Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Shawn and I were chatting last night about Brighter Day and how I've been feeling a little burnt out these days. Just in the last year, I sewed close to 1200 purses by myself. After a while, the constant sewing gets exhausting and monotonous. Don't get me wrong - I'm hugely grateful for the success of the shop, the many wonderful customers, and the privilege to work from home with my little guy. It's just the non-stop sewing that sometimes lasts up to 10 hours a day, and by the end of the day, I'm still not caught up. I'm thankful to now have some sewing help, which is an enormous blessing, but it seems the business keeps growing and we're struggling to find more qualified, available seamstresses.* I love designing, I love interacting with customers, and I even love problem solving. I don't love sewing hundreds of bags a month.
And so it goes with small businesses of all kinds, right? You're so thankful for their success, but it sometimes feels like you've created a monster. Shawn even asked me, "What would it feel like to have a night off?!" and we weren't even really sure. It's been such a long time since we've just had a long dinner, popped in a movie, and took a deep breath. Usually our nights consist of sewing (both of us, if you can believe it). I keep saying, "What a great problem to have!" but as my friend Ashlyne reminded me the other night, "It is a good problem, but it's still a problem." And that it is.
I've closed the shop for the time being because of our upcoming move, and I definitely have plans to re-open as soon as we're a bit more settled. But the more I've thought about it, while I'll keep the clutches in the shop, I'd love to make more than just clutches to freshen things up a bit.
And that's where you come in! You and your input are so valuable to me.
Is there anything you've been hoping to see in the shop?
Here are some things I've thought about selling...
- Diaper bags/larger tote bags
- Tutorials/sewing patterns
- Paintings/hand painted signs
- More jewelry
I'd love to hear your thoughts... and please, do not feel obligated to buy something if you suggest it and I end up putting it in the shop! I would truly just love to hear your thoughts.
*Are you a seamstress or do you know any seamstresses in the Nashville area? I'm so serious... we are definitely hiring and I'd love to meet with you! Please send me an email if you're interested.