Happy New Year, my friends! A huge thank you to those that have stuck around and are still keeping on eye on this dust collector. Blogging certainly wasn’t one of my strong suits in 2013.
Last year was a tough one for me, in many aspects. The transition from no children to 1, many years ago, was a big hurdle but after a few months we settled in and figured it out. The transition from 1 to 2 was easier in some ways, yet harder in others. Once again we settled in after a few months and adjusted. But the transition from 2 to 3? Ha! It was a much more difficult transition than I ever anticipated and only now — and the sweet boy is now 14 months old — do I feel like we’re settling in.
Shop wise, 2013 was a great year. Stitch To Stitch continued to see sales increasing and Facebook/Etsy fans growing and I’m beyond grateful — as well as excited — to see this happening. As orders started coming in more steadily I found myself sewing, sewing, sewing just to keep up. All of this continuous sewing to fill orders meant my turnaround times got pushed out to approximately four weeks during busy times, and getting new items up for sale fell to the wayside. Just getting orders finished and out the door became my highest (shop) priority. On one hand, this made me disappointed in myself because I missed the creativity of designing new outfits. I started STS years ago because I love to sew. I vowed to do better as the baby got bigger and we settled into a more structured schedule. Unfortunately it didn’t seem to happen as quickly as I’d hoped.
After the rush of the holidays passed, I’ve taken a few days for myself to do some selfish sewing and to let my creativity percolate: sewing up a super cute diaper bag that I bought the fabric/pattern for almost 18 months ago; getting my sewing room organized; and most importantly taking the time to sit down and really look at where I want the shop to go this year. I want to sew more new items and start using some of these great patterns I’ve been keeping to myself, I want to see more great fabrics showcased in the shop and most importantly I want to offer more options for the (boutique clothing-neglected) little boys we love so dearly.
It’s always tough to juggle family and business but as life continues to evolve here in the Stitch To Stitch household, I hope to find a better groove and make more time to create great new items. Thank you for your continued support and best wishes for a great year to come!