Stuff and things… (or Being Sick)

File Jun 27, 11 24 51 AMThe past 18 months have been really hard.  Harder than I’d like to admit to myself sometimes.  Being sick sucks.  But being so sick that you physically or mentally can’t DO anything really, really, really sucks. That has been me for nearly 3 weeks.  And let me tell you, this one did a number on me.  I was told to rest, and I’m not good at “resting”.

Not only is this the first really debilitating illness I have had in a long time, but this is the first one since both my divorce and job loss.  I had to get over it on my own and without any financial support.  As an entrepreneur, when you don’t work, you don’t earn.  In addition, I had a business trip that I could not miss in the middle of everything, which set me back as I was not resting and caused a recurrence of the illness.   I missed deadlines I really wish I didn’thave to miss.  I have had almost too much time to noodle over things that make me sad.

BUT….I’m FINALLY feeling better, and let me tell ya, I’m chomping at the bit to get everything back off the drawing boards and into reality.

If you haven’t seen the cool Cosplay interviews we are doing over at Sew Much Cosplay then go check that out.  If you haven’t seen the new items in the SHOP, please check those out.  I have a bunch of secret things going on (as usual) that will all be revealed soon.   Please bear with me as I get back into the swing of things!!

Use Your Powers For Good (or No one tells you how to be Famous)

Powers blog graphic (1)So. You may have heard that there’s a little kerfluffle in the quilting world right now.  If you haven’t, I think one of the best ways I can describe it is HERE on the Generation Q Magazine website.

One of the few things I teach in my Building up Your Branding webinar is that if your goal is to build a business, and essentially a BRAND, on the internet and elsewhere, you absolutely must, must, must be careful what you say on the internet.   It follows you.  It WILL haunt you, for good or ill, forever.  Even if you think you have quickly removed it, you can bet someone may have taken a screenshot.

I have often said I never set out to be a “famous” quilter. (And if you don’ think I’m a famous quilter, then that’s cool too, I often think that myself.)  I did my thing, and people liked it.  Contrary to people’s beliefs, there’s no “famous quilter school” you can attend to learn how to do this.  No one teaches you how to accept a compliment, or how to read a contract, or what to evaluate if a deal is a good one.  No one shows you how to comport yourself to not piss off half your customers whose views differ from yours.  You wing it, and figure it out as you go along, and that is part of the problem.

That’s why in my webinar I say: Use your powers for good.  If you own a quilting business of ANY kind: artist, designer, longarmer, shop owner… Your words MATTER.  Your actions MATTER.  Even if you are just starting out, what you say and do go with you.   So if you are going to put your powers to use, choose carefully.  One day, when you hit the quilting lottery and you are a superstar in the industry, those words are going to come back.  Your future words and actions will be closely followed.  It will MATTER to someone.  Gen Q’s anti-bullying campaign referenced in the link above says to think before you type, and while it’s trite and cute as a saying, it is super personal to me.  Why?  One of those pictures in that post is a comment someone typed out TO ME.

I have strong opinions on the current state of affairs in the quilting debacle that’s currently ongoing, but as a business owner it would be the last possible thing I’d discuss online.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don’t need to alienate readers or customers by doing so.   I’m angry at the whole thing, because people’s livelihoods were being actively campaigned against.  No one should have to go through that, on either side.  Folks who have come out saying they want the lists of the offenders published: people see you saying that too.  But how much better would any single one of those people who are now on the other end of the ire be if they focused that terrible energy into something GOOD for their business?  I, for one, would rather focus my energies inward and make myself a better human or my business more successful rather than try to take someone else’s down, whatever the reason.  So please, let’s all use our powers for good.  The quilting world would be much better for it!

The Last Stop on the Blog Hop! – Spring Clean Your Studio!

spring clean blog hop 2017I’m super pleased to have hosted this year’s Spring Clean Your Studio. So many people have told me how much they are enjoying it!

This year, as in years past, my studio was a complete wreck due to some secret sewing for Quilt Market. (Those will be revealed in another post.) So…. Let’s get on to the MESS.

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Here we are again.  Piles piles everywhere…  I wish I was a tidier quilter as I sew.  Alas, Creativity is not meant to work like that (ha ha).

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But the worst is the “walk in” closet for this room.  I had pulled out boxes and literally left the contents on the floor.  I could not even walk in here.  I took a timelapse video and put it on my Facebook Page (Which you should follow if you don’t already!).

So yeah, there you go. It took an entire day to clean my studio and my closet, and I even had to tidy the video studio, which has become a repository for anything too large to store in the closet anymore. Pretty soon “cleaning the studio” will mean cleaning the whole house.

Let’s get to those beautiful “after” photos!

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I even took one from another angle!

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MUCH better.  I even ran the vacuum!  I hope you have enjoyed the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog hop for 2017.  Please go visit all of the studios on the hop below.  And be sure to stay tuned to Facebook and Instagram to hear about next year’s hop so you can be part of it!

May 1 – Teri Lucas – www.terificreations.com
May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com
May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com
May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com
May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/
May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com
May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com
May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com
May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog
May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com
May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com
May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com
May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com
May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com
May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.com
May 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com
May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog
May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com
May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com
May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.com
May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com

Announcing Sew Much Cosplay™

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My friend Tracy and I are super pleased to announce our new partnership to bring better education, better products, and better cosplay to sewing stores and cosplayers everywhere.   I’m not planning to stop all my awesome work with Muppin Inc anytime soon….  In fact, I have so much great stuff planned in the realm of heirloom sewing, e-textiles, my art quilting, and more, and this new venture is an extension of all of those things!   Head over and read our press release and give our FB page a like.  Thanks!

Announcing the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2017!

spring clean blog hop 2017I am thrilled to announce this year’s blog hoppers!!  Every year, we show you the “before and after” of our studios, and we usually give you some cool studio inspirations along the way.

I hope you visit each of the blogs on the hop starting tomorrow!  Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment and say something nice to our blog hoppers!

May 1 – Teri Lucas – www.terificreations.com
May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com
May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com
May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com
May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/
May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com
May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com
May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com
May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog
May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com
May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com
May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com
May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com
May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com
May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.com
May 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com
May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog
May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com
May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com
May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.com
May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com