Wednesday, November 5, 2014

lost and found...

“We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.” - Cecilia Ahern

In case you haven't noticed, I've been on a brief hiatus from sewing and designing lately. I'm not sure if it's been by choice or circumstance, but one thing is for certain, I've been wandering with no clear destination in sight. I think for a time, I lost my focus. With the end of Sew Beautiful Magazine, I've kinda been in search of the next path I should follow. I really enjoyed having projects I worked on for months on end. I enjoyed finishing those projects, attending photo shoots and then the thrill of seeing my creation published in a National Sewing Magazine. I looked forward to starting the cycle all over again as a new box of "goodies" arrived full of fabric, lace, buttons and sketches and having the freedom to put my own unique spin on it. It not only was a thrill working on those projects, but in a special way it gave me purpose. After that was gone I began to wander...
One day it's embroidery, then the next it's smocking, online teaching, heirloom sewing...then it's designing and digitizing. Sometimes it's all of the above in the same day, hour or even blocks of minutes! I get completely distracted with endless ideas that pour into my head and I think I want to do this or that. I will stop right in the middle of a project, only to start another one that I get distracted with and begin yet another. I feel like I never finish anything anymore or it takes me much longer than originally planned. 
I thought I wanted to make multiples of pretty little garments and sell them, then I thought I wanted to do heirloom sewing for clients {big mistake}. Then I have the whole photography thing going on that takes me down yet another path partially separated from my sewing, but also very much connected. After all, everyone knows that good photography is what helps to sell beautiful creations. I really enjoy doing all those things, however there comes a time when one needs to seek clear direction when all these things pertain to a business. It's time for the process of refining!
This brief hiatus has given me time to sit back and really take a look at my sewing business and how it fits into this whole wide world of sewing before me that continues to grow by leaps and bounds each and every day. My head spins with ideas and refining is a process I need to must take before I continue in this business. There are so many paths I could take in my sewing business, however in the midst of being "lost" in this huge sewing world, I have "found" that I don't want to do what everyone else is doing. I don't want to "do it all" and I certainly don't want to be chained to my sewing machine by sewing for clients either - it totally takes the enjoyment out of sewing. I don't want to be just another sweat shop making the same things over and over. I've wandered down that boring path many times...it's a tough road to follow and stay competitive. It almost becomes a race...and I don't want to be in that Rat Race! In the process of getting a little lost, I am finding my way by seeking the path that made me who I am...or perhaps, who I was.
I've spent the past several weeks looking what I do and where my business fits in with the others out there. Am I lost in this big world of sewing? If so, how can I be found? What can I do to make my business stand out from the others? Is there anything that makes me different from the common ordinary? If so, how can I refine it? I think the key answer to that can be found in the word "unique", and that is the clear focus I am taking as I move my business forward in 2015 and beyond.
I hope you will follow this unique path with me and stay connected thru facebook, pinterest, instagram, my news journal and here at my blog as I start to reveal new and unique things coming to Southern Stitches!


7 comments:

Carolyn Nettles said...

Hope you fully realize how valuable your tutorials are. Years ago I was taught the basic smocking stitches by a relative in another state. I have a library full of smocking books, but when I need help I turn to your blogs and videos. After I retired I thought I wanted to sew for a business but soon realized that was not for me. Over the years I've made many dresses but for love not money. I'm sure you are praying for the right path for you and I am praying your path will having heirloom sewing in it too.

Esther Conrad Grant said...

I'm so with you this year Laurie. We are traveling the same path in so many ways. Wishing you renewed energy as 2014 ends and the new year begins. Hugs to you! We need you!!

Jane said...

I found this very helpful. I am in somewhat the same position - at a crossroad and trying to find the way forward by trial and error. May God bless you as you go forward.

DangAndBlast! said...

As long as you stick around - or at least please please don't do what so many people do and say "I'm not doing this right now, so I'll delete it all so nobody else can see it!" we'll be happy. As Carolyn said, you're a great resource!

Laurie said...

No worries - nothing is getting deleted. I think some are totally misunderstanding my post. I am not going away - I am just refining what I do - I am going to make a clearer focus with my business...and it's all GOOD!! I'm not a quitter..."Quitter" is no where in my DNA. :) Good things are coming to Southern Stitches and it's going to make me MUCH happier with what I do. In this little "wander", I found out some things that I know I don't want to do...and that is all good too. Chin up, girls - I am here to stay and Southern Stitches will be MUCH better in the coming months!

Mosaic Magpie said...

How very exciting! In your post, I found I have similar feelings. A bit like being a boat tossed about on the sea. I excitedly begin a project only to toss it aside for another. Wanting a path to follow that will bring contentment. I will watching your journey and the inspiration it will bring.
As Carolyn commented, your smocking tutorials are priceless and so helpful.
Deb

amalowany said...

Glad to hear as I would be really missing your blog posts. I marvel at your creativity and gather inspiration for projects of my own. Looking forward to the new and improved you (even though I thought the old one was just perfect).

Heidi

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