns.  Those were the only stipulations I had.  Easy enough :-)

So, for now I'm just going to go with the flow.  I enjoy stitching and as long as my wrists hold out I'm going to keep on doing it.  The last time I went to my massage therapist she asked me what in the world I had done to my right forearm as it was very inflamed.  I told her that is the hand I hold the hoop or fabric in when I stitch.  Funny thing was I never felt it until she started working on it. lol  Hopefully I will finish up the above pinkeep today or tomorrow and have another pinkeep to stitch.  Then I have another couple stitchery samplers to design for a couple other customers. Shew... one day I will catch up. lol

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Carmen and the Primcats said...

You are very blessed Mary. Not everyone succeeds as you have. So while it wasn't YOUR plan... looks like someone else knew it was all along and was just waiting for you to catch up.

Carmen and the Primcats

jennifer768 said...

Congrats Mary on finding your niche! I have always admired your stitching.Love the pieces you shared.Have a wonderful day,Jen

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Congrats!!! I hope everything goes smoothly for you! I think it's wonderful that you found something that you truly love to do with no plan.
Beautiful pieces ~ your customer will be very happy.
Prim Blessings

Sheila said...

Good for you Mary....and I have to agree with Carmen, couldn't have said it any better myself!
It's hard to not be in control and remember who really is!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Well that's great, Mary! Some of the best things that happen to us aren't OUR plans! :) Best of luck with all your stitcheries!


annie said...

happy for you Mary, I like your tree!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Oh my its beautiful

Dana Francis said...

As always Mary I am in awe of how talented you are! Being a part of your journey is so rewarding. I am so happy for you. Going with the flow can be rewarding...just call it your new business plan:-)

Dana Francis said...

As always Mary I am in awe of how talented you are! Being a part of your journey is so rewarding. I am so happy for you. Going with the flow can be rewarding...just call it your new business plan:-)

Tina said...

You know, I've been reading your blog for years and I remember how you've shared those "unplanned" happenings and I've been blessed to see you overcome, adapt, and make something wonderful at every turn. You go girl. It's a joy to witness your journey,