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The trails and tribulations of running a small business.

Make Art that Sells: April Assignement

I can’t even tell you how hard the April project for the Make Art That Sells class was for me to do. We were assigned to dig into our past and find 5 situations that we conquer courageously, then we needed to create imagery to go along with all the feelings. In the end, our primary task was to make a mind map of sorts. My mind map became more a journey map of my life. I broke it down into 5 different sections. College, freelancing as a customer in my 20’s, becoming a wife and mother, the Modern June years, and coming home to be a homeschooling SAHM again. It’s my life on a page. I had a rough childhood, so I feel like my life began when I went off to college. I was the first in my family to go. I was made to feel like I was “too big for my britches” to think that I could do such a thing. My mom told me that I should just go to …

Not Going Nightmare

Country Living Fair nightmares are nothing new to me, not one a bit. I’ve been having them for the last six years; after all, I did 12 #clfairs in 5 years. But this is the first one I’ve had when I’m not going to the Fair in any capacity. In my nightmare I was trying to remember which display piece was for which product, wondering why I sold off all my screen doors, and not having anyone to run the booth with me. Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy it. Over the last nine months, I’ve been had many sales to cull all of my product and display pieces. While I am thankful to not have 6-10 doors and countless tables cluttering up my shed and back yard (insert the Sanford and Sons theme song here), there is the inevitable “what if I need them” stress of not having all this show stuff. You might ask me, do I miss that stress? Maybe. Prepping for a Country Living Magazine Fair isn’t like prepping for your …

Change is good!

It’s time to mix this up, so here’s the big news! I’m going to close my Oilcloth Addict shop in the new year (coupon code endofyear35 saves you 35% at OCA only). Why? There are several happy reasons. The main reason is that the lease on my studio is up in February and I’m really ready for a change. I’m moving my professional sewing equipment to a new maker space that is opening in late Winter/early Spring, and I’m totally excited about this!!  All the cutting tables and sewing machines will be there for (me and) the members to use. I don’t want to sell it all off, ‘cause you never know when you might need such things. In the meantime, they’ll have a good home! Giving up 120 bolts of fabric to sell-and-store will give me the chance to grow Modern June in new and different ways. There will also be changes in the Modern June product line: I’ll be shifting from production to pattern making. Those of you that know me well, already …